Ride for quite a ride!

Ride for quite a ride!

Raising an adult child is a complete walk in faith of God.

Our eldest is an adult. What?  I don’t feel that old!  This stage is at times difficult and other times effortless.

Right now I’m at the stage of knowing that we’ve raised our son on the foundations of God, appreciative of his independence from us, proud of most the decisions he’s making, but…I still want to be mommy. Are you with me?

Hunter is most likely at the stage of “Get me out of here! I’m an adult.” Okay, no most likely about it, it’s a sure thing. But, hey, I’m right there with him at times.  There are those moments when I want to say, “Please hurry up and finish your two years here so you can go away and learn to appreciate us.” Or “Does anyone need a live in son?”

Ahhh, the rollercoaster of life. Once more a ride to hang on to for dear life.  I just have to make sure I’m hanging on to Jesus the entire time.

This morning I read Proverbs 9:10, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.   Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”  This is my prayer today as I continue to let go of those reigns of mommy, and become just a parent and hopefully a godly counsel in His life.  I pray that Hunter will always remember his foundation in Christ.  That he will respect the Lord in all that he says and does.  May he desire to know Christ more and grow in His knowledge so that his decisions will be pleasing to God.

I know…”This too shall pass.” Hunter is a great kid.  Ooops, an adult.  He is respectful to others and is responsible.  Tim and I are blessed by wonderful children that do love Jesus.  Thank You, Lord!

I just like being “mommy”.

I’m sure that just like we survived skydiving together, we will survive this stage in life.  A family that jumps together, stays together. haha

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I pray God’s abundant love and much joy for y’all.

 

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be filled with joyWhy stop now? Let’s keep spreading more joy this week.

Last night I was going through some home email. When I got to the bottom of one email, I read their tagline above their signature.  It said, The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how do something well is to enjoy it.” -Pearl Buck. Ha!  There was that word again, JOY.

Mrs. Buck (June 26, 1892 -March 6, 1973), thank you for reminding me that I do have joy in my work.  Whether my work is at home being a mother and wife, or at school and church being a teacher, I truly enjoy doing what the Lord has placed in my life to do and be.

Lord, thank You for giving me the task of being a mom, wife, and a teacher. I pray that I will do my best to always serve You in these capacities.  I know that even in those times of tribulation (and they DO come), You are making me a stronger person as I rely on and trust in You, Jesus.  Heavenly Father, I know in James 1:2-4 that you tell me that when troubles of any kind come my way, to consider it an opportunity for great joy. You want me to know that when my faith is tested, my endurance has a chance to grow. Also, if I let that patience work in me, the end result will be good. I will then be mature and complete, and will be all that You want me to be.  Amen.

 Here’s a couple more verses to share regarding joy with you today:

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23

I pray God’s abundant love and much joy for y’all.

 

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had to laugh this morning, not once, but three times, at this underlying theme that God evidently has for me this week! Whether these subtle clues are directly for me or just for me to share with you, I appreciate His ingenious hints about JOY. Yep, joy.

You know how for the past two days I’ve written about joy?  Well, go ahead and add a day three.

First of all, when I read today’s reading from Jesus Calling devotional book, it was about finding joy in His Presence.

Then, when I turned to the verse-of-the-day at biblegateway.com, the verse came from Proverbs 15:23.  This verse says, “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!”

But wait, I’m not done yet. Finally, my Sunday school co-teacher sent a text message out to all the 9th grade girl and we leaders.  It stated “If we find our worth and identity in temporary things, then our satisfactions and joy will also be temporary.  When we recognize our worth in Jesus, our satisfaction and joy is infinite because Jesus too is infinite.”

All of this happened within a five minute time frame this morning. Each reading/reminder gave me joy each time.

I dug a little deeper and read all of Proverbs 15.  Throughout this chapter, it was reiterating how joy isn’t just something we feel, but do.  It is expressed in our deeds and words, and can be spread to others. Joy is contagious!  This is one disease that I sure don’t mind catching or spreading.

Go! Go spread some joy to those around you today.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

 

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joy pure joyHere’s goes that word again.

Yesterday, after writing about “Ain’t nobody gonna steal my joy!”, a precious friend replied, I’m working on having Joy this week…….it’s my prayer.”   Well, sista, if you desire what I think you do, you’ll get it.

