Monthly Archives: March 2012

While We Still Have Daylight

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“While we still have daylight” were words uttered by my father in law regarding working on my husband’s, his son’s mower, “Dad” on March 25th, 2012, 2 days before the Lord took him home.

While we still have daylight, we should show others how important they are to us. We should hug freely and be honest about how we feel. While we still have daylight, we should never be too afraid to share openly. We should give generously and smile irrationally. We should always be willing to hold our hand out to help another up. While we still have daylight, we should believe without a shadow of doubt who we are in Christ Jesus. We should act as though we are not of this world, because it’s true, we aren’t. We should be the individuals we have always believed we could be. While we still have daylight, we should know that there is a plan and a future for us beyond this earth, but know that we have one here as well. We should show others love for no other reason than God first loved us. We should thank our Creator each and every day for the many blessings He heaps on us, while we still have daylight.

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Awesome Wings

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So, today’s the day I write down what God woke me up with a couple nites ago…The enemy has been battling with my mind, body and anything else he can this past week. I’m back to where I feel like fighting. Not that I’m much of a fighter most days, but for him, I’ll make an exception. Within the past week, my child has been teething, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, my husband and I have not been able to communicate effectively, I’ve been mad at a woman I know, I haven’t felt like going to church, I haven’t felt like getting out of bed due to physical pains…I think I could go on, but I choose not to. My first instinct was to lay down, literally lay down and cry. My next was to take a nap. I read a wonderful devotion by Charles F. Stanley that said to remember “HALT.” Never allow yourself to become too “Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired” and I’ve thought about it a lot. Over the past few years after being diagnosed with a syndrome, I’ve learned to listen to what my body tells me and work from there. So, I realized that molehills often look like mountains if you’re too tired to deal with the hill or the mole. Once I woke up, I thought, “Ok, I’m ready to take on the world!” Immediately, my brain starts devising a plan: I’ll give my daughter these teething tablets and a ring, I’ve got to find one of those teethers say a prayer for her, call my grandmother to let her know I’m praying for her and find out who the doctor is to research him, talk to my husband about what’s goin’ on in this brain o’ mine, give the situation with a fellow sister time to heal or call her…maybe I’ll call her, choose right now that I’m going to church this Sunday, and begin training for my 5K, no matter what my body feels like. (*Cue inspirational music and possibly a workout montage like they do in the movies.) Awesome! Do you know where that left me? Tired. Just plain ol’ tired. Even though I had a plan, even though I’d created my mental to-do, I didn’t have the energy to focus or start, much less get it done! I realized I was trying to fix everything and maybe if I just said the right “prayer words,” I would be the catalyst that changed mine and these other individuals’ days and outlook! It suddenly hit me that I was trying to be, gulp, God. I wasn’t giving it to Him, I was trying to make something happen on my own. Oops…forgive me Father! Where does that leave me? Taking refuge under God’s awesome wings! (Ruth 2:12, Psalms 36:7). Not only did Ruth get the protection of the Most High God, she was rewarded for running to Him! Not only are the descendants of Adam (that’s us!) comforted, we are reminded of His unfailing, flawless love when we need it most! I picture a huge bird with a scared darling trying to fly and becoming so discouraged. That baby bird doesn’t need a pep talk (that’s for another day, if indeed birds could talk. Hey, wait, it’s my mental picture! This family of birds talks!) and doesn’t need a push out of the nest (although I’m sure some parents might disagree with me here, especially if your child is 47 and still living with you.) Speaking as that baby bird, all I needed was to know my Father cared about me in that moment. He cared enough to shield me from the attack as well as hug me and let me know I am His.

Ridiculous Appointments

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If it doesn’t make you feel ridiculous, I’m wonderin’ if it’s God at all. Are we really dealing with a boring, mundane, usually-typical God? Or are we children of a Wonderfully-Amazing, Unbelievably-Cool, Awesome God?  Recently I saw a man I used to know driving down the road. “Something” told me to follow him, so of course I did. I quickly whipped around and did a U-ey because I just knew for sure it was God’s voice I heard and felt. HA!

Ok, so it took some re-figuring of my day, as typically if we are in a vehicle, we are going somewhere. I am also not proud to admit that I questioned that still, small voice. After all, I didn’t really know this guy all that well. I couldn’t possibly just flag him down and start a conversation, could I? Would I? That’d be ridiculous! Then, I recalled the prayer I had prayed that morning:  I had told God I would go where He wanted me to go and talk to who He wanted me to talk to that day. As I continued in the opposite direction of the man I used to know, I realized without a shadow of a doubt that I was supposed to speak to Him. I believe I even muttered, “Okay, okaaaaay…” in a somewhat teenager-y tone.

But, within the next few seconds, I knew it was my Father speaking to me. That’s how cool my God is! There was no more questioning! There wasn’t well, I dunno if that was Him or not…I KNEW.

