We are on a journey, sojourners on this earth. Let us share with you the highs and lows of our lives. Heaven is a sweeter place now that we have two beautiful granddaughters waiting there for us.

Friday, October 14, 2016

An Unwanted Calling

”My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”(II Corinthians 12:7

She had written to me because she was suffering with constant pain and really didn’t know if life was worth living this way anymore. As I prayed about what to say in my reply, God reminded me of the truth of his unique calling in my life….a call to suffering. Over the course of my life I had heard his call to ministry of various kinds in my life. But now it was different.

Much like Paul who prayed and asked God to remove the thorn in his flesh 3 times(2 Corinthians 12:7,8), I had asked God to take away the pain. Others had joined in that prayer, but his answer was always ‘not now my child, my grace is sufficient for you’. Friends and family alike struggled with that answer.

But as I sat in front of the computer that day I realized anew that God’s calling on my life right now was unwanted, yes, but still very real.  I could say like Paul, ‘Most gladly, therefore I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”(vs 10). His promises that his grace would be sufficient and that I could be content with that are a daily reality.

The pain has not left. But neither has my Heavenly Father. Christ in me means that I can choose joy and be at peace knowing that ‘when I am weak, then I am strong’(Verse 10b) His call on my life during this season is to shine his glory through a cracked and broken vessel and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has not forgotten me and very definitely still has things for me to do, a role to play, prayers to pray.

How about you? Is God’s call for this season of your life unwanted? Are you having trouble seeing his purpose and plan for your days? Remember that God hasn’t changed and still very much at work, indwelling you with the power of Christ each and every day!

Heavenly Father, thank you that I can know that Your power indwells me and Your grace is always sufficient for me. May I remember that when the circumstances of life threatens to overwhelm me. Amen.

Action Step:
Have you been resisting God’s call on this season of your life? Have you been grumbling and complaining, demanding that God change it? Take a moment to thank him that his grace is always sufficient even now and that he will be at work in and through you as you are faithful to that call.

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Beautiful Morning

The fall morning had dawned sunny and bright,
and I was overwhelmed by the beauty all around me.
As I walked around the trail with my friend
the song going through my head was an old one....

....Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

Oh the pain was still there
and I had to sit down for a rest after one round around the pond,
but I was reminded that God was good,
all the time, 
even when life hurts and doesn't go quite according to plan.

The summer had been full...
full of friends, family, flights coming and going,
but also full of sorrow 
as we said goodbye to a beloved uncle 
on the Labour Day weekend.

In the midst of it all
there wasn't a  lot of time for writing or reflecting
as all my energy went into enjoying the moments...
because that's what chronic pain will do,
rob you of the joy!

But I am determined that I won't let that be the story of my life,
instead I will choose joy.
I will believe that every day is in fact beautiful, rain or shine,
and that my loving Heavenly Father daily reminds me  
...That everything is going HIS way,
and that's good enough for me!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

When Enough is Enough

“Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the food that is my portion.
Lest I be full and deny thee and say, “who is the LORD?”
Or let I be in want and steal,
And profane the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:8b-9

As I read this verse it reminded me of another familiar verse in the New Testament….Give us this day our daily bread.(Matthew 6:11) God wants us to depend on Him for our daily bread or portion as the writer of Proverbs states. We are not to lose our focus on not only who God is but that He is the one that provides for us. Our relationship with him is the most important part of our lives and it can be in jeopardy if we don’t have enough or if we have more than enough.

But how much is enough? There is a stark contrast with these words from Proverbs and this world in which we are bombarded on every side by reminders that we should eat more, have more, want more, and definitely deserve more.  

Perhaps we need to reevaluate our priorities instead and keep our eyes focused on the Lord our God. What is taking up your energy and time? What is it that is taking your eyes off of your relationship with God?

Is it worth getting more at the cost of friends, family and faith? Or do we need to concentrate more on choosing to be content with less and not compare ourselves with those around us?

Father, thank you that You not only meet my needs but give me more than enough! Help me know how to be content with the situation and circumstances I find myself in as I trust You for my daily portion. Amen.

Action Step:
Are you content with your life circumstances today? Or are you always wishing for something more, something different, another season of life? This week practice looking for three things to be thankful every day as you work on being content.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Making the Right Choice

18 Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places. Habakkuk 3:18-19

“You should complain more so people know how much pain you are in.”

That statement by my husband got my attention. I had to think about it. I have made a commitment to choose joy in my life and not focus on the circumstances but was I not being truthful by doing that? Was I giving the wrong impression of what the Christian life looks like? After all we all have disappointments, losses and ongoing pain in our lives that can derail us in our attempt to live and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

But then I looked again at these verses that I so often cling too, and read the verse immediately before them:
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls, (verse 17)

There was not much going right at that time…the crops had failed and there was no food or any hope of food in the foreseeable future. But the response of the writer was still to focus not on the circumstances, but on the Lord of His salvation!! It was God that would be His strength and that’s what he chose as his focus.

