I have had a myriad of successes (and failures, but that is a different topic lol) in my life. I have traveled much, moved a lot, gone on mission projects in three countries oversees, graduated high school as salutitarian, graduated with a bachelors of science in premedicine, a Masters of science in audiology and a doctor of audiology degree with honors, skydived, married, carried and gave birth to two beautiful and intelligent children, been a worship minister, been on praise and worship teams in very large churches and some small to medium ones, and many other successes. But recently, upon reflection, I am most proud of my recent success with humility, if that is not too much of an oxymoron. Lol. I realize that many of the successes I have had are meaningless because the success was in self glorification or material things. My greatest success to date is in humbly obeying the Lord and having humble faith in Jesus Christ to save me from my sins and take me to Heaven with Him any minute now. And I will be ready. I have thrown off things and people I have worshipped in the place of my Almighty and Amazing God and am forgiven and turned away. I have cancelled out addictions. I have humbled my soul and know I am only strong when I am weak. And I am proud of realizing my greatest need is humility. Maybe you have a different one, but the key is finding it with God’s help and doing it now. The only good in me is Jesus Christ. It is such a relief to get it. It is more of a relief to know without a doubt that I am saved and there is eternity with God starting right now and continuing forever, despite what happens. There is such peace and love and joy in that assurance. “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!” I am so thankful. I share my story to encourage yours. Be blessed! Ask any questions of me, or better or God and the Bible. It is vitally important. 🙂 God bless you.❤
When things are in this proper alignment, God first and home second, you have peace at home. You have peace in life and contentment in any circumstances. God being first is actually the key. That means God comes before everyone. My time and conversation with God is first priority, His Word is first read of the day, His worship is first priority of life. This is clicking into the power source of truth and appreciation and love and, well, power. Then family in the home is next, those entrusted to your personal care. They get first dibs on your time and energy, and because of the time spent recharging with God, you have more energy and proper perspective and outlook for them. Then what is left of you goes to help serve those around you and the church. There should be many to help there, so that is lower priority for me personally. And when things are difficult, what you give up first is the outside world, never time with God. You cannot run long on high power without recharging, so you cannot fight a difficult battle without recharging with God daily. Just a thought.
So, I am learning a lot about life and me from this pantry installation. It was years in the planning and preparation and saving up phase. Now that it is here, I am tending to rush it. Why? My impatience, my worst flaw, is in full force. I am putting the paint on too thick, trying to get it all done in one coat and realizing now I have to do another coat anyway and now have to paint the border of the inside of the door in my sloppy drippy haste. It does not pay to rush a masterpiece. You take one step, one thin, careful coat at a time in painting and in life practice the same measures. One baby step at a time. Purposeful. Meticulous. Rushing produces more work and time and a mess really. I am getting this messon finally. I guess better late than never. Lol Now back to painting. Lol 🙂
Philippians 2:5. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:”
Psalm 140:1. “Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, 2. who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. 3. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. 4. Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. 5. The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path. 6. I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy. 7. Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. 8. Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed. 9. Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf them. 10. May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. 11. May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent. 12. I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. 13. Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.”
- Ok, so one tool. Today, my hubby bought me a luxury to help make my work a little easier. He bought me a power sander! And it had a bag to catch the dust so I am not inhaling that and it is velcro to put a new sandpaper disc on!! So the pantry cabinets were sanded so much faster and with so much less effort than if I were sanding by hand. And I got a new power toy!! It worked so well!!! Still painted the cabinets and doors with a brush by hand but baby steps, people. And I had power in my hands, baby! Raw harnessed power sanding to perfection. And it felt good and was fun. Ok, so I am easily amused but that was sheer pleasure using that thing. I see why guys like their power tools so much! Like a kid in a candy shop. Anyway, I digress. Get ya a power tool and enjoy on your next job. 🙂 ❤ And thank you, hubby, for the new experience and fun and thank you, God, because all good things come from you and I give you the glory! Yay! 😄
Psalm 139:1. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10. even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 19. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20. They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”