Sunday, December 5, 2010

Time With Dad

I went Christmas shopping with my dad yesterday. It's a tradition. Every year we go and get gifts for my mom together and then we go out to eat. While spending time with dad I noticed that there are a lot of ways that being with Him reminded me of my heavenly Father. Now I am not trying to brag here but he happens to be one of the ways that I saw God this week. Let me explain...

Dad doesn't like to stick to the list of gift ideas mom gives him each year. He will always buy a few of her suggestions but he likes to surprise her by getting her something special that she didn't ask for. In fact he gets excited about it, it brings him joy. He even discusses where he is going to put it under the tree or if he will hide it somewhere around the house and send her on a hunt to find it. He also makes sure to pick out a special card for her each year that tells her how much he loves her.
But mom isn't the only one he makes feel special. He is sure to tell whoever we run across that this is our special thing we do every year at Christmas. He treats me to dinner and he always makes sure to ask me if everything is going well and do I need anything. And this year he must have mentioned at least three times that he is off from work the week after Christmas ... a strong and obvious hint at spending time with me and the grand kids.

So how did I see God this week in time spent with dad? I saw it in the joy he gets and the attention to detail he puts into giving good gifts to my mom. God does this too. He gives us gifts that go above and beyond what we could ever imagine and often provides for us beyond what we need. And I was reminded of how our Heavenly Father loves to spend time with us. And it made me wonder how many hints I had missed over the years, opportunities missed in doing that.
So this week I saw my Heavenly Father in some time spent with my earthly father. How about you? When was the last time you enjoyed time with your Heavenly Father?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Contentment

One more day until Thanksgiving... what are you thankful for?

These past couple of weeks I have seen God in the challenge of raising two little girls to be thankful and content with what they have in a world culture that says they have to have more. He has used them to point out areas in my own life in which I need to stop complaining about what isn't going well and reflect and take joy in what IS going well. My struggle is not with wanting more material things but it can often be with wanting more down time, more quiet, less housework, less obligations, etc. It's still discontent and if I don't deal with it, can lead to complaining and a lack of gratitude for what I do have. So I see God challenging me as we soon will go from Thanksgiving to Christmas to NOT get caught up in having more of anything but to be grateful for what HE has already given me. So I will start to do this today by listing some things that I am thankful for and I hope that you will share with me what you are thankful for so that we can encourage each other by counting our blessings.

I am thankful for: (In random order)
1. God's correction through my children.
2. My family because they see me at my worst and love me anyway.
3. A life changing sermon and the Pastor that dared to preach it. It continues to challenge me and bless me every single week that I sit in the pew next to someone I never thought I would be sitting with in church!
4. In no particular order my closest friends you know who you are and you are loved.
5. My husband and my two girls each one a miracle and one of them born on Thanksgiving 6yrs ago... an annual in the flesh reminder of God's answers to prayer!

How about you?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

God in His Way and in His Time...

It's been about two weeks since I last posted. I've been busy and I haven't been sure of what to write. It's been a difficult two weeks of trying to juggle being mom, cyber school, friends,and a Bible study. But it wasn't just being busy that kept me from writing. It was being uninspired, tired, and discouraged. I have been struggling with consistency in my prayer time because I have grown discouraged regarding some of the people I am praying for. But I am here typing away today because sometimes when we pray for so long we forget that God has His own way and His own timing in answering those prayers. Today I saw God in the beginning of HIS way and HIS timing in answering prayers.

Sometimes when we pray for people we are really only praying about what we see on the surface that needs help. Even when we think we know the root issue to pray for we can easily be wrong. But God sees the root issues all the time and those are the things that He is most concerned with. Those are the things that if taken care of by Him, will stop the problems that we see on the surface and have been praying about. So what I may perceive as a long wait for God to change some desperate circumstances in a person's life, is really not a wait at all because God is at work in the root issues all along. I just can't see it on the surface yet. So today I discovered some things on the surface that are beginning to look like answered prayers. They may not be the way I expected them to be in fact some of the ways these are being answered are very uncomfortable. But they are God's way of getting to the root issue and He doesn't do anything half way.

