Thursday, December 20, 2012

Where Is Safe?

the baby in the arms of father shot
Photo Credit: rocketjim54 (Creative Commons)

This morning I had a scary drive to work, as a cold front moved through causing the wind to blow fiercely.  As the traffic lights swayed wildly and the top of a pine tree was snapped off, I thought "If I can just get to the office and get inside, then I'll be safe".  But then I realized that's not necessarily true. A building doesn't guarantee me automatic safety.

Later in the morning, I learned that the elementary school that I attended as a child had been placed on lockdown because a suspicious person was in the area.  I was immediately saddened because things like that shouldn't happen in my quaint, little hometown.  It's always been a safe haven for me and so many others.  Fortunately, the suspicious person was apprehended without anyone getting injured, but to see the potential of evil touching my idyllic hometown brought me to tears.

Events, such as these in addition to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, has made me all too aware that we live in an unsafe world.  There's evil all around us.

We may take measures to ensure our safety, such as putting our seat belts on, locking our homes, installing fire detectors, but there is no foolproof method or system to stop bad things from happening to us.

So where is it safe?

I believe the safest place anyone can be is in the hands of God. That's where I was during my morning commute -- safe in His hands, even when my environment was saying something much different. 

When my feelings about my circumstances don't match with the truth of God's power and authority over all, the only solution for me is to trust God. Trusting Him, even if the worst case scenario touches my life that He's still got a hold of me, that He's not going to let go and that He'll see me through the dark and dangerous days that I face on this earth.

Linking with Spiritual Sunday, Faith Filled Fridays and Fellowship Friday.

Monday, December 10, 2012

1000 Gifts–771 to 782

Gifts uncovered in Romans 5:1-11:
  • Faith in Jesus that justifies me in the eyes of God (#771)
  • “Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (#772)
  • Access to God (#773)
  • Being a recipient of God’s grace (#774)
  • Joy in knowing Jesus (#775)
  • The hope that is mine because I’m a child of God (#776) and it’s a hope that does not disappoint (#777)
  • “God poured his love into our hearts” (#778)
  • “By the Holy Spirit whom he has given us” (#779)
  • “At just the right time” Jesus died for my sins (#780)
  • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (#781)
  • Reconciliation with God (#782)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Taking A Rest

Man and Bike at rest Photo Credit

I've been sick this week.  Nothing serious -- just the common cold that's annoying and makes me feel lousy.

Even though I got sick, I had ever intent of sticking with my exercise plan this week.  However, that didn't happen because I didn't have the extra energy to workout.
And you know what? I'm okay with missing this week's workouts. No guilt...yay!

In the past I would have got depressed over having my exercise plan derailed, but I'm realizing that my quest to get healthy is really a desire to take care of myself so I can be at my best. And sometimes taking care of me means resting.

Though being sick hasn't been fun, I have taken advantage of the opportunity to baby myself this week by getting extra sleep, taking all my vitamins and drinking lots of fluids. And now that I'm feeling better, I'm looking forward to being more active, as the holiday season begins!

Linking with Stick with It Saturdays.

Monday, November 12, 2012

1000 Gifts - 742 to 770

742.  Being renewed and refreshed by a good night's sleep and a good quiet time in the morning with the Lord 
743.  Fewer and less severe migraines
744.  Motivation to begin to exercise again
745.  Finding exercise videos online that push me to do more than I would on my own

746.  Prayers of my Twitter friends
747.  Getting an e-mail from a friend from high school checking to see how I am doing
748.  Getting my desk at the office cleaned off
749.  Opportunity to begin to blog again

751.  Motivation to exercise consistently
752.  Feeling refreshed after a good night's sleep
753.  Quiet times with the Lord that occur all throughout the day
754. God speaking to me in unlikely places and through unlikely circumstances
755.  For hearing God when He speaks to me

756.  Medicine that provides relief when I do have a migraine
757.  For how God uses painful moments to reveal a lesson to me that I need to learn
758.  Relaxing at home with my family
759.  Blankets on a cold morning
760.  Money to pay bills

761.  A pastor who is passionate about preaching the Word of God
762.  Grace for God and others when I forget to do things that I should
763.  How God uses my writing to speak to me and teach me
764.  Short commute to work
765.  Safety while driving when it is very foggy

766.  Rain
767.  Protection and shelter that my home provides
768.  Opportunity to vote 
769.  God establishes the leaders of our country
770.  God always acts in love and goodness

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Overcoming Perfectionism

Just keep going. Photo Credit: SweetOnVeg

Last week I felt like giving up on my quest to get fit. Why give up when I just started? In one word, GUILT!

