Made for relationship

Today I listened to my friend Amy talk about friendship on her radio show.  Coming home from a weekend like this leads one to think about friendship, about connection, about how our Creator intended for us to be in relationship with others. Relationships that allow us to take off our grown up hats and put on our play time hats (or boas and beads as the case may be) Relationships that allow us to relax.  To lean back into the knowledge that we are accepted for who we are in this moment. Relationships that allow us to celebrate each others success without thought of competition or glory. Relationships that make our hearts smile and our spirit sing ~A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words~ Author Unknown Today … [Read more...]

Expect the Unexpected

Today for Thankful Thursday, our host Lynne chose the theme of being thankful for the unexpected. Ha! That could be the theme of my life so I decided to do a little time line post of how God took the unexpected (to me, not to Him) and worked it for good in my life. Time in foster care When I was a tween girl my family imploded.  The result was myself (and eventually my brothers) being removed from our home for a time.  While I am fortunate that my time in foster care  was not long term (about a year and then I went to live with my grandparents) I am thankful for it now.  It softened my heart and created a passion in me for orphans and foster children to have forever families. Teen pregnancy While it can be argued that pregnancy should not have surprised me, given my promiscuous … [Read more...]

The Waiting Game

Back in the spring of 2006, God put a strong call on my life.  I argued with Him (while crying, laughing and driving down a dangerous stretch of highway).  I told Him He definitely had the wrong girl.  But, God can be persistent (in case you didn't know that). Fast forward three and a half years and I somehow figure I should get out my measuring stick (so to speak)...see how far I've come towards that plan. Of course, I do not measure up to my own expectations. And then I start saying things like this "I should be farther along with {x, y, z}.  If I'm ever going to fulfill this burden on my heart I should at least be at point {j, k, l} by now" and "I knew I was unworthy of this call, God got this one wrong" and "I should be doing more to make this happen" and "what did I do … [Read more...]

Uniquely You

Today, joining with Laurie from Women Taking a Stand, we are being thankful for uniqueness. I think my readers are painfully aware of the things that make me unique so I thought I would point out some things I am thankful for about the ways the people I love are special to me, because of their quirks unique qualities. My hubby~ God wired Mike to be cheap fiscally responsible.  I have learned so much from him about being a good steward (enough to write a Bible study about it LOL)  God also made Mike to be even-tempered- ALL THE TIME! Is it possible God knew he would be married to a spaz like me someday and someone would need to be able to be level headed? Hmmmm.... My oldest~ Sometimes with all the trials we have faced raising Jason, it can be easy to overlook the ways that God made him … [Read more...]

Thankful no matter what…

Today's theme for Thankful Thursday is trials.  I think that is an appropriate topic for me to write about given the events of the last few weeks (or my whole life if you want to get technical). Some of you may remember that I broke out in (what they thought were) hives about six weeks ago.  After almost a month with no relief, the results of a skin biopsy revealed that the hives were actually lupus.  Further testing revealed that I have systemic lupus (and my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is still also accurate). The lupus diagnosis hit me kind of hard.  I am normally a pretty positive, give it to God, don't worry about what you can't control kind of gal. I don't know if it was because this was so unexpected r maybe because I am just human, but I felt sorry for myself with a capital … [Read more...]

Thankful through the valley

This week, participating in National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness week, I made a conscious effort to not grumble or complain.  That is almost impossible but I did try.  Then I remembered that today would be Thankful Thursday and I could utter (or write, really) the words that very few people understand...I am thankful that I have multiple sclerosis. Have you ever faced a valley time in your life?  A dark place, an obstacle so much bigger than you, a situation that seemed hopeless?  In Psalm 23 it says this: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Psalm 23:4 The valley of the shadow of death is referring to those dark periods, those valleys I referenced above.  In II Corinthians 12:9, Jesus says "My grace is … [Read more...]

Joy Cometh!

That is something Beth Moore said in her study on the fruit of the Spirit- Joy cometh!  Isn't that a wonderful promise?  I have held on to it since I participated in that study last year.  Psalm 16:11 says You have made known to me the path of life: you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasure at your right hand. If you are wondering where joy can be found, the answer is in the presence of our Most High God.  There is so much good that goes on in our lives and if we are having trouble seeing our blessings all we have to do is ask God to reveal them to us and He WILL! I am thankful for: The amazing experience(s) I had at the She Speaks conference last weekend! The awakened Spirit of discernment the Lord has provided me with to weed out relationships, commitments and … [Read more...]

Thankful Thursday- My Life

Today Lynn is hosting Thankful Thursday and made the topic random.  That means I get to ramble :-)  I am thankful for so many things.  Sometimes in the midst of trials it is easy to get overwhelmed and forget about our blessings.  Or forget that what seems like a trial is really nothing compared to what God has gotten you through before.  Or to lose sight of the fact that there are so many people in this world who would give anything to have my life, yes my life.  Complete with the thorns and challenges.   I am blessed and highly favored.  I am a child of God. Thank you God for: ~breath.  I am still here and I know it is by Your design.  Help me to bring glory to You every moment, every breath. ~travel.  I have been stressing about BlogHer and SheSpeaks, seemingly forgetting how I … [Read more...]

Thankful Thursday-Rewards

The Bible remind us in Luke 12:34 "that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also".  So often in our society we feel like we are entitled to rewards- the big house, the new car, the chic shoes.  I have been as guilty of this as anyone else.  Guilty of forgetting that my reward is eternal life.  And that life began the day I accepted Christ as my Savior.  Anything else- the frills, the comfort, the possessions that seem to mean so much truly mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.  We are called to spend ourselves for Jesus and our reward is not material. Looking at life this way (the intensity of which is new for me)  makes me so much more appreciative of all the things I have been blessed with.  Today, I am thankful for: access to healthcare and health … [Read more...]

Thankful Thursday- True Beauty

  Today's Thankful Thursday theme is beauty.  My favorite verse on beauty is in I Peter 3:3-4 which says Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. First of all to expel any chances of legalism, let me clarify that I do not like this post because I think it tells women what not to wear (that is the job of Stacy on the TLC show LOL)  Just to clear that up I looked up the verse in my Matthew Henry NIV Commentary.  Braided hair was commonly worn by "lewd" women in the contextual times and adorning yourself in gold bangles and jewelry was considered sensual and excessive in that … [Read more...]

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