Praise the Lord Sunday – How Great is Our God!

I have found the one my soul longs for.    Song of Solomon 34

Praise the Lord, it’s Sunday!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  While you are praising God, enjoy these videos.

 

 

 

Say a Prayer and Trust God

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.   Proverbs 16:3

Happy Saturday!  Have you ever had a struggle that seemed too difficult to overcome?  Have you ever felt like you were at the end of your rope?  I’m talking about when you feel like you have no options available to you, like there is no way to win.  I have.  There are so many times that it is difficult to count.

One time stands out in my mind, and it is probably not as significant as what you are going through, but I will always remember it.  My children were about six and eight at the time, and my husband was working two jobs.  I was traveling to Florida State University for classes trying to earn a degree and improve our financial standing  I would leave home at 4 am, drive a little over an hour into another time zone to search for parking. It was important for me to get the earliest classes so I could make it home in time to pick up my children from school.  I was working towards a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and International Affairs with a concentration in Chinese Studies.  After I picked up my children, I would take a short nap, cook dinner, help with homework and baths, put the children to bed and study until midnight and sometimes all night.

When I was registering for classes for my last semester, I was unable to register for the next level of Chinese, which was required for my degree.  So, I had gone to the Dean and begged to be placed in the  next higher level, because it was important for me to get through school as quickly as possible and find a job.  He agreed and I skipped Chinese II and went directly into Intermediate Chinese.  That same semester I had to register for 21 hours of classes.  I was really struggling.  At least twice I woke up in the parking lot at FSU not remembering driving he entire route.  I knew that I needed a break soon or I was going to have a wreck and hurt an innocent party. Finally, finals arrived.  My Intermediate Chinese exam required me to write three five-page essays in Chinese characters on topics provided in an hour and a half exam period.  Not passing the exam would mean not graduating and retaking the class.  I remember bowing my head at my desk and with tears in my eyes praying for help.  Well, the end of the story is I passed the class with an A and graduated with honors.

This was not the first time, nor the last time I trusted God.  I put all my trust in him.  Our God is the supreme counselor.  He is the only one who will be there and never let you down.  All you have to do is turn to him and trust. He will make the impossible possible.  He loves you and wants you to succeed.

Join me in asking God for help and trusting him to follow through!  Then, share your experiences me with others. God bless you!

Forgiveness Thursday – Exciting New Opportunities

Stay away from a fool for you will not find knowledge on their lips.         Proverbs 14:7

It’s Forgiveness Thursday already!  Today, I encourage you to forgive everyone in your life and then, forgive yourself. This morning a quote from an International Affairs class I took in college comes to mind – “where you stand is according to where you sit.”  While this is a political quote, it fits many situations.  Whenever someone says something that doesn’t seem to add up, think about their situation in life (i.e. family, friends, work, church, etc.).  It can be revealing.

Today holds exciting  new opportunities.  Join me in forgiving others as Christ forgave us.  God bless you!

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Sweet and Silent Wisdom

Eve a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.   Proverbs 17:28

It’s Wednesday!  Camels are happy and so am I.

Have you ever been a victim of betrayal?  Most of us have at one point or another. Have you ever been betrayed so many times that you don’t even think about calming down, because you aren’t surprised?  That happened to me recently.  I didn’t know whether to be glad that I didn’t react in anger, or concerned that I expected no less than betrayal from the people I trusted. So the question becomes, in a dog-eat-dog world, how do I live by higher Christian standards? How do I continue to spend time with people who have betrayed me in the past without becoming someone who betrays the betrayers?

Proverbs says keep silent.  I can be nice and friendly.  I can be complimentary, but when it comes to certain information I will hold my tongue and be mindful of with whom I am spending time.  Sometimes using your gifts to change the world means loving your dishonest and betraying neighbor.  As a friend once told me “love the sinner, not the sin,” while remembering not to be too trusting.

So, join me in displaying “Sweet and Silent Wisdom” with friends we cannot trust.  Enjoy your Wednesday!  God bless you!

Try Something New Tuesday – Take a Deep Breath and Remain Calm


A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.    
 Proverbs. 15:1

Happy Tuesday!  Sometimes Tuesday can be a day of stress.  It’s the beginning of the week.  Bills are due but it’s several days before payday.  Deadlines are looming.  The children have homework, ball games, concerts and a host events to attend and you are the driver, personal assistant and coach.  Housework is piling up.  While it’s not Monday, . . . It’s still tough!

Trust me when I say I’ve been there and Tuesday hits me hard sometimes too.  The best thing to do is to take a deep breath, take a mental step back and respond (DMR).  Don’t react!  My boss is an absolute pro at this.  I have a tendency to completely freak out, recover and tell everyone I’m sorry.  Sometimes sorry isn’t enough to make everything okay.  I’m definitely a work in progress, but I am improving.  I find that planning for tomorrow, living in the present and trusting God with the rest helps.  Worrying is the absolute worst thing to do.  You can’t worry and trust God!  Also, remember that life goes by fast.  Try not to rush through life, meeting deadlines.  Enjoy the moments.

So, I challenge you to remain calm and respond with a cheerful attitude. God bless you!