I ate Halloween candy that I didn't need, and in all honesty didn't really want. The candy was readily available at work so I gave myself an excuse to eat it.  I also drank more soda than I felt like I should. Add in multiple days without exercising, and I began to think "Why am I trying? Why bother? I can't do this". I was defeated.

You see, I tend to be a perfectionist. I want things to be right all the time. I expect that from myself. I've come to realize that I try to avoid mistakes, even if I have to give up and do nothing. By quitting at least I didn't fail, but then isn't not trying the worst failure of all.

Trying to be perfect is not realistic. I'm not perfect. I'm a work in progressI will make mistakes, and I need to learn from my mistakes instead of trying to avoid them.  Instead of demanding perfection from myself, I need to extend grace to myself.  Getting healthy is not an all or nothing process.

So, time for the moment of truth:

Last week:
  • Cardio - 60 minutes (3.56 miles walking) 
  • Strength - 21.5 minutes 
  • Stretching - 9.5 minutes
(I felt under the weather a few days so I didn't exercise as much as I had plan.)

This week:
  • Cardio - 66.5 minutes (3.41 miles walking)
  • Strength - 44 minutes
  • Stretching - 15 minutes
(Cardio looks about the same, but I added speed and incline intervals this week. So even though the numbers don't reflect it, the intensity was greater this week.)
Are you a recovering perfectionist like me? How do you stay motivated when you are struggling to get things right?

Linking with Stick With It Saturday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Words Can Hurt

anguished soul.
 Photo Credit: kelsey_lovefusionphoto

Words were spoken, and they cut through me like a knife making a deep wound. The words made me feel small and worthless. I wanted to run from their sting, but no matter what I do they still echo through my head and the pain remains with me.
But through my pain, I got a good look at myself. The Holy Spirit has reminded of the times that I have been the one who carelessly spewed words never giving a second thought to their impact.
It saddens me to know that even one word that I have said has hurt someone and that they may still be carrying that pain with them. I may never know the damage my tongue has inflicted because the wounds from the tongue are hidden from the eye.

Once the damage is done it cannot be undone. The words forever echo in the victim's heart. It's hard to forget hurtful words; I know this all to well.
Words can hurt so use them with care.
Lord, I know I've been guilty of saying critical words and not giving thought to how my words affect those around me.  I don't want to be like this anymore. Remove these sins from me and forgive me. Help me to use my tongue to help others. I've seen what a careless tongue can do, and I've felt the damaging effects of it. Help me to be more mindful of my speech, to think before I talk and do everything I can to not to hurt another person with my tongue. I need your help with this and I'm asking that you put a guard over my mouth. Amen.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Need Accountability

dog on treadmill Photo Credit: normanack

After a recent birthday and realizing I'm in the worst shape of my life, I decided two weeks ago to get fit once and for all. I mean I have tried to eating right and exercising in the past so many times that I've lost count.

My most recent attempt has resulted in me exercising 8 out of the last 14 days for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.  I think this is a good starting point.  As for nutrition, I have room to improve.

In the past two weeks, I have learned:
  • I have low expectations about what I am capable of, and as a result, I don't push myself. I can do a lot more physically than I think I can.
  • I'm prone to be an emotional eater. I need to process my emotions instead of trying to soothe myself with food.
  • I don't always listen to my body, and I eat too much, particularly at social gatherings.
  • I need accountability to be successful with my fitness plan. Even though it's only been two weeks, I can feel myself wanting to fall off the fitness wagon. I think I've failed with past attempts to get fit because I lacked accountability.
So, here's my game plan:
  • My goal is to exercise 30 minutes a day at least 5 times a week.
  • I'm going to journal my feelings to deal my emotional eating.
  • I'm going to eat slowly and resign from the "clean plate club" to avoid overeating.
  • I'm going to check in Count Me Accountable and with Stick With It Saturday to gain the accountability that I need.