So for anyone who is where I have been recently with praying for others. Don't forget that sometimes God works in ways we cannot see and we don't have to see Him working in order to know that He's got it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

God at the Library...

A few days ago I took my girls to the local library for a home school book club. The goal was to find them friends nearby that share similar experiences, like homeschooling or cyber schooling because most of their friends live 20 minutes away. It's never an easy thing for me to bring myself to a social setting like this. Both the girls and I tend to be a little bit shy in new social settings. But nonetheless we went.

While the girls went to their separate activities I sat at a table with other parents just waiting. Some were talkative others just sat there, like me. As I sat there I watched people come in and out of the library and I noticed that there was a woman with a head scarf on headed right for me. She and her husband sat at the table with me and started asking me all kinds of questions about where I live and what kind of schooling I do, how many kids I have, and their ages. I really enjoyed talking to her but I couldn't get the head scarf out of my mind I figured she must be a Muslim.

So while we were talking I was having an inner conversation with God that went something like this: " I know I wanted friends for the girls but this may be more than I can handle. What do I do if we become friends? How do I share life with her when our beliefs are so different? You know YOU will eventually come up in conversation, how will that go?" Anyway, I enjoyed my time getting to know her a little bit. At the end of the day's activities we parted and I went home.

That night as I lay in bed I had the same questions racing through my mind so I asked God to show me what His thoughts were and went to sleep. I woke up the next day and found an email from a ministry I support. It was about Islam and it challenged me with John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that it might be saved through him." There was my answer. I saw God in the library this week and He challenged me to love a Muslim and be her friend in order to point her to him.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

God in one of THOSE weeks...

Have you ever been frustrated? Had a really bad week where the kids were acting up and you and your spouse weren't getting along? Maybe a number of people you know called you up to vent? Did you ever feel at the end of that week that you wish you couldn't hear? Your to do list got longer and the days got shorter? There wasn't enough chocolate in all of the United States to satisfy your need for it? Coffee didn't erase the tired? There was no small corner of the house to hide in to get alone time? I think we all have weeks like that where we just feel overwhelmed, exhausted, frustrated, and tired of it all! I had one of those this past week.

So what do you do when you have one of THOSE weeks???? If you are like me eventually you reach the point of NO MORE!!!! I arrived there Sunday morning as I sat on the end of my bed tired from doing too much, frustrated from seemingly unanswered prayer, and running low on compassion for others. You'll never guess who I met there at the point of NO MORE!!! I saw God. He was there ready to listen as I vented at first in a very angry and frustrated tone of voice with all of my "Why can't I get a minute to myself? Do I have an invisible sign on my forehead that says 'dump here'? How could You let this thing happen and why? How long do I have to pray for these people, it's killing me to watch them run away from you over and over again? And why on earth do You have me teaching a class on prayer this week, when I am now tired of praying?!!!!" Yup He was there listening. And it was so comforting just to have someone to talk to who understands me and has a purpose in those crazy difficult weeks we have.

So I want to encourage those of you who may be feeling some of the same things to talk to Him. Don't be afraid to be raw with Him, He can take it. Not all my questions were answered. For me I think I just needed to come to the end of myself and the beginning of remembering that I need Him in order to persist in prayer for others even when I see no progress. I needed to remember that without spending time with Him being filled up, I can't lovingly listen to others when they need to vent and I will end up wishing I couldn't hear. Spending time with Him beyond just morning devotions gives me a new perspective on the things of life and a renewed love for others. So please, if you are having one of THOSE weeks, or even one of THOSE days go spend time with Him and lay your burdens down.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

God in Not Judgeing Others...

Why do we humans, myself included at times, rush to judge each other? How many times do we pick up the newspaper, tabloid, or hear something someone says and make a final decision about someone based on that one piece of information? How many times do we close out someone in our lives or lable them because of something they have done, or because of something someone says they have done and after all, "Once a _____ always a ____! " You know how the saying goes.

