Tag Archive | Religion and Spirituality

God is Amazing – weird – but amazing. :)


Isn’t God so cool?  He works in such weird ways – but when we see the end result – it’s so cool! The coolest part is this; what we think is the end result might just be the beginning!

About 6 weeks ago I lost a job I held for nearly 7 years. At the time it just didn’t make sense.  I was hurt because I felt like I had no value.  I was scared because I had lost my income and our insurance coverage. When I called my husband, I expected him to sound disappointed in me.  He didn’t.  He just spoke softly and said we would talk when he got home.  When he got home – he just hugged me. Blessing number 1 – being reminded what an amazing man God gave me to share my life with.

Then I called my parents.  I expected disappointment from them too. There wasn’t any.  Just words of encouragement and empathy. Blessing number 2 – being reminded what wonderful people raised me and how blessed I am that they are still in my life.  The blessings just started snowballing.

Over the last 6 weeks I have applied for nearly 20 jobs.  I have never had such a difficult time finding work.  I have had several interviews, but for whatever reason, no offers.  God has used this time to show me how prevalent He is in my life.  I have had time to rest.  I have had opportunities to earn little bits of income here and there. These little bits of income have been just what we needed. I have had time to start my blogs, which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time. The best part…..we have extra money.  How does that happen?  Our income is nearly $1000 less than it was, yet we have more than we need.  I am happier than I have been in a long time, and my friends and family have made the same observation.

How DOES that happen?  The better question is WHY?  It’s because God promised us He would be faithful when we ask Him.  All He asks of us is to be faithful in return.  Admittedly, it’s not always easy being faithful.  When you don’t know where your next house payment is coming from, yet you still place that tithe check in the plate on Sunday morning…it’s really hard.  But He honors that.  Time and time again I have seen it. I have received checks in the mail for insurance dividends that I didn’t know existed.  I even was invited to participate in an interview on parenting and was paid $60 for that! sunset 001

God is truly amazing.  He has a sense of humor and can be a little weird.  But hey so can I! I guess maybe I’m more like Him than I thought.  My hope is to become more like Him everyday.

Friends – there is always ALWAYS a blessing to be found.  Just believe it’s there and you will find it. Philippians 1:6 says this; Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  

Cling to that promise.  He has so much more in store for us than we could ever imagine.  He is God afterall. 🙂

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When you hit rock bottom – remember Jesus IS the rock.

How to keep the faith…..


This is one the those days.  You know the ones.  You simply go through the motions.  You do what you have to do because life does not stop just because we do. And because God does feed the birds, put he does not place it in the nest for them; I will keep moving forward.  It will all make sense eventually right? God never said life would be easy, but He did say He would be with us every step of the way.

So Lord – I admit right where I am – on this platform seen by numbers unknown – I need you.  I need you to not only give me strength, but BE my strength.  Help me to keep remembering that you have never abandoned me, and you never will.

I may not know where our next house payment is coming from.  But You do – and I will trust you.praying_hands

Matthew 6: 25-34

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[?

 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Dear readers – when have you felt discouraged?  What have you done to maintain your faith?  Please share.

Bullying – Let’s take a stand for all the ones that can’t.


I am so sick of hearing about all the bullying going on in our society today.  It seems like every kid is bullied these days at some point in their young life.

This past weekend I read a story about a young boy that lost his life following a beating he received on the playground at his school.  You can read about it here; http://tiny.cc/3zohtw.

I heard a song today that I think every young person should hear and really take to heart.  Please take a listen and share it with anyone you know that could use a lift.  If we all work together – we can literally save lives.  http://tiny.cc/t4ohtw.

I plan to use this page to life up an encourage victims of bullying.  You will read testimonies from kids who have endured and become stronger through it.

Who do you know that we can help?

Ashley was bullied.  Ashley has cut, and she contemplated suicide.  She is a survivor. And you can be too.

Take some time to listen to this song by Brit Nicole

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=W7KL7WNX.

Take heart and know YOU are loved!

