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Desires


The alarm went off at the usual time but today would be anything but usual. I woke up slowly and managed to get out of bed and dressed in time to eat breakfast and hit the road. We had a long drive ahead of us but we hoped the results would be good. Following directions given to us by the realtor we found the first property. It was mostly open but had a small wooded area and stocked pond. The price was ok but there was large power line running over the pond and across the property.  It was just too open for what we wanted so we left for the next property.

We had seen this next property once before on our own. As we got closer I recognized the area and knew that the curve where the driveway is located was coming soon. Cautious excitement filled my mind and heart. We pulled into the driveway up to the entry gate. Exiting the car, we opened the gate and walked back the long driveway. As I looked at the trees I felt a peace come over me and felt like I was home. I remembered the time I had this feeling before. We were at an estate sale and I walked into the house just like I owned it. I knew it was mine. Shortly after that we bought that home.

As we stood in the yard and discussed details with the realtor the wind began to quietly sing through the trees. It was an amazing sound. It was unlike anything we had ever heard. The realtor left us there and we walked around discussing the possible purchase of the property. We prayed for direction and to make the right decision. I cried thinking that we might have found what we desired.  We left energized and thinking about all the possibilities and understanding all the cleanup that would be needed to bring this property up to the standard we desire.

I believe that God will give us the desires of our heart, because he puts the desires in there and makes a way for them to come true.

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

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Treasure the Glimpses


IMG_1944Weekends can get busy. There is always a new project to try to complete before you have to go back to work. Since our commute to and from work takes hours off each day that leaves us the weekends for projects. Our current project is building a shed in the back yard to give us some much needed storage space.

We have been working on the concept and placement for the shed for years but now with the permit in hand we are actually building it. A few weeks ago we started by trimming the tree that hung down too low to allow the shed. Then we worked on leveling the ground. Saturday we worked on pouring some concrete. Of course my jobs were less strenuous than Bob’s and as I sat and waited for my next job Bob shoveled the mix into the cement mixer. The wind was swirling around and cement dust was going everywhere so I covered my face with my gloved hands. I then separated my fingers and looked out to see if the dust had settled.

As I looked through my fingers I saw Bob working. I marveled how I could only see glimpses of him through the small opening between my fingers. Bob saw me with my hands covering my face and asked if I was playing peek-a-boo. Then it hit me. This is how some of us see God, in glimpses that are brief without the full picture.

Honestly, I cannot explain the glimpses but I can treasure them. So if you are like me and see God in glimpses I suggest that you take full advantage of those times, write them down and treasure them. There is no promise of how many times this will happen.

Elijah had one of these moments in 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV):

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

I am learning to treasure the moments that God gives me because I do not know what will happen tomorrow.

James 4:14 (NKJV)

“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

I pray that each of you will have many moments to treasure in  your lives. Enjoy this week, I should be back next week with more.

 

Family Time


family time 2 pictureI believe family relationships are very important to a healthy life. A few weeks ago my husband and I traveled over three hundred miles one way to see our son, Matt in a play. He never really showed an interest in acting in his childhood but has recently become involved in a community theater thanks to his wife Heather. I had traveled to see him play young Scrooge in a Christmas Carol last year since I was close by taking care of my sister after surgery. I really enjoyed that experience. But this time he had a leading role playing Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a Steve Martin play.

My daughter and her family also made the trip. We were all very impressed with his acting abilities and the whole cast did an awesome job. Matt even got a great review on his performance. They also added their own twists to the play making it into a bit of a musical. Then they did a version of karaoke at the end. It was great. I love live theater and seeing one of my children acting was a plus. Matt even did good with his singing.

And if that wasn’t enough live entertainment my daughter Jacquie took me to see “Beautiful” a musical about the life of Carol King. It was amazing. I got to see the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, what a beautiful place. I got my exercise in climbing many flights of marble stairs that day.  We could have taken the elevator but it was much more interesting to walk the stairs. I never realized that Carol King wrote so many songs. Then we got to have mother daughter time and ended up walking around downtown Fort Worth for a while. It was a great time.

And if that wasn’t enough family time Saturday I got to watch my grandson Jack play soccer, and score a couple of goals. I also got to sit near “Iron Man” Rex. Superheroes love soccer games. When that was over we walked around the fire department event that was going on adjacent to the soccer fields. We learned about fire trucks, the jaws of life, and how to break a car window to rescue someone. We also got free food from In and Out burger. Jack and Rex got their pictures taken with the Chick-fil-a cow, dressed up as a fire fighter. The boys got to sit in a swat truck and see bomb squad robots. It was lots of fun.

