When you wonder why God hasn’t provided more….

When you wonder why God hasn’t provided more….

One of the first words my son used regularly was “more”.  As a toddler, lots of the day revolved around food and snacks.  It sure was helpful as a parent when he could let me know when he was satisfied and when he wanted more.  Sometimes we ask God as our Heavenly Father for “more” and wonder when He doesn’t seem to answer our request. Money is a touchy topic and I can’t presume to explain the “why” behind your particular situation.  We live in a imperfect world and many things impact our financial resources.  Just like anything else we experience God can take anything, even when it seems hopeless and turn it into something amazing.  It fact, it’s one of my favorite things about God and my favorite verse from...

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When life interrupts our plans – being faithful even when we can’t be consistent

When life interrupts our plans – being faithful even when we can’t be consistent

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you may have wondered why it’s been awhile since I posted anything.  Quite simply, it’s been life.  Struggling with bouts of asthma, taking care of my family and sometimes just plain exhaustion pushed writing to a back burner.  Just when I was talking to God and telling Him how discouraged I felt that I was missing my normal posting days, He reminded me that I can faithful even when I can’t be consistent.      “We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” Ps 16:7 NLT Being faithful means I can start my day in communication with God, expressing my need for Him in my life and my inability to do life on my own and in my own strength.  That conversation can take...

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Where our efforts and God’s power meet.

Where our efforts and God’s power meet.

God works through inspiration, but also through obedience. Sometimes God inspires us and then sets us in motion. Other times He gives us instructions and waits for us to take the next steps, meeting us at the finish line.  Both ways the results are good. There are times when I am creative.  There are also certain things that I enjoy being creative with, but I wouldn’t consider myself a highly creative person.  When I do create something I normally need to wait until inspiration strikes.  Otherwise, you would find me sitting there stressing trying to put things together and being unhappy with the result.   In comparison when inspiration strikes it happens almost without effort.  All I need to do is write down the words that have been flowing through my mind,...

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Jumping Life’s Hurdles

Jumping Life’s Hurdles

There is something so majestic about watching a horse jump.  I wish I could say I’ve had the pleasure of riding one and being in the air with it, but the closest I’ve come is watching from a distance.  I was watching a show with horses as one of the main characters in the story line.  Part of the storyline was about a trainer trying to help a horse.  The problem was when the horse approached a hurdle, instead of flying over it, it would come to a halting and abrupt stop. I think inherently I expect most days to be a trail ride.  A nice leisurely stroll on even ground with plenty space in front of me to see what’s coming.  So when some hurdle shows up in my path, many times they trip me up or I lose my momentum and come to a screeching halt....

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Producing Seeds – The harvest of God’s work in our hearts

Producing Seeds – The harvest of God’s work in our hearts

Kids say the darndest things, don’t they?  From comical expressions they’ve picked up from people around them to the words they use to coach their sibling, I delight in hearing what comes out of my kids mouths…. well, most of the time that is!   Each of my kids are certainly their own uniquely formed person, but there are many times I see reflections of my own words and actions in them.  If you want to judge your own character, watch your child mimicking it and see what you think 😉 We are now in spring and I see God giving me illustrations of this concept as I make plans for my garden.  For many years I thought being a follower of Jesus Christ meant that I needed to refrain from doing “bad” things.  Jesus had died on the cross as the...

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Hearing God’s Voice – Part 5

Hearing God’s Voice – Part 5

Evaluation Report: Who’s Giving it? Reviews seem to be everything these days.  From my receipt after my last shopping trip to the pop up when I finished filing my taxes , everyone wants to know how they are doing.  We as people want, no need, feedback.  It helps us know how we come across, it gives us the push we need to make changes and adjustments, and helps us feel validated and appreciated. One place I worked actually did scheduled performance evaluations.  Even though I was passionate about the job I was doing and I was striving to do my very best, I felt trepidation to know how someone else viewed me.  I was surprised to find out some simple mistakes were viewed pretty seriously and then how things I didn’t put much value in were given some...

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