HOPE GIVES WAY TO BALANCE

Hebrews 6:19 “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”

I attended a Women of Faith conference and the theme of the conference was Irrepressible Hope.  It was amazing to witness God working through the women presenters.  I was touched by their vulnerability, compassion and pure joy they found in Yeshua the Messiah, also known as Jesus Christ.  My thoughts tumbled around and my spirit was filled. I realized the past few weeks God had been tugging on my heart to look at my own life – the word balance kept circling around in the portals of my mind.    It was not until this weekend that I was able to piece together what my patient, loving God was trying to convey. The next paragraph depicts an ongoing conversation I had with Adonai.

Adonai, can you run that by me again?  I didn’t quite get what you said. Oh, my life is out of balance, I see.   Yeah I know my checkbook is a mess. I mean, I do try to keep it neat and tidy and well, balanced. It just never seems to work out, it’s always off a few cents here, a few cents there.  Actually, in all honesty I don’t like using one. Oh, you were not talking about my checkbook. Hmmm. Ok. Well the upstairs closet is full of “stuff” and I have been trying to clean it out, along with the other closets, and the junk drawer too.  It just seems every time I want to start, there is something else to do. You more than anyone, know being a single parent is demanding; and of course there is my job and that requires mucho time. Oh, you were not talking about that either, huh. Well, now You’ve really stumped me.  What is it then, is it my time management skills? Honestly, I cram as much into each day as I can. I think I do ok considering I am running here and there and I still manage to get dinner on the table most nights. Hmmm, that’s not it either. Well what is it then? OH, so that’s it! Once again I have managed to allow too much  “junk” to pile up in one area of my life. Funny I did not even realize the scales were tipping.

Obviously God was not speaking to me about balance in the sense of checkbooks or weights and measures.  But rather, physical, emotional and spiritual balance. How do you achieve that kind of stability or balance in your life when the world we live in is so out of balance?  You can’t, but God can. As I began to pray and process what God was showing me, I realized that I could not achieve balance without discipline and obedience to the things God has called me to.   Further along in my thought process, I realized that discipline and obedience is impossible to achieve without having hope in something. And the only thing that is worth having hope in, is of course, Adonai.

Why is balance so important?  Balance represents health. There is a peace that emanates from a person who has balance, stability, and a quiet assurance that can only come from God.   It can be said that both physical and emotional health is important, however, the most important area in our lives is our spiritual health. Our spiritual health defines who we are.  

What is spiritual health?  Spiritual health is having a personal relationship with the Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  It is a dynamic, interactive relationship that is based on unconditional, unwavering, unmatchable love and trust.  Spiritual healthiness requires reading His word, taking in and giving out. It requires vulnerability, transparency, humbleness and meekness.  It requires you to pursue God with all your heart, mind and soul. It requires the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the ability to listen and follow the Spirit no matter what your desires might be.  It requires obedience and discipline to the commands that were given to mankind long ago.

Without hope we would have no need for spiritual health and therefore would never achieve any balance or stability in our lives.  Hope is defined, as a feeling of what is wanted will happen; it is a desire accompanied by expectation. (Webster’s New World Dictionary)  Coming around full circle, I finally have realized that my life is out of balance. The areas of my life that God has been pointing out to me have remained unchanged.  My balance, my stability wavered. My physical and emotional health began to wane. I knew that NOW was the time to make the changes that were so necessary for my spiritual health, recognizing that without spiritual health I would not be able to attain physical or emotional well being, I would not be balanced or have stability.  

Balance is an important characteristic to attain.  When you are stable, balanced, God can use you to minister to other people who are a few steps behind you.   It is my desire to be His servant, to wash the feet of those He has put in my path. Without balance, I would be to preoccupied dealing with my own instability and “junk” to recognize the needs of others.  I pray that my Father continues to show me the areas of my life that need change. I thank Him and give Him the glory and praise only He deserves. I love Him.

The Wisdom of Little Children

Mark 10:14 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

A first grade teacher collected well-known proverbs.  She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder.  It’s hard to believe first graders did these. Their insight may surprise you keep in mind these are 6 year olds because the last one is classic!

