Friday, January 29, 2016

All That Can Be Shaken Is Shaking~




Everything that can be shaken is shaking.  Changes are in the making and it seems God has uprooted just about everything in our lives. Changes are occurring so quickly I can hardly acclimate before the next one gets ushered in. God is in charge here~ He has pried our fingers  from all we love and hold dear~ our plans and our dreams are being shaped and remolded to the unknown by our God.

  It seems we unable to slow the progression but at times, we still wait. Wait on our God to show us the very next step through His Word ~ through a message or an open door. We know God is stirring our hearts and souls in a new way.  I know there is  a bigger picture and a plan much greater than our little place in this world. 

God is calling us to  emotionally and mentally let go of the past so that we can move forward.
He is calling us to a new place of faith and trust. To step out of the no- risk- required zone to a fervent desire to only please God and only march to His drum. It is time to let go of our stagnant faith and move from glory to glory.  The funny thing is ~ I am so ready to go. 

 I am not sure where life may find you today but remember God is in charge and He can be trusted. 

Hebrews 11:6King James Version (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I Can Do Hard Things



I woke up this morning and my first thought was ~ Oh yeah, we are still facing that giant. It is an ugly giant.  If you have lived very long I know you know what I am talking about. When something is threatening to rob you of normalcy..... rob you of your foundation..... maybe even steal some of your faith. Those times when you wake up in the middle of the night and worry makes hot rocks churn in your soul~ and you are frozen almost paralyzed in place. What do you do when it's not just a worry but reality? Life is about to take a major turn and you are  uncertain where it is you are going to land you.

Moving forward is going to take more courage than I have. It is never easy to step out of our comfort in fear of taking a wrong move. So, I wait. I wait for a sign from God ~ a signal to tell me it is ok to jump out in faith to the unknown. I wait for my Heavenly Father to say it's ok to proceed. I know it is going to take  courage and I fear I don't have what it takes. So, I wait. I wait for God to open the next door that we are to take. 
  
I hate this place. I really do. I have been here before. In fact,  I started my life in fear as a child of an addict father. My early years were formed in fear. I was raised in fear. BUT~ God has brought me out of that fear. We have come a long way. God has picked me up and set my feet on a solid rock. SO why~ do I have to be here again? 

God sent His Son so that we may walk in liberty instead of fear. SO, I cling to my Father with my imperfect trust praying that He will give me the courage to face this fear once again that has momentarily come in the form of a giant. 

God has proven Himself to me in mighty ways as we have journeyed through these past 32 years together. He has taken my ashes and turned them into beauty. He has restored all that Satan robbed from me. He has given me faith over fear. He has held me all of my days~ my 18,163 days of my life.

So I am going to give God my imperfect courage and I know with God, I can do hard things. I can face this giant in courage and I know that MY GOD will fight my battle. I only need to cling to Him and watch to see how He decides to handle this matter. 

Isaiah 41:10


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

What I Wish I Could Go Back And Tell My Young Bride Self




This morning I am getting ready to speak at a Bridal Shower for this Saturday. I have my devotion ready ~ just  the butterflies are left. I am reminding her of the usual lessons learned from the good and bad girls of the Bible. I am telling her all the tried and true things we all need hear before we walk down the isle.

What can I tell a beautiful girl for her to put in her pocket to pull out when she needs it on this journey called marriage? What would I tell my young bride self if I could go back to that June day? I think I know what I would tell me ~it is not always romance and roses with chocolate sprinkled in all the time. The "white picket fence" needs to be painted now and then and those "white lace promises" have to hold it all together.

We sometimes get the idea when we marry our "Prince Charming" that he will make everything right, he will fill our emptiness, he will always know what and when to say it. Just writing it sounds ridiculous. Let me just say~ I did marry my "Prince Charming" and I adore him to pieces. But even "Prince Charming" makes a lousy god.

God never intended for my Brian to meet all my needs. Only He can make me feel loved 100% of the time. Only He can fill the emptiness of my soul. Only He "gets" me all the time. If Brian could meet all my needs I would not need GOD. God never intended for our husbands to be our god nor to make us happy all the time. It is pure foolish to put that kind of pressure even on "Prince Charming."

If I could go back and tell me these things it would have saved me many sleepless nights and unneeded tears.

I am thankful that I have learned to let Brian be my "Prince Charming" but only God can be my God.

