Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Patience Pays Off

I don't know about you, but I wasn't patient enough to stand in line to get all the patience this life requires, but, I am striving for more everyday, and sometimes I can see the fruits of my hard-earned patience.

Take today for instance... DH actually did what I recommended! A small feat or a large one, you decide :) Maybe there is hope for our marriage and our future. I can take it one small step at a time, at least most days ;) [see, told you I wasn't very patient!]

I'm reading "My Husband, My Maker" by Sharon Ries maybe its all sinking in??? who knows?!?! but I am thankful!

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Monday, October 27, 2008

633219753 and so on :)

Prayer from email (I'm not forwarding, but left the forwarding instructions - God is far more powerful than any forward, instructions followed or not). Enjoy!

You never know when God is going to bless you!! Good things happen when you least expect them to!

Change the number in the subject box when you forward it by adding one!!!

Dear Lord,

I thank You for this day, I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning.

I'm blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.

You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you.I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.

Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.

Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. And give me the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can't pray, You listen to my heart..

Continue to use me to do Your will.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak...

Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.

I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way.

I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood.

I pray for those who don't know You intimately.

I pray for those that will delete this without sharing it with others

I pray for those that don't believe.

But I thank You that I believe that God changes people and God changes things.

I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes; that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.

Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees it in Jesus' name.


If you prayed this prayer, change the number in the subject box before forwarding the message so people can see how many other people have done so. God Bless!

Just repeat this phrase and see how God moves!!
God I love you and I need you, come into my heart, please.

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." ~Proverbs 29:25

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Automobile Adversity

Grrr, if it isn't one thing, its another. Aug 27th I was rear-ended, which caused my car to be "totalled" and it also caused whiplash. Today, hubby's car was STOLEN, in broad daylight in a public parking lot in San Francisco. Hmph.

Just like my accident, there isn't much that can be done about a random theft, but good golly, it is SO frustrating. I'm so glad that I am storing treasures up in Heaven instead of here in this temporary world. All these things are just things, tools to help us get things done here, ways to get to work, and whatever else.

There is no promise of no storms in life, but instead a calm voice in the storm, a strong hand to hold, a Father who listens and gives us strength.

"... Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? ... And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love."~ Romans 8:35, 38, NLT

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scars are like tattoos but with better stories

I was thinking about our scars, the visible, the invisible and the never shown ones on the inside. They remind us of our pain, the road map of our lives. The reason we are where we are today.

Where would we be without this one or that one? Only God knows. He made us, He chose us, He loves us and He seeks us. You and me!

He knows the scars of His Son. The most amazing scars, the scars that were suffered to save us all. A precious gift wrapped in such pain, how can we even imagine. The gift He gave so that we can all choose eternal life.

What do we have to lose? Well, everything! So make that choice today! If you aren't sure, think of it this way... if you choose Jesus, and you're wrong, you haven't lost a thing. You've gained a life well-lived with morals and forgiveness. If you choose Jesus and you're right, imagine what you've gained! What a precious gift!

"But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin." ~ 1 John 1:7, NLT

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Return to Sender - address KNOWN

I woke up today with Elvis' Return to Sender on my mind. Odd huh? Well not for me, but here is the message I got from the thoughts running thru my heart and mind this morning.

We will be returned to our sender, when we leave this temporary world we live in. We will go to an address known by our maker and brought to fruition from our choices here in this life. Whether that be Heaven or Hell.

We have a choice to accept the gift that has been freely given to us by the blood of Jesus. We have the opportunity to be cleansed of our sins. We have a loving Father who welcomes us to his throne anytime of day or night. We have a friend in Him!

Do you know your ultimate forwarding address? I do and I can't wait to see it ALL, from the pearly gates to the friends and relatives there already.

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." ~ John 3:16, NLT

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Monday, October 13, 2008

You Have Our Attention, Lord

Thought I'd share this on my blog. Thanks Max!

You Have Our Attention, Lord
A prayer by Max Lucado - October 2008

Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing

This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous -
“Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What's Next?”

What is next?

We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right.

You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, You warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.

You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.

We were wrong to spend what we didn’t have.
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor.
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn’t. You gave it. And now, tell us Father, are You taking it?

We’re listening. And we’re praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?

Of course You can. You always have.
You led slaves out of slavery,
Built temples out of ruins,
Turned stormy waves into a glassy pond and water into sweet wine.
This disorder awaits your order. So do we.

Through Christ,

God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day, and He will not be slow to answer them. (Luke 18:7 NCV)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Everything we need!

Do you have everything you need? Do you feel like you have everything you need? Wow, what questions!!!

In these tough economic times, and we have yet to see the worst of it, I don't often feel like I have everything I need, or maybe its that the world has gotten to me, and confused my needs with my wants.

So what do we need? To know that I am loved, friends, a warm place to lay my head, food, and a way to earn income to pay for all of that. That's about it. So I really do have what I need... boy, the want list sure is longer... and longer the more we have, the more we want.

So where do you stand? Do you have all you need? Is it enough? How would you know?

"By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence." ~ 2 Peter 1:3, NLT

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sleeping in Peace

Good sleep is so important for all of us. I relearned that just the other night when I could NOT sleep! The reasons that evening seemed endless: post-party and pre-work adrenaline, the noisy house due to two boys staying up all night on the wii & xbox, and hubby getting up at 3:50am to get to work by 5am.

I haven't yet caught up on that lost sleep and maybe we just can't really do that in or human bodies and minds. Why is it so hard to turn off the world, know that we are safe and sleep well? I need to learn to calm myself, my inner self as well... and trust that I am allowed to relax and sleep, without the need for sleep meds or other means.

He has given us a means of refreshing and we just need to take it. Allow me to rely on you Lord and know that you alone will guide my steps. Remind me of these things during these ordinary hard times... remind me to pray, trust, love and encourage more than I criticize, whine and count on my own strength in these daily things.

"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe." ~ Psalm 4:8, NLT

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall is falling

I can't believe its already October! The 3rd even! Where has the year gone?!?!

My baby turns 18 on Sunday! 18 years have just FLOWN by!

I'm not ready! I'm not worthy! I'm not prepared! but... each day I get more ready, more worthy and more prepared with God's help. I am His daughter and I am a work in progress. Aren't you?

Can you tell I'm feeling hopeful even while I am trying to cope with realities of this world... times have been tough, but there have been some very bright moments lately, and I'm realizing I can rise to these challenges and come out stronger. Amen!

"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes." ~ Ephesians 1:4, NLT

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