Tuesday, July 26, 2011

 So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Psalms 55:6

Have you ever had one of those days?  It is always comforting to read that I'm not the only one that feels that way sometimes!  King David wrote in the Psalms about just that kind of day.  In fact the first 8 verses of the chapter are written about how he REALLY felt.  So honest...I love that.

Some days I wish I had wings...preferably wings on my shoes (there's something about having wings on your back that speaks PAIN getting them on there) and besides I'm not ready to join Gabriel yet...just sayin'.  But if I had them on a pair of shoes that I could slip off and on whenever I felt overwhelmed, fly to a tropical Island for a while then come on back to face reality again, I think I could handle that . lol

But I know that would not solve the real issue at hand. If you fly away, it's going to be there to meet you when you return. The great news is that God has given us everything we need to deal with every issue in our lives. He not only gave us the tools (2 Peter 1:3), but also an excellent example in Jesus Himself (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus was tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane to not follow through with His destiny...but He did and because of His determination and making a decision to follow through, you and I have eternal life.  So glad He did not "fly away", and believe me He really had the means to do it in style AND on REAL Angels' wings...but He didn't...because He loves us so much. 

So I guess, after this little pep talk to myself, I'll put away my winged shoes for now, face the issue head on with the Lord by my side and declare Victory!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Fresh New Day!

"My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up."
Psalms 5:3
"Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face."
Psalms 5:8

Thank you Lord for allowing me to see another day.  Help me not to take each day for granted.  Lead and guide me to follow the plan that YOU have for me today.

Just thinking that it's been awhile since I've been "Yard-saling".  though I don't need anymore junk to clutter up the clutter I already have.  There is something about rummaging through old stuff and finding a treasure! I love it!  So maybe, just maybe that is an adventure to plan for this weekend...hmmm. check the newspaper listings, get my big 'ol shopping bag ready and get ready to roll!

I can ususally find great stuff at yard sales, it just takes a little patience and an "eye" for what it really not junk.  Over the years I have collected a rainbow of colors of Depression ware, and other pottery and china. I semi retired from going out, but I feel a new urge to re-fire and get back out there to see what I can find. Hopefully pictures of my found treasures will follow in an update post.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bloom Where You're Planted

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Coming back from a vacation, no matter how short, often leaves me feeling deflated. I suppose it could be from all the excitement and hype in the prep, then being super high on fun and family, only to return to the everyday sometimes mundane life. Especially for me, who rarely gets to see or spend time with family…that time is very precious to me.

Attended a fabulous wedding and had loads of fun with family, an experience in total contrast to my usual life. Since my return and feeling somewhat “woe is me” the Lord had to remind me of some things. He reminded me of a person that was never able to have children of her own and then her husband passed away at a young age. This woman’s life I am sure did not turn out the way she had planned. Then He reminded me of someone who was left to raise and care for her children alone…surely this is not how she planned her life.

And there I sat, lovingly chastised by my Father for pining over my life that He has so graciously given to me, because I feel that my life has not turned out as I had planned. I wanted to be the doting wife, mother and grandmother, busy baking and cooking fabulous meals for my family on the weekends. I could see us having big family gatherings for Christmas and Easter with so much love it made the atmosphere tingle. I pictured us all going on picnics together, complete with a wicker basket, gingham napkins, fried chicken and the works. I could see my husband and I watching our grandchildren grow up together, giving them sage advice and slipping them money to get a treat. I could see us watching the sunset and laughing about silly stuff…just because we were all together.

I have always been a dreamer. I can remember my math teacher in high school frequently catching me staring out the window daydreaming, while she called on me to answer a question. Though it amused and made my class mates laugh, I was in my own little world, where I saw my life in sparkles and pastel colors. And then you grow up…

Growing up is not meant to be a negative experience; it is the plan of God that we mature and become wiser. It is when we try to hold on to some of those dreams that we can make our current lives miserable. God, I believe wants us to be content in the state He allows us to be in. As apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13 after saying “I’ve learned to be content with having a lot and with having little…”I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength”. He wants us to “Bloom where we are planted”.

In a conversation with my sister, we talked about a yellow rose bush that she has planted by her storage shed in her back yard. She told me how having gotten the rose when her youngest son graduated from Medical school several years back and she had tried planting the bush in several places on her property without success. Her last resort was to plant the rose bush in a pot that was out by her storage shed. A pot that had other plants in it along with a few weeds; but it is there, not in a place of prominence or even showcased that the Rose bush has flourished and blooms beautifully. At that point she and I began to see the correlation the life of that little rosebush has with ours. To make it more personal, with my life not turning out like I had planned, I’ve felt I’ve been moved all around, surely out of my comfort zone; dreams have failed, lots of tears in the process and yes…in my little narrow, pink and sparkly, make believe world, to me people have failed. But my Father reminds me that my eyes should only be on HIM, because HE NEVER FAILS. And He reminds me to BLOOM WHERE I’M PLANTED. The Real World can be rough, hurtful and very disappointing, but Jesus says in the Bible to be of “Good Cheer for He has overcome this world.” And I can too as I keep my eyes on Him.

Thanks little yellow Rose bush for that huge lesson…in spite of your trials, you’re still fulfilling your purpose and looking beautiful while you’re doing it! I want to be just like you when I grow up!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy fourth of July !

"Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed"

We have True Liberty, because of Christ's payment on the Cross!