Hope and Trusting God

I wrote this 3 years ago and ran across this today in my notes on my iPhone.  What I wrote then encouraged me today.  Read and be encouraged 😉

I felt like my life didn’t have direction or my skills were never good enough because I was going my way and expecting blessings. Frustration infused my life until I started to ask God for that direction and guidance. Help me, show me, direct my comings and goings every day! I stopped making my to do list and physically waited and listened. Once anyone does this in their life is so much more free and easy! Yes it’s so very easy to fall back in the trap of self and what must be done today or I feel like an utter failure… I’m crying to God Almighty that he will never let me forget!!! I would rather trust in Him than be a frenzied mess. Now I truly know what it means to ask and you will receive. God cares so much about everyone’s everyday! Will you take the time to ask him about it? And check back in with him to listen? 

I can’t be everything to every person who asks, then nothing is left. I can’t do what God calls others to do but God calls everyone to do something. What is your something for God? Maybe you don’t know because like me you didn’t take the time to say, “God lead me and I’m ready to listen and not only that I will obey”! Yeah it’s scary because then you need to do the request, but this is when you recall the scriptures and say I’m stepping out in faith God, you asked me to this. I am scared and feel inadequate, but I trust you.  

And yeah sometimes I don’t listen and then hopefully I am watching close enough to see what God is teaching me though life’s everyday moments.

Incongneto Christian….too scared to be myself the self who God created. But I am His! I neglected my relationship with Him, but he didn’t let me go my way for long. I’ve learned that I don’t need to chase rabbit holes. They distract me from what God wants for my life and are a wasted effort that many times makes me physically feel drained.

My eyes were clouded over with worries.  

I quit trying to force Gods hand or will and now I am free!!

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Embracing Life

 

Cal

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do: Say nothing evil or hurtful; Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you’re worth. God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he’s asked; But he turns his back on those who do evil things. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭8-12‬ MSG)

On today’s walk a neighbor was a blessing to me and my 3 1/2 month old pup.  She asked if he wanted to play in her yard with her 2 dogs for a few minutes.  My puppy, Cal loves to play with other dogs, so sure thing!  We had a nice chat and she offered Cal two bowls of much needed water and a treat.  This lady understands what her job is — to be a blessing!  🙂

Pictures are a blessing to me 🙂 —- The hunting for what to snap today — Thankfully taking the shots — Sharing a few of those with others with the intention to bless.

 

The Struggle Within Me

This passage of the Bible resonates so deep within me today. I was doubting a decision I had already made.  Struggling within myself…..

As followers of Christ we still have to live with the struggle of sin within ourselves and others. Life still has struggles to face or we would not learn to ask for God’s help and direction. The bold part below reminds me of my struggle and encourages me to change for the better!

Again, I’m not changing on my own. I have felt very recently like my life didn’t have direction or I was never good enough for xyz. Frustration infused my life. I was frantic in all things. Until I started to ask God for that direction and guidance. Help me, show me, direct my comings and going every day!

Once anyone does this in their life it is so freeing and exciting!!! Yes, it’s so very easy to fall back in the trap of self doubt; the part of yourself that wants to say you can’t or wants to help God along.  It’s SCARY to trust, but this is when you say I’m stepping out in faith. You asked me to do this and I am so scared and feeling inadequate, but I choose to trust in You!

I would rather trust in Him than be a frantic mess. God cares so much about everyone’s everyday! Will you take the time to ask him about it and check back in with Him to listen?

Yes, many times I don’t listen and then hopefully I am watching close enough to see what God is teaching me through life’s everyday moments. It’s hard to change, but easier to do with God’s help. I desire to be thankful and full of the grace bestowed to me through Jesus.

Romans 7:14-25 MSG

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My inspiration Today

The analogy in this passage grabs my attention! Maybe because I do love fashion and dressing creatively is always fun.

Tomorrow morning as I put on my physical clothes methinks I will say:

this shirt = compassion and LOVE

these pants = kindness I will extend

as I’m brushing My hair humility and quiet Strength are being worked into each strand of hair to take with me throughout my day.

Shoes = discipline

Jewelry = even tempered and contentment

Scented lotion or body splash = Quick to forgive

Why? To remind myself that God has hand picked all of these out for me and I need to ask Him each day to renew these truths inside me again today.

Colossians 3:12-14

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even tempered content with 2nd place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and complete as the Master has forgiven you and regardless of what else you put on wear love. It is your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it!

Spiritual Light

This morning I enjoyed sitting in my favorite chair next to the open window with the sunlight streaming in.  As I wrote, read, and reflected I came to an important realization.  So many times I allow a physical affliction to just ruin my entire day…

Many days like today it is as simple as a headache.  Ugh I woke up with a headache = bad day.  NO.  Today I’m choosing to yes take Tylenol to treat the headache, but not let it sour my spirit!   I also reach out to God daily to ask for guidance and help.  The scriptures written in my journal and typed on this page have helped me to feed my spirit with truth to keep it lifted up and souring!  I’m giving God the credit for helping me to overcome my “destined” bad day.  I know easier said than done, and this is why I’m blogging:  To remind myself.

Letting the sun shine on me.

Letting the sun shine on me And within me.

God has poured out His love into our hearts.  Romans 5:5

Let Your face smile on us, Lord.  Psalm 4:6

God will meet all your needs.  Philippians 4:19

You are free under God’s favor and mercy.  Romans 6:14

He understands us and knows what is best for us.  Ephesians 1:8

This light within you produces only what is good and right and true.  Ephesians 5:9 

Cling to what is good.  Romans 12:9

His divine power gives us everything we need for life.  II Peter 1:3