Busy Days with More to Come

I prayed to God for some income from writing because the manuscripts I submitted this year received no replies from editors. Praying, living life, waiting and then a phone call from a client I worked for maybe four years ago.

The project is back on again just when a person I’m close to delivers a baby. I want to go there when I can! Then, my granddaughter decides to get married within a month, yay! And I’m having opportunities to do ministry that blesses me, big time.

I spoke to my husband at lunch this week. He continually learns and then puts into practice time management techniques using Trello and Google calendar and Getting Things Done by David Allen and some aspects from Michael Hyatt since I own Full Focus Planners. He watches Michael Hyatt on YouTube along with instructors on Trello and for other electronic planning systems. Then, my husband plans action steps and does the work to manage his projects.

I’ve begun the Getting Things Done strategy. In response to my question at the restaurant, he said, “Just do a little at a time.” I soaked that in.

I’ve noticed as I get things done, he encourages me. Also, he challenges me, “is that the most efficient use of your time?”

Sometimes I want to hear it and sometimes I don’t. So, after many years of marriage, I’ll say thanks and rethink what I’m doing, or I’ll say, “I need a break and that’s my top priority.”

He takes time to rest and maybe he thinks I’m chilling when I’m not. I may be thinking of an outline or praying for someone or daydreaming.

How are you doing? Is your life full of surprises and necessary activities, or are you in a quiet place forced to be still and alone like I was last Fall?

I plan on going on a missions’ trip later this year. My husband and I drove South to see family and take time to visit instead of going sightseeing. I don’t think we’ve ever done that before.

We talked and listened and soaked up the sun and saw our grandson play soccer. We visited my grandson’s friend’s church and thoroughly enjoyed the sermon.

That time gave me the boost for these hectic weeks with more to come. And now, I’m going to read the Bible, fold and put away laundry and go to bed.

May God bless you!

Showers of Blessings

When I went to a baby shower tonight, one of the games for the people attending was to try and match a sentence or two from the children’s book it belonged to. Sixteen classic books, from Winnie the Pooh to The Secret Garden to Peter Pan to I Think I Can to Horton Hears a Who to name a few.

The ladies throwing the shower requested we bring a children’s book with a message to the baby written inside the cover. What fun!

It’s amazing how impactful children’s books are. Those attending ranged in age from low twenties to the grandmother at age 89. So many of the gals shared contented sighs as they talked about their favorite stories from early childhood.

Jesus told stories. He told about the young son asking for his inheritance early in life, while his dad and brother were still alive. After he spent all of his money on “wine, women and song,” he became hungry and friendless.

After almost starving to death, he remembered his dad and decided to go home and ask to be hired as a servant. His father welcomed him with open arms and I’ve seen more than one movie made based on “The Prodigal Son,” as the story is called.

We, as sinners goof up and as soon as we ask God to forgive us and determine in our hearts to turn from our wicked ways, God accepts us as a loving, earthly father would do.

It can be found in Luke 15.

I hope you are having a great day. May God bless you.

 

Chosen

 

My husband and I got invited to two functions today. One was an auction to benefit student scholarships in memory of a loved one now residing in heaven due to a bout of cancer. The family gives proceeds to two or three individuals heading to college to pursue a degree in medicine. Their family has a number of nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs.

The other event was an early Thanksgiving meal coupled with the chance to celebrate a birthday.

The first group of people asked everyone to bring a dish to pass. The second one was hosted by a couple without any children and the man loves to bake and cook. So, he turned down any offer of food. He’s a contractor as well, and he does all three of those things well. The second gathering met in a home, so the number of attendees was significantly lower.

We didn’t eat until after the auction at the first one, so I ate a handful of grapes and a slice of pumpkin roll, a cake-like material rolled up with cream cheese icing inside. It’s only available around here in the Fall. Then I scurried out the door to get to the party in time. The couple we visited provide plenty of food for their company, so I knew I could eat later.

The lady of the house tends to give prophetic utterances, although not as often at home as in church when I’m there. Today, she spoke out about the turmoil in our country over the elections. I don’t remember all of it, but God said not to be overly alarmed about the controversies, that He is in control and that we should look to Him.

I remember one of the ladies saying that we need to be in prayer for our country. It amazes me to read some of the newspaper and internet writers. They don’t get why people didn’t vote for Hillary. She certainly had the media’s endorsement. A couple of weeks ago, I scrolled down Yahoo’s news items to about the twentieth item in line. A headline with the word Christian in it caught my attention; seeing as how I call myself a Christian, I clicked on it. Part of the article said something about Hillary not liking religious fanatics that stood against the right of women to make reproductive choices and something needed to be done about them.

I didn’t like the idea of an American president identifying my morality as fanaticism and my beliefs as something to be squashed out. She’s all for women, she says. If the female babies being formed up to nine months could speak, they would implore her to let them live. Waddle 'n Go Penguin             (photo from Christian Book Distributor’s site)

In all reality, every person knows that if a fetus is left alone, it becomes a human being. To say that a fetus is just a blob or whatever ridiculous word they use to convince young women to abort the growing cells, everyone knows deep inside that the person unready to give birth chooses abortion to avoid the responsibilities and inconveniences of pregnancy and child-rearing. They lose sight of the joy of parenthood, or don’t comprehend it.

