Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Best Gift

This image from 1 year ago popped up on my TimeHop today.  




The caption beneath it was this scripture:  
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep" (Romans 12:15).

My quiet time today was spent in the Bible study 'Momentum' by Colin Smith, and I was given this same scripture in Romans.  I do not think this is coincidental, nor do I think it is by chance.  I think it was a reminder which was greatly needed in order to help me to not focus on myself nor on the circumstances that surround me, but to focus upward on God and to be aware of how I can walk in the Spirit serving others God places in my path.

God's greatest command for us is to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind.
God's 2nd greatest command is to love your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)

Love.

Love is the greatest of all these ...  "faith, hope, charity and love".

True Love.

True love is to be able to rejoice with those who rejoice, and to weep with those who weep....even if the one who rejoices or the one who weeps is not so lovable.  

"But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful."  
Luke 6:32-36 (NKJV)
What a great word to me this morning during my Bible study, as well as the reminder of the same from exactly one year ago today!

Rejoice with those who rejoice . . .
Weep with those who weep . . .


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Country Roads

I love long drives on country roads; one of the benefits of baseball games away. 



This showed up on my Timehop today, taken about 4 years ago. This view was on my way to Union City and is always a view I look forward to, especially at certain times in the evening when the sun cast its rays off the tops of the silos making them glisten like diamonds in the sky. 

Country roads...Long drives...Wind blowing through the open windows...Music up loud...It's the simple things that can have the greatest impact. 

These snapshots were taken on the way to Troy, TN this year.  Not the greatest in the world, but it's the best I could do while driving! 

My grandmother & granddad, Mr.& Mrs. Kirk Morror & Oleta Clementine Frazier, had a weeping willow in their front yard. My mom & dad, Mr. & Mrs. Shirl Morror & Shirley Rose Lewis Frazier. also had one in the back yard in my youth.  Lightening struck & killed it at some point.



You can see the reflection of my handbag.  oops!




There is nothing more peaceful or fulfilling or satisfying than gazing upon the wonder of God's creation. It never gets old. 

Here's to more country roads, long drives, pretty days, a full tank of gas and great music!



🎼 "When I gaze into the night sky, And see the work of Your fingers. The moon and stars suspended in space. But what is man that You are mindful of him?" 🎼 (Psalm 8)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Moving On

Well, the 'Raptor' finally shut down on us for good. Will cost more to fix it than it's worth. 


For a true antique, and our having it 20 out of its 27 years, it has served us BEYOND very well.  I was expecting my oldest when we got it, and he is now 20 years old and soon to be 21!

The boys are glad to see it go, even though this is the only vehicle they've ever known their dad to drive. And for that fact alone, I get a little teary eyed to see it go. I remember the boys so excited to wash it for Todd (when they were knee high to a grasshopper!) 



I remember their sweet faces as they looked out of the back window, sitting on those little bench seats, smiling with their big grins, and waving goodbye as their dad took them to preschool and then on to 'big' school. 

That turned into the dreaded look of doom on their faces knowing they would have to squish those long legs into that little truck and under all the book bags, satchels and Todd's baseball gear, as they headed to the even 'bigger' school. 

I won't miss the truck. 
I will miss the moments that turned into the memories it helped create over the last 20 years when I look at it.  I'm sure the next 20 years will pass by just as fast, or even faster, than the last!  

Nothing lasts forever, and although the Raptor moves no more, we're moving on to new memories!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

