when i was a kid i used to love doing dot-to-dot’s. the excitement mounted as the picture became more and more comprehendible with every number. so it’s no wonder i’m always trying to connect the dots in scenarios of my life. trying to make sense of what i’m doing or what the purpose is for each season or what my next step is.
i’ve learned not to try to figure out what the Lord is doing because, honestly, we can never be sure. but what i do do, is walk every day looking and anticipating what the Lord has for me. i look and wait expectantly for Him to connect my dots!
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 62:5
yesterday at church, the Lord spoke the words “just hold on” into my spirit. and today this:
“Patience in the Process
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
I want to encourage you today to be patient with the process God might have you in. It’s so important to recognize the difference between the time you are anointed for something and the time God appoints for you to walk in it.
Think of Joseph. He had dreams as a teenager of being in a position of leadership, yet the journey to get there took much longer than he might have expected. But God was faithful to him, and in the same way, you can believe and trust that God will be faithful to you!”
(above in quotes from Christine Caine, First Things First)
thank you Lord for always being faithful and knowing exactly what we need right when we need it. and for creating me with a God shaped hole eager to hear from you!
thank you Lord for being my strength no matter where i find myself! help me to walk the path and live the purpose You’re calling me to! (no matter how hard or unusual it may seem!) help me to live [for You] daily!
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
I want to share that yesterday I experienced a glimpse of victory over my fear! although I wouldn’t call it a “success”, was certainly a step in the right direction. actually, not a step, I’m going to call it a leap! too much to get into here. I’ll just say I wasn’t going to let the “all consuming” fear paralyze me. I accepted the challenge, posted sticky notes (pic to follow) to remind me Who was in control and hit it head-on. I read once “what you fear reveals where you trust God the least” (Craig Groeschel)… not today!!
I sought the Lord , and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:4 NIV84)
there really is so much more to come on this topic… I’m done with letting this fear stop me!! yesterday was a breakthrough. with the help of a very dear friend (who just happens to be a Life Coach) I was able to get in touch with a childhood memory that has plagued me long enough!! all having to do with my fear of crowds, and even more so, my fear of speaking!
take a moment to look around. we have so much to be thankful for, even in the midst of hard times.
this Thanksgiving (and every day of my life) I’m thankful for my faith! w/o it, I don’t know how I’d make it through each day. faith has so many benefits. things like: assurance, comfort, peace, security, freedom and joy.
it’s no secret that my kids are my life. parenting gets more difficult as they grow. maybe not physically, but mentally, emotionally and most definitely financially. different seasons, call for different parenting skills. so in a sense, I’m also forever growing.
this morning I’m thankful for my faith that reassures me that even though as a mom I can never be perfect and know exactly what to say and do, He’s got my back. His faithfulness isn’t just for me but for the generation I’m raising and all generations to follow! so even though I mess up from time to time, He remains faithful and I trust He will be there for them, as He is for me!
Thank You Lord for loving my kids more than I ever could and showing Yourself real to them as You’ve done for me. Thank You for promising to do so!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5 NIV
Happy Mother’s Day
lots of chatter going on, in response to yesterday’s “Day in History!” of course this is very expected and I respect views on both sides of the (prayerfully one day) [non]- issue. we are products of the way we were raised and the environment in which we find ourselves today. we ALL have a choice here and that choice is either to love or not.
I, by no means, have an activist bone in my body but after reading some hurtful “truths” all I can do is respond in love and with love. sometimes I hesitate to call myself a Christian because of the way “Christians” act toward other human beings. aren’t we called to love one another? in spite of who we think someone may or may not be. in spite of what we believe the Bible says or doesn’t say. God has made each and every one of us in His likeness, period. this may be stepping out on a limb here, but unless you’ve faced this topic square in the face, you really don’t know the half of it. I challenge you to really research what the Bible says and not take others’ word for it. Let Him speak to you and search your own heart. stop hating and start loving! stop throwing stones, drop them all! and let God work as He pleases! doesn’t He have the final say anyway?
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12 NIV)
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34 NIV)
being a mom is no easy task. it is a never ending responsibility. 24/7 care and concern for your child. there is no room for selfishness as our child’s dreams replace our own. daily prayers for them and the people that cross their path. we are caregivers, counselor, teacher, nurse, bank, chef, maid, alarm clock, taxi, personal shopper, personal assistant, repair man, “where is it” master, and the most important responsibility … an example! your kids are always watching. this job is not one to be taken lighthearted. to mom’s who do this alone, as my mom did, you are Rock Stars!
Her children rise up and call her blessed; (Proverbs 31:28a NKJV)
if you’re feeling distant, remember He’s not the one who moved!
For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. (Psalm 37:28a NIV)
the concept that He will never leave you or forsake you is found many times throughout the bible. check it out …
1 Kings 8:57
1 Chronicles 28:20
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6 NIV)