April 12, 2011 § 4 Comments
I witnessed a miracle yesterday. Actually I was the one healed, so this is pretty good stuff. Seriously…
I couldn’t get up Monday morning. I hit snooze a few (five or six) times. Then I actually changed my alarm so I could get more than 9 minutes of sleep in a row. I was wiped out. Finally I rolled out of bed and started my morning routine.
Then it happened. I rubbed my eye and suddenly I felt like I had something in my eye. I tried washing it with water. Then my husband tried flushing it with contact solution. Next we found the eye wash kit and tried that to no avail. I showered and tried getting whatever was in there or felt like was in there out. My eye was red, watering, and basically refusing to open. There was no way I could get the kids up much less drive them to school.
Miracle #1 My Wonderful husband got the kids up and ready. He took out the trash. All I had to do was help prepare breakfast and make his lunch so we could quickly leave the house.
Miracle #2 The kids did GREAT in the non-routine racing out the door sort of way. It was amazing.
Miracle #3 My husband called an ophthalmologist who agreed to see me first thing!!! So my man dropped J and myself off at this doctor’s office and headed to work.
Miracle #4 A friend was in the same office building and was able to meet me at the doctor’s office. She sat with me through my appointment. Then drove J and I home!
Miracle #5 My eye was still bothering me when we got home. It was really uncomfortable. The doctor had given me a steroid eye drop in the office and sent me home with lubricating drops to take about once an hour or more if needed. He told me if I wasn’t better by Tuesday that I would need to come back to his office. About 2 and half hours later, my eye really started bothering me again. I had just put drops in it so I slowly massaged (really I rubbed it but massage sounds better). Suddenly the pain and sensation that a large grain of sand was gone. God healed my eye!
A miraculous day indeed…God worked it all out in His perfect timing and in His perfect way. He is so good to work in our lives!
So how is God working in your life?
April 11, 2011 § 4 Comments
Sycamore trees fascinate me. We have several small ones in our front yard. Until about a week ago they held tight to their brown dead leaves – leaves that were once bright and green. Early last fall they turned a beautiful orange color and then they turned brown and drab. Those stubborn trees held tight to their dead leaves through fall, all of winter, and into spring. Finally last week during some unusually high winds, these trees finally let go of their dead leaves. It was at that point – when they had given up what they were comfortable with – that their spring buds for new leaves could form.
Those trees and I have a lot in common. I get used to the way I do things or how I do things. I get used to sin in my life and I cling to it. Even though it is brown and dead and nasty. I like it. Maybe it started as something I was doing for God, but it turned into something about me. Oh, but I cling to it. I cling to it because I remember what it once was. It was once beautiful and it even turned a glorious orange color for a short time. But God has other plans. In order for me to grow and change and stay healthy I have to be willing to let go. I like my trees have to give up what I am comfortable with so that God can grow me and change me.
Is that true in your life? Do you hang onto things God is calling you to let go so that He can do a work in your life? Would you share with me?
Here is what I am letting go of for God to do a work in me…It is also what begins my list of things I am thankful for:
381. God is tearing apart my little dreams that aren’t His and replacing them with buds of new dreams that are God-sized dreams.
383. My kids running and hollering together.
384. God is changing my heart
385. My supportive husband
386. God’s word (my breath of life)
387. Encouraging friends
388. God is making my heart teachable
389. Rejection that reminds me God has other plans
390. Nerf dart tag
391. Sound of laughter
392. Speaking truth into the lives of kids (mine and others)
395. My husband’s heart
396. Sweet friends who testify to my husband’s heart
397. Encouragement from others walking similar roads
398. That God would use even me
399. Forgiveness from my kids
400. Three blessings with their arms wrapped around their daddy.
401. I have an exciting free resource for you…Go to Resource page from the list on the left hand column. I pray it blesses you.
What are you thankful for? Leave a comment! I can’t wait to hear from you!
April 8, 2011 § 2 Comments
Hello everyone. I just want to let you know that I appreciate you! Knowing that what I have written has blessed and encouraged you all brings me joy!
Thank you for coming back day after day to read. I am blessed by you more than you all could know.
I am working on reformatting the seven-day devotional I did for the fifth and sixth graders so that you all can use this great resource. It is set up as seven days of prayer, scripture reading, and application. The goal is to Walk with Jesus through His Death and Resurrection. So it will prepare your hearts and minds for Easter.