So We Rage

During my quiet time today, I read a good word in relation to the disappointment you might face with your world leaders. It was geared towards world leaders, but it is a good word for ANY disappointment we might face in any arena of our life. The following is an adaptation from this devo with words extracted straight from the reading mixed with my own gleanings:
"WE HAVE MISPLACED OUR FAITH. Buried beneath the panic we feel due to the state of our 'world/church/job/life' is systemic disappointment. This makes us feel weak and pathetic, so instead of owning our disappointment - in our country, in our world leaders, in our church, in our jobs, in one another, and God help us, in ourselves - WE RAGE. Mad feels better than sad. It's painful to long, in the words of Hebrews 11:16, for a better country and embrace the hard, cold fact that we are strangers and exiles on earth (Hebrews 11:13).
"Grieve, mourn, and weep," James 4:9-10 says. "Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you."
But who wants to do any of that? SO WE RAGE.
We have become like the world ".....having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power." (2 Timothy 3:2-5 ESV)
Yesterday's America (world,church, job, life, etc.) in all its honor and shame, is in ashes, but, rather than exercise the faith and obedience and earnest prayer to see God raise some beauty from the heap, some gold from the fire, we keep trying to glue ashes back together. And they won't stick. Yesterday's America has become an idol to us. It has no more breath in it and the thing about idolaters is that, sooner or later, they become like their idols. (Psalm 135:18)
God could do something new but we've lost our hope.
We want back what we've seen instead of believing Him for what we haven't.
Don't run. Don't give up. Stop trying to glue back together those ashes yourself.
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful" (Hebrews 10:23).
When we run on desperation, we are driving drunk on rage, swerving all over the road, fenders dangling and headlights shattered from out collisions with one another. Any means to our end.
Our witness to the world has become the crimson-faced hysterical screams of armageddon after Jesus said "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32).
We are so void of vision that all we can see is a big fat "T" in the road ahead.
It is right or left.
There is no other way.
Poor, poor God. He's down to His last two options.
And poor, poor us for having such a poor, poor God.
WE ARE CALLED TO BE PEOPLE OF FAITH IN A GOD WHO NEVER NEEDED A MAN-PAVED ROAD TO GET ANYWHERE. A dead end means nothing to a God of resurrection.
This is what the Lord says - "he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters (Isaiah 43:16) can also make a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland" (Isaiah 43:19).
Psalm 146:3-9 - New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel[a] as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
7 He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.

In November, we cast our votes. But if we cast our confidence in our candidates (in ANY man), woe be unto us.
Unbelief is not just the absence of faith as it if leaves a vacuum.  It is the substantive presence of spiritual infidelity.  *It will not be the scandals of our candidates (or any man) that slacked the jaws of angels.  It will be the unbelief of the church.
"Remember what I accomplished in antiquity!  Truly I am God.  I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like me" (Isaiah 46:9).
We are meant to look back to what God has done in the past so our faith is set aflame for what He can do in our future.  The gospel didn't come to us in seats of government.  It came to us in a stable reeking to high heaven with cow manure.  God didn't plant the Savior of the world in the womb of a governor's wife.  He planted the Christ in the womb of a peasant-girl in the middle of nowhere.  The same one who'd get to bear the reputation that she'd done something naughty and gotten herself pregnant.

Jesus never once sat on a throne here. The closest He got was the back of a donkey.  God did not blaze a trail with the gospel galloping on a horse through the halls of government.  He did it through sandals flapping on the grass.  Through the mouths of ordinary, law-abiding citizens.

It is the world's way to associate power with people at the top, but the power of the gospel is at the bottom.  In God's hierarchy, the way up is down.  The kings and queens of Planet Earth still have to bow low for power from the loft.

We cast our pleas prayerfully.  Carefully.  We plead for wisdom. The church of Jesus Christ doesn't rise or fall on the backs of men.  We have our God.  He has His people.  We don't even have to fully agree with one another to be a colossal force for the gospel.  All we have to do is agree with God that nothing is too difficult for Him and that no amount of mortal elbow grease can back His throne into a corner.

God cannot be overruled.

And it is He alone - I cannot say this loudly enough -  it is He alone who truly loves the world.
To think we care more than He does is remarkably prideful.

The responsibility lies not on anyone else.  Responsibility begins with us.  We are only as powerless as our passivity.  We still have knees to drop in contrition and desperate need for intervention.  Paul didn't tell the government to overcome evil with good. He told US to.

