Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I Got Into A Confrontation

Just keeping it real...I got into a confrontation.😳
Now here's the deal, most of you locals know it's a struggle in the summer to find parking downtown as people flock to the beach. My little sis and I lucked out as we turned down a street just as someone was getting into their car. I stopped, put my blinker on and was waiting, when all of a sudden, a car halfway down the street started backing up. He pulled up next to the car leaving and sat there. I was not happy and rattled off a few, "Is he a moron or something?" comments to my little sis.😬 
I knew I had the angle on him so when the guy pulled out I pulled right in. The kid in the car stayed next to my car and flipped me off. So I rolled down my window, with arms raised, I sarcastically said, "Are you kidding me? You were halfway down the street and saw me waiting." 
He yelled back, "I've been circling the block for 30 minutes and I was barely past him. I live right there!"

Here's where it gets good friends....as my old prideful nature began to rise up, the Holy Spirit convicted me, "Give him the spot." 
I tried to resist the thought because I don't want someone ever getting the best of me and I especially don't like someone flipping me off and then getting the best of me! 
So the difficult words came out of my mouth, (the battle of my will vs. GOD'S. Pride vs Humility.), I told the kid, "You know what, I'm a Christian and I'm going to bless you today and give you this spot." 
A bit shocked, he said, "No, you keep it." 
My tone softened as I started my car, "No, you're being blessed today," and I pulled out.

I'm thankful for the very obvious work The LORD is continually doing in me right smack in the middle of life. I'm thankful that as my old nature pops up unexpectedly, JESUS meets me there, helping, guiding, teaching me to be kinder, more loving, less prideful, more giving...even when it's hard. I'm obviously still a work in progress, but I'm thankful for the *progress*.

Friends, never forget, when you say, "Yes JESUS, come into my life and have YOUR Way in me"...you will see progress. HE will continually direct and redirect you throughout the day. 

"He must increase, but I must decrease."~John 3:30

Jump on the "Thankful Train"...what are you thankful for?

*side note: I turned the corner and got another spot right away! How awesome is GOD?!!! 
#DailyBlessingsAndReminders #UnconditionalLove

Thursday, June 9, 2016

When Things Don't Go As Planned

After my workout today, (I was able to leave the hubby for a little bit and go to the gym-first time since becoming his home care nurse😬) I pulled up in front of the beach for a little quiet Bible study time. As I sat in my car with the prime view, my peace was suddenly interrupted by people screaming and yelling. A family carrying a large cooler, canopy, umbrella and several supplies for their beach day, dropped the heavy cooler spilling its contents. The canopy then fell out of the bag as they scurried to pick up the items rolling down the stairs. After the initial anger, everyone started laughing. They put everything back in and headed on their way ready to enjoy the day. 

Later that evening the hubby and I took a walk (I'm trying to get his stamina up for the upcoming wedding weekend adventures I have planned-hikes, deserted mines and a ghost town😜.) 
We were having a great time until we passed a lady with her dog. She must've seen us/avoided us in the past with our Allie-girl over the years and said, "I'm glad there's no dog with you today for my dog to bark at."😩😢
I almost started crying right then and there. 
I sure do miss my Allie-girl and the reminder of her passing hit deep.

So here's the thing friends, it's rare that your day will be filled with all good stuff. They are often filled with waves of emotions...ups, downs, twist, turns and spills. Today I'm thankful that our happiness is not dependent upon ever changing emotions. I'm thankful that as we look to our Unchanging, Steadfast, Loving LORD...we're strengthened for life's journey. HE reminds our hearts/minds that this is only a moment. HIS Truth brings to light the many times HE'S put our feet back on solid ground. 
Our emotions are secured in CHRIST...the Anchor of your soul. 

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."~Hebrews 13:8

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”~Revelation 22:13

Jump on the "Thankful Train"...what are you thankful for?

Monday, June 6, 2016

What Do I Do When I Mess Up?

My hubby was recently released from a two and a half week emergency hospital stay for diverticulitis, perforated colon, a blockage and C Diff infection. I'm now being trained in his home care.
I've got most of it down. I changed the hubby, Anthony's IV/drainage tubes without a nurse yesterday and it went pretty smooth. Well, that was until I got to the machine settings. I jumped the gun, hitting yes, as it cycled through an area I should've hit no. The hubby said, "You need to slow down!" He wasn't too happy with my exuberance and "I've got this" attitude/actions. 
I told him, "No big deal, everything is fixable." 
You see, I'm not the nervous type and generally plunge into things thinking, "If I mess up...it can always be fixed". 

It got me thinking....what about when I sin, mess up, fall short of all I want to be? Do I have the same attitude or do I choose to sit in the mess feeling hopeless, lost, alone and unforgivable? 
So I ask myself...I ask you friends, what areas of guilt and shame am I/are you still holding onto?
I want to remind you today that it's *fixable*...in and through JESUS CHRIST. Ask HIM into your heart and life this very moment. Ask for HIS Forgiveness. Lay it down and let HIM wash you clean...the very reason HE came. 
Sin, shame, guilt and regret will keep you locked in the bondage of hopelessness; hindering all that The LORD is calling you for.
JESUS came so all our sins and *less than moments* are fixable!  Redeemable. Forgivable. HE died specifically for your *not enough*. 

I'm thankful for the reminders that every area I fall short in, The LORD is waiting to Pick me up, Dust me off, Hold me close, Redeem my hurt, Forgiving and Loving me beyond my shortcomings.