Years ago, I saw a woman speak on the 700 Club when Pat Robertson was still hosting the show. She had been raped and because of her beliefs, she kept the baby. She knew it would be hard, especially if the baby looked like the biological dad. She didn’t destroy the baby; it wasn’t the baby’s fault that the dad hurt women.

Some years later, the lady wanted to tell the world that having that baby was one of the best decisions she ever made in her life.

Hillary Clinton wanted to continue abortion under the guise of women’s rights. She wanted to continue with President Obama’s social programs. Americans wanted a change. It may be as simple as that, or it may be more far reaching. Proverbs 21:1, (KJV), The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 24:21, (KJV), My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Lately, I’ve heard of three prophets that said that God told them that Donald Trump would be president of the United States of America. When I told my oldest son about it, he said something to the effect that Trump didn’t stand a chance. I said that this is what two prophets I’d heard said, and many people are praying for him to win. Then he said something like, “Mom, mom,” in a tired voice. So, I said, “Okay, we’ll see what happens.”

After the election, he texted me, “Not that I love Trump, but I’m happy I was wrong.”

I am an election worker and for the primary to choose who the Republican candidates would be, only about 70 people came out to vote. At the election, over 500 people came out to that one place to vote. I’ve heard that the primary election may be more important than the actual election, but not everyone understands that, I guess. So, other Republican contenders didn’t get their chance to run against Hillary. That’s the way things go.

Americans can get over their troubles if they want to, by getting out of their homes and getting to know each other. If they would turn off their electronics and interact and try to understand others and stop listening to hate mongers, they may find out that people are similar to one another even if they don’t always agree with each other, or have the same customs, or have the same skin tone.

1Peter 4:8, (ESV) Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Anyone brought up in the Christian faith knows that all of mankind sins, according to Romans 3:23, and falls short of the glory of God. No one is perfect or ever will be perfect. The only perfect one was Jesus and that’s because He was God, the Son. This is why He became our Savior. God hates sin and what it does. He’s ready to punish us for behaving so abominably. Then Jesus in full agreement with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, decided to make a way to save our sorry selves. He took on all the sins of the world. All of them. So we could love one another and be forgiven of our sins so one day we could enter heaven.

If Americans humble themselves and take up their Christian beliefs, those who were born into a Christian background, that is, and read the Bible and repent and follow Jesus’ commands to love God first and to love others as their selves, most of the chaos in this country would disappear.

Jesus invites all nations and all tribes to follow Him. He’s ready to love all and to forgive all because He created all. He loves every single person in the world, it says in John 3:16.

That is what I have found to be true in my life and in the lives of others. I have tested God as it says to do in the book of Malachi and found Him to be trustworthy. How about you? Have you ever asked God about Himself? He wants all in heaven with Him and contrary to lies, heaven is not a boring place. If God created the world and all that is in it, and heaven as well, [Col_1:16, (ESV) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him,] how could it ever be boring?

The devil is a liar come to steal, kill and destroy, Jesus said in John 10:10 and Jesus came to give life and that abundantly. Ask Jesus to prove Himself, that’s my suggestion to you in these trying times.

May God bless you.

 

 

“You Said What?!!”

I’m sticking my head past the refrigerator door to peer inside for some kind of food, talking to hear myself talk, I guess, and out of my mouth, I hear myself say, “…God, Baby.”

I froze. Did I just call the God of the Universe, the Great I Am, the Judge, “Baby”?

I immediately asked God’s forgiveness. I told Him I’m His baby, but Never did I want to show such familiarity with God that I would call Him “Baby”.

My mind started going to the fact that I’ll always be His baby. Then I pictured a mom bending over a new child wrapped in a snug receiving blanket, smiling and trying to coax a smile out of the infant, and cooing. In my kitchen I felt love pour over me like a warm waterfall.

I knew what it was to be that tender child, encompassed by a love so deep, so full of intentions for my well-being that I could have stayed in that moment forever.

Zep 3:17 (KJV): The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

I keep running into this verse from people. If I’ve brought it up before, I don’t mind repeating it. It’s hard for me to fathom the depth of God’s love for me and for others. Once in a while He shows me a bit.

As an aside, in case you are a regular follower of this blog, you may have noticed that I’ve been away from the keyboard. For about three days, I slept most of the time, trying to get well. For the first time in years I battled the flu, the one with days of fever and then coughing and sore throat and a headache big time. I didn’t even read a book for days, other than some of the Bible.

A day or so ago my husband told me, “You’re feeling better.”

“Why?”

“Because you’re talking again.”

I didn’t realize I hadn’t been. Rare in our forty-three years of knowing each other.

My fever left today, so I’ll stay away from people for another day or two.

And I’ve asked God to please guard my lips. I don’t like to say things that I shouldn’t. I don’t like to think things that I shouldn’t. I mostly like this planet earth, but I won’t say nay to heaven and no more sin up there! Yay!

I hope you’re healthy in every way possible. God bless!