Sunday, December 21, 2014
Since I was listening to Christain radio, I knew that the Being they were singing about always being safe in the arms of, was our wonderful God; but I couldn't help but relate the words to my own feelings for my children.... I couldn't stop thinking about the unconditional love that a parent feels for their child and the fact that parents will sacrifice ANYTHING to keep their children safe, always!
Once the song was over, I began to think about my part in the Christmas Cantata at my church this year. I was Mary (what an honor)! And in one of my songs the lyrics were "You are my child, and also child divine. I will hold you forever just as your will hold me forever!" Wow! That line of lyrics speaks about both God's love for ALL of his children and about a parent's never ending love for their child, all at the same time. What a powerful way to view what Mary must have felt, knowing that her child would 'care for her' just as much as she for Him!
As I sit here tonight wrapping Christmas presents, and almost lost in the 'craziness' of Christmas busyness, I am so Blessed to be reminded over and over of the amazing Gift that was given to us on that First Christmas! The tiny baby that would change the world and forever "Hold" us all!
Thank you Lord for Christmas, for my children, for your Child Divine, for Mary, and for the existence of Unconditional Love between a Parent and Child!! We are so Very Blessed!
Merry Christmas to all!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Yes, what more generic thing to Blog about on Thanksgiving evening than Thankfulness.... I know, not very original. :) But, I feel moved to share that the thing that I am MOST thankful for throughout this past year is my FAITH! Thank you Lord, so very much, for molding my faith into something so much more deep and amazing than even before!
It has been a very trying year indeed! And I am certainly thankful for my wonderful children, and that they are both healthy and happy, as at this time last year, they were not... I am thankful for my job that I love, even though it drives me crazy some days, it is exactly where I should be! I am deeply thankful for each and every one of the public speaking opportunities that I have had throughout this past year, and LOVE the growth and wonder that speaking has fueled in my life!! I am thankful for many many wonderful things in my life, but most of all, FAITH and GOD'S INFLUENCE on my life! I cannot even explain how divine guidance has led me through the past year; it is amazing to me every time that I think back on all the spiritual growth that I have experienced!
I have been terrified, lost, sometimes on the wrong path; I have realized dreams and chased dreams, I have been given opportunities that were only dreams....this has been a year of change!
The many blessings that the Lord has given to me this past year were unreachable in other years, but He has shown me the right paths to work my way down to pursue my dreams!
I am so blessed with a wonderful church family and worship band and other connections at church, that have brought such positivity into my life! When I needed it most this past year, there have been hundreds of people sending up prayers for my needs or wants, and that is an amazing feeling! How blessed I am to have such wonderful, loving, Christian people in my life!!
So, to each and every one of you that has prayed for me, pulled for me, listened to me, helped me, counseled me, and laughed with me this past year, THANK YOU!!!! And THANK YOU LORD for ALL that I have!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
As I continue in my daily tasks, working toward what I believe God's purpose in my life is right now, I keep listening to God's voice in my day-to-day activities, and to this wonderful song...
Ashes Remain - Here For A Reason (Single): http://youtu.be/hmXoLGK0MJg
Just last week I was privileged to speak to a wonderful group of Christian women. Each time that I present my speeches, I am just as blessed and positively influenced by the reminders that God gives me through Scripture, as I hope and pray the other women listening are.
As I was speaking, and driving to and from my speech, the message that kept resonating with me personally last week was that each day is a gift. Over and over I was reminded of how much can be accomplished in each day, of how much love and kindness we can all share, and how we can add a positive influence into others lives each and every day! Right now, a part of my God given purpose is to share my faith and life experiences with others to benefit them and make their days better. I am so so happy to feel that purpose and continue to try to live it every day!
Wishing you all a very blessed week!!
Monday, October 6, 2014
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
His deep anxiety about his surroundings began the end of July, after a scary incident, and has been very strong ever sense.....
I have tried everything that I can think of, and continue to try every idea that I come across, to help this poor child be able to calm down and trust more...
I recently asked my Pastor for advice, and he borrowed me a video titled "Rain" to watch with my son. This video is so amazing, and I cannot possibly explain how deeply it touched us, in few words, but the main point was; When we are stuck in the "storms" of our lives and the "rain" keeps coming down, God holds us tight and reminds us that he is with us and that he knows the way to get out of the "Storm". Trust in him, and he will lead you through all of life's "Storms".
This was such a beautiful video, and my sons really liked it too! They didn't grasp all of the concepts until we discussed it after watching, and then, they both really understood!
To watch my boys both think and reflect that "Yea, God is always with us!" and "Wow, he will carry me through anything!" was a very amazing mother moment indeed!