But that saying is true of all of us. "Once a sinner always a sinner!" We will always need God's grace and forgiveness and there is no sin He cannot forgive. As a human I may view lying as worse than stealing. Or stealing as not nearly as bad as adultery or murder. But sin is sin in God's eyes. If I lie I am just as much a sinner as if I committed another sin that people think is worse. So what gives us the right to think we are better or we can stop being someone's friend because they did whatever it is they did that was so terrible? Instead shouldn't we show them Christ's love and extend to them the same grace and forgiveness that He did to us? Then maybe they would know Him too? As Christians, aren't we His representatives?

Okay, enough of my rant for now! I say all this because I am challenged by an example that my mother has set for me without realizing it. This week my mom has chosen to continue to believe the best about a person she knows instead of letting what others say get to her. She has chosen for the past 2 years continue to show God's love and grace to someone who other people have judged and gossiped about. And what I have come to realize about mom is that even if what is being said turns out to be true she will continue to show God's love and grace to that person. And this challenges me as her daughter to do the same with people I come across in life. Thank you mom for letting me see God in you this week and many times before!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

God in Bed Time...

Last week was the beginning of the school year in our home. Also known as the beginning of being very busy! My kids are cyber schooled out of our home. So I have the joy and sometimes the difficulty of being with them all day long. While other moms rejoiced at the bus stop to be kid free at the end of a long summer, I quietly began my school year with them at home somewhat dreading the restraints that a new fall structured schedule brings!

No more sleeping in and doing whatever fun activities we want to do for the day. No more swimming at the grandparents' pool. Now we have to be responsible! It's an adjustment for all of us. And this adjustment has made us all at times a little tired and cranky.

So this week I see God in bed time. Right now it is my favorite part of the day that He has created! Not because I don't enjoy my kids or hate cyber schooling. I like watching them learn and being a part of that. But what is so magical about bed time is the quiet and the sleep that it brings. It leaves me refreshed and ready to be with the kiddos the next day, doing everything all over again! So there it is, that's where I see God this week it's a little thing nothing earth shattering! But I am so glad to see Him there!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

God and Old Age...

Today I am working on seeing God in the time spent with my Grandma. She is 78 years old and the only Grandma I have living. She lives with my cousin who is away on vacation so I have Grandma watching duties this week. I agreed to look after Grandma several months ago. I thought it would be a good opportunity to enjoy quality time together. She is after all, no spring chicken! Who knows how many more opportunities we will have like this. It's been two and a half days now and here I sit trying desperately to have a good attitude and love her and enjoy her. I keep telling myself that someday I may be in her shoes in the hopes that it will help me to be more compassionate and patient!

She talks nonstop from the time she wakes up in the morning until bed at night. Most of it involves complaining or stories about relatives named "Fanny, Mary, and Irene". Grammy can barely get around, but so far she seems to want to shop every day! A normal trip to the store for me is only out of necessity. So you are probably wondering where I see God in this, or am I just using my blog to vent!

I see God in some valuable lessons learned by spending time with someone her age. I am being reminded to be patient, enjoy what I have, use what I have until wears out, and give what I have away because I can't take it with me when I die. Grammy is also a good reminder to keep your sense of humor. Yesterday we drove past a cemetary and Grammy with her Kentucky accent says, "Thar's where all the happy people are!" Perhaps her humor helps her with the trials of growing older and the thoughts that certainly cross her mind about how much time she has left!

I want to encourage whoever reads this to spend time with the older people you run across in life. Remember that they were once your age and that they still have value. Our society emphasizes on a regular basis the importance of youth. But the truth is the wisdom found in the elderly far outweighs the physical beauty of youth. Wisdom lasts beauty fades. And for those of you who are Grammy's age thank you for your love, wit, humor, wisdom, time, and determination.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's Been A While...

Hello to anyone who still actually reads my blog! I would be surprised if anyone still does anymore especially since it's been a few weeks since I posted anything. But just in case, here I am. So why has it been so long???

