Monday, July 16, 2018

Pleasant Surprises

If we will keep God first place, if we will walk in His ways, all these blessings will overtake us.
Deuteronomy 28:1
  
In that verse, the word “overtake” is translated to mean “to catch by surprise.” God wants to bless us, and He is continuously good to His children. God wants to surprise you. He wants you to be amazed at the blessings He lays upon your life. When we begin to trust Him, and rely on Him as we sometimes struggle through life we will begin to relax as we learn to wait upon the Lord.
 
Our Heavenly Father enjoys surprising us with His goodness, and I experienced that with great joy last weekend!


Those of you that know me, know how much I LOVE singing, and how important music is to me. I was invited, at the last minute, to go to a local dancing bar, that I have only been to once, in the last 12 years... Since there would be good company there, I decided, "what the heck"...


When I arrived at this country bar, on the weekend of the local Rodeo, it was packed! As I asked questions about the band, and spoke with them on their break, I found out that they were from Nashville, and had come up that weekend, especially for the Rodeo crowd! And boy was that a good move, as this particular country bar was PACKED that night!
 
When chatting with the band, I proceeded to say "If you need a female backup for any songs tonight, I would be more than happy to get on stage and give it a try!" They courteously said OK.
 
About an hour later, as the band was taking another break, the lead singer came over to me and said "Hey, you can sing the first song of the next set if you would like." To which I said sure! 


He asked if I knew the tune, and I said yes! It is one of the country classics that my band performed in Medora that summer.....
 
So, a bit later, there I was, center stage, right in the most energizing place that I ever get to be, SINGING! And this Nashville band was GOOD. The lead singer then stepped back from his microphone and said "You just take it, you got it!"    I was immediately overwhelmed with gratitude! To be standing center stage in this packed bar, singing a country classic that is such a GREAT song, to a room full of people and a packed dance floor was amazing!
  
I walked off of that stage on cloud 9 for certain!   This was a night full of adrenaline and surprises.
 
The Lord gave me such a pleasant surprise that weekend! 


I am still in awe of His grace, and of the ways that He places us right where we need to be for him to bless us! Thank you Lord!
 
As the night went on, I sang with them a few more times, and once the evening was coming to an end, the lead singer asked me for my band business card. I had never given my card to someone from Nashville before, but that night I did, and it felt like a long awaited blessing, like a dream come true, to have completely unexpectedly encountered a band that loves my voice, and wants to contact me in the future!
 
Thank you Lord for ALL of life's surprises, big or small, as they are the sunshine of our days, weeks, years, and lives!
 
God will always surprise us with His goodness even when we misstep. We may get off course, but His direction is always right on target.
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Finding our way through life is possible, only with His guidance. This is God's plan for our lives!



Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Proving a Point, Poolside" My recent post of Bridging the Gap

Hi everyone! 

This post is a bit different than what you are used to seeing from me....

It was written for the "Just for Laughs" section of a Blog that I am a regular contributor for.  

Please enjoy this piece whenever you need a good laugh! 

Proving a Point, Poolside
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My embarrassment is laid out here for your enjoyment! :) hahaha!


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

"Share your Stories", my recent post on Daughters of the Deep

Psalm 145:4 ESV
One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
Click here "Share your Stories" Blog Post to check out my newest blog post on Daughters of the Deep. 
"As women of faith before us have shared their stories, lessons, and experiences, we too shall share our God given victory stories, accounts of strife, and everything in-between, with other women, in order to encourage them through their rough times and assure them that the season will pass and God will work all things for good!
Share your stories, animate your life experiences and lessons, in order to guide the path and brighten the journey for another!"
Have a blessed weekend! 

Friday, June 8, 2018

"When Chaos Calls" - My Recent Post on "Bridging the Gap"

"From the moment our alarm clock goes off in the morning, we are rushing for deadlines and schedules: kids schedules, work schedules, exercise schedules, prayer schedules, church schedules, hobby schedules, and the list goes on…  And then, there’s all the events: parties, celebrations, sporting events, music events, and more. Even our social calendars these days are chaotic."

