Five Minute Friday – Imagine

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People all over the world blogging on the same topic on the same day for just five minutes and linking up at Lisa Jo’s place. Today’s topic: Imagine.

Five Minute Friday

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“Mom, just 5 more minutes. I’m imaginarying.”

These are some of my favorite words ever. Walking into my sweet daughter’s room, seeing her laying on her bed, staring up at the ceiling. Wanting more time in her imagination.

I sometimes worry about her imagining too much. At least I used to. She pretends constantly. She loves to daydream on car rides. I worried that she would imagine too much and not like reality. I’m over it. Her imagination is a thing of beauty. It makes her world (and mine) so much more beautiful. She is going to do amazing things. And she is busy dreaming them up right now.

So many of us forget how to imagine and dream once we hit the “real world”.  We just plug away at our jobs and our lives, getting through the mundane. Working hard until we can take a break. Trudging.

What if we all imagined a little more? What if we imagined how joyful our lives could be and then worked toward that goal? What if we have big dreams and then try to make them our reality? What if we imagined ways to love on other people in need?

How much better would life be?

Imagine on, little girl. Forever.

 

STOP.


Gratituesday – The Little Things

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I’m thinking back over this 3 day weekend we just had. We didn’t do anything spectacular. Nothing truly out of the ordinary. But it was filled with such sweet moments.

Moments of creation. I have been making lots of necklaces for my etsy store. Each time I watch a new design come to life, it gives me joy. I want to wear all of these necklaces. (as does my little one!)

Moments of laughter. Sitting at the table after lunch with the family, laughing with my sister and mom. I love those moments. And I love that we live close enough to have them often.

Moments of working together. My daughter is really taking an interest in the jewelry I am making to sell on etsy. She wants to help me design, play with colors and yesterday, she even helped with the photo shoot. I have loved every age so far, but it’s really amazing to see her grow up and start helping with bigger things.

Moments of remembrance. We went together to the cemetery to lay flowers on my grandparents’ graves. My grandfather served in WWII and I want my daughter to understand the sacrifice of those who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Moments of love. Watching a movie. Snuggling before bed. Random hugs throughout the day. Stolen kisses that she wipes off immediately. Making pancakes for her in the morning.

So many little moments to treasure up.

 

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Five Minute Friday – View

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People all over the world blogging on the same topic on the same day for just five minutes and linking up at Lisa Jo’s place. Today’s topic: View.

Five Minute Friday

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On our vacation last year, we came upon a very old church up in the mountains. It was so beautiful. Worn white paint, ancient pews that had heard thousands of messages. Walls that have withstood the test of time.

The simple design carried through the building, the pews and the pulpit. 3 windows behind the pulpit let in soft light, giving such a peaceful feel. I just had to see what the view was like from up there. In the soft light and quiet sanctuary, I approached reverently, thinking of all the worship that happened in this place so long ago.

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Then I reached the other side of the pulpit. And I saw the handwritten prayers left by visitors before me. Thanking God for His blessings, praying for struggles, memories of loved ones who died. Then I saw the note written by a grieving mom, asking God to help them survive the loss of their daughter. And the note below it, of another visitor who prayed for them.

I expected to find a quiet mountain church. A historical building. I didn’t expect to find such beauty as being able to witness people’s prayers and reaching out to God.

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Nothing is Wasted

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Nothing.

The hardest things that we go through, or our everyday moments of joy and struggle. None of it is wasted. God is using it to make us into who He created us to be. Or He is using it to reach others and draw them to Him.

We had a baptism service at church last Sunday. Kids from 4th grade through high school were baptized. About 20 of them. The moment of baptism never fails to move me and hearing their stories of faith is amazing. This Sunday one girl’s story took my breath away.

Last year, a 32-year-old, otherwise healthy man in our church suddenly got very sick and died within a couple of months. He was married and had 3 young children. I didn’t know them personally. But it was tragic and devastating to so many. I remember sitting in church when the pastor told us the man had died. I remember thinking, Lord, you can use even this for good, but my human eyes sure can’t see how. I remember asking Him to not let it be wasted.

I seem to ask that a lot when faced with tragedy. Lord, please make some good come from this. Please be glorified and made known through this. Please use this to draw people to yourself.

Fast forward to Sunday night. Two teenage sisters were baptized. One had started going to church with her mom and the other had refused. Didn’t want anything to do with church. Couldn’t understand why her mom and sister would go, but was immovable in her position.

Until this man died. It ends up that she and her family were friends with the family from our church. After the husband died, this girl decided to go to church with his wife, so she wouldn’t have to go alone. And she kept coming. And over the months, she grew to understand Christ and His love for her and she accepted Him as her personal savior. Now she is a light shining for Him, leading others in their Christian walks.

