Monthly Archives: January 2015

Through It All

Yesterday we went to church with Roger’s cousins and at the end of the service, they sang the song “Through It All”.  The words go something like this:  “Through it all.  Through it all.  I’ve learned to trust in Jesus.  I’ve learned to trust in God.  Through it all.  Through it all.  I’ve learned to depend upon His word.”

I had that chorus stuck in my head all day yesterday………. And all day today – as we await some word on a CT scan for a family member.  I long for a life of no troubles.  I long for a life of no worry.  But God tells us in His word as He was talking to the disciples in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”

We are going to have trouble.  There’s no way around it.  We live in a fallen world.  But God has overcome this fallen world!!!  James 1:2 tells us to consider it joy when we face trials because the testing of faith develops perseverance and perseverance must finish its work so that we can have peace!
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Phone A Friend…..and So On and So On

I took a vacation day from work today to get a lot of things done that I was feeling behind on.  My house was a mess.  I had errands to run and a lot of things that were overwhelming me.  I was laying in bed this morning thinking of all the things I wanted to get accomplished today.

I got out of bed practically running to brush my teeth and get laundry in so that I could get everything accomplished on my mental list.  I sat down to WRITE OUT my list (as many of you know I am the Queen of List-Making).

And then…………..I felt God gently put His hand on my shoulder……..and say “don’t write Me on the list but start with Me.  Don’t work Me in your day, but start your day with Me.”

So I stopped.  Relaxed. Got out my Bible, my Bible study and read.  And one of the passages I read was in Proverbs 3:9 – “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with a new wine.”  Above that passage in my Bible I had written years ago “Put God first”.  I think this verse doesn’t just mean with tithing.  I think it means with time, talent, money, and yes, Bible study on the busy days.

He is awesome.  After I read that scripture and did my other readings, I felt the urge to share with you all what God placed on my heart today.  Maybe what He is telling me, and I am telling you, is exactly what He had in mind today.  You know……….kinda like the telephone game?  You start with something and tell a friend to pass it on to the next friend who passes it on to the next friend who passes it on and so on and so on.  Who knows all of the blessings we will see along the way by putting God first today and sharing with someone else what He did for us in the process?  Then maybe they will share with someone else and so on and so on.

Let’s try it again tomorrow.  And the next day.  And the day after that.  I hope God blesses you beyond belief today! And then that you will Go Phone a Friend and tell them how great He is.

Those Traveling with No Baggage May Go Ahead and Board

Traveling by airplane is very common and usually time efficient in today’s world.  Southwest Airlines’ trademarked slogan, “Bags fly free®” seem to draw travelers to its airline. Most airlines charge for baggage but there is no charge for your first two checked bags if you fly with Southwest.

When I hear the word “baggage” by itself though, it makes me think of negative things – like the “baggage someone carries around in their life.”

Someone may carry around the baggage of regrets – wishing they would have done things differently in their lives or in a particular situation.

Some people may carry around the baggage of disappointment – constantly thinking of the way things didn’t turn out like they had hoped or how someone failed to meet their expectations.

Some people may carry around the baggage of unforgiveness – holding on to grudges over something someone did that hurt them and refusing to forgive and move on.

Some people may carry around the baggage of victim mentality – feeling that everyone is out to get them and that all bad things happen to them and they can never get a break.

Some people on the other hand may carry around more positive baggage – such as the baggage of gratitude and thankfulness or baggage that contains the fruits of the spirit – love, peace, patience, kindness, joy, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23).

I would challenge you today to think about what baggage you want to take on this journey through LIFE.  You can only take the baggage that is free – the ones that give us the “free”dom in Christ; the bags that produce Christ’s love and show the fruits of having the Spirit of God in us freeing us from the weight of the world.

I challenge you to leave the baggage at the cross that holds disappointment, forgiveness, hurt, anger and a victim mentality. God doesn’t want you to take those on this journey. He wants you to be able to take only the things that are free – only the things that don’t weigh you down.

“Now everyone take your seats and put on the full armour of God.  Please stow the Sword of the Spirit in the compartments of your heart.  Place your Bible in the upright position.  Turn off all negative devices.  And be sure  your belts of truth are securely fastened.   We should be ready for our jouney at any time.”

Setbacks, Setups and Smiles

“What looked like a setback was really a setup for God to do something greater in Paul’s life.”   – Excerpt from Joel Osteen’s book You Can. You Will. (c) 2014

Do you ever feel like you are taking one step forward and two steps backward?  You get the bills all caught up and then the car breaks down.  You overcome a bad cold to then get the flu.  You lose 5 pounds and then something stressful occurs and you snack away your sorrow!  These are all setbacks.  Some of them are in our control; some are not.

But no matter what –  God is still in control –  whether we are forging along and making great strides OR taking steps that make you feel like you have a setback.

Sometimes God uses our setbacks to wake us up and cause us to look to Him; to fall flat on our backs so we are looking up to the heavens; to surrender control and look to Him for strength.  Don’t look at what we refer to as SETBACKS in a negative way but rather look at them as SETUPS for God to do something great in our lives.

In Romans 8:28, Pauls says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Everything is used by God for good for those who love Him.  He has given us free will to make choices.  If we choose wrong, he doesn’t “control” that choice.  We suffer consequences from wrong choices.  However, God will work something good out of those bad choices so that He will be glorified in some way.

So the next time you have an urge to whine about the SETBACKS, make yourself stop, smile and think about how God is using those as SETUPS for greater things!   You might as well smile…………He is!  Emoji