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Slow


img_2906Have you ever been to the grocery store trying to quickly get what you need and get on to the many other things you would rather be doing? And when you were in that crowded store you found yourself behind someone blocking what you needed. This person was walking slowly and appearing to just ponder over everything on the shelf for what seems like forever. Only to finally walk away with nothing, leaving you wonder why.

I can offer a possible answer to the why question. On Saturday I was struggling with some unusual back and leg issues and needed to shop. I was determined that I would be able to get the groceries on my own. I was a wonderful sight. I put on my hat to cover up my hair that was out of control due to a bad hair day. I attached my Tens machine to my lower back and put on a long tee shirt to hide the machine and it’s wires. I figured if I had trouble moving I could just turn the machine on and it would help. And as usual it did help.

However my pace was very slow. I walked even slower than those electric carts. And if you have ever been stuck behind one of them you know that is slow. Due to the issues I found myself stopping and leaning on my cart and to not draw attention to myself I pretended to be interested in what was on the shelf next to my rest stop. Yes, I walked away from the area without picking anything up most of the time. I did try not to block anyone.

I found one advantage to going through the store at a much slower pace, I did not have to back track too much because I could better inspect what was on the shelves and find what I needed. The disadvantage is that it took a whole lot longer.

I think sometimes God allows us to experience not being able to go fast so that we can better appreciate things around us and realize that rushing just adds stress. I hope that I do not have to go that slow again in the store, but you never know. This experience has also shown me that people who go through stores slowly might have a really good reason and maybe the  next time I am tempted to get upset with them I should stop and pray for them.

It just goes to show you that what you see on the outside is not always what is going on in the inside. Remember to be patient.

Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Victory over the Thief


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John 10:10 (NKJV)

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

It started like a whisper bringing doubt and fear. It was a little thought, a small idea that could have quickly been pushed away. It entered my mind like a vapor of smoke in the air. A quick rebuke would have pushed it away like a fan could move smoke. I tried on my own to make it leave but the more I tried the more I engaged it and began to accept the doubt and fear. I knew I needed help. I reached out to my husband because I did not want to miss a whole night’s sleep to this thief.

He listened and gave advice but words weren’t helping. He prayed for me. I believed God would answer the prayer and took my bible and my phone and walked away. Then another thought came. This thought inspired me and gave me direction. I opened the wordpress app on my phone pulled up my blog and began to search “worry”. I knew through God’s inspiration I had written some articles on worry. As I began to read what God had put in my heart to write I began to feel comfort.

Then I began to marvel at God and how He used what I hoped would be out there to help others to once again help me. Even if no one else in the world was ministered to by these blogs I thank God that He has used them to help me. I know that by sharing what He has taught me I am laying the groundwork for a brighter future in Him for anyone who finds what they need in these words.

I am thankful that God once again showed Himself faithful to show me how to quash fear and doubt and walk in His abundant life. I won this battle with the thief and I know that there will be battles in the future. I am thankful that I have a tool and weapon that will allow me to win the battles. I thank God for His word and His love.

Join me this week in holding our ground against the thief who would try to steal our peace. Join me in living more abundantly. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

September 11, 2001


img_0930-1This day has become a day of remembrance for everyone in the United States of America. We remember those who were killed by terrorists. We remember where we were that day and exactly what was going on when we heard the news.

I remember vividly that I was the only adult with around 7 students. We had started the day and Ashley had arrived a little late. Once she was in the room we were about to start the day with the pledge. Ashley told us there was a plane that flew into the World Trade Center in New York. She wanted to turn on the TV. I told her we would do opening exercises and then turn it on to see what was going on. When we turned it on and started to watch the second plane flew into a tower. One was bad enough but the second one put us all on edge. We then heard about the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

I knew as the only adult around I had to keep my composure. This was very difficult. And after watching the TV for a while I could see it was having a nerve racking effect on the youngest student. I decided it would be better to get back to school work, but first we should go outside and try to run off some of the anxiety that everyone was feeling.

September 11, 2001 changed our world. It changed everything for our country and affected my family in many ways. No I was not at ground zero for any of the events. But I have family members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the U.S. homeland in the military.  I have a family member who is now a fire fighter since coming out of the military.