Philippians 4:19King James Version (KJV)

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

There's A Demon Knocking At My Door



There is an enemy at my door. It is coming in the form of flesh and blood but I am too wise and know that I don't wrestle against flesh and blood.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:16

This enemy is trying to kill and destroy. It has come this week and has frozen us in place ~ trying to keep us bound in fear. Trying to destroy who we are, what we are and what we stand for, trying to discredit us. Trying to change our very being. We are just being added to a string of others who have walked before us. Any time you try to stand for God and do right the enemy~ the father of lies will try his best to knock you out of the race as a believer.

 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Peter 5:8

So what do you do when the enemy knocks at your door?   This woman of faith with not take this lying down. I will enter my "war room." I will spend my every waking moment in that place where battles are fought in the HEAVENLIES.  I have been here before and watched God fight battles. I will fight this battle on my knees. I will pray and fast. I will fight with my sword~God's Word. I refuse to get shaken. I refuse to let that demon come inside. I refuse to be prey to the attacks of evil. I will pick up my shield of faith. 

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ephesians 6:16
 NO matter how tempted I am to fight in my humanness~ in retaliation and destruction. I will not be tempted to fight this in my own strength. I will not get bitter with an unforgiving spirit. I will pray for my enemies and I will bless those that curse me.

 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew5:44
  I will let God fight my battles. This battle is not mine but the Lord's. I am nothing on my own. But to God, I am His child. I call Him Father. And My Heavenly Father is watching~ He sees and He knows.  I serve the same God as Jeremiah served. 

 But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. Jeremiah 20:11

 So give us a minute or two~ we are picking ourselves up. Then we will carry on walking humbly with our God. We will continue to live out our faith ~ over fear.  

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?Micah 6:8

 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.. Genesis 50:20

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I Miss My Time With You




 Ecclesiastes 3:1
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:

When I get too busy to spend my time with God ~ I miss it!  Some days it is just hard to discipline me to make it happen. I am making it my goal to put my devotion and prayer time as a priority each day. It is a constant battle with the father of lies and the stillness of time.  

Distractions are my biggest obstacle. It really is not easy to eliminate all the distractions. The dust bunnies call my name each morning. I tend to be a "clean freak." It is my biggest problem. There is always work that needs to be done. My perfectionist self is working on balancing this to make room for my quiet time.

 After 24 years of homeschooling and teaching for the Homeschool Group, I took a part-time job as a Pharmacy Technician. I am loving it . I enjoy getting to meet and talk with people all day and feel a sense of helping others. Now~ I seem too busy. Crazy me! 

 I have more energy and perspective to stay on top of this hectic life when I put God first. Even the bad days are sweeter when we walk with Jesus.  He just makes it all better. 
I realized early in life no one else can do this for me.  I have to make this happen. Nothing good happens by accident.

Don't pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it.  A  Man is powerful on his knees. ~ Corrie ten Boom

Life is hard and we need to be powerful on our knees.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Looks Can Be Deceiving



I bought these apples yesterday. Don't they look beautiful? They are red and shiny and make you want to sink your teeth into them. This morning I cut one up to add to our breakfast and oh-my-oh-my they were as sour as a lemon. They were so tart we could not eat them. Even our little Corgi turned her nose up at them. So guess what I did? I displayed them so they could look pretty. I will make a pie with them when I have the time because they are impossible to eat.



These apples were left over from last week. They are not pretty at all but they taste much better than the beautiful ones. They have bad spots and a little bruised here and there but they are sweet and tasty. 

Even Jesus said appearances can deceive people into thinking they are spiritual when they are not.  Our walk needs to match our talk. We can spout off all the "Christian dos and don'ts" and "religious  rants" but how close are we to God? When we are walking with God we do the right thing. When we are right with God we love others. When we are right with God we build rather than destroy.

  Have you ever found yourself in a situation where things are not at all as they appear to be? Those that look bad are not so bad and those that look good are not so good? I have been in a season of life like this for a time. I am growing a little weary of seeing it unfold.   Yet~ God sees the inside of a man~ He sees inside of me. We may fool others for a season but God will right the wrongs in His timing. 

Jesus tells a story in the Bible when the Pharisees accused him and his disciples of not washing their hands before they ate which broke the religious tradition of the day. Jesus told them that being a righteous person has more to do with the inside than the outside appearance.  He says it all right here~

Matthew 15:8King James Version (KJV)

Jesus knew that their talk did not match their walk.  They kept all the "churchy" rituals of the day but their hearts were far from God.  It is my heart's desire to never wander away from God and have a heart that is far from God. 


