I'm amazed at how my Savior can take any and every circumstance around me to show me more about him. My prayer has always been that this journey of life I'm on would continually bring honor and glory to him, so by using every opportunity; my mistakes, my successes, and my day-to-day adventures, he teaches me how to use it for his glory. This life he blessed me with is ALL about him! So, these are my thoughts, my heart cries, and my lessons from his glorious Word. These are the teachable moments from my Savior!

Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fixed Focus!

Conversations with your 12-year-old son at 4:00 in the morning while waiting for his nose bleed to stop can be interesting. Even more interesting when he's covered up in a towel for additional warmth because the extra AC unit in my bedroom has him shivering like he's out in a blizzard. Me, on the other hand, well I was not the least bit cold. I'm a woman in my forties who doesn't like to be hot so I welcome the frigid temps when I sleep and all who else dare to enter must learn to cope. Lol! Even my sweet husband sleeps under layers of extra blankets just so I can be comfortable. He truly is the best! 

My day doesn't usually begin with being awakened by a child anymore. Those toddler years are long gone in this house. My kids are preteen to young adult so I'm usually the one waking them up. But this morning the day began chatting with Caleb as he pinched his nose with a wad of tissue and waited for the bleeding to subside. Once we realized it had finished, he headed back to bed and I headed down for a strong cup of coffee and and even stronger time in the Word. Once mom is awake, there is no going back to sleep. When this brain of mine is up, well...the fun begins. The to-do list starts going and the multitasking commences. 

I sat at the table with my coffee and Bible. Just for a few minutes, I sat in silence as I watched the steam rise over my cup and prayed for the Lord to clear my focus. My mind wants to wander so much over the many things that have to be accomplished. There are mountains of things to do at home and at work and I could very easily start mapping out my strategy for getting them done. I love a good checklist and an organized fashion to get them completed.  But God so sweetly reminded me that the only thing that needed to be accomplished at that hour was time with Him. And you know what? He was absolutely right. (He is always right 😉)

So I turned to Isaiah 26 and read over and over verses 3 & 4. 

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬

...all whose thoughts are fixed on you!...

Merriam-Webster defines "fixed" as, "placed or attached in a way that does not move easily". 

I sure have been in a busy season over the last few weeks where my focus has been easily distracted. So many things to keep up with that focus has not been fixed on any one thing but sifted among many. It's like the browser on your computer screen having about 50 tabs open at one time. Lol! 

But I love how the Lord will take a moment and get my attention like He did today. Life is busy and there is always something to be done, organized, planned and carried out but we have to place our focus on Him first and foremost. When our gaze is fixed on Christ, we can be sure that no matter what churns around, there will be peace...perfect peace. HE is the Rock eternal!

So today, Lord, I fix my mind on YOU! Not on my to-do list and all the things that have to get done. Not on the world around me in all its political craziness. But on YOU!! YOU are the Rock on which I stand!! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Wake up call!

When the Lord gently nudges you awake at 4AM you can either complain that you're awake way before your alarm or you can get up with anticipation of what He has in store for you in His Word. So, after my initial response (which wasn't so joyful), I slid out of my bed and spent time immersed in His Word and conversation with Him. And what an honor that He spent that time with me! I'm so thankful that He loves me enough to unsettle me so I won't miss what He has for me! 

An early morning rendezvous with the Most High! ❤️

“O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:1-6‬

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quiet Moments!

What an amazing morning to give God praise! Sitting here on the porch with my Bible and my faithful sidekick, Louie, as we enjoy some quiet moments with Jesus and patiently wait for the sun to wake up. 

I love sitting here in the stillness of the morning talking to my Jesus! Just a few moments before the day fully begins in all its swirl of activity. Summer was busy and the fall routine is in full swing. School bells have rung at home and preschool, my three kiddos are in motion for the year, my husband's travel has kicked back up after having him with me for 17 whole days and, of course, the daily demands of working mom are endless. But right now in this moment, I don't have to answer any questions or solve any problems. I don't have to meet the many demands that each day brings. I can just sit in the presence of Jesus and be still before him! I can read his Word and praise him! I can listen for his voice because all else is quiet at this moment. I bask in HIS glory and find rest in HIS presence! He is faithful and he is peace! Thank you sweet Father! It's ALL about YOU!

"You’re all I want in heaven! You’re all I want on earth! When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is rock-firm and faithful. Look! Those who left you are falling apart! Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again. But I’m in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is! I’ve made Lord God my home. God, I’m telling the world what you do!"
Psalm 73:25-28 (MSG)

Today, take a few moments away from the busyness and chaos that is daily life and spend some time alone with Jesus. Though life is full of activity and some days can be overwhelming, I count my blessings. I am fully blessed! God is so good and his goodness leaves me in awe! Every day is a good day to praise the Most High!

So good morning to you all and may you be blessed this day! ☀️

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Early Morning!

My front porch was a little dark this morning as I made my way out. Having to leave the house so early in the morning makes for an earlier time on the porch and when sunrise isn't until 6:49, my first moments with Jesus are going to be dark. But the benefits of this early morning time with just Him are worth it. 

