Posts Tagged With: Hope

So Cluttered and Messy

Cluttered

Blog idea. Blog. Blog, blog, blog.
(sighs)
Maybe if I get more coffee an idea will come…and let the dog out…oh, and check Facebook again.
(stares at keyboard) (sips coffee) (checks hair in monitor reflection)
Blog. Okay.
(looks at ceiling waiting for an idea to fall from it)
Man. My kitchen is a mess. Not a little mess. It’s like—wow—it’s really really bad. Alright. I can blog about my messy kitchen.

Ever wonder how people come up with blog ideas? Well. Now you know my inspiration. You’re impressed, right?
Truth is, sometimes I really am inspired. Sometimes God gives me an idea and I hold it in my head for days developing what I’m going to write. But, there are days, like today, that there is zilch. Nada. Nothing there. So. Let’s see where God takes this—with me?

Looking around my kitchen, I’m amazed and ashamed at what I see. Let me describe the scene for you.
I’m at my table along with two Bibles, two journals, Crayola markers, a calculator, bills, business cards, and a hoodie. Nothing is neatly placed. It pretty much looks like I picked a pile of stuff up, held it over the table, and then let go.
I hesitantly allow my eyes to move a little farther out and see the trash can—full—overflowing. The dog’s bowls have been pushed out of place and his toys have joined them. Our barstools have become storage units.
The island. Let’s see…four sets of keys have found their way to the island, even though they have an antique key holder in the utility room. The business clipboard is napping there along with my husband’s wallet. Umm…a phone charger, two pair three pair of glasses and more bills—AND leftover cornbread, a bowl of apples and a phone are also taking up residence there.
Yesterday’s clean dishes did not get put away, so yesterday’s dirty dishes are in the sink. Two empty glasses are on the counter along with an empty cup AND a half empty cup that no one (me) bothered pouring out yesterday (morning).
I can see into the utility room, but I will spare you the gory details there.
Looking at it is overwhelming. I’m disappointed in myself for allowing it to get so cluttered and messy. What if someone stopped by? I wouldn’t even be able to hide it from them. But, you know what? I bet if I divide the room up and work on one spot at a time it can be cleaned up, picked up and look amazing. (My husband remodeled this kitchen a few years ago and I truly do love it).
Have you ever looked at your life and thought, “How in the world did I let my life get so messed up?” Sometimes it can seem that life is such a mess it will never get better. It’s overwhelming. It’s depressing. It’s hard to see past the current clutter and imagine things can be different.
But, the God who created you knows your original blue print. He knows what you looked like before all the “stuff” took place. And, all you have to do is say, “Jesus help me. I need you.” He will step in and start picking up the broken pieces. He’ll take out the trash and sweep up the hurt and pain. It may take a change here and change there. But, if you will allow Him to, He will make something amazing out of your life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Isaiah 43:19 (ESV) Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

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**Originally published on sarahpriceauthor.com

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More Than You Can Imagine

Ephesians

Sometimes life is just absolutely overwhelming.

I know you understand because everyone–EVERYONE–has hardship. We are imperfect people in an imperfect world. So, we all deal with sickness, relationship issues, money issues, stress, death–they are all facts of life.

Have you ever found yourself in one of those times and you feel totally lost? The kind of lost where you don’t even have words to pray?

Or, maybe instead of praying, you talk to people around you even though you know there is nothing they can do? Toward the end of the conversation you say, “All I can do is pray, I guess.” (You may even end your statement with a heavy sigh.)

Here’s what I imagine God does when He hears that–

He leans over, looks down, and takes a deep breath saying, “REALLY? ALL you can do is pray? All you can do is call out to your Heavenly Father…the Father Who created you? All you can do is release the power of Heaven into your situation. Really?”

Why is it that prayer is often a last resort? Why is that prayer seems insignificant somehow when, actually, it is the most power tool we have?

Ephesians 3:30 MSG says, “God can do things, you know-far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”

Let’s start making prayer our first choice. Let’s start making prayer our hope, our answer, our delight.

I love this quote by John Lindell, “God is powerful enough to change your situation and personal enough to enter into the emotion of it.”

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Celebrating the Gift

Easter Lisa

Easter bonnet? Check.

