My Soul Thirsts

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This is from the devotion I wrote for my book club yesterday. I felt I should share it with you:

I’d like to share some bits and pieces of Psalm 42 with you. While I was working in the kitchen I began to hum. I’ve never really been a hummer before. But, this year I’ve begun humming…not on purpose. It just happened. I’m not sure if it’s old age or joy or both…but, nevertheless, I hum. Tonight I found myself humming this verse. I decided perhaps God wanted me to share it. So, I hope this speaks to someone. (Be thankful you don’t have to hear the humming. :) )

Psalm 42:1-2 ESV
1As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God…

…3 My tears have been my food
day and night…

…5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation 6 and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you…

…8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life…

…11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.

 

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A Smile on the Outside

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My heart is heavy today.

So many of the people I care about deeply are going through difficult struggles. I’m guessing many of you are as well. Sometimes I am overcome with the deepness of the needs of those around me and amazed at the burdens they carry…often without others being aware.

May we be mindful of the trials of those around us.

Remember that a smile on the outside is not always indicative of what is happening on the inside.

For those of you going through a valley, here are some scriptures to meditate on:

Romans 8:35 (ESV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

John 16:33 (ESV)
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Psalm 27:1 (ESV)
27 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Isaiah 41:13 (ESV)
13 For I, the LORD your God,hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Everything and Nothing

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My mind is in jumbles today. Is jumbles a word? You know what I mean, right? My thoughts are going from here to there, good to bad, decisive to confused…it’s exhausting. This post will likely be about many things and mostly about nothing. 

Today my foot hurt when I got up. I’m trying to think of the reason. Could it be the shoes I wore yesterday that were too small? Possibly. Probably. But, they are so cute! Am I the only one that does that? Thinking back, I did that in highschool also. I am a 7 1/2-8, and I am only 5′ 1″. So, I thought my foot was too big for my body…shoe size worn in high school…6 1/2-7. While my feet looked smaller in those shoes..well..Yikes. I may pay for that in the future. 

This week the weather was so warm. The grass started growing. Birds are chirping. Trees are budding. Tornodes are forming. I complained most of the Winter about, well, Winter. Honestly though, Spring is my least favorite season because it brings storms…not just storms,  but tornadoes. Tornadoes trigger pure panic inside of me. Interesting considering I write about not being fearful a lot. Considering I used to have a library full of fears inside of me and now I am down to a handful…I have a lot to be thankful for. Is it too much to ask, however, for a way to stop tornadoes from forming? Today, I must say, is beautiful. The sun is shining on me and there are families of happy birds in my yard. I’ll choose to be thankful for that. 

I’ve only been writing since last summer. I didn’t journal or do any kind of writing before that. Sometimes I wonder if my anxieties and fears would have been fewer if I had, even if it was only in a journal. You know, to just put into words the things I felt. Let me suggest that if you have too much going on in your head and you feel overwhelmed, try writing it all down. I think it might help you. 

I think I should get the Sibling of the Year Award. My mother-in-law wants to throw my husband and me a party for our anniversary. I talked her out of it, stating that everyone would come, but no one would really want to be there. So, if any of you are reading this, you can thank me later. You’re welcome. 

My son just showed up with a friend at the house. It’s Saturday and I am lounging. I am still in PJs, no make-up, messy hair…in other words, I am totally comfortable, but not presentable! I literally tried to run to the bedroom, but the door opened too quickly. There I stood like a deer caught in the head lights. Needless to say, he has been warned to always prepare me in the future. He has a cell phone after-all! And, I deserve an ugly day, right? 

Have you ever dealt with a situation that you know what the Biblical answer is, but you still can’t seem to find the answer? What I mean is, I KNOW what the Bible says to do…but I don’t know how to DO it. Maybe it’s one of those things where I just have to say, “Okay God. I know what You have told me to do. But, I don’t know how to do it. So, I’m asking for Your help and thanking You for showing me the way. In the meantime, can You do it for me, because I am really feeling lost right now.” I think God loves me enough to let me start at the point. 

Well. I feel like shopping. I think Hallmark is calling my name. I love to buy and send cards. It brings me happiness. I might stop at a boutique on the way…maybe someone needs a gift today also. 

Make it a great day! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plugged. Unplugged. Wait, What?

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True to my word, I’m going to continue to write periodically about my experience with OCD. Today seems like a good day for that. 

