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Not a typical Monday

What is so different about this Monday?

Well, some things are pretty routine.

I’ll water the garden and eat breakfast.

I’ll be praying and writing.

Yet, this week’s schedule will color all I do.

Because on Saturday our girl is getting married.

I’m very thankful to the Lord for this!

He has been so faithful to us.

He has guided us through all the preparation and here we stand on the brink with very little to do before set-up day.

Of course, we have to travel down and since “running home for…” is out of the question, I’m checking our packing again.

Sis helped me go through the decorations yesterday.

She’s the wedding coordinator and therefore it’s important she understands all the details.

I’ll be asking Anne and Jase to pack their things today.

It’s a shot day, and I’m praying.

Sometimes shots make me very tired.

We are expecting visitors today and tomorrow.

So, I’ll have to plan a few meals.

Throughout all these things, one thing is foremost on my heart.

It’s something God talked to me about at the beginning.

Enjoy the journey, don’t rush through just to get through.

I want to focus on praising the Lord no matter what.

Marriage is His blessing.

He  who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord .
Proverbs 18:22 NKJV

My heart’s desire is to be free from worry and stress during this.

To simply walk in peace and thanksgiving to God.

Because I know, He has all the details in His hand.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for everything You have already done. Thank You for walking with us each and every day. Lord, I don’t know what today holds, but I know I can rest in You throughout. Your will is perfect and although I have my own ideas and plans, I surrender them before You. Please help me to walk with You in all things and to be gracious, patient, and loving. Thank You for this journey. Thank You for Your love. Amen.

“Praise the Lord! Praise God”

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord !
Psalms 150:1‭-‬6 NKJV

There is never an end to the reasons to praise God.

If every word of praise was as numerous as every drop of water on Earth, it wouldn’t be enough to compare with His mighty works.

Mind can not comprehend the length of His goodness.

Yet, just a tiny peek into His creation brings forth such reason for praise.

Add to the wonders of creation the salvation of our souls through Jesus Christ.

It doesn’t require many words or fancy music.

True praise simply requires a humble and repentant heart.

Psalm 147:1 KJV — Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Praise God!

Psalm 143:10 KJV — Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for so many things. First, for creating us and second for saving us from sin. After that Lord, thank You for providing for us, thank You for grace, truth, scripture, and Your Holy Spirit, which comforts and guides. Lord Jesus, without You, we are blind, foolish, selfish, and lost. Please continue to guide, exhort, love, and save. Please, lead me into the land of uprightness. Thank You. Amen.

…the substance of things hoped for

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

I needed these words this morning.

For months I’ve been praying specifically for a circumstance.

Standing before the Lord in prayer on behalf of this need.

Yet, it has remained elusive.

This morning my faith was lacking as I again prayed for this circumstance.

The Lord graciously reminded me of all He has done and all He will do.

He walked me past the circumstance and reminded me of the truth.

No matter how this turns out, I can trust Him.

It’s embarrassing!

After all the faith and trust I can easily put into other areas, for some reason this circumstance has me tied in knots.

Why is my faith lacking here?

What has caused me to continually pull this out of “God’s hands” and worry over it?

Have I learned nothing?

No.

It’s just a different lesson.

A test I’ve never taken before.

Frankly, it’s good.

It shows me where my heart is and how I need to relinquish yet another part into the Father’s hands.

I didn’t even realize I was holding onto it until this circumstance.

-sigh-

What boundless patience my Lord has!

How incredible that He will care so much as to walk with me in this way!

How truly deserving He is of all praise and glory!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for showing me my heart’s condition concerning this. Thank You for Your patience with me as I have worried instead of trusted. Thank You for guiding me back to faith. No matter how this circumstance turns out, no matter what comes from it, I trust that it will be what is best. I know You understand so much more than I. Thank You for being so incredibly loving and for giving me another opportunity to grow in faith.

Patience

Often patience is fleeting.

At least I find it so.

I think I’m patient until something happens to show the truth, I’m not patient without Jesus.

On my own I’m interested in the “now”.

I want things done.

I want to see things happen.

I want…

But wait, isn’t it better to learn how to enjoy the process?

As we work on our yard, making it more able to build, I find I’m not as patient as I’d like to think.

Yesterday as I went to the doctor, I realized I’m not as patient with my body either.

I want to be well and healthy.

I want to do things without having to think about being careful.

I want…

But wait, I want to surrender.

God knows what is best.

God is guiding us.

God is providing and in reality this illness has been used by Him in amazing ways.

Maybe I need to work on being patient.

Patience is a gift from God.

Grace and long suffering are also gifts from God.

Which is more valuable, that I get my emidiate wants or that I walk in God’s will?

Isn’t it funny how a change in perspective can help one see where the true value is!

So, I’m looking for more of Jesus in my everything.

I’m thanking Him for the blessings of discomfort to teach me patience.

I really do want His gifts, for their value is far above any physical treasure.

Even if finding those gifts means walking through discomfort.

It is the blessing of God to see life’s stretching, uncomfortable, circumstances as ultimately

a gift

of

patience.

For this world is not our home…

John 14:3

On hold

Everything is ready.

The car is packed.

The bedroom is set up.

The details are all sorted.

But it’s all on hold till baby comes.

Which is a difficult place to walk.

How does one work at things when waiting?

It’s something I’m watching our adult-children walk through as they wait the arrival of their first born.

It’s also something I’m walking in.

I’m waiting for my body to go back to healthy.

I’m waiting for all the demolition and construction so we can find rest at home.

I’m waiting for God to move me back home.

Which should happen today!

Although we have learned that our house is not worth the money to fix and we must replace it with a new build.

My hubby and girls have been ripping out carpet, painting, and cleaning all with the intention of my being able to live at home again.

None of us want me to live separately any longer than necessary.

Infact in a few hours my husband should be here and we will go to church with Sis and Tim, then pack my things into the car and head home.

I’m looking forward to it.

And I’m thankful for all God had done while my life has been on hold.

Because no matter how long I have to wait, there are lessons even in the waiting.

Things like patience, grace, endurance, and selflessness can be honed while waiting.

God understands exactly what each step is for and He is guiding all the details of each moment.

I’m praying and preparing this morning.

And then I realize:

I’m actually not on hold.

I’m being held.

Mountains

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As the school year approaches the list of things that need to be completed seems to be mounded up like the white capped Rockies.

Worry has often been a mountain of its own that at times robs me of my sleep.

As I lay awake trying to decide what the priority of the following day should be I feel weak to be able to complete it all.

Last night was one of those where I was awake often and finding myself worried over the coming list of the weeks ahead.

The funny thing about it was the Lord had already given me the opportunity to climb the mountain of worry through the Bible passage I read before bed.

“Then as he (Elijah) lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, ‘Arise and eat.’ Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, ‘Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.’ So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.”
1 Kings 19: 6-8

As I lay awake the Lord reminded me that He is the source of my strength.

I need not be worried about the tasks that are ahead of me.

Instead, my time was better used by praising Him for His faithfulness and praying for guidance for myself as well as others.

Although getting up this morning was a little more difficult than normal I was able to spend the first moments in prayer.

I hope the next time you are facing a mountain you will find your strength in the Lord.

For just like Elijah, going on in God’s strength is the best way to climb the mountain.