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Time-perspective, priorities, people!

Is life overwhelming? Feeling like life is hard?

I’m still adjusting to the new normal with the recent loss of a well-loved friend.

My friend’s health deteriorated quickly and within 21 days she passed.

This kind of shocking loss puts life into perspective.

Priorities change.

Irritations lose their power.

Stuff loses its appeal.

Careers lose their supremacy.

Tasks and to-do lists can wait.

 

What really matters in life? PEOPLE and GOD!

My friend Gwen always had time to talk to people.

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She was never in too much of a hurry. I want to be more like Gwen.

I HAVE the time to stop and chat with an acquaintance.

For coffee shop visits with good friends.

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Telephone calls and long texts are WORTH the time.

There IS time for interruptions. Interruptions involve people.

When my kids were small I had a good quote on the fridge.

“The interruptions are the job”!

There IS time for long conversations, even late at night.

Time to share a joke or a good memory.

Time to write a note of encouragement.

Time, one of our most valued commodities, needs to be spent on – PEOPLE!

With this recent loss came fear.

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Fear that I too may lose those I love most.

With God’s help I am not letting fear be immobilizing.

Instead it is a fear that moves me to action!

Oh, the people I love are so precious!

This fear moves me to the action of loving my people well.

Hugs and kisses are given and received everyday.

The value of dinner preparation and the time spent around the table laughing and talking is priceless!

Acts of service done in love speak volumes.

Kind and loving words reach deep into hearts.

Memories are made and cherished everyday.

Texting keeps me in regular contact with family and friends.

Time spent with people is worth every second.

I don’t want time to dim the intensity of these feelings!

I want to live a life of no regrets! I want to love people well!

I want to live each day as a precious gift from God.

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I want to make today count!

I want to honor my Great God with good choices.

I want to spend time reading the Bible and praying.

Learning how to live life like Jesus did.

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When doubts come about the premature passing of my friend, I remember the verses that I feel were written just for me.

I have them as the wallpaper on my phone so I see them throughout my day.

“Hold fast to the hope you profess for He who promised is faithful. Fix your thoughts on Jesus.” Hebrews 10:23, 3:2.

I know Jesus has proven Himself trustworthy so many times in my life.

When I think about Jesus and His perfect plans,

based on His love,

that gets my thinking back on the right track.

TODAY’S little STEP: Make today count! Take the time to love your people well. Honor God! Life is a precious gift!

If you would like to know about my good God, please send me a message. I would be happy to tell you how you can be part of God’s family.

Or click on this link http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/and read about the steps to developing a personal relationship with Jesus and spending forever in Heaven!

 

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How do we cope when God says, “no”?

What do we do when God says no?

How do we cope?

Maybe you didn’t get the job, or the pregnancy test was negative again. Perhaps the house deal fell through or the doctor’s report was not good? We all have hard times when God’s answer is no.

God said no to my prayers.

My friend Gwen did not recover.

But God did take away her pain, her suffering and her fear when He took her to Heaven.

God said no because He had a better plan for Gwen.

But how do I cope? This is sad and hard to understand. I thought of the responses I have seen in myself and other people.

I could cope like an Angry Two Year Old.

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Have a tantrum, scream and yell at God. I could pout and say, “if God isn’t going to answer my prayers my way, I won’t pray to Him anymore”.

I could cope like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

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I could say, “Well nothing good ever happens to me anyway. Why am I not surprised? I don’t think God loves me like He does everybody else”.

I could cope like a Martyr.

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I could say, “This is God’s will. I will accept it. I probably will never feel any joy again. My lot in life is hard, and that’s the way it’s going to be”.

I could cope like a Student.

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I could say, “ This is hard. It doesn’t make any sense. I want to trust You God because You tell me to. Please help me trust!” I can learn from others. I can learn from God.

I could cope like a Wise woman.

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I could say, “ I know I can trust You God because I know You. You have proven Yourself to me many times. I will trust You”.

I’ve had most of those first three responses at some time in my life, especially when God said no.

Most of them are not helpful and are not based in truth. Can you relate?

Take a minute to see if you cope with one of those styles.

How do I cope?

Some days I’m the Angry two year old. I rant and cry because I didn’t get my way. But God can handle my anger.

Or I have a tendency to be the Martyr. It’s easy for me to let my circumstances steal all my joy. Not good! I want to learn how to respond better.

I think I respond most like a Student.

I want to trust God when He says no. Because He is my Heavenly Father and He knows what is best.

I want to learn from God and other people. I want joy and peace. As a student I need to go to the Bible and to good teachers.

I want to someday cope like the Wise Woman.

A wise woman who deals with hard things and praises God. A woman who has stories of times when she trusted God and she saw His hand at work.

A woman who can come along side hurting people and share God’s love.

Be encouraged my friend that God is at work in each of our lives.

When God says no to our prayers and life is hard He is still a good God that we can trust.

He is a good God who loves us.

