Wandering in the Desert

Have you ever felt like the Israelites wandering in the desert?  You know what you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to go, but you can’t figure out how to make it work.  Once we realize we can’t do it on our own, and let God do the work He wants to do in our lives, then the wandering stops miraculously and with all glory to God!

There have been some changes in our house this summer, and I knew what God was telling me, but it wasn’t working…so I did my “human back up plan” and wandered around the desert.  Thankfully, and by God’s grace, I didn’t choose one of the back up plan options, and He didn’t let me wander too long before revealing the plan He told me from the start.

I am currently reading a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson.  It is an amazing read.  It teaches us to be confident in our prayers and the answers we are hearing. Do not get me wrong, it does not teach us, and we certainly should not, use God to get what we want.  If we are following Christ, studying His Word and in alignment with Him, He will put His desires in our hearts.  Then we can rest assured knowing that our prayers are what He wants and we are simply praying for His will to be done.  “Thy will be done,’ in every situation, good or bad, hard or easy, God’s will is always the best way.

Yes, it is easier said than done, and no, most of us are not perfect at it.  But thankfully God is!  He is our Rock, our Savior, our unchanging and perfect God!  Praise to Him!

One Lovely Blog Award

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Lori was so sweet to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award!  It was a surprise to me and made me smile.  You should check out her blog at http://lorischulz.wordpress.com/.  She has a variety of nice topics to read about.

In accepting this award, there are a few rules to follow:

Rules (One Lovely Blog Award):

1.  Thank the person who has nominated you.  Provide a link to his/her blog.

2.  List the rules and display the award image.

3.  Include 7 facts about yourself.

4.  Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated.  This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.

5.  Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Things About Me

1.  I generally try not to reveal too much personal information on my blog, because I am a little paranoid about personal information on the internet.

2.  I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and pray that people stop turning away from Him.

3.  I am a stay at home mom who homeschools and wouldn’t trade it!

4.  I enjoy baking and decorating or creating interesting desserts!

5.  I also enjoy photography, especially taking pictures of scenery and my kids.  Sometimes I wish I could be a baker and photographer.  😉

6.  I am blessed to have an amazing family…immediate and extended!

7.  I am constantly researching new fitness trends and diets…trying to get certified as a personal trainer as well.

Here are my 15 nominations:

1.  http://mykidspaleolunchbox.wordpress.com/

2.  http://www.happybeinghealthy.com/

3.  http://shehopes.blogspot.com/

4.  http://happypalacehobbyfarm.wordpress.com/

5. http://transatlanticromantic.com/

6.  http://inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com/page/2/

7.  http://yvonnejwilson.wordpress.com/category/homeschool/

8.  http://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/

9.  http://homeschoolcrafts.wordpress.com/

10.  http://hisladiesinwaiting.wordpress.com/

11.  http://sweetlittlethang.wordpress.com/

12.  http://5kidswdisabilities.com/

13.  http://daybydayfaith.wordpress.com/

14.  http://sweetsimplestuff.com/

15.  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/

Thanks again Lori!  I would nominate you, too, but wasn’t sure if that was against the rules…haha!

Blessings and Thanks

For me, people are the most important part of my life.  I love people, do not want to see anyone suffer.  My family and friends are the biggest blessings Christ has given me, after Himself of course.  Whether or not they cause me to be frustrated at times (justifiably or not) I love them.

So, for me, yesterday was pretty perfect.   Nothing big, nothing grand in terms of the world.  But, I was gathered in my grandma’s home with my husband and kiddos, my parents and grandparents, my aunt and uncle and my father in law…all whom I love dearly.  Each one, every one, has been an ENORMOUS blessing in my life.  I am indebted to all of them and I am thankful to God for each moment I get to spend with them.

Yeah, I know this may sound like a cheesy, mushy post, but it is right on.  God has given me an amazing family whom I treasure.  He has blessed us beyond imagination with each other and a safe place to lay our heads at night.

I hope everyone else was able to enjoy Thanksgiving yesterday and remember the true things to be thankful for.

Most of all, we need to remember to give thanks to God each day.  For without Him we are nothing, have nothing, can do nothing.

 

 

Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Prayer Warriors

I am a prayer warrior.  I don’t say that to pat myself on the back or to condescend myself that I can’t do it on my own.  I say it because I cannot do anything on my own.  I am nothing without Christ.  And because He loves me, He asks me to pray and bring myself to Him each day; to leave my heartaches, my sorrows, my joys, my triumphs, my everything at the cross.  It is all His already, it is just for me to let go and give back to Him.  

Jesus Himself spent a great deal of time in prayer.  Jesus tells us throughout the Bible to pray, to come to Him, to ask in His name.  

He doesn’t promise us sports cars and diamond rings.  He doesn’t promise us that life will go on the way we want it to simply because we pray.  He does promise He will walk through life with us, share in the joys and carry us through the sorrows.  And, He does promise that if we pray in His name according to His will, our prayers will be answered positively.  My husband and I have been greatly blessed to see Him answer our prayers with a resounding yes in terms of our children’s health before they were born.  We have also been blessed when the answer was not the one we wanted and He carried us through the pain.  

Even if His answer is “no”, “not yet” or  “not in this way” it doesn’t mean His love is any less.  Rather, His love is more.  He knows the final outcome, knows the plan, knows the hurt and lives through all of it with us.  Each time we pray, we come closer to our Lord and Savior.  Even if your prayers begin with one word, just His name, each time you come to His feet, you will grow closer and He will guide you more.   I encourage each of you to ask Him today to help you to pray more and more each day and thank Him for listening, for being and for loving.

 

Psalm 145:18

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Proverbs 15:29

The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Matthew 7:11

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Luke 6:12

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God

Luke 18:1

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up

Romans 8:26

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

pray continually

James 4:2-3

2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

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Proverbs 20:6-7

Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?  The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
 
 
 
Marriage:  
 
Marriage used to be sacred, used to be taken seriously, used to be forever.  It should be.  It is called to be.  It isn’t anymore.
 
I (sadly) often wonder how many brides and grooms go to the altar these days pledging to love and adore their spouse until death do they part, or someone better comes along.  I wonder if brides and grooms these days expect forever.  It is heartbreaking.  I expect forever, my friends expect forever, but forever isn’t always what occurs.  
 
So many of our friends now are experiencing the pain of affairs and divorce.  It is horrendous to watch and be up close and personal with.  There are so many pains in this world, but I cannot fathom facing one where you lose your best friend, the one who is supposed to carry you through the bad times or at least bear them with you.  God of course is ever present.  It is still so hard.
 
I blame the selfishness we as a people have acquired over the years.  So many horrible decisions are made in the here and the now.  “This feels good now, I should do it.  My kids, wife, family, friend, etc all come in second to how I am feeling.  It is all about me.  I should be able to do anything I want and not deal with the consequences.”  This way of thinking causes issues in marriages, in unplanned pregnancies, in drinking and driving, in drugs, in every sinful area of life.  I despise this way of thinking.  And I say that knowing I am not perfect and my thoughts are not perfect.
 
Whether or not you are a Bible believer (of course you know I am), the rules and laws of the Bible do prevent a lot of pain if they are followed.  And they don’t prevent a lot of fun as many tend to believe.  
 
I am thankful for my faithful husband.  I am more thankful for my faithful God!  And I pray all the time that my children may grow up caring for others over themselves and that they may spend eternity with their Holy God.
 

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There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13 NLT

 

Many thanks and true appreciation to the men and women who fight for our country, our freedoms and our protection.  Blessings to each one of them and the families who stand so strong and fight the fight at home.  Our heroes are amazing!