I have been so busy that haven't sat still long enough to reflect on how I see God in each day. Sad but true. It's not that I don't spend time with Him, I do every morning. It's just that I have been packing too much into each day leaving no room for reflection or enjoyment of living. I'm sure you know what I mean, we all do it. Our "to do" lists never end and we don't always know how to say "no" to people, sometimes we get in a very productive "let's get it done" mode. And if you are like me then it doesn't stop until God gets your attention or you get so worn out that you crash and burn!

A few nights ago we had a special friend over for dinner and it was so hot inside that we went out on the patio where there was a breeze. He is the kind of friend that you don't have awkward silence with and you don't feel like you have to make tons of noisy conversation. So we sat and enjoyed the breeze, the children playing, the quiet neighborhood. It was the first time in weeks that I sat still physically and mentally for any length of time. I saw God in the quiet this week. He reminded me to be still. How about you?

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Year Long Question Answered...

For the past year I have been asking God what loving a particular person in my life looks like. We all have those people in our lives that are not easy to show love too, it's not that we don't feel love for them. Sometimes it is a feeling sometimes it is a choice. I have been at the place where I have needed to deliberately choose to love and have been at a loss for what that looks like. Why? Because I had shown love to this person in the ways I knew best for over a decade now. But each time I did it was rejected in one way or another.

This week I saw God in an answer to my year long question of "God can you please show me what loving this person looks like?" The answer was to go where I didn't want to go, listen to what I didn't want to listen to, be in a physical environment that was uncomfortable, and keep my mouth shut or walk away when I wanted to retaliate. It wasn't easy. But it made for a peaceful week and a positive response from the person I needed to show love to.

God's grace was sufficient to see me through and I learned a valuable lesson in the process. The one word answer to my year long question posed to God was "sacrifice".

Sunday, June 27, 2010

God in the Middle of All Circumstances....

I haven't posted in a couple of weeks because life has been happening at a record pace and I have been trying to keep up with it. I also haven't posted because finding God in my every day has not been an easy task lately since He hasn't shown up in extremely obvious and happy or exciting circumstances. So I am left with the question do I only want to recognize Him as being there in the middle of the good times, the ordinary times, and the exciting times? Or am I willing to acknowledge that He is there in the confusing times, stressful times, bad times, and sad times?

These past few weeks have been a mix of good days with difficulties or sadnesses mixed in. And the places God has shown up the most have been in the difficulties. He may not have shown up in the way I would have liked Him to, but He was there and that's what mattered most.

I saw God at the park with a little boy who wanted to take a picture with his new camera of his friends so he could remember that day before he moves. I saw God's peace embrace a friend whose heart was in turmoil up until that moment when we prayed together. I saw God use a backed up septic pipe and a flooded basement to distract me from the dread of an upcoming trip, by allowing a huge mess that took all day to clean up and left me exhausted. I saw God use a cancer diagnosis of a loved one to remind me of how much I love that person,how much I take her for granted, and to remind me of the power of prayer. Last night I saw God in a Pastor's last church service before he moves on in obedience to God's call. I saw Him in the love that was there between the church and it's Pastor, reminding me and giving me an earthly example of Christ's love for the church. The places I have seen God have not been without tears. But I would rather know He is there than not.
How about you? Can you see Him even in the hard times? And can you appreciate that He's there even if He is allowing those hard times to happen?

For those of you reading this that are my friends please don't call and say your worried about me and ask how I am. I am fine. I just needed to be honest because we don't serve a God who only shows up in the ways we want Him to with blessings and no sadness. But it's in our most difficult times that we see just how strong and how loving our God is! And if I must have some sadness or difficulty in this life than I'd much rather have Him there with me than not!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thank God for Grandmas!

This week I saw God in my mom, also know as "Mimi" to my girls. I had called her a week or so ago and asked her to watch the girls for a few hours so that I could attend a meeting for our care team at church. As she does most of the time (unless she really can't) she said yes without hesitation. At the time I was simply grateful to be able to make my meeting and not worry about dragging the kids to it and hearing how bored they are!

