Monday, September 27, 2010

House Blessing

Over the weekend, my friends gave me a house warming.  We called it a House Blessing because that is what it really was all about.  Besides, I didn't need anything and just wanted my friends to celebrate and enjoy with me.  I am grateful for my friends and family.  I am grateful for my church.  I am grateful for my new home.  It has been given back to God who provided it.  I am thankful this home is just for me picked out by the Lord.  He loves me and I love Him.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Women's Advance

If you haven't been to a Women's Advance, it is time to start planning to go next February.  Every third weekend in February, every year, there is a retreat in Kelseyville, CA.

What is it?   The name could have been simply "Women's Retreat", but retreating we are not.  We are advancing on Northern California to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ.  So, hence, the name Women's Advance.


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Past Regrets

I was looking over my notes in a prayer journal from over a  year ago.  Funny how God works.  At that time, I don't know why I was feeling the way I was, but I wrote a letter to God telling Him how I never received credit for the things I've done.  I have always stayed in the background, or so it seemed to me at the time.  I guess I've always felt that way.  Being the oldest child, I felt like an experiment I guess you could say.  Oldest children will understand that statement.  I don't mean I wasn't loved, I was.  Still, I took a back seat to my sisters many times.  I have been going through a grieving process of sorts lately any way.  Never did grieve my past mistakes and there are many.  For the most part, I put things on the "back burner" and don't think about them.

God has other plans.  Actually, I thought I was doing the right thing not thinking about my childhood and my teens and adulthood mistakes.  Now I believe that not to be true.  At least to the extent I managed to forget a lot of my childhood.  Unfortunately, when I think about it, I manage to remember the negative.

Well, I  don't  want to remember the negative.  That's one reason for this  blog.  Because blessings do abound in my life.  But not grieving has caused unnecessary pain and mistakes in my life.  I will discuss this more in a later submission.  Right now, suffice it to say, the "pendulum" seems to have swung the other way.  I have been getting credit for things I am doing right now.  However I realize it is God that has given me my talents and training. The grieving process, although painful, is necessary.  If I had faced these things in the past, it would not be so painful now, but God always wins out.  I would not have it any other way.



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Friday, May 21, 2010

Moving Day

Well, we finally made it.  Escrow closed around 3:00 p.m.  Of course, I couldn't wait to get into the house.  So I grabbed a gray and white ceramic chicken I bought for the kitchen and put it on  counter as soon as I walked in the door.  There has to be some sign of ownership. Right?  Just a little something that says it is mine.  I give all the credit to God.  He is so good.  I was frustrated several times because escrow kept being delayed for one reason or another.  It does not matter now.  God's timing is always the right time.  He is never early, He is never late, He is always on time.  (Like my friend reminded me a few weeks ago)  I am grateful for Christian friends who listen to and obey the Lord.

After placing Mr. chicken on the counter, I left.  Big day tomorrow, moving day.  Moving day.  I can't wait.

I am grateful for a good God.  I am grateful that we still have many freedoms in this country.  The Lord is so good and I can't think of anything else to say about him except that.  He has cared for my children and me for many, many years.  I am grateful for the "problems" I have endured.  It has made me stronger.  It seems like everything I've been through is somehow coming together to help others, or at least understand them.

I was content in my last home.  I believe I will be content here.  It is all in God's perfect plan.  Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.  He is the Lord of my life.  Again I ask, How do people who do not know Christ make it in this world?  Rom. 8:28.

Goodnight.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE

Today I am blessed and thankful and grateful.  I have loved living in this mobile home for seven years.  Tomorrow I will be moving to a new home.  Two of my children are going to move into the trailer and continue the work I started on it.  I hope they will be as happy as I have been here.  My doggie will have a new yard to run around in as she does now.  Only, the new yard will allow her to run around and around from back to front ,front to back and on and on.  She will love it.  She loves the yard she is in now, but its a new start for all of us.  We all get new starts now and then.  The Lord is so good.  He keeps giving us chances.  I am so grateful he has given me many, many chances.  I have messed up so many times.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dreams

My very favorite character in the bible is Joseph in the Old Testament.  I can relate to him.  I was blamed for things I didn't do when I was a kid.  I didn't handle things as well as Joseph.  He was blessed because he just went along with whatever happened.  When he was young and he told his parents and brothers about a dream where they were binding sheaves in a field and his sheave rose up and the others stayed down and bowed to him.  He told what he dreamed as a little boy would.  I don't understand why it is interpreted by some as Joseph being a "smart aleck".  I just see it as him sharing the dream.  But I'll leave the interpretation to the scholars.  I am grateful that I survived childhood, teenagedom, young adulthood and so on and so on.  I still don't know how.  Actually, I do know how.  The Lord.  I've said before, how do people make it without knowing Jesus.