Monday, January 18, 2016

Not All Storms Are In The Forecast~





Hello from a white and cold Monday morning in Missouri. Yesterday morning we woke up to the biggest snow storm of the season so far this Winter. I was caught off guard because nowhere on my little smart phone did it show snow in the forecast. That is just how it goes in Missouri.  Not all storms are in the forecast.

Much like our weather, life presents itself the same way. NOT all storms are forecasted. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. It seems when I find myself in the middle of the storm where the sea of life is raging and strong winds threaten my security the best thing I can do is look back at all the other storms in my life when my faith held.

 My faith has held all these years that I have been walking with Jesus. Why? Because the anchor of my soul in anchored in Christ Jesus who is steadfast and sure. He has held never once failed me . He has always walked beside me holding my hand and He promises me that He will never leave me or forsake me.

So when the winds of life start to blow we only have to look to our refuge and lay hold of the hope we have in Jesus. He is the anchor that holds no matter what is in the forecast.


Hebrews 6:18-19King James Version (KJV)

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Easy ~ Chicken And Wild Rice Soup



This recipe is so yummy~


2 quarts of chicken stock
1 cooked chicken~ cool and remove meat 
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup carrots~sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 package Uncle Ben's Wild Rice Mix

* Cook rice according to directions on the box.
*Bring chicken broth to a boil, add carrots celery and onions until cooked.
* Add cooked chicken and wild rice~add salt and pepper to taste.

*Make a rue.

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup half and half
*Add kosher salt and pepper to taste .
* Add rue to soup mix.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Stop This Merry-Go-Round....... I Want Off!


Do you ever feel this way? Do you get overwhelmed with your "TO DO LIST" ? Guess what?~ There is a relief.

God our Creator knew that we would be overwhelmed with stress and commitment~so He made a plan for us. He even gave us an example all the way back in Creation.


Genesis 2:1-3

1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Do you really think God needed a day off? Do you think He was tired and needed rest! I would lay money on this one if I were a betting girl . I would venture to say God knew we would need this lesson. Boy~I sure do. Life is tiring! The burdens of the day weigh us down. 

When the Israelites were freed by God out of slavery for more than 400 years they were given a Promised Land.  God gave them some new rules to live by. In all the years of slavery, they never had a day off. Now God was giving them a day of rest. 

If God established a Sabbath day~a day to get off the merry-go-round~why do we choose to ignore it? I can dust my floors and the dust returns tomorrow. I sometimes become a slave to my own home. If one day off per week could rest our bodies, refresh our minds and restore our spirit~ why would we not choose to take it?

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

12Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
13Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
14But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.

15And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

He Never Promised Us A Rose Garden

 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ,

 not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Philippians 1:29


Somewhere in our thinking as Christians we grow to believe that we will  be blessed with health and wealth if we are living for God. However~ after all, these years of walking with God I found it is not so. He does walk with us and never leaves us but sometimes we have to walk through the storms. Life is not always a bed of roses~ as my grandmother would say. He never promised us a "Rose Garden."


Matthew 5:11-12

 11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The Bible tells us that all who live Godly will suffer persecution, but the promise is that if we suffer or are persecuted for Christ sake we will be rewarded.

Christ suffered for us on that cruel rugged tree to pay for our sins. He paid a debt I could not pay. The JUST for the unjust!


 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3 

If we walk with Christ~we will suffer at times. The world hated Him~why would we expect it to love us, his followers.

 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Philippians 3:10 

Accepting Christ as my Saviour was the greatest decision I ever made.  Trials and troubles will come our way. God never promised we would be exempt from the storms of life but He does promise to hold our hand and walk through the difficult days with us. I would not choose to live life any other way.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Just Be Yourself ~Everyone Else Is Taken




 I feel inadequate much of the time. I sometimes get mad at my husband~ only a time or two. As much as I would like to deny it, there were times I yelled at my children~ more than a time or two.I sometimes don't want to cook supper and I hate being put in situations that I can't control. (I am a recovering control freak.) My temper sometimes gets the best of me and I say things I should not say.  I am addicted to chocolate and Diet Coke. I am working on all of these things. 

 I look at Beth Moore and wish I had her wisdom to reach the hearts of so many. I look at Patsy Clairmont and wish I had an ounce of her humor. I am not that funny though I wish I were. Closer to home I look at my sister~Angie and admire her ability to stay calm, cool and collected even in extreme chaos and stays sweet.  I admired my Grandma Baker to lose an arm to cancer but she could still whip the world into shape. I admire my mother's ability to raise three kids on a pauper's purse. I look at my friend Pam and admire her ability to bring such compassion and comfort to everyone around her.

