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IMG_1725July is my favorite month of the year. It is the month full of family birthdays including mine. First thing on my birthday morning I read a birthday message that Bob left on my mirror in the bathroom. I was also blessed with a wonderful surprise visit at work from my daughter and two grandsons. They came bearing balloons, a card, a cookie cake, a large cupcake, flowers and a violet plant. Wow so much fun. The boys enjoyed demonstrating a few little dances to anyone who would watch.

All my children remembered my birthday. My son Matt sent a great card from his family and my son Chris and his family called and sang me a birthday song. Between in person birthday wishes from family and co-workers, cards, facebook wishes and phone calls it was a great day to know people care. I feel especially blessed to have a loving husband, family and such a thoughtful daughter and grandsons who live close by. The older I get the more challenging birthdays become, but with family and friends that love me, they are easier to bear.

Life is all about connections and building relationships. Those relationships help us celebrate the good times and get through the rough times in our lives. There is one relationship I could not live without, that is my relationship with God. It keeps me steady in the good times and the bad. Without God I would not have the courage to go on in this life. He is my rock and my salvation.

Psalm 62:6 (NASB)

He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

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.

You cannot trust someone you do not know. So trusting God requires having a relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with Him I suggest that you get a Bible and start the journey in the book of John which is in the New Testament. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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You Have to Trust to Follow


IMG_0798This week has been about changes and challenges. I started a new job on Wednesday.  Of course I had to learn new routes to work. When you live in the metroplex you quickly learn that you cannot have just one way to get where you are going because if there is an accident or construction or anything happening along that route you will have to find a different way to get there. Different routes take different times and you can’t just get up right before you think you need to leave because your leave time changes daily. Now I am not new to commuting so I understood when I took the job this challenge was there. I am however trying to get used to the time I need to be out of bed in order to make this happen each day. With time my body will adjust to the new waking time.

Traffic on the other hand is so unpredictable and when it rains everything goes crazy. Roads get flooded, entrances to highways get blocked off and life becomes more of a challenge. With all these roads it is good to have an app that can tell what is the best route. This app sometimes gives the best route with traffic and sometimes just wants you to do crazy things that I refuse to follow. One time it wanted me to get off the highway and take side streets for a while and then get back on the highway. Now if there is an accident to avoid I would do that but I did not follow this time because there was no accident and it was bringing me back on the road where the traffic was still slow. I could not see the reason for this exit. One time it told me to exit the highway at a certain point and by the time I got to that point it changed its mind and told me not to take that route because I was on the fastest route.

Follow the lead of an app on my phone is something I do not do blindly because it can change and I can find myself completely uncomfortable and fearing that I will ever make it to my destination. However following after God and allowing Him to lead me in this path of life gives me comfort. I know that God sees all things and knows all things and would not send me somewhere I should not go. The roadmap that God has given me is sure.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Here is my simple understanding of this in steps:

  1. The first step is to trust God with my life.
  2. The second step is to believe even if I don’t understand why something is happening.
  3. Step three is to let every aspect of my life show that God exists and I follow Him.

The result will be that God will direct where I go.

Follow these steps, enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Faith through the Good and the Bad


proverbs 3 5 6THE GOOD (one example)

Back in 1990 I had suffered with knee pain that caused me to have to use crutches for a while. I had a knee surgery early in the year but the pain did not seem to subside. It was difficult to move without pain. Doctors said they had thought it was a break in cartilage but when they got into the knee found it was shredded cartilage and all they could do was scrape it and hope that would help. Later on that year I had a salvation experience and realized that God had healed me. The knee pain was gone and has only reappeared for short periods of time due to extreme weather changes. The good is God healed my knee when I decided to give my life to Him and serve Him.

THE BAD (one example)

A few years back my son joined the National Guard and then the Army. He spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For a mother this is difficult to think of your child being in harm’s way. It makes you tend to think of all the bad things that could happen. I remember the day that he called me and told me that he was going to be deployed to Iraq. Bob and I were working together at the time on a remodel project. Luckily the homeowners were not at home to see my distress because of the phone call. I experienced fear and uncertainty. As the shock began to wear off I began to pray. Prayer is my expression of faith in God that he can do things that I cannot. He can reach into areas that where I have no control. He can protect, heal and deliver. I prayed for safety through the dangerous times and that if something bad would happen, causing injury or death that our family would be able to handle it with faith. Though there were some injuries in the process he made it home in decent condition. His service to the country has ended on a positive note and he is employed in another dangerous job, firefighter. One thing I have learned through the bad is to not focus on the bad that can happen, focus on trusting God through it all and you will experience amazing maturing growth.

Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. No matter what happens good or bad remember that turning to God is the right thing to do. I turn to Him in the good with thanksgiving in my heart. I turn to Him in the bad with pleadings for courage and protection and strength. I turn to him when nothing is going on good or bad because I understand that a close relationship with Him is what I need to make it through every day. When I miss that time with God my days are usually out of sorts and unsure. But when I have my time in prayer and remember all day long that God is with me, things work better. 

I challenge you today to remember that God is with you through the good and the bad. I will be back next week with more.

 

What Matters?


P1020365Roller coaster rides are fun and scary and entertaining to some. Some people ride them once and never want to ride again. Life can be a roller coaster. This week I have had highs and lows but through them all I have managed to stay generally calm.

Being at the top of a roller coaster is exciting to me because you are high up and can see for miles. Everything is clear and you know exactly where you are and what is around you. It makes planning easy because you can see all the obstacles. But those seconds at the top do not last long and suddenly you can find yourself helplessly falling straight down to the ground.  Now all you can do is hope that you remember the lay out so you don’t stumble. Then suddenly you find yourself on the way back up to another high spot where life is much clearer and you can feel free again.

