Going The Wrong Way

I just watched a video where a mom was ranting about her kids always telling her she’s going the wrong way or always wanting to tell her what she should be doing and how to do it. The mom is frustrated because she knows what she is doing and is wiser than they, but they won’t listen or just enjoy the ride.

Does that sound anything like the way we treat God sometimes? We want to tell Him how we think things should be. We want to let Him know how He is messing up as if we are wiser than He is.

It should be the other way around. We should be praying to God asking what He thinks the best move is. He is all knowing. He knows exactly how things should go.

We can sit back and enjoy the ride and not worry about the destination, if we would let God be God and follow His lead. Just like the kids in the video. They could sit back and enjoy, if they weren’t telling mom how to drive and where to go.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Romans 11:33 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.11.33.NIV

The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.
Proverbs 16:4 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.16.4.NIV

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord ’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.19.21.NIV

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7‭-‬8 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.3.7-8.NIV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.10.10.NIV

God Is My Happy Place #2

The first prompt from the book “God Is My Happy Place” is:

“When do you feel the happiest?”

The first things that pop into my mind are:

When I don’t have to perform for people to like me.

When I’m being myself and that’s ok.

When I’m with my husband.

When I’m alone with God and experiencing His peace.

When I’m not worried.

When im doing things I enjoy, such as cooking, coloring, reading, etc.

When I am cognizant of who I am in Christ.

These are just a few things that I could think of, but ultimately happiness is a choice. I choose to be happy. I can choose to be happy even when doing something I don’t enjoy. Maybe I decide to do something with my husband of his choosing, but I’m not really fond of doing that. I can still choose to be happy and allow him to enjoy himself.

The opposite is also true. I choose to be miserable by dwelling on the negative. Dwelling on the negative can also cause me not to enjoy things that I normally enjoy doing.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/php.4.8.NIV

God Is My Happy Place #1

I’m so excited to start journaling from the writing prompts in this book that I found. So I decided I would start tonight. I was going to start with the first writing prompt in the book, but i kept coming back to the intro page, every time i started to write. So i backed up a bit and i am starting off with the short intro.

The book starts off with this introduction page.

What I focus on determines where I will go. If I focus on all the negative or the “what ifs,” then I will stay stuck in my fears. But if I choose to focus on what God is doing in my life and the positive possibilities, then I will begin to get unstuck. I will continue until I am completely unstuck.

I know I am blessed. God has blessed me greatly in this life. Some who know my past may wonder how I can say that, but my past doesn’t own me. God does. I am His and I no longer dwell in my past. He defines who I am. What He says matters.

He tells me that He has a plan for me. Jeremiah 29:11

He created me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13

I am God’s child. Galatians 4:7

Jesus died for me. John 3:16

He is preparing a place for me in heaven. John 14:2

And these are only a few. I choose to focus on what God says about me.

Thank you, Lord for all the blessings you have brought into my life. You have blessed me so abundantly. There are always blessings around every corner. Thank you for your presence in my life. You give my life meaning. Amen.

Birthday Celebration

This past week I had a birthday. I turned 43. Yes 43. I know most people don’t like to divulge their age, but to me it shows how many years God has brought me through. Thank you, Lord for all you have done!

These past few days have been a great celebration. Thank you everyone who took part, whether it was a birthday wish, a gift, or spending time with me. I appreciate it all.

Starting on the day of my birthday. I arrived at work to find that my coworkers had decorated my cubicle. They brought me muffins and lemonade. Some had gifts. Two of them even sang to me.

Many birthday greetings on Facebook, as well.

Then I started off the weekend with Awaken, our women’s brunch and Bible study at church. I enjoyed it so much. All the ladies are so kind and loving.

After that, I came home and I went shopping with my husband and had Chick-fil-A for dinner.

This morning we went to church. We had such a great time in God’s house.

Then went to lunch at St. Francis restaurant in Phoenix, AZ. It is our 25th restaurant from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Yummy food & live music.

Then a little more shopping. I found a book, with writing prompts that I plan on using throughout the year on my blog. I look forward to writing about each one.

Then relaxation at home. Tomorrow is Monday. So rest is needed in order to be productive.

God bless! I hope each of you has a blessed week!

Inside Out

A friend of mine bought me a coloring calendar. A new page to color for every month. Coloring is one of my hobbies. I even went out and bought gel pens for this one, since it was glossy paper. I usually use colored pencils, but those don’t really show up on glossy paper.

Anyway, as I was coloring, I felt like God was showing me something.

When I color, I start in one spot and work out from there. In this one I started in the middle and am working my way out. As I was doing that, I felt like God was saying that He works on me that way. He starts on the inside and works His way out.

Sometimes He is working on small things & sometimes big things, but they are all important to my growth. Sometimes one thing must be dealt with before something else can be dealt with. God knows how to work on me. He made me.

Sometimes things take longer than I think it should. In the picture I’m coloring, I’m only getting a little done at a time. I was thinking it would go quicker. The gel pens seem to take a little longer than colored pencils. But it’s also a big picture to tackle.

When God works on my life, which He is always doing, it’s not something that gets fixed over night. A lot of issues that I deal with, at least, took a while to become that way and they will take a while to recover or heal from.

I don’t usually show my work before it is finished, but i believe it is a good illustration of a work in progress.