We are convinced that those in 'power' have the power to gag God while 2 Timothy 2:9 says the word of God cannot be chained.  Difficult days are ahead.  We cannot endure them faithlessly.  Opposition is inevitable in any arena.  But at some point we've got to quit looking to leaders to fight for our faith. FAITH WE HAVEN'T FOUGHT FOR IS FAITH WE DON'T POSSESS.

'At the top' is not the only way we effect change.  We seek it.  We fight for it.  But, if we don't get it, it has never been God's only means to a change.

God can turn Pennsylvania Avenue into the road to Damascus, for crying out loud.  He can soften the hardest heart.  Transform the vilest offender.  Thank God no sin is too great for the power of the cross.  Oh for grace to trust Him more.

We need our faith back.
Without it we cannot stand.
Without it we cannot please God. (Heb. 11:16)
Without it we can't grasp joy.
He still counts our faith as righteousness. (Romans 4:23-24)
We live by faith.  We love by faith.  --  Not by sight.

"Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. ..."  (Hebrews 11:1-3)

It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead." (Hebrews 11:17-19)


My goal for 2017, my New Year's resolution if you will, is to remember to RELINQUISH every thing to God in total surrender.  Every. Little. Thing.  
Today's quiet time revelation was a great reminder of that surrendering which I promised God I would work on throughout the new year and years to come.

God foresaw this day and scheduled our births and our deaths within it.
Keep praying for change.
Keep the faith.
Run valiantly by faith drenched with hope because this race, dear friend, ends well.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Carob Tree Mentality

In the book 'The Circle Maker', Mark Batterson speaks of the life of a carob tree, stating that we must have a carob tree mentality when praying, praying long and praying hard.  

I did a bit of research on the carob tree, as I was intrigued by this.  The carob tree takes years to start bearing fruit, as early as 6 years, but it can bear fruit for up to 80-100 years. Although irrigation does help its production, it can thrive in dry areas.  

In a world of instant gratification, we are not accustomed to bearing these times of drought in our lives.  We pray 'pop-up' prayers wanting them to be answered as soon as we finish praying. We pray, and then expect a "presto" answer as toast popping out of a toaster.  

The truth is, "As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given" (Daniel 9:23), however, you may not see the answer for quite some time, maybe not even for years and years.  The ability to withstand these periods of drought is the same as having a carob tree mentality.  We must not give up. We must continue praying - praying without ceasing. We must persevere through our longings.  When we shortcut our longing, this becomes a lust, because we seek that instant gratification rather than holding out for that which we are longing. 

'Praying' is an important part of seeking that which we most desperately long for:  Jesus.    Praying long and praying hard is the answer for, in due season, we will see the fruit of our prayers.  We will see a harvest, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).  If you are restless, frustrated, disappointed, weary, unhappy, dissatisfied, or WHATEVER... just PRAY.  Pray long, and pray hard.  

I have a dear friend who once told me that I was my own worst enemy, making me realize I was looking at only the negative and not trying to be a part of the better picture.  Prayer can do this for us. Even if we don't see an answer at this moment, prayer gives us hope that the answer is coming.  

Keep praying, without ceasing. Do not give up.  We may get to a point where we are at the end of the rope and think, "I have nothing left BUT prayer."  Well, let me tell you, dear friend... Prayer is EVERYTHING.  

Prayer is not the last resort but rather the beginning of hope.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Praying Mantis and a Parking Sign


Don't give up. 

Be persistent in prayer; pray without ceasing! 

"...praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" (Eph. 6:28). 

Pray through and never give up.

 I feel God reminded me of this through His little creature, the praying mantis, who has been following me over the last couple of weeks. 








I've been struggling with faith and trust in God in the form of 'worry' over the last few weeks/months.  I am usually pretty good about letting go and letting God do His thing, but there are 2 main areas that have given me anxiety recently.  One, of which, the praying mantis more than spelled it out for me!

