Do you remember this little superstition from childhood? Maybe it has carried over into our adulthood? Maybe we need to take a moment to reflect and ask ourselves if we are still putting our stock in these old wives’ tales or an all-powerful God?
We can choose every day to put our trust in a loving God who can bring us joy through any circumstance. We can face any trial that comes our way through the day.
The definition of the word luck, according to the dictionary, is a success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than one’s own actions. But if you search for the word luck in the Bible, you won’t find it.
We don’t need luck- we need Jesus. We need to let our actions reflect our love for Him and trust Him with our day. We’ll have much better odds than by taking a chance on a penny.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
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Bold without shame. This word has served me well this year. As I reflect on the year, I realize God gave me this word for a good reason. I have had to overcome many fears, doubt and worry about what others would think of me, to enter into a place of peace, trust and joy as He blessed me to share my story with others in such a way that shines the light on Christ and what He did for me.
I heard this saying a few years ago and it stuck out to me. “Not to impress you, but to press upon you” That is my goal every time I write a message, post my blog, stand before a group of people and share my ugly past as a way to glorify God for where I am today. Don’t look to me, look to the Masterful Creator of all things.
Is the enemy spoon feeding you lies? Don’t digest it. Spit it out. I would encourage you to let God’s word sink deep down into your heart. Let this be the year you believe in a greater purpose for your life. If God can use someone has broken as me, He can use you too.
God uses my weaknesses and gives me the strength to be obedient to what He is calling me to do. Nothing is impossible with God. We can rely on Him and trust Him with the outcome. It is easy to say, ‘I can’t’ but we aren’t to live that kind of life when it is God calling us out to do His work By ourselves we can’t but with Him we can make the next step putting our faith in the One who is asking us to.
I hope you will ask God what word He wants you to focus on in the upcoming year, pray about it and focus on it in the light of His redeeming love. Take the next step on the journey to Christ and live a life of adventure with Him by your side. You won’t regret it. Put the enemy behind you and boldly go where Christ is leading.
John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. John 1:8
when others don’t know what we are going through, a dog is always there to
comfort us. They listen and seem to understand when no one else does. They are
known for their faithfulness, loyalty, obedience and are anxious to serve.
the grand design of things, I believe God must have created dogs for human
companionship and they seem to show up in our lives when we need them most. We
can mask our feelings to others, but not to our dogs. They sense when something
is wrong and offer a loving nudge with the nose and are always willing to
snuggle, well almost always.
my son was going through a rough period in his life, he decided to get a dog to
keep him company. It wasn’t long that I started to notice how much the dog resembled
the same behaviors as my son. Either he got the perfect dog – personality wise
or the dog adapted to her owner.
he has grown, and his anxieties improved- likewise she has come out of a lot of
her own nervousness. Granted when they moved in with me and I started sharing
caretaking duties, she began to adapt to my personality at least partially.
I know is that she came into his life when he needed her most. They have been
good for each other. She is so smart, loving and gentle with everyone. What a
sweetheart and delight to have around.
my sister adopted a little dog at a time in her life when they were both
looking for their way in a sense. Abundance, “Bundy” for short, was full of
energy and a free spirit at heart. She did not want to be restrained to any
limitations- not even the 140-acre farm in which she had free range, most of
the time. She would still get a wild hair and take off up the road to ‘visit’
the neighbors or maybe just see the world. Could be that she just went to say
she went because she could. People often reported seeing her in the road, on
her hind legs, begging with her little front paws in the air. What a sight. She
was one adorable little doggie.
this time, my sister travelled regularly, (like a free spirit) and had a sense
of freedom that she hadn’t experienced in a while. When she would go on trips,
if I wasn’t tagging along, I would keep Bundy for her at my house in the
suburbs. I walked her on a leash and kept her in the house with me.
was also at a time in my life where I was finding my own way and enjoyed her company.
I guess you could say she had two foster moms. I was trying to redefine who I
was as a person and believe I was allowed this time with her for a reason. She
showed me there is a different way other than following another person and
being controlled by them. She was certainly not doing either one of those.
As my sister began traveling more frequently and I was settling into my new life, we had the conversation about me taking her full time. I know she didn’t like the leash and the confinement of the suburbs as much as the farm where she had freedom to roam, but I hoped she would adapt and enjoy my company as much as I enjoyed hers.
we could make the transition, this little individualist made her way back up
the hill to the road and was hit by a car. My first thought was that if I had
taken her, she wouldn’t have been hit, but in my heart, I know she was doing
exactly what she wanted to do. She had served her purpose for more than one
person in her short life- and no telling how many others before us.
am grateful for the time I had with Bundy and for the lessons she taught me. I
know in my heart when and if I personally need another furry companion in my
life, God will provide it at just the right time.
now, I enjoy the long walks I share with my son and grand-dog, Alley.
I cried all morning, but wasn’t sure why. I took them to God in my quiet time of rest, seeking answers, finding peace again but still uncertain why I was crying. My heart just felt extra tender today.
Then as I finished I saw an alert on my phone telling me that my credit card had just been used in London to purchase train tickets. I was immediately able to block my card just before two other attempts, so there was only one charge that got through.
I was instructed to call my bank immediately, so I did. I hung up with a new sense of gratefulness for the quick response of my bank and being told I would not be responsible for the charge. In tears again, but I knew why this time, for God’s protection. So I thought it only fitting to post this poem God put on my heart a few weeks ago about how God can even redeem our tears. I hope you enjoy it. If you can relate, leave a comment, I would like to hear your experience of God’s beautiful redemption in your life.
