What Are You Grateful For?

Here in the United States we celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23, 2017.

I have been listening to Keith Urban’s song, God’s Been Good To Me, which inspired me to make a list of the things I am grateful for and share them with you.

God – If you have ever experienced His miracles of healing, deliverance and the benefits of the salvation package, you know why I am convinced that God exists and loves me.

I could really camp out here for awhile because God has been so incredibly good to me.

Absence Of Sciatica – Most of you know last year at this time, I suffered from bad sciatica. Not a flare-up here and there. One long flare-up from October to April. I could not walk well. I could not sit comfortably. I could not get dressed, take a shower or get out of bed without pain so bad tears came to my eyes. It wasn’t until I changed my prayer from “Deliver me” to “What is the solution?” that the pain left.

Friends I’ve Met – I have met the most amazing people at my job this year. A lot of wise, young people who have shared with me their stories of how they have overcome obstacles. I count it a privilege to get to know and help these people on their journey.

Friends From The Past – Everywhere I go I seem to collect friends, but I have two friends who always check-in to make sure I am okay. I cherish that. One is sweet beyond belief and would give you the shirt off her back. The other will call you on your stuff in an instant.

Home – Sometimes you have to leave a place in order to know how much you love it–faults and all. That is how I feel about Arizona. I am so grateful I am back to enjoy the culture, the theater, the events and the people.

Creativity – I am an artist with words, but I had been blocked. I could write blog posts and devotionals, but I couldn’t create the worlds in my head. Then the dam broke. Now not only am I writing novels again but I am painting as well. Something I didn’t do before. There is a healing that is taking place when I create. That healing I ran to Nevada to find, but I found by coming home.

Creative Live – I am grateful for the online classes for creatives that I can buy and watch on the go. Right now I am learning how to build my creative businesses through social media.

I am also grateful for a roof over my head, money in the bank, food to eat, running water, electricity and breaking up with my ex-boyfriend with whom I was in an unhealthy relationship. I am grateful for everyone who reads my work too.

I could go and go, but this is my list.

What’s yours?

#What’sOnYourGratitudeList  #HealingThroughCreativity

Are You On The Winning Team?

Ever felt stuck in the slow lane in life?

For most of mine, I have been in the slow lane, waiting for my life to start. I am the one who never married, never had kids, who doesn’t drive even though she knows how.

I knew God destined me for more, that God wanted me to do something more with my life. I always felt like I was waiting on my life to change though.

Too many times we do this – – the waiting on God thing. We sit by doing nothing, playing video games and watching Netflix. We are waiting on God, we say, but we have not put anything out there for God to work with.

Yes, I can hear someone saying, but, Sarah and Abraham helped God out when Abraham slept with Hagar and produced Ishmael (Genesis 16). To learn from their mistake, we just have to wait on God.

God promised Abraham a son. Sarah reasoned that she must not be the mother of the promised child. She put her interpretation on what God meant.

Most of the time we do this when we run ahead of God’s timing. We know the dream God has for us (Jeremiah 29:11), but we decide how God is going to accomplish that goal.

We exhaust all our plans before finally seeking God’s plan for how the dream will unfold.

Even when we know God’s plan and how He wants to accomplish it, we still have to do something.

Again God promised a son to Abraham. This time He specifically said that Sarah would conceive that son (Genesis 17:19).

Even though God gave Sarah that promise, it still required action to come to pass. The situation demanded she sleep with her husband to produce the promised child Isaac.

In order to free the Israelites from slavery, the situation dictated that Moses speak to Pharaoh (Exodus 5, 7-11).

The woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25–34), Jairus (Mark 5:21-43), the lepers (Luke 17:11-19)– they all did something. Even if they just came to Jesus and said, “I have a problem. Can You fix it?”

It comes to the point where we say to ourselves, “Why do we sit here? (II Kings 7:3)”

We need to go to God. Ask Him what to do and do it (James 1:5, 22) The simple act of asking Him, then acting on how He is leading steers us in right direction.We can sit around and wait on God.

We can be like the hamster on a wheel, doing the same thing over and over again and getting the same results.

Or we can go ask God His plan and what action He wants us to take. His plans are always blessed. Ours are just plain rubbish.

Switch to the winning team today.

 

#team #God #Christ #Jesus #plans #problems #HolySpirit #Bible

What’s The Real Story?

A man had two sons (Luke 15:11-32).

One son who work with his father day after day on the estate.

The other asked for his inheritance. He couldn’t wait to get out into the world and explore it.

The father knew the character of this particular son, yet the father gave him the money anyway. Maybe he thought the son might steal it if he didn’t.

This son left home and blew his money on wild living.

To make matters worse, a severe famine hit the land. His stomach growled. He probably felt weak.

He went to work for a land owner. He fed the pigs. So hungry, he ate their slop.

Then he remembered that the servants in his father’s house ate better than he was eating.

He decided to go home and beg to be one of his father’s hired hands.

When most tell this story, it is about how the son came to himself and repented of his sins.

However Jesus told this story for a different reason.

The father watched for his son to come home. Every day he stood outside, looking for his son.

When he finally saw his son coming down the road, he ran to meet his son.

The son started his rehearsed speech. Before he could finish, the father told the servants to kill the fattened calf, to bring the robe and the ring.

The father didn’t listen to his speech. He instead bestowed gifts on his son.

Why?

The story isn’t about the son repenting. It is about the father’s love for his son.

He loved the son so much that when the son came home, he welcomed the son with open arms.

The father represents God in this story. When we run to Him, He is right there waiting with open arms. No matter what we’ve done.

He loves us no matter what. He never turns us away (Psalm 37:24.)

Before Jesus went to the Cross, sin separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2.)

Now, because of Jesus’ Sacrifice, nothing can separate us from our Heavenly Father. Nothing (Romans 8:35-38.)

God still bestows His blessings and His promises are still ours through Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20.)

He loves us through it all–the addictions, the trials, the mistakes–because He knows His love, His goodness, leads to repentance (Romans 2:24.)

Believe how much He loves you today.

 

#Christ #Jesus #God #HolySpirit #Bible

Do You Have Peace?

And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. – Colossians 3:15 Amplified Bible (AMP Classical Version)

People worry. That’s what we do. We worry about our children, our spouses, our jobs, our businesses. We struggle to make decisions, even simple ones.

We pray for guidance, a sign whether we should choose this path or that one. We labor over our choices. Even after we have made them.

We ask our friends, who are as sick and broke as we are, what they would do. We research it on Google. We are afraid to make the wrong decision.

This verse tells us to let the peace of God be our umpire.

What does an umpire do? An umpire makes judgments on plays.

They make the final decision.

That’s what peace does in our lives.

When we are faced with two courses of action, we need to quiet ourselves for a moment.

Which choice do we feel peace about? Which one makes us anxious? Full of dread and worry?

Peace, or absence of peace, is God’s internal guidance system. It is His way of guiding us to the right choice.

If we don’t have that peace, God is directing us away from that action. If we feel peace, it is the way to go.

Being able to gauge our guts to see if we have peace, takes practice.

If we practice it enough, it will become a valuable resource and will never steer us wrong.

#peace #God #Christ #Bible #Jesus #HolySpirit #decision