It’s always darkest before……………..Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of ………………termites.
You can lead a horse to water but……………..how?
Don’t bite the hand that………………..looks dirty.
No news is,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,impossible.
A miss is as good as a ……………………..Mr.
You can’t teach an old dog new…………………math.
If you lie down with dogs, you’ll…………stink in the morning.
Love all, trust……………………….me.
The pen is mightier than the………………..pigs.
An idle mind is …………………..the best way to relax.
Where there’s smoke there’s…………………..pollution
Happy the bride who………………..gets all the presents.
A penny saved is…………………………not much.
Two’s company, three’s………………..the Musketeers.
Don’t put off ’till tomorrow what……………..you put on to go to bed.
Laugh!  And the whole world laughs with you, cry and ………you have to blow your nose.
There are none so blind as……………….Stevie Wonder.
Children should be seen and not………………….spanked or grounded.
If at first you don’t succeed…………..get new batteries.
You get out of something only what you……………see in the picture on the box.
When the blind leadeth the blind……………get out of the way.
And the favorite:
Better late than………………..pregnant

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Happy Jesus Day & God Bless You!

Thanksgiving Blessings

 

The holiday season has begun, at least in my household.  With all the excitement of preparing the Thanksgiving feast, I am quietly reminded of last years Thanksgiving.

The holidays seem to magnify  loss. Losing my Mum-in-Law, in June, put another hole in my heart.  My parents have resided with Jesus for some time now, and although I am comforted in that knowlege, my human heart aches.

Many of my friends and acquintences have also suffered loss of one kind or another. Downcast and hopeless, perhaps wondering  where is God?  Unfortunately, I have no words of my own to comfort  heavy hearts , so I offer these words of Jesus….

“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Jesus teaches us that all of our questions, doubts and fears can be found in Him alone.   The daily blessings that impact our lives often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustly of life.   Take a quiet moment tomorrow and give thanks for all that you do have, for the memories of shared times with family and friends.  Tell your family you love them, tell you friends too!

From our home to yours, we pray that love and abundance surrounds you and yours.   Happy Thanksgiving 

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BE IN THE LIGHT

SHINE LIKE A “SON” FLOWER

Matthew 5:13-14 – “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

God’s Timing

July.  So much much has happened, it’s hard to begin.  I absolutely love my mother in law.  She is a women that I have grown to look up to and respect, but most importantly LOVE.

In the late spring of 2016 she was diagnosed with life threatening CANCER.  Without treatment she would die in six months.  Her battle began, she fought hard and long.  Cancer went into remission, we were all elated.

On Thursday, June 1st, at 9:10 PM, Mum was asleep at U-Mass Hospital, exhausted by her fifth unsuccessful debridement surgery. For over a week the doctors and surgeons have grimly reported little hope.

Yesterday’s plan was to bring Mum home, make her comfortable so she can move home to Jesus. However, plans are meant to be changed.  When her debridement surgery was completed that morning, the doctors reported that they finally found healthy tissue growing!

Elated, I began praising Jesus thanking Him for yet another miracle.  My birthday might of begun with apprehension but ended as the celebration in my heart exploded!  I felt that God gave me this beautiful gift – Mum was going to go another round of fighting for her life- Mum the warrior once again began to fight back, although this time the battle was brief.

The doctors were hopeful, the plan was to place a specialized device that would help with the healing of this devasting infection, Necrotizing fasciitis. Unfortunately, Fridays surgery was cancelled because of respiratory distress.  We learned that she was no longer a candidate for surgery.  We began the slow walk toward a door we wanted to keep closed.

The Pallative team spoke about relieving Mum’s pain without dealing with the cause of the condition-in other words she was being sent home to die. I sat there and my mind went numb, but oddly under that numbness, I began to prepare myself for when heaven’s door flung open.

Almost a week ago, I was celebrating, shouting about the miracles of God. Transported through time, the days unfolded looking nothing like a miracle from God.  Mum laid quietly in her hospital bed in the office of our home, slowly, quietly saying good bye to this temporary home in preparation for her final destination.

Teamwork.  We all came together as a family.  We encouraged.  We loved. We hugged.  Taking turns to administer the pain medications to keep Mum comfortable to keep each other on our toes to make sure we documented the last dose.  We ate, some.  We talked about family and lack of.  We wondered how some people can appear to be with it, but in reality are just broken people with smoke screens.

God’s timing – there are so many writings, poems, songs and many other artistice and spiritual endeavors to attempt to express and define God’s timing.

June 13th, 2017, Mum lost her battle with Necroitis facitis but she won her battle with cancer. This beautiful prayer warrior, who spent many years praying for children diagnosed with cancer and their famlies, beat cancer only to sucommb to complications from a compromised immune system.

Mum you are missed more than words can express.  I thank God for bringing you into my life and for the friendship that was nurtured from our mutual love of your son, my husband.

I wait with expectation to see you again in the true and perfect home that God created for all those who love Jesus.