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God’s got a plan!

15 Oct

God’s got a plan!

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

As I’ve sat down at the computer and considered starting my blogs, I first had to ask myself, what do I know that anyone would be interested in? Well, my answer to that is honestly I know a little about a lot of things, but I also realize that sometimes the more I think I know and more I feel I haven’t a clue.  This is not a bad thing, because as long as I remain teachable, I can learn so much along my journey.  So I guess one reason I wanted to start my blogs was to try to encourage others who don’t feel like they have a clue either. One thing I do know is there is a place to go, when I don’t have a clue.  The bible states that if any lack wisdom, let them ask.

James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Maybe as the saying goes “two heads are better than one” and together we might just find that we have more wisdom and understanding than we thought we had.  Another thing that I have found as I’ve walked along my journey is that no matter what happens whether it is good or bad, God has a plan! If anyone has read my blogs very long, they know that I always encourage that no matter what it looks like, God has a plan and He always has the last word!  I have learned to trust Him!  He is faithful that promised!

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Perhaps also at times because we may feel as those we are groping at the air as if we are the “blind leading the blind.” We may even fall into a ditch or two, but another thing I have learned and  I say is  the key  is to always climb back out, dust ourselves off and start again.  I encourage you today, if you feel as though you are in a “ditch” so to speak, please let this blog be your hand to grab onto to.  Let me help you climb back out!  For honestly, I felt for a long time that falling into ditches and climbing back out was how I was supposed to do life!  Experience is a great teacher! I’ve had some wonderful blessings in life, but I’ve also fallen and even been thrown in a few ditches along the way.   Again, the key is that I’ve climbed back out of the ditch, dusted myself off and started on my journey again. How could I do that you may ask?  My answers always repeat themselves

  • I’ve learned that GOD’s got wisdom for me that I can learn from the experience.
  • HE has a good plan for me!
  • I can trust Him and His word. He had proven Himself faithful time and time again to me!

 

I wanted to share these words of truth with you because the word of the Lord is truth that will make us free! We have to hear it and believe it and then ultimately act on it or put it to the test! I hope that no matter where you’re at that you are continuing your journey as well….and maybe, just maybe we can extend a helping hand to one another and pull each other up.  The bible says a righteous man may fall seven times, but that he will get back up….Get back up, God’s got a plan for you!

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Distractions!

1 Oct

Distractions!

Cup of Coffee 

 

This morning which began very early for me, has been some kind of morning! Can anyone relate?  I did hear a great report on the morning newscast that today was National Coffee Day, which believe me, I took full advantage of …I am now on my second pot… So anyway, my mind was just reeling with great and wonderful Blog ideas to lift and encourage my wonderful attentive readers, but for some reason, they left me, not immediately but simultaneously as I began thinking about which one to write about…so the following is what I have come up with.

Have you ever had a deadline? Or maybe something that you needed to do for work, but you kept getting distracted?  If not you’ve never experienced this thing called distraction, I invite you to come and live in my world just for one Monday!  Today has been one of those kinds of days when I feel like I am working hard, but nothing is getting accomplished.    I’ve thought to sit down and do this blog many times this morning, but distractions keep happening!  The telephone has been ringing off of the hook. Oops, I apologize to anyone who is reading this that tried to reach me this morning! No, I have not answered my phone…..every time it rang out, But I do have a great excuse…I have to do my blog on Monday’s and well….I really can’t be distracted!

Okay, so I started my Monday morning routine of putting in a load of laundry. I then finally began my blog when all of a sudden…Why is that washing machine making that kind of noise?  I stopped and ran to the washing machine! When I raised the lid, somehow, all of the clothes had shifted on one side which was causing it to spin crooked…Oh well, I will spare you the details, but if you’ve ever got clothes off kilter in your washing machine you are familiar with the kind of sound and the sheer panic that drove me to run to my machine before it danced across the room .  So I fixed the clothes and got back to work…

Well, Dear Lord, What was that…Oh no…I will be back the dog just coughed and made a noise and I will spare you the horrible details…..Resolve carpet cleaner and a roll of paper towels later, yes I am finally back….so as I am beginning to really think about what I am going to write, I hear “Good morning!”

“Good morning, Son!”

Normally my boys are very quiet and want some alone time to get awake before they carry on conversation, but no…not today….it was as though they decided to divide and conquer…Both of them were like the energizer bunny…..They fussed over whose turn it was to feed and water the dog, they fussed about who was going to touch their nasty soccer socks that were left in a gym bag since Saturday, they fussed over the T.V. and breakfast and then fussed with me as I finally intervened and said “Oh, by the way boys, it is time to get to work!  Yes, work, something your mother has been trying to do all morning….without much success, I may add!”

Finally, after I made special ordered smoothies for both boys for breakfast, I sipped on another cup of coffee, threw the  load of laundry in the dryer, settled the argument about which son’s turn it was to feed and water the poor innocent dog…. And helped my youngest son work a crossword puzzle for English, I began this blog! Honestly though, my wonderful blog ideas turned to random thoughts until they came to finally rest upon Distractions!  The following is a definition of distraction according to Collins English Dictionary.

dis•trac•tion (dɪˈstræk ʃən) 

  1. the act or an instance of distracting or the state of being distracted
  2. something that serves as a diversion or entertainment
  3. an interruption; an obstacle to concentration
  4. (Psychology) mental turmoil or madness

 

I thought the definition of distraction suited my day perfectly, sometimes even my life! However, I also realize that regardless of how chaotic my life may become for the most part, if it is in my control, I can simply stop it. I can either choose to stay in the chaos or run to a safe and peaceful place!  So I stopped everything…..Hold the presses…….or in my case just stop typing….Tell the kids, I will be in a little bit!

I then find a peaceful place and get quiet. I breathe and simply whisper an open invitation for the Father to come!  As He accepts my invitation, I feel His sweet presence and His wonderful peace.  At this moment with Him, there are no distractions, just He and I.  There is nothing like having Him near, as I repent that I should have done this before trying to start my day…I usually always begin my day in worship and prayer, but this morning, guess what…you got it, I let myself become distracted….But now I have clarity, and Oh yes, that wonderful blog idea was about being lured away with simple things to steal our peace!

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

So Lord, use these words to encourage someone whose life is riddled by distraction today.  Help them stop, take a deep breath and say “I am running into your peace right now Father because all of the distractions come only to steal my peace and my time!”  Thank you Father that you perfect that which concerns us today!

 

Nothing says “FALL” like Homemade Applebutter!

18 Sep

Nothing says “FALL” like Homemade Applebutter!.

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