How do you stay on track with your fitness goals? I would love to know your secret!

1000 Gifts - 720 to 741

3 gifts orange:
720.   Orange juice
721.   Carrots
722.   Cantaloupe

3 gifts funny:
723.   Sunday comics
724.   My niece being silly
725.   The hummingbirds in my backyard as the vie for a position on the birdfeeder

3 gifts from today's conversations:
726.   Opportunity to answer someone's questions
727.   Sharing details of my weekend with a co-worker
728.   Laughing with a friend

3 gifts found in Christ:
729.   Friendship with Jesus
730.   Reconciliation with God
731.   Hope for the future

A gift of peace:  a smile (#732)
A gift of hope:   a rainbow (#733)
A gift of love:    quality time with a loved one (#734)

Gifts of "ugly-beautiful": a sink full of dishes which means my family has been well fed and hydrated (#735), being stuck in traffic which means I have a car that's reliable transportation for me (#736), I know how to drive (#737) and I am able to drive myself where I need to go (#738)

3 gifts in what I read on Facebook:
739.   A friend's adult son being baptized
740.   A friend being released from the hospital after heart bypass surgery
741.   A friend's daughter reaching the milestone of 7 weeks old after the doctors didn't think she would survive delivery

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

End of Another Season

End of the line for dahlias
Photo Credit: Chris Waits

Jesus, help me at this time.
Give me the words to say. Help me speak in love and truth.

That's was my prayer before calling a respected friend, who I had been helping  prepare a book for publication. The project had evolved and extended beyond my initial expectations, and after several years I found myself convicted that my time of helping my friend needed to come to a close so I could turn my attention to other things.
It should have been an easy decision because God had said "Stop this and start that".  But I'm a people pleaser, and I was torn between not wanting to let my friend down and wanting to obey God. I knew that I couldn't do both.
There was nothing inherently wrong with helping my friend -- that's what friends do.  But the good work I was doing for my friend was keeping me from doing God's will. 
I come to accept that the season for helping my friend was over, even though the project had not been completed. That was hard for me to accept because I don't like to leave tasks unfinished or leave friends in a lurch. But I had to trust God that He would help my friend finish the book.
I also realized that I couldn't do everything -- help my friend and take care of the new responsibilities that had come into my life. By trying to do it all, I had lost my peace, and I wasn't able to give my best because I was stretched to my limits.
It was hard to tell my friend I could no longer help with the book, but God never said obedience would always be easy. Thankfully, God answered my prayer, and the peace that I was filled with after my conversation with my friend, knowing that I had done the right thing and that our friendship had been preserved, was priceless.

Linking with Into the Beautiful, What I Learned This Week and On Your Heart Tuesday.

Friday, October 05, 2012

How To Adjust Your Attitude

Photo Credit:  Anthony Kelly
Psalm 73 begins with Asaph lamenting about how the wicked are getting away with their evil deeds and feeling like his pursuit of righteousness is in vain.  The wicked are prospering while Asaph, who has diligently tried to do the right thing, feels like he is being punished.
(Can you relate to Asaph? I know I can!)
But something happens to Asaph, and this psalm ends with him affirming his trust in God and vowing to remain faithful to the Lord.  Asaph sees God as His refuge and is ready to tell others about Him.
How is it possible to go from having a pity party to praising God?
When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
verses 16-17 (emphasis added)
The mental shift occurred within Asaph when he "entered the sanctuary of God". Some may think of the sanctuary only as an area of the church.  While this is true, we can find the sanctuary of God any time we draw near to God.

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, the veil was torn and praise the Lord, I can come to the throne of God anytime, anywhere.  This means I can enter the sanctuary of God in my car while singing a praise song, in the bathroom at work praying, and on my bed in the middle of the night meditating on Scripture.