I just wanted to let you all know I am praying for you, thinking about you, and working on getting you a great resource for FREE very soon. I am so excited!
What other resources could I provide to you that would be helpful? Please leave a comment and let me know. Join in by signing up to get each post in your e-mail and through your favorite blog reader. Consider joining my fan page on facebook. I can’t wait to connect with you.
April 7, 2011 § 2 Comments
I avoid owners manuals like the plague. If I can’t figure out how to use something then it isn’t easy enough. I get irritated if it doesn’t make sense or I can’t make it work the way I want it to work. Then if I actually have to find the owner’s manual, I grumble, complain, and sometimes I give up.
Unfortunately I often treat life that way. It isn’t easy so I get irritated. I want it to work my way and when it doesn’t I throw a fit. I try everything I can imagine to get life to go my way and to work. I attempt to use my gifts and talents like I do a phone or computer. Straight out of the box. I expect that I can do it, on my own with no manual.
The truth is that God gave us a manual for life, The Bible. The catch is we actually have to read it. Joshua 1:8 says, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Our lives will be successful in God’s eyes, if we remember He says and do it. We can only do this if we read His word. The owner’s manual of life has transforming power in our lives. Oh that I would allow God’s Word to change my life.
So my question for today is what are you doing to make sure you spend time with God’s Word every day? I can’t wait to hear your ideas.
April 5, 2011 § 1 Comment
I am writing a seven-day devotional for the fifth and sixth graders at my church. The theme of the devotional is walking with Jesus through His death and resurrection. It is taking all my time and my brain cells. (Seriously I just misspelled brain).
So if you would stop and pray for me as I finish up this whirl-wind project and prepare a talk for the same group of kids by Wednesday. Yes, I said Wednesday as in tomorrow.
No, not ideal in that I-would-prefer-more-time type of ideal. But I firmly believe this project is not my will, but God’s. So pray that first and foremost God is glorified and that what I am writing will bring these kids into a deeper more intimate walk with Him who loves us so much. Secondly I pray that God will use my talk will to encourage, exhort, and fan the flame of the Spirit in their lives so that they will actually complete the devotional I am writing. Finally I pray with Jesus, not my will, but Yours be done.
Here is my Tuesday List of what God is doing in my life:
1. Using friends to critique, encourage, exhort, support, pray (and all at times I desperately needed it)
2. Opening my mind to new opportunities and possibilities I never knew where available
3. He is giving my husband and I a vision for our family, I love it when He works together in us.
I appreciate your prayers and would love to know what you have added to your God-list this past week. What is He doing in your lives? I can’t wait to hear!
April 4, 2011 § 6 Comments
It isn’t easy being me. I don’t mean my life is harder than average. I mean it is exhausting being me.
One Saturday night my husband and I had an event to attend. I only had slight acquaintances with the attendees and a bad attitude. I didn’t want to go, I was uncomfortable, scared, and insecure. I am an awkward teenager again. The one who doesn’t know what to say, to wear, or to who she is. Mostly the awkward teenager in me fears she won’t be accepted.
About 24-hours later, we had another event to attend. This time I knew more of the attendees, I was confident, and excited about going. I had no doubts about what to wear, or say or do. What caused this severe case of social whip-lash? The ugly truth?
Sometimes I fear people more than I fear God. I am self-conscious instead of God-conscious. I want acceptance and I fear that I am not acceptable. So begins my list of things I am thankful for.
362. God’s forgiveness.
363. God refines me.
364. I enjoyed the event I dreaded.
366. Spring weather
367. Tears that cleanse
368. New doors opening
369. my husband
370. Nerf flag football
371. Nerf dart guns
372. the sound of my kids as they play together
374. friends who think, plan, and minister with
375. the girls I teach at church
377. God’s grace
378. worship music
379. worship living
380. time with my husband holding hands and dreaming dreams
What are you thankful for?
April 2, 2011 § 2 Comments
Praying for the world…
Enjoying some beautiful weather!
Some special time with my special man!
Praying, reading, writing, repeat. 😉
Having 35mm film developed because my L got a camera and roll of 12 exposures at the merit store.
Here are some fun pictures of my sweet family:
What are you doing on your Saturdays? I can’t wait to hear!