Sunday, November 22, 2015

God loves us will always take care of us

I remember the first time I gave Petey a bath.  He didn’t like it and did all he could to avoid it once it I’d put him in the tub.  I’d coaxed him and encouraged him to sit in order to relax, to no avail.  He jumped out  and ran through the house.  Twice.  Both times, I picked him up and carried him back to the bathroom and placed him in the tub. That was an accomplishment in itself!  Holding him in place, I made him sit, soaped his body, and rinsed him off. 

When he got out, I wrapped him in a towel. He buried his head in it and pressed it  against my body as if to say, “I need you. I’ve just been through a terrible time and I need you to love me and hold me!” I’d put him in the tub because he needed it, but that didn’t matter.  Afterward, He just wanted love and comfort. I dried him off and he went on his way. 

It made me ask myself, “How often do I do the same thing with God?”  He puts something in our lives that we don’t want to go through. It may be a situation that seems impossible. But he knows we need it and in the grand scheme of things, it’ll be good for us, even if we can’t see it at the time. Like Petey, I’ve survived things that I don’t understand why they had to happen. But when I turn to God, He holds me, loves me, and reminds me He isn’t going anywhere.  He’ll always be there for me. 

How about you?  What has God brought you through where God’s reminded you of his presence and/or faithfulness as you look back on it?  I'd love to hear about it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Storms in our Lives


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and

forever. Hebrews 13:8


“Oh, it’s not cloudy out,” I said, sitting at my computer one morning. It was quite overcast when I’d gone outside just a few minutes earlier.
The forecast I’d just read confirmed that it would be cloudy for the next three days with rain likely. But as I sat at my desk scanning the headlines, I looked through the blinds and saw the sunlight on the trees.

 A few minutes later it disappeared.

I recognized the parallel to my life. I had assumed the weather would be stormy based on evidence I’d seen and what had been predicted. Yet, a different story lay outside a few minutes later. Then it changed again.

Life is like that. Circumstances can lead us to believe one thing; when then they change, we change our minds. My emotions can be fickle too. If someone compliments me, it makes me feel good. If I’m criticized and/or given feedback I don’t like, I may take it personally and believe I’m a failure. Or my health can change for the worse. Sometimes life feels unfair.  So how do we know what to think if we don’t know what’s true and what’s not? We have to focus on what’s stable, what never changes. One of those things is God’s love and faithfulness to us. No matter what happens in life, God remains the same.

What do find to be stable in your life? Who or what can you count on when things in your life are in flux?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Neighbors To The Rescue

It was a beautiful day so I took my basset, Petey, for a walk. We headed down the cul-de-sac and saw my neighbor, Bonnie, walking her dog, Hattie. Hattie’s a brownish-red pug who’s about three. When Petey spotted her, he got excited.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

An Attitude of Gratitude

Since this is November and we celebrate Thanksgiving in just two weeks, I've decided to take a cue from my friend, Cathy Baker, and think on the questions she asked in her last post on gratitude.

  • What is outside my window I haven't noticed before? {Chrysanthemums.  Pink,  yellow, red, and orange flowers pop up reminding me that there is beauty even in the midst of the clouds and rain.}

·       In this moment, I am grateful for: {My basset Petey. I am grateful for his company and unconditional love.}

·       One person I thanked God for this week: {My neighbor Bonnie. We're developing a friendship as she comes over several times a week to take Petey for a walk, even in the rain.}

·       One way God is allowing me to use the gift(s) He is giving me for His glory: {Hosting and facilitating Bible study.}

·       One scripture verse I'm especially grateful for in this very moment and why: {Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."  Neighbors rallied around and took care of a few weeks ago.  Thankfully, I had no serious injuries. More on this in another post.}
 What are you thankful for these days?