Please pray for me as I say my final goodbye to Gwen tomorrow.

I want to share God’s love and hope with others.

I am memorizing and claiming my new verses.

“Hold fast to the hope you profess for He who promised is faithful” Hebrews 10:23. “Fix your thoughts on Jesus” Hebrews 3:2

Today’s little step: Cope like a Student. Learn from God and other people. Go to the Bible and good teachers for help.

If you would like to know about my good God, please send me a message. It would be happy to tell you how you can be part of God’s family.

Or click on this link http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/and read about the steps to developing a personal relationship with Jesus and spending forever in Heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY PRAYER NOTEBOOK, BEST TREASURE EVER!

Do you have a prayer notebook or binder? Make 2017 the year you make one.

I promise you won’t be sorry you did. It is one of best ways to really get serious about prayer and get excited about the Greatness of God!

Many years ago as a young wife and Mom, I was challenged to make a prayer notebook. Can’t believe it was 26 years ago. Yikes, I must be old!

My notebook has pages that are filled with heartfelt requests for me, the people I love and many others. I need lists and written requests to keep my mind from wandering.

My notebook has coffee stains and tear stains. One page has doodles from long ago when my young daughter practiced writing her name. My notebook pages are jam-packed with many answers; yes, no, and wait.

This notebook has become one of my treasures. It testifies to God’s love and power and His care for me and many other people. If my house were on fire this book would go with me!

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There are many resources available. You can purchase a preprinted prayer journal at your local Christian Book Store.  Or you can check out these links to setting up a prayer binder or a prayer notebook.

These ladies have done a great job of showing you all the details you need to get started. I leave it in their capable hands.

I didn’t get too complicated at the beginning.

I started with, and still have, a notebook that lies flat for easy writing.

I record the date and the request. I try to capture a little of the emotion surrounding the request especially if it is a bigger one. God encourages us to pour out our hearts to Him, and that’s what I do.

I leave a couple of lines so I can record answers too! That entry usually has more detail as I try to capture the fresh emotions.

We think that we will always remember how we felt but we don’t.

So capture them.

When God answers with yes, the praise is easy.

When God answers with no or wait, the praise is much harder.

I record the uncertainty and wait to see what God will do.

Sometimes God gives me insight years later.  I feel like God gives me a little peak into His big plan for me and those I love.

I record those details too.

There are many entries were I asked God ‘why?’.

When I experienced the deep sadness of 2 complicated miscarriages. When my husband got laid off and we were a one-income family.

When dementia took away my father’s ability to talk.

When cancer struck and took my mother-in-law.

My most recent ‘why’ is the unexpected passing of my husband’s brother, Barry, age 58, just 4 weeks ago.

Those entries are the ones that challenge me to trust God. Trusting God when things don’t make any sense to me requires extra prayer.

Prayer that cries out in pain and asks for peace, the peace that passes understanding.

Some unanswered prayer requests will remain a mystery until I go to Heaven.

Then I may ask Him, so I can know what His plan was and how He used it for His glory. Until then I watch to see how God is at work and I record those details.

When I reread my Prayer Notebook I am always encouraged. I realize that God helped me through many hard things. 26 years of hard things!

It puts perspective on whatever the hard thing of today is.

I realize that God will be with me and He will be at work. I can trust Him because He has proven Himself trustworthy!

This January I am retiring my Prayer Notebook (it’s falling apart and worn out), and starting a new Prayer Binder.

I’ll update you later when I get it set up.

It will be exciting to see what the entries and answers will be in the next 26 years, I’ll only be 82!

TODAY’S little STEP: Start a Prayer Binder or Notebook! It is one of best ways to really get serious about prayer and get excited about the Greatness of God!

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ACCESSING MORE WILLPOWER IN ONE EASY STEP!

I’ve tried to change so many times. I can’t complete or follow through with anything permanently.

I start well and then tucker out. I slip back into my old habits.

My own willpower isn’t enough.

We can’t do it on our own.  We need God’s power!

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Consistency, discipline, willpower… whatever we call it, it’s hard work.But we have hope because of Jesus. Jesus adores you, girlfriend.He loves you more than  you can ever imagine. You are His beloved daughter.  No concern is too small for His attention. He wants to help. Call out to Jesus.

David knew what it was like to call out for help.  He says “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:1-3

Calling out to Jesus is prayer. Not like the blessings we say at meals or the bedtime prayers we learned as a child. Not even the kind of prayer we say when others are listening. We can tell Him the depth of our struggles because He cares and He has the power to help!

My good friend wrote this prayer from her heart. We can pray with her.

“Jesus, it’s me again. I feel like I’ve come to you with same cry for help for years, and yet, you have never brushed me aside. I want you to know how much I long for your peace, your comfort and all that you have to offer me. I feel like a dumb sheep, running off and getting into trouble, only to have you search me out and pull me back to yourself. I know I don’t deserve this many opportunities, but you keep on giving them to me.

