March 22, 2017

Savor



To every child of God today…
For a little while
Just let it soak in and savor
Who you are in Him
You are His child

He wants a relationship with you
Daily
Hourly
Moment to moment
Every moment

For a little while
Spoil yourself by sitting in His presence
Pour out your heart
Place your hand in His
Know He is with you

For a little while
Just be His child
Just be the one He formed and fearfully and wonderfully made
Be the unique person He made you to be
Be the one He wants to draw near to Him

For a little while
Indulge yourself
Just let it soak in and savor
Who you are in Him


1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

March 20, 2017

A Gift of Days


Today,

This moment,

This is where we live.

Sometimes though, 

We forget to live in the here and now.

We are often living for a tomorrow that is a product of our longing or imagination. 

We buy into the grass is greener on the other side mentality. Because certainly life will be better when...

Today turns into a place of discontent and we are too focused on what we think will be better in the days ahead.

I think I have some good advice. 

Embrace the season you are in. Embrace where you are today.

I have said this to others and turn around and forget to do it myself. When I follow my own advice though, I will look harder to see the beauty in each new day. When I follow my own advice, I also find that I am okay in the moment and am reminded that life is a gift of days - given one at a time.

I need to keep both feet planted in today while it is today and not start skipping ahead to tomorrow. If I am skipping ahead to tomorrow, I will then literally skip today. That would be a shame. 

What happens if we don’t give today the attention it is due? I think we end up devaluing it and that turns into a wasted day. Now I know when it comes down to it, I don’t want to waste my days. 

In my heart it is my desire to walk my days with the Lord. I need to do that one day at a time while living in the moment to moment of each day. 

Today,

Here,

Now.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

March 17, 2017

Finding Perfect Peace


You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You. 

Isaiah 26:3
Almost everyone I know wants more peace in their lives. Many people that I know are desperately hoping and grasping for what seems altogether impossible in their present situations. They don’t see solutions but just maybe they can find some peace.
If there is a remedy for finding peace in our turmoil-filled lives, it will happen when we see our Holy God as He is, Almighty, all powerful, all-knowing, wholly Sovereign.

We will not learn how to free ourselves of anxiety - until we learn to give Him our worries and believe He will never forsake us no matter what is going on, according to the promise of Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” 

Most worry develops because we cannot fix our problems. We can’t make things happen and we can’t make things stop. When we choose to trust, worry loses its fierce grip from our nervous wringing hands.

We will have peace when we believe the same God who parted seas, loosed prison chains, and used marching men shouting and blowing trumpets to topple a city wall, is the same God who never leaves us in our hour of need. This same God will walk with us in the difficult trials of our lives.

We will have peace when we believe with assured confidence He will carry our burdens and carry us, too. He will take us through, always walking beside us. He is all the help we will ever need. This is why we can find peace when we make the significant choice to trust the Lord.

March 15, 2017

A Good Season of Life


I am an empty nester, and I love it. It wasn’t that I was anxious to get my two little birds out of the nest. It was just that when the time came I discovered that this is also a good season of life. I love the young women our daughters are, and I also enjoy having my husband to myself.
    
But, I became an empty nester sooner than my plans would have allowed, far sooner than I would have expected when we first started our family.
    
We had hoped to have three to five children. I was thankful to be marrying a godly man who wanted to have several children. Randy and I knew it was ultimately in God’s hands what size our family would be, but as we discussed our plans in those early years, we both hoped to have at least three to five children.
    
We do have five children. We have two here, and three in heaven waiting for us. I had two miscarriages and one precious newborn baby girl who only lived on this earth for two very short days.
    
So, my cozy nest was never as full as I had hoped it would be. I thought there would be many more years of little ones underfoot, and to make our family fill up more chairs around the table, more little ones and growing ones to love and to cherish.
    
But God had other plans. I don’t know why, but I know Him. And I rest safe and secure and loved in knowing Him and knowing He is a sovereign God.
    
I also recognize and know that I am blessed beyond measure in all I have been given, and when my empty nest years came sooner than I thought they would - I found that my life is full, so very full. God fills me up! In whatever season of life I am in, He fills me up.
    
God gave us His strength and comfort to heal from our loss, and grace to accept that His plans for our lives and for our family were not the ones Randy and I discussed early in our marriage. We learned that in accepting His will for our lives that we were also graced with peace and joy to embrace what we had been given.
    
Yes, the empty nest years came sooner than I anticipated, and the rhythm of life greatly changed upon the departure of both daughters as they went off to college and careers and built their own lives. They are thriving in the new season of their lives, and my husband and I are thriving in this new season of our lives.

The latest change in our family has been the marriage of our oldest daughter.  So we have added to our family with the addition of a wonderful son-in-law.
    
Life is full of changing seasons. This is also true for our dreams and goals that can also change with the tide of different life seasons. Yet, through life’s changing seasons, we will find there is one thing that will never change. We can trust God with it all and through it all!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 

March 12, 2017

Not the Walking Wounded


I received a very high compliment just the other day, but in fact, it is a testimony to the amazing work God has done in my life.
 
The people that I meet at this point in my life don’t know the harsh upbringing I had with a very troubled father.

After sharing a little of my past history my new friend she said she couldn’t picture me having been in that environment. She said I was too normal. 

She had observed that I am not carrying around any visible baggage.

I am not the walking wounded.

There was a time when I was…before I learned to forgive and let go. If I had waited until he was sorry, I would still be waiting. I knew I had to do it for my own emotional and spiritual health and it was the most freeing choice I ever made. Like dandelion petals carried away with the wind, the burden was lifted from my shoulders. I never imagined it could feel so good just to let it go. God surprised me with that one, and it was a beautiful blessing in my life.

Someone made the statement in a discussion recently about how sometimes we don’t receive God’s grace for healing from a painful past. She hit the nail on the head.

We discussed why two people can go through a hardship and one won’t let it go and grows bitter while the other one lets it go, let’s God work, and heals.

A long time ago I decided I knew I did not want to be that first person. Too much of my life had been robbed already and I wasn’t giving up any more ground to the past. We don’t have to go through life as the walking wounded still carrying visible baggage.  

We can receive God’s strength to let go and heal. He will bring healing to the heart that opens to His work of grace.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.