judging others on what you think is the whole story or what you believe happened is a huge pitfall. you can never know exactly what someone else is experiencing. please be careful of your actions, you may never know the hurt you cause because you assume something to be true!
i’m so glad God has the final say!
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. Proverbs 16:1
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
i need you and i need you now!
in moments like these, don’t forget He is always right by your side, ready and willing! but remember, what we think we need may not be what He knows we need!
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Only One Word
as i sit here and reflect on the last forty days and how the Lord worked in my life as i “gave up” the spirit of poverty for Lent, i am thankful for the knowledge He is always faithful to show Himself when we truly seek! it doesn’t take a genius to know He would show me the areas i was rich in and how counting and recounting those riches/blessings does wonders for how i approach each day. but what i didn’t expect was lessons in obedience, the attitude with which money is spent and the confirmation of how He is always working on us and is faithful to use what He is working on for our betterment!
two very significant events happened within the last 40 days, along side a host of others. i wish i could sit here and tell you of each event but that would take too long. so i’ll just leave you with this statement i sent via text to a friend as He took care of His child; “i obediently listened to His voice and He took care of me with an option that wasn’t even an option! He showed up and showed off!”
isn’t that just like Him?!
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” John 8:47
… with kindness!
it’s amazing what a simple smile or kind word or compliment can do to someone’s psyche. a downcast spirit can spark again. a sad heart can smile. an angry attitude can dissipate.
friendly people rock!
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Where’s The Love?
…wait! be still! trust Me! stay true! stay the course! and step!
all phrases my God lovingly breathes into my spirit as I continue this journey to find the passion purpose He has for me. for someone who operates on a tight schedule and “just needs to know what to do,” this is by no means easy. but this I know, He is preparing me! “for what?” remains to be seen.
until that day, I actively wait as opposed to idly waiting for Him to make something happen. active waiting allows me to cultivate the skills needed and right habits (and not become lazy or complain-y) as He prepares the promise. He will take care of the divine appointments as I am intentional about my wait. and He alone, is making me into the woman He needs me to be!
all I can do is put my best foot forward as He places it where He wants it!
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
there are so many in this world who call me “a sin” but I don’t live for them! I live to honor my Father in Heaven with my life and my choices. to bring Him glory, to receive and give His love and to be a vessel who brings comfort to others. I am thankful He loves without boundaries and assures me every day that I am His. He bestows blessings, big and small, upon my life, my kids and my home! thank you Lord for continuing to assure me that I am Your’s, no matter what others may think!
it’s quite simple really …
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
Proverbs 3:33 NIV
i am #notanoxymoron
IF this, THEN that
certain lessons you have to learn on your own. in fact, most lessons fall under this category. as a parent, it’s tough because all you really want to do is protect your children from this big bad world. as the adult learning a new lesson … it can be quite disconcerting. especially when it comes on the heels of advice (very wise advice I might add) from dear friends who have actually walked what you’re walking.
not unlike a child who slams their finger in a drawer after being told repeatedly not to play with it, lessons learned in this manner tend to hurt. but better yet, they stick with you. some things just need to be experienced before they hit home!
I thank my God for placing wisdom filled individuals into my life and for His protection and correction when He sees fit!
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Proverbs 19:20 ESV
The Word Speaks
Got Your Back
combative people frighten me. I literally feel like my back is against the wall. I tend to clam up. I don’t fight fair because I don’t know how to fight.
most of the time I’ll just take it on the chin as tears well up but sometimes I have to admit, the proverbial gloves come back at’cha, words spewing not knowing what I’m saying until it’s too late to take it back. I suck at fighting and quite honesty, I don’t want to be a good at it!
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:17-18 NIV
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14 NLT
there is something a bit awkward about speaking your requests out loud. it’s like you must be absolutely sure it’s what you really mean OR you’ve just had enough with a certain situation that the only thing left to do is call out for rescue.
for this particular lesson, the latter is the case. after analyzing the situation to almost certain confusion, in my desperation, I actually cried out for help! more like shouted 😉 and let me tell you … it worked! check out Proverbs 2:3,5 (NIV):
indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. (bolded for emphasis)
almost immediately I was reminded that there is purpose for what we endure if we are looking to follow Him. by the end of the day, I knew the battle wasn’t mine and this particular path got much clearer.
and to top it off, I had unexpectedly turned on my radio to hear these words “your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place.” lyrics from Just Be Held by Casting Crowns
thank you, Lord, for meeting me where I am and being the Perfecter of my faith! I trust You!
there are many ways the Lord can choose to speak to His children. through His word, through others’ words, in music, billboards and signs, nudges, whispers and screams. ok, maybe not screams but definitely moments of intense knowing. most of the time it’s up to us, to not only be tuned in so we can hear Him, but more importantly it’s up to us to obey!
THEN there are other times when He speaks and we have nothing to do but let His peace wash over us. this exact thing happened last night.
as I was journaling through a very heart wrenching, no words for it situation, asking Him to intervene, He spoke. I was literally asking to trust Him in this, not only for me to trust but for others involved to trust Him. almost immediately I glance at the page I was writing on and saw this …
I had never noticed that the pages of my journal had this on it. I’m honestly that nonobservant sometimes. but He knew exactly when I needed to really notice it. a time when I needed it most and when it would bring immediate peace to my being!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
Proverbs 3:5a NLT