We don’t often get to see our prayers answered like that. I don’t usually know what good God has brought from a certain tragedy. I just pray and trust Him to do it. Sitting there in church, watching the answer to my prayer (and probably that of many others) was remarkable. I want to hold on to that moment. When I pray and can’t see the answer and don’t know how God is working, I want to remember that moment that He let me glimpse His majesty and power.

He really does work all things for our good and His glory.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28


Gratituesday – One Small Step

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God has placed something big in my heart. And He won’t let it go. It seems insurmountable to me and on my own, I am sure it is. But I am not on my own. If God asks us to do something, He makes it possible. Sometimes I think He is just waiting for us to say yes, and once we do, look out! He puts the wheels in motion and overcomes every obstacle.

I think again about the loaves and the fish that fed the 5000. He didn’t NEED His disciples to help. He could have just done it on His own. Food could have appeared in front of every person there. But it was important to have His disciples involved. Just like it’s important to have us be a part of His plan today.

So I take one small step. And then another. I tell Him I will follow, again. I am so glad He doesn’t walk away each time I start to wonder. Each time I take back the HUGE task of making things happen. It’s just my job to obey. To say yes, and follow through.

I am so glad He knows me and loves me and understands that each step is an act of faith and following.

 

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Together in Prayer

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Last Sunday at church, we had an impromptu prayer meeting. A wonderful lady in our group has cancer and is undergoing a stem cell transplant in 2 weeks. She was struggling that day, afraid and discouraged. So our wonderful teacher decided to have a ladies prayer meeting during our normal Bible study time.

And there is just something about joining together in prayer. Gathering around someone we love who desperately needs to feel God’s presence. Each lady praying for her fears or financial provision for the procedure or for strength and peace for her husband. Listening to her worries and then taking them to the Father. The one who can actually do something about them.

Our leader said we “stormed heaven’s doors in prayer”. And that’s exactly what it felt like. We joined together and went boldly before the throne of our God. We asked for His will to be done. We asked that our friend surviving and being healed could be part of His plan. We asked that the doctors and all who come in contact with her during this ordeal will see God in her. She just radiates His Love. We asked for strength that she will be able to continuing doing so.

I know God meets with us when we pray by ourselves. I know in His word He tells us to go away by ourselves and pray, not for the attention of anyone. He also tells us that where 2 or more are gathered, He is there. He was there on Sunday. He was listening. Now we trust in His sovereignty and love.

 


You are His

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Life is hard. No doubt. Wave after wave can come over us, until we think it’s going to take us under. But it won’t. I promise you can do this. You can do anything when you depend on God to give you strength.

I went to talk to my pastor a couple of weeks before my husband left. I was distraught. I had tried everything to save my marriage, to turn my husband’s heart back to me. It didn’t work. I was shaking and crying and didn’t know how I was going to survive. My pastor gave me these verses (and he read them to me with MY name inserted for Jacob and Israel)…

But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.”  Isaiah 43:1-2

And they didn’t. The waters didn’t sweep over me. The flames did not set me ablaze. God, who was always with me, showed up in such a big way I can hardly stand it. He showed up and carried me through the dark days. Carried me through the scary days. Carried me through the uncertainty. And out the other side. Trust me, nothing is perfect. We will be dealing with the aftereffects of this for many years. But God has grown such deep trust and peace in me. Even when I don’t like the outcome, I trust Him to use it for His glory and our good.

So hang in there. Whatever you are going through, God knows it. He knows it better than we do and He is aching with you. But He is allowing it to bring about His greater purpose for your life and for the world. Just lean into His love and keep walking.


Faithful Provision

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“Indeed, God knows every detail of our lives, and when we step out in faith to follow Him, He will show us that our greatest security is not found in the comforts we can manufacture in this world but in the faithful provision of the only one who knows our needs and the only one who is able to meet our needs in every way.”   David Platt, Radical

So what if we trust. What if we as Christians, step out in faith and trust in God’s provision. What if we do what He is calling us to do, knowing that the one who is calling us is the one who will provide. In my humanity, I want to do it on my own. To somehow show God that I love Him by following Him, but not asking Him to help. I want to show Him how capable I am.

And as I admit that in writing, it’s actually laughable. That I want to prove something to God? Seriously? He’s God. The Great I Am. He knows every bit of me. He knows how He created me. He knows my weaknesses and the gifts He has chosen to place in me. There is nothing I can prove to Him and nothing I need to prove to Him.

I just need to trust Him. I need to be willing to follow. I need to do my part and work towards what He wants me to do. But He will have to do the rest. He controls the planets and guides the stars and tells the seas where to stop. My daily needs? Yeah, I’m pretty sure He’s got that covered.