Mar 022016
 

Exhaustion set in hard and fast in February. The flu wore me down and the exhaustion took me out. Napping a few times today leaves me with a to-do list that seems to never be to-do{ne}. As many people know I have been dealing with a ton of eye pain, like someone decided to give me a good punch. If you have ever had a sore eye you know how little you want to do and how sensitive you are to pretty much anything. It really is a new level of discomfort that comes in like a thief in the night and robs you of joy.

I saw the optometrist yesterday and he said my eye likely had something viral associated with my having had the flu last month but there was no inflammation or signs of anything wrong now, just discomfort that would have to go away on it’s own. A blessing to know that my eye pain is simply pain and not something threatening my vision, or a rampant infection of some sort that would require antibiotics to mess up my gut health.

Having spent so much time in bed over the past month I have watched several complete series on Netflix and have now restarted watching The X-Files and by, “restarted” I mean I watched season one when it first came out when I was like 8. It was something my grandma and I watched each week on her 13-inch TV set across from the table in her kitchen. We would watch it and play rummy and her heavy smoke would blow into my face. She would brush out my long hair and I would brush out hers. Amazing how a show like the X-Files can bring back memories of a time so long ago, when I was a simple child just chilling with her grandma as much as she could.

Another leaf just fell from the poinsettias set out from Christmas and I am reminded that spring is on it’s way. The plants dropping their bracts are also putting out new leaves, because where there is old, there will be new. New life.

I know this is me rambling away, but honestly, putting together a bunch of thoughts on one thing sounds tedious at the moment. Definitely thinking I should perhaps use a prompt instead of doing this journal style. Oh well. Not today. Tomorrow is our five-minute free write though and that is awesome, something to look forward too, to focus on for that short amount of time. And the chat before it, the FMFParty where we talk about chocolate and books and boyfriends and husbands and kids and chores and sleeping babies and babies that won’t sleep and so much more, because that’s what community is, that’s what friends are for and the best part is that we are on Twitter inviting the world in, because in Christ there is always room for more.

Hello Mornings also started this week and we are focusing on 1 Corinthians 13 and it truly amazes me how when we focus on a verse how quickly things pop out at you in such an amazing way, a way that I had not seen before. I am using Scripture Typer to practise memorizing the chapter and so far I have memorized verses 1-2. Doesn’t seem like much, but it is more than I knew last week and the message is so much more clear.

“But if I have not love, I am nothing” v2

Such a profound statement and so true, especially when myself and many Christians consider Jesus to be LOVE. I can easily read this as “but if I don’t have Jesus, I am nothing.” I love when the Bible speaks to my heart and explains itself to me in such a jolting way. God doesn’t always cause a personal earthquake to get His point across, but when He speaks, it is impossible to not hear!

I serve an awesome God. Enough said?

Jan 082016
 

Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

1 In the days when the judges ruled,[a] there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

My Thoughts

This week I have thought a LOT about Ruth and Naomi and the type of women they were and how strong they must’ve been.

We read this week about Naomi losing her husband & her sons. I simply can’t even imagine how much this would hurt or what types of emotions I would feel. I am sure Naomi felt a ton of things.

When I was living a life led by fear I was really in survival mode. Nothing mattered and I couldn’t see through the trees to save my life. I did what I could not knowing God, but I am so excited now to know Him and to know that I won’t ever be in that position again because I have Him!

Right now, God is telling me to make do with what I have and to trust that He will always provide. Money is extremely tight right now and I am not worried about it. I KNOW that God has this and that He will provide so long as I follow Him! It is becoming so much easier to just trust and enjoy what we do have than it is to worry about a bill or where money for food will come from. It amazes me by how peaceful I am in this situation and I know if I didn’t have God right now that I would certainly be panicking.

As far as Naomi and her faith, I am sure it was like when we experience a loss. She likely asked why God was punishing her or how He could allow this to happen to her. Especially when a monotheist faith was fairly new. She may have even wondered if the ‘other gods’ were punishing her for her new faith. However, it is clear that Naomi trusted God even in such turmoil because she followed where He led her and she allowed her story to be one that has touched us for the last few thousand years.

That is amazing and encouraging!

Are you taking the Hello Mornings Challenge? How has it been going for you? Would love to hear what you have learned this week about both Naomi and yourself!!