But then it is just ME that I wake up to each day in the mirror.  When I feel these feelings of inadequacy threaten to overwhelm me I cling to the Scriptures.


 I am reminded of Moses who had a speech impediment. David was was only a shepherd boy~ who grew up to commit adultery and murder. And remember Sarah~ talk about doing or saying things you shouldn't~ she laughed at God's messenger. I bet she never lived that one down from her peers. Then there was foolish Rebekah who encouraged her son to be deceitful to his own father~  reaping and sowing cost her big time. There is no denying that in spite of their human frailties~ God used them all!

This morning I am reminding myself that God made us who we are. He has a plan for our lives and He loves us just the way we are but He loves us too much to leave us that way. Although He will continue to mold us and make us ~ we are just who He created us to be. 

Just be yourself ~ God can use you. All He requires is a willing ~  committed heart.  

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Love Your Enemies~ (Oh, My Stars ~This Is Hard)




I am claiming a song for this year ~ Just Be Held from Casting Crowns. 
 Below is part of the lyrics from the song.  

So when you're on your knees and answers seem so far away
You're not alone, stop holding on and just be held

Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place

I'm on the throne, stop holding on and just be held....... Casting Crowns 




In the verse above~ people were in the middle of rough times. It tells us in earlier verses that David was encouraging us to not fret because of evil-doers. I encourage you to read the entire Psalm 37. 

Who are evil-doers? Those that are trying to do evil against us ~who are trying to destroy us~ our enemies. If you are trying to walk with God and serve God and doing His will ~ there are going to be evil-doers who want to curse you . 

Yet ~this verse tells us to trust God and do good. We can't just trust God and withdrawal into our own little cocoon because we are being attacked from our enemy. We must trust God and do good. Do all the good we possibly can for all the people we can~ even our enemies.  And then we are to just stand.
Why?  So we shall dwell in the land and be fed. I want to dwell in the land in peace and be fed all that God has for me. How about you?

Oh my stars~ this is hard for me. It is easy to love those that are lovable but God asks us to love those that are our enemies and curse us. This is the mark of a true Christian. 

I am working hard at this but I have a long way to go~

Matthew 5:4 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe




We love salsa at our home. 
I will can some this summer but this is second best! 
 I can make a huge bowl for just pennies.


2 cans of stewed tomatoes~coarsely chopped
1/2 onion ~chopped
3-4  jalapenos~chopped fine
salt and garlic to taste
2-3 radishes
fresh cilantro

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Roasted Sticky Chicken~ Mock Rotisserie Chicken




Roast Sticky Chicken 

  • 1 large chicken -- (roasting)
  • 1 cup onion -- chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons salt
In a small bowl, thoroughly combine all the spices (do not include the onion).

Remove giblets from chicken, clean the cavity well and pat dry with paper towels.

 Rub the spice mixture into the chicken, both inside and out, making sure it is evenly distributed and down deep inside the skin and stuff bird with onion.

Place in a re-sealable plastic bag, seal and refrigerate overnight or at least 3 or 4 hours.


Bake at 250 degrees for 5 hours and make sure internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Do You Ever Feel Like Taking A Slow Boat To China?




We Mommas have days we want to run away when life gets rough. I remember many days that I wanted to pack a bag and take a little vacation.  Now what I wouldn't give to have them all little for just one more day.

 Some days we just feel like we are not "good enough." Sometimes it is our own "stinking thinking." Yet at times~ it may be the rejection of others. I hate rejection~ it just doesn't look good on me at all. 

Just lately I had a huge dose of it thrown my way~ it hurts and it leaves one feeling that you are not "good enough."

My first thought was I wanted to just run away and take a slow boat to China.  But~I am sure My Brian would come looking for me at supper time.

There is someone in the Bible who did run away when she felt she was not good enough. Let's face it ~ we all feel that way sometimes.

God had promised Sarah and Abraham a child but she grew tired of waiting on God and decided to take matters into her own hands. She told her husband to go marry and conceive a child with her maidservant so Sarah could have a child. What in God's green earth was this woman thinking? She had to be one abscessed woman to go to these lengths. I say she was plumb out of her cotton picking mind! So like any man who wanted to make his wife happy~ yeah right! That is exactly what Abraham did~ give me a break here~ but does this not make your blood boil?