From that discussion, we went on to a related craft..... I had previously cut out many little rain drops from blue construction paper, and I asked the boys to write a "storm/trial" that they feel they have faced on each raindrop and attach it to construction paper. We did this together and guess what, mama ended up writing on the most raindrops! We then shared together, what each of us had written on our own raindrops. This whole process was very beautiful! When preparing for this activity, I didn't know if both of my boys would be old enough to fully grasp this concept, but they surprised me, and dug deep!
Once we each had our own "Sky" full of Raindrops (on paper), we held them above our heads and we said "Here God....Please hold me and show me the way through these storms!" "We trust in You!" And then, we each put our storms away in a drawer in our rooms, and moved on, because we had just given our worries to God, and they are no longer in our hands! (both literally and figuratively) :)
Scriptures that we read included:
"Is Anyone Crying for Help? God is listening, ready to rescue you." Psalm 34:17
"O Lord, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you." Psalm 88:1
"There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place." Deuteronomy 1:31
This powerful lesson with my boys touched each of us very deeply, and I am so grateful for the way in which it touched me, and the way that we opened up and bonded over this experience!
What an amazing work God did in each of us just today, by bringing us that video and his word and reminding us, convincing us all, that we are NEVER alone, and that He will carry and care for us always!
I write this hoping, that each of you may be reminded also, that God is with you in every "Storm" of life, and that He will show you the way through it!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
I thought about the many many blessings we've been given in those 11 years. I began to think about the blessings that came directly from the challenges...
He knows that each challenge is going to lead us in a new, right direction. He plans out how he is going to get us to listen to His will for our lives. Even when we don't see the signs he sends, or don't stop long enough to get his message, God finds a way, through our trials, to lead us to our blessings!
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Yesterday though, I was put down and accused in front of coworkers, and for whatever reason, it embarrassed me enough to cause the tears to flow freely.
As I tried to put my thoughts and feelings into words for my Blog last night, I found myself unable to. So, I sought a scripture reading that would help, and I was led to this one:
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand. "It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
So, with this short post, I hope to encourage my readers to remember how much words and accusations can hurt others, and that generally the person who appears worst to others, is the one spouting off.
I am on my lunch break now, and as I hit "publish", I am closing the book on this experience (thank God). Here's to a great rest of the week for me and all of you!
Monday, September 1, 2014
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Psalm 34:17-19 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
John 16:32-33 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Monday, August 25, 2014
I sought an answer from scripture.
Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
What a powerful verse!
Even when we don't know what to pray for, the Spirit does it for us. Even when we can't explain our anxieties, the Spirit prays for us.
My friend is overwhelmed with anxiety, but she does not need to figure it out herself, because she is not alone! The Lord will just wrap her in his arms and take care of the burden!
When we cry out and ask God to take away a burden, he does! He covers our fears with his love.
Sometimes when we are anxious, we neglect to hear the voice of God..... The small, calm voice that tells us everything will be ok. "I've got this, child."
Faith should allow us to END anxiety. We all need to try harder to turn things over to God. He does, in fact, make all of the decisions anyway!
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He knows what is best for us!
So, I close tonight with this thought:
God IS going to be up all night 'worrying' for us, planning for us, lining things up for our days to play out as He plans. So, don't go to bed with any anxiety tonight; turn it all over to God!
Wishing you all a peaceful night's sleep, and many to come!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Last night I felt so very defeated. So exhausted and wondering what I have done wrong to raise such rude children.....
Parenting can be really really hard sometimes. There are days when you wake up in the morning already tired, and this is how I felt today, after a day like yesterday.
Thankfully, we can always look to God's word for help in tough times. I searched my online Bible last night for keyword, "tired". And this is the first verse that was on top:
"Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:3
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I began my hike this morning under many dark clouds. I wondered as I climbed this hill, "why does it have to be so gloomy today, why must I hike when its cold out, poor poor me" (feeling cranky)...
But once on top of the hill, I was immediately struck by the awesome beauty of the sun shining on the horizon. Just on the other side of the lake, the sun was shining brightly. I realized then that my day was about to turn around.
So there I sat cold, on this wet bench, thinking to myself, "isn't that how all of life works... God gives us all challenges, or hills to climb, but there is always a brighter horizon on the other side. The challenges that we face, no matter the size, always have a reason. God leads us through the hills and valleys of life, so that we can enjoy the sunnier, other side."
When in the midst of climbing the many hills that I have thus far in life, I don't usually understand the reason that God has given me a particular challenge, until I reach the top and see the beauty on the other side. God knows, and has always known, what he wants for each of our lives. His plan is carefully laid out. So, the next time that I stand at the bottom of the hill, facing a new challenge, I am going to try my best to face it with wonder and excitement to see the beauty that God has planned for me on the other side.
Always remember the beauty of God's Plan! Have a Blessed Week!