Posts by Deanna Young

Journeying with Jesus…and a T-Bird!

Double yellow line transitioned to passing zone.
Revved up engine.
A gust of wind and an excited squeal from a group of teens.

The setting for my husband and I getting passed on the highway for going too slow in our Thunderbird convertible.   Yes, we are officially “those old people who drive too slow in a cool car.”

My daughter used to ask us, “why do only old people drive cool cars?” And I would respond, “it’s because they finally got their children grown and have some money and time to buy their dream car.”  Which is now exactly the case for me.  🙂

But as those teens passed us laughing and I’m sure making fun of us, I sat back and smiled as I looked all around.  On all sides there were scenes of God’s greatness –  the beautiful fields of green crops, the trees gently blowing in the wind, the light blue sky with a touch of cotton-like clouds gliding along as if tied to a sail boat.

As I held my position in the passenger seat, I also held the hand of my handsome driver.  It was his idea for a summer’s evening drive to local connecting towns just because he knew I loved to do it.  I wasn’t sure where he was taking me and what route but it didn’t matter.  I was riding with the love of my life and I trusted him.

We laughed and talked and enjoyed the silence.  It was just so comforting to be with him no matter where we went or how we got home.

Such a peaceful scenario of what my life should be like with Jesus.  I should just enjoy the ride and be thankful for all I have.  I should love Him so deeply and trust Him that wherever He is taking me on this journey that it is going to be the right route and that when I get to my heavenly home I get to spend the rest of eternity with Him.

It’s hard though sometimes because we don’t like the “vehicle” we’re in or the path we are taking.  The scenery isn’t always pretty with green rolling fields and puffy clouds.  Some days it’s cold and rainy and dark and the rolling hills are actually valleys with what seems like no way out.

But the good news is that your driver is always with you taking you through a journey where everything will work out in His will and bring honor and glory to the Creator.

Enjoy the ride while letting Him steer you through a remarkable journey.  Hang on because you may be squealing with excitement very soon!

A Practical Blog Idea for A Fifteen-Minute Miracle!

Wouldn’t it be great to have 15 extra minutes in a day?  Okay, okay.  You may be thinking:  “Fifteen extra minutes?  If I am getting a wish granted for extra time, I want hours!”

But if we had hours we would want more hours and then we would be even more exhausted than we are right now!  We think there just isn’t enough time in the day to do some of the small things we would like to do – like cleaning out a closet, reading a magazine, catching up with a friend or decluttering the junk drawer.

What if I told you that I could find you an extra 5 hours a month?  NO I’M NOT SELLING ANYTHING.  But I have a tip for you.  If you set a timer for just 15 minutes a day every day for 5 days a week that would be an extra hour and 15 minutes per week times 4 weeks a month is 5 hours in one month!  And times that by 12 months and you’ve just found yourself 60 hours a year to do something you’ve been wanting to do by using just 15 minutes a day 5 days a week.

Let’s start today.  What is the one thing you really want to do?  Tackle a piled up corner of the closet?  Sort through some clutter in the garage?  Go through that Tupperware cabinet?  Take a walk in the park?  Talk to a friend?  Send some thinking-of-you cards?  Start reading the book on the coffee table or spend more time reading the Bible?

Pick your thing.  Set your timer.  Do it for 15 minutes.  When the timer goes off, stop and go back to doing whatever you need to do.  Within just 5 days you will have spent an hour and 15 minutes doing something you’ve been putting off.   If you say you don’t have an extra 15 minutes, try getting up 15 minutes earlier or not watching TV for 15 extra minutes.  Just give it a try.  If it doesn’t work for you, then you know you’ve tried.

To be honest, it’s not solely my idea haha (the internet is filled with 15-minute ideas) but if you want to thank me for being a 15-minute miracle worker, then you are welcome!

Let’s get started.  Ready.  Set. Go Timer!

The App Close To Our Heart.

Ding.
Ring.
Buzz.
Melody.
Pop-up notice.

Man, when that cell phone notifies us of anything, we are all over it.  We do NOT want to miss a call, a text, an email, a “like” or a comment.

We now wear devices on our wrists to make sure we don’t miss any of the notifications that come across the phone in our pockets.  It is so very important to not let someone wait who sends us that text and not stay on top of how many “hearts” or “thumbs up” we get on that latest Facebook post.

Our life is stored in our cell phones – calendars, pictures, favorite music and daily devotions.  We download every app possible to make our life easier which in turn complicates it by the annoying notifications.

We sleep with our cell phones.  We make sure they are attached to Bluetooth® so we can continue to communicate while doing other things.  We take them with us to the bathroom; keep them with us during prayer time; have them next to us while we sleep and make sure to keep them on the table while having dinner.

But do we keep the Bible as close to us as our cell phones?  When I need an answer to a situation, do I search the Google app on my phone and text a friend?  Or do I put down the phone and open up my Bible?

I’m ashamed to say the cell phone gets more use than the Bible in my life.  I read the Bible every morning and have one in my office at work I reach for occasionally.  I love my quiet time early in the mornings and digging into Bible studies and words from Jesus Calling® devotions.  But is it enough?

We will always rely on cell phones for many different things.  They are a great invention and a great way to organize our chaotic lives.  But from a spiritual perspective, what gives us more answers?  Cell phones or Bibles?  There’s no question God’s Word is the way.

Let’s ask ourselves this question today and find a way to spend more quality time with the Creator.  So, friends, do you keep your cell phone closer than your Bible?

Excited Waiting….Seriously?

Waiting ON God gives way to actions based on human reasoning while waiting WITH God sees the pause as time to experience God.

-Wendy Pope
Thy Will Be Done Bible Study

WOW!!  I couldn’t wait to start writing after I read this.  I always look at waiting on God as something I’m not very good at.  I have very little patience because I am one who likes to get things done.  I am a list maker and a “must be productive every day” gal and waiting is not on that list.

I guess that goes back to control.  I like it better when I am in control but truth be told, I’m probably not very good at being in control anyway.  Sure maybe I am good at being in control of a party or some kind of fun event but being in control of situations that are best handled by God is not my specialty.  And it shouldn’t be.

There are many examples in the Bible when people took matters into their own hands instead of waiting on God and made a big ole mess out of things.  Sarah wanted a baby so badly.  She felt like she was getting too old to have a baby but she wanted to be a mom.  She was tired of waiting on God.  So she had her husband sleep with her maidservant and the maidservant became pregnant.  But that was not the baby God was going to use to bless Sarah and Abraham.

Sarah should have just waited WITH God.  However, we see that God did fulfill His plan later in her life.  When it seemed impossible, she became pregnant with Isaac who became the father of Israel.  God used all of it to bring honor and glory to Him.

When we are waiting ON someone, we get impatient that they are late.

When we are waiting WITH someone, it seems more doable.  It’s like we are in it together.

Whatever you are waiting on God to do in your life stop waiting ON Him and wait WITH Him.  When we wait WITH Him we know that we will be able to see and feel His presence and see His glory when He works.

I love this concept of “waiting with” instead of “waiting on”.  I think I’ll go get started waiting in a different way right now.  I can’t wait to see God work!!  Oh wait…..yes I can wait…oh boy!  I’m so excited. I will wait!  🙂