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have you been in a pit lately?

"I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up and out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth-praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:1-3 When we are in a pit we dont feel like waiting. We want things to be better right now. I have learned from my pit, and I can say I did feel that way. I wanted the Lord to move right now, and move in my way. That isn't how it works. When things are done in God's time all works well. It works for the good of the kingdom. I can be honest and say I don't like waiting, but since I have learned that God's way is the best way, I have waited and have seen Him work through me and others in such amazing ways. We can feel at times we are walking in the mire and our feet are stuck, and walking becomes so hard. I have learned to walk in God's way and …

We share a bond together..

When we are living for Christ others can see Christ. As women we share a bond together in praising Him, serving Him, and living for Him. It is a tie that binds us as sisters in Christ, and sisters in life. We have sisters we can turn to in times of trial, and sisters we can reach out to lift them up, sisters who we can laugh with, and sisters who we can learn with. What is better than knowing you have a group of women who are praying for you and your family? As I have been on Facebook I have been amazed at how God has put christian women in my life, and has lead me to others who have been teaching me so much. My homepage is full of christian sisters who are writing and sharing about their walk with Christ. Sharing pieces of their struggles, encouraging with God's word, and sharing bits of laughter for our soul. Life is a struggle, life is just sometimes hard, and to go to my homepage and see I am not the only one helps to add strength to my day. When we can encourage one another t…

Biohazard headed your way

Have you ever just waken up and started out with an attitude for no reason other than you just felt like you hated the world? I believe there are many who feel that way on a daily basis, and it just doesn't effect them but all who come into their path. As I am driving along I can see the looks on peoples faces as they seem so full of anger. We can enter a restaurant and see those around us and you would think the world was ending, and it very well may seem so for them. We can be at a park and hear someone saying a mouth full of words that they know they shouldn't be saying. I have learned that whatever I say, where ever I am someone always hears my speech. Those words can either lead them to Christ or move them farther away from Him. We are an example wherever we go. We all make mistakes of saying things we shouldn't, and we can look at ourselves and know that with God we can change our speech, and we can change our attitudes. In our world people have gotten the idea that …

where do you find your strength?

Today is one of those mornings I am waking up, and I am so tired. I am tired of my pain,I am tired that my husband is not working, I am tired of my mom being so ill, I am tired of being tired. Have any of you felt like that? Today as I am up and trying to do things it just seems so hard, and the more I try the more I find to do. At times it just seems never ending. I had to take my mom to the E.R a few days ago, and now to the doctor today. I know my mom is in so much pain, she is losing her sight, and now something new is attacking her. To hear my mom tell me she is waiting for heaven and just wants to go home breaks my heart. She is running out of strength. She is tired, I know my husband is tired of hearing "Your just what we need but your overqualified!" There are so many around me battling cancer, so many who are as we are out of work. The world is hurting, and the only cure is Jesus. On my way to the hospital I found myself crying, I wasn't just crying I was crying…

cleaning out the dog pen

While my friend and neighbor goes to the lake, she asks if I will take care of her dog. Ofcourse I will, you do anything for a friend,right? She has the sweetest little dog named Daisy, although she is not sweeter than my little Daisy! I go over and carefully take care of her. I give her fresh water, fill her food bowl, and yes, clean her pen of all the doo! For me, this is the part that is not so grand. To get the hose and start cleaning, I have learned from my first time not to get too close, and let it spray up on me,ugh. That first time I came home with poo on me, and I smelled like a wet dog. I shot straight for the shower to wash this smell off of me. But as I do this more and more, I learn how to do it correctly, I learn to stay away from the poo, and I still come home and jump in the shower. I wash all the smell off, and the dirt from the pen. Just what if I didn't? What if I decided to go over, clean out the pen, and leave all the dirt and smell on me? Pretty soon, I woul…

from the girl I was to the woman I am now..

As a child I loved the outdoors, I loved playing outside, I loved my family and life was pretty great as a kid. When I became a teenager life seemed to spiral downward. My father was dieing, and there was no way I wanted to believe that could happen, so I denied what was facing my dad, and my family. I pretended nothing was wrong, and was placing all in my life as things to keep me busy and my mind off what I knew deep down inside what was happening, but as I did this these things became obtstacles, and I was on a course that I couldnt find my way out of. My teenage years were the worst for me. Its a time when you are finding yourself, but I felt like I was losing myself and all that was important to me. I was not a christian at this time, so I placed so many things in my life to for what I thought was going to bring me happiness only brought my parents shame. Life is just hard at times, and when we are young, we make wrong choices, and the mistakes seem like they are never ending. To…

Happy Birthday to my sweet friend....