You see, in Psalm 40:8  it says, I take joy in doing Your will, my God, for Your instructions are written on my heart.”

When we do GOD’S will and not our OWN desires for our lives, we will find joy.

Now, sistas AND brothers (I know you guys read this too. This is not a “for ladies only” kind of site.  It’s a God thing.), I pray right now, on my knees (hang on…done!), that today you will stop, pray, and seek God’s will for your lives.  Not only to seek it, but truly desire it and do it.  I pray that you will be filled with so much joy today that it will be contagious. Amen and amen.

So, ain’t nobody gonna take your joy but YOU. Take that joy that comes only from God and spread it around.  (Wow, I just imagined a world full of joy.  Sweet!  We can try now, but we will definitely see it when we all get to heaven. I sure hope you’re going to be there.  Click here to help you get your ticket to heaven. Oh, boy, how I’m praying for YOU.)

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

 

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aint nobody gonna steal my joyThe other day at school someone posted a paper in different areas of the school. On that paper it read to “Take one”.  Take what?  Well, at the bottom of the page it had words, in a tag format, for you to rip one off and take like, peace, love, joy,… I guess you could say the “Fruit of the Spirit” list, but I can’t recall all the words on the list at this moment.  Whatever they were, I loved the idea.

When I first saw it, I noticed that no one had taken any words, so I thought that it was just there for us to read. Then later in the day I become aware of some missing tags. So, I scanned the list of encouraging words again, and saw the word joy. I tore it off and said, “Ain’t nobody gonna steal my joy!”

I carried that tiny piece of paper around in my pocket all day and later tacked it to a board beside my desk. I would feel it in my pocket and then look at it on my board over the next couple of days, and again say to myself, “Ain’t nobody gonna steal my joy!” knowing that my joy comes from the Lord.

I did keep that word in my mind for a few days, and it seemed to remind me to prioritize and focus on the joy that God gives me each day.  And then, I let it happen…I allowed folks/circumstances to “steal my joy”.  Ugh!

Whether it was a “feel the pressure” type of meeting, the last class period of the day, one of my own children, or whatever/whomever, I allowed my joy to be depleted.  (Hence the dry spell of my writing over the past week.)

I’d pray and open God’s word each day, feel His love and gentle reminders, but in the back of my mind, I still had some joy missing.

I’ve kept a couple of bible-verse-of-the-day scriptures opened on my computer. One is “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”Psalm 27:14. Yes. I know!  But waiting is what I didn’t want to have to do in one situation, but I know that “This too shall pass” and that God’s got this! (Okay, Lord, I’ll wait.  I’ll try my best to wait patiently, but I will wait.)

The second verse-of-the-day was “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.  Ahhh, one of my all time favorite bible verses.  Again…(Yes, Lord, you know what my earthly desires are, and I know You want my desire to be You alone.  Okay.  I desire You and your will for my life.)  It excites me to know that when I turn my focus and desires to Jesus, His plan is always so much better than the plan that I had mapped out in my mind for me.

And then…this morning, before I did anything else, I did my daily chat with God. This time, I was reminded about that word joy in my prayer and asked God to speak to me and through me, and to give me joy in my heart and peace of mind.  I then proceeded to read the verse-of-the-day, and guess what?  No, don’t guess, just read this for yourself: “Your help made me so happy.  Give me that joy again.  Make my spirit strong and ready to obey You.” Psalm 51:12. Hahaha, God was like, “You asked for it.”  And my reply to Him is, “Yes I did and thank You, Lord!”

Just like keeping that tiny piece of paper in my pocket, on my board for glancing at, or on my mind would keep His joy fresh and my heart happy, that’s what His word does for us when we keep it in the forefront of our minds.

I pray that you will keep God’s word in your heart and remember “Ain’t nobody gonna steal my joy” as long as God’s in control.  Give it all to Him.

To whomever left those papers on the wall at my school, if you ever read this (first of all, please don’t be critical of my grammar, you would keep yourself quite busy editing my entries, hahaha) thank you. Thank you for the gentle reminder that I need His joy in my life ever second of the day.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

 

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in love with godRomans 12:2 is a verse that I knew I’ve written about before, but when I did a “search” for it, I didn’t realize how many times I’d written about it. Well, I didn’t, God did.