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Listen and Make Choices

 Where he guides, he provides.  Isaiah 58:11

Happy Monday!  Ever feel like you are being pulled in a direction?  How long did it take you to figure out what was happening?  That happened to me.  It took me years to realize it, but one day I started thinking about my life and realized that God was calling me to do his work.  It was gradual for me.  I’m not even sure when it began, but gradually I started noticing I was being drawn into the ministry.  I began listening to praise music.  Then, I was drawn to playing it on my piano.  Next I was learning to pray at public meetings.  Until last fall, I was considering which way to go to improve myself professionally and it hit me.  Here’s the really cool part.  I followed his calling, enrolled in school and started my daily blog, and then, out-of-the-blue, things began to fall into place at work for me.  Not to mention that my soul felt fulfilled and I was happier.  Things were better at home too!

I tell you this story because God gives us choices, but he may be calling you to do something special.  I had applied for different positions and it seemed like doors weren’t opening for me.  One day sitting in my car praying, the song You’re Already There  by Casting Crowns came on the radio.  I understood God was talking to me, but I didn’t completely understand the message.  Don’t resist God for personal or professional reasons, because he will fill your personal and professional ticket when you put him first.

Have a super Monday! God bless you!

 

Praise the Lord Sunday – Never Fear

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and keep your foot from being snared.       Proverbs 3:25-26

Praise the Lord it’s Sunday!  Look around you.  The world is beautiful, yet I have heard many people talking about fear of war, politics, their financial future, guns, healthcare, and natural disasters.  Don’t be afraid.  The Bible says as Christians we don’t have to be afraid.  What we need to have is something we cannot see, smell, touch, taste or hear.  We must have faith.  Luke says “faith does not make things easy; it makes them possible” (Luke 1:37). It’s “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).  Paul told the Corinthians to walk by Faith not by sight, and I guess you could say some things have not changed, because that is what we need to do today (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Of course, you need to get up and do your part.  Don’t sit around waiting for everything to fall into your lap.  I once heard a speaker tell a story about a little boy who had missed the school bus and was sitting on the curb.  She walked up to the little boy and said “what are you doing?”  The little boy said “praying”.  The woman looked up and the school bus was only a couple of car distances away.  The lady said “run while you pray!” I chuckle every time I hear the story, but it’s so true. Do your part and trust God with the rest.

Have a wonderful Sunday and Praise God!  God bless you!

Dat God Chat – Samson and Deliliah

Spread the Love Friday – Make Your Weaknesses Your Strengths

She sets her mind on things above, not earthly things.  Colossians 3:2

It’s Spread the Love Friday!  Do you have a weakness that you just can’t seem to overcome?  I’m talking about a weakness that brings fear to mind.  The kind that makes you tremble and causes a physical reaction.  Can you think of one?  Oh boy, can I!  The more I try to avoid it or ignore it, the more it takes control of me. In the Book of Judges we see that Samson had several weaknesses.  One was a lustful and roaming heart.  His weaknesses led to his demise.   So, what can we do?  I believe if we pray and have faith, God can help us turn our weaknesses into strengths.

A couple of years ago I went on a business trip to a conference.  There were speakers from around the world, who were rich and famous.  This company required the spouses of the business leaders to speak.  I watched a very timid woman speak in front of several hundred people.  Her voice was shaking and so were hands.  So much that, she dropped her notes all over the floor.  But, guess what?  I have never liked public speaking, and when I saw this lady speak, she gave me confidence.  In fact, she was my favorite speaker.  It made me realize that my weaknesses can actually help others.

So, today I challenge you to spread the Love using your weaknesses, and share what happens!  God bless you!

Forgiveness Thursday – Forgiving the Unthinkable

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  Psalm 103:12

Happy Thursday!  The weekend is almost here again.  It’s a good time to free our hearts and souls of the burden of unforgiveness.

A sweet and very wise friend told me a few years ago that all sins are equal.  Sin is sin, and no one sin is greater than another.  I was outraged.  How could murder be the same as lying about the reason you are late for work?  I mean, some sins carry a great burden on the person the sinful act was toward.   For example, children who have been sexually abused may take many years to recover and some may never recover.  They may be struggling with psychological issues for the remainder of their life.  How could a sin as horrible as sexual abuse be the same as cheating on your spouse?  Of course, this is just one example.  There are many, many more.  Then, the question becomes how do we forgive the unforgivable?

What I have found helpful is to first pray for help.  Then, realize forgiveness is for you, not the other person.  It’s a little like taking the anchor out of your boat and letting the wind carry your boat out to sea.  It frees your soul.  The next step is praying for the well-being and happiness of the person who wronged you.  This gets easier over time and ultimately helps you to feel compassion for that person.  Remember, you don’t have to forget what they have done.  However, when we hold on to pain, we become bitter.  The last step is to realize that you, too, are a sinner and if you do not forgive, you will not be forgiven.

I know that sounds too easy.  It is a simple process, but it can take many years for some or a few minutes for others to accomplish.  Some will never forgive.

Today. Join me in letting go and forgiving the unforgivable.  God bless you.