When Pain Is a Blessing


“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32

For several months now I’ve been too busy to write, or have I? An increase in work responsibilities, summer activities, a soon-to-be senior, and my husband being out of town have made it difficult to find time to write. And I miss it. I prayed for some time to write, and it appears God has answered my prayer in an unusual way.

Somehow I injured my back. My physician has diagnosed me with a bulging disk. Wow. Now I’m limited on what I can do as I let my body heal. I’m not able to participate in physically strenuous activities, and some housework won’t get done for a few weeks. Now I find myself with time to write again.

I haven’t looked at my current project for at least three months. This morning I opened the file on my computer and began to read and write. When I write I feel connected to my Lord in a very special way. Oh how I have missed this precious time alone with my Savior. There is something refreshing and spiritually healing about solitude with God. This time is not just precious to me, it is necessary for my spiritual growth.

We can’t let the busyness of life get in the way of the necessities of life. Some of the tasks vying for our attention may seem urgent, but are not really necessary. Take a moment to decide if there are any urgent requests are taking time from what is truly important.

 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

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Blessings on your day.

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

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Coffee With Jesus


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We’ve all heard this question before, but I wonder if we have really given it much thought?

 If you could have a cup of coffee with anyone from history, who would that be and what would you want to talk about?

Your answer reveals a lot about what you are interested in, and where you are in your faith journey.

My answer is Jesus. But being in the presence of my King, I’m not sure I could speak at all. Perhaps I would just listen like Mary did when she sat at Jesus’ feet. If I could speak, I would ask Him if I am following Him the way He wants, and if I should be doing anything differently. We all wonder about that from time to time.

Today I am having coffee with Jesus. He may not be visibly sitting across the table from me, but He is here. I can talk to Him any time, not just in prayer.

It seems strange to just talk to Jesus, like I talk to a good friend; after all, I can’t see Him. But when I relax and seek Him, I can tell him what’s on my mind, what’s troubling me, and what my hopes and dreams are. I can ask for His guidance.

This is a wonderful, spiritually refreshing experience. Consider going somewhere to just be alone with Him. Clear your mind and let your spirit be recharged as you have a “conversation” with your best friend.

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25

Blessings on your day.

Dealing with Disappointment


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“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk 3:1-18

 Something didn’t happen for me this past week. The situation seemed perfect, and I did everything right, but it still did not come to pass. I did ask God, “Why not?” because I can’t help but be disappointed. But I trust in the Lord. My prayer from the beginning was for God to close doors I’m not supposed to walk through. This door closed.

 When we are disappointed it is easy to assume God didn’t answer our prayer. We must remember that God does answer all prayer; sometimes that answer is “No.” Recall Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This verse tells us that God is working for our good. We just may not be able to see it at the time.

I talked to God about my disappointment, but I trust Him for something better. I can’t imagine something better than this particular situation, but God can. When we are disappointed, we must move on, and ask God for a new goal, His plan for our lives.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

 Part of our disappointment is that we are an impatient people. Remember that God’s timing is best. I’m finding comfort in knowing this truth from Scripture.  Joseph experienced a great deal of disappointment. He must have been disappointed in his brothers for the way he was treated. Being accused of something he did not do must have been a big disappointment. Joseph must have wondered what was going on during the years he spent in prison.  In all phases of his life, Joseph continued to trust in the Lord. Eventually, God’s plan became clear.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Are you disappointed? Don’t be discouraged, for God has a plan.

Blessings on your day.

 

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

Image: Google Images

 

Freedom – In Christ


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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  John 8:36

 

Thinking about July 4th always brings up patriotic images, thoughts of freedom, and thoughts of summer fun. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes I think we take our freedoms for granted, and perhaps, even abuse those freedoms.

In the fifth chapter of Galatians we find the Apostle Paul discussing freedom in Christ more thoroughly. God does not want us to be in any type of bondage, which is sin. That bondage can be worry, financial issues, addictions to drugs or alcohol, eating disorders, bad habits and other sin. But we are free to ask God to release us from what we find ourselves entangled in. It will take work, and prayer, but Christ can and will lead us to freedom.

Christ alone gives us all the freedom we need. We have the freedom to enjoy Him, and be free of enslavement to sin. Is there something that is weighing you down? Have you spoken to our Great God about how to free you from the captivity of sin?”

 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

 

Blessings on your day.

 

 

 

A New Lifestyle


My life style has changed recently. My husband did find a job, but the job requires a lot of overtime. I rarely see him anymore. I’ve spent what time we have together with him on the weekends (when I used to write). Now he’s been told he will be required to work weekends and have two days off during the week. That leaves us even less time to be together.

This new lifestyle leaves me to take care of all the household obligations and dealing with our children’s activities. My evenings are filled with making dinner, doing chores, and running my children to their various functions. Gerry and I used to split those duties. The end of the school year was especially difficult. Hopefully this season of our lives will pass quickly.

It occurs to me that for single parents life is like this all the time. The single mom or dad raises their children alone, rarely if ever, getting a break. Too often we characterize single parents as making a poor choice. That may be the case – but we all must live with the consequences of our actions, whatever those may be.