There is a 'thing' I've been wanting to happen for a long time now...for several years. I have wanted it so badly that it has become an area of frustration in my life.  I have felt, for so long now, that this thing, or project (for lack of a better word), has been needed and would open doors that have not yet been explored or even thought about.  The process has begun, but the good ol' devil is trying to hinder it any way possible!  For reasons out of our control, we are at a stand still - at least for such a time as this.  This hurts my heart, as I was so extremely excited that it was finally coming to fruition, or at least, the beginning stages of the project were starting to unfold.  

When the process came to a standstill, my heart just ached and frustration set in again.  No one is at fault in this delay....it just is what it is. God has allowed this, for such a time as this, so I know He has plans underway that far exceed my expectations!

It's like building a house....once the process gets started, you are sooooo excited that it is finally happening!  Then....you run into snags over and over and over again ... sometimes you feel overwhelmed, and then frustration and discouragement set in and you think it will never happen.  

Another area of anxiety is my boys' future.  It seems the older they get, the more I worry.  Right now I worry about their chosing the right profession, choosing the right college, so on and so forth....the list goes on and on and on.

My heart has just been in a holding place....a place of worry and anxiety...
Until now.

Look at this.....



Where did this praying mantis land??  Right smack dab in the middle of a Handicapped Parking sign! 

No, I didn't 'get it' right away.  It took several visits from this praying mantis for me to finally realize that I could glean a spiritual lesson from God's little creature!

  


He started out in the parking lot, but as I was going about my business, I realized he kept moving closer and closer to my office.  Here, you can see him on the column that is located under the awning right outside my office window.  

He then decided he liked it so much he'd just hang out around that area.

  

Here he is on a bed of flowers close to the front door.




And here, my last sighting of him (in hopes there will be more), he is seen right in front of the front office window, just peeking in!  

After seeing him a couple of times, my mind went back to my first sighting of him on the Handicapped Parking sign; and THAT'S when it hit me....  sometimes we handicap ourselves by our own 'stinkin' thinkin' and thwart those areas of prosperity that God has in store for us, basically, because we do not have faith, or we have lost faith.

After stopping and thinking about this praying mantis, I said to myself, "you stupid girl....cast all your cares (anxieties) upon the Lord, for He cares for you!" (1 Peter 5:7)  
"You have been praying to Him, but you haven't CAST your anxieties upon Him!"

There are 7 different definitions of the verb 'cast' in the Webster's dictionary, all of which use a form of the verb 'throw' to define it.  So, in essence, to cast your care upon the Lord means to throw it in His direction as if to send off/away or to get rid of.

Rather than worry about this project, and rather than worry about my boys' future, I need to throw those worries to God, let HIM handle it in HIS own timing and in HIS own way, rather than getting anxious and frustrated if I don't see the future clearly or if something doesn't happen in MY time frame.  I must TRUST in His plans, for HIS plans are far better than I could ever ask or imagine!

Yes, I do have my quiet time every day.  Yes, I am in communion with God on a daily basis...every day all through the day and sometimes through the night.  However, I have gotten caught up in my own desires rather than focusing on the desires of HIS heart, and this has allowed worry to creep in slowly, but oh, so surely!  

I looked up the facts on the praying mantis and his defensive tactics:  The praying mantis will either flee from danger if necessary, or he will confront his enemy by putting up his dukes and fighting like a boxer. 

The fact that the praying mantis will stand his ground by putting up his front legs and fighting has reminded me that I may not see a quick answer to my prayers, but I must stand my ground by being persistent in prayer and never giving up until I see the answer, whatever it may be.  I must flee from the devil - from the worry - by putting on the whole armor of God - DAILY.  

God is a patient God. 
God is a faithful God.
God is a loving God.

I must be patient.
I must persevere! 

"...though he will not rise and give to him..., yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs" (Luke 11:5-8). 

Just keep asking in prayer.  "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

And, whenever you see a praying mantis, remember....it's time to keep praying!!
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4).