Click on the link below to Check out this post and read encouraging words about this chaos of our many callings in life, and learning to be peace-filled in the midst of the chaos!

My Post on Bridging the Gap: "When Chaos Calls"

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” John 14:27 (ESV).


Saturday, May 12, 2018

5 Simple Truths to Help Combat Defensiveness - Posted on Daughters of the Deep

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “… it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.” 

Do you need some help with handling the defensiveness that is Pride-based, in your life?  I know I do!  So I wrote this post about the helpful advice that I found when researching this topic. 

Enjoy my post by clicking below! 

5 Simple Truths to Help Combat Defensiveness

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Praying for the World - Post on Daughters of the Deep

In this time of deep uncertainty in the World.  Many staggering questions surround us daily...

The best thing for us to do when we want to help, is Pray! 

Click below to read my newest Blog Post on Daughters of the Deep: 

Praying For the World post 
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Imagine what might happen if each of us prayed longer and stronger for the World, each time that we were fearful about something going on in the World.
Let us cover this broken World with prayer! Let us all put down our fears, as we kneel powerfully together and repeatedly call upon the healer of all, the maker of the Universe; to help this land and to use us each to make a difference in any way, large or small, that we are able.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sprinkle Love All Around - My Recent Post for Bridging the Gap

“If you wrote a song about recent experiences in your life, what would the title be?”

My recent answer was: 

"Sprinkle Love All Around"
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Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Romans 12:9 (NLT)

Isn’t it amazing how love multiplies and spreads?

Please click above to read my story about sharing love and being surrounded by love! 

Peace to your week! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Is Your Vocation? - posted 1st on Daughters of the Deep

Hello dear readers!

Today I have a post to share with you all, which is very dear to my heart!

Here is my favorite quote from the post, "Do EVERYTHING that you do, whether mundane or classy, whether required or soul-provoked, whether boring or delightful; do it all in the name of God and with the full love of God poured out to those you share life’s moments with!"

My post,  What Is Your Vocation?  just went live on the Daughters of the Deep blog, and I am so excited about it!

Please click above to read and enjoy mu most recent post!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Love Your Neighbor - Posted on Daughters of the Deep

Please check out my most recent Blog Post that was just published on Daughters of the Deep:  

Love Your Neighbor - Posted on Daughters of the Deep
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Here's a quote from the post: 

"Understanding that prayer is helpful in all circumstances is the key to letting go and letting God handle it!"

Enjoy! 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Live By Grace, Not By Perfection

Live by grace,
not by perfection.

That is the sign above my desk at work.

I need to be reminded of that every day!

Does someone in your life expect perfection from you?

If so, hold strong to the truth that we cannot obtain perfection, and that is OK.

I find myself striving so hard to please others.

Especially when it comes to my coworkers, who demand perfection from me. It is very difficult when we find ourselves in situations in life, in which perfection is expected.  As believers, we know in our hearts that perfection is unattainable for us, but that does not make the pressure from the World around us go away.

The grace of God is Enough! Believe it!  Live it!  Know it every day!

The only human that could ever, can ever, and will ever obtain perfection, was half-human half-holy, Jesus our Christ. So if the people in your life are pushing you towards perfection, stand firm in your belief that God's grace is enough!

We can sometimes put so much pressure on ourselves; the last thing we need is to internalize pressure from others!

Listen to the truth in these scriptures I highlight today. 

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace towards me was not in vain

As long as we work with all our heart, and give our personal best to whatever we do, the grace of God makes that enough!

You are enough just as you are!

Listen to this wonderful song, that I have chosen to interpret to be about the struggle to accept that we are Enough. And also that Jesus' sacrifice if Enough for us and we do not need to strive so hard! 


You are enough for God! Jesus is enough for you.

Put a stop the pressure around you and within you, pushing toward perfection. Believe that You are enough!