RSS

Tag Archives: life

Priority Check!


Life is busy.  Hard.  Chaotic. Frustrating.  Overwhelming.   When I feel get stuck in the busy-ness, I often kick into survival mode.  Just getting through the day, the week, the month.  Before I know it, time has slipped away and I wonder where it went.  During these times, it’s easy to let things go.  Important things.

Many times,the first thing we let go is time with God. Our Bible is little more than a dust catcher on a table.  Our thoughts rarely turn to Him.  Then, we suddenly need Sunday morning to play catch up around the house…. or to finally take a moment to sleep in and rest.  Next thing you know, your relationship with Him consists of hardly more than a verbal acknowledgement that He is Lord.

In order to experience a true relationship with Him, to experience His power in our lives, to feel His presence in our hearts, we must be willing to draw to Him.  And that means spending time with Him, praying with Him, reading His word, and, yes, even serving Him.

Overwhelmed at that thought?  I understand.  But if you can, just for a moment, look past the commitment required, and ponder over the possibilities of living with Him as the center of your life.  Peace.  Comfort.  Contentment.  Joy.  Excitement.  Grace.  Mercy.  Love. Security.  Assurance.  I could go on and on…

Today, take some time to reflect on your life. And your relationship with Him.  The Bible is filled with promises.  Do you believe them?  Do you believe God can and will do what He says?  Where does He truly stand in your list of priorities?  What keeps you from moving Him to the top of the list where He belongs…. and keeping Him there?  Believe it or not, even in the midst of trials and chaos, you can have comfort and peace.  But a real relationship with Him is required.

You must seek Him.

You must be thirsty for Him.

You must long for Him.

Seek Him with your whole heart, your mind, and your spirit.

Commit your time and your life to Him.

He will not let you down.

He is your God.

 

 

 
2 Comments

Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

Tags: , , ,

Just Keep Swimming!


When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.  When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.  When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end.     –Isaiah 43:2, MSG

In over your head.

An analogy of an inexpert swimmer who has encountered water that is too deep.

Oh, how often I have found myself ‘in over my head’!!  It’s a common problem for all of us.  Even the Bible had some troubled swimmers.  Eve never expected talking to the serpent would lead to the fall of man.  Joseph never imagined he would be thrown into a pit when he shared his dream with his brothers.

Sometimes we get ourselves into these situations.  You volunteer to help the coaches with the team, but you end up being THE coach.  You make a bad financial decision and now financially, you’re sinking.

Often times, we can look back on the situation and see a decision we could have made differently.  We see how we should have known better.  Others, we are completely blind-sided.

Even with the best of intentions, we can find ourselves drowning in the burdens, cares, and disasters of life. Circumstances can quickly spiral out of control and although we feel our self quickly sinking, we can’t muster the energy, even the breath to call out for help.   It’s easy to feel alone.  Frozen in fear.  Hopeless.  Abandoned.

During these times, these trials, it’s so important for us to remember the word of God.  His promises to His children.  

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there.  You are not alone.  No matter how far you fall.

When you are in rough waters, you will not go down.  You will not be given more than you can bear.

When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, be it ever so faint!  He will always give you a way out!

During the past week.  I HAVE felt like I was drowning.  The waters of my life have been so rough, that each time I managed a small breath, I was once again overcome by rough waters…. too deep for me to find a foothold.  My rock and a hard place was more like a huge boulder and a brick wall…. so large I could not see a hint of daylight.  My circumstances and situation have not changed.  In fact, as each day passes, I can feel the situation becoming more hopeless.

But then, I randomly opened my Bible, and this scripture is what I found.  God speaking to me.

I am not alone. I will not drown.  He is my foothold. He will be my light to find my way out.  No dead ends!  Satan can take his hopelessness and flee because God is at my side.  And He never fails!!

Today, I urge you to memorize this scripture.  I surely am.  What a wonderful promise of God to claim in times of despair!   And in the famous words of my friend, Nemo…………..

 
1 Comment

Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Reality Check!


What do you spend most of your free time doing?

What ‘thing’ in your life gets the most attention?

Who does your heart truly belong to?

Where does your mind go when it wanders?

What hobbies consume your time?

What are the desires of your heart?

Who do you serve?

Look back over these questions again. Be completely honest with yourself.

We live in a society that is busier than ever.  Life is non-stop.  I often have trouble sleeping at night simply because that to-do list that is ahead for the next day overwhelms me.  How will I get it all done?  It is very easy to become consumed by the busy-ness of life and it’s demands.  But once we have managed to take care of all the ‘gotta get it dones’…..things such as work, keeping your home in order (yes, you DO actually NEED clean clothes), helping the kids with their homework….. What takes over?