Monday, July 4, 2016

Oh, What A Friend

My grandmother, Ms Oleta Clementine Frazier (pictured above with my granddad, Kirk Morror Frazier) loved this hymn, and it has become one of my favorites over the years for two reasons:  1) It reminds me of her, and 2) It is so true.  

🎼 What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer. 🎼
I had the privilege of having my grandmother around for 7 years of my life.  She died at age 67 (if my memory is correct) of colon cancer.  

There are three things that come to my mind about my grandmother whenever I think of her: 
#1) I don't think I ever remember a time she wasn't struggling with her health due to the cancer.
#2) She was one the most selfless, loving, attentive and gentle people I know, and I can still remember her sweet, gentle smile (on her face AND in her eyes) and the feel of her loving arms around me. (AND her great mercy and grace whenever my brother & I lost her good spoons while playing in the dirt behind her house after promising we wouldn't!)
#3) She could make even a bowl of oatmeal taste like a gourmet dish! 

She endured a lot of pain due to her cancer, but the most important thing I remember about my grandmother was that she had the greatest faith in and love for God.  She would sing this hymn, and others, at the top of her lungs in her living room, and my siblings and I could hear her through the screen door across the road from our yard.  At the time, we were very young and we laughed at times when we heard her singing, but all the while my heart was warmed inside and filled with so much love for her.  I remember having a feeling of safety and security listening to her singing. 

Little did I know what a legacy she was passing down: her faith.  It has passed down from generation to generation and my desire is to keep the legacy alive by continuing to pass it down with each future generation. 

What a friend I had in my grandmother, and what a friend WE have in Jesus.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12).


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

You Are My Sunshine

♫  "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine; you make me happy when skies are gray. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you. Please don't take my sunshine away."  ♫

This is what Todd sang to me as he proposed to me 25+ years ago, and 24 years ago, on June 20, 1992, we vowed that only death would ever make us part.



The gray hairs on his head today, and the gray hairs (that are masked by the shade of the month) on my head, prove that we want to grow old together.

This man has loved me unconditionally, tells me I am beautiful at my worst, is the best spiritual leader of our home, loves God with everything he has, wears his knees out in prayer and makes me want to be a better person. He does what is right even when it is not easy, and I have learned so much from him. His character is unmatchable. I love him deeply, can you tell?

Happy 24th Anniversary to my hot Toddy!  I want to live life with you 104+ more years!

"Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).  

Saturday, June 11, 2016

PLEASE, COME UNDONE!

I am a better communicator in writing than I am an oral communicator. What is in my head and heart rarely comes out of my mouth the way my heart intends. For this reason, more times than I choose to admit, I tend to stuff back words or tears...I tend to be more of a thinker and an observer rather than open myself up to vulnerability by speaking my thoughts. I get it honestly, I think, for my dad is a thinker and is a man of few words. The only difference is that my dad usually speaks with lots of wisdom, while I still have a long way to go! 
I am very guarded with my feelings and thoughts. I usually tend to be drawn to people who speak their mind and do not have a hard time showing who they really are -- good or bad. It is probably because I wish I were moreso that way.
I am of the belief that "silence may be misinterpreted, but it will never be misquoted." My silence has been misinterpreted many times, but I would rather keep silent than take the risk of misrepresenting myself or hurting someone's feelings. There have been times that I have had to speak truth in others' lives that have literally turned out just plain awful. However, there IS a time to keep silent, and there IS a time to speak. 
I pray that I can learn God's desire for those times I should keep silent and those times I should speak. Hearing others speak of how their 'struggle is real' helps to know that others share some of the same feelings you do, and this gives a level of comfort in the midst of your own struggles. There is strength in numbers! 
If everyone portrays themselves as perfect people with no 'hiccups' in life, then one could wear one's self out by trying to 'keep up' with this unrealistic view. I pray that, while I am under constant construction, I learn how to 'come undone' with other women in order to not only be able to help them in their struggle but to also help myself.
This blog was very fitting for me today: WOMEN OF GOD: PLEASE COME UNDONE -

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It Really Is That Simple

♫ "Stir in me a love that's deep,
a love that's wide, a love that's sweet;
and help me Lord to never keep it to myself.