As I daily choose to walk in the Spirit and allow Him to develop His fruit in my life, I have a choice to make. Where is my focus? Yes He is supposed to develop joy in my life, but first I have to choose not to focus on the negative and instead turn my eyes to Him. Only then will I see that joy produced to overflowing in my life.

 Heavenly Father, thank you that your Holy Spirit is at work in my life and that he can and does produce his fruit in me. Help me to daily choose to give thanks regardless of the circumstances I am facing, and to make the choice to rejoice in the God of my salvation and depend on Him for my strength. Amen.

Action Step:
Have you been making the right choice and choosing to rejoice in your situation? Or have you been grumbling and complaining, demanding that God change it? Take a moment to confess your sin and once again ask God by His Holy Spirit to fill your life today and help you to choose to rejoice as he produces his joy in you.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Like the Birds

 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8
After years of talking about it, we finally bought a birdfeeder to hang in our yard. We were told to be patient because it might take weeks before we saw birds enjoying the food we provided.
But after just two days, we had seen a myriad of birds dropping by to take a taste — even yellow goldfinches that we hadn’t known were in our area. I couldn’t help but wonder if somehow the birds were telling one another about the birdfeeder and birdbath in our yard: “Hey, over there is the perfect spot to take refuge on a warm summer day!”
Day after day, the trees were alive with the sound of the birds waiting their turn to feed. It got me thinking. Do we tell one another where the free spiritual food is, much like one beggar telling another where he can find a free meal? Or maybe we haven’t been enjoying that free meal so there is nothing to share?
I began to consider how we as believers need to be taking refuge in our Heavenly Father so we can share his goodness with others. Taking time to be still, to reflect, and to enjoy spending time with Him, we realize just how blessed we truly are.
As I see the birds come back day after day, I am reminded that I too need to taste and see that the Lord is good, dropping by not just once, but over and over again until I overflow with His goodness and can’t help but share it with the people I interact with.
Once we have tasted of God’s goodness, how can we not share it with others? How will they know unless we tell them?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have given me the Bread of Life and I can tell others about it so they too can taste and see that You are good. May I always be quick to share Your goodness with others. Amen.
***This devotional was written by me and edited to appear at today.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Our Little Runner

 A year ago after running the 5 K Run for Water Race,
Jaxon announced that next year he was going to be running the 10K,
so one of his parents better get ready!
 And today he and his Mom, Megan, did just that!
There were thousands of people lining up getting to race,
but in the crowd they saw familiar faces,
good friends from our church.
Of course Megan got a selfie of the two of them.
And then it was time to line up...
 ....proud Momma looking down at her 8 year old,
definitely one of the youngest to be running this distance.
 And they're off!!
 Love that smile!
 Dave followed the route to catch a few more pictures along the way....

Jaxon had told Megan ahead of time that she was going to be holding him back 
and we all laughed...
... in the midst of the crowd, 
he was usually running with her...
Finally with the finish line in sight she told him to run ahead...
 There he goes.....crossing the finish line ahead of his Mom!!
 So very proud of these two today!!
Mommy and her Little Runner!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Yet Will I Trust You

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” Romans 15:13

A recent medical diagnosis had confirmed that the extreme pain that I was dealing with would be a reality in my life for the foreseeable future and left me with a choice. How was I going to deal with this new reality?

As I opened the book I was reading, I stopped to read the above verse on my bookmark.  It was as if God Himself was speaking to me through his Holy Spirit.
I grabbed my Bible to look it up in a different version… may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NASB) God was promising that by the power of His Spirit, I could be filled with hope not just in spite of the circumstances I found myself in, but in the middle of them.

The question to me was, ‘Will you trust me?’. As I struggled with this He gave me this acrostic:
T- Thank God that He hasn’t changed. This isn’t a surprise to Him but He is still the same God and in control.
R- Rely on His Holy Spirit to fill and empower you to make the right choices.
U- Understand that the choice is yours, whether to trust Him or not.
S- Say it out loud, ‘Yes Lord, yet I will trust You!’ In this situation, this circumstance, even if it never changes, yet will I trust You.
T- Trust Him! He will empower you by His Holy Spirit and He will fill you with joy and peace as you trust!
What are you facing today? Has trusting God been a challenge for you?

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You that because Your Holy Spirit indwells my life and fills me daily, that I can choose to trust You in the midst of daily pain. Also, I can know that I can abound in hope by the power of that same Holy Spirit every single day and for that I am exceedingly thankful. Yet will I trust You dear Lord, fill me with your joy and peace. Amen

Action Step:
Is it hard for you to trust God today? What is the situation that you face that makes it a challenge for you? Ask God by His Holy Spirit to fill your life today so that you can in fact trust Him and allow Him to fill you with all joy and peace.