We all know single parents. Reach out to them. See if we can take some of their burdens. Even a kind word will be welcome.

 

 

The Most Important Step


I’ve been struggling lately with uncertainty. I want to be in God’s will, but I am still unsure about certain decisions. It has all but paralyzed me. Then I found this article, The Most Important Step, by Daniel Darling. (InTouch Ministries). It’s well worth the read. Now I feel free to serve the Lord again.

http://www.intouch.org/magazine/content/topic/The_Most_Important_Step#.U66psPldWSo

Happy Father’s Day to My Dad


I posted this last year on Father’s Day. I can’t think of anything better to say about him. He’s a great man, a great example, and always there for me, my sisters and my family.  Love you Dad!

 

He’s more than the “bread winner.” A daddy is someone very special. In a daughter’s eyes her father will always be about 10 feet tall. Here are some of the reasons why my sisters and I love our Dad:

  1.  He loves our Mom.
  2.  And he told us to listen to her.
  3.  He could fix just about anything.
  4.  He took so many pictures of us.
  5.  And home movies too.
  6.  He taught us how to ride a bike.
  7.  And to play nice with the other kids.
  8.  And share.
  9.  To love our siblings and get along with them, no matter what.
  10.  And clean our room.
  11.  He helped us with our homework, especially math.
  12.  He taught us how to drive.
  13.  And pump our own gas
  14.  And check the oil.
  15.  And tire pressure.
  16.  And how to know when to get new tires.
  17.  How to wash a car at home without going to the carwash
  18.  And how to use the items in a tool box.
  19.  He took us to the fair.
  20.  And ball games.
  21.  And to see fireworks.
  22.  He taught us to root for our team, no matter how bad they were losing.
  23.  He made sure we learned to swim
  24.  He taught us how to ice skate.
  25.  And how to fly a kite.
  26.  He took us fishing.
  27.  Taught us how to build a fire.
  28.  And pitch a tent.
  29.  He held our hand when we had to get stitches.
  30.  And told us to be a big girl.
  31.  He took us to the library.
  32.  Read the paper, not just the funnies.
  33.  He taught us to save money
  34.  And how to handle a checkbook.
  35.  He told us to get a good education.
  36.  And find a job we loved.
  37.  And always learn something new.
  38.  He loves his grandkids.
  39.  He told us to keep up with the news.
  40.  And vote.
  41.  He bought us our first bouquet of roses.
  42.  And taught us to dance.
  43.  No man was ever going to be good enough for his little girls, but he loves our husbands anyway.
  44.  He always made a big deal of going to see the fireworks.
  45.  He taught us how to make a decision, and told us there are consequences to everything.
  46.  And when the decision is made, don’t complain.
  47.  You can have a good time without spending money.
  48.  He took us to drive-in movies.
  49.  And special movie premiers.
  50.  He took us out for ice cream on summer Saturday nights
  51.  Made Mom get her own ice cream instead of “tasting” the kids’ ice cream.
  52.  Say Grace before a meal.
  53.  Lend a helping hand to a neighbor.
  54.  Volunteer for something you believe in.
  55.  He took us to Church.
  56.  And taught us to place something in the offertory no matter how small.
  57.  He taught us to read the Bible
  58.  He taught us respect for our elders.
  59.  Home-cooking is the way to a man’s heart.
  60.  Top it off with dessert.
  61.  Taught us how to make ice cream, even “soft serve”
  62.  It’s ok to have a glass of wine or a beer.
  63.  He took us to see grandparents quite often – the trip was across country.
  64.  He took us to Disneyland.
  65.  And Disney World
  66.  And Sea World.
  67.  And The beach.
  68.  And the zoo.
  69.  And many other places from coast to coast
  70.  He put up the Christmas tree
  71.  And hung Christmas lights
  72.  He made us do our chores.
  73.  He made us do things for myself.
  74.  He painted my room and furniture for me.
  75.  And hung pictures.
  76.  It’s ok to stop and ask for directions.
  77.  Keep the radio tuned to a good station.
  78.  Pay attention to traffic signs.
  79.  Call if you are going to be late.
  80.  Reminded us to have our house key “in case you are out late”.
  81.  Always have a good book to read.
  82.  Plan a get-away with your wife at least once a year.
  83.  Know what the organization really does before you donate to them.
  84.  Visit the gravesite of loved ones when you are in town.
  85.  By example he showed us we should have a nice looking yard.
  86.  And taught us to use a lawnmower.
  87.  And a weed-eater.
  88.  To grow a garden
  89.  Put up a flag.
  90.  And plant some flowers.
  91.  He tried to teach us golf.
  92.  He played catch and kickball.
  93.  He taught us to appreciate music.
  94.  And to play an instrument.
  95.  Like piano.
  96.  Or flute.
  97.  But not the drums.
  98.  Exercise.
  99.  Keep an eye on the clock.
  100. Keep your mind sharp with a puzzle.
  101. And it’s ok to take a nap.

 

Enjoy your special day Dad. We love you!