God has blessed me with such amazing friends, friends that I call my sisters in Christ and in life. Sunday will be one of my friends birthday. I am so blessed that the Lord has brought her into my life, for the more we find out about each other, the more we learn just how much we have in common. She is a woman who loves the Lord with all her heart, she is a mom who gives all she has to her children, and a wife who loves her husband with a great passion. She has taught me so much, she has given so much to my life. It is great to laugh together, to share God's word together, and to walk this path with one more blessed sister. She can fill a room with laughter, she can bring you to tears with a story that comes from her heart. She is open and honest, and is a friend that you want to have sitting on your porch together sipping sweet tea. She has a talent that amazes me, and with each piece she makes of her jewelery, she prays over each one and for the woman who will wear it. Yes, she …

Just sharing a praise...

Last week our church had camp for the little ones, and then the youth. It is always a great time. Camp was one place I have enjoyed so much, sharing,laughing and getting to know the kids so much better. Sharing Christ with them is a blessing. I can no longer go to camp, for my little body can not take it any longer. So for me, I stay at home and pray for everyone. When my son came home he was full of stories, telling us about each sermon, and the laughs and the fun he had. He also shared is heart with me. This year at camp my son rededicated his life to Christ at 17. He was saved when he was 6, and has walked with Him each day since. But he knew in his heart something was wrong, he wasn't following Christ as He should. He had allowed other things to come in and take His place. For me to hear my son speak these words to me was a rich blessing. Sadly in our world today its hard to find christian young men living for the Lord, but my son humbled himself before the Lord and opened his…

sing along or just listen?

Today was my daughters 19th birthday. My husband, son, and myself were blessed to take her out to lunch, and to her new nursing school. It was such a beautiful day to be with our daughter, just to spend a little time with her, just talking, laughing and having a great time. She really is a special young lady, words cannot express just how special she really is. She is beauty, and she has the voice of an angel. It has been awhile since I have had the pleasure of hearing her sing. You know those voices in church of the woman sitting behind you, and instead of you singing along, you just close your eyes and worship to the sound of her beautiful voice. Thats my daughter. Today as we were driving home we had the radio on the christian station. As I sat in the front I could hear her singing along to every song that played. At first I sang along quietly, but then I just had to close my eyes and take it all in, just listen to the young woman behind the voice, praising God through singing. It …

Hope

H is healing, O is optimistic, P is possible, and E is everlasting love. The definition of hope is: Trust, reliance; a desire acccompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment; expectation of or success; someone or something on which hopes are centered; something hoped for. And the definition of hopeful is having qualities which inspire hope; full of hope; and inclined to hope. God is hope, and we are hopeful. We have a God inwhich we can hope in, and we have a God inwhich all hope begins. Our victory is won with our hope in our God. Without hope what would we have? God lives of hope, God speaks of hope, and God gives of hope. We cannot have God without hope nor can we have hope without God. Hope brings life to our days, hope brings courage to the weak, hope brings blessings to those who are seeking. We cannot place our hope in anything in this world, but we can place our hope in God. All other things will let us down, but the hope we have in Jesus saves, lives, and gives such p…

When there are no words to say..

So many times things happen to our family, to our co-workers, and our friends. We find ourselves at their sides at a funeral, at a trial in their life, as a moment when the earth seems to stand still, at a hurting moment in their lives when no words seem to be like the right ones to say. We find ourselves standing not sure what to do. I have heard others say in the past,"Well all we can do now is pray." I have a problem with this twist on words. Since when is praying all we have left to do? Should it not be the first and foremost thing we should be doing? Should it not be the first words off our lips, and the words on our hearts to the Lord? Is there ever really a time to give up? Is there really ever a time when God cannot move? Prayer should be so in our lives that if we couldn't pray,then all may be lost, but with prayer to a mighty God all is possible. When we find ourselves in those moments when there are no words, we can stop and pray, stop and lay that friend at t…

What will you do when you see His face?

