Monday, August 19, 2013

ANYTHING

The last 8 weeks, Good Morning Girls has been studying the book "Anything" by Jennie Allen.  I was a bit skeptical of doing a "book" study because I've been thoroughly enjoying going verse by verse through different books of the Bible.  But, our fearless leader of Good Morning Girls has read the book and challenged us, her group leaders to do the same and do the study.  Wow what a challenge!

The one thing that hit me the most in the book was the fact that God can take something that to us seems "bad" and make good out of it. Wow. I look back over my life and I know this to be true but it's still something difficult to grasp for the future.

A lot of people would like for you to believe that when you become a Christian life is all roses and candy. It's NOT.  Living a life following Christ can be lonely. Especially in this world we live in now. Sin, temptation, trying to keep your testimony and show others the love of Christ can prove difficult.  When we live for Christ, the evil one gets mad. That's when the attacks come. That's when the skepticism comes in our friends. When we are under attack from the evil one, life isn't easy. It is hard. VERY HARD. 

I once had a preacher tell me that if you think you are living for Christ and aren't under attack then you are mistaken. 

I'm really looking forward to the next study, picking up in Luke 17.  I know the attacks are coming.  But my God is much bigger than that!  Thank you Lord for loving me enough to send Your Son to die for me. Thank you for forgiving me even when I'm not acting like you want me to act.  And thank you for the family that I have been blessed with...all of them!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Jealousy...it's a bad thing

How many times do we look at other's lives and get jealous? I would say most of us, if we were honest would say ALL the time.

First you have the parent who seems to have it all together while I feel like I am struggling to keep my sanity.  Am I seeing what is real?  Likely not (cause I can hide things too).  Is it hurting me?  NO. Then leave it alone Jess.

What about the girl who is fit and slim and can eat whatever she wants while not working out at all while I'm trying and can't lose an ounce?  Does THIS affect me?  ONLY if I let it.  Then leave it alone Jess. God made you the way you are and HE will direct your paths.

You see, Jealousy is a bad thing.  It can do so much more damage than just about any other emotion in this world. It can tear apart relationships, it can end friendships, it will end marriages.  So what am I to do?

I need to remember WHO I serve? I serve a risen Savior and HE is the answer to everything for me. HE is the one who I need to look to and strive to be like. HE is the one who died on the cross for me.  HE is the one who directs my path and at the end of the day, wraps his arms around me and keeps me safe while I sleep.

You see, I have a pretty good life.  I have a husband who loves me. I have a daughter who is finding her way in this world and making new discoveries on a daily basis. I have a son who is the sweetest thing in the world while at the same time being 150% boy. I even have a dog who would die if I wasn't there (seriously, I think she WOULD die if I left her).  I have friends who are amazing. I have a great Mom, a wonderful sister, a brother who makes me giggle and recently got back in touch with my biological half-brother and he wants to have a relationship with me. I have lots of other family members who I adore. I have friends who are more like family and God has SURELY blessed me.

So there is no room for jealousy in my life.  It is full of blessings and when you choose to see the blessings and concentrate on them, the things that may normally bother you seem small and insignificant.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

I sit, I wait

I sit and I wait.

Currently I'm waiting on my flight. Am I taking the 1pm flight or the 8pm flight?  Waiting for it to get together.  TRUSTING THE LORD that it will all work out.

I am so thankful that the Lord has put me through the things I have been through this week. I've met some great people, our son is feeling better (after ear infection and cold in his eye) and I hopefully will be on my way home later today.

But I'm still waiting....