Friday, March 27, 2009

God is Great

Everyday I see the beauty He has created . Sometimes I forget to say thank you. God is blessing me more and more everyday. Tonight I have a kitchen full of giggling girls. I am thankful. Last night I found a group that will help me grow in my dependence on God. Today I had the opportunity to climb a mountian.

Tomorrow I will get to work and worship and fellowship. God is great. and when I keep my eyes on Him, I can see that. I can see the blessings He is sending my way. I am so excited. Life is difficult. Hiking is difficult. Learning is difficult. Stretching your muscles is difficult. - But not impossible, and SO worth the effort. The rewards outway the pain.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Complaining is harmful. To those that do it and to those that hear it. It hurts God. It tells Him that we don't have faith in His ability to control the circumstances. We need to be thankful for every situation we are in. God places us here for a reason. We may not know or like it, but there is a purpose for it. God doesn't want to hear us whine. A group of missionary wives and got together a list of how to become content with their relationships and in the situations they face. I thought it was good enough to share.
1. NO complaining. Absolutely none. Not about the weather, the food, their health, the government. Nothing.
2. NO fantasies. No wishing to be somewhere else, be someone else, married to someone else, having a different body.
3. NO comparisons. Don't compare yourself or your situation to some one else's. Ever.
4. NO "if only" thoughts. Don't let those thoughts fill your mind. They are destructive and wasteful.
5. NO "what if" thoughts. We can't control the future. God has control over that don't get in his way.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Learning!!!!

God commands that we be holy. It's repeated constantly throughout the Bible. - Not a revelation to me. But what I learned this morning and MUST implement into my life this moment and every moment from now on is. Jesus said in Matthew 15:17-20 "Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart,and these make a man 'unclean." For out of the hear come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man "unclean'; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him 'unclean' " What we say, what comes out of our hearts- must be holy to glorify God. I can't let Satan fill my heart with hurt and anger. I can't let him steal my peace. Those thoughts must be pushed away so I can be filled with faith, hope, love and compassion and share that for God's glory.

Friday, January 16, 2009

A New Year A New Focus

This is as good as time as any to get on the right road. Financially, spiritually, physically, emotionally. It's going to be a tough journey, but nothing like Moses did. It's going to require sacrifices, but nothing like Job did. I started during last year to make some changes. I have a little momentum to start the new year. I know I won't get it all right. I will stumble, have bad days. But everyday starts a new day. A day to be better focused on the goals at hand. I feel a lot of changes coming this year and they are all going to be coming from within me. How exciting is that?? I can't change those around me all I can do is change myself. I'm done living life the way I have been. It's not getting me where I feel God wants me to be. I only have one life to get it right and I'm running out of time. It's time to get out of my comfort zone and get to it. I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008


In a world filled with worry and anxiety, I am finding peace. The true inner peace I have been searching for. I am still snappy with my children and I get irritated with my husband. But I have a clearer focus on what REALLY matters. I have known Christ since I was a little girl. I met him once in a dream I can still remember it as clear as day. But, He hasn't always been my focus. I have always loved and worshipped Him. (my definition, not His) But I have been learning lately. Learning what God expects and wants, even demands. God isn't "happy" God isn't concerned about the type of house I live in or the clothes I wear. God isn't going to keep me from crying. God has laid out what he requires from us. What is right and wrong. We don't get to interpret it. We don't get to pick and chose what "works for us". We get to chose if will obey or not. When we obey, we get a relationship with God that fills the voids we have. We don't get the great jobs, or perfect health. We get the peace that comes from Him. This Christmas has been the best so far. I am not stressing about buying gifts. I haven't sent out cards. I have decorated, made cookies with my daughter and her friends. I have laughed that only half the outside lights come on. I have thought about what I can give. Not what I can buy. Some people may be disappointed. But I know that God isn't. I am celebrating the birth of His son by giving my family what they want most. A happy mama. I am giving from my heart not my purse. I plan to make this a family tradition.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I remember

How do you pick a favorite memory? When I think of Grandma, so many things come to mind. I think of her character, her strength, her sweetness. I didn't get to spend enough time with her to have a favorite memory. Most of my memories aren't my own, they've been shared with me by someone else. I do remember being in the kitchen with her frying fish and even as a child I was amazed how she could cook without making a mess. I remember their house being spotless yet completely welcoming. I remember climbing into bed and the sheets and blankets smelling heavenly. When I think of Grandma, I think of the ways her eyes always blinked and the gentleness of her voice. I remember her doing the dishes, constantly. No wonder her hands were always so soft. What I will never forget about her though, is her strength. The tenacity to keep Grandpa in line, the house in order,the chores done, to keep on going no matter what came along. She raised 2 girls, 1 of them being my mother. From what I hear she was enough to push any mom over the edge. But she did a beautiful job. I know they've followed in her footsteps to be gracious, loving, strong women. After Grandpa passed away, she kept on going. I was amazed. I thought she would be lost without him. But she held fast for so many years. She will be deeply missed. But I take comfort in knowing that she is free and is together again with so many that have gone before her. I am thankful that God finally took her home so she can go fishing with Grandpa once again.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Thanksgiving is next week and I have been thinking about all of the blessings God has given me. -not the usual gifts like family, friends, home. I am thankful for the challenges He gives to me. I know the Lord only gives us what we can handle and I have learned that He has faith in me. He could make my life a walk in the park but He doesn't. He knows that the only way for me to experience all that's available in this life is to give me obstacles to overcome. Exercising makes us stronger. Struggles, challenges-addictions, handicaps whatever you chose to call them- they are all exercises from God. They are the opportunities to make us better, stronger. I am thankful that God loves me enough to help me grow. ( I am also thankful for my wonderful family and friends) =-)