Fast forward with me to the actual day of my meeting... you will see me running around like a nut trying to squeeze in grocery shopping, a game of go fish, some cleaning and in between breaking up my fighting girls. And BOY DID THEY EVER FIGHT!!!!!! So you can imagine how elated I was to see my mom pull into the driveway. She didn't realize it, because she was just here to play with the grand kids and help me out but even if I was at a meeting and not doing something fun, she provided some welcome quiet and relief from breaking up the kids arguments!

So while this post is nothing profound, it is simply the way I saw God this week. I saw God in a grandma who out of love and a servants heart came to watch her grand kids and ended up doing more than she thought. She gave a frazzled mommy a quiet ride to a church meeting with no fighting kids in the back seat! Hope you read this one mom, love you!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

God in the midst of Frustration...

I have to be honest, I didn't post last week because I was frustrated and discouraged and since this blog is supposed to serve the purpose of being a place of encouragement I wasn't sure how to express how I saw God in the middle of it all and be encouraging at the same time! I hope that now that I have had some time to reflect I can do that!

This past week I was frustrated with quite a few things; myself because I overbooked myself, my kids because they fought a lot, my husband's business, and most of all seeing the potential in people that I've lovingly invested in and then seeing them completely give up and give in to bad choices. This last frustration has had my attention for a few days. Thinking about it has saddened me and caused me to wonder if it's worth it anymore?

Have you ever prayed hard for someone or a family for a whole year, opened your home to them, taken whatever opportunity God gave you to love them well and point them toward Him? Seen them move in God's direction and seek Him for themselves? Watched family relationships begin to be restored? And then in one week see it all unravel as the person slips back into thinking they can do it on their own without God? I have and it breaks my heart to see the potential and have it gone. So where I saw God this week was in the question, are people worth the investment? It was as if He was asking me, would you do it again? I am ashamed to say I didn't answer yes right away. It took me a few days to wrap my mind around what He was asking me. But I sit here today and say yes because I did it out of obedience and love for God and He is always worth it!

People are worth the investment even if loving them well means getting hurt when you see them ruin their lives with bad decisions. Here's the thing, as I rewind the tape of my interactions with them I see many moments of being able to share God's love and even if they ultimately want nothing more to do with Him, at least they got a glimpse, a taste, of what could be. And I hope that maybe someday they will change their minds and remember that taste of what could be. Perhaps I was there to plant a seed or water one and may never see the harvest. I need to learn to be ok with that because it means that someone else hopefully will have the joy of helping with the harvest.

I don't know who needs to hear this today, but you know who you are. Continue to love others well and invest in them wherever God leads you and be content and thankful to serve Him this way even if you don't see the joy of the harvest. As it says in John 4:36-37 "Already he who reaps is receiving wages and it is gathering fruit for life eternal;so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps'".

How about you? Where have you seen God in your frustrations?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's Your Turn!

I thought that since I haven't heard from some of you in a while I would refrain from sharing and ask you to post this week! So how have you seen God in your days this week?

Monday, May 10, 2010

God In a Hand Made Card...

I know this is a bit early in the week for me to post, but this one is for all the moms out there. This one is for every mom who has ever just finished yelling horrible things at her kid and then prayed for forgiveness right after and asked God to please give her child amnesia so she won't remember how hurtful you were in your frustration. This one is for every mom who has ever asked herself over and over again, "Did I make the right decision?", "Is there an end in sight?", "Will I make it to see this kid grown without landing in the loony bin first?", and my personal favorite, often said while looking at the ceiling with both arms thrown up in the air, "So this is what YOU meant by being sanctified through child birth!!!!!!!!!" This is a story of hope and the power of God to change our child's heart when we consistently give up and go to Him.

