To be successful, make many tiny accessible goals, not something grandiose maybe beyond your reach because of a number of variables. So, today I had success by God’s amazing grace in several arenas.
I made it through helping the entire time during our church’s yard sale 7am-1pm. We raised close to $400 for missions, praise God! Success 1.
I kept my fast pure today by God’s grace amidst lots of eating around me and things going on. Success 2.
I figured out how to shampoo our studio carpet all by myself and completed that. Success 3.
That is enough success for one day. I am very blessed and thank God for every success and grace to carry on. He is so good!!!😄❤❤❤
Gardens do not thrive unless two things happen… 1. You put effort and resources into it, and 2. God works on and blesses it.
The same is true of our soul. When you feel dry or wilted or flooded inside, not thriving spiritually, it is never (unless it is a test) that God is not doing His part. It is far more likely we are not putting in the effort or resources. For example, not reading our Bible, not participating in church, not serving, not praying. Spiritual growth is not a one way effort, it is a relationship with almighty, loving God. No relationship is healthy without effort from both sides. And when the effort is mutual, it is beautiful and thrives.
So, if you tell me you are going through a dry patch or feel overwhelmed or lack luster spiritually, I will remind you to humble yourself and do your part because God always does His.😄❤
So, today was very eventful. I am on my 6th day fasting and was feeling very tired and a bit lethargic, hard to get up in the morning. Once I did, I walked thr dog on a long walk (about a mile), helped work on paneling the studio with poly wall sheets, swept and mopped and caulked my mom’s house, touched up some knicks on the tub and aink with a fiberglass repaur kit, worked more on sorting through the studio, then we were told that my husband’s oldest brother was in the urgent care unit of the hospital and is on a ventilator so we go visit for a few hours. There was more tucked in there with my daughter but you get the gist. An eventful day. I am exhausted and have to get up early for a fundraising yard sale at church for missions.
But before I get some sleep, I wanted you to know that God answered my prayer for time to pray and strength as I fasted. That blessed me. I never would have made it through a busy day like that on no food and with time to pray without Him. Also, all those things blessed other people. Visiting my brother in law and his family ministered to them, showed we cared. Cleaning my mom’s floors ministered to her and helped her have a clean house despite being quite infirm. That was a blessing. Working on the studio ministered to my husband who cannot always help do the work because of his bad knee and overall health. That was a blessing.
The thing is that what we do matters. And being there to help, despite what you feel like or think you can do, matters eternally. These things are never overlooked by our Savior. Bless someone today! It feels heavenly! ❤
We are given everything we need by a living Father God, salvation through Jesus Christ and thr indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, alongside the written Word of God, the Bible as our guide. So here is your love encouragement truth for the day… humbly ask God and talk to Him for life and whatever you need and He will provide what you really need. God has this for you. How loving and beautiful is that?!😄❤
Here it is already… July. Hard to believe June flew so quickly by. And this month, my son goes on his first missions trip to Honduras after our amazing country collectively celebrates its birthday and we have a fun gig. Busy month but meaningful. For God, for family, for country! Let’s go!😄
Everyone is on or planning vacations, so it seems. We would be too, to be truthful, if it weren’t for the AC Handler and termite war we’ve been waging- live living in Florida, in a related story lol. So I wanted to wish you a fantastic Independence Day early and will probably mention it again later in more depth, as I am a huge patriot and fan of blessed freedom. Thank God for America!!!❤
Today, God healed yet another aspect of me. God did not choose to heal all of me all at once. Frankly, in hindsight, I was not ready for that and my pride was not low enough for it either. My faith was high but will was low. I was healed in sections as I was able to maintain it. And God healed a good deal of the physical remnants of my illness tonight at church. Elders laid hands on me and prayed and I knew I was healed and felt the change inside me. And I could not have had that happen without everything that came before it.
The lesson is this, friend. God is the Great Physician and coordinates every inch of your life for the purpose of accomplishing His will for you and those close to you. Do not miss it. Sometimes His healing is all at once and sometimes, as with me, it was in pieces I was ready for and could handle. I fancied myself tough and everyone who knows me would agree and I still know I am made for toughness. However, I am a twig’s plaything without God. I have no strength but what He graces me with. I have no ability to know what I can handle yet or not or when, I am just not that smart, even with all the initials after my name, just is impossible for anyone to know those things but God. Praise God!❤❤❤