I wanna stay close to You.
It's really that simple,
I wanna stay close to You my whole life long."  ♫

It really IS that simple,
and that is my desire.

https://youtu.be/WjT61SrGYGI

It Is Well

We must always remember....There is no new thing under the sun.

God is, and will always be, in control.

Everything He allows is for our growth and for His glory.

Looking upward, we can remember this.  Looking any other direction, we lose sight of this fact.

In those not so sunny moments that God allows, whatever they look like, I just pray that I carry myself with grace and in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, standing fast in one Spirit...with one purpose of bringing glory to Christ.

Through it all, my eyes are on You, and it is well...

https://youtu.be/YNqo4Un2uZI






Thursday, November 5, 2015

Trust Without Borders


It's been a while since I've put my ponders to pen, and a lot more thoughts have been swarming around in my head since my last post.  I've penned a total of 5 posts in the year 2015, a year that has proven to bring about major life changes in my family.  It's just part of the natural ebb and flow which the tides of life bring about.

The biggest change in our immediate family has been our first born, Grant, graduated high school in May.


About six months have passed, and many adjustments have been made.

#1)  College life is an adjustment in itself, with the biggest adjustment being made by the graduate; but it is an adjustment, also, for the whole family.  College life is a whole new world, so to speak, and we are adjusting to living in and around this new world.  Life as he knew it, and as we knew it, no longer exists.


Friends fly off to their new nests as they attend their respective colleges in different states, never to flock together in their group of 'peeps' as they had so grown accustomed to over the last 2-3 years.

So what do you do when the people you have known over the last 12 years, sometimes 18 years (for those who experienced daycare together) are no longer a part of your life?  You start wondering where you belong.  The autonomy of adulthood is sometimes not so appealing, but it is oh so essential for learning to live and survive in this world. 


One thing is for certain: this new-found independence challenges one to grow up, develop wings, and fly!  I am proud to say that Grant is doing a great job adjusting to his new wings!  I would say he is soaring!



#2)  Realizing that your child has now become the young man you've prayed he would become is bittersweet and humbling.  I am confident that he will have many successes.  I am confident he will make mistakes, but I am also confident that he will learn from them and will thrive!

I have lived (hopefully, at least) half my life and I STILL make mistakes!  When you stop making mistakes, you stop learning.



As time has passed over these last few months,  'TRUST' has been THE word for me.  I am learning that this little word encompasses not only a vast space in my world but also covers a multitude of areas.  

Todd & I, as parents, are learning how to trust this new world in which Grant is living with his new environment, new hopes & ideas, new circumstances and new guidelines (so to speak), which are different for him than they were in high school.  Giving him a little bit more rope, a/k/a freedom, in this new world tends to send me over the edge a bit at times....not because I don't trust him, but because he is not the little boy I still sometimes want to imagine he is.

Grant is learning how to trust that the path he is currently travelling is the one God is mapping out for him.  He is learning who to trust, how to trust, and what trust really means in this new world of his since he is looking through a totally different set of lenses than the ones he'd worn for so long.

As we enter yet another phase of our children's lives, we enter another phase of trust.

Every phase of trust is reduced to but one thing:  Trust in God.

With each new phase of life we encounter a deeper trust in God, and we experience a different level of trust in our children and in the decisions they make for their life.  That's just it....it's THEIR life, not ours.  We can help them, guide them and give them wisdom from our past sucesses and learned mistakes alike, but we cannot live their life for them.

We must trust in God's promise that if we "train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

We've had our time of discipleship with Grant.  I know it will continue as long as he seeks our guidance, but for the most part, WE are done being in control. (With some exceptions, Grant, if you read this! ☺)

It is time now for him to trust God as he seeks Him first and all of His righteousness, so that everything God has in store for him will come to fruition as he steps into this journey of manhood.

