Amazingly and humbly, I report to you, dear friend, that my little truth/encouragement blogs of late have been around the world in one day! And today, for the first time ever, more people read them in various parts of the world (and every continent except Antarctica- no one ever reads from there lol) than in my wonderful USA. It is amazing. 13 different countries! I am amazed always at how God works. He put art and music and writing and passion for beautiful creations of God in me, welded them into my being, forging me to write, to paint, to quilt, to play piano, to sing, to hike, to photograph, to teach children, to encourage. Then, as if that weren’t enough, He blesses me richly when I do what He designed me to do!! I am humbled by my Lord. I am amazed by Him and celebrating right now. And my goal is to share truth of God (the only eternal truth) and encourage people in their unique journey with God. I did not always have that goal. Once I wanted, being the extrovert that I am lol, wanted to share every thought in my head with the entire world but really more about me. This part year, God worked on my heart through many humbling and heart-breaking experiences, and He had molded my little broken but newly restored-by-Him heart into one that warmly beats just for Him. I write for Jesus, for God who I love with all my heart. It is His story I long to share, His handiwork I long to display, His truth I have to tell and His love I wish to share. You are never alone. I am never alone. And no matter what else goes on around us, God is peace and joy and love eternally and everything good when we humbly pray to Him and ask Him to save us then stay in prayer and read His Words, the Bible to strengthen us. Writing is something I have to do, I have no voice in the matter, but I celebrate God’s blessings on me today for only writing for Him. God is so loving good!! Praise God!! ❤❤❤
About a million books are written on this topic, so many that I roll my eyes when I see another one. And my method may not work for everyone because everyone is so different, but for me this works. Firstly, my qualifications: I came from a humble farming family in a small town in the Midwest with an abusive sibling, a neglectful parent, and moved out of the house at 16 years of age. An with all that history, I supported myself fully since moving out, paying my own way with a car and full time job and finished full time college to arrive at a doctorate, opened and operated my own private practice and have two really good kids, a good husband and beautiful home in a nice neighborhood, have written and published 4 books, have written and published songs, sang and played piano in bands for large audiences, and more. Now a lot of this is what people consider success and by most standards, I am very successful, rags to riches sort of thing. So I know something of success. But the more I have seen of it, the more convinced I am that the bulk of my success has nothing to do with my own strong will and work ethic and everything to do with my moments of humility where I let God take care of me. I am strong and confident and resourceful but God is all that and about a billion times more in every way. God knows everything and provides more and with love than we can. And my greatest success in my life came when I humbly crumbled in His arms and begged His help. And He provides substantially every single time you ask him to as your goal is to be closer to Him and not just get rich. See, the humble part is the biggest part but the other important part is your motivation for success. I want to please God and serve Him. That is it. I want that more than I want stuff, even nice stuff. That is real success: humble spirit of prayer and wanting to please God. That, my friends, is true success. The other stuff can get pretty distracting from true success. And true success is the only kind that yields eternal rewards. And that is what makes it true. ❤
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.❤
So one of those little people on the field is my son. Closing ceremonies at Tiger Town Stadium today and his team (and all the North teams) were honored and recognized by being able to walk the field. No mention was made that their team was undefeated all season, but maybe they didn’t want to screw up next week’s games and then tournament/playoffs. So I cheered like a maniac for my wee little man way out there and then we watched a pretty great minor league team play ball. It was a great game! We had a blast, pretty amazing family time. And after the game was fireworks! So for half of what we would pay for movies, we had a much more fulfilling and fun family day! And to be frank, I prefer watching minor league ball to majors because more happens. 😉 So, support your local minor league baseball team’s and everyone wins! God bless America!!
The more I think of things I could brag about, like my extraordinary laugh and love of life, I immediately thank God who made me this way. When I want to brag about my intelligence, I know God who gave it to me can take it away anytime He wishes and is Himself about a trillion times smarter than I. When someone compliments my piano playing or joy while playing or amazing dance moves (lol), I have to tell them God gave me that ability and many have far more and actually practice (little confession there lol). When I am complimented on my great sense of humor, I cannot take credit for God gave it to me and His is way better. I mean have you really studied a sloth? So, for me, I am good at stepping forward and am fearless about being on stage to talk, speak, play or sing or whatever but that is also a gift from God of faith. Then really I am just doing what I am given to do by God and that requires His constant allowance and grace on me. And I have found the secret. The trick that makes me so successful at what I do and who I am is not a perfect life, I did not ever have one of those and since dating, men put me down constantly (way to go, men). The secret is not a perfect life or pretending you have one. The secret of success and seeming perfection is at the first sign of problems, drop everything and surrender. Get down on my knees immediately and humble myself before God. I admit freely that I am nothing without God who made every inch of me. So I tell Him I need His help and beg Him to help me. I am shameless. I am actually a little proud to have finally figured it out but that also was a gift from God. So you see, nothing on me is mine, not even my life! All I am or own is God’s. So humble is easy with that perspective. Totally opposite what the world rams down our faces. To be perfect you do not have to look perfect or act perfect or have a perfect facade and mask on, you simply have to be perfectly humble. God can flow and do more through you than you could dream of doing or controlling or forcing alone. All that is bunk and and distraction. God is it. He is! Humble yourself and give it up to God and pray. I dare you. It works. It is a great secret, my great secret. God saves through Jesus Christ and heals and protects and nd strengthens and provides, any and everything good is from Him. Be perfectly humble and pray and see what delights come from it, cool things like peace and joy and beauty in nature and so on. It is well worth the experiment. 🙂
My husband and I are seven years old today. Both of us forgot at first, because so much is going on lately and we had band practice this morning. But we were reminded by a very good friend and get to go out tonight! Woo hoo! Lol 🙂 We have a comfort level in our marriage and work very well together. Getting together is easy, dramatic for some couples (not us by choice), but lust drives most couples together and desire for family to marry. We were both remarrying after bad marriages and so both appreciate each other that much more. And seven years have flown by and we are looking forward to as many more as is possible. We have had rough points, of course, but we don’t live in those, we move forward with God together, focusing on our good points. We met through music in a band and are still doing music in two bands. We talk a lot about all kinds of things. We spend time together and plan and do house projects together. We really have a wonderful marriage and we are thankful to God for each other. God is the key to success amend doing things in common together. So there you have it. We am render going to go eat now. Yummy! 🙂
I am a planner. Don’t get me wrong, I love surprises (good ones), but I like to plan things so I can work toward a goal. Just how I am cut. But a really funny thing about my plans. They generally end up completely different than what I had envisioned. Sometimes that is a very bad thing for a bit and I end up learning a hard lesson from it but most often it ends up being better for some reason or another. You see, I have learned (mostly from those hard moments) that God’s plans are the ones that make it. And sometimes people’s free will interferes but even then He is never surprised. So, I may make daily plans now, but I stopped making longer plans unless I believe God has the same idea for us. His plans succeed, so I want to be on His team. So, I will follow Him and allow Him to lead me to the right plan and just do the right thing where I am at the moment. 🙂