P’s

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When I was little I hated peas. Seriously my mom and dad would have to give me and my little sister Danielle a $1 a spoon and then I would swallow them whole with a huge gulp of milk. While my sister Brooke would just eat the whole bowl, for FREE.  EWWWW

I’m older now and I actually will eat some types of sweet peas on occasion but still find my self struggling with other types of P’s in my life.  You know:  procrastination, problems, pressure, people, perspective, peace.

I am learning continually the art of perspective and the lessons are coming as fast as I can  focus/refocus.  I can’t always look ahead, plan out, control what is happening.  Too many variables.  In my readings this morning a light bulb moment- when the wave is headed at me it seems so treacherous.  If I focus on the circumstances and spring into control, kill or be kill, knee jerk reaction mood I surely will drown when that wave hits. I will most certainly blow it into something larger than it was ever intended to be.  Yet if I keep my focus in the moment firmly planted in and on GOD and trust Him with the circumstances, trust Him with the storm, then by the time the wave reaches me it is shrunk to proportions of HIS design.

Philippians 4:4-7The Message (MSG)

4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Perspective is a lesson I am learning every day.  As I continue taking moment by moment, living in the here and now and looking ahead, I have to remember continually to assume nothing, to release that which is not mine to own, to seek HIM first in all my Steps and not focus on what seems to be headed my way.  I can control nothing but boy do I think I can.  When I keep my perspective in check and on him then the circumstances of my day, the events, the interaction with people ( and traffic) are manageable.  When I change my perspective then peace follows.  And these are P’s I can devour.

(Jesus Calling devo inspiration)

 

Attitude of Adventure

adventure

noun an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
verb engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.
Very rarely have I woke up in the  morning thinking, “wow, what adventure awaits me today!”  If I am honest any adventure in my day usually had something to do with Dora the Explorer and now since the kids are grown/growing its the grand babies world of Minnie and Elmo.  Adventure is not necessarily how I see my day.
Enter the end of 2015 and start of 2016 when I resolved not to resolve.  I decided to take it moment by moment with a bent towards doing small manageable goals that for once are sustainable and obtainable.  In a world where I love to make lists and check off and get things done I can easily map out my day and miss a lot of what has happened.  I recognize that going through the motions even if a result is achieved is not always best.  Then there are the days since I started this new outlook that I feel like giving up.  Yet I am reminded again today to change my VIEW- my perspective.  To take each day as an adventure carefully planned out my guide.
Jesus Calling devotion today reads like this:

-Jesus Calling Devotion For January 13-
Try to view each day as an adventure, carefully planned out by your Guide. Instead of staring into the day that is ahead of you, attempting to program it according to your will, be attentive to Me and to all I have prepared for you. Thank Me for this day of life, recognizing that it is a precious, unrepeatable gift. Trust that I am with you each moment, whether you sense My Presence or not. A thankful, trusting attitude helps you to see events in your life from My perspective.

A life lived close to Me will never be dull or predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the easiest route through the day. Be willing to follow wherever I lead. No matter how steep or treacherous the path before you, the safest place to be is by My side.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
—Psalm 118:24

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
—1 Peter 2:21

What a great 13 days of 2016. Each day has been full of adventure- highs and lows a like.  And I have been trusting and thankful, living my days closer to Him that sustains me and has never failed me.  My trust is in HIM, my hope is in HIM.  Listen my life has NEVER been dull.  Like everyone, it is always something, but I am promised that this is the day HE made and He will direct my steps when I recognize that today is a day he made, a precious gift that once lived is gone.  When I take every moment and every interaction and see it through His eyes it really does change me and change the results of my day.
Welcome Wednesday- lets get this adventure started…………

Do the 1 thing

be who So I had a total different plan for my blog this morning.  Each morning I spend some time in the word and read a few devotions that have ministered to me over the years.  I just love it when the words for the day are so intertwined and link together.  When the word just leaps off the page and penetrates my soul.  After some time in the word this morning I opened up my Proverbs 31 email to read today’s devotion and wow-

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’” Job 37:5-6 (NIV) – See more at: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/#sthash.8tA9L5y8.dpuf

Today’s devotion is about being who God created you to be.  A common theme maybe but as I have spent the last few months trying to find my place, own my own stuff and find a way to define what I need and where I stand and my direction, today really ministered to my heart.  The devotion goes on to say:

“So God says to the snow, “Fall on the earth.” That’s it. Just do one thing. Just fall. And then He says to the rain shower, “Be a mighty downpour.” Essentially, He’s saying: Just do the thing I’ve actually created you to do. You’re rain … so rain. You’re snow … so snow.

I love the simplicity of that, the tremendous weight it takes off my shoulders. God’s asking me to be the thing He’s already created me to be. And He’s asking you to be the thing He’s already created you to be.

He doesn’t tell the snow to thaw and become rain, or the rain to freeze itself into snow. He says, essentially: Do your thing. Do the thing you love to do, what you’ve been created to do.”

JUST DO THE THING!  If I am snow then snow.  If I am rain then pour down!  I have reread this a dozen times.  With tear stained cheeks I realize that yet again I get so lost in all the expectations and seemingly necessary stuff that I end up dancing to a song I created instead of the play list He set apart for me.  Yes, there are things I must do but, when and why did I stop JUST DOING THE THING?  I let too many other things define me.  I get stuck in a Martha habit when a Mary heart is sometimes needed.  Oh my goodness I am moved today, moved to rediscover and redefine and reignite.  I am excited that though this word wasn’t written just for me today it found me right when I needed to be pushed to the next level.  Right when I needed to define the next moment by moment thing for today!  Right when I needed to JUST DO THE THING!

