Thursday, May 25, 2017

Things Hoped For



When we talk of faith...talk comes so easy when life is moving along without any bumps in the road. But then life throws us a curve or we just don't know what is around the bend. Sometimes illness just happens, a death of a loved one, disappointment or maybe an attack that you just did not see coming. It is then that we have to look beyond our feelings and emotions to see the hand of God even though we may not see His hand or understand His plan. 

God often allows difficult circumstances into our lives. And He promises to take what others mean for harm and mold it for our good. He longs to grow our faith. 

As a child of an alcoholic, I became paralyzed very early with fear.  After I became a child of God He began to replace that fear with faith. Once in awhile that paralyzing fear creeps back up. It is then that I stop and remember all the fearful things in life that God has already delivered me from. 

The presence of hard times or circumstances never negates God's love for me or you. In fact, God loves us so much that He lovingly and patiently replaces our fear with faith if only we walk with Him. It is up to us to choose to have faith no matter what our eyes may see around us. Our God is so good and we can trust his heart even when we can not see His hand. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Always Stay Humble and Kind





Good Morning,
It is a crisp and beautiful morning here in the capital city of Missouri. I have lit the candles and began to prepare for my day. A special guest is coming for lunch. I am getting ready to make some candied pecans and thanking God for another day of life. With candied pecans, it is bound to a great day.  It's a wonderful life... God gives us so much to praise Him for.

 I tend to run ahead when I have important plans. Most often God seems to call out to me and remind me that I need Him and that I am nothing on my own. I remember the old song that said, "I miss my time with you." God loves us so much that He wants us to spend time with Him. So I have sat down and opened up the Word to quiet my soul. I need to do that often. I once again confess my sin of running ahead without Him.  God quiets my soul and fills me with peace each and every time. I love how His Word comes alive and He speaks to us with what we need to hear at just the right moment. I open my devotional this morning and this is what I find.

I am reading in Proverbs 16:1-9

16 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.
Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.


We can make our plans and preparations and run ahead with our own agenda and in running we lose sight of what God's plans may be for our life. What He truly is asking us to do.  What he desires to work out and achieve in our heart.

The scripture here reminds me to commit not only my way unto the Lord but also my mouth.  We tend to devise our own way when we really need to allow God to direct our agenda. I can't help but think as I read this passage ~we need to ALWAYS STAY HUMBLE AND KIND. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blue Bird...Blue Bird In My Window





Last May when we moved in our new home we placed this birdhouse right outside our kitchen window. I watched as several different breeds of birds fought for the new little dwelling. Imagine my surprise when a sweet little bluebird pair made their nest. We watched as they worked so hard bringing all kinds of creative things that would make a soft little place to hatch their babies. Then the excitement grew as we heard the little chirps of new life. Momma bird would go in with worms in a loving manner. Daddy bird kind-of landed and tossed the food in and flew away. It wasn't long before the babies flew from the nest and we missed watching the whole process
 A couple months ago I noticed the pair back just checking things out. Then the whole process began all over again. These photos were captured by my Hannah when she was home visiting the past couple weeks. 

The bluebird is pretty special here in Missouri. The native Eastern Bluebird is the official bird of Missouri. It is considered a symbol of happiness. Its feathers are bright blue on top and its breast is a cinnamon color which turns rust in the fall. The bluebird is seen in early spring until late fall. It is rare to see them in my hometown of St. Joseph but here they are plentiful. I am just thrilled that they have adopted my little house. 

I can't help but think about Matthew 6 as I watch these little birds. God lovingly gave them their nature and ability to know how to care for their young. He loves them so much that Bible says He even knows when a robin falls from its nest. With an Almighty Creator who cares that much about the birds of the air just imagine how much He cares about you...... you who were made in His image. I hope you let that sink in today. The God of the Universe loves you! 






Matthew Chapter 6





Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unexpected Turns






O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Romans 11:33 KJV


We just zoomed past the one- year anniversary of landing in this beautiful and patriotic capital city of Jefferson City, Mo. I say landed because that is sort-of how God brought us here. It was a divine calling and a divine move. He picked us up and dropped us right here.

When God decides to move us~ He will move us. Some days I wake up and wonder how I landed here. I am thankful that I know that I know... the best place to be is right in the center of God's will.

My Brian and I did not know a soul when we arrived here one year ago. This unexpected turn in our lives had us a bit confused and to be honest we were both fearful. My husband left behind 30 years of blood, sweat, and tears that he invested in the school district that he left behind. Did we really hear God's voice or had we made this choice?  Where would we go to church? What about the loved ones we left behind?   Just who would be our new friends? Surely God would not leave me without Godly friends. I was lonely..... real lonely. I cried a lot of tears. I was fearful that the son I left behind would be lost and confused. My last child, whom I had homeschooled his entire life wanted to stay behind in the place we called home. I cried out to God~ are you sure you know what you are doing? Deep in my heart, I trusted that He did but in my moments of doubt I cried out to God to please not abandon us or our loved ones during this unexpected turn in our lives.

This unexpected turn for us has become one of the greatest blessings in our lives. We have watched as God unfolded the plans in His timing. He never wastes anything~ not pain, not tears, not lonely days. He has taken our confusion and replaced it with assurance. He has taken my boy and grown him into a man who is finding his own faith in His own God. Hallelujah! He has flooded me with Godly friends whom I already dearly love. He has placed a Godly Pastor in my life with a wife that has become very special to me. He has given us a church that we felt like we had finally come home after several years in the wilderness.  He has once again moved my Brian up the ladder to a higher position but more importantly a new place to serve and shine the light of Jesus.  He has taken our feeble and humble efforts and allowed us to be servants just doing our best at loving this God who has become so real to us. He has blessed me beyond measure with a position where I am privileged to walk this life with beautiful women as the Director of Women's Ministry at our church~ a position God has been preparing me for my entire life.

The unexpected turns in our lives may take our breath away and move us out of our comfort places that make us feel safe. God may even allow our foundations to crumble under our feet. He may give us way more than we can handle.   And that is just where God wants us. These unexpected turns in our lives make us weak. It is then God makes us depend on Him~ we have nothing left we can do. It is in this place that He takes our weakness and makes us strong.  Praise God that what is an unexpected turn for us is really God working and moving in our lives to make us and mold us into His image. This unexpected turn has made my heart glad and full of joy.



Psalm 16:5-11King James Version (KJV)

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.





Monday, May 15, 2017

Living Life With Zest Mother~ Daughter Banquet





Happy Mother's Day!
Life is so much sweeter with the love of all the women in our lives.
So I hope you put your feet up and enjoy 
the one day a year set apart to honour YOU!

























The Women of Concord hostessed our Mother-Daughter Banquet on May 6th.
We set the stage as a farm stand. This also served as the photo backdrop.
A photographer was hired to catch pictures of each family and some special friends. 






This was our speaker, Mrs Sharon Hoffman. She is the Pastor's wife of West Division Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. She was full of sunshine and zest.



We had 30 table hostesses that set tables. They used their own tableware and decorations. As you can see from a sampling just how beautiful they turned out. Each table had 8 guest. Each one was different and just made the banquet so special. 




























This was the table that I hostessed. The hostess of each table gathered drinks and salads so each guest had their salad as the 240 guest made their way through the serving tables. 

The Menu
Roasted Lemon Pepper Chicken
Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Green Beans
Spinach and Berry Salad
Wedding Cupcakes
Very Lemon Cupcakes
Iced Tea
Lemonade























This is my mother and youngest daughter along with myself and our speaker. It was a day to remember.



Psalm 34:8

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

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