It doesn’t matter what the issues are, whether they are from computers that don’t work right or miscommunication with others or just plain bad planning we all have those ups and downs.  The trick to enjoying life no matter what, is to understand what really matters.

Does it matter that I ended up taking four trips out to finish my errands or that I went to Wal-Mart and walked the entire store three times when I could have done it once? Does it matter that I tried to go to a store that wasn’t open yet or couldn’t get my hair cut when I wanted to? It matters a little but what matters more than that is how I handled the situations. My attitude and my understanding that these things are temporary and do not have a long-term effect on my life.

If this scripture guides my attitude I will be fine.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

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.

Sometimes straight paths have hills and valleys but they go the right direction. Remember those times on the top when life feels free and clear so that when you get to the bottom the sudden stop doesn’t throw you off.

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

Darkness and Light


IMG_2632Dark clouds gathered and thunder roared. The night sky was dark with only the brief flashes of lightning to show the way. She wandered in the pouring rain hoping not to stumble. Her prayers were many but her direction unsure. She used the lightning flashes to see her surroundings and get perspective of where she was and which way to go. Then out of nowhere there was the light of a small flash light that she followed hoping to find safety and security. Hope rose in her heart and she followed the small light. Then there was a sound of footfalls and a larger light shining showing her to the way of safety and security. She found shelter from the storm with the help of others lighting the way.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

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.

I memorized this scripture 25 years ago but I am still in the process of learning it’s meaning in my life. It is easy to trust God when things are going really well, but difficult when your life feels like it is falling apart around you. The storm of stress can saturate your life and without hope it is hard to know which direction to go. Those moments in life when God breaks through with his word to light your way are great. But more important are the moments when those around you shine their light and show you the way to safety. Walking with other’s who believe that God is the answer to all questions helps your faith grow and dispels the darkness from life.

I would like to thank the people in my life including my husband and family for helping shine the light of God’s love so that I could see my way to a stronger faith not letting the stress of life tear me apart.

Enjoy your Mother’s day and have a great week. I will be back next week with more.

How to Be Still


psalm 37 23My challenge for the week has been “being still”. My life does not stop or slow down even when God has instructed me to “Be still and know that I am God”.  Trying to make myself change thought patterns is a difficult job.

galatians 5 22 23Sometimes I wish that I were a dog. My dog Nemo only gets stressed when he wants food or wants to go outside or come back inside of the home. He usually is very still and rarely stresses. He barks occasionally when he is outside and scared.  He has food and water and gets medications that he needs and can spend his days sleeping or playing with his toys. For him to be still is easy.

psalm 91 11On the other hand, I have a job to complete at work and tasks at home that must be done. I no longer have children to care for but the older I get the more challenging the small things like keeping the home clean seem to be. It seems like my husband and I work all weekend around the home and shopping for food and cooking for the week and have little time for stress relieving things.

Both of our jobs can be stressful and the challenge is to not let that stress translate into bad attitudes over things we cannot change. I know that in my job there are elements out of my control that can affect my ability to complete my goals. These can cause stress on my shoulders if I do not remember that it is out of my hands. It is sometimes difficult to accept that I cannot complete what I have to do without the cooperation of others, whom I cannot control.

proverbs 3 5 6This is where I have to keep repeating to myself that God directs my steps. I have to remind myself often each day that I cannot control what happens all around me but I can control what I do and how I react. I trust that God will take care of what is going on and protect me. As long as I am doing the best that I can in everything that I do, I have to leave the rest up to God. I have noticed when I focus on God the stress of this world tends to lessen or be totally removed and I can move on with what is required of me.

Things to remember:

  1. God will direct my steps. Psalm 37:23
  2. I am in control of my actions and reaction. Galatians 5:22-23
  3. God will protect me. Psalm 91:11
  4. I must trust Him. Proverbs 3:5-6

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

Trust in God’s Word


memory clock calendar“Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday”—wait why am I thinking this? As I woke up this morning I realized that sometimes I am reciting a list from memory when I wake up. Is this a subconscious way of waking me up? Is it my mind’s way of bringing me out of relaxing sleep into the ordered reality in which I live?

From the time I was a child I was taught to memorize things so that I could function in society. I learned my “ABC’s”. I memorized my numbers and multiplication tables. I learned how to convert the numbers on a clock so that I could tell time. I memorized rules and regulations to stay out of trouble. I learned how to phonetically spell and memorize the spelling of those other words that did not work with phonetics. I memorized speeches and tour guide narratives for jobs.  I have memorized jokes to make other’s laugh.

I am sure that you are like me with memorizing many facts and some useless information that all gets stored in our heads. Even as I began to seriously engage in being a Christian I was taught that I should memorize bible verses. So I started one verse at a time. I learned those cool verses that seemed to speak to what I needed. My first verse was:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

This verse speaks to all the memorization that I have done that put information into my head. God says not to lean on our own understanding but acknowledge Him and He will take care of things. My brain has been taught since childhood to understand certain things from a human perspective and I rely on that understanding to make it through this life. So how can I not lean on that? How can I live life without using my brain?

I do not believe God is telling me to not use my brain. I believe he is actually telling me to relax and trust because my brain doesn’t understand everything. Even though my brain tells me one thing I have to realize that God has more information and understanding than me and I can trust that He will guide me and direct me.

Though I cannot stop my brain from reciting lists as it wakes me up I can fill it with God’s word and trust in the truth that if I trust in Him with all my heart He will direct my paths.  I find comfort in living under the influence of God’s word especially with all the struggles of this life. I hope it has been comfort to you. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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