Only there was a little problem. As Hagar's belly began to fill out~ Sarah  became jealous and bitter. You think?  So she told Abraham to get rid of her. This story is in Genesis 16 if you wish to read it. 

Poor Hagar~ a servant who was used ~ abused and abandoned had no choice in the matter. Sarah was cruel to her, mistreated her with cutting remarks and angry words. Hagar could take it no more so she ran away. 

Genesis 16:8

King James Version (KJV)
And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.

God knew where Hagar was but just as he asked Adam and Eve and just as he asks each one of us ~ He asks, "Where are you?"  She replies by telling the Lord she is running away. She was not good enough~ after all she had no say in anything and Sarah just wanted to cast her away. Ouch~ Mother Sarah~ not nice at all!


You see the name El Roi is the name for God that means ~ the God that sees. God saw Hagar in the wilderness and He loved her. He heard her affliction~ He took care of her. 


Hagar was running away from her mistress~ not good enough. But to the God who sees her she was good enough. Just as I am sure that Hagar was surprised that God seen her I am amazed that the God of the universe sees me. He knows everything that is going on in my life and He cares. He loves you too and you are good enough. He sees all that you are walking through today. There is not a thing in your life that God can not fix~ we can trust Him today. 



Psalm 139:17-18


 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! 
how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, 
they are more in number than the sand: 
when I awake, I am still with thee.



Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why In The World Do I Blog?




Photo Credit~ My Very Own Gypsy Girl

Since I started Farming On Faith life has taken many different turns. I have made some real friends and found a special prayer warrior.(Whom I plan to meet in person over a Diet Coke in this New Year.)  I have wept and cried with a friend as she battled and won her fight against breast cancer. I prayed with a friend from Down Under when her girl was missing and found safe and sound. I learned all about raising chickens and still live through your stories because I had to give mine up. I cried tears with a friend that lost her battle to cancer and moved on to Glory leaving behind her husband and small children. I wonder as I visit a friend's blog who just disappeared. I think she too has taken her final flight to Heaven. Good for her but sad for me. I have enjoyed meeting friends in Christ and praying and laughing mostly with a few tears scattered in between.

Last year~ I took some needed time away to spend  time in the desert~ not sure why but God does. In those moments I thought of shutting down my blog altogether. I felt as though I had nothing to share. I felt empty and dry. Many times I asked myself~ "Why in the world do you blog? "
I took a break from many things in my life including blogging because I had fallen in a "rut." My spiritual life had become so routine so much that connecting with God had just become part of my datebook. I needed a time of connecting with God. All the changes and directions in my life had left me confused and wondering around much like the children of Israel. I needed to feel the Holy Spirit moving in my life~ not just following the "churchy" schedule I had followed for 40 years. I needed a re-awaking. I asked myself some hard questions about a lot of things~ including this blog. 

 When it becomes about me or the applause/likes and numbers~that will be the day I need to shut down this blog and all the other media sights. 

I need God ~ I love God ~ I am nothing on my own~ In me dwells no good thing. It is all about what He has done in my life ~ what He is doing in my life~ and will continue to do in my life. I blog to simply share my wonderful and amazing GOD.

Psalm 63:1~ O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

If you are still here and still reading~ I am back~ so very thankful to be back. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Dawning Of A New Year~



 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: 

for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

Psalm 37:24


Sometimes we feel as though God is not listening. When I was a little girl living with an alcoholic father I would spend many nights praying for God to save us. I would pray that he would not come home after being out drinking. The bottle made my dad a very violent man. If I heard his loud muscle car coming home I knew it would mean trouble. I really thought at the time there would be no way out of the mess. But I prayed and prayed and God heard my prayers. It is the very thing that started my wonderful walk with Jesus.

Fast forward ~ God did bring me and my siblings and mother out of that mess. My dad did make peace with himself and us but He chose to stay addicted to the bottle. We all chose to get out of the mess and follow Jesus.

My son has the same love for those muscle cars and I am reminded each time I hear him leave and return home how far God has brought us. My life is full of happiness and peace.  I am so blessed with a Godly man and kids who love God. Addictions have never once caused my children to fear for anything. They never had a sleepless night and always felt safe. Praise God for that! 

When we get worried or fearful of our circumstances~ We only need to remember all the times God brought us through. Recall~ the times He carried us through the storm and He comforted us in the worst of our days. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will see us through to the other side. 

The dawning of a New Year reminds me to keep trusting because God has never failed me yet! 

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