Archive | October 2012

When it all goes wrong…

Do you have days when it all goes wrong?

Psalm 51:10-12 – “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

It has been a while since I have written. In that time I have bought a house, broke my foot and am in the process of trying to get all my worldly possessions in my possession.

Now that my pity party is over, it is time for me to allow God to change my heart. Growing is never easy but rather painful. This is my growth spurt. Things have been leading up to this point, I have just chosen to ignore the signs.

Princess, you must never stop growing. If you will allow God the opportunity, He will prune you and make you even more beautiful. Don’t things always look better after a good rain? Don’t you appreciate the flowers a little more after a long hard winter?

So on days when it all goes wrong, just remember, sister, the sun will come up tomorrow – good Lord willing.:-)

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Plans

Proverbs 14:22 – “Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.”

What are your plans? Do you even make plans?

We plan for everything. I sometimes feel that flying by the seat of my pants would be heresy! When we go on vacation, we plan out almost every detail of every day. It can get tedious at times, but we always know what is coming up next. And there is a sense of stability in that knowledge.

When your plans don’t go according to planned, do you go bananas? Sometimes I do. I hate it when my plans get foiled by some unforseen force!

Think about it, princess. God has it all planned out. He knows exactly when He is going to send Jesus back to get us.

Planning is a good thing. Planning the things that bring honor and glory to God is a great thing.

We have been planning for several months to buy a house. And today, we did just that. God opened all sorts of doors for us and has provided us with a home. We have truly found “love and faithfulness” in all of this.

Ask God to make your plans. Ask Him to direct your paths. I know I say that a lot and I don’t mean to sound redundant. I just feel that so often we forget to include God in the details of our life. I just I am burdened by this because I am guilty of it.

God wants nothing more than to give you the good things in life. One of my favorite verses on God’s blessings is this:

Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Plan to be a blessing to someone today.

Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?”

If you have ever been in the car with a child, going anywhere, you have undoubtedly heard this question. Five minutes down the road, they have to go to the bathroom or they start asking this question.

I remember one time I took my son and his best friend, AJ, to Indianapolis to Brick Masters – a Lego convention. AJ was so excited to be going that he asked me this question every 10 minutes from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis – a 2 hour trip. I finally had to laugh at him and tell him my ETA so that he could look at the clock to know how close we were. He wasn’t doing this to be ornery, he was just so excited he was about to come out of his skin!

There are days in my life when I feel like AJ, although it is not the Lego convention I am looking forward to, but rather Heaven. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think today could be the day? Today is the day that I might get to see Heaven. I do. Makes me all giddy to think about it!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and  with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

That gets me pumped! Wouldn’t you love to be near a graveyard when that happens?! If your mind could process it in time, that would be AWESOME!

How excited are you to go Home? Some days I want it now and some days I want it to wait one more day. Regardless, we are called to be ready for it at any time. That means, princess, we need to start acting like it could come at any time.

Jesus said in Acts 14:3 – “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” He wants you there! He is coming back for you!

So when those little people in your car are driving you crazy with “are we there yet?” just bounce that question back up to the Father and ask Him “Are we there yet?”

I smell trouble.

“I smell trouble.”

Don’t you love that saying? If trouble could have a smell, what do you think it would be? Garbage? Sulfur? Skunk?

We all have days when trouble comes knocking on our door. Some days you may feel like it is the paparazzi beating down your heart’s door. You know those days – you are laying in bed that night shaking your head at all the “stuff” you had to deal with that day.

I don’t know why, well I do, but sometimes I feel like I should be immune from trouble. I am a daughter of the King after all. Shouldn’t that give me some kind of diplomatic immunity? Nope. If anything, I feel like my crown of salvation is a bull’s-eye for the devil!

But, the one thing that I do have is hope.

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.”

Oh, dear princess. Have you read the end of the book yet? V-I-C-T-O-R-Y! That’s the princess battle cry!

Yes, ma’am. We have victory ahead! So, when trouble comes a-knockin, get down on your knees and open the door! Don’t let trouble stink up the place! Attack those problems head on and thank God that He will never give you more than you can handle!

A time…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Many changes are coming. Not only for myself and my family, but for our nation as well.

When we were coming home from the field trip on Friday, we were caught in the backup from a terrible accident. It wasn’t just one accident, but many…scattered all along the interstate. A few of them involved motorcycles and some caused the airbags in the cars to go off. It made me stop and think about the fact that for most of us, we do not know when God is going to call us home. I lost my dad in a car accident several years ago. Thankfully, no other cars were involved, but we lost him nonetheless. That morning, my mom kissed her husband good-bye never to see him smiling again this side of heaven. We don’t know when our time will end.

Our time in Fort Wayne, Indiana has ended. We knew that one day it would but this week is the official end. All of our earthly possessions will be making their way south. I am so thankful for my time there. The Lord taught me so much through all of my friends there.

For our nation, we have a choice to make. I do not want to make this a political blog, but I just want to say – Please vote. So many people have died to give you the right to vote and you should not squander it.

Dear princess, remember that there is a time and a purpose for everything in your life. Challenges will arise. Opportunities will present themselves. You will welcome some and say good-bye to others. Allow God to show you the way through it all.

Field trip!

Field trip!

I’m going on a field trip with my daughter’s 4th grade class today. It is a Florida history field trip to St. Augustine. I have never been there before today.

I feel that history is very important. How can you know where to go in the future if you forget where you have been in the past? Sometimes we, as Americans, tend to forget where we have been in the past. We are a lot like the children of Israel in that way.

It seems when you read the Old Testament, God is always having to go back and remind them of where they have been and what He has done for them.

Do you ever feel that way in your own life? I know that sometimes it is good for me to sit down and think about what all that God has brought me through in my life. I have had so many deaths, births, relocating and friendships that have come and gone in my life that it amazes me every time I pause and consider them.

Deuteronomy 4:9 – “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”

It is our duty as a child of the King to teach our children where we have come from both as a nation and as a Christian. We need to make sure that our children understand and appreciate our trials, tribulations and celebrations.

My challenge to you this weekend is to rehash the past. Take a field trip through time and tell your children the stories of what has made you who you are today in Christ. Let them know that things may not always be easy, but God will walk with them through it all.

“I must have order!”

“I must have order!”

Now, before you think that I am so crazy schoolmarm, just know that I like things to be relatively neat and in order. I am not obsessive about it. I just don’t want it to look like I live in pig pen.

When life gets unorganized and scattered, what do you do? I’m not talking about laundry crawling up the wall. I’m talking about true and udder chaos. You know when your to-do list is a mile long and you are at your wit’s end.

I find that a nice quiet place and some encouraging music help chill me out. The Psalms are always a great place to go to find peace and encouragement.

In the “real world”, a princess is supposed to have it together all the time. People in the spotlight are not allowed to “lose it.” Thankfully, I am not in the spotlight.

As a princess (Child of the King), it makes God smile to see us living an orderly life. Paul wrote to the church at Colosse in Colossians 2:5 – “For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.” According to Paul (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit), having an orderly life and a firm faith go hand in hand. Know what I think? I think that when life goes bananas, it makes your faith stronger. And when your faith is stronger, life becomes more orderly. They feed off of one another.

Enjoy your order in your life. But when things begin to spin out of control, just see it as an opportunity to firm up your foundation and seize control of your order!