This question was asked in Sunday School as we were studying our heaven book and I really had to put some thought into it. The question,"What will you do when you see His face?" is not such an easy one to answer. You would naturally think you would just bow down, and be in awe of Him, but we all celebrate life in different ways. Maybe I will look at His beautiful eyes and see all His glory, maybe I will bow down and sing holy, holy, holy. Maybe I will dance around as if I am a child in a field of flowers, maybe I will jump up and down and say praise Jesus. Just maybe I would touch His garment, wash His feet, bathe Him with perfume, sing a song of praise to Him, say all the thank you's I haven't said, kiss His feet as I know they walked on water and were scared for my life. Would you hug Him, take His hand in yours? Will we bring a gift, and what kind of gift do you bring your Savior? Will we touch the face of our Redeemer, will be stand back in silence? Will we climb…

Are you an Ironman in progress?

I have such deep respect for those that are part of the Ironman. These men and women are from all across the country, some old, some young, some in great health, and some with challenges,but all are there for a reason, although their reasons are different, they have one goal in mind, to finish the race they have begun. They don't just wake up and get ready to run the race, they train for a year. They work at it each day, building their strengths and working on their weakness'. For each goal they have they want to finish the race, and finish it with all their might. Training is not easy as we can see, they get up each day and sweat, trying to achieve a personal goal in themselves. Whether they are swimming, biking, or running they have such stamina, they use each muscle for its purpose, and their minds must be ready for each moment to come. They prepare themselves, they learn and grow. They take it seriously, and with the mindset that they can make it, just not make it but it w…

Taking time to clean..

Today I need to do much cleaning. One thing I need to clean is my fridge. How do they get so dirty? I am in wonder of how dust can move upon and stay on a ceiling fan that forever stays moving. If you are like me, and you have to admit that maybe sometimes you turn the fans on just so you can't see the dirt! So much I need to do, the bedroom, the bathrooms that are forever dirty. I thought it was hard cleaning with three girls at home, but having only boys now, including my husband I think its even harder. Although my husband helps me with all I have to do. Today the man is canning pickles. He has taken care of our garden with such a happy face. He loves gardening and giving the fruits of it away to bless others. Is it ever hard for you to get motivated to clean? I have the christian radio playing, the music is up loud and I am still wondering,"Okay,is there any way to get out of all this work?" As on Mary Poppins when she snaps her fingers and the rooms clean themselves…

The great "I am"

"And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,'I AM has sent me to you'." Exodus 3:14 "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God" Isaiah 44:6 "And Jesus said to them,'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise h…

Can we even fathom holy?

"The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" Revelation 4:8 "Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" Isaiah 6:2-3 "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you aslp be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:13-16 We can search throughout the entire bible for scripture about God's holiness, and here in 1 Peter we can see He is calling us to holiness.…

Our last game...

Tonight we played our last game of softball for our church league. It was so much fun. It was raining, it was muddy, and it was a time full of laughs. I think it was one of the best ones we have played, and ya know which ones those are? The ones we play for fun. Some take it really serious, and winning is what it is all about for them,for us it is about fun and fellowship and if we get a win from playing our best,then that is just an added bonus. I have to give my thanks to our coach Bob. He is the greatest, and he is our pitcher. He as do all the other men who play work all day and then come out and play with all their hearts. We have Dave who does the books and puts us in our position, and he and I have so many laughs together. It is always sad when the last game comes, for we have such a great time.It awesome to see Matt at first, and me make a mistake and throw the ball fourteen feet above his head, to watch Nathan play short-stop and play with all his heart, Matt over on third or…

I am convicted...

Okay, I may lose some people for this entry. This has been placed upon my heart, and I feel as though I cannot write anymore unless I am obedient to the Spirit. The Lord convicts us in different ways, and shows us and teaches us through others and in many ways. So many people read Harry Potter and the Vampire series now. I know these are not true books, and many enjoy them. I am one who has always stood out and said these books are not for me. I cannot read anything that is not christian now. I feel that if I am going to give my time to a book it should be something I am learning from or bringing glory to God in. Our world keeps watering down what is right and good. The world keeps telling us everyone is doing it, so we too should enjoy the same. As we allow a little in, more and more comes forth into our lives and if it is not blessing God should we be doing it? I have had to change my music as I have been convicted of this. All the music I listen to does not glorify God, and I shoul…

Are you your own punching bag?