But, I have had dreams.  The one I remember the most is this one:  I was at work and it was almost time to go home.  I kept hearing people talk about the Philipeeans.  Then I looked at the clock and it was 3:13.  What an unusual time for work to get out, I thought.  I woke up and the word Philipeeans kept going through my head.  So did the time.  Aha moment!  Philipians.  Philipians 3:13.  The Lord actually gave me a specific scripture.  Think of it.  The Lord.  And it fit at that time in my life.  Not only that, but when I am sad, I sometimes think of that time and realize the Lord does talk to me.  He cares about me.  He is a personal God.  The scripture.  I hope you will look it up.  I hope it will mean something to you.

Wow, what a God we have.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Natural Families and Made Up Families-Today's Blessings

Today I had a procedure done on my back.  I am part of a blind study about pain control.  I am grateful that I was chosen for this procedure. In six weeks if I received the real thing, that will be the end of it, or if the placebo was determined, then the procedure will be done after the six week study.  I am grateful to have one of the best surgeons in the area.  I am grateful I have a friend who drove me home.  I am blessed to have family in this town and that my parents are both still living.  I will be spending Mother's Day with my mom this year as well as my two sisters on Mom's Day.  There are two weddings in my sister's family the two days before Mom's day.  I love being with my sisters.  We are living in different areas of the United States and don't see each other very often.

Isn't it sad that families are spread  all over the country?  It must have came about because of the "Industrial Revolution."  That was a long time ago.  Since factories started to build their businesses in remote places or in big cities, they needed workers.  So now in 2010, families who thought it would be adventurous to travel or relocate but find themselves alone without friends and family.  But, I think people tend to  make new families, at church, in groups, in the military.  I have connections in my town, in church, in bible studies, in community interest groups. My sisters do the same thing.  It is up to us to stay in touch.  With God's help, we can survive in the changing world.  I will close here by saying God makes me happy.  He is my Lord and Savior and my question is: How do people make it without Him?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday, 2010

What a blessed day.  The day my Savior arose from the grave defeating death.  It is raining today.  We need the rain.  We also need a Savior.  A ministry group I sing with presented  the Easter service at a local nursing home  today.  We give a church service there once a month.  The other three Sundays of the month, three other churches are there to minister to the residents.   We were honored to have been asked to give the Easter service this year.

The residents are always so grateful that we visit and play music and read scripture.  It seems like sometimes they don't know we are there, and I don't think they are receiving anything from us.  But they do hear and they love the hugs after the service.  Our group enjoys the hugs also.One Sunday one of the residents told me we looked like a family.  That is the nicest compliment we have ever received.  We are a family.  This Sunday, my youngest son joined us to play the tambourine.

I am most grateful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Today and Good Friday are important days in a Christian's life.  The death, burial and resurrection of Christ is told in the Word, the Holy Bible.  It is incredible to me that there were eye witnesses to this event and is still recorded accurately today.

I'm grateful for my children and my parents and my family.  I pray that they all know the Lord as their Savior.  It's funny how family seems to listen to others more than they do you.  But that is okay, as long as they get the message.

I had to spend time alone with the Lord this morning before I started my day.  I need to do that every day and most of the time I do.  But I have been lax lately, worrying about other things in my life.  Remember the story I told you about the vision I had of Jesus flying above me.  I have to remember that often.  The busier I am the more I need Him and to keep my eyes only on Him.  Vision of Christ

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blessings Abound

Last night, my youngest son said there is someone at the door.  I looked up and there was Michael, the next to youngest son.  I had prayed that very morning that he would come home today.  There he was at the door.  I bet I jumped up and down like a little kid.  Today, I am grateful that Michael is home.  I am grateful that God answers prayer.

