Moving Along

As an aside, Amazon.com sells MP3 versions of children’s songs, and this cover goes with  the song,”He’s Still Working on Me.”He's Still Working On Me

I got a letter in the mail today. I work part time for a company with multiple sites on occasion. I always answer their survey, willing to work at a few different addresses and then I choose the ones closest to home. I really prefer the location I’ve always worked at, but I sincerely am willing to try other places. When I got the new location for my next assignment, I almost panicked. I thought, What’s up with this feeling?

I reminded myself that I am flexible, I like meeting new people, it’ll be fine. James said that we shouldn’t say we’re going to be here or there, but to say, if it’s the Lord’s will, I’ll be in a certain place or make a particular purchase. I’m paraphrasing Jas 4:13, (ESV): Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—

Jas 4:14  yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Jas 4:15  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Jas 4:16  As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Jas 4:17  So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

I’ve been telling different people, I’ll see you there when I work again. I told a little girl, “I’ll be working with your grandmother pretty soon.”

Oops!

Another thing I reminded myself of is that Jesus said to be anxious for nothing. In Phil. 4:6,7 the (ESV) says: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

So, when things don’t go the way I expect them to, I turn to prayer and do my best to hand things over to God. I whisper or speak aloud, “I trust You, God.”

Then I remember the good things God has done over the years in my life. Last night I got thinking about my earthly dad. I told a young man that I waited on in the library that I never went hungry unless I wanted to, growing up. I know that is a blessing. My dad worked hard to provide for his family. King David wrote in Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread, (ESV).

Jesus said in Matthew 6 that if we seek Him first, and His kingdom and righteousness all these things will be added unto us. He’d been talking about clothing and food. Then in the following verse, Matt. 6:34, (NASB), He said, “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

So, I choose to move along with Jesus, asking Him to help me not to be anxious when changes come. Change is a part of life. I know that, it’s just that I don’t always relax and go with the flow. “God’s still working on me,” as I’ve heard children sing many years ago on a tape of songs collected for other kids to sing along with them.

I used to love the high energy of songs on a “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” tape I bought for my little ones. In searching for the “God’s Still Working On Me” tape I noticed that the “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” have been digitally re-mastered from the originals from back in the day.Bullfrogs & Butterflies: God Is My Friend CD This is from  Christian  Book Distributors.

May God bless you!

Being Flexible

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or if it’s because I’m eating more sugar than I used to, but I ended up with another round of antibiotics starting today.

I was expecting to go to a county fair today and to go for a training session and to accompany my husband through the fairgrounds to see the animals.

All of that and some of my plans for tomorrow disappeared. Yesterday I measured and cut curtains for my daughter and son-in-law’s new house. I intended to finish the cutting and to begin the sewing today, but that too went on hold.

So, I called a friend I’ve been meaning to call for a while and we had a nice visit. Then tonight, my brother called and I enjoyed talking to him.

I saw Proverbs 27:1 (ESV) from a previous blog today: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

That’s kind of been my life lately, so I’m trying to go with the flow. I have decided to get back to an earlier bedtime. I don’t think staying up late is helping my health any either.

I don’t really like talking about health issues, but sometimes that’s the way it goes. Monday night we got to see my grandson in a soccer game, the first we’ve been able to attend this year. I hope to see the kids before too long. School starts in early September and when autumn hits I begin to think about cold weather heading our way. So, on Sunday I called some friends about getting together for lunch and the chance to catch up in September. We’ve known them for years. We don’t live near them anymore, so we try to keep in touch when we can. I wish it were more often, but it’s better than not at all.

How do you accept the unexpected? Kicking and fighting interruptions? Or are you laid back and looking for the good or the fun in the change of plans? I’m somewhere in the middle.

May God bless you.

Writing is a Joy

Writing for a few hours today took lots of concentration. I’m writing a chapter for a non-fiction book writing class. Although I’m under a deadline, I notice that thinking until my brain hurts and typing until my wrists ache doesn’t deter me from enjoying the process. Writing is fun, even when it’s hard to come up with ideas. Even when everything feels like it’s been said before. In Ecclesiastes, the wisest man in the world said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

Writing books say, “You are unique. No one can say what you have to say because each person’s life is experienced in their own way.”

In other words, I am “new under the sun.”

Jesus said to repent and come follow Him. He came to give us life and that abundantly. He said the devil came to steal, kill and destroy. When I write, I feel the joy God intended me to have on this planet. When I read my Bible, pray, worship God, the devil tends to stay away. Yay!

I appreciate being able to write on WordPress.com and that Facebook allows it to be forwarded their way. I sent an editorial to our local free paper with my opinion that Jesus is returning soon. I gave my reasons. One of which is the tremendous number of prophecies that have been fulfilled. They chose not to publish it.

I’ve heard that the UN wants control of the internet. Post while you can. Read about Jesus while you can. Love God and others while you can. Thanks for reading, if you stuck with the post this far. Write with freedom, amen.

Gathering

My youngest daughter goes to gatherings with friends. They eat good food, pray together, talk, laugh, occasionally hear from someone with a prophetic gifting. I’ve told her, “I want to go.” She finally got an opportunity to invite me. Tomorrow is the day. I’m expecting God to show up. After all, He says in the Word, “If two or more gather in My name, I’ll be there in the midst of them.”

Welcome, amazing God.