Monthly Archives: January 2019

Living to Please God in our Non-Hollywood Lives

Today my mind is focused on the pollution on TV.  Most every channel has something on it that is not good.  Our society is running crazy with all kinds of evil and wickedness.  The devil is having a “hay day”.  So many shows on television are now showing new ways to kill, new ways to blow things up, all kinds of sexual misconduct, and pushing the lines of what is acceptable to show on public television.  The definition of “morals” has broadened beyond Biblical definitions and God is sad.  He is so disappointed in mankind.

We must continue to pray against all forces of the devil winning this battle.  I must say that I get caught up in the excitement of the Hollywood lives being reported on entertainment news shows and in the entertainment magazines.  The lives of the rich and famous are interesting and sometimes exciting thinking that people are being sought after by “normal people” like me for their autographs and live lives that have no boundaries on money and fame.  They are hanging out with other famous people in exciting places.

But then I remember getting caught up in all of that excitement can be dangerous to our Christian lives.  Wanting what others have and missing the blessings in our own lives can lead to unhappiness and depression.  Hebrews 13:5 says to keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what we have because God says “never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Let’s get caught up in the lives and purpose for which we were created and start craving what God has designed for us.   We are each created uniquely and we must search our hearts and pray to our Father in heaven for direction for our purpose in our non-Hollywood lives.  Romans 8:8 says that those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.  I want to please God.  Therefore, I must pray against being controlled by the sinful nature.

That’s not easy because we are all sinners.  But I want to continue to pray against the ways of the world and against the ways of the devil and be led by the Holy Spirit to live out my life to the purpose God has called me to live.

Wanna join me on this road to find our unique purpose in our non-Hollywood lives?

From the Cistern to the Cross

Do you know the story of Joseph and his brothers?

Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him and they plotted to kill him, take the special coat his father gave him, dip it in blood, and tell their father a wild animal had attacked him.  But Reuben, one of the brothers, talked the others out of killing him and just placing him in an empty cistern to die, all the while, planning to come back and rescue him.

But the dirty scheme took an interesting turn.  Just like a good movie.

Between the time the scheming brothers left Joseph to die and Reuben returned to rescue him, Midianite merchants came by and pulled Joseph from the cistern, sold him to the Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt.

The story progresses from here and eventually Joseph was elevated to be in charge of all of Egypt!  During the famine,  Joseph’s brothers traveled to Egypt to purchase grain and were scared once they find out Joseph was in charge.

But Joseph forgave them and gave them more than their share of grain.  Why?  Because Joseph loved his family and God was with him helping him sort through love and forgiveness.  He didn’t plot revenge but gave forgiveness.

When bad things happen and people seem to get away with evil, don’t fret and don’t scheme.  Forgive.  And let God handle it.

Who do you need to forgive?  Pull them out of the cistern and walk to the foot of the cross.  Jesus will meet you there.

Decluttering the Squishy Things.

Another thing that keeps me from moving forward is my mind.  You know the thoughts in the attic of my body? The brain.  The squishy thing that allows us to function.

Yep.  That’s right.  The devil gets in my mind and makes me think all kinds of negative thoughts.  And then those negative thoughts turn into worry and before I realize it, I’m stuck.  I’m too paralyzed to move.  My thoughts stay stuck in worry and the devil is sitting in the corner in his recliner enjoying the discombobulated view.

You been there?  Negative thoughts?  Feeling stuck in the mud and not being able to move forward?  Well it’s time to declutter.

Declutter our thoughts and minds and worries.

Just like decluttering our homes, we first have to identify the problem.  And usually it’s that we haven’t put our whole trust in God to handle the situations.  I don’t know about you but I kind of choose what I give God to handle and keep the things I think I can control or WANT to control the outcome.  When my plan doesn’t work like I think it should, then I give it to God and pretty soon, before I know it, I take it back again.

Gee whiz!  Now it’s a big ole fat mess and my mind is cluttered with all kinds of anxious thoughts and worries.

Psalm 56:3 – when I am afraid I put my trust in you.  That’s what David said to God.

Why can’t we be more trusting?

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 – Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

The same God and the same Jesus are with us today.  Why do we have such trouble letting them take our burdens?

I’m reading John Ortman’s book,  If You’re Going to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the BoatHe has the reader identify what the boat is in their life.

What is keeping you stuck and not allowing you to step out in faith like Peter did when he walked on the water toward Jesus?

I identified my boat.  Your boat may be a job, a habit or a person.  Your boat is whatever is keeping you from moving forward in trust with Christ.  Your boat is what you need to leave behind and let Jesus take care of – completely.  You can’t walk on the water with Jesus until you leave behind the boat.

Figure out what is weighing you down and cluttering your mind.  Identify the worry and the anxiety.  Then step out of the boat, knock down the cobwebs and enjoy a life full of trust and joy.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Decluttering…one step at a time.  🙂

Break Out of Comfort

A few days of below-zero temps, ice and snow made me realize how lazy I had become. It was horrible. It was way past mid-January, and I hadn’t even started on my New Year’s goals.
 
I realized I was bored because I was comfortable. And to me comfortable meant lazy. So, I kicked myself in the butt and came up with a plan.
 
DECLUTTER was the word for me. I will talk later on how to declutter other areas of our lives.
 
Today, I will start with decluttering of our homes.
 
How many of you start out the new year by wanting to declutter? And like most of our new year’s resolutions or goals, we get stuck after about day 10. Life creeps in and we get “comfortable”.
 
For me, it was time to get started. So, I got out an extra planner I had for the year. SIDENOTE: I love planners and sometimes I get caught up in buying more than one for the new year. 😊
 
I have digressed……
 
What I have found is that if I get a calendar, any calendar or planner, and write out my goals in doable increments on each day, it helps me accomplish more.   I am hoping this will help you as well.  You can use one of those calendars you get free from a local business or go to the Dollar Tree and buy a $1 planner.
 
You will also need a journal or notebook. ANOTHER SIDENOTE: I love journals and may have a few too many of those as well. That’s the downfall of a writer. 😊
 
I have digressed again…
 
Start with your journal or notebook and choose one room in your house that you wish to declutter. It might be good to start with the one that is bothering you the most.
 
Write down every single thing you want to have done in that room. For example:
 
Living room:
*clean off surface of desk
*clean out desk drawers
*make new files for 2019
*clean out magazine basket
*go through DVD’s
*go through books on bookshelf
*go through piano bench
*sweep cobwebs
*wash curtains
 
Now take all those things you want to do and break them up into days throughout the week. Spend 15-30 minutes each day on the given chore.
 
Key to success: Be sure to be realistic on how long you give yourself to get this room finished. It may take more than one week once you add in the pressures of daily life. Also, be sure to give yourself a day of rest each week.
 
Before you know it, your focus room will be decluttered.
 
BAM….one room down!
 
Now reward yourself. Buy those new throw pillows you’ve been wanting. How about a new picture for the wall or a lamp for the table?
 
My focus room over the weekend was the laundry room. I cleaned out the “catch all” trunk which led to cleaning out my purse and my work bag. How does one get so many things in a purse that doesn’t belong? And a sock in my computer bag? Seriously, Deanna!
 
Take this plan and use it throughout other rooms in your house. By the end of 2019, you will be proud of your growth from comfortable to accomplishment.
 
Let’s get busy, people!
 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17