Monday, January 3, 2011

Jump Start

Pastor's message yesterday morning was on jump starting areas in your life. He preached from Ezekiel 37 and how God "jump started" the dry bones. I have some dry bone areas in my life that need a jump start!

Last year I got the idea from Amy's blog to have a word to focus on throughout the year. It was "love". I learned a lot about what love is, how to show love, how to accept love, and how to help people through loving them.

One Sunday night I was sitting in church thinking that I needed to come up with a word for 2011. I knew I needed to really focus on Bible reading, prayer, getting finances in order, just getting back on track in general in my life: my home, a schedule, the boys, everything! Just before Pastor told us where in the Bible to turn to, the word came to me! "Work". I had a lot of work to do and I needed to get to work. Pastor has us turn to John 9. "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the might cometh, when no man can work." That's right, Pastor was preaching on work. God just knows His timing, doesn't He?? :)

Pastor said, Work is spiritual: John 6:28 "Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?", Work is rewarding: I Corinthians 3:14 "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.", Work is profitable: Proverbs 14:23a "In all labour there is profit:", Work is necessary: II Thessalonians 3:10 "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.", Work is something we are called to do: Acts 13:2 "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them."

Work. It's my word for 2011. I'm jump starting areas in my life that need work. It's my prayer that 2011 will be more productive because I've gotten a handle on the areas of my life that need work and because I will have learned to work.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blessings...

A "thank you" gift of Tangerine Fiesta Ware!

My boys laughing together.

Waking up with little feet in my side.

13 kids in my Sunday morning class.

Rejoicing with friends over a mutal struggle being conquered.

My Pastor's wife.

The rain.

Reconnecting with an old friend.

Enough money to provide my needs.

My Sunday school class.

Bug's excitement for his Wednesday night class.

Music that lifts my spirit.

God's word.

Improved health after bad colds.

Friends.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

God's test.

Recently I posted (was that just yesterday) about how good God is all the time! I've been giving "advise" to a friend as God puts things on my heart to help her. I've gotten an opportunity to encourage the ladies at CBC. I've picked "love" as my word for 2010 and my theme is 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Seek Him early'.

Now, it's time to put it all to the test. It's how God works, right? Gives you lots of information, wisdom, knowledge and then tests you. It's not different from school. Cram the info in, test on to make sure it sticks. Funny thing though, in school I would retain the information just long enough to get through the test and then forget it. God's tests are not so easy to learn, pass and forget. And thank Him for that! The information He gives is far more important than anything learned in text books. Unless, of course, it's His text book.

I found out today that there's a good possibility my job will end on July 1st. Is this news to God?? No. Actually, it's not really news to me. I've had a feeling that my job may be coming to an end. The feeling was obviously from the Holy Spirit. I'm both nervous and excited by this turn of events. Nervous because I don't know what the future holds and I hate not knowing what the future holds! However, I'm more excited because it's an opportunity for God to show Himself in my life. He knows where I'll be come July 1. He knows what job I'll have. My job between now and then is to pray, listen for His still small voice and follow where He leads.

Sweet are the promises, Kind is the word,
Dearer far than any message man ever heard;
Pure was the mind of Christ, Sinless I see;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.

Where He leads I'll follow, Follow all the way.
Where He leads I'll follow, Follow Jesus every day.

Sweet is the tender love Jesus hath shown,
Sweeter far than any love that mortals have known;
Kind to the erring one, Fathful is He;
He the great example is, and pattern for me.

List to His loving words, "Come unto Me",
Weary, havey-laden, there is sweet rest for thee;
Trust in His promises, Faithful and sure;
Lean upon ths Savior, and they soul is secure.

Where He leads I'll follow, Follow all the way.
Where He leads I'll follow, Follow Jesus every day.

I'll follow Lord. Where ever you lead.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Thoughts on my heart and mind

God is so good all the time! No matter what! I've said this often and it's always true. No matter what I'm going through in life, God is still good. His grace is always the same, His mercies are everlasting and both are new each day.

I have a friend going through a divorce. After years of struggle yet trusting in God through it all, her marriage of 10+ years is ending. She's at a loss of where her life will go from here. I can certainly relate to so much of what she's going through! I try to encourage her to stay close to God. Keep good music on and keep talking to Jesus (not herself). It's a rough road to travel, but with God all things are possible. He loves her SO much! And wants her to lean on Him. She will. She's strong. Pray for her, please.