I have two precious girls. Both have some of my good and bad traits. One of them has my strong will. Boy have we had arguments! Last year was an intense year for us. I had to learn how to fall on my face before God and ask for His wisdom. He and I had some very precious heart to hearts about my inability to raise this child without Him. One day He lead me to ask Him to show me how to pray for her. I was tired of Satan getting the upper hand in my responses to her, tired of arguing,tired of yelling in an out of control way and tearing down the very child I wanted to build up. He brought me to several specific verses in my Bible to pray for her and for me. I prayed them every day, and as I did both of our hearts began to change and they became a part of me and would come to mind right when I was ready to say something I shouldn't. Sure we still had our moments, and still do. But every day is no longer a never ending battle. My husband and I also made another big decision for her and that was to cyber school her at home. There have been so many times since that I worried as to whether we'd made the right choice for her... until Mother's Day.

On Mother's Day I received the most beautiful hand made card from her. In it she told me she was glad to be cyber schooled. Here are some of the phrases I want to share: "You listened to me when I needed to talk." "You talked to me when I needed to listen." "You let me grow and learn from my mistakes." The words she wrote answered so many questions I had and brought tears to my eyes because I remember well how many times I feared I would fail as a mother and fell on my face before God in desperation. I also know full well it's ALL because of God! So moms hang in there and thank God for the strong willed child he's given you, if you let Him He will teach you the most precious lessons through that child and show you His amazing power. Never underestimate the power you have as a mother when you are on your face praying for your child, it's God's power and it will transform you and your child in ways you never imagined!

I saw God this week in a hand made Mother's Day card from my beautiful daughter, it was a reminder of the power of prayer!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

God Met Me at Walmart...

Why is it that we greet each other with "Hi, how are you?" wherever we go? We do it at church, school, work, and whenever we bump into someone. Walmart greeters, church greeters, and cashiers ask us all the time how we are doing. And we usually respond "fine". Do they really want to know how we are, or is it a commonplace formality to ask? And if we answer them with the truth would they listen? Would they care? Would they wish they had never asked? And if you are like me then after you have answered with the usual "fine" you counter question with "How are you?", expecting to hear "fine" back! I find myself suddenly challenged with the question of whether or not I really want to know how people are doing when I ask them! Sure, I genuinely care when I am asking a friend or a family member, but what about the person in front of me at church during coffee hour? The cashier at the grocery store? The customer representative on the other end of the phone?

I saw God this week in Walmart of all places! He met me in the check out line when I in robotic response to the cashier asking me how I was, in turn asked her how she was! BUT she did not respond with fine, and I ashamedly admit that I was taken off guard and disappointed that she was honest in her answer.

If you are reading this blog you know me well enough to know that I absolutely HATE grocery shopping and so I am a strategic shopper. I organize my list by aisle and get in and out quickly. I am prone to hide if I see someone I know because I hate being held up in the grocery store. I have mastered weaving in and out of grocery aisles with my cart and 2 kids at a power walkers speed, all in the hopes of getting in and out quickly. So heaven forbid I end up in a checkout lane with a particularly chatty cashier, especially if the kids have been fighting in the store A LOT before check out!!!!!

Let me tell you, she was chatty! She was taking her time and talking a lot with the lady in front of me, as my kids fought with each other and bug me to buy candy! Then she turned the blinking light on because she needed a manager. If you know me, by now you can imagine I am peaking my head around the corner looking for another check out to run to! (didn't find one) Then it was my turn and when I ask her how she is doing, she starts by talking about how tired she is, and how slow the day is going, and that she is there until 6pm and right now it's 12pm! And I stand there annoyed because I have 2 fighting kids and I don't care how she is doing I want out of there. Why did she have to be honest? Here's why: God needed to show up at the grocery store to show me that I need to care even in my hurried life and hatred of grocery shopping, I need to see the cashier as a human being instead of an obstacle on the way to the parking lot!

Here's the challenge for myself and for you... When you and I ask someone how they are doing we need to mean it, to actually want to know how they are otherwise we should not ask because asking without caring is being fake. And when someone asks us how we are doing we need to be like the Walmart cashier and be honest, let the person really know how you are. Maybe it will challenge them as it did me, and shake them out of their self centered complacency!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Word and a Wandering Mind...

