Inspiration, Christianity and My Life, Children

Do You Remember When……

psalm-37-23-in-the-sandSometimes God surprises me with little reminders. It is easy to get caught up in everything that happens in this busy life. We can get so focused on what we need to do to make a living we lose sight of why we are here on this earth. And truthfully sometimes we just don’t know why God created us. We sometimes feel lost and alone needing direction but so caught up in everything around us that we can’t step back and remember the promises. Sometimes we feel like the promises are gone forever and were just something we made up in our heads. Then God reminds us.

God reminded me yesterday about a time when he orchestrated an encounter and some encouragement for my husband and I. We were blessed to go on a business trip. While on this trip we made it a priority to find a local church for worship on Sunday morning before we left the area. On Saturday night we used the phone book, this was before the internet, and found a church. We called to see what time the services were and spoke with the caretaker of the church. He invited us over to see the church that evening and listen to the worship practice. We were excited and took the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy some time to ourselves. We were met by the caretaker who spoke some things to us that were very timely and we could tell were directly from the heart of God. We stayed for the worship practice and as we were leaving the caretaker gave us Haleys Bible handbook that he thought we could use in our journey with God. It was amazing and great.

The next morning we arrived at the service knowing that we would have to leave a little before noon in order to get back to our room in time to check out and leave for home. The service was different. The pastor said that God had directed him to do it differently. I don’t honestly remember all that happened but what I do remember is that God’s presence was strong and everything that was spoken during the service was something my husband and I needed to hear. Then we noticed that the time for us to leave was quickly approaching and we hoped we would not have to leave before the end of the service. Surprisingly the pastor got up and said that the service was over. He said that God had prompted him to end the service because He knew we needed to leave in order to get on our way.

It was the most amazing thing that we had ever experienced. To think that God cared enough about us to do all that He had done during that service. God reminded me yesterday that He is still the same God who took care of us then and that He will still take care of us.

Words cannot describe the amazement at that reminder. I believe that no matter what happens in this world, which seems crazy right now, God is in control and we can rest assured that He will take care of His people.

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

Live Life from the Heart

jacquie-chris-and-mattWhy can’t time stand still? As I look up from my seat I see pictures of my children when they were little. I remember that time of life. I was young and energetic. I was able to keep up with three little kids and managed to keep them from harm. We played together and built forts in the snow, enjoyed each other’s company and grew up together. I know that I was the adult in that little group of me and my kids but I was young and still had some growing up to do.

It is funny looking back I enjoyed the good and bad times with the kids. We always had some sort of adventure going at our house. We did not go to many public places but we spent quality time together. I enjoyed getting to know who my children were and trying to look forward in their lives to whom they might become. Funny how some parents worry about their children’s grades, I did not. I told them to do their best in learning but I was most concerned about their conduct grades. I figured they would get the academics but wondered if they would understand how to behave around other people.

I think God is like that with us. I think He enjoys spending time with us to get to know us. He is not so worried about us knowing every bit of the bible to please Him. He is more concerned about our actions that come out of what is in our heart. If we allow ourselves to live out of the love that God has put in our hearts then we can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God is pleased with us. We don’t have to worry that we cannot memorize every scripture or quote it correctly. Academics are not as important as living with a heart after God.

So my challenge for this week is to live life from the heart. I am going to try to express the love of God that is living inside of me to those around me without condemning them for what they do not know. Will you join me in this quest? Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Life Facing Jesus

eyes-on-jesusIt has been a challenging week for me this week. Thankfully after having a doctor visit on Thursday I am on medication that seems to be helping my back problem. I am walking a little faster and my legs don’t feel so heavy. A pinched nerve is no fun but the medicine should reduce the swelling and help.

When it feels like my body is falling apart it becomes difficult to step away from the pain and problems and get a better perspective. But I was blessed this week to be able to step back and realize that I am a spirit that lives in this body, no matter how good or bad the body is feeling. I am not the body, I am the spirit. This has allowed me to better deal with the pain and frustration of the physical ailments that have tried to take over my whole life.

I am learning how to deal with not being able to do everything I want to do. I am learning how to slow down and be more careful in my physical choices. I have been trying for years to become more physically active, but it would seem every time I feel I am making progress I take two steps back with injuries. This could be depressing if I let it, but I choose to realize that this body is only a temporary home for my spirit. I will do my best to keep it as healthy as possible but when it finally gives out I will gladly give it up to spend the rest of my eternity with God.

I know that there are people who are struggling much more than I am and for them I offer a prayer that they could be able to step away from the pain and suffering and realize the pain, like everything else in this world, is temporary.

The Hymn “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” by Helen Howarth Lemmel really speaks to this.

O soul, are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

Oh that we could spend our every day in this frame of mind. For if we did this world would be a better place for all of us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Pace Doesn’t Matter

IMG_1125[1].JPGI decided to take Nemo out for a walk this morning. We have not been for a walk in a few weeks because of my physical issues. But this morning I was struggling with trying to think in the house and decided I just needed to walk. So I hooked him up to his leash and started a rather short and slow walk. We left out the back gate and walked down the alley to the field.

As I stood next to the field I looked up at the sky and the familiar area. I realized that I had been walking to and past this spot for around 18 years now. It has been a spot where I have encountered God and His inspiration several times. I cried at that thought.

As we turned and walked back toward the house I realized how much trouble Nemo was having adjusting to my pace. He would start getting way ahead of me and then have to stop and wait for me to catch up. Or then he would walk too slow and I would pass him up, then he would go too fast again.

In our society it appears that everything that needs to be done must be done fast. We are put under so much pressure to get it and get it quickly. God doesn’t call us to walk at a certain pace, to go fast or slow. And no matter what the pace, God is everywhere. The interesting thing that I have learned is that when I rush around I don’t take as much time for God, but when my pace slows I allow my mind to contemplate His goodness and mercy. That is a good thing.

Psalm 139:7-12 (NKJV)

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

So maybe it is time to find a way to slow the pace and enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.


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


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.

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