Monday Moments

I’ve been having a moment….several moments.  I’m a bit of a mess this Monday.  But my Heavenly Father has heard my cries and blessed me in my less than beautiful messy moments today.

Being sick for over three weeks has got my chronic illness in a not so nice flare.  At this moment, I’m so tired (literally and figuratively), of being sick and tired.  Thinking of all that needs to be done for the next five weeks is making me feel completely overwhelmed again, and causing anxiety.  Though I have pared things way down to be much simpler, anything out of my little routine is too much these days.  It all used to be so much fun.  I want it all to be fun.  I want to make the holidays special for my family…and be able to enjoy the process.

While I was seeking God and some direction from Him this morning, I went back to one of my favorites of many years:

“I have chosen you and not rejected you.  Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”   Isaiah 41:9b-10

There I sat, tears streaming down my face.  He knows I’m weary.  He knows the desires of my heart.  And I believe His word.  Yes, I know we have to be careful about taking things out of context.  I know God was speaking to His chosen people through the prophet Isaiah.  But…God’s word is living.  It is active (Hebrews 4:12).  The Holy Spirit will take a portion of God’s word and speak right into our mind and heart exactly what we need.  Look at that verse and read it again.  Do you hear the tenderness in His voice?

I got up and tried to push myself to make a little progress in my day.  Hang with me.  The fun part is coming, (Smile)!  I had let Riley (my little schnauzer) out back.  A couple minutes later I looked out the kitchen window and thought I caught a glimpse of our back neighbor’s puppy.  I ran to the back door and sure enough, she had wiggled through the fence.  Her and Riley were having a grand time…while my neighbor was standing at the fence apologizing to me…

I’m sure you’re wondering what on earth all this has to do with God’s promise to help me!  For the past couple of years as this chronic illness seems to be worsening, I’ve often thought of how wonderful it would be to hire someone to occasionally clean the house for me so I can actually do something else with my limited energy.  I’ve also thought how much I could use help getting my office organized (it truly is a disaster).  I used to be such an organized and meticulous person…sadly, another thing that has gone out the window along with my energy.  So here comes the fun part I promised….

God allowed that rambunctious little puppy to wiggle through the back fence at just the right time.  He knew when my neighbor and I would both be here.  Though we have talked many other times, this time He allowed me to speak of my need.  As it turns out, she is very close with a woman who is a professional cleaner (as well as a Bible study teacher at a church I’m familiar with).  I know it is going to work out perfectly, because God is putting it in place.  Also, what I never knew…my sweet neighbor happens to be a professional organizer/interior designer, and has offered to help me get my office in order!  The best part – over the back fence, my sweet neighbor hugged my neck and prayed with me.   A meeting at just the right time…arranged by God…using a wiggly little puppy.

One thing I am learning, though still extremely hard for me to do…is to voice my need.  Ask for help.  I am realizing that God has people right near us that would be willing to help, or know someone who could help, but they can’t if they aren’t aware of the need.

Seeing God work in this way today, I am simply overwhelmed.

Only now I’m overwhelmed with gratitude!

Have you been aware of God moving in your moments today…or any day?!  Please share in the comments so others can be encouraged as well!

“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:19

Jesus loves you,

Debbie

Monday Moments

It has been an ordinary Monday….or has it?

It has rained again today.  All day.  Again.  For how many days now?  I’ve lost count.  Along with still feeling like I’m coughing up a lung, I am suffering from a severe case of sunshine deficit disorder.  I obviously can not control the weather, and my Happy Light Energy Lamp is not performing miracles right now.  So…I look to the One who can lighten my dreariness.  He is the One who lifts my head to look into His face.  Then everything brightens.

If something is ordinary it is typical, uninspired, common.  Contrast that with extraordinary which is remarkable, exceptional, amazing and sensational!  Think with me here…

Oh my.  Shame on me.  Shame on us.  Friends, if you are a born again, child of the Living God, then your days…our days should never be considered simply ordinary!

“I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God…” Isaiah 45:5

“…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.” Isaiah 46:9

And that very same God who has redeemed you says;

“…I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1b

He also…(from Psalm 139), knows when you sit down and get up.  He knows what you are thinking and what makes you tick.  There is no where you can go to get away from Him!  And if that isn’t enough…

“…He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
”  Zephaniah 3:17

The English Standard version says; …”with loud singing.”  Other versions phrase it as “….shouts of joy.”  It really doesn’t matter how it is translated.  The point is…

The one and only True God, the Creator of the Universe, the One who has called you by name, knows everything about you…and me…and He is still crazy about us!!!  That is most certainly…Extraordinary!

