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Driving Me Craaaazy

I must be the most computer-illiterate person in the world…I can’t get WordPress to work on my laptop. Been trying for hours until I finally took a hammer to it then chunked out the window. Not really…but don’t think I didn’t seriously consider that.

What’s SO HILARIOUS about this is I had written this God-inspired blog to share with you about bringing God-mountaintop moments down into our real world incorporating His inspiration(s) into our everyday lives, the difference that makes,etc…not leaving what we learned “up there” (if you know what I mean)…

Then the computer set me nuts. I almost got reallllly ugly. Almost did chunk it through the window then had to stop and hoarse laughed at myself hearing that steady beeep in my head. You know the one: this is a test, this is only a test…beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppp……….

When will I ever learn that the enemy will use EVERYTHING to steal our joy (just like my blog said by the way)…..

Don’t let him trick you! Don’t let the enemy do what he’s sent to do today (steal, kill, destroy).

Okay now, back to trying to get WP to wok on my laptop. Have a great day! 🙂

SHUT UP!

There’s lots and lots of pressure these days right? We have an insatiable need to let people know how we’re feeling and what we think about what’s going on in current affairs, etc. Talk, talk, talk, fuss, fuss fuss. It’s like there’s another person inside of me that takes over and she just won’t be quiet. She feels it’s important to share her opinion and chime in to every post, every tweet…so much so I’ve had to turn it off several times so I would just shut up!

I sometimes think to myself,”I must respond to that, I’m the great revealer of THE TRUTH” so I let it rip.  There’s nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam, we all do it, especially with all these avenues available to us now through which we can indulge ourselves.

I’ve found that if I keep the ball rolling, the current issues are constantly on my mind and if it’s something I don’t agree with I’m constantly anxious (or whatever emotion the topic makes me feel) and my feelings tend to explode from my mouth or my fingers as the case may be. Sometimes I’ve regretted the end result.

In my God time this morning, I read Philippians 4…and the “Light” was especially bright on verse 8: “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, DWELL ON THESE THINGS.” (Emphasis mine). 

Here’s what I think (ha, here I go again) 🙂

I think about how I FEEL too much. That’s the problem, and that’s where I get messed up. There are many things going on in our world that push our buttons and we respond just like everyone else. There’s the other problem.

I’m responsible for keeping MY peace AND the peace around me. You are too, if you belong to Jesus. I’m supposed to be different (as are you). We’re to be HIS examples of the strength, peace, kindness, in our corners that HE displays through us…if we choose to let Him be displayed. We have the chance to live in this chaotic and scary world as examples of the difference Jesus makes in the lives of everyday people.

The lost need to see (not just hear) the difference Jesus makes in the chaos and uncertainty. We don’t need to sound like everybody else but more importantly we shouldn’t look like everyone else. How we handle what we’re going through could make the difference in someone’s life.

I’m going to shut up, try my best to keep how I feel to myself and walk in/live in the “peace that passes all understanding” given to me by Jesus like I believe it.  Will you? People don’t need my opinions. They need His peace!

“But Lord, it’s just a Tuesday.”

Another Tuesday. It’s what I call a “scoot day”; it leads to Wednesday one of my favorite days because of (amongst other things) our Midday service at church. Nothing special about this day, routine stuff.

We’re always looking forward to next week, what our long term plan is aren’t we? There’s nothing wrong with that. It beats looking back right? Here’s the problem…with me anyway. Sometimes I’m so focused on forward I miss the NOW. The Lord stopped me this morning while going through my routine to get done what I needed to, to get where I needed to go. “STOP! You’re going to miss it!” To which I replied, “Lord, it’s only Tuesday.”

What’s around me today that He has brought me? What’s the Word? What’s my prayer? What am I missing? In the most mundane there’s the miracle of His presence, those little nudges that let you know He’s with you. Don’t miss those personal things: the song that lets you know He’s tuned in to you, the hummingbirds outside the window, the sunrise He painted just for you. It’s all personal; it all can have special meaning because your eyes are the only ones that see it the way you do.

