Just Stopping By To Share Something….

I felt compelled to share something that came across my path.  Not my original thoughts, but a definite must share.  It’s from a website, FB.com/Gods411. It’s simple yet powerful, at least that’s my opinion.

It said:

God has no phone, but I talk to him

He has no Facebook, but he is still my friend

He does not have Twitter, but I will follow him.

My thoughts exactly.  Those simple lines of verbiage really spoke to me, I hope it impacts you, as well.  I live my life in this thought process, but never did I think to put it so simply into words, where it could have such a profound impact as it did with me. 

After I saw this, I went a little further on that site and one person in this video said, “Instead of us speaking to God about how big our mountain is, we should be speaking to that mountain about how big God is”. 

Try it because that mountain can be moved.  Mine did.

You must realize that although God moves mountains, there is always going to be another mountain that follows, so keep speaking the word of God to those mountains and make them get out of your way.  The power of God can help you overcome anything!

Proverbs 18:20-21 –  A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.  

So speak life and victory over your life and the lives of your children, in spite of those mountains, rather than failure, death, and defeat.  There is no room in your life for the latter.

Just something to think about…

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Guide My Steps Lord…

Today, it dawned on me that I’m at yet another crossroad where some very important life’s decisions have to be made and I haven’t the foggiest idea which path to take next.

I know my options and there will be no bad decision, but there will be an initial time of adjustment no matter which I choose.  That is why I will not initiate my own path without the Lord’s guidance.  Psalms 119:133, (Order my steps in thy word, and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.)

Instead, I will do my part by getting the things in place that I know I will have to handle.  Then, I am going to do as I’ve always done in the last several years and that is to pray for further guidance from my father, God, and then be patient and wait for his answer.

Once I have found peace about the path that I should take, then and only then, will I move forward toward that open door that will get me one step closer to fulfilling God’s will and purpose for my life.  I don’t know which one it will be, but I am excited to see the outcome.

You see, If I decide for myself I will have to make a big compromise, but If God takes the wheel and handles it, I may still be able to maintain my current favorable situations without giving up anything.  God has to power to do that.

Ephesians 3:14,16 (For this cause, I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man) 

I say that because he has just made a way out of no way for me a week or so ago.  It was so very obvious that God had his hand in my most recent outcome because in the natural world, what happened for me was clearly impossible.

I felt a mountain of burden lifted off my shoulders once it was all finished. That’s how I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it was my Father who showed me such love and grace.

Ephesians 3:19-20 (And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God; Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us)

May the Lord’s guidance, love, and peace be with you always…

 

Just something that crossed my mind…

Several months ago, I watched a video of a very beautiful spirit expressing her flaws and sadness about those flaws.  I was really enlightened and moved by her courageous  honesty.  It was really refreshing to see someone so self-exposed and not ashamed to share with the world.

Now, you see a lot of that these days but more for publicity and to be “discovered”, but this one was different.  It was genuine, self healing, and honest.  She had no selfish agenda except to get it off her chest and perhaps to help someone who might be going through similar struggles, that they might be better equipped to deal with such a situation after hearing about hers.

I was moved by that because some people would say, “Be more private” because its better to keep certain things to yourself.  I do tend to agree with that in certain instances like when one is telling the world via social media what they had for dinner, or where they went shopping or what they bought on a specific day, along with every other minute by minute aspect of your being, but heart felt things are healthy shares because they could impact someone else’s life in a way that might make a world of difference to that person.  You never know.

Just something to think about…

 

Fun Fact:   In the cardiovascular system, which consists of your heart and blood vessels, your arteries carry blood away from your heart and your veins return the blood back to your heart.

Days like this…

Days like today make me want to go back to when life was simple and carefree.  It’s been quite the challenge today as I’m sure you readers have probably experienced at different times in your lives.  Perhaps, today?

I ask for favor, God gives me favor, I ask for a calm spirit, God gives it to me, I ask for blessings, God gives me blessings, I don’t ask for challenges because that wouldn’t make sense, now would it?  But I get challenges.  You have to learn to appreciate the challenges, too.

Challenges do build character but enough already (smiling).  I’m having a moment.  Just finished a very stressful semester of school and by God’s grace, managed to pull through it in one piece.  So this is me venting to you all about my unusually strange day.  Most days are like a bunch of perfect ingredients.  A dash of kindness, a pinch of understanding, a teaspoon of smiles, a cup of peace, and 2 cups of laughter.

But today was like a cup of confusion, mixed in a pitcher of shaking my head,  2 cups of frowns, and a quart of what is going on with this day (I’m cracking up as I write this because I know i’m not making much sense) .  But, if you’ve had those days like I’ve had today, you know what I mean,  but that’s just the way life is sometimes.

Days like today just make me look forward to better days to come.  I thank God for today because nothing life altering happened so I am humble and grateful, but sometimes simple annoying things can feel like a great big thing if they are repetitive.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.” (American Theologian Reinhold Neibuhr)

I look forward to a better day tomorrow and pray the your day is filled with lots of blessings and favor.  Thanks for allowing me to be unusually expressive about my day, as this is a bit out of character for me.

Fun Fact: The frontal lobe (the part of your brain’s cerebral cortex, that is located near your forehead) controls things like problem solving, memory, judgement, emotional expressions, among other things.

Franchesca

 

 

 

Life….Trials, Triumphs, and Blessings

Life is such a beautiful thing!!!  It brings about trials, triumphs, and blessings, but not necessarily in that order.