“Please help me today to reach for you first and be filled with your power. Then because of Your power, I will be strong enough to resist the pull of worry, anxiety and all the things that cause me to satisfy my hunger with anything other than you.

“Finally, I can’t forget to say thank-you for how you are going to work things out for good in my life. Yes. Thank-you.  Amen”

Accessing Jesus’ power is the most important change most of us need to make in our journey up the Mountain of Health and Well-being. He is our Gentle Guide and we are attached to Him with the safety ropes of prayer. We don’t need to do this on our own willpower my friend. Let’s access Jesus power!

TODAY’S little STEP: Call out to Jesus in prayer. His willpower is available! When you feel weak or tempted, call out to Jesus! He will empower you!

Believe those good words my friend! If you have found this helpful please share it with your friends.

This past weekend my friend Cecile and I shared our stories at a Women’s Ministry Conference!  It was so great to connect with some new women.  Welcome to our mountain climbing team.  Click on  Base Camp to get started!  Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you and connect!

God has good plans for you!  Access His power!

 

I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU!

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving! Hoping you are enjoying the day with friends and family. Here in Northern Ontario we are enjoying the beauty of God’s handiwork!

He paints our leaves with such brilliance.

 

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Today I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for you – my faithful blog and facebook page followers!

You are in my daily prayers.

 

I borrow the words of Paul in the book of Colossians.

“We always thank God, the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints. For this reason since the day we heard about you we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding”. Colossians 1:3&9

 

TODAY’S little STEP: Be thankful! Express that thankfulness to friends and family and to our Great God!

If you have something you would like prayer support for please send me a message on Facebook or leave a comment.  It would be my privilege to pray for you!

HOW DO I PRAY LIKE JESUS?

How do I pray? Can I really pray about everything? Does God really care about the little details of my life? He sure does! God loves and adores you, and me, more than we can ever imagine. We are His beloved daughters. No concern is too small for His attention. He wants to help.

This January I was challenged to just choose one word for 2016. My word is prayer.

I would usually go buy a new book on prayer. However, this year I went straight to the Bible to read and study by myself. I’m not a Bible scholar. I’m a regular woman just like you. It has been an amazing learning experience. I have been studying where, when, and why Jesus prayed when He lived on earth. Here’s a just a little of what I’ve learned so far and how I’m applying it in my life.

Where? He often went somewhere to be alone. A few times it was on a mountainside or an olive garden. He went somewhere quiet. Jesus needed to be alone with God.

Jesus prayed somewhere quiet and where He could be alone.  

When? Jesus prayed before and after events in His life. He prayed after He found out that His cousin John the Baptist was murdered. He prayed after He ministered to groups of people.

He prayed before and after He performed miracles.

He prayed before He chose His disciples.

He prayed for the future ministry of His disciples.

He prayed just before He was going to have to die.

He prayed early in the morning before His day with people began. He prayed for most of the night, about 8 hours, on occasion.

Jesus prayed before and after events in His life and ministry. He prayed in the morning before His day began. He sacrificed sleep for the priority of prayer.

Why? Now this is the hard part to understand. He was God’s perfect Son so He didn’t need to pray for the same reasons we do. Or did He? He prayed about the details of His life because He needed to have a conversation with His Heavenly Father.

He prayed because He was very sad when John died. He was also very concerned for John’s disciples.

He prayed for the people He ministered to. He knew their needs.

He prayed before He chose His disciples because He wanted God’s input into that important decision. He prayed for His disciples and the important role they would have in His ministry.

He prayed before He died when He was in great distress. He prayed that God would be glorified even though He was dreading the crucifixion and the separation from God His Father.

Jesus prayed because He wanted to have a conversation with His Heavenly Father. He sought direction, He interceded on behalf of others and He listened to the Father.

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What am I doing?  If Jesus needed to pray when He was here then so do I!

I’m easily distracted. If I sit a the kitchen table to pray I notice the placemats and wonder if I should get some new ones for spring. Before I know it I’m thinking about what color they should be and where I will buy them. Uh not good!

I’ve switched to another room with fewer distractions; it’s my War Room. I need to be alone and where it’s quiet.

I try to get up a little earlier so I can pray before my day gets too busy. It really sets the tone for the whole day. I’m praying for people and ministries. For direction in the big and little details of my life and those I love. I’m praying thorough out my day for patience, wisdom and grace.

I’m learning that prayer is my opportunity to talk to my loving Heavenly Father. As I spend time with Him I’m getting better at being quiet and listening. I’m not doing all the talking.

How are you doing? Are you calling out to God in prayer? Accessing God’s power is the most important change most of us need to make in our journey up the Mountain of Health and Well-being. Our health journey needs to be something we pray about. God will empower us and strengthen us when we ask for help.

God says,“Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12  

TODAY’S little STEP: Talk to God in prayer. He loves you and He wants to help with all the details of your life. Access that power!

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