May your Mondays, and all your moments never be simply ordinary again, because of Who holds you in His hand.

You are loved,

Debbie

Thankfulness

MumsI truly enjoy Autumn.  I love the fresh, crisp air and the beautiful colors.  Apple crisp, pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee creamer and a few Mums top my list of must haves.  It is the season we celebrate Thanksgiving.  I get it.  The history of it, the traditions and all.  But as I’ve gotten older, I have a bit of a problem with “one day” set aside to remember to be thankful.  If you think about it, we all have much to be thankful for each and every day.  Especially as a Christian, we have every reason to be overflowing with gratitude….daily.

I am thankful that God, through Jesus, has saved me from eternal death and torment.  That is never to be taken lightly.  But I am equally thankful He has allowed me to have a relationship with Him.  It is comforting.  It is strengthening.  It is precious to me.

HE.  Is.  Precious.  To.  Me!

Over the years He has been my Shelter in life’s storms.  He has been my Comforter in hurt and loss.  He has been my Deliverer from addictions.  He has helped me to see many things differently.  But speaking of “things”….

I sit here this morning looking around at our things.  Things that have been with us for many years mingled with newer things.  Material things, yes.  But things that (if I slow down enough to notice them) trigger memories.  Memories of our first home.  Memories of the energy I once had…raising two small, rambunctious boys, homeschooling them, serving God teaching, speaking, co-leading women’s ministry, gardening, crafting, cooking, baking, entertaining, etc.  Sigh.

Part of me mourns the loss of all I used to be before chronic illness.  But I realize that this is a different season of life.  Though there is much I wish I had the energy to do, I want to honor God with my life now, and be thankful for where I am at, and all I have in this season of life…at this moment.  I believe we can waste much precious time longing for what was, and failing to fully see and live with what is here and now.  We can, and should look back and be thankful for the memories.  Thankful for what was, for the life we were blessed to have…yet not long for it.  God wants us to be thankful daily for what we have…today.

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”     1 Thessalonians 5:18 

  • A thankful heart changes our outlook; we are no longer negative and complaining.
  • A thankful heart makes us not angry, resentful, nor bitter.
  • A thankful heart makes us joyful and pleasant to be around.
  • A thankful heart helps us to enjoy the abundant life we have in Christ.

“The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10

“It is good to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;  To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night.”  Psalm 92:1-2

Granted, we may not always feel thankful, but we can always choose to be thankful.  When we act out of obedience, God will make our feelings line up with our actions!

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”  Philippians 2:13 NIV

As you look at being thankful each day, here is my prayer for each of you.  Friends I know, as well as those I don’t….

I pray your day is blessed,

Old grudges and anger put to rest.

For then you can see with eyes anew

All the abundance God has ready for you.

Whatever trial has put you to the test,

He wants you to see that you are still truly blessed.

So be thankful each day from the start,

And you will be amazed at how joy has filled your heart.

I’d love to hear from you.  Please share in the comments how you are practicing thankfulness, and we can encourage one another!

Love,

Debbie

Monday Moments

DSCN0038Sometimes, uneventful Mondays are just what is needed.  When the day is quiet and unassuming, maybe that is when we should be most thankful.  Thankful for what we do have, as well as what we don’t have.  When days are quiet and just routine, then there is no crisis we have to deal with.  That’s a good thing.

Oh there has been plenty to do today.  We returned Sunday evening after ten days away.  My husband finished unloading the RV today, and I looked around in dismay.  You’d think we had been gone a month!  As was expected I’m completely exhausted after the trip, but I will pace myself and deal with it.   Adding to the mix, I also brought some kind of respiratory virus home with me….

But God…..

God is still, and always good.  Psalm 136:1

God knows my need.  Philippians 4:19

God is ready and willing to guide me – when I listen and obey His plans, not my own.  Proverbs 3:5-6

It rained all the way home and has been raining since.  I really need some sunshine.  I thrive on sunshine.  It elevates my mood, increases my energy, and just makes me happy!  But as I sat looking out at the rain andDSCN3086 listening to the gentle dripping on the gazebo, I was reminded.  I was reminded of how we need the rain…along with the sun.

We need the rain to water the garden, to water the earth.  Watering the soil gives life and helps things to grow, to be beautiful and fruitful.  As it is still raining today, spend some time allowing the living water of the Word to water the thirsty garden of your soul.  You will grow and flourish and show the beauty of the Son to those around you.

So how about you?  What are you recognizing in your Monday moments?  I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Drinking in the Word with you!

Debbie