God Is My Happy Place #7

The next writing prompt from the book “God Is My Happy Place” is the following verse:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jer.29.11.NIV

This is a fitting verse to start the year with.

God has a purpose for me this year. I believe it will be a year of growth. There will be change. I don’t know what that will look like, but I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.

According to this verse, He has a plan to give me hope and a future. Plans to prosper me and not to harm me. There is a blessed future for me.

Thank you, Lord for having plans for me. Thank you for preparing the way for me. You are more than amazing. I thank you for your great love. Help me to follow the plan you have for me this year and always. Thank you for always being with me and helping me. Thank you for never giving up on me. Amen.

God Is My Happy Place #6

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

“We all have some really great moments, and those should be remembered. What was one of the greatest moments of your life?”

One of my favorite memories is of a time when we were in Louisiana visiting some of my husband’s family.

We took a day to spend together. Just me and my husband (Josh). We ate some amazing Italian food. We went to an art museum. We had a great time together. Simply enjoying each other’s company.

Some of my greatest memories are when we spend time together. I love to spend time with my husband. He is so fun to be around.

God has blessed me with some great experiences and some great people in my life.

Salvation and a relationship with Him are the greatest gifts God has ever given me. My husband is the next greatest gift/blessing in my life. Every day with Josh is a gift. I’m glad I get to live life with this man.

God is My Happy Place #5

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

“What is the best quality that you feel you exemplify. ”

This has been a hard one to think about. It has taken me some time to write this. Every time I typed something, I deleted it. I would think I’m pretty good at this or I’m this way, yet I could look at myself and think of all the times I didn’t exemplify those things. My own worst critic I suppose.

I am dependable and reliable. Or so I’ve been told by employers.

My husband considers me to be optimistic.

But to come up with it on my own is hard.

My best answer is, if I have any good qualities, it is because of God. He made me, so I know there must be good qualities. I usually have to ask others what they are though. I don’t see them myself.

God Is My Happy Place #4

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

“Life is too short to be busy all the time! If you could spend the day any way you wanted to, what would you do?”

Well, let’s see. I would not have an alarm set. I would simply wake up when I wanted to.

Then, i would read my Bible and maybe a biography after that, while drinking some hot cocoa.

Then I would cook some breakfast/lunch. You know depending on what time it was.

Then maybe I would play a Wii game with my husband. Just spending some quality time together playing Mario Party or something.

I might end the day with some coloring or writing.

Maybe going out for dinner. Or maybe ordering a pizza. Whatever sounds good to us.

Just a quiet day with no plans. No where that I have to be. No schedules. Just relaxation.

God Is My Happy Place #3

The next writing prompt from the book “God is My Happy Place” is:

“You are God’s greatest work of art, created for a wonderful purpose.”

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
EPHESIANS 2:10 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/eph.2.10.AMP

Today’s prompt reminded me of the above verse, which has two parts.

The first is that we are masterfully created. He has done such an outstanding job creating us. According to Genesis, we are made in His image.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/gen.1.27.NIV

He took care to create each part of us.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:13‭-‬14 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/psa.139.13-14.NIV

The second part is that we have a purpose. God made plans for us. He didn’t just create us to be creating. He had a purpose for us.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jer.29.11.NIV

Most people don’t create/design/make anything that doesn’t have a purpose. Even if that purpose is entertainment. So why would God not have a purpose for us, His creation, which He took such great care in creating?

On a side note, when I think about what God says about me, it helps me deal with depressive thinking. It helps me renew my mind.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.12.2.NIV

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.