For many, hobbies consume our time.  Hunting, fishing, shopping, sports, crafting…. the list can go on and on.

For others, it’s activities our kids are involved in.  Or if you are a kid, activities YOU are involved in.   Dance.  Music lessons.  Cheer.  Football.  Basketball.  Band. Softball.  Raising animals for Ag.  Baseball.  Twirling.  Track.  The list goes on and on and on.

We pour ourselves into these things passionately.  And they aren’t bad things.  We want to be the best…..we want our kids to be the best, so we pour our time and energy into getting them to every practice, getting them equipped with training camps and equipment, practicing at home between games/events.  Whatever it takes to help get a win.  Success, victory will be ours!  Um, I mean, theirs!

But the Bible tells us very clearly, we cannot serve two masters.  We cannot devote ourselves to two masters.  And although there are many, many good quality things available to fill our time, I can’t help but wonder, do these extras…..become our master?

The answer lies in our priorities.  Is your first priority to God?  Or is He placed on the back burner during ball season?  Is your utmost concern on your spiritual condition or the spiritual condition of your children?  Or are you more concerned over winning the next game?  Making the next practice?  Do you simply know and believe God or do you experience a real relationship with Him?  When faced with the reality of choosing church over these things, what do you choose?  How often do you skip out on church because you are tired and exhausted from pouring yourself into these extras??

So often we wonder why things don’t go right in our lives.  We question where God is when trials come our way.  Where are all those blessings He promises when our lives are unraveling?  Yet, we often have not given Him full reign in our daily lives.  We want His blessings.  We pray for Him to pour them into our lives.  We cry out to Him when our lives fall apart for help.  Yet, we neglect our relationship with Him.  In fact, so many times, we practically have no relationship with Him at all.  We try to get up and go to church, but we neglect to walk with Him through prayer, reading our Bible, and simply spending time with Him during our week.  We claim to be His, yet we neglect to be obedient to Him in even the smallest things.  We want Him there when we need Him.  To swoop in and rescue us.  But we aren’t willing to devote ourselves to Him.

Sometimes we need a good reality check.  Take inventory of what’s important in life.  God doesn’t want halfway Christians.  He wants you devoted to Him.  Following Him first.  Before ALL other things. He wants you to experience Him daily.  Not just to know Him, but to love Him.  Live for Him.  The greatest happiness you will ever find is in learning to balance what’s important in life and devoting yourself to Him first.

 

No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.  — Matthew 6:24

 

 

 
2 Comments

Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Random Raves, Rants, and Ridiculousness


It’s the new year and I must say it has gotten off to a ridiculously amazing start.  Not that anything big has happened, or my problems have dissolved into thin air, or that my life is finally free from calamity and perpetual busy-ness……. but somehow I feel at peace with the chaos.  And to top it all off……….the kids and hubby are in bed.  I am left alone, drinking coffee, left with a mind moving 90 to nothing, wound up like a three day clock.  You know what that means………

Drum roll, puhleeezeeeeee……………….

I said, DRUM ROLL, PUHLLEEEEEZZZZZEEE!

You get a random list!   And not just any random list…but one that includes rants, raves, and yes, even some ridiculousness!  I’m so proud of my alliteration!

♠  I just absolutely LOVE eating Shredded Mini-Wheats.  Healthy and yummy. I began eating them because I was on the quest to eat healthier.  And I thought the fiber would be great for my digestive system.  No one bothered to tell me that you have to drink PILES and PILES of water in order to get the maximum fiber benefit.  What I have found out the hard way is the fiber basically serves as a huge cork when you don’t drink enough water.  Since I don’t drink a lot of anything, this serves as a serious problem.  Since I’m not a bottle of wine, I really don’t need a cork.  Yea, I know.  Too much information.  Sorry.

♣  I heard Drew Barrymore is giving up vegetarianism because her new fiance’ is a meat and potatoes kinda guy.  Really?  Fickle much?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE me some meat and potatoes, but giving up your own beliefs because of your boyfriend?  Shallow as a wading pool, right there.

Unless your fiance’ wants to eat them.  Then it’s, like, totally ok.

♥ Apparently, dogs will actually EAT anything.  For real.  Chew it up and swallow it.  ANYTHING.  Unfortunately their bodies are not as eager to digest said items and can result in serious illness.  Two weeks of a puking dog and $487 later, I think mine will live.  Oh, this was a three for one (lessons learned, that is).  Lesson two is I cannot live with the thought of living without my dog.  Which makes me a prime target for the vet.  Lesson three… My dog’s puke doesn’t stink, which greatly aids in cleaning up puke all over the house.  Too bad I can’t say that for what comes out the other end.