The thing is, we have to decide that it means something. We have to take it in not just pass it by as nothing. Stop for a minute. Just because the ordinary awaits doesn’t mean the extraordinary can’t be found. Don’t miss it!

Are You Willing To Cut?

We had some storms roll through early this morning which knocked the satellite out for several hours. After the storms passed and after rebooting and doing all the normal things to get it back on, there was still no signal so I called and requested a service call.

I have a beautiful rose bush right beside the satellite which has grown a lot through the summer. It’s been there for years and it has never caused a problem with reception before. When asked if there was anything obstructing the signal I mentioned the rose bush and actually argued with the technician telling him it’s been there for years, never caused a problem, etc. After a five minute back and forth he encouraged me to cut it back and so with hesitation I cut some branches back. Lo and behold, the signal returned.

Here’s our lesson. Had I been unwilling to cut some branches and thin out the rose bush we wouldn’t have TV reception. Where I live, satellite is my only option. Though the bush had been there for years and the same branches were around it, without my knowledge and obscured from my viewpoint it had become thicker where the satellite receiver thingy is and prevented a signal reception because the rain made the branches heavier. I had to cut them and remove them in order to receive. I was sure I was right as everything was, in my view, like it always was and the person advising was right. My bad.

We musn’t assume that because things have always been the way they are that some changes don’t need to be made and something, someone or the way you do what you do needs to be “cut”.  When the “technician” (in this case God) tells you to try something new or to cut something, be willing to try. If Jesus is the Lord of your life, He governs BUT you always have the choice to keep things just as they are.

Had I not cut the branches we wouldn’t have television. That’s not a life-changer but nonetheless we would be “without”. Are you willing to cut? I finally was, and now I have a strong signal.

Lord Jesus, give us attentive and willing hearts to change & cut whatever you say cut for a better & clearer signal to You!

Left to Live

For the longest time, I felt like I was being punished or made to suffer because pretty much everyone close to me has died. This includes two siblings, mother, father, best friends, my mentor, beloved pets…the list is long. I mean, why are they gone and I’m still here?!

My life, from the time I can remember has been, well, hard. It seems when I look back there are so many losses, so much sadness and lots of struggles. I don’t know many people that have lived through some of the things I’ve lived through. If I wrote about a lot of it I would have to market it as fiction.

Recently after the loss of a another childhood friend I was snatched with grief. I felt so bad for his close friends as well as myself. I’ve also watched as those around me suffered through their losses and hardships which breaks my heart. We’ve lost so many the past few years it seems. Some say that’s to be expected at our age. Maybe that’s true. Maybe we need to stay prepared for loss and death.

We could stay focused on the bad and sad, keeping ourselves primed for the worst. We could stay in a defensive mode always looking to guard ourselves as best we can from the trials and tribulations of life. If we did though, wouldn’t we miss out on the good?

I’ve lived long enough to know God always, always, always brings something good out of something bad. Perspective is everything. In the midst of what we think will finish us there’s always something to comfort us and help us see past the grief and pain.

While thinking about all of this it dawned on me. We’re left to LIVE. We have survived what we thought would kill us! He left us here to live. So what does that mean?

There’s a difference between surviving something and living through it. Surviving means (to me) taking one breath after another never seeing joy in anything. It means feeling no gratefulness, or anything else for that matter. It’s that place of going through the motions – no enjoyment, no heartfelt thankfulness, and worst of all, no praise to God. It’s the life of “walking dead”. No feelings about anything. Monotone misery.

LIVING on the other hand is the opposite. It’s learning to be grateful for getting to be alive one more day and being joyful for that blessing. Living is waking up knowing your day may be just like your yesterday and being glad about it. It’s finding the good in the bad even if you have to look hard to find it.

Living is being sad you lost someone but being thankful you had them in your life in the first place! Living is seeing someone else going through what you’ve already passed through and offering to help. It’s believing that God, in His infinite wisdom and providence, has allowed you to be here right now for “such a time as this”.

You’ve been left to LIVE. Will you?