And when I do -- when my focus shifts from me, my perspective and my feelings to the Sovereign Lord -- I am reminded that God's way are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts.  I can forget about the injustices that have been bothering me and remember that God is just and His judgment comes in His way and according to His perfect timing.  In the sanctuary of God, my heart can echo Asaph's words: "it is good to be near God" (verse 28a).

Being in the Lord's presence changes us. It gives us the attitude adjustment we need when our hearts are burdened and emotions are overwhelming us. But we have to decide to stop and give God our full attention so that He can renew our hearts and minds.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Always Have Hope

Hide n Seek
Photo Credit:  suffering_socrates (Vijay S)   ~ Creative Commons

As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
(Psalm 71:14)

Sometimes I don't feel like I have hope, but feelings are untrustworthy.  They don't reflect my reality.

My reality is that because Jesus lives within me, I always have hope.  And because I will never be without hope, I always have a reason to praise God.

Hope and praise goes hand in hand.

Monday, May 21, 2012

1000 Gifts - 698 to 719

And the counting continues:

3 gifts that make me laugh: the different expressions of my three  year old niece (#698), the Sunday morning comics (#699), hummingbirds fighting for a position on the feeder in the backyard (#700)

A gift salty: popcorn (#701)

A gift sweet:  pralines (#702)

A gift just right:  shrimp poboy (#703)

3 gifts in His Word:  

  • He will cover you with his feather, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4 (#704)
  • Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4 (#705)
  • The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." Jeremiah 31:3 (#706)
3 gifts found in women today: motherly instinct (#708), friendship (#709), caretakers (#710)

3 words spoken:  I love you (#711), We missed you (#712), Can I help you? (#713)

A gift sung: Jesus Loves Me by my niece (#714)

A gift written:  The Bible (#715)

A gift painted: Sunset (#716)

3 gifts redeemed:  My life (#717), a store coupon (#718), my failures (#719)

Monday, April 02, 2012

1000 Gifts - 674 to 697

A gift in the wind: aroma of blooming flowers (#674)
A gift in the water: crawfish (#675)
A gift in white: paper towels (#676)

3 gifts round:  steering wheel (#677), sun (#678), moon (#679)

3 gifts found in silence:  peace (#680), God's quiet voice (#681), rest (#682)

3 gifts given away: time (#683), money (#684), love (#685)

3 hard Eucharisteos: conviction from the Holy Spirit (#686), discipline from the Lord (#687), God saying "No" to a prayer request (#688)

A gift turned: my car (#689)
A gift folded: sheets for my bed (#690)
A gift hung: fluffy robe (#691)

3 gifts red:  catsup (#692), traffic light (#693), my hair (#694)

3 gifts eaten:  roast beef sandwich (#695), red beans and rice (#696), french bread (#697)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Reality Check (My One Word 2012)

Photo Credit:  mistermundo (Creative Commons)

When I wrote about choosing hope for My One Word for this year, the post ended on an optimistic note . . .looking forward to the future with much hope, etc. That's just me. . .I'm a glass half full kind of gal, and I always like to end on a high note, if possible.

However, I'm concerned that the ending to that post may give the wrong impression.  I don't want anyone to think that since I choose My One Word that my life is fixed and that I no longer struggle with doubts and discouragement. 

In fact a few weeks ago my hope was almost non-existent. I didn't want to hang in there anymore. I wanted to run way and escape.

I wondered how did I get in this pit of misery so quickly and would I ever get out of it.

As I ranted, I spilled out my raw emotions to the Lord.  The tears flowed freely that day, and God patiently listened to me.  

Over and over the Holy Spirit whispered encouragement to me. He reminded of God's promises in Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 43:18-19 and Romans 8:28.

Slowly but surely I found myself emerging from my hopeless pit.

That miserable day is proof that I don't have My One Word figured out. I'm still suspectible to losing my hope. However, what I have noticed is that it doesn't take me as long to go from hopeless to hopeful. It's small progress that I find encouraging.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV)

Linking with On Your Heart Tuesday, Soli de Gloria and Life Unmasked.