With great anticipation I step boldly……….

The sweetest thing

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This weekend we celebrated our anniversary.  At dinner we were talking about this crazy life of ours and the road we have traveled so far and what we hoped to do with what lies ahead.

In looking back and remembering, one thing has always been clear, we have had to do a lot of letting go.  A lot of trusting in Him with the events of our lives moment by moment.  Most of the time this was because when left to our own we dashed ahead, and not always in the same direction.

As we talked about anniversaries and years past it was reassuring to know that the same people that entered into this marriage are not the same two people sitting at this table right now.  The sweetest part of the evening wasn’t the Chocolate Crème brûlée but in sharing with each other the best part about our years together and where we are now.  It was in looking ahead to where we are going and the goals we have.  Here we are reminded to continue to let God order those steps.

Starting 2016 with that moment by moment trust.  In my marriage, in my walk, in my work.  Remembering that if I want to stay in HIM and walk the the path He has for me I most trust Him in the moments and not rush ahead with My goals.

 

Just ONE

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I was reading a devotion this morning about an overgrown garden.  The author was taking in the over growth, the forgotten and untended plot but with a sense of hope could glimpse what it could be.  She noted it would not be without hard work yet”promise was burgeoning just below the soil”

I think that was where I stood just a few weeks ago.  After a season of overgrowth, where I had allowed weeds of self doubt, condemnation, frustration and just pure exhaustion to drown out anything productive in my soil. I lost sight of potential as well as promise.  I started to walk through and past my “Garden” without any consideration. I literally was going through the motions.  I had lost hope with all the commotion.

I read too this morning her words “When we glimpse an opportunity before us, do we turn our gaze because we are wary of the work the soil demands?”

How true the words. I have read them over and over.  How true that I can see the things that need to be done but fall victim to excuses, fear, frustration.  I let what others say, do or WON’T do stop me from what I should do. I fall victim to procrastination because the task seems to daunting.

” You need only consider your next step.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the size of the task before you.  Focus on one thing that must be done next and trust God to level the ground before you.”

I am here Lord, I am doing this.  One day one moment one call one conversation one trust one step at a time.  I can’t stop re reading. I am here. I am doing this. I am pushing off the things that have bound me up and I am doing it.

“And then watch in wonder as it begins to blossom. When we are faithful to simply show up with hands willing to work, we can watch in wonder as God brings forth fruit from our humble efforts.

Yes- tears streaming as I type this!  YES YES YES

I was ready to give up on so many things. I was hurt and frustrated and gave back in to self doubt and fear. But YES I am doing it. I am showing up from the time my eyes open til my feet are pulled back into my bed. I am willing I am taking that one simple step and showing up for my day.  At work I am just blown away to have such success in just a few short days.  But it is right here. I made a choice to allow my efforts to be as unto the Lord and not be side tracked with anything. I made a choice to allow one positive thing to radiate through my whole day and my whole being and walk simply through my day for HIS glory for He is my provider.

He brings forth the fruit from our humble efforts. HE provides the increase. When I am faithful HE shows up.  When I trust and walk simply HE is there.  He give the increase. It is Him.  He is the WHY and the HOW.

I am so thankful. I am so blessed. I am so ready to continue to clear this path and see the fruit and the journey.

1 cor. 3:6

(You can read the Proverbs 31 devotion for today here)

One small step … with Praise and Prayer

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You know that moment when something happens or you have a conversation and you feel like… wait!  What just happened?

At times it is so hard to wrap my head around what someone says or does or feels.  At times it just does not make sense.  I am sure a time or two I have evoked that same sort of emotion.

What I am learning (or being reminded of) in all things praise and prayer and then step.

It is in every part of my day that I should praise for the things going right and for the storm, for in the storm I grow; pray for the things that are touching my life and the lives of those around me and then step in a series of small steps in the right direction, making the choice to take every thought captive and move with purpose & positivity. I may not know the next piece of the puzzle or what lies ahead but I can trust that in my praise the Lord delights and in my prayers HE hears me and in my steps He will direct my path.

So for today, I am so thankful and will rest in moments of worship and praise sprinkled throughout my day and I will pray at every thought of the things I need to release and need the Lord to be in control of and I will step taking the next right one.  For it is in a series of small simple things that everything comes together and the things I was designed to do are accomplished.

Trusting Him with my day, my loves, my hopes, my fears, my family, my friends, my highs and my lows.

1 Thess 5:18     Ps 146:1-2  Ps 22:3

Renew

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This scripture was part of my devotion this morning.  This is a season to trust, of rest and renewal. A season of dependence and infusion.

In a quick conversation last evening I had a moment of regress where for a few minutes I allowed frustration and defeat to poke its head in but in that moment I made a choice again to not allow things that are out of my control to steal my peace. Staying focused on the task at hand and keeping it manageable for me is where I am at.  Keeping my side of the street clean and my attitude positive and in check.

I am thankful for the peace and the success of this week and thankful that God has meet me where I am.  I am thankful that I can come to Him, broken and distracted and full of regret and pour out my soul to find forgiveness and rest.

Today is a new day and I will rest in Him as I read and meditate and renew my strength.  No the day might not be without difficulty but my Hope and Strength and Trust is not in man or woman but in God alone.

Here is to making it a wonderful Wednesday.