Easter shawl? Check.

Easter purse? Check.

Easter dress? Check.

Absolute adorableness? Check.

Easter was a special day in my home. Each year, included a new dress (sometimes handmade by my mom). I would say that I always felt like a little princess on Easter Sunday. Extra pretty. Extra special. Extra excited.

When I woke on Easter Sunday, my eyes would instantly go to my bookshelf. There would sit the most perfect Easter basket ever. Every year it was perfect. My mom has a gift-giving “gift”. She can make the ordinary look exceptional. She picked each candy out carefully and placed them strategically in the basket. Mixed in would be thoughtfully chosen trinkets, jewelry and toys–her love showing in each item.

We always enjoyed Easter Sunday service at church. There seemed to be electricity in the air! It was a special day–a joyful day.

Easter Sunday was a celebration.

EASTER SUNDAY IS A CELEBRATION!

Yesterday, today, and forever! Why? Because we have a God, a Heavenly Father, who loved us SO much that He provided the way for us to be united with Him–in relationship–with Him. He sent His Son to come and grow up among us. He suffered the same aches and pains as us. He had cuts and bruises and colds. He knew what it was like to be teased, bullied and unaccepted. He felt the stares of people who thought He was weird and those who betrayed Him. He understands. Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and abundant in power, His understanding is beyond measure.

God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to live with us, understand us, have compassion on us, and die for us. He died for us. Why? So that we too could be sons and and daughters of Father God.

Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

My mom is a beautiful gift-giver. But God? God gave His Son–as a gift–so that we could have eternal hope of a life with Him.

What do you have to do to receive this gift?

The Bible says we must confess and believe.

Romans 10:9 (ESV)

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Do you know Jesus? Are you excited this Easter Sunday? I would love to hear how you found Jesus, or what Jesus has done in your life.

Do you want to know Jesus? Is He speaking to your heart right now? Do you feel a tugging deep down that there is something more to life that you are missing? If so, I would love to talk with you. Feel free to email me at:

walkingbaresouledinthesonshine@gmail.com

Below are some additional resources for you. ❤

http://www.billygrahamlibrary.org/PGView.aspx?pid=13

http://followchrist.ag.org/

Finally:

Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP)

The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;

The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;

The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).

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Reality of Fear

It was a hot summer night and my friend and I were still too young to drive. But, her friends all drove and we crammed into one of their cars for a drive through the woods. We were staying at the lake and decided to go on a little adventure. As we drove, the tree frogs were making their spooky, yet somehow comforting, sounds. We were laughing, the music was blaring…good times.

Suddenly, the car stopped. Looking forward we saw someone standing in the lane. As the lights illuminated him, my mind was screaming that something was terribly wrong. My skin felt prickly and I was overcome with the urgency to flee, but there was nowhere to go. He stood there with a club, (or was it an axe?), in his hand.

Despite our begging him to just drive away, the driver of our car decided to get out and see what was happening. As he got out, the man grabbed him and started beating him. My friend and I were terror-stricken. I felt light-headed; the scene in front of me seeming unreal. Another man came out from the woods toward the car. Climbing into the driver seat, my friend threw the car into reverse trying to escape the danger in which we were surrounded.

As she drove backwards, we were crying hysterically.

And, then, the laughter began.

Confusion set in.

The boys were all laughing. What was happening? They explained it was a prank. A joke.

I didn’t smile. I didn’t laugh along. I was utterly traumatized. It was literally years before I was comfortable in or near the woods.

You see, what happened to me was not real. But my mind believed I was truly in danger and it set in to protect me.

FEAR. Fear is a powerful thing. It can overcome us. It can rule us. It can become our master. Many times things are not what they seem. But, we allow our mind to take over growing something small into a monster. Perhaps the fear isn’t even valid, we just think it is, and we become anxious, sleep-deprived and even sick worrying and fretting over something that may never take place.

Let’s keep our eyes focused on Christ; on His promises. What does His Word say about the truth? Don’t let Satan laugh at you as he deceives you. Let the Lord of Peace be your ruler.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Deuteronomy 21:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives strength to his people;the Lord blesses his people with peace.

2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

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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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Plugged. Unplugged. Wait, What?

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.

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