Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Seasons Come And Seasons Go

     The leaves are swirling to the ground once again. Missouri is clothed in her finest as her rolling hills are beginning to change their colors. This year has come and gone in a split second. My Brian is loving his position with the Jefferson City Public Schools and I am finding my way as the Women's Ministry Director at Concord Baptist Church.(My~ the lessons I have gleaned but that is for another time.)

  We have settled into our empty nest but loving "us" time, serving in our church which we absolutely love and blossoming in our new roles where God has called us to serve. God has been so very good to us. The kids are all doing well but I sure miss them. Maybe that is the only thing I would change~ at the moment~ if I could.

      I find myself reflecting at this time of year more than I usually do. We can have it all just not at the same time. I have missed my time blogging and my blog friends. This time in life has found me busier than I have ever been~ only in a new way.  Having a job that allows me to spend my days serving God and serving the women of my church has been a dream come true...something I have been preparing for my entire life.

     Just as the leaves are falling to the ground and the air will soon turn from a warm breeze into a cold nip in the air~ our lives change. Our lives pass by just as the seasons come and go. I never would have dreamed when I was home and homeschooling my children that I would have moved to a new city and God would have placed me right here. Not in a million years would I have thought I would have landed here. But if I were honest~ this is more than I could have asked God to give me.

    What matters most is that we stop and live in the season we find ourselves... because as we all know the seasons pass us by quickly.  I pray this beautiful season finds you happy and prosperous. 


Psalm 1

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Woman Overwhelmed ~ Finding God In The Messes Of Life

Oh, my stars!  How many times are we so overwhelmed with what we have going on in life that we just end up doing nothing? If you are like me that happens often until I am faced with "get it done" and then I scramble to make it happen. 

In her book~Haley Dimarco~ shares real but funny stories of herself when she was overwhelmed with life. The first account was when her 5-year-old neighbor and BFF stole her tricycle and declared it was hers and that she would never give it back. Her momma took her over to her mean friend's house and made her take her bike back. That was an overwhelming day that she still recalls to this day. That was just a little thing but as life went along there were many more to come. 

She states, "The trouble is, I can get so committed to my checklist that I miss those Holy Spirit moments that have so much more eternal value than my perfectly planned and put away life."  " I would never want to say, "Just let me clean this up before I love you."  "That's the kind of dysfunction that turns a little girl into an obsessive-compulsive woman." Oh-my-stars! "My perfectly planned and put away life"  has so been my story. 

Yep~ that was just on one page. I raise my hand~ convicted!  She mentions an overwhelmed version of the Proverbs 31 woman. Ok~ so I raise my hand again. Ouch again! 

I loved this book.  Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? Maybe you just need a reminder like me. I mean I am a recovering control freak so in my journey, I need reminders often to bring it all back to what is important. I recommend this book. This is one going on my bookshelf to keep handy. 

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. And....I honestly recommend it.  There is also a Bible Study Workbook if you are searching for a good Bible Study.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When God Says No~

 I have prayed and prayed for God to answer a certain prayer that I have been praying for many years. I look at the blessings that would come from this certain situation. It would be a huge thing in my life. Recently, I thought that God was going to answer my prayer and give me my hearts desire. I could see how God could work it all out. It even got close enough that I started making plans. I had it all figured out and God had been working in mighty ways in our lives and even answering the impossible in ways we couldn't even imagine. I mean we had trusted and obeyed and God had been pouring out His blessings left and right.

 Only thing is ~ when it came right down to the wire God chose to say “no” to me. Did you get that? He said “no” to me! And it was so close. It would have been so easy for Him to work it out. The deck had been stacked in His favor. He only needed to make it happen. Even while I peck at these keys~ I see how foolish I sound.

When He said “no” to me I threw a fit. I even cried tears. I told God just how angry I was with Him. I reminded Him how easy it would have been to give me my heart's desire. I was so mad and I wanted to stay mad. I fussed and grumbled and had a bad attitude for several days. But gently the Lord began to soften my hard heart and I confessed my sin of not accepting the Lord's will in the situation with a sweet spirit.

Just this very week as I have been praying and studying God’s Word~ He has gently impressed on me that it would just not have been the right timing for Him to have answered this prayer in my life. He knows best and even when I have a hard time trusting Him~ I still can. 

“God never withholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful- ‘severe mercies’ at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desires except to give us something better.” Elisabeth Elliot

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July~ A Lesson From The Morning Glory

Happy 4th of July!

 Happy Birthday to this land that I love!
Thank you to all of those who gave their lives that I may live my life. Thank you to all who served to make our land the home of the brave and free.

I am proud to be called an American.

When I was a young wife and mother one summer when money was tight I decided to plant all my flowers from seeds. I picked up a 20 cent packet of Morning Glory seeds. I planted them in a planter that my husband bought me for my birthday. I was so thrilled when the first little seedlings began to sprout out of the dirt. That was about 20 years ago. Each and every year since then my Morning Glories continue to come back. I now know some people think them to be a weed but to me, they are still a reminder of a sweet and simple time. They open each morning to greet the sun. What a great lesson the Morning Glory shares with us. We too need to wake each morning and greet the SON! 

This morning as I stepped out on my patio my Morning Glories were in full bloom. I just couldn't help but take a moment to praise and worship my Lord and Saviour~ and thank Him for giving the ultimate sacrifice when He bled and died to take away the sin of the world. 

I am proud to be called a Christian.

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

                                                                                 John 15:13

Thursday, June 29, 2017

We Are Called To Lead ~

This morning when I came into my office there was a book on my desk with a sweet little note. The book was a devotional called "A Leaders Heart." I have never thought of myself as a leader but I have never been a follower.

If you read my blog post yesterday you will know why this book was a God sent. This sweet lady had no idea that I so needed this encouragement. She recently told me she was not on Facebook so I know she did not see my post. She simply followed the prompting of the Lord and obeyed. I am blessed by her thoughtfulness and her obedience but most of all I am thankful that My Heavenly Father sent me a little love note.  It was a much-needed shot in the arm. This lady was being a leader for the cause of Christ.

The first page starts with~ "Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one."- John Maxwell.

The first devotion is a "Call to Lead."  God is the leader of my life and I have decided to follow Jesus. God does call us all to lead~ even if we may not think of ourselves as a leader.

When God decided to raise up the nation of His people ~ He called Abraham.
When God decided to bring His people out of slavery~ He called Moses.
When God decided to bring His people into the Promised  Land~ He called Joshua.
When God decided to save His people from a wicked man~ He called Esther.

On and on the Bible declares when God called a leader.

All through the thread of the Bible, we see that God used human people in the flesh just like me and you. We are called to follow Jesus and march only to His drum, to go against popular opinion, to sometimes do things a little different from the way they have always been done ... to simply follow the Godly people He has placed in front of us and be willing to lead those that are coming behind us.
And may we humbly lead others to Christ.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

"Anyone can follow a path, but only a leader can blaze one." - John Maxwell 



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