When you want meaning in your life

When you want meaning in your life

Most people these days lead full lives.  Ask someone how they are doing and you’ll most likely hear one word — busy.  Yet at the end of the day with doing all the things we are responsible for, enjoying the things that give us pleasure and spending time with the people around us, life can still feel empty.  Why is that?  People for generations have wondered and searched for the answer.  I think we call this feeling “meaning”. It is the difference between getting through your day and enjoying your day.  Lacking meaning leaves you with the feeling of wanting something more or wondering what is missing. I saw a perfect picture of this idea one night while I watched a movie.  It was a superhero movie with good guys and bad guys, a struggle to...

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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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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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Choosing to procrastinate

Choosing to procrastinate

Pressure.  Some people love it, but I hate it.  If you want to ruin something I love to do, just put me under a tight deadline and it will suck the pleasure right out of it.  Oh, I will probably still get it done if it’s important enough, but it will be tense and my patience will be stretched thin.  The work that I am doing isn’t really the problem.  It is the environment that makes it difficult. God has been showing me lately that there are ways I can change my environment so that I can enjoy doing what needs to be done…..and surprise, surprise, it’s much easier to be patient. It’s about making choices.  Choices are a parent’s best friend.  Need your toddler to get dressed, give them the choice of the red or blue shirt....

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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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