"He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my step"~Psalm 40:2

JESUS said...
"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep."~John 10:10

Jump on the "Thankful Train" friends, what are you thankful for?

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Help Me Do This Right!

Today I prayed, "LORD, help me do this right. What do YOU want me to do today?" Then a short time later, my prayer was answered. My sister Stacy came to mind. I knew I needed to head out to Glendora to see her. I picked her up for a late lunch. While sitting on the patio talking, she shared a couple of stories with me. 

She had to get an MRI yesterday. While nervously waiting, she noticed an older lady on a gurney waiting to be wheeled in. My sister walked up to her to see if she was okay. Then she said, "You don't know me, but can I pray for you?" The lady looked at her and shook her head yes. They held hands & prayed together in the waiting room. The lady's eyes teared up as she graciously thanked her.
My sis told me she was really nervous to do it but couldn't shake the feeling that she needed to. 

After she left, she was starving and called in an order to a fast food restaurant. When she arrived there was an extra long line of people and her order wasn't ready. She started to get irritated. Then the employee, in his haste and stress, accidentally placed her food in the couple's bag in front of her. The couple left. He quickly realized what he did, frazzled and nervous he said, "I messed up!" He ran outside to chase after them. He hurried in and gave her the food. She mumbled a few words, irritated, but trying to hold back her frustration.

Once she got to her car, she had a strong feeling she should go back in & apologize for being so short with him. So she did! She said, "I'm sorry I wasn't very nice. You have a lot going on right now. I want you to know you're doing a great job." He got tears in his eyes and shook her hand thanking her. 

I'm sure it not only made a difference to him but also everyone else in line who witnessed her apology and may have been getting angry also. What a difference listening to The LORD'S promptings made!

I'm thankful for my sis and her wonderful reminders to be a Blessing wherever you are. 

"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord"~Rom12:10-11

Jump on the "Thankful Train" what are you thankful for?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Long Trip To Humble-Town

LORD, I am nothing without YOU. My pride says, "I need to handle this alone." My *self-focus* tends to rush in and take over. But LORD, YOU continually show me that as I humbly seek YOU in the face of adversity, YOU lift me up. YOU lift my family up. YOU lift my friends up. Prayers answered time and again. LORD, please help me walk this path to a continual *humble* heart and spirit. My sufficiency is in YOU. JESUS, YOU are my Provider, Healer, Comforter...my *Savior*. Whom or what shall I fear? I have no reason to raise myself up...for "YOU, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head."~Psalm 3:3

*Join me on my daily journey to reach *Humble*-town, a difficult place to find in this prideful world we live in.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Her Words Cut To My Core!

I'm thankful for a visit today with my beautiful sis in CHRIST, who is in a fight for her life. As we sat and talked, she shared a story about people giving less than their best. She stopped mid-sentence, tears welling up, her face softening, a gentle smile filling the room, as she said, "If they could see CHRIST the way I see HIM, they would do more." 

Oh how this statement of truth cut me to the very core, piercing right through. Her daily struggles and battles should be debilitating in their very nature, but this amazing warrior for JESUS continues to do HIS Work. She depends on HIM every moment of the day. 

Friends, there's work to be done. 
So I have to ask myself, "What's holding me back from doing the very things The LORD'S putting on my heart?" 
I ask you, "What's holding you back?"
GOD has given you specific gifts and talents. Join me in seeing JESUS in a clearer light. Bigger than fear. Larger than limitations. Pray to push past the doubts, seeing CHRIST as your *Complete Sufficiency*...you can do more!

"For with God nothing will be impossible.”~Luke 1:37

Jump on the "Thankful Train"...what are you thankful for?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's Be More Like Annie!

Her hair was short, blonde and disheveled. Her face wore the marks of difficulties. Her cane bore the weight of a limp. Her entire life belongings stuffed into two baskets. A large, long, waterproof Edison jacket shielded the wind from her frail body. 

As I passed her I told her I liked her jacket (being an Edison fan and all😉). She turned to look at me, smiling as she said, "Thank you! A kind woman took it off her back on a rainy day and gave it to me."
"Wow! So you were Blessed," I replied. 
"Yes I was, but they will be Blessed also for their kindness!" she exclaimed with a knowing nod, her eyes squinting as her smile broadened. 
I asked if I could buy her lunch. 
"Oh no, someone just fed me and I'm full. But thank you!"
"So GOD is making sure your needs are met?" I asked.
"Yes HE is!" She assured me.
"Can I pray for you? I love to pray for people, what's your name?" I asked.
"Annie." 
"Well Annie, what do you specifically need prayer for?"
Her brows furrowed closer together in deep thought. 
"How about your leg? Can I pray for healing for that? I suggested.
"Oh yes! I was hit by a car and shattered my pelvis and hip. I also have arthritis in my knee and ankle on the same side," she said.
As we said our goodbye's I told her I'd continue to pray for her. 
"Have a good day Annie," I said, smiling and waving as I headed to my car.
"You too," she said waving back. 
As I reached my car she yelled, "Have a *Blessed* day!" Her eyes but small straight lines as her smile overtook her entire face as she emphasized *Blessed*.

And since my "Thankful Train" doesn't have a limit on how many things one can be thankful for...I'm thankful for Annie and her reminder of Blessings in the midst of struggle. She notices and is grateful for each and every daily kindness. 
Let's notice friends. Let's see things more through Annie's eyes. 

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."~Galatians 6:9