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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