Monday, October 30, 2017

I Keep Trying To Write My Own Story

Happy Monday ~ This time of year makes me so... happy as my little granddaughter would say about anything that makes her happy.

I am reading my devotion this morning and I learned a new word. It is called a metanarrative. I have never heard that word before ~ have you? Surely I must have somewhere along the way but I don't remember. It is simply a story that connects smaller stories together to make one large story.  That is much like the Word of God.  From Genesis to Revelation we have little stories that add up to one big story. The entire Word of God is revealing to us our need for salvation and God's plan for mankind's redemption.  That simply means a sinner like me can be made right in the sight of a holy and just God.  That makes me happy too. My sins are forgiven by the blood that Jesus shed.

I think back to seasons or stories in my life. Some of the stories were sad but most were happy and joyous. However, the greatest stories that have had an impact on my life were the times I spent in Christian Education learning the Word of God. All of those verses I learned at the time for requirements are so very dear to me today. Hiding God's Word in my heart has been the greatest thing I have done in my life. I will ever be so thankful for that foundation and that season.

The problem is ~ sometimes I just think I am smart enough to write my own story. And every time I take control of the pen and paper I end up feeling empty and frustrated.  Sometimes it may sound a little like this, "God, I am serving you in ministry and doing your work why am I so tired and weary?"  Every single time He reveals that I have begun writing the story of my life on my own. I scribble in just how I think it should look.  It is then that I realize I am doing things that are good and right but things that God never intended for me to do.

In my foolishness of writing my own story at times, I am limiting my great and mighty God. His ways are higher, His plans are greater and His miracles are more majestic... much better than anything we can muster up in our own strength.  For when He is writing the story, I promise you that you will not want to miss it.

I don't know where you are today and what decisions you are facing but can I encourage you to hand the pen and paper back over to God? Let God have His way in your life and surrender to Him. He has a great story to write just for you.

Isaiah 55:8-9King James Version (KJV)

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy Pumpkin Spice Time Of Year~

I don't know about you but I am  excited that this month has finally arrived. I have my house stocked with every Pumpkin Spice flavored~ scented thing possible. I love the Pumpkin Spice time of year. The leaves have just begun to change here in our little patriotic city.  The sights and smells are in the air of the happy ~ wonderful October. 

"Even if something is left undone, 
everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."

-   Elizabeth Lawrence

Isn't that just so! I try to capture every moment I can this time of year. I am as giddy as a child. I love watching all the leave swirl to the ground and get  excited that the holidays are soon to follow. 

That Day Is Coming~

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Even the best person in the world will let us down. Even the people who have been instrumental in our lives will not be on this earth forever. Many in my life have already sailed on home to be with the Lord. We can't place our trust in our political leaders~ that is becoming more of a joke every day. There is only one sure foundation for us to stand on~ only one place to put our confidence and that is the Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Pastor Monty said that 90% of success is showing up. That has been true all my life. "God has promised if I stay faithful to show up..... God's going to get me somewhere." -Pastor Monty Shinkle. 

Life has not always been easy. In fact, there have been some pretty hard things but God has never once let me down. He has been holding my hand since I was a young girl and placed my trust in Him as my Saviour.  Every difficult day has been a process of learning to trust Him more. Every trial has been a stepping stone to take me further down the road. There have been challenges in my life and there will be more up ahead of me but God has made my life sweeter than I ever could have imagined. 

I am so thankful for this beautiful Autumn morning that God is still working in my life to complete that which He started the day I gave my heart to Jesus and decided to follow Him. He is still at work in my life ~ and that is just something to celebrate on this beautiful day.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Carrie's Wassail

2 quarts apple juice
1 quart of cranberry juice
6-ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
5 cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves~ tied in cheesecloth
2 tablespoon butter
3/4 cups of brown sugar or to taste

Combine juice ingredients, sugar, and butter in a large stock pan. Heat on low. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves and let simmer on low for about an hour. Remove spices. Garnish with orange slices. Keep warm in a crockpot. Fills your home with a wonderful Holiday aroma.

Gathering Threads ~ Amish Book Review

This is a story of switched at birth. Ariana Brenneman and Skyler Nash end up in the wrong being English and one being Amish. This story takes many twists and turns as the two girls are forced to spend a summer with their biological families. As you may imagine, this would be quite a shock for both girls and their families.

Skyler who should have been raised by her Amish parents has lived in the English world with all she could hope for~ only she had found herself in drugs, angry and bitter. So when she was sent to the Amish Brenneman home she made lots of trouble.

Ariana, on the other hand, had always been an obedient daughter and obeyed all the Amish rules. Not until she spent time with her biological family did she begin the question the legalism of her Amish community.

This book grabs your attention from the get-go. Both girls struggle with finding their own walk with God. Will they learn to forgive and learn to love ? This is one you want to add to your reading list.

I loved this book and it was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

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.



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