Michael was in jail and had been for the last three weeks.  He turned himself in because he had a warrant and it was hard watching him walk into the jail.  I am grateful that he did what he did. He could have left at any time, but stuck it out.  Two years ago, he would not have taken this step.  What is different in his life?  He met Jesus while incarcerated in another state.  Jesus makes a difference when we give him a chance.  He is always standing at the door waiting for us to open it and let him in.

Michael became a man over the last few months.  Many friends were praying for him and I am grateful for my support group.

The only thing appropriate to say is Praise the Lord.  He is worthy to be praised.  Thank you Lord.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Beautiful Saturday Morning in Northern California

It is such a beautiful, sunny day, a little chilly, but sunny here in Northern California.  My goal for this blog was to share five things I am grateful for each day.  I have a lot to catch up on.  I'll just start with today.  I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.  I am most grateful for having the Lord Jesus Christ in my life.  I don't know how people make it in this world without Him.  This last week has been pretty stressful for me. I've made offers on two houses which had fallen into fourclosure.  Each place I wanted to live in, but there were counter offers on both and both offers were for cash.  I can't compete with cash.  .  Twice I've been told the cash offers were accepted, once on Monday and then again on Friday.  I won't go into how this came about, but long story short, I changed real estate agents.  My new agent has already found me a house, another beautiful one, with room for the grandkids and great-grandkids and she is really on the ball.  She makes me feel important to her and that I am wanted as a client.  So today I am grateful for her.  I have learned a great lesson.  Wait on God, which I thought I was doing, but I did get a little anxious this week.

Once I had a vision, not a dream, but a picture in my head I guess.  I was swimming in a river.  It was full of "junk" and Jesus was flying above me.  If I looked up and kept my eyes on Jesus, I didn't see the "junk" and could swim right along without a problem.  If I took my eyes off Him, I could see the things in my way.  When I am having problems and especially when I get impatient, He reminds me of that vision.  Sometimes it is the only thing that helps me get through a tough situation.  His Word is full of jewels of wisdom and help for every day living.  A friend shared with me during the week that she received a word from God.  He told her:  "God is never early, God is never late, God is always on time.  Wow, what a great message.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Women's Advance 2010 in Kelseyville, CA

The speaker had us get into small groups and come up with ideas about how we were going to start living with positive attitudes.  That is where this idea came from.  Even though I try to be positive, there is room for improvement.  I have many blessings and want to share them with my readers.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A God Thing

A friend asked me to a church I used to attend when I thought God had called me there.  December, 2009 was the last time I was there and as I was leaving I mentioned to the pastor that I wanted to be a member and would be at  the New Member's Class the next week. That was a week before Christmas. The following week, I woke up in the middle of the night wondering if I made the right decision. Confusion set in.
But, according to 1 Cor. 14:33a -  For God is not [the author] of confusion but of peace, my thinking wasn't proper at the time, and placed making the decision on the back burner for awhile.  I still went to another church and continued ministry at a Nursing Home.  I have many friends at the other church and thought that somehow I didn't really hear from God.  I wasn't very happy at the other church and mentioned to my friends that I really didn't understand why I didn't feel as if I belonged.  However, while there, I did agree to facilitate a women's bible study.

Back to the friend who asked me to go to church with her:  She had given a woman a ride and during their conservation the woman asked my friend to come to her church that following Sunday.  Since it was a church I had attended and talked about, my friend thought I might like to go with her.  She was right.I jumped at the invitation and after walking in and sitting down, I thought to myself, "I'm home!"  I got up from the seat to get something and ran into the pastor.  He grabbed me and hugged me and took my hand and and we talked for a few minutes.  I felt so good that someone was that glad to see me.  He said he was just worried and that he and the others had been praying for me.  I decided that day I would join and when they called for people to come forward, I just didn't hear I guess.  So I thought, "I'll just join next week."  After the service the pastor came over to me and introduced his father-in-law and invited me to join right then (after the service was over).  It was a "God Thing" because I probably never would have gone back on my own.  Not that I didn't want to, but, I had just settled into the other church and accepted that I belonged there even if I didn't understand.

I now believe God pulled me out for awhile so I could facilitate the bible study and so I would know, really know where I belonged.  That I was in His will at the church I joined.  I am grateful my friend asked me and grateful she remembered I had attended before.  I am grateful she thought of me.
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