I am not a finished product & won’t be until I reach heaven. He is working in me to perfect me. As you see in the picture, there are lots of places to color in. Some spaces are bigger/smaller than others. It will take some time. When I am finished it will be ready to display on the wall. But until then it is one step, color, or box at a time.

Much like my life. I must take one step, day, hour, or minute at a time.

I am God’s masterpiece. When I am finished, I will be ready to be in God’s physical presence.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.2.10.NIV

Also, the following song came to mind. I pray it is a blessing to someone.

Even in the Mess

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
1 Peter 2:23 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.2.23.NIV

This verse really stuck out to me and it has stayed with me the past few days. It’s talking about how Jesus, with all that was happening to Him, through all the beating sand the crucifixion, didn’t take revenge or threaten anyone. He put Himself in God’s hands.

If I am to be Christlike, then I need to trust God with my life & put my life in His hands. The battle is His anyway.

Even when things look like a mess, trusting God is the key.

It’s not easy. When I’m in the middle of a mess, all I can see sometimes is the disaster instead of the One who is bigger than the disaster. I start relying on myself instead of Him.

Each and every time that I realize I’m trying to rely on myself, I need to entrust myself and my issues to Him and allow Him to work, even if it seems scary to give up control. He knows what He is doing.

Life & Death

Speaking life.
Not death.

Harsh words don’t help.
Kind & uplifting words build up.

Encougement brings change.
Tearing others down brings resistance.

Hate breeds more hate.
Love breeds more love.

Stay in the world of love.
Avoid the world of hate.

Stop imitating evil.
IMITATE CHRIST

A Blessed Weekend

Last weekend God blessed us with an amazing weekend. I wanted to share it with you.

Another note before I get started. I am not being paid to mention anything that I am writing about. We truly had a great time.

It really got started when I arrived home on Friday. On our porch was the Tupperware that was ordered a couple of weeks ago. There was even more than I expected. We had earned the pan for recruiting someone to the business (we are Tupperware consultants). But there was also the lunch bag that I had been wanting, which my husband had ordered without me knowing. He is so sweet to me.

I was so excited.

Then Saturday, we slept in. It was great to sleep in on a Saturday, since I hadn’t done so in a couple of weeks.

Then we ran a quick errand.

Lunch was had at one of our favorite places, Chick-fil-A. Where I had a chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and lemonade. We sat and talked for a while & planned our day. Sorry, no photos of this stop.

After that, we drove down to Queen Creek, AZ and visited the Queen Creek Olive Mill.

It is an amazing place. It smells like olive oil the whole time your there, which is such a wonderful smell.

We decided to take a tour. We bought our tickets. Then walked around a bit. Taking pictures, while waiting on the tour to start.

The tour taught us all about olives, olive trees, and olive oil production. It was about 45 minutes long.

Next we tried gelato made with olive oil. Yummy. Followed by shopping. Bought a few things. I got to taste test the olives before I bought them. So delicious.

Found some out of the ordinary things.

We had a great time.

On the way home, we stopped off in Glendale, AZ at La Piazza Al Forno. This is a restaurant that appeared on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. We decided a couple of years ago to try to go to all of them and we’re having a great time doing it. This is #24. There are around 1000 or so of these restaurants, so you may see more of them on here as time passes. You never know.

When we walked in, I could smell the same wonderful smell from the olive oil place. Our waitress was a sweet lady. They had Frank Sinatra playing.

We enjoyed some amazing food.

I would definitely recommend it.

We had such an amazing weekend. God has blessed us with each other & I was so grateful to get to spend time with my amazing husband.

Becoming Like Children

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:2‭-‬4 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.18.2-4.NIV

What does it mean to be like little children?

The message says it this way:

For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.
Matthew 18:2‭-‬5 MSG
https://bible.com/bible/97/mat.18.2-5.MSG

The part about starting over like children caught my eye. In our Christian walk, we have to start somewhere. God is asking us to become like children & start over.

When faced with a situation, children tend to ask parents what to do and trust what they are being told.

When I was a counselor, kids were not afraid to tell me what their parents had told them to do. They would say “mom/dad told me/said…” You may have even been told a similar statement by a child in your life.

Why are we so afraid to say what God says about something? Speaking Gods Word is just like that. We are saying what our Heavenly Parent says to do. We are trusting what He says.

When the world is telling us it should be one way, we need to say what God says and say it boldly like a child would.

Following what God says isn’t always easy, unless we become like children. Children want to please their parents. Most parents out there may beg to differ at times, but they do desire their parents approval.

If we seek after and desire God’s approval, we will find it easier to do what He says.

We will still be tempted, but it will become easier and easier to turn to God ,if we become like children. When a problem arises our first response will become prayer, seeing what the Bible says, and then doing what God is telling us to do.

The Bible is God’s Word & it shows us how God wants us to live.

Studying the Bible is part of our Christian walk. We have to know what it says in order to do what it says & we need to know what it says before situations arise.

I know I need to read it multiple times a day. Sometimes it’s little doses & once a day it is deeper study. But it all helps me live better.

Prayer is another key component. Talking with God & listening to what He says. Kids don’t know what their parents say unless they’re listening. So if we aren’t listening, how will we know what He says.

Communication

Difficult at times.

Saying things just right.

Don’t want hurt feelings.

Don’t want anger.

Don’t want to make things worse.

Do I say something.

Do I not.

Feeling awkward.

Feeling unsure.

Can I just hide?