To me, a trial is an unfavorable situation that God allows to help shape our lives and make us stronger and wiser.  A trail can help enable us to make better decisions along our journey to a more prosperous life.  They can also come along to get our attention and remind us that we are not running things.

I should know because at one time in my adult life I really did think that I was in complete control of my life.  It took many many years for me to realize how far from the truth that was.

Trials kept coming my way over the years, saying “Pay attention!!!”.  I still didn’t get it.  One day that light bulb came on and I finally realized that God is always in control.  It was not me, it was my father guiding me along the way.  (Phillilpians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”)

After the trials, come the triumphs and they can be very rewarding.  A triumph is a great victory or achievement.  You feel empowered.  But don’t let that fool you because even with the greatest triumph comes yet another trial.  So, you must remember to remain humble even after that mile high mountain that you’ve just climbed.  Or perhaps that long road of wisdom that you’ve just traveled.

Then comes the blessings after the triumph because you see the fruits of your prayers, hard work, and faith have paid off.  There is nothing better than realizing God’s blessing and favor after you’ve put your heart and soul into something that you know he intended for you all along.  Then you think to yourself, “Why did I ever doubt it for a minute”?

Yes, even the most faithful Christian can experience brief moments of doubt during trials, but it only lasts for a little while if we remain grounded in our faith.

Just something to think about…

 

 

 

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun…

Have you ever heard the expression “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun”?  Well, in my opinion, time just flies!

I remember those long summer days and weekends as a young girl and throughout high school when I lived out in the country.

I used to complain about those days.  It seemed like they would never end.  I would go for long walks through the dirt roads and berry bushes and I’d pick the berries off the vines and eat them just to pass the time.  I would have a tummy full of berries by the time I arrived home.

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have those very long days back at my disposal.

Looking back, I didn’t appreciate the beauty of simply walking, thinking, and just really enjoying nature, because back then it was deemed loneliness.  At least, it was for me.

As I get older and wiser, I realize that being in the country is very thought provoking because its just you being one with nature and all the innocence that exists there.  I miss those days!

If anyone is reading this and has lived in the country back in my day, you know what I mean.

Modern life is full of so much hustle and bustle that you look around and the moment’s gone before it even started as time just whisks away.

However, we can make good use of the time we have by making every moment count.  Even if you’re just relaxing, let that be your special moment that matters most to you.

I imagine myself growing old, sitting, and relaxing with loved ones and just enjoying those special moments.  I think when you’re in those special moments, time seems to stand still.

So savor your special moments in time no matter how fast it is flying by around you.

Fun Facts:  “Mastication” is a fancy word for chewing and “Deglutition” is the act of swallowing.  So when you’re enjoying that juicy steak, this is what you are doing.

Just something to think about….

Life’s Unexpected Obstacles….

Obstacles come and obstacles go.   How you handle the obstacles is what matters most.

I’ve noticed, at least in my life, there’s always some kind of obstacle that one must overcome.  I often wonder why some of them seem to go on continuously.  I guess it just makes us stronger if we can endure.

Obstacle One:  You fight so hard to get into a class that is virtually impossible to get into and you finally get in, when all of a sudden you look around a couple of weeks later and it slips right through your fingers without warning.

You pray over it and of course, you don’t give up, so you find yourself in fight response again, you get the class back. So now, you can breathe again, leaving the fight response behind you.

Now, this isn’t just any old class.  Rather,  it is a means to a long-awaited end that leads to a new beginning for you.

So,  the very next week, you’re faced with the exact same obstacle, (literally a repeat of the first one).  That same class gets dropped yet again for no apparent reason.  Your first thought is “Really?!!!”

So, you say another prayer over this situation, and then you jump right back in fight response, only this time with a vengeance.  But then you wonder, “Is this the fight I’m supposed to fight?” Do you get upset and stress over it?  Well, I did.

But that’s not the right thing to do because remember you prayed about it.  So, You get the class back again.  You figure the third time has got to be the charm.  Well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Obstacle Two:  You recently get your life to a place of quiet and peace and center your works around this quiet place, only to learn that construction will be taking place possibly within weeks and it could obstruct your peaceful home/work environment which you prayed so hard for.

Now you’ve been in this environment for several years where there was quiet on the outside, but within your world was chaos and uncertainty, so the outside peace and quiet was merely a luxury rather than a necessity.

As soon as the quiet of the great outdoors becomes a requirement for day-to-day functioning within your personal space, you’re suddenly faced with the inevitable obstruction of your peace due to constant noise by day with no relief from the bump and thump of dump trucks, hammering, and who knows what else.

This seems to have been designed just for you to disturb your place of tranquility, so boom, like thunder, here’s yet another obstacle.

Now, the severity of the obstacle is what you want to assess before you act.  If it’s an obstacle that you can do nothing about, then you want to try as much as possible to not stir over it.  You just have to ride the storm and pray that it ends soon.

Sometimes, God allows these obstacles for various reasons, and sometimes he intervenes and moves them out of your way.  I guess we’ll just have to see what his plans are for this one too.

I said all this to say, whatever your obstacle, don’t jump right into fight response.  Try not to toil over it or get stressed out.  Instead, wait a minute, think about it logically, pray, and then come up with an effective plan of action, with God’s guidance of course.

The plan of action may be just to be still and wait, or it may be to plow full speed ahead and never give up as I did in obstacle one.

Remember, “No Weapon Formed Against You Shall Prosper” and “You Can Do All Things Through God Who Strengthens You”.

How will you handle your obstacles?  Think about it…