I remember as a kid watching boxing with my dad. He loved to watch and boy did he get excited. To watch these men give it their all and go into a ring knowing someone is going down is as our lives as christians. We are stepping into that ring everyday facing what life is throwing at us, and its how we respond that makes the winner. We step out of bed, and sometimes sooner than that and we have already a nasty attitude. We haven't even said goodmorning to anyone, and if someone passes us, watch out because we might just take their head off. Have you had a morning like that? I have to say I have, sadly I have to admit that. Don't you love watching movies or television and the woman is always stepping out of bed looking beautiful. What is up with that? I do not wake up looking refreshed, I wake up looking as if I have been in a battle all night and I did not come out the winner! Many times we face trials daily, we face old wounds, new ones, and many times we just simply face ours…

Okay girls,have you ever asked the question,Do you think I'm Fat?

Okay girls lets be honest.Have any of you ever went home from a day of trying on swimsuits,looked at your husband and asked the horrible question he dreads,"Do you think I am fat?" I have to admit, I too have asked my husband this, and ofcourse we all want them to say,"Ofcourse not honey, you are perfect,wouldn't want you any other way!" Some have even asked the question,"Do you think I am prettier than her?" "Do you think I am smaller than her?" or the best yet,"I'm not as big as her am I?" If we can get real for a minute girls, what are our husbands suppose to say to those questions? We have already trapped him. He can't really answer that question the right way. Is there really a right or wrong answer? Ofcourse we think there is, and its,"No your not fat,and yes you are smaller than she is." I have had my husband come out from getting dressed and he will turn around and look at me and say,"Do these pants m…

Are you running close to empty?

My husband always tells me to keep my car on full. He says, "You never know what could happen or where you will have to go,so you need to be ready!" I kinda run on empty sometimes, thinking with the little I have in the tank will get me there. This has caused me trouble before. As I was driving I thought our truck was breaking down, had to call a carhauler, and my husband. Turns out, the car wasn't breaking down, it was totally out of gas. I seem to do this in my life as well. I keep running and running thinking I can make it there on my own,but in the drive to get there I run out of fuel. This happens to us all. The wear and tear on our tires is going to cause a blowout soon if we do not learn to slow down, get a tune up and stay focused on our meters infront of us. I remember when our children were all in sports, diapers, doctors visits, the store, the house, it all starts to pile up and we get overwhelmed as moms. Its okay to say no, when we say no, we are not saying …

Treasure boxes..

Do you have a treasure box? My daughter keeps a treasure box. She had put it under her bed, and she kept everything ever given to her by love,cards, pictures,letters,all that had touched her in some way. For me, I have a treasure drawer. I have my little drawer jam packed full of cards,letters,little trinkets that mean the world to me. Its funny how we keep things for memories. We keep things to hold in our hands, pictures to look at and remember a special day. Gosh, I have baby shoes from all three of my children, overalls that they all wore, even their little pacifers. Yes, to some that might be extreme, but we tend to keep things that have some kind of meaning. Love has so much meaning. Love is the one word that all over the world it has the same meaning, and all know just how special it is. Love is all throughout the bible. It was for love that Christ gave His life, and love that He is coming again, and preparing a place for us,His children. We reach others with a love that is in …

Are you finding joy in the morning?

"God, You are my God; Early I will seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked to You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You." Psalm 63:1-3 In our times of trouble we can seek God and He will be there. We should seek Him early in the morning,all throughout the day, and at night before we lay our heads. The beautiful thing about seeking God is that He is always there. He is waiting for us to seek Him. Just as on this cool day, we again slept with our windows open and I can feel the fresh breeze blowing in, the fragrance of flowers outside, and the humming of all the little creatures. This is what it feels like for me to seek God. I can feel His love, His peace, His comfort, His wisdom, His glory. To feel the presence of God is as though you just want to open your arms up as wide as they will go, and just take …

Is satan at your back door?

