What Are You Stressing About?

I couldn’t get a picture to copy on my blog last night for over fifteen minutes, so my blog posted at 12:02 a.m. sans picture. My husband couldn’t get Netflix to work for him so he tidied up instead. I made my sounds of frustration and then pressed the publish button.

Life goes on. Do you stress over big things, little things, many things? Stress is good for us in small amounts to motivate us to get moving. In large amounts over protracted periods of time, stress endangers our health.

I went to a couple of appointments with my youngest daughter today as she prepares for her “big day” in January. She got a little stressed over some of the things we ended up talking about. After that, I read the last few chapters of Daniel in the Bible which are visions he had of the end times on the planet. He also encountered angelic beings and possibly Jesus if I understand it correctly. They explained the visions and/or dreams that he had.
angel and daniel

photo from neviimtovim.com

There’s nothing like reading about conquering kings and subterfuge and possibly the anti-Christ offering abominable things on the altar in Jerusalem to change my frame of mind. I tried to decipher if these things are about to happen now. Wish I understood it better.

Any concerns about ordering supplies for the wedding or getting dresses altered in time went right out the window.

What are you stressing about?

Easter – Resurrection Sunday

Hi! I wrote this for our church’s April newsletter. I’m copying it here because I love what Jesus did for everyone and because I’ve had a stomach bug three times in March and so I’m catching up on things as I carry on in life. God bless. I intend to share comments made on the blog on how to find the “right” spouse later this week.

Consider the love of God, which never fails. Romans 8:38,39 (KJV) says: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I remember going to Catholic Church as a young girl seeing the Stations of the Cross, as they were called, miniature three dimensional carvings of the steps Jesus took on the way to the crucifixion – ending with His dead body being held by loved ones as they began to place him in a stone hewn resting place.

As I got older, on Good Friday at noon, I read the Bible’s account of Jesus’ betrayal and then His journey to the cross and to His death to my Mom. It was our tradition. I wasn’t born again yet, but the sacrifice Jesus made for my sin touched me deeply.

Resurrection means to be revived from death. After hearing that Jesus’ choice to endure the suffering and agony at Golgotha would enable me to be in a right relationship with God, I eventually understood salvation and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior!

He rose from the dead after three days in the tomb. My flesh came alive to the Spirit of God after many years of hearing His Word and many months of listening to an evangelical friend that didn’t give up on me. She prayed for me, she gave me nuggets of truth five school days of the week.

There are so many lies about Jesus – He’s not God, He’s just a prophet, a child of God like we are. Satan loves to deceive people; ensnare people with hurts, offenses, addictions; kill people with lies about suicide offering a peaceful alternative to this world.

Jesus said in John 10:10 (KJV), “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly.”

It’s never too late to experience God’s love, His deliverance, His protection, His provision, His still small voice welcoming you to get to know Him better.

Commitment: Are You For It or Against It?

Hi! I am writing tonight because I made a commitment to write more regularly in July of 2014 at Montrose Christian Writers Conference. I’ve been crazy busy with family, a writing project for a client and unfortunately, three funerals over the last three weeks. I began to realize that my blogging schedule fell by the wayside. So, I got to it shortly after remembering. Here goes:

I wonder what you think of commitment? I think of it often because I really care about marriage. I started a book on marriage but I am more eager to finish my novel, so that book is second on my list. I am writing for other people because I feel God wants me to and I know my husband appreciates me working to help carry the load. So, since I’m committed to God and to my husband, I’ve set priorities in my writing life.

Today I spent time in the Word early in my day because that’s something God’s been nudging me to do, and it amazes me how much better my day goes when I take those minutes to read the Word and pray. During prayer I felt as if God said to write today.

We had four little ones and their mom here for four days and my house, which is never perfect, looked so beat up, I knew I’d be restoring order and doing laundry. Since I try to obey God, (and believe me, I’m not perfect), in the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the writing. So, I did dishes and threw stuff away and found toys in unexpected places which went back in the toy box. My daughter did a ton to set things right, but she has very active children and couldn’t get it all done.

At three p.m., I called it quits and got on the computer. I finished a short story I’ve been working on, and blogging was my next priority. I was about to get ready for bed when I realized I didn’t get beyond signing in to WordPress.com, so here I am.

My husband and I have been married for thirty-nine years. That’s a commitment that seems tiny compared to a couple we know. We just attended their seventieth wedding anniversary. She said it’s been good, there have been times when it wasn’t good and then times when it was horrible. They stayed the course and she gave the credit to the fact that they met Jesus in a tangible way in their adult years. Not just as an idea in church, but as Lord and Savior, friend and judge, peace-giver and provider, protector and director of their paths, parent and confidant, healer and trustworthy authority. The list could go on, but then it would be too long. 🙂

Are you for commitment, or against it? I see people not getting married because their parents’ marriage didn’t work out. We are still married today, by the grace of God. I’m definitely for it, but sometimes it’s hard. The good definitely outweighs the bad.

Have you ever committed to something and then been sorry? Have you ever committed to something and been glad? I’d love to hear from you.

Goals and Life Choices

Two days ago, on the demo exercise page, I checked off the blog twice a week box as if it were done. Then for two days I couldn’t seem to get to the computer. I hate writing out goals and then watching them sit, and then writing them over and over again each day. It causes me to begin or delete. Which is not a bad thing, I suppose. It’s just if the delete thing keeps happening, it can get discouraging. So I try to delete in moderation.

Ya know, do all things in moderation. 🙂

I’m reading and writing answers in a Bible study book, “Philippians: Experiencing God’s Peace,” by Elizabeth George. I think I’ve had it for years, but I think the timing is always a God-thing with my books. So I’m learning more about Paul’s life and his admonitions. Follow him as He follows Christ. Jesus Christ laid down His life as a sacrifice for others. Paul did the same. It’s heavy stuff. Given the opportunity, would I lay down my life for another? I hope so.

I’ve also read a few books that I didn’t care for. They were recommended in writing improvement books. Read this book, it’ll help you with characterization. Read that book, it’ll help you with dialogue. In Philippians 4:8 it talks about choosing what to think about. Here’s the American Standard Version: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

One book went back to the library at chapter three. The others were good until the very end, and then I was disappointed.One of the two actually made me mad. It was based in Victorian times, but the moral at the end was very much our times. One of the characters went insane because of controlling their passions. Please.

I’m trying to decide how to live according to Phil 4: 8. Also, Jesus said to be in the world, but not of the world. So, this evening, I got out two library books, one by Davis Bunn and one by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. I figure reading Christian authors is not a bad start. I’m not sure I’ll give up secular authors, but tonight I decided to. I guess I’ll research secular authors before I grab their books.

What are you reading lately, anything you want to talk about?