Some things, I am learning gradually but do not yet quite understand 100%. One of these is the perpetuation of prayer, it’s continuousness in my soul and spirit of asking God stuff. I can have an issue or problem on my mind or soul or spirit and rather than issuing the same prayer about it more than once, God continues to hear that prayer and at the right time when I am ready to receive the answer, God indeed answers that problem. I had that happen today and I am out loud giving God the glory for the answer to a problem of about a year now. And I received the answer through a fellow blogger’s blog tonight, Joshua Shea, and he is searching, not a Christian yet to my knowledge. But I am quite certain the answer was from the Holy Spirit nonetheless. And the glory goes to God almighty, who can answer our prayers and clarify our issues however and through whomever He wishes. I am floored by the amazing God we serve! Oh how I love Him!❤❤❤
Happiness depends upon others. Happiness is overrated. What gets me going and strengthens my step is joy. Joy is my strength whereas I have not been happy for some time. Sure, I have moments of happiness but these moments are fleeting in that I keep running into people. Lol. With so much evil in the world, can anyone stay happy? I think not. Moments of happy are about all you get. But joy is a characteristic and action of God that He provides all who humbly ask and call on Jesus for salvation. It is a gift. It is underlying contentment and peace and security set in faithful and consistent bliss no matter what is going on around us. No matter your environment, joy remains.
I have seen another really foolish phenomenon… people looking to another human being to make them “happy”. Ha! A human! If you have God’s joy gift, you know full well you are secure in God who is perfect and loves you securely, faithfully and unconditionally. That is what every person is wanting. A human (spoiler alert) is not perfect, is not faithful and loves pretty much themselves and you if you fit into their ideas of a good mate. So, obviously this is a lesson in futility and downright foolish really.
In steep opposition of this idiocity, we have a truly reliable source of joy in God. We have it. God gives it to us. And what a gift! And full of God, we need no one to make us “happy”, some theoretical concept that is as elusive as a mythological nymph. However, God will send you a partner to help in His work if your heart desires and He sees it is best for you. But He knows more than you so you must trust Him. In thr meanwhile, enjoy the extraordinary superpower of joy from God in His presence. You’ll find everything is easier and much more enjoyable.😄❤
I have been very convicted lately with the idea of good stewardship. Stewardship is what you do with what God has given you. Good stewardship is doing good with it. Bad stewardship is doing bad with it there is only those two options because doing nothing is the same as doing bad. There is no lukewarm in heaven’s eternity. It is apathetic to not care enough about your gifts and blessings to even develop or use them.
And I had been guilty of that. God has given me gifts of leadership, sports, music, art, faith, encouragement, prayer, etc. And here was I abusing those gifts or being apathetic (which is pathetic) and sitting depressed and overeating and addicted to Facebook and wrong thinking, etc.
God addressed this crime of bad stewardship in me and since I have been working on becoming a good steward, taking responsibility for my choices and developing good, healthy habits, which for me personally drove my 40 pound weight loss (last 10 to go-woo hoo!).
We are all called to good stewardship with all the gifts, abilities and resources God has given us. Everyone. And how well we are doing that when God calls His church home will determine who goes and who is left behind. So it is a pretty enormous deal. I want to be ready. So I am working on good stewardship. I invite you to consider areas you can do good with what you are able to do well. ❤
While I love my life as a loving housewife and loving homeschooling momma, I sometimes am blessed to also still be a consulting loving Audiologist. And today, I was blessed with 3 patients. This helps with birthdays coming up (everyone in the house but me) and gas money for running around, etc. So work is a blessing to us. But more of a blessing is God’s blessing of timing and allowing the blessing at just the right time.
I got to thinking that I have Christian brothers and sisters who struggle with money. And I heard a great teaching that said struggles with money are management problems or problems with God’s provision. As in, either we spend poorly and that is the problem or we ate not getting enough and that is the problem. Or both. And to the not getting enough, it could be three things: not working at the best position you are capable, not enough faith and prayer, or you have a lesson to learn about depending on God. And that teaching is sound.
I reflect that I used to have a pride issue and work harder, more jobs and earn more but simultaneously had a spending problem. But I do not remember ever not tithing. 10% to God first. And I always had faith but still struggled because there was a spending problem and pride. So when my pride broke and I adopted a Spirit of humbleness and my faith was still there and my Spirit of self-control helped with my spending, now I do not want for anything. We don’t have enough to go to Disney, but I am content with whatever God provides and He always provides what we need when we needed. ❤
Well, our grandson is 2 months old now and we haven’t seen him since he was born. And we have been missing them and our granddaughter.
So today we get a call that Steve’s daughter needs a sitter for him. She is in school now but the baby needs looking after. So amazing!
We get to care for our grandson two days a week. We have to do a bit of rearranging but we are super excited! God is so good!❤
God made each and every person on the planet with love, designed on purpose and with a special ability or gift to use for Him and others as an act of worship. There are no exceptions here.
So maybe fasting isn’t your thing, maybe it is. Maybe healing isn’t your thing but maybe it is. Maybe art isn’t your thing but maybe it is. So many options, so many needs in the church and kingdom of Jesus. Maybe you just don’t want to use your ability for God. Then don’t claim to be a follower of Christ/ a Christian and that would be a horrible decision. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then follow Him and use your gifts and abilities He gave you for Him and others.
The church is full of people not doing a dang thing. If you can’t be bothered, don’t even bother going. God made you, made everything that you appreciate, made everything good and on top n of that when we screwed up, Jesus came down here and suffered an agonizing death to redeem us. So what are you doing for Him?
Believing is good and well and may, may squeeze you into heaven, but what is belief without the fruit of that belief? What is the faith without using it to pray? What good is truth without sharing it? What is talk with no action?
We would be in a revival if the church Christians would wake up like it matters. Christians should be about God’s business. He has a lot going on right now. There us a lot of work to do. Christians should be missionary- minded. Christians should not be wrapped up in themselves and the world nor should they ever be lazy.❤
When my babies were little, they constantly brought me flowers and pictures and anything they made or found as a teeasure. These things were beautiful and valuable to them. And they gave them to me.
My main love language is quality time, so I won because I would walk or do art with my babies while they picked or created my present. The present, I cherish because I treasure that time with them.
And God is so generous with us in so many ways. And as our Heavenly Father, I bet He just loves it when He sees us generous also. I bet He thinks of what we give and is proud of us. I bet He remembers time with us and service we have given and is pleased with us. I bet He just loves gifts we give like I love the gifts my babies give me. ❤