We always use our back door for those special to us, those friends who know they can come on in the back door yelling out,"Hello guys,is anyone home?"I have friends who are like family to me, and we always enter in the back door so to speak. Now, we know those who love us are a blessing to us in more ways than we could ever put into words.We cherish them coming in the back door and are excited to hear their voices. But what about satan? Do we allow him into our back door without even knowing? Yes, we do. As we have those around us blessing us, we too have attacks from satan coming right in our back door, the door we use for love,he uses for his purposes. He can sneak right in without making a sound. Once he is in he will do all he can in our daily movements to bring us down and move us away from our Lord Jesus. Satan is full of tricks, lies and deceptions. He tells us this one drink wont hurt you, this one pill will make you feel much better, this movie is one everyone is se…

Walking in the light of a new day...

As I woke this morning with the windows open, the breeze blowing in, and the smell of fresh air on my blankets I knew today was a wonderful day. As I sit here at my computer tonight listening to the frogs and the chatter of the night I feel so overwhelmingly blessed. As I walked today hand in hand with my husband and my son at my side through the park,watching the fish,and seeing the quick stream of the waterfall, I knew God had touched the day with His love. I can see, hear, taste and smell God all around me. He is in everything, and He made everything with His hands. He gave us our senses to really experience who He is. Today He just showed Himself to me through all I had the pleasure of seeing, and seeing it all with my family made it even more blessed. If I had to wake a day without God I wouldn't want to wake at all. I cannot even fathom not having Him in my life. I am nothing without Him. He is in all that is good. I cannot reproduce what He has done. No man can. As I walk I…

Do you know who you are?

This is a question I have been struggling with. Do I really know who I am? I cannot be who the world wants me to be. I cannot be who my parents want me to be,nor my husband,my friends, nor my family itself. I have to be who God created me to be. In order for me to become that person I must first let go of myself. I must die to myself and follow Christ and Him alone. I cannot live life wondering who likes me or who doesnt. The word of God is offensive to the world. No one wants to hear that someone else has control over their lives, no one wants to hear what they are doing wrong, or need to change. No one wants to hear they need a new set of friends, or they need to give all they have away. In order to really know myself I first have to know who God is, His love for me, and His plan for me. I am not the same person I was at three, nor at eighteen. I am now 42, and still stumble over who I am. I think it takes us a long time to really let go of ourselves and grasp that God has a higher …

Discipline...

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who are trained by it." Hebrews 12:11 I remember being small and being disciplined by my dad. I only had two or three spankings when I was young. It always made me feel sad that I had disappointed my dad. As I got older in my teen years, the discipline came more, and although then I thought my parents were wrong, didn't understand and was so caught up in my own thoughts, today I know just how right they were. Even though I didn't grow up in a christian home, I was still taught right from wrong. As a teen I thought I knew it all, I thought I want to live my own life, and no one had the right to tell me different. Oh, how wrong I was. My parents loved me, and only wanted the best for me, only wanted to protect me, and guide me the best they could. Did they make mistakes? Yes, we all do, but for the most part, my parents were never wrong …

Who is your biggest cheerleader?

I was always a football fan with my dad. I loved watching football. My favorite team was the Steelers. We would sit by eating chips and dip watching, and cheering them on with each down they got. We were their cheerleaders in our living room. My dad was a big cheerleader of mine. He always cheered me on no matter what I was trying to do. I know my dad was proud, I hope as he looks down today he is proud. We have all had cheerleaders in our lives, or we have cheered others on. My husband and I have cheered our children on as they played sports and went for their dreams. I cheer my husband on each day as he is searching for work, I cheer my son on with each step he takes, I cheer my daughter on as she begins her new path in nursing school. I cheer on one of my bff's as she begins her jewerly company of her own, and brings glory to God in all she does. For another bff, I cheer her on as she raises her little one now with four other children, and is making the most beautiful cards I h…

My Path

As many of you know I love to write, and I want to write a devotional. I believe God has placed that upon my heart, and has given me a gift to use for His glory. In my walk, I have been so confused on which way I am to go. I know Christ never confuses us, the world does. In writing a friend, she shared with me her struggles also and her blessings about writing. It was such a blessing to hear from another sister in Christ who is having some of the same struggles I am. We get confused because we get in the way. For me, I have been on the internet trying to learn more about writing, I have been contacting others about the process, and its hard to know who to trust, and what direction to go. For me, I now know its not time to write a devotional. God is teaching me and molding me into who He wants me to become. I have been concerned with many things, including is my writing blessing others, is my writing good enough, how many people are following my blog, and is it going to continue to gro…