Friday, April 26, 2013

TGIF


I found myself at the coffee pot this morning discussing with coworkers how glad we were it was Friday and the week was almost over. Then God spoke to me.  Another week has flown by, which means another week of my life has passed that I can never get back.
What did I accomplish this week? Other than the tasks and projects I marked off my list at work, what did I accomplish of lasting value?
This made enough of an impression on me to slow down and realize that I don’t want the days of the week to pass quickly. I want to savor each day and each moment. I want to remember to look for God in my surroundings and His blessings in the details.
What am I learning, and what can I share? I want to make the most of each moment. I want my days, my hours, my minutes and even seconds to glorify God. Do I have that all figured out yet? No. But that is my desire.
I Thank God It’s Friday because He has given me another day to live for Him, not because the week is over. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pearls

                My first book will be released soon. I will let you know for sure when it is available, but I thought I would share with you about Pearls. This blog is dedicated to filling our spiritual jewelry boxes. Prayer pearls are the foundational piece to be placed in your jewelry box. When you don’t know what to pray, don’t know how to pray, and don’t even want to pray, you can open your jewelry box and pull out Pearls.
                In the same way an oyster covers an irritant in its shell with a substance called nacre, producing a pearl, we can coat the issues in our lives with the nacre of prayer and also produce pearls. Pearls outlines five essentials for a richer prayer life focusing on how Jesus’ words, “it is better to give than to receive,” relate to prayer. These words are often related to our money, our time, or our service. Pearls takes a step further and shows how giving to God through prayer in five areas enriches your payer life and draws you into a closer relationship with Him.
                Stay in touch for the upcoming release date.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Who is in Control?

             
  
I like to be in control when I think I know the best way something should be done. This happens more often than not. It is very frustrating when things don’t go as I plan or others don’t follow my expectations. One of the problems is that others don’t always ask how I want things. Some people may not care how I want things. They have their own ideas of how things should be done.

                God is in ultimate control of the universe, yet He allows man to have free will in our actions. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be for Him to watch us do things our way? We do our own thing when He has a much better way mapped out for us if we would just follow Him.
                My feelings of frustration (when others don’t do things the way I think they should) serve to remind me that I may be frustrating God. This reminds me to start each day asking God how He wants me to handle the things I can control and leave the rest to Him. It’s out of my hands and into His.
                If I do things His way, I will be blessed. I don’t want to miss His blessings. Do you?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Today is my wedding anniversary. I thought I would let everyone know what a wonderful man I married. The years married to him have been the best. I don’t have words to describe how much I love him and look forward to each day and each year to come as we grow older together. David, I love you. You bring a smile to my face with every thought of you. Thank you for being who you are. Happy Anniversary, honey!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Tax Day!

We babysat our grandkids this weekend. They are so much fun and always provide inspiration. This weekend I found it interesting how our 2 year old grandson would cry when he didn’t want to do something, but at the same time he would do it. For example, when it was bedtime, I handed him his bear with a blanket attached. As soon as he saw that bear, he started to cry. That bear evidently represented bedtime to him. He immediately headed for the stairs and started crawling up the stairs with his bear blanket in one hand and his large blanket in the other. He cried the entire way. When we got upstairs he went straight to his bed, which is like a travel crib. I asked if he wanted to get in the bed, and he shook his head yes and just kept crying. I kissed him good night, told him I loved him, and laid him down.
My grandson lay down without a struggle. He never once fought the process of going to bed, but he cried the whole way. Within minutes he was asleep. I thought of the verse that says joy comes in the morning. When he woke up Sunday morning, there were no tears or cries, just happy smiles and an energy burst to start a new day.
I wonder if you can relate to my grandson today. Did you have to pay taxes this year and cry as you wrote the check? Did you cry the entire way to the post office? Did you do what you knew you needed to do, but did you still cry the whole way? There may be other areas where you are doing what you know you need to do but crying the whole way. Don’t worry. Joy comes in the morning. Whatever today brings, tomorrow will be a new day. You can wake up with a happy smile and energy burst to start your day as you remember that God has given you another day to rejoice in and be glad. Also, taxes aren’t due for another year.
Happy Tax Day!