My new church family is such a blessing to me!!!! I thank God that He has allowed me to work with the Ladies Ministry at this church. They are a great group of ladies!! I see wonderful things for us in the future. ALL of us becoming great friends who get together not only for church things, but for non-church things too. There are so many ladies here that I get to learn from! Some my own age and many older. I think this ministry is just what they and I needed! I love these ladies already!

Trusting God. I trust Him with so much, yet there's still one area that I buck at. I'm getting so much better in this area though! No matter what, I've determined to stay faithful, trusting His promise if I just obey. So far, I've seen huge blessings!

My kids are beyond a blessing to me. They truly are God's gift to me. I know I don't rear them as I should all the time, but again, this is an area in which I'm learning. I've become more patient with them. I've stopped my busy day (Yeah right. It's busy with me doing my own thing.) to take time to really be with them. We are going on walks more, playing more and enjoying each other more without the tv! That tv is a time sucker!! My Bug can quote so much from cartoons but can he sing a complete church song? Ok, yes he can sing many church songs, but is that what he talks about on our drive home? No. It's about cartoons and video games. Yes, that is very convicting. It's an area I'm working on! Always working on different areas in my life. That's how we grow.

My word for this year is Love. I find my heart overflowing with love for the ladies in my church, my friends, my family, my wonderful little guys and especially my Lord. I want to know Him more that I may love Him more.

A friend was over some weeks ago with her children. She hadn't gotten much sleep the night before. As we were winding down and she was getting ready to take her children home for naps she said, "I'm going to wrap up with Bible when I get home". I asked her if she wasn't going to fall asleep! She said she probably would, but oh what a way to fall asleep. Conviction. I thought to myself, "When was the last time I wrapped up with my Bible and fell asleep reading it?" I couldn't remember. I'm determined to start a habit of it though.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why? When will I learn?

Just yesterday I blogged that as long as I follow the Lord, He will lead me. So why not even 24 hours am I fretting and worrying about a certain thing? I make a few phones and everything is already being taken care of. He's worked it out in His time, yet I sat here scared, fretting, worrying.

Repeat after me: Give it to Him and leave it there. Give it to Him and leave it to him.

Monday, January 11, 2010

It continues to flood my mind...

I know I've posted on this thought already, but it keeps coming back to me. This morning I took the time to read my Bible and pray. I want to follow the steps God has planned out for me today. I typed this up and shared it with the ladies at the Well.

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The steps of a good man ... seek Him early...

This is a thought that has been going through my mind since the beginning of the year. It actually started on Christmas Eve when, while at church, Pastor asked us to tell everyone what some of our greatest Christmas gifts from Jesus have been.

Mine was grace. Grace through the hard times of the loss of my mother, my divorce, moving homes, changing churches. And I ended with a thought that I hadn't considered before that very moment. I don't know why God choose to take my mom but He knows and if I just continue to follow His leading He'll continue to give me the grace I need. If we choose to follow Him, our steps are already ordered for us.

If we choose to follow Him, our steps are already ordered for us. We don't have to worry or fret or be sad or question. His way is before us as long as we follow Him. He never changes. He's never wrong. He makes no mistakes.

Previously in my life I came to the conclusion that it didn't matter whether I read my Bible first thing in the morning or at night before I go to bed; just as long as I read it. After giving it some thought, I find I'm wrong. How can I know what His steps are for me that day unless I get into His word that morning? His mercies are new every morning. We need His guidance, truths, mercy and grace new each day. I can't count on yesterdays blessings.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Ps. 37:23 ...those that seek me early shall find me. Pro. 8:17

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New pictures

I just updated the pictures of my boys and they bring back great memories!

The one of The Bug was taken in the front lot at work. He was flying a kite that my step-mom's sister, Thomasine, had bought for him back in August of '09. We don't see Thomasine very often, in fact we don't see my dad and step-mom very often either. Dad and Alice had come to California to deliver furniture to a client and we got to spend the weekend together. We all met at Alice's other sister's house. Thomasine had to go to the grocery store for something and Chris got to go with her. I had sent him with money to get a toy from those little annoying machines. He came back with a Buzz Lightyear kite. We had a great time flying it and talking about our weekend with Grampy, Grammy and Thomasine.

The picture of The Tiny Man was taken in December this past year. That snow man was originally on top of my fire place, but as soon as the Tiny saw it, he had it! He carried it around by it's hat at first. So much, that the felt disconnected from the glue and has almost fallen off. Then he started holding the snow man's hand. So cute! Snow man, however, has not always been a good little snow boy. A few weeks ago Snow man kept getting into the fridge and Tiny had to tell him, "No, No!" and give him a swat. Poor little snow boy.