Be Thankful For The Little Things…

After “chatting” with a special new found friend, I found myself feeling grateful for the little things in my life.  Being so very grateful to my Father, God, is usually one of my strong suits, but I think I was focusing on the not so great happenings over the last few days that I forgot to remain thankful for that which I had not stopped to remember.

So thank you, for opening my eyes “today”.  I am blessed to be encouraged by you, my sister!

I am also thankful for all of my Great Christian Sisters that really have embraced me and my boys.

Some over the two decades that I’ve known them (whom I miss and love so dearly as life sometimes takes us on paths that may leave less time for sisterhood).  As well as some over the last year or so that have come into my life and been such a blessing to me.

You all know who you are! (smiling)

I see God’s hand in all of it, but it took God placing another one of his vessels in my path most recently for me to be reminded of that.

I mean, I’m always grateful, but it takes a little more oomph to recognize the little things.  Turns out the little things really make the biggest difference in our lives.

For instance, a simple smile, or special friends/sisters showing your boys just how special and important they are even when you can’t be there to do it. It means the world to us!

When you, as a parent are doing important things and building a solid foundation that will impact your children’s lives and future positively, but in doing so, come across those moments that you can’t physically be front and center for your boys, and your friends are there to bridge that gap, it’s that type of little thing that will impact everyone involved in that picture that I’ve just painted for you.

Even though on the surface, “its really no big deal”, especially for those impacting those important moments, or so it seems. 🙂

God is working in you!

Well, I’ve learned my lesson for today.  How about you?

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Just Go With It…

Well, I had another very strange day today.  I found myself getting so frustrated with all the unusual ways in which the day steered me as I’m watching it unravel.  So, I’ve come to realize that you just have to “Go with it”.

Anytime you see your day going out in left field, rather than get so very uptight about it as I did today and every other day that I’ve seen things going awry, you should exercise more positive thought patterns and just try to role with the punches.  Now, as far as I knew I was rolling with it today,

I remember that I stopped for a moment, got on my knees, and prayed to God, our Father, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ over how the day was going and I felt hopeful that the roller coaster would stop because there really was no logical reason why the day was so unpredictable.

Phillipians 2:10,11 “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth..  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Finally, the solution was revealed to me.  But my thought process was, “Why couldn’t this have been resolved for me sooner?”  So my heart was not in the right place at that moment because I was questioning God.  Came to realize that God simply wasn’t ready to resolve it for me yet.

Phillipians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

After the day was over, I found myself feeling like I had just left a battlefield.

When I think about it in spiritual terms,  I actually did just have a day out on the battlefield.  Because these weird things don’t just come out of nowhere.  I believe the enemy meant to steal my joy and I must admit, he almost did because I felt so beaten, broken, and physically drained afterwards.

Then, I realized that it is not the battle that I must be concerned about, its the war.  I plan on winning the war when its all said and done because I claim victory over the enemy every time, no matter how frazzled I may become after his nasty and sneaky attacks.

While he may interfere with my joy or your joy, he cannot take it away unless we let him.  Don’t ever give him that power over you!!!

So, in closing this day’s journal, I may have lost the battle today, but I have not lost the war and I don’t plan on it.

Our Father in Heaven has the final say!

Stay Prayed Up….The Weapon Of Choice

This week, I had fluctuating moments of great and not so great experiences.  Then, there were those down right mind boggling, dreadful domino effect type moments that I’m sure we all experience from time to time.

Remember, how I shared with you recently that God made the impossible happen for me.  It was a big deal!!! Well, he does things like that mostly when I least expect it, which makes it all the more appreciated.  Some are big while others are small. Sometimes the little things have the most powerful impact for me.  But, there are also those times when things just go very wrong.

While being careful not to be a downer, I have to share with you that we must always stay prayed up and never ever let our guards down because just as our Father is always there to pick us up, show us favor, or just bless us when we least expect it, the enemy is always lurking around to seek whom he may devour by doing everything in reverse of what God does.

I constantly have to remind myself that “No Weapon Formed Against Me Shall Prosper”, taken from Isiah 54:17.

I say that because I’m in a delicate situation in my life’s path right now. I have to stay at a perfect happy medium.  Can’t go too far left, and can’t go too far right. Constantly in search of that perfect balance for it to be acceptable.

It reminds me of someone having this unfinished drawing before them and they’re trying their best to color it in perfectly with a magic maker, but its not easy.  You’ve got a variety of shapes within that drawing, so you have to really focus on what you’re doing, or you’ll mess it up.

You have to stay right between those lines, but you try try, yet you sometimes color past them. So, there goes your would be perfect masterpiece, but only if you could’ve avoided coloring outside those lines.  It can be a real challenge sometimes.

So, I experience that constant feeling that one unusual mishap can land me right back to square one.  Some would say that’s lack of faith but I’ve seen a life change literally at a moment’s notice. So it’s kind of nerve wracking to never really know when things could change. I guess that’s really just life in general, though.

I keep God very close to my heart, I talk to him and praise him every single day,  but once in a while I slack off from my prayers and bible studies.  It seems like during those times, when I am my most tired self and I just want to lie down and do absolutely nothing after working a full day (including skipping that intimate moment of prayer), unforeseeable “out of the ordinary” things seem to occur.

When those things happen, I think to myself, “that’s just the enemy trying to attack me at my most vulnerable moment”, but I know that the enemy has no power unless I give it to him and I certainly am not doing that!

Other times, I think “Maybe God’s giving me that little nudge and allowing things to get off course to say “Hey, don’t forget about me,  I’m still here”.  I really don’t know enough about the word yet to know for sure if he works exactly that way, but it sure feels like it sometimes because just like the blessings wow me, the mishaps get my attention too.

When that happens, where do I find myself?  On my knees and clinging to my Father more diligently once again, just like the little girl clings to her earthly father when something goes wrong.

Be more committed to prayer and learning the word.

This message is a reminder for me just as it is for any reader who might need it…

 

 

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…

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