Fortune Cookie

I do not believe in luck or fate or destiny or fortunes at all. There is where I am coming from. Everything is part of God’s plan- overtly or inadvertently (everyone having free will). I believe this with all my heart. And I live and trust the Lord all the more for it.

I got a “fortune cookie” after a meal at a Chinese restaurant. It said this, “The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.” I thought, well, yeah. And for me, knowing that God is in charge is how I can have a peaceful mind. And that is great goodness.😄❤

The Loss of Control

Very little in this life leaves you less secure than the feeling of lost control. When we feel the crazy world around us is slippery and out of balance and we can do little about it, it is easy to despair or worry or shut down or fight back, depending on your personality. And what I really love most about God my loving Savior is that He is the opposite of the world and evil and chaos. And being humble and accepting the lack of control and giving God, trusting Him, with controlling everything and taking care of it brings peace. Losing control in the world produces anxiety and hopelessness. Giving control to God produces peace and joy and hope amidst anything. Oh how beautiful is God! I take humble with Him any day of the week and look forward to seeing Him work through this humble little girl. How beautiful is our God!❤❤❤

Changes on the Horizon

Only God knows what will happen, but I know that changes are on the horizon. I also know that God is ultimately in charge of the final events and everything else.

One change I know is that my mom will be moving into a wheelchair accessible apartment on or before a year and a half, depending on the waiting list. As soon as it is available, we will move her in and out of her manufactured home. This means several things… this will be a lot of extra work for all of us and her included in deciding how to pare down. And she will n have access to their piano but not at all hours as before, life will change. Once wheelchair bound, which is a matter of time, she will need special transportation for everything or me to shop for her. Also, my kids and I will no longer have access to her clubhouse to swim and play pool. In addition, I have to gradually prepare her current home for resale as she will need that money to live there. So, life will be quite different for all of us.

Again, only God knows how it will all play out. And who knows, maybe God will take us all Home first. No one knows but God. And I put it all in His capable hands. I am not worried. I am not concerned. I trust God. ❤

Security

Every woman, or person for that matter, wants security. It is one of those perceptions like control. They are both something which we can work to achieve, spending endless hours on planning and paperwork to verify we have it. But truth be told it can all change in a very bad day. And people I know are having very bad days a lot lately. Death, cancer, illness, car breaks down, refrigerator goes out, roof leaks, whatever it may be. All of things are reminders of the temporary-ness of the world.

In sharp contrast, when we place our security in the only Source of true, eternal security, namely Jesus Christ, we are secure. When we give Him control, He owns it and cares for us. And He is truly the only One who can. We are only as strong as our next tragedy but God has never, in all His years of creating and caring and loving, has lost one hint of power. And He has never stopped loving us. We have security in Jesus and not truly anywhere or anyone else. And I am content, peaceful, joyful and loved with that fact. It is good to know for sure. How I love Him!❤❤❤

Fighting for Control is Stupid

Ok, here me out, control freaks. I was one of y’all. I was probably amazingly good at it, compared to most. I could bend and manipulate things in my desired direction, always with the best of intentions for the common good (my basis for justification). I wanted things to work out best for those I loved. I made it happen. Boy, was I stupid. Why stupid? Because it always bombed later because (and here is the crux of the matter) I AM NOT GOD. I never will be. It is stupid to play God and stupid to believe we ever have a handle on control of anything except ourselves, and we even need His help for that.

Now, good thing for us God is loving and gives us this free will thing so we can choose for ourselves whether to be stupid or smart and come to Him for help with this life thing He gave us.

The perception of control is a construct of lies based on an enlarged ego/pride problem. So being humble and contrite is the way to break it and be smart. And being smart is always better than being stupid, even always. So stop fighting for control except of yourself and meet up with God. This is where wisdom begins. 😄❤