Matt and I sat talking on the front porch last night at sunset. We rocked and talked and laughed. You see, our little white rocking chairs have been a little beat up over the last 12 years we've had them. So with every rock, it's not quite as smooth and we wonder when it will be our last. Lol! So we talked about getting new ones. Well, we talked about putting in our budget the cost of new ones knowing it may take some time to save up but we dream on. Of course, I have big dreams. Since I spend so much time out here, I'm thinking of an elaborate space where I can sit even when it gets cold out and some lighting to go with it because the days will be shorter. As I talked and dreamed, my sweet husband just rocked and listened. He didn't crush my dreams but let me dream on knowing it may take quite a while to make it reality. But he knows this space is sacred to me. My rendezvous with Jesus on this very porch have been times of such growth, comfort, and healing. Times where I can get alone with my Father to learn & pray and allow Him to mold & shape me into what He desires. 

I was reading this morning in Mark chapter one where Jesus went to Simon's house and healed his mother-in-law as she lay so sick with fever. As news got around town, everyone began bringing their sick loved ones to Him for healing. But the next passage is where I focused....

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:35‬

Jesus knew the importance of getting alone with the Father. He did so first thing in the morning before the busyness of the day began and at a place where they could be alone, away from distraction. 

This struck me this morning as I talked with my Father. Some mornings are hard to get up but when I do, and lay it all out before Him (sleepiness, grumpy attitude and all), He meets me right there and our time together is so sweet. I crave it...I need it. It's just the drink my thirsty soul needs! HE is what I need most in these early morning moments before my day begins. Before the craziness of life unfolds and the quiet moments are replaced by lots of noise and sometimes at very high volumes. 

So, today I will replay this passage of scripture over and over and remember that Jesus set the example for our every day. And I will count down the moments until we meet again on this very porch with a cup of coffee, His Word, and my tattered rocking chairs. Sweet sweet time! 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Encourage One Another in the Lord!

This picture was taken last summer during a sunrise prayer and praise time with these two sweet girls. I’m not much of a beach person but I love the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and of course the majesty of God’s amazing creation. It was the perfect morning to head out before the sun woke up and take these two precious girls who are running after Jesus to the ocean to share a time of prayer and devotion as God breathed life into another blessed day for us.

The beach was quite occupied for that early morning hour, but it was still quiet and unrushed. We set our towels down, snapped a few pictures of the sun beginning to peak over the ocean and then spent some time in worship and praise of our God in all His splendor and majesty. As we sat down on our beach towels to open God’s Word we noticed a young man standing in front of the water with arms outstretched in praise. How beautiful to see another soul praising our God!

A little bit later this same young man came over and, in all humility, shared with us how it moved him to see us out there praising God and felt led to come and encourage us in Christ and pray with us. He was in town for business training and desired to come to the ocean and worship God at sunrise but almost gave up on the idea because it was so early. He had called his girlfriend on the phone to share the experience and said he was blessed to see other believers there in worship as well. So together, we bowed in prayer, hand in hand, to lift high the name of Jesus and encourage one another to continue living life in Christ and stand in unity as we seek HIM. I asked his name, Timothy, and thanked him for his prayers and encouraged him as well as he left to stay strong in Christ.

What a blessed morning! In a world that seems to be moving further and further away from Christ and each other, God encouraged our hearts with another brother in the Lord. Let's do the same!

Today is a new day to give God praise! Yes, I know it is Monday and that can be a harder-than-normal day to handle. But if you are reading this, than you are alive and God has a purpose and plan for your life THIS day. Wherever you are, whatever your schedule holds today…give God praise and worship Him in all you do. You never know who is watching your life and who will need encouragement in Christ. Today, let’s commit to sharing with the world the greatest news of all…Jesus, and let’s encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord!

To God be the glory, great things HE has done!

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”
2 Timothy 1:8a (NLT)

“Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.”

Psalm 145:3 (NLT)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Grumpy Start...Lord, Have Your Way In Me!

I didn't sleep well last night. I love my sleep, so restlessness is not a fun way to get up on a Saturday morning. You would think with my husband finally being home that I would sleep like a baby but I tossed and turned all night, felt achy and woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Ugh! I really don't have time for that! I trekked downstairs to the couch so I wouldn't wake Matt. An all night flight the night before didn't produce a lot of sleep for him and I was hoping at least one of us would sleep.

I tried to fall back asleep on the couch but that didn't work either so I decided that was just the nudge I needed to spend some extra time with the Lord. Well the temperature outside was already nearing 85 degree heat index at that obscene time on a Saturday morning so my porch time was not looking good either. By this time, my attitude was starting to sour. Ok, it wasn't starting to sour; it was full blown sour at this point. Yes, yes, all the more reason I needed to get with Jesus!

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. (And by "box" here I mean my bad attitude and grumpiness). So I found a fan, made my cup of coffee, grabbed my Bible and headed out to the porch. In all honesty, my grouchiness didn't go away as soon as I sat down and opened my Bible. Not even after I read a few passages. It took some praying and confessing this complaining spirit that even made me wrinkle my nose at myself. Shew!!

Oh, but those times when you get real and honest before God and allow Him to peel back those ugly layers of selfishness and apply the ointment of His Word to your raw places.....

It was just the soothing balm needed to turn that grumpiness into a time of praise and worship to the One who is so worthy! Once I allowed Him to overtake my thoughts and really grasp His Word, we had some sweet time together. He is such a good Father!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
Proverbs 17:22 NLT

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30 NKJV

I don't know where you are on this Saturday morning. Maybe you woke up on cloud 9 or maybe you tossed and turned on the wrong side of the couch like I did, but we can truly begin this day in the Word of God and allow Him to move us right where we need to be. A little less of us and A LOT more of HIM!! He is so faithful and His mercies over me are endless! Praise HIM!! Happy Saturday all!!

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.”

Lamentations 3:22-26 NLT