After 9/11 the security and freedom we felt in this country was rocked to the core. We had to find a new way to make sense of the world. In my lifetime I thought all the wars were fought in other countries. I had never experienced terror like what 9/11 brought us.

A lot of us had to find our peace again. We had to re-evaluate where our hope came from. We had to re-evaluate our lives and our steps forward. One thing I learned through all of this is that God is still in control. No matter what happens, no matter where it happens God knows and will help us through it. Join me today in reflecting on what God has done through this tragedy.

Sharing


jack and rex playingIn the life of a child sharing is something that is emphasized and difficult. I witnessed an amazing thing this morning as I watch two of my grandsons with a snack in the kitchen. Bob and I had bought some Red IS Apricots—first time I have ever seen these. They are an apricot that has been pollinated by a plum. We tried them and they have a sweet and tart flavor that can make you pucker but want more. So we decided to let Jack and Rex try them this morning. I cut off about 1/8 piece for each of them and Jack really loved them. I could not tell if Rex did or not but he ate what I gave him. So I cut up the rest of the apricot for Jack and put it in a bowl.

Rex decided that he wanted to eat more but Jack didn’t really want to share his, so I cut another one for Rex. In the mean time Jack finished eating all of his. They sat on the kitchen floor with both of their bowls and Rex proceeded to take pieces out of his bowl and give them to Jack. I asked Jack to make sure Rex got some and so as Rex gave pieces to Jack, Jack would put a piece in Rex’s mouth. It was an amazing time of sharing a really good snack.

Oh that life could be that simple every day. Let me dream a little.

  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our desires were fulfilled just by showing someone what we wanted?
  • Wouldn’t it be amazing if drivers on the highways would respect each other by driving safely and courteously?
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if politicians would just tell us the truth about themselves so we can make an informed decision?
  • Wouldn’t it be great if we allowed ourselves to have so much compassion for others that we would share the truth that we know with them so they have an opportunity to believe?
  • Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone took time to consider their eternity and take steps to insure their salvation?

Wouldn’t it be nice? This life is too short to spend being busy and never taking time to consider the future. God is our hope and future. In Jeremiah 29:11 He says:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God knows what we need and has a plan for us all we need to do is take time to listen and accept Him. On this Labor Day weekend try to take some time and consider your future. Spend some time in the Bible to see what might be in store for you. Enjoy your weekend and week and I will be back next week with more.

Take a Stand


San Jose - Phoenix 31Psalm 53:1

The fool has said in his heart,
There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.

There is no God? How can anyone in their right mind believe this? When I look around me and see wonders  like beautiful natural landscapes, waterfalls, grass, flowers, trees, stars, the sun the moon and an amazing variety of people, I know that there has to be a God who created it all.

And yet there are some very highly educated people in this world who have turned their backs on God and believe an amazingly ridiculous theory that a random event created our universe. My question is where did the things that were part of the random event come from?

I don’t claim to know where God came from but it’s a sight easier to believe that there is a higher authority that created this world than to believe it just happened. And if God created it all then there must have been a purpose for the creation. Then I, as part of the creation, must have a purpose in this life. Now the question becomes, what is my purpose in this life? It can take a lifetime to fully understand the answer to this question.

In part I understand that I am, like all believers, destined to do all that I can to bring Glory to God. This purpose, in general, could be brought forth in many ways. I don’t have to spend each day saying, “What should I do? How should I do it?” I can live this life with the understanding that God is real and He made me, which gives me worth and purpose. I want others to understand also that God is real and He loves His creation no matter how messed up they might look on the surface.

A long time ago, just after I was saved, I broke ties with a nationally known club because of their stand on abortion. I had been President and Director of this club in past years. But I could no longer have my name associated with an organization that went against my beliefs. Some people in the club thought I was wrong because the local club did not feel like they agreed with the new national platform. For me it was a game changer, though I enjoyed my time with them I felt I could no longer continue. I had to take a stand.

I think we are all  called to take a stand for our beliefs and understanding that God is alive and cares what we do. In the final judgment He is going to want an accounting for what we have done. Have we lived our lives to show His majesty, or have we lived our lives being comfortable with what others want us to do?