1000 Gifts - 656 to 673

A gift bent: Paper clip (#656)
A gift broken: Silence (#657)
A gift beautiful: Blooming azaleas (#658)

3 gifts in the kitchen: Leftovers (#659), Microwave (#660), Stove (#661)

3 gifts loud: Blender at Smoothie King (#662), Photocopier (#663), Thunder (#664)

3 gifts carved: Bedposts (#665), River banks (#666), Steak (#667)

3 gifts in Christ: Salvation (#668), Forgiveness (#669), Acceptance (#670)

3 gifts read:

  • Even now, Jesus invests in people and is eager to interact with us. (Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness by Jan Johnson)(#671)
  • The Lord will work out his plans for my life -- for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. (Psalm 138:8a NLT) (#672)
  • The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV) (#673)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Embracing Loud

Cymbal Line
Photo Credit: Randy Robertson (Creative Commons)

Loud . . .my first reaction is to place my hands over my ears and run for solitude. 

I don't like loud. I have a quiet personality with a quiet voice. 

But if the whole world were quiet, it would be an odd place indeed. 

For with noises we have there is evidence of life's activities. For in the loudness of life we have an endless array of sounds -- music, laughter, birds singing, thunder, rain, a loved one's voice. 

While my inner being craves quiet and serenity, I'm thankful to God for two functioning ears that allows to hear all the wonderful noises on this earth. And I realize I need to embrace the gift of loudness in my life.

Monday, March 19, 2012

1000 Gifts - 641 to 655

3 gifts at 3 p.m.:
  • Opportunity to help others (#641)
  • Telephone (#642)
  • Patience (#643)
3 gifts green:
  • Towels (#644)
  • Concealer to cover up redness (#645)
  • Raw broccoli (#646)
3 gifts wore:
  • Moisturizer with sunscreen (#647)
  • Contacts (#648)
  • Jeans (#649)
3 gifts hard to give thanks for:
  • Broken heart (#650)
  • Unfulfilled dreams (#651)
  • Hard to love people (#652)
3 gifts found:
  • Tax deduction (#653)
  • Error in a document at work (#654)
  • Encouragement from a friend's Facebook post (#655)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Seeking Jesus

I'll seek You in the Morning
Photo Credit:  Kelsey_lovefusionphoto (Creative Commons)

Matthew 14:34-36 states, "When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed."

I wonder if those who came to Jesus at Gennesaret realized that Jesus could do so much more for them than heal their physical bodies. Did they know that Jesus could heal them spiritually?

Which makes me consider how many times have I gone to Jesus with my pressing physical needs, but missed out on opportunities to be touched spiritually by Him because I fail to linger in His presence. How often do I do come to Jesus and do all the talking and never give Jesus an opportunity to say anything. I'm afraid this happens more often than I would like to admit.

Regardless if the people knew what Jesus could do for them spiritually, Jesus had compassion for all who came to Him for healing because each of them came to Him out of faith. Jesus always responds to the one who comes to him by faith.

Faith brings us to Jesus seeking His help for our problems -- finances, health, career, relationships -- and faith should keep us near to Jesus so we can be transformed spiritually to be more like Him. 

Jesus, forgive me for coming to You with my requests for You to fulfill and failing to fellowship with you as I should. I'm grateful for the abundant gifts You've bestowed upon me, but I want You to know that I love You, the Giver of all good gifts, more that the gifts themselves. I want to grow closer to You and become more like You. Help me to speak less and listen more when we are sharing our quiet time together so we can have a true conversation like friends should. In Your name, I pray. Amen

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Carnival Life

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The climax of Mardi Gras' excess and debauchery occurred today, and as a result, my local news programming was interrupted in order to provide non-stop coverage of Carnival. 

There was no time this morning for news of world and national events. No, it was a time to escape reality, don costumes and pretend to be someone else, and clamor after beads and baubles. 

But with all the Mardi Gras coverage I began to wonder how many live every day like it’s Mardi Gras by. . .

  • living only for today's enjoyment without any regard to the consequences of their actions
  • chasing after things and relationships that provide short-term amusement that will leave them feeling empty tomorrow
  • pretending to be someone they’re not by hiding behind a mask hoping others don't discover the truth
And maybe I was wondering all this because I have lived my life like it was a Carnival.  A Christian who was living only for the here and now with no regard for eternity because my focus was not on Jesus, but was on me. 