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cat Blessings


The other night while reading, I glanced over at two of our cats snoozing at the foot of the bed. I thought, they don’t realize how blessed they are. They could be living in an alley and sleeping outside in the rain and cold. Instead they are living in the lap of luxury on a blanket at the foot of my bed with a bowl full of food and a bowl full of water in the next room.  They have a cat box that is cleaned for them every week. They have toys that they play with, friends to play with, and they get all the attention they want. The life of a cat in our home is pretty good.
Then it hit me. I don’t realize how blessed I am. I have a home to live in that is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I have food on the table, reliable transportation, cash in my purse, my own personal computer, more than one TV in the house, a comfortable bed, and a great job at a great company. I am blessed with a husband who loves me, awesome kids, and unbelievable grandkids. I have three lazy cats that love me in their own way. And here I am relaxing and reading a book.
I am so very blessed. More than anything, I have God’s Word. Through His Word He gives me strength, comfort, peace, satisfaction, and direction for every step I take. He used my purring felines to show me how blessed I am. He gives me wealth untold through the treasures in His Word. I’m so blessed to be able to freely dig into His Word for new gemstones every day. If I lost it all, I would be blessed to have the treasures of His Word that I have hidden in my heart. Are you blessed? 
“I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure” (Psalm 119:162).

 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Submerged

                I’ve been dieting the last 8 weeks and decided to take a couple of days off.  A few meals I ate too much and was uncomfortable. Have you ever eaten so much you felt uncomfortable? In essence you ate more than your stomach could handle. You are full to the point of overflowing. Your stomach can't hold any more. But if you continue this process, your stomach will begin to expand to hold more. For me, this is not a good thing.
                Imagine a washcloth that is freshly dried out of the dryer. If you submerge that washcloth in a sink full of water it will absorb all the water it can hold. When you remove it, the water will stream out of the cloth because it can't hold any more. You can wring the cloth to remove excess water and then resubmerge it to absorb over and over. But if it is left out of the water, the cloth will eventually become dry again.
                When we continue to receive from God through His Word every day, we can become full and feel a sense of overflowing where it seems we can’t receive any more. This is when we should pour into others. Once we pour out of the abundance God gives us, then we can receive more from Him.
                We give God an open heart.
                He fills us to overflowing.
                We pour into others.
                God fills us again.
                We pour into others.
                God fills us again.
                Repeat, repeat, repeat.
                In this process, our hearts expand to hold more and more each time. Unlike our stomach expanding, this is a good thing. But like the washcloth, we have to resubmerge in God’s Word each time, or we will become dry.
“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Growing Up

           Yesterday my grandson turned 6. I can’t believe my daughter has a 6 year old son. It seems like only yesterday that she was 6. My grandson is getting so big and changing in so many ways. He doesn’t want to drink milk anymore unless it is chocolate, and he really prefers strawberry. He doesn’t like applesauce and baby foods anymore. His favorite food is now chicken nuggets. It’s also amazing what he is learning and how much more he knows every time I see him.
My grandson knows more than my daughter did at his age. He knows how to play video games, take pictures with a phone, retrieve pictures on the phone, use a DVD player, and how to operate any technology having anything to do with a game or movie. My daughter couldn’t do this at his age. Of course, these things didn’t exist when she was his age. Don’t tell her, but she must be getting old.
When my grandson woke up on his birthday, he was so excited to be 6. He wanted to know if he was a grown up. My daughter told him not yet, and he was disappointed to learn how “old” he would have to be in order to be considered a grown up. But the truth is that many adults that are old enough to be a grown up still aren’t grown up.
This is the same spiritually. Our spiritual age is not an indication of our spiritual maturity. If we neglect growing in God’s Word, we never leave that baby stage. We might not ever make it past chicken nuggets. But when we seek to learn and when we pray, read, study, and begin to discern God’s voice and the truths in His Word, we begin to grow up.
How old are you?
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe” (Hebrews 5:12-13).