This week I saw God quite a few times in answered prayers and in the power of His Word to put a wandering mind at ease! Let me explain...

My week began with a precious friend (actually he is more like an adopted family member) going to the emergency room for some internal bleeding. As humans it is natural for our minds to wander in these situations to the worst case scenario. Letting my mind camp on those fears was making it hard to pray, it was distracting. So God lead me to Philippians 4:6 " Be anxious for NOTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer AND supplication WITH thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will GUARD YOUR MINDS in Christ Jesus." ( I have capitalized certain words to bring them to your attention.)

I have heard this verse read many times and it just really hit me differently this time. I needed to be told by God to not be anxious about anything but to take it all to Him with prayer and supplication. I looked up supplication, it means to beg as binding oneself. It is okay, and necessary and we are told we can do it, to beg something of our God, to plead with Him. I needed to be reminded that after I was done praying and pleading I should be thankful and praise God for my precious friend and all the wonderful times God has blessed us with. And I needed to know that after I had done this God's Word promises that His peace will guard my mind. Because my mind needed guarding from wandering off to the scary places!

I also used this verse to pray for my friend. I was certain his mind must be wandering too, and I wanted him to have "the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension". So I wrote it out on an index card and carried it with me all day. Then when my mind started to wander, I could pray for my friend and put the verse into practice.


I am so thankful that I am able to sit here and type this having already had my prayers answered. It turns out that what was causing the bleeding was minor and fixable. But there are so many times in life where it's not fixable or minor. So what do we do? In the future, I hope to hang on to the lesson I learned from Philippians and continue to put it into practice. How about you? What lesson did God teach you this week? How has His Word spoken to you?

Friday, April 23, 2010

I have been wondering all week what I will post. It's been a busy week for me for various reasons and I had put off posting until today because I was procrastinating! As I think over this week and the ways in which I have seen God in my days there seems to be a reoccurring theme. This week I have seen God consistently in my brothers and sisters in Christ. Let me explain...

The week began with a birthday party. At this party there were people that I haven't seen since I left the church I used to attend, 3 years ago! Yet there was no awkwardness. Everyone was very happy to see each other and it was as if we had never parted ways. Genuinely happy, catching up with each others lives with true love and concern. This week I also ran into a couple of people I haven't seen in a while when I was out running errands and experienced the same thing. Last night I was on the phone with my mom and she was sharing with me about some answers to prayer that my great aunts had experienced. One of them was praying for the other one in a specific way and the one who was being prayed for did not know it until she called to share how God had accomplished something in her life!

This is the beauty of the body of Christ. No matter where we are, what church we have left, or how different our lives are His love is our common bond. His love gives us the ability to meet each other again when years and distance have separated us and pick up where we left off as though we had just been together yesterday!

This week I have been touched by seeing God in the love and communion of His people. How about you?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

God in the Get up and Go!

Have you ever just felt like getting up and going somewhere that you hadn't planned on going? I am a very organized and planned out type of person, so this rarely happens to me and when it does I usually wrestle with my urge to go and my to do list that never ends at home! This week I saw God in the get up and go...

At the beginning of this week I had an urge to go visit my cousin. I felt like I needed to get away from the house and do something fun. My cousin is fun to be with and she lives nearby, so I loaded the kids into the car, picked up some donuts and headed her way. The time spent together started out just like I expected. We laughed ate chocolate donuts and I learned how to play dominoes. ( For those of you who don't know me well, learning a new game is not easy for me. I don't catch on quickly. So the fact that I am telling you it was fun, means that I had incredibly patient teachers who laughed WITH me instead of at me! ) Everything was fine until my Grammy came into the room because she had found out that her brother died.

Suddenly my unexpected and unplanned visit became a divine appointment. My cousin admits that she is not good in situations like that, really who is? How do you comfort someone who is sobbing so hard she is shaking? I had never had to do that by myself before. Thankfully I wasn't truly alone because God was there in the puddle that Grammy and I became together!

