Monday, December 8, 2014

When doing something nice took way tooo long!

I was reading Michelle DeRusha's post this morning and it brought back memories of last year.  I decided to share this post again....

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Did you read this post by Michelle where she talked about doing small things with great love during Advent?  I loved the post and decided to give it a whirl.

Monday morning dawned and I already wrote about God using my coffee pot to teach me a lesson.  In lieu of that fact, I decided I would drive through Dunkin' Donuts on my way to work (actually it is not exactly on the way) and get a coffee and pay for the person behind me.  Maybe not exactly what Michelle was talking about, but it was working for me.

I ordered my coffee, drove to the window and told the girl I wanted to pay for the order behind me.

"Who is it?" she asked.

"I have no idea.  I just want to pay for the order."  I said.

"Oh.  A random act.  Ok.  He isn't finished ordering."  she said.

I waited.

"Is he finished yet?" I said.

"No." she replied.

"How much is it?" I asked.

"$13.00.  Wait.  He isn't finished."

This conversation went on like this for almost 2 minutes!  The girl at the window told me twice, you don't have to do this, to which I replied, "no, it's fine."

However, when the order was over $20.00 and the person STILL. WAS. NOT. FINISHED.  I gave the girl $5.00 and told her to put it towards the order and tell the person to have a nice day.

I needed to get to work!

As I drove away, I see the person finally pulling away from where he was placing his order.  In a HUMMER!

Seriously!  I thought that was so funny. 

On Sunday, my  #SmallThingsGreatLove act was holding my tongue during a conversation.  It took some serious prayer beforehand, but it worked out beautifully. 

On a different note, I got the nicest e-mail from Barbie recently. She asked if I was willing to be her Inspired Blogger for December.  I was truly honored.  If you click on the that link, you might learn a thing or two about me that you didn't know.

That being said, I totally understand if you don't care.  But, I do encourage you to check out Barbie's blog, My Freshly Brewed Life.  She shares some about her family Christmas traditions here and has some good cookie recipes too. 

I'm linking with Jennifer today for Tell His Story.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The battle isn't mine in the first place...




He said, "Listen, all you people of 
Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, 
King Jehoshaphat! This is what 
the Lord says: Do not be afraid! 
Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, 
for the battle is not yours, but God's."
2 Chronicles 20:15

It is not yours, but God's.

Whatever I battle am facing today does not belong to me.  It belongs to God and he can handle it.


I have a tendency to think that I need to FIX things, but the truth of the matter is, I don't.  He never asked me to fix it, he asked me to let him handle it.  As I get older I am finding that the more I try to fix it, the more I mess it up.

The more I try to handle things, the more I end up holding a broken handle.

The more I try to balance, juggle and maneuver all the things in my life, the more I find I am standing in a puddle of stuff.   

Instead of trying to do it myself, I think I'll try to let go.

I think I'll let him handle it.


I think...he's got this.  His shoulders are big enough, wide enough and strong enough.

So why do I bother?

Lord, today I let it go.  The things I said that I wish I hadn't said, I ask for forgiveness - from you and the person to whom I spoke.  The balls I dropped, well, I should have never had them in the first place.  The broken handle I am holding today...I am letting it go.  You can glue and mold it back together in a way that I never could.  Thank you for the grace and the love and the peace that only you can give.

What is on your mind today?
What is troubling you?

Whatever it is...he can handle it, 
you just have to let it go.  
There is peace and victory in the letting go.


 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

for your Sunday...

When we don't understand. He does. 

When we can't see the reason. He does. 

When we feel like we don't measure up. He does. 

May we find peace in knowing that we don't have to see the whole picture. 

May we find comfort in knowing that He does and say thank you, Lord. 

And He's got it under control...even when we can't see how and don't understand. 



If the video is missing, you can find it here.

Linking with Lisha.

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Some of my favorite things...

"What we do with what we have."  Well, I feel like I haven't had much lately.  

Not much energy.  

Not much wisdom for this online space.

I continue to have headaches.  Although they are less frequent, it seems when I get one it is a bad one. 

I wanted to share a few things I have read on the big wide web that I thought were worth sharing.

This post by Rhonda is about being Jesus right where you are.  Even when you wish you weren't there.  And it might just happen at the gas station!

If you haven't checked out the November to Remember series by Jennifer Dukes Lee, then you should check it out.  I've printed off the printables and I am following along.  It's a good series and I encourage you to check it out.  It does not take a lot of time, but it has been a blessing to me in morning quiet time.  This is my favorite post of the series so far.

As the mother of an only child, this post by Crystal Stine went straight to my heart.  Because I've been there.  Read it and learn.

This post by Deidra Riggs changed the way I looked at the work I do around my house, not just my dishes. "The work of our hands is an act of worship, and the extension of the character of God in us."  After reading the post and this line I was able to view cleaning my bathroom differently.

And finally, as we head into the holidays, I wanted to remind you of my easy shortcut for sugar cookies that get so many compliments.  You can read about it here.


What are some of your favorite reads this week?

Monday, October 27, 2014

When it seems like it just doesn't make sense...

 

Recently I had a conversation with some friends.  He'd been involved in an unfortunate incident and had injured himself and required medical attention...and the incident was a bit embarrassing.  As we chatted, I told him "God has a plan that we don't see.  You could have left on time and been involved in an accident and totaled your car or worse...have been killed.  So, we just have to accept that this is part of the plan we don't understand."  I went on to elaborate just a bit on how this has been true in my own life.

Later, I received a text from the man's wife thanking me for the encouraging words.  She said it was just what her husband needed to hear that day.  I sent her a reply and said "We don't get to see the plan, but we know who designed it."

There is a lot of truth in that statement.  And I believe it with all of my being.  I read this recently in a Bible reading plan/study I was doing using the You Version Bible App.  The study is called Pray Continually: Devotions from Time of Grace.  Day 3 had this statement:

"Sometimes we have to wait because God’s answer 
involves a complex set of occurrences that have to happen first. 
Sometimes we wait because God, 
knowing us better than we know ourselves, sees that we need to wait. 
Sometimes we wait because we are 
too immature for the gift that he will give."

There have been prayers in my life that I prayed and it seemed that they were not answered.  Or least not answered the way I wanted.  

There have been prayers I prayed that the answer was so long in coming that I thought I would die...literally.  I got so depressed while waiting that I thought the world would be better off with out me.

There have been times that, looking back, I see I was not ready for the answer.  I had some growing to do.

Whatever you are praying for today that seems like is no answer - or at least not the answer you want or think you need - I pray that you find comfort in knowing that He designed the plan, even if it feels like there IS no plan.

Is there a part of "the plan" in your life that you don't understand?
If you leave your prayer requests in the comments, 
I'll pray with and for you.

The winner of last week's giveaway is Kate!

Here is something really good...you know I did not get to attend the Allume conference that was held this last weekend in Greenville, South Carolina.  BUT...even though I did not get to attend, I got to watch the keynotes.  YOU can watch there too...here. They are all SO good!  Check them out!

Praying you take comfort in knowing that there REALLY IS a plan!