A past filled with broken dreams
Hidden behind a mask of lies
A girl so naïve she thought she was loved
Her only tears filled with fear
By the grace of God she escaped his grasp
With a jaded view and a shattered heart
Her tears redeemed by scars and love
You may see her cry but she’s not sad
If she could save her tears and bottle them up
Dose by dose she would prescribe them to the world
at my phone to determine the weather isn’t always accurate. I realized this
recently when I checked my phone and saw that it said it was 57 degrees only to
find a different story when I headed out the door to a chilly 30 something.
another day, it was not supposed to rain, at all, according to my phone. But
when I got outside, the pavement was wet, and a drizzling mist was falling from
the sky. This didn’t deter me from running but I thought in that moment that we
can’t always predict what the weather will be until we are in it. We can be
prepared for it and head back in to change or add layers as needed when
presented with the day. In other words, we can take the appropriate action
based on the situation as it is presented.
believe the same goes for taking each day as it comes to us and knowing God
will equip us with what we need to handle any situation that arises. If we are
listening, and ready to respond with courage, trusting and being obedient, we
don’t have to worry about being where God wants us. He will lead us to the
mission He has for us when His timing is right.
sometimes want to rush the process or go out on our own to figure out how to
get the end results we want now instead of waiting. But we can trust God and
know that waiting on Him is part of the plan most of the time and His timing is
perfect. He may still be preparing part of the mission or people we will need
to help us on our journey.
just need to be prepared and ready to move when He presents us with the
opportunity, without fear of missing it. We can rest assured He is always
working and is preparing the way before us.
can be prepared by having faith in the One who created us and chose us for the
mission. Sometimes our days don’t go as planned but we can trust in God’s plan
and enjoy the journey. Every day is an adventure when we are open to His opportunities.
Sometimes we just need a new perspective instead of getting upset about the
changes each day brings.
by morning He awakens me and opens my understanding to His will. Isaiah 50:4
that it is getting colder again, I had to remind myself how many layers I
really need as I head out the door for an early morning run.
first cold snap and I put on way too many. I overdressed due to the initial
shock of the temperatures as I had been accustomed to the warmer mornings. But
from experience I knew I would warm up quickly when I got moving and be too
hot. I allowed my feelings in the moment decide for me and influence my
decision instead of going off experience and knowledge of the truth.
is so easy to do in other situations of our lives as well. We take how we are
feeling the moment and make a rash decision rather than looking into our past
experiences to pull out a well-thought out decision.
sometimes block out all awareness of Christ and go through life to the beat of
our own song. That is when we miss a lot of blessings. Bitterness destroys
lives, marriages and relationships.
and resentment from bad choices can weigh on us and we start to allow it to
define us and our self-worth takes a nose dive off the deep end. We sink like a
rock. That’s where Jesus comes in and throws us a life-line.
am learning to hit pause on my decision making until I have consulted God. I
have found Him to be a helpful and necessary consultant. This practice has
saved me from many bad decisions or ones that are made from feelings, in the
moment, rather than being based on His truth and knowledge from lessons
learned. If we look to Him before charging out on our own it can save us from
some major catastrophes in our life.
to hit pause before I speak is also something I have had to learn over time. It
has kept me from blurting out something I would regret later. A simple, silent
prayer or whisper, “Help me Holy Spirit” helps me hold my tongue in certain
situations and respond appropriately.
are still times that I mess up, make mistakes and don’t know how to be honest
and direct in my communications. Usually because I don’t want to hurt someone’s
feelings. God is still working on me. He gives me insight on how to respond the
next time and courage to be honest and properly communicate what I mean.
is always the best policy. That doesn’t mean I have to be mean or rude. It
simply means I can say what I mean in a kind, gentle way. I need to be direct
in my communications, so others are clear about my stance. Not being clear has
gotten me in trouble in the past. Not being able to say no is something I dealt
with that I don’t want to continue. Being firm is sometimes necessary in
certain situations. Boundaries are healthy and necessary.
themselves have always been a struggle in my life. It was always easier to just
allow others to make them for me and not stand up for myself. (This is how I
became a co-dependent, people-pleaser) I grew up in a family that didn’t
communicate what they were really thinking. Trying to decide where to eat became a major
decision every time and resulted in us not being able to make any of the
important decisions in our lives. That carried over into adulthood for most of
my life. But God, is showing me how to make healthy choices and decisions that
have changed my life and ultimately lead me to Christ.
saved me from my bad choices and tells me that is not who I am. When our
self-worth is found in Christ alone we can get our head out of the water and
see the light again.
only one I need to please is God. That makes all my decisions clearer by asking
what God wants for me, based on His truth and the knowledge He gives me.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart, do not
depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show
you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.” Proverbs
An honest answer
is like a kiss of friendship. Proverbs 24:26
in the mornings as most of you know I can be found circling my block. Running
is my jam. It gives me the energy to get through my day and I use the time to
pray, process and be thankful.
I see a family waiting for the wheels bus to pick up a couple of people, on the
other side of the block. One of which is in a wheelchair. I think she is new to
the household as I don’t remember seeing her until recently. My neighbor is a
caregiver for the mentally challenged. What a sweet blessing.
girl was very friendly and speaks to me each time I pass by. The first couple
of times were a simple, “Hi.” The third
time was, “Hi again!” Always in high spirits. This particular morning the bus
must have been running late as she was still there on my fourth round, when I
heard, “I love you!”
how sweet is that?! She barely knows me, yet she loves me. Isn’t this how we
are all supposed to be? I believe that is what God meant when he instructed us
to love our neighbor. We should all be so kind with unconditional love of our neighbor.
Even when we don’t know them. (And sometimes even more if we do.)
knows everything about us, yet He loves us anyway. What a miraculous blessing
to have a good Father who sees us through the lens of love with unmeasurable
grace. Let’s share that kind of love and grace with others, especially our