Friday, June 26, 2009

Missed Blessing...

Often when I'm studying God's Word, I'll have an "aha moment" over a passage that I've read several times in the past. I love the fact that I'm constantly gleaning new wisdom, revelation, insight, knowledge and depth into God's Word each time I seek to know Him more. Just yesterday, I was studying in chapter 20 of the book of Numbers. This happens to be the passage where Moses disobeys God, thereby causing him to lose the blessing of being able to lead the Israelites into the promised land. One simple act of disobedience led to Moses missing one of God's greatest blessings. WOW! How many blessings have I already missed from disobeying God? I shutter to think of the multitude. God WILL fulfill His purpose with or without me, just like He fulfilled His promise using Joshua to eventually lead the Israelites into the land of milk and honey rather than Moses. However, I would rather be one that God uses to fulfill his purpose.

Lord God, please forgive my acts of disobedience. Please help me to walk daily in your will. Allow me to receive ALL of the blessings you have ready to pour down upon me. I love you Lord!

Monday, June 22, 2009


I need to make a little confession - I'm super frustrated right now. Almost 2 months ago, I had surgery on my foot to correct a problem that was causing a lot of pain. I had been enduring the pain for almost 2 years, and it had literally stopped my new running program in its tracks (not to mention a lot of other exercise). On the one hand, the surgery DID correct part of the pain - hallelujah! However, the worst part (which has been in my toes) is still there. I'm trying to simply chalk it up to still healing - which could be the case. It takes time to recover from these surgeries, however I also know that my toes feel the same as before, which doesn't give me hope. Why is this happening? I, and so many others, prayed that the surgery would be a success resulting in complete healing. I just know God wants to me to be healthy, so why would He allow something that could impede my health? I keep asking why...why...why? Sure enough - like He always manages to do when I give Him a moment to speak to me, He reminded me clearly in His word...

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

WOW! Why does the word have to be so piercing sometimes? In all honesty, I want God's plans and thoughts over mine anyday. It's just hard to let go sometimes - isn't it? I've seen some pretty terrible things happen to people I love that honestly don't make sense sometimes, but each time I start to question it - without fail, I'm brought back to these verses. I guess this time I'm the one that needed the gentle reminder!

In life I've learned that sometimes we don't get what we asked for, because God is still teaching us a more important lesson that might be missed otherwise. Or - maybe He wants us to rely completely on Him, and we haven't done that fully. Sometimes - we're in the middle of sin, and He may use a "no" to speak conviction to our heart. Often times - He has something much bigger and better planned for us on the horizon, but we have to experience a little pain to get to the victory. Quiet honestly, however, we may never know why our prayers aren't answered. It's in those times, that relying on who God is and on His word have to be enough! The fact is, He is God, and He can see things we can't see and knows things we don't know. But one thing I know to be true - He loves me with a love I'll never understand, so I choose to BELIEVE Him, TRUST Him, and LOVE Him in return!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Total Forgiveness

The subject of forgiveness has come up a lot recently, so I wanted to share some tidbits from R.T. Kendall's Total Forgiveness that revolutionized a time in my life when I really struggled with forgiveness. To learn more, PLEASE get the book! I guarantee you won't be sorry. It's definitely the best book I've read on the subject, to date.

1. Approval of what they did
2. Excusing what they did
3. Justifying what they did
4. Pardoning what they did
5. Reconciliation
6. Denying what they did
7. Blindness to what happened
8. Forgetting
9. Refusing to take the wrong seriously
10. Pretending we are not hurt

1. Being aware of what someone has done and still forgiving them
2. Choosing to keep no records of wrong
3. Refusing to punish
4. Not telling what they did (in a gossipy sort of way; therapeutically w/ a right heart attitude is good)
5. Being merciful
6. Graciousness
7. An inner condition
8. The absence of bitterness (ouch!)
9. Forgiving God
10. Forgiving ourselves

Kendall also goes on to say, "The ultimate proof of total forgiveness takes place when we sincerely petition the Father to let those who have hurt us off the hook - even if they have hurt not only us, but also those close to us."

Whoa - let that sink in a bit...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

When I Think About the Lord

One of my favorites...the lyrics are beautiful and could have come straight from my heart! (I love the Shane & Shane version too.)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Grandfather Mountain

Living in Western North Carolina affords me so many opportunities to see the beautiful handiwork of God. Admittedly, however, I take many of those opportunities for granted by simply not ever visiting those scenic places. My husband, daughter, and I recently talked about making more of a concerted effort to take in the beauty of God's creation more often. We began by taking a trip to Grandfather Mountain in the Linville/Blowing Rock area this past Saturday. I've been once before, but it's been a long time ago. Chris and Anna had never been. The drive up was beautiful - the weather was perfect - the scenery was simply...WOW (see below)!!! Take time to ask God to really show you the beauty of this world. You don't have to even live in a place like Western NC, because it's all around you. Ask Him to open your eyes to see the things of beauty that way that He sees them. "And God saw that it was good."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


In parenting my daughter, I often wonder if she "gets it". In other words, do all those things that I try to teach her ever sink in...will she understand why I try to instill the values that I do...will she wonder why I'm strict in some areas, passive in others, and unwavering in a select group? I realize that I may never get to see the results of my parenting in certain areas until she is an adult herself one day. But...God gave me a glimpse that she DOES understand one thing: DEBT is not supposed to be normal. She shared with me a clip of a conversation she had with her 12-year-old cousin on Sunday. It goes something like this...

Cousin: "Everybody has to go into debt at some point."

Anna: "No they don't."

Cousin: "Yes, they do. Like...if you're going to buy a new boat, you get a loan to buy the boat and pay it back later."

Anna: "No, you wait until you've saved up the money to the buy the boat and then you get the boat."

Cousin: "Hmmm...that makes sense. How did you know that?"

Anna: "My mom and step-dad listen to Dave Ramsey all the time, and they tell me all the time to never get into debt."

YES!!!!!!! She gets it!!!!