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

 

 

 

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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…

 

A Psalm of David….Can You Relate?

Psalms 18: 1-3 “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.”

I do my best to live my life in this thought process daily.  I rely on the Lord to guide me because, without his guidance, I would just make a mess of things. (Psalms 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd)

God gives me strength and wisdom to think about the things that I do in my life and to make good judgments on the things that will impact my life and the lives of others.  I may not get it right every time, but can you imagine what life would be like if we didn’t have him beside us and guiding us along the way?

I know because there was a point in my life where I tried to do things my way.  I really did convince myself that I was in control of my life and struggled to “stay” in control, to no avail, because since I wanted so much to be in control, God gave me the wheel and yes, I did make a great big mess of things.

You see, I was stricken with the desire to always be in control of everything until I finally realized that I am in control of absolutely nothing!

When I was finished making my worldly messes, I cried out to my father God and he took back the wheel and guided me in the way that I needed to go.

Just as the young child is guided by his/her earthly father, so are we guided by our heavenly father, if we allow him to do so.

That was about 8 years ago and I am so grateful that I was humble enough to follow him because it has changed my life and the way I see things.  It has completely changed my thought process.

As I am pretty sure I’ve stated before, I am a work in progress and will be for the rest of my life, but I look in the mirror now and I like what I see.  I didn’t before because of insecurities that I don’t think I was even aware of.

I know that I am loved by my father, God, so there is no need to desperately seek it elsewhere.

Fun Fact:  Orbicularis Oris is a muscle that surrounds your lips/mouth.  Since it attaches where your mouth opens and to the skin at the corner of your mouth, it enables you to close, compress/purse, or pucker your lips. (Wikipedia/ A&P1 Lecture)

 

 

Reinventing Yourself…

My apologies for having been away for so long…

I’ve been experiencing numerous transitions in just about every aspect of my life.  Life is funny that way.  Sometimes you’re on a roll and things just kind of flow so eloquently.

But then you reach a fork in the road.  It may not be a troublesome fork, yet it is still a fork, and you have to pause for a minute and collect yourself to figure out in which direction you will go as you reinvent yourself on this new path to see where it takes you.

That’s what I’ve been doing, reinventing myself so that my life flows a little better for me moving forward.

I am blessed beyond words because of all the things that have come across my path during this time that I’ve not posted for my readers.  Some overwhelmingly great and some still somewhat challenging.

Nonetheless, I’ve enjoyed the transitions thus far.  I say “overwhelmingly” great because I see my Father, God’s hand in it and it pleases me to know how much he loves each and every one of us.

(Psalms 40: 1, 4 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”

When you can’t ignore the obvious presence of God in your life you can’t help but be fascinated by it.  No matter how many times God wows you, you never cease to be amazed because each new blessing is just as significant as the last.

(Psalms 29: 1-2 “Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength.  Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

When I speak of my transitions, I don’t mean physical transformations or anything drastic.  I’m speaking of the transitions in my walk through life which happens one moment at a time and impacts my very existence spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

I imagine I will always be transforming in some way or another, as will you.  In my opinion, transitions are just another way of growing.

I think of life as a big ball of transitions, some are initiated by us, some come as blessings to us, and others are unwelcomed impositions.  Either way, if we’re paying attention, we manage to learn something from the experience.

May God always be with you in your walk through life…

God’s On Your Side!…

I wanted to stop in and share this message of Praise from “The Mississippi Mass Choir” with you.  I ran across this video as I was seeking some words of encouragement and I remembered this choir, who had inspired me for many years.   Based on my upbringing, they are very traditional in their praises.  Watching this video really took me back and reminded me of where I originated from.

I’ll stop back soon with more thoughts and encouragement.  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this message and know that “God is on your side”.

Click this link below to view the video.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/LR9gJVSwxAQ

God Bless You All!  🙂
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