Being reminded of where I've been spiritually, makes me aware of my great need to go deeper in my spiritual walk with Jesus – not just on Sundays and not just for 15 minutes day during my quiet time – but every day, all day. 

With Lent approaching I'm realizing that it's a good time to assess my spiritual life to see where my life's focus has shifted away from Jesus and to make the necessary changes. I know that if I’m not progressively growing spiritually then I’m on a spiritual decline.

What do you have planned for Lent?  Whatever it is I pray that it will draw  you closer to Christ and will prepare your heart for Easter.

Linking with On Your Heart Tuesday, Soli de Grace and Commit2Write.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Choosing Hope (My One Word 2012)

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I began contemplating My One Word for 2012 in late November, but couldn't really find one that seem to fit.  Then I read an article about choosing your One Word by considering what one thing you need the most.  

Well, that made it simple because the word "Hope" immediately came to mind.

Why was hope such an urgent need?  Because I was finding myself entering 2012, a time of a new beginning, stressed out, burned out and honestly, without hope. Sure I had head knowledge that Jesus is my hope, but somewhere in the midst of the discouragements of life and being disappointed by others, I had lost my heart knowledge of my hope in Christ

I was struggling to see God's hand in my life. I was overwhelmed because nothing in my life seemed to change. I was procrastinating doing things I knew I should do because I didn't think it would make a difference anyway. I felt stuck and helpless. My lack of hope had neutralized me. It was affecting me physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

I wanted my hope back so I would be free from doubt, fear, discouragement, bitterness, criticism and jealousy.  Not a pretty list, is it?  But the by-products of hopeless are an ugly collection of emotions and attitudes.

I was ready to be free of hopeless. I believed hope was the key to things I desired in my life...a stronger faith and a deeper sense of peace, joy and contentment.

Six weeks into this year my attitude and outlook are completely different all because I chose HOPE! Choosing hope is the catalyst for change. 

I'm excited to see what God does the rest of this year in my life through My One Word.

Linking with Life Unmasked and Spiritual Sunday.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Facing My Writer's Block

overcoming writer's block - crumpled paper on wooden floor - crushed paper
Photo Credit: photosteve101 (Creative Commons)

I love to blog since I find it much easier to express myself in writing than verbally.  With public speaking (even in small groups) I struggle to find the right words to say.  When I'm writing that never happens.  The words flow abundantly.

But there's one thing that can cause my writing to sputter and falter.  It's when I begin to compare my work to others.  The mental comparison can happen so quickly before I realize what's happening, and my mind is flooded with thoughts of doubt and discouragement. If left unchecked, the words will become bottled within me to avoid the possible scrutiny of others.

This has happened recently. 

I know it's not fair to me to compare myself to anyone else. Jesus reminds me that I'm incomparable.

I realize that the negative thoughts are the lies of Satan. The enemy is attacking my weakness -- my need to please others, to fit in, to excel at whatever I do.

I also know that if I stop writing that the devil will win the battle.  He will have eliminated one way that I worship the Lord.

So with this knowledge and the strength of the Holy Spirit I will continue to write for as long as the Lord wants. I will share my words with you despite any fears and insecurities that I may have. Because even though my writing helps me in my spiritual walk, I don't believe God wants me to keep them to myself.

Do you share my struggle?  How do you handle the temptation to compare yourself to others?

Linking with On Your Heart Tuesday, Soli de Grace and Commit2Write.

Monday, January 02, 2012

1000 Gifts - 631 to 640

631.  Being able to stay home on a cold, dreary day
632.  Getting 12 hours of sleep (didn't realize how exhausted I was)
633.  God's responsiveness - Jeremiah 29:12
634.  Safety while driving
635.  The dentist being able to see me an hour before my scheduled appointment

636.  Good report from the dentist
637.  Everything coming together and working out for those things that had to be done on the last work day of the year
638.  A friend's brother being safe after being involved in a 40 car accident on the interstate
639.  Finding Memverse to help me memorize Scripture
640.  Having an extra pair of contacts



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