My real relationship with God began with an unexpected answer to a one-line prayer during a self-made crisis many years ago. You may have heard this before.
Easter brings our thoughts to Jesus, His journey to the cross and His resurrection. Some will attend services that will include Stations of the Cross, The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross, and more depending how you celebrate and the traditions you bring.
By now, January should be full of those good intentions and monumental changes we imagined through the last months of 2015. We imagine everything will be better when the New Year comes.
November is a time for “thanks giving”.
It’s not only a time for turkey and dressing but a time to remember and reflect on all that God does and thank Him. Prayer is the tool to connect with God to do that. Make November a Thanksgiving Prayer month.
Alice in Wonderland is walking down a path when she comes to a fork in the road and doesn’t know which way to go.
The Cheshire cat in the tree asks…
“Where are you going?”
Would you believe me if I said, Second Born twin will not let anyone else do dishes while he is here? It happened this summer…
Summer is a good time to learn something new as long as there’s fun attached. It is also a time to delegate the work that never ends especially if you have children home all the time.
It is Your Journey; no one else can take it. Along the way, you discover for yourself and choose to reveal your uniqueness, your purpose, and your place to those who journey with you. God has called you to be in this time and place in history. God’s purpose for us is to create authority in the world around us and give it back to Him.
Just after the baptism of the Holy Spirit I began to be serious about serving God but I was confused about what I was to do and what God did. I thought I should ask Him everything, but I really wanted to do my own thing my way so I did.
Relationships develop over time, when people share in a real way, so each person can know the other, rather than one person trying to meet the expectation of the other. It takes time to really listen and ask questions, to understand who that person really is.
February is a special month, with attention on building relationships and holding on to what is near and dear, to us all. I depend on a couple of rules for communication that are tried and true.
December is advent, the wonderful celebration of the birth of the Christ child, who was born, so that we would have a pattern to follow. We are to imitate Christ in our own uniquely created way.
Years ago while attending a women’s Bible study I was asked to be a children’s leader. I was to pray and think about that decision and report back with my answer.
As I was leaving the interviewer said,
“Don’t feel obligated, if you decide not to take this opportunity someone else will step up into it.”
For years I’ve used the example of the ‘worry box’ to get troublesome thoughts out of my head, rather than sit in a pity party or cloud of depression over some irritating block in my day or days.
In 1982 I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and by 1987, experienced a need to sort things out, focus, to know myself.
One summer my family and I were offered a home to use for two weeks in the mountains of North Carolina. It was the first time my whole family vacationed together.
In my dream…
I walked in to view my coffin and found myself aware of the young man who was arranging things, but couldn’t find the cloth that was to be used to cover my face in the coffin.
John 19: 25, 26 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his Mother…When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother!”
Frequently I find doing what I do leads to something new. In fact, so new that I’m not sure what it means.
My car sat in the driveway while I waited for the mechanic to call, and let me know that the parts were in. I had some errands to run so I drove our Honda Pilot.
You have stood so long
You have tried and tried and tried
That is why you are so drained and weary
It is time to “stand down”
I’m not too sure where this writing comes from; I found it in my files.
“To be at peace is to stop and think and be still focusing on a facet of God’s provision usually found in His Word but sometimes a thought that you know is not yours because it’s a bit of wisdom that is completely new, but has an awareness of awe around it. You stop and write it down before you forget. Think on it during the day. It’s part of your provision for the day.”
There’s a beginning and an end for everything that is alive and in between is living.
Living has ups and downs, joys and sorrows, challenges and routine and not one of them will wait their turn or one doesn’t wait for the other to start or finish. It’s a part of everything in between~ Lifetimes: Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
A believer would say that God uses coincidences as He works out His purposes through natural processes in both the physical and social universe. In this universe every effect can be traced back to a natural cause. Coincidence in our life is ordained by God and is intended for our good. God is always at work in the lives of his people.
That was the question given to the children last Wednesday night. The answer is…Jacob.