It is time, now, for us to trust God and His promises and put feet to our prayers as we trust in faith.

Through all of the ebbs and flows of  my life thus far, I see God's hand not only in my life but in the lives of my children.  For every disappointment, God has spoken to us, in one way or another:  "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," ... "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)  --    And HIS plans are much better than any plan we could ever imagine.
I've seen it.
I've lived it.

In every situation, His promises have declared to us that His plans are not for harm but to give us a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

It's all about Trust.

For all of the ebbs and flows of life that come my way.....
May my trust be without borders!! (See video below.♫)

"Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." ~ Psalm 20:7
"O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you." ~ Psalm 84:12



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wait!

"Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land." (1 Kings 17:7)




If you look closely, you can see a shimmer of light in the center of this photo. This shimmer is the reflection of light off of a little creek, or brook, behind our hotel room where we are staying for my son's travel ball tournament. Last night it rained pretty hard and steady, and the brook's flow was roaring heavily as it brought debris and trash along with it in its path. Today, the sun is shining brightly and the brook's roar has mellowed into a faint trickle with its flood line decreased to almost nothing. Both scenarios are equally beautiful to watch. With no more rain, however, this brook will dry up completely. 

Are you experiencing a drought of sorts in your life right now - maybe financially, emotionally, spiritually, etc? Do you find yourself completely 'dry' with no rain in sight to nurture and water your soul? If not a drought, then maybe troubles or trials have found their way in your path. If you are living, trials are inevitable.

Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 says "Wait for the Lord's help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord's help."

This is what Elijah did in 1 Kings 17. He waited on the Lord's command to 'go'. Elijah had no plan, other than to listen to the Lord's command. God's command for Elijah to leave the dried up brook and go to another land led Elijah to a woman who had nothing but one meal left for her and her son to eat. Elijah asked her to make him a loaf of bread to eat and a cup of water to drink. The lady refused, at first, for she knew the flour she had left would only feed her and her son one last time, and then they would prepare to die from hunger. Elijah requested she do so anyway and promised that her flour would never run out again. She made him the loaf of bread as he requested. Her jar of flour and jug of oil never ran out, just as the Lord promised through Elijah.

I am guilty of only seeing the 'one last meal left' with the dread of death awaiting me, so to speak, when that one last meal is gone. Through nature and in my quiet time this morning, God has reminded me that this 'dread' is nothing but lack of faith in God. 

We are a people who have to see to believe, where Faith, on the other hand, is "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1)

 "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in you, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." (Psalm 9:9-10).

So, you don't see the next step in front of you? Just wait on the Lord. Diligently seek His face, and wait for His guidance.

"Wait for the Lord's help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord's help." (Psalm 27:14)

God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Just wait on the Lord.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Enjoying A Simple Life (A Life Blessed): Love Wins

Enjoying A Simple Life (A Life Blessed): Love Wins

Love Wins


The Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 regarding marriage has changed history as we know it...not only for marriage, but possibly for other things that once were not tolerated throughout history. This one ruling, in my opinion, will be the catalyst sparking a plethura of other debates and changes in our government and in our country, and they are quite possibly more near in the future than we think.

My heart mourns.

However...

There is no new thing under the sun. What's happening today in our world has happened before; just read Genesis 19 and Judges 19. 

Romans 12 says "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." 

We must continue daily in The Word, living out the Christian life all the while spreading the Gospel as we meet people where they are in their daily walk. 

Mark 12:30-31 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."

There is no room for hate in spreading truth. 
Jesus said "forgive them for they know not what they do." 
The same applies today. 

Love DOES win - God's love.
Spread the Gospel.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Writing on the Wall


I saw these words on a wall in a Sunday School class at the youth Super Bowl party Sunday night, and they jumped right out at me and made me ponder. 


These words are truth, amen?

We must remember...everyone has a story which is made up of a past, whether good or bad, or both. 

The Bible proves we ALL fall short of the glory of God. 

May I always encourage others in love, and may I always help be a positive part of someone's story.

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