♦ Hollywood has completely run dry on creative talent.  Seriously, how many more remakes can they make before they run slap out?  There are very few original plots for movies these days.  Everything is a remake.  Those that aren’t remakes, for the most part, are simply filled with vulgarities and perversion.  The days of a good story seem to be gone.  *Sigh*

♠  Cereal is better eaten in a cup.  I don’t know why and I have tried to figure it out, with no luck.  All I know is cereal tastes better when served in a cup.  Try it.  You’ll see, I’m right.

♣  Facebook is without a doubt, hands-down the fastest, most efficient way to spread news.  News can go viral in record time via Facebook.  It’s important to note the rate of speed is directly related to the level of drama involved in said news. There is no better source for up to the minute obituaries, relationship statuses, weather info, local gossip, and even real live news.  Forget CNN.  Check your Facebook for the latest in news updates!

♥ Did you notice my bulletin points are the symbols for playing cards?  How cool is that?  Well, ok.  Maybe not THAT cool, but at least it IS different.

Elin Nordegren (aka Tiger Woods‘ ex-wife) just demolished the$12 million home she purchased earlier this year.  Her architects and builders say it made more economical sense to demolish and rebuild a new mansion siting the house was not built to withstand hurricanes.  Later, it was also found the house was infested with termites.  Hmmmmmm……….wouldn’t that be something you would check into before you paid TWELVE MILLION??  That money could go a long way to do some good in this world.  I realize she was cheated on and humiliated for the whole world to see.  But she just turned herself into as big an idiot as that ex of hers.  Now she plans to rebuild a new house that will probably cost even more. Ridiculous!

$12 million.  Demolished.  For real.

I just realized I forgot to publish this post this last night.  So here I sit, in the middle of the afternoon, tired from staying up too late, strung out on coffee.  I think should add a nap to my list before publishing.  Now that’s something to RAVE about!

 

Enhanced by Zemanta
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 9, 2012 in It's my life....., Randomocity

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Torturing the Kids and Conquering Middle-aged Syndrome


It’s Friday!  The first Friday of the New Year!  I can hardly type for wanting to break out into singing and dancing.  Not only is it the first full weekend of the new year, it’s also the first weekend since Thanksgiving that I have NOTHING written on the agenda.  I get to stay home! Wait for it……..  It gets even better!  Today is the day I get to force the kiddies to re-organize their bedrooms… under the beds and closets included.  Yep, freedom from obligations AND torturing the kiddies.  Double win!

But as I read back over that paragraph, I realize I sound like my grandma.  OLD.  But I’m only 40.  I can’t be old yet, right?  It’s just a coincidence that I’m looking forward to housework and laundry on a Friday, right?  So, I grabbed a paper and pen (another sign of old age….the LIST) and made a list of things about life that I actually enjoy and look forward to regularly.  I thought if I did such, I would feel better about my Friday excitement and realize I’m actually young and vibrant.  Ready to conquer the weekend.  So, here we go……

  • I love and live for the moment I can cast off my clothes and throw on my pajama pants and house shoes.  Matching them all up and looking fashionable is nice, but definitely optional.  After all, who is gonna see me besides my loves?

  • Finding a new scent for my Scentsy warmers brings me giddy excitement. Walking into my home and smelling Scentsy (rather than feet) helps me find my happy place.  When your house smells good, you just feel good!  By the way, the correct ratio of warmers to boys is 3 to 1.  I have 6 boys and one male dog….so I only need 21 warmers to attain maximum Scentopia.  FYI.

  • The ultimate goal of the day is to reach the time we can sit down as a family and watch the latest episode of Frasier on Netflix.  Before Frasier it was Lost.  And Everybody Loves Raymond.  And Little House on the Prairie.  And Reba.

 

  • I know, I know, it’s a lot to take in.  But try to stay with me, ok?

 

  • I’m currently on a mission to organize my house.  It was a resolution for the New Year. I’ve always wanted to be organized and stay organized.  It just never works for me.  But I must say, accomplishing just one cabinet makes me inexplicably happy.  I even thought about snapping pics and posting….. but my kids informed me no one cared that I finally organized my medicine cabinet. Besides, it will be a complete mess again next week.  Geeeshhhhh.

So, organization has eluded me all these years. I’m gonna keep trying!

  • I have a party at least once a week in my home.  I crank up the tunes and get my dance on……..while cleaning the house.  Dancing your way through chores is the bomb diggity (note my use of a young phrase ;-))

            So, yea, that’s not me.  But I’m sure I carry it off just as well!

  • A great night-time activity is catching up on what’s going on in the world….on Facebook.  Who needs real social interaction when you can plop on the couch and scroll through your newsfeed instead?