 

Relax – Pray – Breath


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I was having a conversation with a friend this morning about life.  It’s challenges.  It’s frustrations. As Christians especially, we so want to know that we know that we know that we are where God wants us to be. At times it is so overwhelming to think about. We want so badly to please Him.

When we are looking for God’s leading in our lives, so often we want to see the big picture.  Not only do we want Him to reveal what we need to do at this very moment; we also think we need to know where that will lead us to. We want what we see when we buy a puzzle and dump all 500 pieces out on the table. We have a picture of the finished product. We know  as we fit the pieces together, exactly what it is supposed to look like.

What if that puzzle turned out completely different from the picture we see? Not only different, but so much more beautiful! For one thing – it would be much harder to put together wouldn’t it? It would take more time and patience to make the pieces fit. We would probably get confused and very frustrated. We would probably need to take a few time outs from the project to clear our mind. But eventually we would come back to it. And eventually we would figure it out.

Life is the same way.  We can have moments of clarity where we can put pieces together. But then when the pieces don’t fit, we want to give up.  We can’t do that. We just need to walk away, relax, pray, breath, and press on.  The end result will surely be far beyond any picture we could create in our simple minds.

Don’t try so hard to see it.  Just keep moving ahead and aiming to please Him. As long as we are doing that, we are exactly where we need to be.

I PRESS ON TOWARD THE GOAL TO WIN THE PRIZE FOR WHICH GOD HAS CALLED ME HEAVENWARD IN CHRIST JESUS. ~PHILIPPIANS 3:14. 

 

Yours, O LORD, …


His love endures.....

His love endures…..

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.~~1 Chronicles 29:11

Did you notice the word “everything” in the above quote?  That means everything. Our home, our car, our pets, our lives.

A few years back my husband and I were having some financial struggles.  Amidst all of it, our furnace stopped working. In the middle of winter.  In the middle of the coldest week of that winter. In the middle of a Sunday when even if we could afford the repairs, there was no one to call.

Instead of panicking, we looked at each other and had the same thought.  It’s not OUR furnace anyways.  Then we looked up and said “Hey God!  Fix your furnace would you!”

We left it at that and headed out to what happened to be a bible study on managing your finances in a biblical way.  We were gone about 3 hours.  Not once did we think about our ailing furnace.

It wasn’t until later that evening when we had been home several hours that it occurred to us.  The furnace was running!  It had been running since we got home and we didn’t even realize it.

Why are we so surprised when God comes through for us?  He never lets us down.  Yet we are always so amazed when He shows us His faithfulness.

In the coming week, ask God to take care of that rattle in His car or that leaky faucet.  Have faith!  He will come through for you.  It might be a sudden fix, or maybe it will be a financial solution to help you afford repairs; But He is faithful to the end.

Take some time to listen to this song and give it all to Him.

God is Alive and well – how much proof do you need?


Ya know – so many of us allow questions to take over our thoughts.  We ask “What if God is nothing more than a bronze statue?” “Why does God allow bad things to happen?” “Where is God when innocent children are shot and killed?”  We also question our own faith….faith we have been taught since childhood.

Here’s the thing – I don’t have the answers.  I am as broken and confused as anyone else.  I am nothing but a beautiful mess trying to navigate my way through life.  Most of the time I can’t even see where I am going – but I go anyways; because time has a way of going by whether we want it to or not.  

Here is just something to think about….music.  Christianity – having a relationship with a living God – is the only belief system wherein there is an entire industry of music.  Christian artists range anywhere from hard metal to instrumental.  There is something for everyone.  How and why would such a large industry exist if there was not a living God pouring His spirit over it?

Sure there are songs about buddha  and various gods, but Christian music is huge.  I would even venture to say that if you were to listen to it for a week, you would notice a positive change in your outlook.

We are fortunate to have 2 local christian radio stations.  WBCL in Fort Wayne, Indiana and YES FM in Toledo, Ohio.  Both of them can be heard online around the world.

So there you go – just another thought to pass along to you on this wintery Valentines Day.  If you are feeling alone – know that Jesus has His arms open and waiting just for you.  Find some christian music online – if you listen close – you will hear Him talking right to you – right where you are – wherever you are.  He is there.Image