Oct 182015
 

We are always promised new life as Christians yet it seems like we spend just as much time attending funerals as we do attending church and one has to wonder why does God choose to take away?

I have come to look at this world as a holding cell of sorts and death being our rescue from this often scary and sad place. Morbid right?

I have met so many Christians who believe we are in the end of days because of all that is going on in the world, in government, politics, war… I wonder to myself when I hear this how many times in history Christians must’ve prepared for the very same reasons.

Preparation though doesn’t mean canning a ton of food and having cases of water stacked up just in case. Preparation is a heart issue, a God issue. If you were to meet our Lord and Father right now would He let you in? If you aren’t sure then it is time to look deep and make some changes. While I am not God and honestly don’t know if I hit the mark, I certainly believe that I do because my heart is in the right place, I do my best to be obedient to Him and to listen for Him to speak to me. It is rarely easy.


New life springs up though even in the craziest of places. So does death. This week, I went to check if my very healthy looking aloe plant needed watered and it fell apart in my hand rotten. What I was seeing –nice plump leaves filled with healing goodness had a rotting base with some sort of bug causing it to literally fall apart all over with just one touch. Life is that fragile and what looks good doesn’t always have good roots and this is why the Bible talks to us so much about where we sow our seeds so that they will take root and grow!

Then there is this plant. Forgotten about ALL summer red from sunburn and dehydration. Found about a month ago and given a drink with little hope. I nearly tossed it instead of watering it but I figured one drink wouldn’t hurt. It perked right up and as you can see has put out new shiny green leaves along with flower buds galore! Why? Because it’s roots and soil were good enough to keep the plant strong.


Outward appearances clearly aren’t what they appear to be. Most days, I look more like the ratty Christmas cactus withered, dusty, old –yet my roots are firmly placed on the Rock of God and my fertilizer is the Word.

Next time you look at the shiny lady who seems to have it all together, pray for her because her roots may be rotten and riddled with bugs just like that Aloe plant.

Praying you all have had a happy weekend.

Tomorrow the Hello Mornings Challenge begins in the book of Mark. I will be joining in on Twitter using the hashtag #HMCCT so if you see me tweeting feel free to ask questions, join in and tweet back!!

Sep 032015
 

I never realized how walking away and saying “no” would affect others in this world of Ministry, but it does!

You see, I lead a Hello Mornings Group for almost a year, give or take and I created friendships, prayer teams, and a love for all the ladies in my group.

Then, this session was to begin on the 24th and on Friday, just before it began, I put a message in the leaders group saying I quit and I walked away. I closed my group and literally left.

I had no clue that I was affecting anyone but me, and the poor registration co-ordinators who were left hanging last minute to fill my spot.

Yet, today, I talked to some of the ladies who were in my group, almost all of them said they “miss” my posts. The worst thing though? Most of them didn’t bother with Hello Mornings at all this session either. My saying “no” to the study, caused them to say “no” as well and that leaves me and several women not in a study each day, not conversing about the Lord, not placing God first.

If I had said yes, these women would still be in the group, they would still be trying to get up to God each day. They would be saying YES to the Lord.

It breaks my heart that my action, or lack of action, had such consequences, I am blessed to have learned what has happened and to prayerfully have the opportunity to correct it in the future. I now understand why they say not to leave your church because of one thing or another, in this online ministry it caused a little exodus of its own, so I can definitely see how and why they say to stay, because if you push through and persevere and ask for prayer and say yes to God even when it seems easier to say no, you are encouraging others to continue to say yes too!!

I want to always say yes to Christ. I want to always minister His Holy Name. I want to lead even when it seems as though no one is following, because the proof is in the pudding. People listen. People follow.

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”
~Acts 5:29
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Read My Post on Being God’s Child Here


Jun 042015
 

“I am a gift giver
You are a gift giver
We are all givers and receivers of gifts
And the Greatest gift you can give and receive
Is the gift of Love
The gift of Love”

I remember singing these words during mass on the gym floor at the Catholic school I went to, OLV – Our Lady of the Valley. The school only went through grade 6 but that gave me 8 years of songs embedded in my head.

I think in those days turned into years is when I realized that I don’t need to be in an actual “Church” in order to experience the love and community that is Church. I learned that God gave us the Gift and the Gift was Jesus and His command and promise was Love and that all love is ordained by God Himself.

In recent years I have learned that I can minister through my writing, through Facebook groups and posts. I can experience community and prayer in the grocery store with an old friend or on Twitter in our Party’s. I see MY church every day when I turn on my computer and there are messages full of praise reports, prayer requests and notifications within the groups I lead.

Those are my people, my Church, gifted to me by God through His Love.

I prayed for quite a while, probably 5 years about whether or not I want to begin attending church and while I still haven’t decided God has gifted contentment into my heart for what I am doing and where I am at right now on this spiritual journey.

My prayer is that my story will bring Him glory, that I will encourage someone along their own personal path and that everything I have been through in my life will not be for Satan’s service.

The Bible tells us that where two or more are gathered in His name in prayer it will be done and since Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist back then I can only assume that the connections I am making in the social media realm count and that God sees/hears those prayers and is a witness to our hearts, we aren’t just community, we are family. Separated by continents, countries, state lines and time zones, yet He has gifted us into one another’s lives.

In God there are no mistakes, Only truth.

Apr 222015
 

I am excited about the coming Hello Mornings session. It is on the life of Joseph which should be interesting and take us into many different parts of the Bible. Normally we focus on one book of the Bible at a time.

I am also excited about some of the changes being made. First, have you seen the Hello Mornings website? GORGEOUS redesign and really user friendly. Second, my group is going through a ton, and I mean a TON of change with only a few original members staying due to summer being around the corner (or so the calendar says). Lastly, I get to lead with the lovely Diane who has a lot of HMC experience and even better, a true heart and spirit for our Lord and the Word. She is such an encouragement to me on a daily basis and I am so excited for her to jump in and spread that joyful spirit to the group!

Open registration starts next week. That means if you haven’t been a participant before you can sign up next week and find a group and join in on the Hello Mornings website!! You can use Twitter, Facebook or even Instagram as your platform of choice!

If you have been a participant in the past you can login right now and switch groups if your heart feels called to do so or you can stay right where you are and everything will be sent straight to you closer to our start date, May 4th.

I do suggest that you take a peak to see if you are in a group or not as during this housekeeping phase us group-leaders often go ahead and delete anyone who we haven’t heard from or who hasn’t verified if they are staying or going, because groups are limited to a small number of members and we want everyone who is participating to have a chance to join in. SO, it is a great idea to make sure you weren’t removed by mistake!

If you are interested in joining the group I have been co-leading for the past 6-7 months it is a Facebook group under the Specific tab called “Invisible Illness – Perfectly Created for His Glory”.

What is Hello Mornings?

Well, the focus is God, Plan, Move. Starting our day off in the Word of God, planning our day (the best we can) and getting in some loving exercise so that we are best equipped to follow where He leads. The free study also has a spot to check off how much water you have drank each day!!

Doing your own study?

That is OKAY!!! While we do offer a study to do you don’t have to do what we are, the point is to get into the Word each day and then have some community about what we have learned. God is full of grace and so are we!! As leaders, we just want to encourage you in your walk with God, regardless of where you are right now!

 

The 2015 Hello Mornings Session Schedule!!


Apr 162015
 

Tomorrow Tomorrow is Friday, which normally in the life of a mama can be just another day, but tomorrow happens to also be the last official day of this sessions Hello Morning Challenge of the study of Pslams and there are so many left to read, dissect, understand. But then again, maybe I could read every one a thousand times and never fully get them all. The Bible is always so relevant it is almost like it changes with each season I am in, a word or phrase serving a different purpose depending on what’s going on in life.

Sometimes I lay back in wonderment about all those words in that Good Book and I have thought to myself “they must’ve edited it” only to pull up an old copy to find the wording standing just the same. How can it be so accurate? How can I have no clue what tomorrow will truly bring when there is this amazing and loving God who knows everything?

My life has been rock hard but in it all, God has been the rock that cradles me with an eternity of strength and favor, love. As much as I love my own children and I would die for them, I can’t even begin to imagine how much our Creator loves each of us and how that will not change tomorrow or the day after or in 10,000 years from now. His love is infinite, eternal and He has loved us from the moment of creation thousands of years ago.

I definitely don’t have the foggiest idea of what tomorrow will actually bring, but what I do know, is God will be there and He has the day all planned out!

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