I share this because I saw God in the get up and go. It made me wonder how many times I have missed God's purpose for my day because I fought with Him over my to do list and stayed home! So my challenge for myself and for you is this: Don't let your well planned schedule rule you! Make room to get up and go so you don't miss out on being where God wants you at the right moment. How about you? Did you see God in any divine appointments this week? How?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Beauty of Friends...

I have been enjoying glimpses of God quite a bit lately. I have seen His beauty in full color as spring has sprung. It's in His masterful artwork, the forsythias, tulips, grass, birds, and in my friend's pretty blue eyes. He was there yesterday as she and I enjoyed some time sharing what God has been up to in our lives. In fact I think one of the ways I see Him most is in the bond we women might refer to as sisterhood, friendship, sisters in Christ, etc! There is something to be said about the way we women can laugh and cry together all in one conversation, the way God has made us to feel so deeply another woman's joys and struggles. So to all my girlfriends that read this blog, thank you for the times you have shared with me and allowed me to see God in your every day! You are beautiful and you are loved. Continue to be the amazing women of God that He has called you to be.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Joy of the Journey...

This week I saw God in a thought that came to me during growth group. I have been pretty busy lately with Easter plans, preparing my oldest for PSSA's, spring cleaning, and trying to make time for the people God brings my way. Sometimes life feels like a lot of work!

At growth group someone was pondering what it would be like for them if they ran across Hitler in heaven. This person wanted to know what the rest of us thought would happen if during his last moments living, Hitler had prayed the sinners prayer. Did he deserve salvation after all he'd done? How would it be fair for God to let Hitler in at the last minute, when the rest of us had worked so hard to serve Christ nearly our whole lives? And he'd get away with terrible crimes and confess/repent last minute, and be saved, and go to heaven?! The more she spoke about it the more worked up she got. To be honest, I have never thought about these things before and am not sure how they pertained to our study. (We are a bunch of women, it takes very little for us to get off topic!) But in the midst of all this the thought occurred to me that it doesn't matter if other people get in to heaven at the last minute and others have served the Lord their whole lives. It's the joy of the journey that matters. It shouldn't feel like work, though it does sometimes, to serve God faithfully. I would rather work or serve my whole life long and have the joy of the journey of knowing Him through it all, than repent last minute and meet Him for the first time in heaven! I would have missed so much! So this week I see God in the joy of the journey. Do you?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Answered prayer in the bathroom...

The other day my youngest went running up the basement steps, down the hallway, and into the bathroom. Once she did what she needed to do, I heard her exclaim, "Thank you God! Thank you that even though you are invisible you helped me not to pee my pants! Thank you! Thank you!" Then she went running down the hallway and back to play. Of course as soon as she did I laughed so hard I nearly cried!

She saw God in her every day in a way she understood, He was there in a way that I might consider small but to her it was HUGE! And isn't that just it anyway? Our HUGE God, our invisible, uncontainable and indescribable God, cares enough to show up in even the smallest details of our lives and make Himself known and visible if we will look for Him. That He would do that, in itself is HUGE because He doesn't have to, He does it because He loves us.

The other day I saw God in a conversation my 5 year old had with Him, and I too am thankful that He took the time to show up and keep her from peeing her pants! I am grateful for His love manifested to her in this way. How about you? How has He shown up and loved you today?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

God in my girl...

Thank you to those of you who have shared where you have seen God in your day this week. Keep it coming! Now that you know the purpose of my blog I will share where I saw God in one of my days this week.

I saw Him last night when my oldest child hugged me tight and said, " I'm never letting you go mommy!" This is the child who doesn't spontaneously hug. In fact she isn't much of a hugger at all! This is the one that I went to battle for on my knees in prayer so often last year. It is so true, (Psalm 126:5) "What you sow in tears you will reap in joy!"

I saw God last night in the sweetness of my once stubborn child and it was beautiful!