Can we laugh at life for a minute?
I want to know if you have ever done one of the following…
Have you ever….
Bumped into a wall mid-stride because you were drinking coffee and walking at the same time? (Did that early this morning. Coffee, precious coffee lost)
Have you ever…
(Beware of the Ewww-factor here) Changed a poopy diaper and accidentally gotten it on your finger then laughed with your baby about it. (Did this yesterday, yuck I can’t believe I’m admitting that one.)
Have you ever…
Watered the lawn for a 15 minutes while watching for the earth worms to come up, so you can capture their large squirming bodies to show your two-year old son how to be a “real” boy– only to quickly rescue them from being drowned in the 2 inch deep wading pool nearby? :) (Oh yeah, yesterday evening!)
Have you ever…
Slammed your hair in the car door and then tried to get the door open without losing a clump of it or your sanity? (Ugh… don’t ask.)
Have you ever…
Seen a small toy on the floor, that you’ve been stepping on for 3-days, lying precariously in front of the vacuum, and not hesitated for a second in sucking it up? (Opps sorry honey, it wasn’t a toy)
Have you ever…
Ordered a meal for your picky toddler then ended up eating it on top of your own meal because he didn’t eat it, nor was he going to eat it? (Okay, I was in the mood to eat a happy meal too, but couldn’t order one for myself…what? It’d look bad right?)
Have you ever…
Bought an outfit to look like the girl you saw wearing it in the store, then –after huffing and puffing to get into it– realized that on your body it looks like a the Staypuff Marshmallow Man with a wedgie? (Hmmm…no comment)
Then welcome to motherhood, womanhood and life on this planet. Hope you laughed too! Have a blessed day!
Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been obsessing about getting older lately. Ha! Yep. I’m creeping up on forty. No, not for more than a year but still…lately it feels closer than it should. As I reflect on my thirties, I have mixed emotions. One is…whoa…I can’t believe I have to look BACK on my thirties instead of forward to them. And WHOA!…how did my backside get so big back there? Lol… Okay, time for a diet. There are many physical things that I want to change about myself, sure. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have at least something. But I have also started feeling like I’m racing towards some kind of finish line and forty is it.
So I sigh.
…I feel a little sorry for myself.
Then I realized…
Thank GOD I’m getting older! So many people lose that opportunity at a young age!
Now I get excited. As I look back over the last two decades I see, each one has been AMAZING in its own way! Especially the last one. If God can take me from a broken, depressed, woman who was never going to have another female friend again, to what I see before me today in these short years, I say…God, let’s do it again! My life is what I decide to make it. Right? Of course. It reminds me of that verse in Romans.
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Romans 9:20
God’s been shaping and smoothing out the rough spots in this girl for years! He has spent countless more assuring me of His love. I heard these five rules in a class I took recently from a very old, long passed on preacher. He said the reasons he taught and continued to learn from God were this;
- To acquire an in-depth spiritual perception and awareness.
- To receive training in the whole Word so as to be able to teach others. And be in the best condition you can be to move the Word of God.
- Physical Training. To make your physical body a vehicle for which to communicate the Word to others.
- Practice believing to bring material abundance to yourself and the ministry.
- To go forth as leaders and worker in areas of concern, interest and need.
I may be getting older, but my, oh my, I have a long way to go. But I also see that this is where God was taking me all along. I’m going to get older and turn forty, whether I want to or not. I might as well enjoy it and make each passing year better than the last. Just like God has done for me. God is not done, there is no finish line.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
When I’m done with this body and Jesus Christ comes back, I’ll get a new spiritual body. This is just the first day of the rest of eternity!!
What is so great about that? I think it all starts in my attitude. God said there in Phil 1:6 that He will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. We don’t know how long that is. All we can say is, thank you God. Thank you for not quitting on me. Thank you for never leaving my side. Thank you for continuing to love me more than I ever deserved.
I read over this chapter and realized it is the climax the pinnacle of our life with God. I just couldn’t cut it up. It’s all SO good. But the last few verses were what I wanted to end with so please read the whole way through.
 [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  And if Christ [be] in you, the body [is] dead because of sin; but the Spirit [is] life because of righteousness.
 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with [him], that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.
 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it].  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. [
31] What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?
 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth.
 Who [is] he that condemneth? [It is] Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
 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. [Rom 8:1-39 KJV]
No matter how much I learn, I’m always amazed at how much MORE God did for me and will do. We have a long life ahead.
God bless you today!
Wow! What a meeting!
Last night I sat around the table with women whose hearts were enlarged by God’s kindness and love. I fed off that love in my teaching of God’s Word. Thank you so much to those of you who could make it! I wanted to extend the invite out to those of you who might want to come visit our little Bible Study meetings. They start every Wednesday night at 6 PM MST and we try to be done by 7:30 or 8 PM. I think what amazes me is that we all have kids, we all have busy schedules and we all have priorities in our lives, but we find time for this meeting. I know why I do it, and why Wednesdays have quickly become my favorite day of the week. It’s because of them! And it’s because I need to go “off-the-grid” with God.
Have you ever heard that term? My sister talked about it in one of her teachings, she said it’s about finding your solace and your special time/place with God. I get that! Wow, do I so get and love that! It’s a time when you can get away from all the doubters, the worriers and the people who don’t profit your life. It’s a time when no one is needing fed, wiped, calmed, soothed, burped or bathed. It’s a time when you have your needs taken care of.
There is an old hymnal about going off grid with God, it goes like this.
My God And I
My God and I go in the fields together;
We walk and talk as good friends should and do.
We clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter,
My God and I walk through the meadow’s hue.
He tells me of the years that went before me,
When heavenly plans were made for me to be;
When all was but a dream of dim conception
To come to life, earth’s verdant glory see.
My God and I will go for aye together
We’ll walk and talk as good friends should and do.
This earth will pass and with it common trifles
But God and I will go unendingly.
It’s such a sweet song and I wish I could sing it to you. Below is a YouTube video I found of some far more talented singers than I singing it. Enjoy!
It me of that verse in Psalms 118: 14…”The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.” Sometimes all we need is a song to refresh us, but some times we need a whole lot more.
For you who would like to attend our little band of rebels, meet us in the Sherwood forest (aka EXIT Realty Yellowstone, Billings Montana) at 6 pm on Wednesdays. We’re going to take back from the Devil what he thought was his. Our solace, and our peace.
God Bless You all!
A champion implies a victory
and a victory implies a fight.
If there is a fight then you must have an enemy.
When you look back over this year, do you see little or no change? Is your personality, the dedication of talents, and your giving of yourself stale? Do you find little or no joy in serving? Time is a wonderful measurement of change, but if you look back over this year and find these statements to be true, then there is one problem. You have ignored your enemy. Ignoring the enemy doesn’t make you a champion. If I do not answer the question, it doesn’t mean I agree with the question or disagree with the question, it means I acquiesce. I submit. I lost the fight. The temptation is to ignore the enemy. But that is like the old frog sitting in a pan. If you slowly raise the temperture, he will be cooked alive.
What does God’s Word say about the fight?
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore,” Ephesians 6:10-14a
How do we stand? In this day and age, how do we fight? The same way that NFL Teams win football. They play. They move the ball forward, and stop it from moving back. They focus on their offensive but keep their defensive strong. A moving target is very hard to hit! So get moving.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
If you are looking for a place to serve, get quiet and ask God where that should be. Treat your time and life as His blank slate. What is the highest and best use of you? God knows. He loves you too. He knows your likes and your dislikes. He knows what will push you and what will hold you back. Trust that and then obey.
What is the measure of a champion? How well she focuses her mind.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
God bless you today!