If we take the time to listen, and practice listening, and then respond when we think we hear Him, eventually, He’ll begin to trust us with some pretty amazing things! And at the same time, we don’t have to question if it was truly Him because we get to know Him. We get a feel for what He has a heart for. We become friends. And there is nothing cooler under the sun and the heavens than a friendship with One Who made you! There are no limitations on us, there is nothing we cannot do, nothing we cannot handle and nothing we cannot conquer and use for the Kingdom. One of the reasons we are “more than conquerors” is God then uses the trials and situations we go through. (1 Corinthians 10:13) He uses it to help others and remind us of Whom He is. He can shine brighter because of what He’s brought us through. Upon speaking with this man, I realized he was having a really hard time physically. He asked how I was doing with my so-called syndrome. I told him that I was now working part-time, after having a baby I was supposed to “hold off on,” and it was due to my God.  I had prayed for wisdom and asked that He lead me to the right people and He did just that. (James 1:5) What an amazing God I serve! There was a divine appointment there in that parking lot that I almost missed! I’m so glad God is taking the time to remind me to take the time to listen! =)                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Ridiculous Appointments

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If it doesn’t make you feel ridiculous, I’m wonderin’ if it’s God at all. Are we really dealing with a boring, mundane, usually-typical God? Or are we children of a Wonderfully-Amazing, Unbelievably-Cool, Awesome God?  Recently I saw a man I used to know driving down the road. “Something” told me to follow him, so of course I did. I quickly whipped around and did a U-ey because I just knew for sure it was God’s voice I heard and felt. HA!

Ok, so it took some re-figuring of my day, as typically if we are in a vehicle, we are going somewhere. I am also not proud to admit that I questioned that still, small voice. After all, I didn’t really know this guy all that well. I couldn’t possibly just flag him down and start a conversation, could I? Would I? That’d be ridiculous! Then, I recalled the prayer I had prayed that morning:  I had told God I would go where He wanted me to go and talk to who He wanted me to talk to that day. As I continued in the opposite direction of the man I used to know, I realized without a shadow of a doubt that I was supposed to speak to Him. I believe I even muttered, “Okay, okaaaaay…” in a somewhat teenager-y tone.

But, within the next few seconds, I knew it was my Father speaking to me. That’s how cool my God is! There was no more questioning! There wasn’t well, I dunno if that was Him or not…I KNEW.

If we take the time to listen, and practice listening, and then respond when we think we hear Him, eventually, He’ll begin to trust us with some pretty amazing things! And at the same time, we don’t have to question if it was truly Him because we get to know Him. We get a feel for what He has a heart for. We become friends. And there is nothing cooler under the sun and the heavens than a friendship with One Who made you! There are no limitations on us, there is nothing we cannot do, nothing we cannot handle and nothing we cannot conquer and use for the Kingdom. One of the reasons we are “more than conquerors” is God then uses the trials and situations we go through. (1 Corinthians 10:13) He uses it to help others and remind us of Whom He is. He can shine brighter because of what He’s brought us through. Upon speaking with this man, I realized he was having a really hard time physically. He asked how I was doing with my so-called syndrome. I told him that I was now working part-time, after having a baby I was supposed to “hold off on,” and it was due to my God.  I had prayed for wisdom and asked that He lead me to the right people and He did just that. (James 1:5) What an amazing God I serve! There was a divine appointment there in that parking lot that I almost missed! I’m so glad God is taking the time to remind me to take the time to listen! =)                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Our Words?

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I told a woman I liked her glasses the other day and you would’ve thought I handed her a check for a million dollars. Are we really so busy that we can’t be bothered to take the time to notice our fellow human beings anymore? Our sisters? It’s truly hurtful how we treat other people by not even acknowledging their existence! I’ve been guilty of looking over people as well; Lord forgive us for not building each other up! We are called to love others as Christ loved us. We can’t love each other if we don’t notice each other! I personally remember compliments I received years ago and rehearse them in my mind every once in awhile. A compliment goes a long way…maybe even a lifetime. One of my prized possessions is a folded piece of paper that was part of a game we played at a ladies’ retreat a couple decades ago. It’s folded like a fan and on each fold is a complimentary statement written by a beautiful Christian woman. This came at a time in my life when I was very troubled with life in general and confused about why the world was such a mean place. Even now when I think about this piece of paper, tears collect in my eyes because I know that they are more than just words. They are inspired encouragement sent from a loving Father, and delivered by His faithful children. Many times we ponder how our negative statements will have a negative effect but our positive words create more positivity (turns out this isn’t a word, but I love it just the same) and generate more love throughout our church and our community! Don’t ever underestimate the power of your words. Maybe we should ask ourselves if they’re our words at all.

Take that, devil.

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I am a child of the Most High God. His favor goes before me and His goodness and mercy follow me everywhere I go. I am blessed beyond measure because I can do all things through Jesus as His joy is my strength. I believe in myself because God is interweaved throughout every fiber of my being. I am patient, pure, lovely, and kind. I am full of faith, hope, and love. When others look into my eyes, they will see Jesus Himself because He lives in me. My goal is that Jesus becomes bigger as I fade into the background believing the plan that God has for my life. I believe in myself because the Creator of this universe believes in me and loved me enough to prove it by sacrificing His only Son.