The Unpredictable…

As I look out my window this morning…in disbelief I stare…I blink to see if really…it’s snowing. 

Isn’t it Spring? Wasn’t it 80 degrees just a few days ago? Total Weather Confusion!

I am reminded as I watch the white snow drift through the sky…

although the weather changes unexpectedly …it can be totally unpredictable…

I am so thankful that I have a loving Lord that I can rely on…He is my one constant…

the same yesterday…today…and forever…

No matter the changes in the weather…or in my life…My Lord Jesus is there to catch me when I fall…to hold me on His lap and hug me when I need comfort and compassion…

He holds my hand and walks me through the unpredictable…and sometimes He even carries me…through the most unplanned  and unwelcome weather….

Kind Words, Kind Hearts…

I am so often telling my boys to repeat what they just said, but in a kind voice…with kinder words…

I truly feel as that though I am writing lines to a play as I try to teach kind communication them.

I also try to back off just as often and let their practice of kindness to take hold of their hearts. I desire for it to come naturally and purposefully.

Have you ever heard it said that “What comes from your mouth is whats in your heart?”

I think this is so very true, and also such a great reminder to all of us…of all ages.

It’s never too late to improve on you “kindness” vocabulary. Think before you speak and be certain what will be said will either be neccessary and uplifting, or lacking in neccesity and innapropriate. We have no right to tear others apart with our mouths.

I’ve told my children many times “Once said, words can never be taken back”.  One can apoligize for their folly, but those distructive words can hang in the air forever in the mind and heart of the offended. Once hurt, some find it difficult to look away from what words were said and might even begin to believe those harmful things about themselves.

Let our words be those that please the Lord. Words that lift the hearts of others…whom He has also created in His Image. Words are powerful and we must choose them wisely, for they are a reflection of our heart.

The Fog Is Lifting…

I’m slowing being restored, my broken pieces are being placed in their rightful place.

I have peeked through the fog, and am now passing through it.

I am ready for it to be behind me and not look back.

I’m ready for all the color of life, the dark and smudged portions of my portrait to be clear and bright.

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Although these times that try the soul are unwelcome, the thankfulness and appreciation for life it does provide. We can see past the time stealers of lesser value and focus of the true meaning of our existence.

The Lord is good and His love endures forever!

 

 

Asking For Direction…

Fear clenches tightly to us when we allow it. Think of walking down streets you are unfamiliar with, looking for signs….where do I go?

Instead of being disoriented and lost without clear directions or a map ,we can know clearly which path to take if we stop long enough to ask.

Asking is the most important task…Asking the Lord…asking for His direction..His Peace and Strength…

Asking that He remind us to think of others who’ve made wrong turns, or who’ve gotten lost on streets nearby. To help those who are in need and to pray for those whom He brings to mind.  We all need direction…support….prayer…

The sign at the path I want to walk on say’s “Faith, Hope, and Love”.

All Doubt and Fear are unwelcome on this path…It won’t find me here….

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When we begin to open our eyes to the Joy before us, and the God holding us, what’s behind us doesn’t seem as frightening anymore.

If we just let the Lord map out our plan…our life…our control will not take us in a wrong direction…He will maintain us, uphold us and guide us through the life He has made for us. Just Let Go….Just Let Him walk you through every step…

Fear Not!

I enter the room…people chatting and talking…engaging…a friendly face approaches…and then another…chatting kindly….

As I stand attempting to speak I feel my feet begin to get heavy, they feel as though they weigh 20 pounds a piece…my ankles feel as though they may give way…my hands are going numb and the room is starting to move and closing in on me…yet I am still talking…trying to..but all the time thinking…what am I going to do?

My breathing becomes fast…rapid…attempting to correct it and resolve it with a natural breath…

For the last 9 years this has been my life.

I am a very social individual, so to struggle in this area feels like complete madness…

Over the years, I’ve been able to keep my anxiety disorder at bay or limited with prayer and helpful medication, but this past week…it returned…the worst of the symptoms…in what seems as every day normal situations.

I am certain that so many reading this struggle with something similar to what I am experiencing. I do feel for you, yet I know there is still hope for healing through Christ.

I continue to claim victory over this, yet I know in my heart that the Lord can use me and grow me in my valley’s…so He can prepare me to climb the high peaks.

I am working hard to develop a scripture filled thought life and work at ending the panic before it begins. Although my symptoms are physical, I desire to prevent the aftermath of panic when those symptoms arise. I want to get control over my reaction to those symptoms that my body insists on having.

Here are some scriptures that I’ve held close to my heart and have been helpful in many ways:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. ~Phillipians 4:13

Seek the LORD and his strength;  seek his presence continually! ~1 Chronicles 16:11

 Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed,  for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will  uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life;  of whom shall I be  afraid? ~Psalm 27:1
 

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power  and love and self-control.~2Timothy:7  

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world,” 1 John 4:4

 Although times such as this can be tremendously discouraging, we are not alone…in any case…anyone…be comforted in the knowledge that the Lord knew you in your Mother’s womb…and before you were even a thought….He knows you….He loves us and we can guarantee His love strength abides with us when we ask Him for help.

Instead of getting angry or depressed about our struggles, let’s claim VICTORY in the name of Jesus!!!

Darkness to Victory!!!!

I was but dust…He made me …and made me His

I was not worthy of forgiveness and love…

But He made me Worthy…

My sins dark and ugly….He was unable to look upon them…

 

He forgave me …and tossed my wrongs…my sin…into the furthest ocean…

I am His

I am in His hands…the Cleft Of The Rock

My Savior…Healer…King

The Victory is His

He is the Victory!!!

He Gave His own life…

sacrificed Himself for me..

His Pain and agony…He was bruised and beaten…

Placed on a cross…hands and feet nailed to the tree…

True Love….His Love given to me…His Everlasting Life…A Gift…

He’s Crowned with Glory and Honor…

He is Risen!!!! He is Risen Indeed!!!

HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Compassionate and Gracious

1Praise the LORD,O my soul;all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–

3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

.6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,he remembers that we are dust.15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. 20Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, O my soul.