 

  • Don’t worry.  You too, can achieve this maximum level of youthfulness.  Tackle one thing a week until you can handle all of this at once. You can do it!

 

  • I look forward each week to making lists…. to help me be more organized of course.  Not because I would forget things.  Menu planning and daily to-do lists are so much fun to check off as you go!

 

  • Lastly, my favorite stores are those that have special deals on housewares.  Like Ross and Marshall’s.  You can get beautiful things for your home at a fraction of the cost. I do realize I sound like a commercial, but it’s true!

I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking I’m definitely showing my age.  I’ve crawled into the pit of the middle-aged woman, never to return to youthful fun and excitement.  And maybe you’re right. Who knows?

  All I know is I love my life.  I love where I am now.  Mismatched PJ pants and all.  I love making lists and decorating my house.  And I love planning what I will cook next.  And if you love what you do, that’s half the battle.

So, I will go on and plan what to organize next and turn up the tunes and break out into dance while washing dishes.  Because that’s what makes me happy.  I will rejoice over being able to stay home on Friday and Saturday night.

And hey, today I get to torture the kids and make them organize their own rooms!

Woohoooo!!

Life is good!

Get your happy dance on!

The sad part to all this, is I’m actually looking forward to the chance to do housework and laundry.  A quiet day with normal and mundane chores.  Seriously?  Have I gotten THAT old?   Surely not.  It just can’t be.

Enhanced by Zemanta
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 6, 2012 in humor, It's my life.....

 

Tags: , , , , ,

It’s NOT an option!


A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.   –Luke 6:45

 

Have you ever had someone say something to you that really stung your heart?

Something that cut you to the core?

How many times have you replayed those words in your head?

Words are powerful.  They can heal.  And they can hurt.

That old saying ……’Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’

It’s a bunch of bologna!

The words we speak to others can be poison to the soul.  A wound heals, but words inflicted on another can be replayed over and over and over again in someone’s mind.

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed last night, I found profanities.  Vulgarities.  Even threats.  From teens and adults alike!  The Bible tells us that the words that flow from our mouth comes from the overflow of the heart.  It’s a reflection into your soul.

As Christians, we are called and even commanded to be Christ-like.  It’s not an option!  The second greatest commandment is this:

Love

your

neighbor

as

yourself.

–Matthew 22:39

That’s a pretty tall order. But the Bible gives us very real, very specific direction on how to live.  God knows what’s best for us.  And when we follow His guidance, His direction, we cannot fail.

As you go through the day today, be aware of the power of your words.  What does the overflow of your heart look like?  Do walk through your day inflicting wounds to the souls of others?  Do your words reflect Christ-like attitudes or are you making Satan smile with your verbal vomit? Do you love your neighbor?  Or do you gossip about them, tear them down, and belittle?

Today, commit to be an encourager.  An up-lifter.  A light in someone’s day.  Let the words from your mouth be like a blanket to the soul.  Love your neighbor.  Even the ones that are hard to love.

The same way Christ loves us.

 

Enhanced by Zemanta
 
3 Comments

Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Everything That Has Breath!


A few months ago, a friend and mentor asked a group of us to write down all that had happened with us over the past year.  Taking that time to look back and actually put it in writing was a profound moment for me.  As you sit and ponder over all you’ve been through, your mind just simply cannot picture it all at once.  Seeing it on paper, for me was a major WOW moment. 
 
I have determined that at least once a week, I will make a list of things I am thankful for that week.  Specific things.  Doing so helps me take a bad day, a sorrowful heart, or a worrisome spirit and turn it around.  It gives me a new perspective on my life in the moment.  It reminds me that although I might feel like I’m in the pits of despair, hope and blessings are still there.  And so is the Lord. 
 
Somehow, for me, feeling God’s presence through my tears and aching heart, helps me grow closer to Him.  He comforts me, loves me, and guides me through the pain.  And even through the heartache, I can praise Him. 
 
We often get so bogged down in our own worries, or even just the busy-ness of life, we forget to take time to truly praise Him.  Worship Him.  Spend time in His presence.  No matter the circumstances of your life, find time to praise Him.  Even in the muck and the mire, He is there. 
 
Faithful.  Loving.  Strong.  Protecting.  Comforting.
 
The Bible says that everything that has breath should praise Him.  Everything that has breath.  Myself, my family, even my dog.  Singing praises to Him.  Just the picture of it in my head makes me smile. 
 
Today, I will give Him all the glory. 
Today, I will thank Him. 
Worship Him. 
Praise Him. 
 
And my day will be better because of it! 
 
 
 
 
Enhanced by Zemanta
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: