Tag Archives: Wisdom

20 Random Things I’m Grateful For…

22 Mar

1. My cousin that is still innocent enough to play in the sand

2. Forgiveness received from a gracious God

3. Wisdom that comes from tragedy

4. Answered prayers

5. When the answer is sometimes “NO”

6. Willingness to change

7. The understanding that being victimized and being a victim are two different things

8. Reminders of how far I’ve come

9. The gift of Motherhood

10. The love of my husband

11. Every time my Gramma cries when she tells a stranger how much I mean to her

12. Little girls who still have a natural smile

13. Toes in the sand

14. A roof over my head and food in the cabinets

15. My oldest daughter’s ability to express herself through art

16. My youngest daughter’s passion for music

17. My Pastor, Craig Groeschel and his passion for Jesus and how he challenges us

18. My job and the awesome people I am blessed to work with

19. The unwavering love of a puppy

20. Q-tips

Use Me…

31 Dec

A couple of years ago, we were challenged to write our “bucket list” of things we would want to accomplish before we die. I wrote down the top ten most important things that were in my heart at the time. One of those things, ranked somewhere around number 5 on that list was “To lead someone else to Christ.”

Honestly, I never really thought that I, of all people, would be used for something like that. After a lifetime of belligerent denial of any kind of God, I didn’t expect that God would have any desire to “USE ME” for anything except maybe poster child for how NOT to love God.

Although I didn’t believe that bucket list item would happen for me, I prayed and asked God to USE ME. Father, use me for YOUR glory. Father, use me to bring others into relationship with you. Father, use me to reach people that others may not be able to reach.

Much to my surprise… GOD USED ME.

God gave me the faith that if I would trust Him and invite people to church that normally do not attend church, share with non-believers about how God has changed me and what He has done in my life, and pray with and for people who did not have that relationship with Christ, that He would show up. As a result of my faith, I have had a front row seat to the moment of repentance and salvation for several people, watching them surrender their lives to Christ  and ask His forgiveness.

Watching that transformation take place in a couple teenager’s lives was amazing. Watching that transformation recently take place in my own brother’s life has knocked me to the floor.

GOD IS SO GOOD and I am so honored to be used.

God Always Provides…

18 Nov

Though the response may not be what I want, and the timing much slower than what I would prefer, God is always faithful to provide exactly what I need at the perfect moment. The important thing for me to remember is that I don’t always understand, nor do I always know what is best for me. Although I try hard to think outside of the moment, I usually only see a very narrow view of my situation and struggle to see how each moment lends structure to the Big Picture that God has planned.

When I look back at all of the “Big Deals” that have occurred in my life, I can see where God provided every time. Not only did he provide what I needed at the perfect moment, the outcome was always better than it would have been if I would have got my way.

It is often quite challenging to figure out what God’s will is for my life. When I find myself at a crossroad, how do I know which path to take? I believe that scripture gives me a fairly clear path of how to love and what to avoid. For those times that I don’t see a clear answer, I just pray that God would use me for his Glory and guide my path. Sometimes I hit the mark, and other times I am way off target. Those are the times when, if I am paying attention, God allows me to learn and often provides moments of discipline. Generally speaking, when I am focused on God and doing what I know to be right and good, things turn out quite beautifully. If I find myself wallowing and suffering, chances are I have taken my eyes off of God and am attempting to control the universe.

God will provide me with absolutely everything I need in order to carry out his plan for my life. That is a comforting thought that really enables me to relax. With that thought in mind, I don’t feel like I have to be in control.

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!

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