So, instead of creating a new devotional for Romans 12:2  (the verse-for-the-day), click on some oldies but goodies:

Total search: Romans 12:2

For different topics (Ten times!) click on the link below:

Enjoy growing closer to God each day. Fall more in love with Him every hour.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

 

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe often read, hear, and state from memory Jeremiah 29:11. But what about those verses that follow it?

It was pressed upon my heart today to read and soak in some more of God’s goodness in verses 12-13. I ended up reading the entire chapter to gain the whole perspective.  Once again, I found God’s word to be of peace, comfort, love, and true.  He never disappoints.

Take a look for yourself:

“Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:12-13

I like how The Message translation writes verse 13: “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”

Jeremiah 29:1 informs us that, “This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.”

Listen, you may not have King Nebuchadnezzar holding you captive right now in your life, but you may have something or someone else trying to keep you away from God’s goodness. You may even like the situation you are in.  But, boy oh boy does your Heavenly Father have some of His awesomeness waiting for you.

Don’t just dab your toes in the sea of seeking the Lord. No!  Jump in with all you have.  Even if you’re a little bit afraid leaving the security of dry ground.  Go for it!  Jump in The Living Water and allow Him to soak in.

Call out to Jesus, go to Him, pray to the Savior, and do this with ALL your heart. Get serious about finding God.  Like the Lord says in the Good Book, He’ll “make sure you won’t be disappointed.”

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

peace in him“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

When I read this I just felt His peace fall on me. A smile came across my face just being reminded that when I busy myself with life, my soul finds rest in God.  He is never shaken.  Our Savior is solid!

I just wanted to share these verses with you so that you too can be reminded of and feel God’s comfort.

That’s all…just something sweet and simple.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

There's just something about this picture that makes me smile.  We have no clue what the five of us were laughing about, but I sure know it's good for the soul.

There’s just something about this picture that makes me smile. We have no clue what the five of us were laughing about, but I sure know it’s good for the soul.

For some of you more seasoned citizens, allow me to teach you a couple of texting abbreviations you may or may not have seen.

I’m thinking that God was the originator of SMH (shake my head) and LOL (laugh out loud). Don’t you just know that He just “Shakes His Head” and “Laughs Out Loud” when we make our own plans?

Proverbs 19:20-21  says, “Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”  Yes, we sit and brainstorm options, dream, make grand plans, etc., and not that there is anything wrong with that. Believe me, Tim and I sit and dream and  solve the problems of the world, others, and ourselves every week in the comfy conversation setting of our backyard.  But, God has a phenomenal plan for each of us.  We just need to make sure “we” don’t manipulate circumstances so that things happen the way “we” want them to.

What we need to do is prepare wisely, seek His will, and watch Him unveil the beauty He has planned for us.

  • “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
  • “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11
  • The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
  • And so many more verse!

 

  • Is God SHisH and LOLing at you? Release yourself from so much pressure, and allow The Main Man to do His thing.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

Be white knuckled for God.

Be white knuckled for God.

Have you ever heard or wondered yourself, “Where did God go?” Well, I’ve search scripture and I just can’t find anywhere a time when God was the one who left. It was man who did the leaving.

In Deuteronomy 13:4 we read, “Serve only the Lord your God and fear Him alone. Obey His commands, listen to His voice, and cling to Him.”  I like the different versions that read at the end of the verse: hold fast to Him, never leave Him, and hold on to Him for dear life! Amen!  It is for you life, and it is dear to Him!

I remember a pastor saying one time that he often hears people say “Lord, be with me, or so-and-so, when ….” And the pastor’s response was, “There’s no need to ask God to be with you. He is always with you.”  (We need to be a little more specific when we pray.)  That has stopped me in mid-sentence at times when I find myself praying, “Lord, be with me…”  I’ve had to change my words to “Thank You, Lord, for being with me.  Guide me…Show me…”

In Deuteronomy 13:1-4 it is talking about those times when we will be tempted or asked to serve other gods.  That’s when God is testing us to see if we truly love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Be wise, and if it ain’t God, then it ain’t right. :)

So wherever you are and whatever you do, please remember that the Living Lord is always there with you. So make sure that you don’t walk away from Him.  Hold on to Him for dear life!  Get “white-knuckled” for God.

“He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6b

Click openbible.info for a plethora of scripture assuring you that He will never leave you.

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.