I am sure I have missed opportunities to show who I am and who God is in front of unbelievers. Political correctness has stifled us as a society. Would you join me this week in taking a stand for God? I will be back next week with more.

Guide Me


IMG_0975 (1)“Buzz, Buzz, Buzz.” She was feeling drowsy as she awoke to that horrible buzzing from the alarm. “Time to get up already!,” she thought. Slowly she began her daily routine. First she would read her bible and then prayer time followed by exercises and preparations for work. This morning she felt extra need for guidance. “God please guide me though this day. I know you always guide me, but I feel the need for extra.”

She began to think about the many times God had directed her. Many years ago He showed her and her husband a new direction in life. She had been guided in the ways to raise the children. She had avoided accidents on the highways by His guidance. God had especially filled her with peace and strength just before her father died which gave her courage to make it through. She had been shown grace and mercy many times. As she thought about those times her faith began to grow and she felt confident that she would know what to do and when.

Just like any other day time quickly began to run out on her. She needed to leave for work but could not find her phone. She fumbled through her purse and finally at the bottom she found it. Opening Google maps she punched in the address and pressed go. Three routes showed up on the screen. One had a toll road and was not much faster so she dismissed it and moved on to the remaining two. Her favorite route was longer in miles but a less stressful drive. The shortest route had a good estimated time but usually filled in with traffic and she could expect to add around 10 or more extra minutes because of that. Though she wanted to take her favorite route she decided to take the shortest routes. She had that feeling again and did not want to do the wrong thing.

She left the house with all her stuff in hand. She unlocked the car and clumsily placed her purse and lunch and notebook on the seat beside her. With the seatbelt clicked in place and the phone navigation attached to the magnet she drove off. As she listened to the radio her mind began to drift off to politics and current events. She instinctively got over to the far right lane in anticipation of exiting the highway to follow her favorite route.

Then she realized she had decided to stay on this highway. Remembering that feeling she moved the car all the way to the left lane to remind herself she was staying on this route. A few minutes past her point of no return for the route, she heard a traffic report. The favorite route had a traffic accident that was causing a major back up. If she had taken it she quite possibly would have been late for work.

As she continued on her route she began thanking God for directing her steps once again. This was not the first time and she was sure it would not be the last time that God had helped her go the right way.

Proverbs 20:24 (NKJV)

 A man’s steps are of the Lord;
How then can a man understand his own way?

Join me in taking some time this week to look how God has directed your steps. I will be back next week with more.

Are you Hooked?


hooksI have been trying to learn more  and hone my writing skills in order to write picture books. I took a webinar this week and one of the action items I was given to do was to read my manuscript and write a hook sentence. This is one sentence that captures the plot and theme of your story, without giving away the ending. It compels the reader to want to read the whole manuscript.

I started thinking about this and know that it will take a while to get it right. Then I paused and wondered if I had to narrow my life down to one sentence what would it be? How could I condense my years of life and dreams and motivations down into one sentence? Is it even possible? I realized that usually it is either at award ceremonies or someone’s funerals that people try to sum up a life. But what if I were to do it today?

For me my life is summed up in the words of a friend who told me during our conversation, “You just want to do the right thing.” Thanks Kathy. That really sums up my life in a short sentence. It does not expand on the ideas but gets to the core of who I am. To make it a hook sentence I would have to expand a little on it.

Kitty is a Christian who desires to give Glory to God and do the right thing throughout her life, but when life gets in the way amazing things happen.

Are you hooked on following my life? Would you read a blog based on this statement? If yes then I have done a good job. If no then I need to keep working on it.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost and through trials, temptations and triumphs He made a way for all of us to be saved.  How about that hook sentence for Jesus? Would you look into His life because of it? To find out more about this salvation you can read His book, The HOLY BIBLE.

Now I want to give you a challenge. Write a hook sentence for your life. It might take a while but I think it would be a good lesson in discovery for all of us. Make sure you convey your journey and plot for your life so far without giving away the end. And share your sentence with me in the comments. I would love to know what you come up with.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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