I don’t think that we can ever have too much family time. I am so appreciative of all the time that I have with my family. Really we never know how much time God will let us have on this earth, so it is important to take advantage of all the time he gives us.

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

Be the Match


IMG_1759I remember as a child going into a cavern with my family on vacation. It was one of the few vacations we ever took together. We went deep into the cave and then the guides turned off all the lights. It was so dark you could not see anything. You had to feel to find out if the person next to you was still there. In the darkness it got quiet and scary. They only left the lights out for a few seconds but in that time I experienced total darkness for the first time in my life.

With the recent eclipse some people were able to experience darkness without entering a cave, but there were still the stars that shone in the sky and the glow around the moon. Brief experiences with darkness can change your life.

I had a co-worker ask me this week, “When did this world get so evil?” It is a question that I have been asking myself a lot lately. We constantly hear on the radio and television about all the evil things that are taking place. There are murders, terrorist attacks, robberies, assaults, and general destruction occurring every day. It seems inescapable. And I have been praying for an answer.

Do I know exactly what has happened? No, but I am sure that some of it is because our society no longer believes in God and has lost hope. So what can I do as one individual? I can choose to react to these evils with love rather than becoming like those who have chosen the easy route and responding with hate. I have found that it is easier to respond to hate with hate than it is to respond with love. From a purely fleshly point of view this is true. However Jesus told us in John 16:33 (NASB):

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

So if we believe in Jesus, have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and given our life over to Him then we are obligated to respond with love because we are no longer living for ourselves but for the glory of God.

 Galatians 2:20 (NASB)

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

So if anyone asks you why the world is so evil try to refocus them to the light of Jesus so they can have some hope instead of being mired in the darkness that surrounds them. I remember in that cave they lit a match and I was amazed at how that small match lit up the whole dark cave. Let us be the match in the darkness and guide the world back to the Savior.

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

Light and Distance


lightAs I sat down in bed and began to read by the light of a small lamp, I realized I could not clearly see the words on the page and was straining my eyes. I tried bringing the book closer to my face but that just increased the blurriness of the words. So I held the book farther from my face but the words were just too far away.  I changed positions and brought the book closer to the lamp, but that position was way too uncomfortable.  I reluctantly got up and turned the overhead light on and was amazed how the words on the page were immediately legible.

It is amazing how having a book at just the right distance from your eyes and with enough light to illuminate the words can make all the difference in the world in your understanding of the words you are reading.  I know recently at work I have had to use a magnifying glass in order to read some very small print and handwriting.  I am thankful for the magnifying glass that helps me solve the mystery of what the words on the page are so I can do my job.

When life gets complicated and unsure maybe it is because there is not enough light to shine on the pages in the book of our lives to see the way. If we can’t read the words on the instructional pages we spend our lives winging it and get stuck and confused.  Sometimes all it takes is a little more light from God to get us to where the book is just the right distance from our eyes and we have our reading glasses on (if you need them like me) so we can read the instructions that will get us where we need to go.

Psalm 119:105 (NASB)

 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

God’s word is the Light that guides us with His divine wisdom and direction. God can see more than we can and from His perspective our problems, struggles, confusions and messes look much different. He sees the big picture and does not have to use a magnifying glass to understand what is going on. With His Word to light our path we will be directed to the right place.

Psalm 37:23 (NASB)

The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.

It all comes down to trusting God to direct us, no matter the circumstances or situations.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.

Every week God amazes me with His wisdom and understanding and His allowing me to share what He has shared with me. I grow and learn each day and week and year. In this New Year I hope that we will grow together and enjoy this life that God has given us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Thanksgiving Joy


I had a wonderful time with family this Thanksgiving. It has helped me relax and enjoy some stress free time. For that I am thankful. 

Our minds and bodies need to have time to recuperate from the stress of living in a fast pace world. It helps us figure out what is important and what is not. 

Jesus helps us understand that there is no need to be anxious in Matthew 6:25-34. He points out that He will take care of us and not to worry. 

Matthew 6:34  NASB

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This was written thousands of years ago but it is still true today. I find that amazing. 

Nehemiah 8:10 NASB

Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

This verse comes from a time when the people were stressing because they just heard the law and knew they had not kept it. I can’t imagine that stress can you? But they were given relief and told to celebrate and not stress but rather be filled with joy because of God. Celebrate the God who created and loves you rather than stressing over worldly things that will be gone tomorrow.

If we could only understand that we could be relieved of stress and live peaceful lives. 

So won’t you be thankful for what you have and the God who loves us with me. I will be back next week with more. 

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.

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