Yesterday I was getting ready to leave for work. I had actually used my curling iron (that doesn’t happen too often anymore). I was running a little behind, so I quickly unplugged the iron, turned off the light, and headed out of the room. As I did, I stopped and thought, “Hmm. Maybe I should make sure that really unplugged.” 

I turned the light back on and checked the outlet again. 

Yup. All clear. I was free to proceed. 

As I left, the memory of how that would have gone in the past struck me. Let’s go back about two years.

Two years ago, it would have gone something like this:

I unplugged the curling iron and started to head out of the bedroom. “Maybe that didn’t really unplug.” I turned the light back on. I could see that it was unplugged. However, that wasn’t enough. I had to walk over and touch the empty outlet. I turned out the light.Then I turned the light on again and had to touch the outlet AGAIN. Okay, I turned the light back off and walked all the way to the garage door. Yet, I couldn’t leave until I went back in the bedroom once more, turned on the light, looked at the outlet, felt the end of the cord, and touched the empty outlet. Finally, I felt released to go. 

Wow! That was a lot of work to unplug something, huh? 

For those of you who have never struggled with OCD, this probably seems absolutely ridiculous. 

For those of you who have struggled with it, you’re probably saying, “I totally GET that!”

If you suffer from OCD, or something similar, let me encourage you to seek some help. Find a doctor you can trust. Make sure you have a family member or friend who loves you enough to allow you to share with them the things you are going through. I went years without doing either of those things.

So much wasted time. So, much happiness lost.

And, pray, pray, pray.

God knows you and He wants you to be whole, happy, and healthy. He has not given us life only to be prisoners to ourselves.

Hugs! Choose Joy. Choose Hope.  

Prayer for Peace

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Philippians 4:6-7 MSG Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Lord Jesus,

Your Word tells us to not worry. Yet, often we find ourselves tangled up in knots of anxiousness and fear. Worry overcomes us and we can’t seem to see beyond our circumstances.

Help us to follow Your leading. Instead of worrying, let us enter into Your presence. As we enter in and come to You with our needs, we pray that a sense of praise and thankfulness will come over us. Allow your cleansing peace to flow over us. Make us aware of Your wholeness, of Your goodness, and of Your unconditional love.

As we spend time with You, help us to allow You to replace our fear and worry with Your Peace and Confidence.

We love You and give You all praise and glory for what You are doing and what You are going to do.

In Your name,

Amen

Parenting Heaven

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We took a little four-day mini-vacation this week-end. Our son had a baseball tournament out-of-town and we went along for “support”. Usually we stay in the same motel as the team, but by the time we made our reservations, they were booked. So, we got a room at a hotel about five minutes away.

As we drove to the hotel, I looked at my husband and said, “Is this the first time we have been alone in a motel for…for…for twenty years?!” He looked at me, shaking his head, “yes”. Wow. We sat in silence thinking about the milestone we were about to celebrate.

We walked into the hotel, got our card keys and headed up the elevator in silence. As we walked down the hall, we felt a reverence regarding the moment that was about to take place. Sliding the key in, I held my breath. The door opened and there it was, a King Sized Bed.

We smiled.

Quickly we  laid our luggage down, changed our clothes, slid into bed and…and..and…we took a TWO HOUR NAP!

It was heavenly. HEAVENLY.

We did that the next day as well.

Sleep.

Finally I get it.

When your children grow up, you get to sleep again. Alone. For hours.

It’s a beautiful thing. Beautiful. .

 

My Special Someone

mommalisaof2:

Here is a post from several months ago. Perhaps you will relate and remember someone who has blessed your life. Or, perhaps you know someone who might need you to step into their life. Enjoy.

Originally posted on mommalisaof2:

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When I as young, my parents were gracious enough to allow me to fly (alone, it was the ’70′s) to Florida to stay with my cousins. I would usually call home during my stay and beg to stay longer. My cousin Ryan and are I only two months apart in age. We practically grew up together and were more like brother and sister. Although, when I was a little girl he was so perfect in my eyes that I thought I would one day marry him! His sister, Nicole, was five years younger than me. I adored her.

But, it was my Aunt Marilyn who made these trips so special. (I love my Uncle Dave to death, but at that time he was VERY busy with his church and I just didn’t see him much). My Aunt made my visits wonderful. I’m not sure she actually did it on purpose…

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