Saturday, October 20, 2012

Power of Prayer

I'm back, at least for today.  I haven't had much to say and I realized that nothing bugs me more than when people say things just to say things without really needing to say things. Does that make sense?

Well, I haven't had much to say but I have had a lot to think about, but I realized that it is very hard for me to write those thoughts down.

I have been trying to figure out what it is that God wants me doing right now in regards to the calling that He has put on my life.  I know that I am supposed to be focusing on my family and job and so forth but I also know that there is something I am supposed to be doing. 

It finally came to me last week - prayer.  My prayer life has always been a little lacking, I believe in it, I have experienced it's power.  Yet, it doesn't seem to be my go to "thing" and I hate doing it out loud.  God is subtly reminding me that I need to make it my go to "Thing" and that I need not be concerned with praying aloud.

There is so much in life that we can do nothing about on our own - so pray.  This is what I am finally understanding.  Also, I realize that I can't move any further into my calling until I get this one activity down.  It will be my lifeline, my safety net, my source of wisdom, peace and joy.  Why would I want to go any further without it?

I have been reading books on it and reading scriptures on it and it all makes sense to me.  He has always showed me what HE wants for me and He has always said that it has to be in HIS time and HIS way. AMEN!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Redmodeling home & spirit

I have come to realize that the reason the Lord put writing this blog on my heart, was not so that you could get glimpse of my day to day, week to week or even month to month happenings of my quirkey little family.  But so that when things happen that I want to share with my friends, I have a place that I can do it.  No stress, no feeling guilty that I am blogging every two - three months instead of every week, just a serene place where I can share my thoughts, feelings, or rare moments of craftiness (see previous post).

Having said that - How are you?  My three followers, who are so dear to me, I will text all of you to let you know that I have posted something - since I'm sure you got tired of checking and seeing that nothing new has been here for quite a awhile. :)

I do have something important to share - I have been growing so much lately, and not just my waistline (haha, although I have been growing there too) but spiritually mostly.  I feel like I am in a place right now where the Lord is saying - "I'm ready for you to be ready to do my bidding"  I feel as though I am finally coming into my own self. 

I have been working on a home remodeling project (redoing flooring) for the last several weeks and frankly - I'm tired and want it done.  However, I have to say that I have learned so much during these few weeks.  I have learned that I am a capable woman, I can measure, use a chop saw and overall figure stuff out!  I can move 123 boxes of flooring and not keel over.  I can rip out carpeting and baseboards and not wait for someone else to do it for me.  I realized that I can have a vision and that with patience and strength - the Lord will help that vision come into reality. Yes I have had days of frustration and soreness but the end is near and it will be well worth it.  I had my dad and good friend helping me along the way and of course the family has pitched in as well. 

But the most remarkable realization occurred this morning.  I was having my quiet time with the Lord and I had a thought - remodeling this house is exctly like remodeling ourselves.  You have to make up your mind to do, you have to get rid of the old dingy stuff and then - with help, you have to believe that you can do it and that even though there will be days of frustrations and hurting, and it may take awhile - it will be worth it in the end.


There was a time in my life in which I was really crafty!  I don't know where that little bit of me went.  But a couple of weeks ago, I agonizing over the fact that one of my favorite necklaces was tangled up with one of my favorite dangle earrings when I got this idea.  I remembered that I had an old picture frame carousel sort of thing - that I'm not real sure how it got into my house, and I have a lot of pieces of "screen", you know, for windows and screen doors and such.  So I made this:

I started with taking the frames off the carousel

Adding pieces of Screening to each - I used a hot glue gun, which wasn't perfect but was all I had

And Yeah!!! This is what I ended up with

Now all my earrings are neatly kept and arranged, so I don't have to scrounge around for the matching set anymore - I hung all my necklaces and bracelets from an old banana hanger doohickey thingy.  I love being organized!

If you want to see more of my crafty ideas - well don't hold your breath, I have no idea when craftiness will hit me again :(

Friday, April 13, 2012

It's April already!

Oh my gosh, I just realized that I haven't posted since February!  Apparently, I'm slacking at this whole blog thing these days.

In my defense, a lot has happened since my last post (way back in February).  I have started teaching a Bible study - called Lioness Arising, it is awesome!  However, just like when I have preached, it takes me forever to prepare.  I am working on the whole confidence thing, which Wednesday night's first class went really well so I am doing good now.

I have also become a member of an Executive Team for a ministry called The Company, which is a group of women from many different churches. We have a conference every year and this year it is going to be wonderful.  So I am attending those meetings every other week now also.

So add those 2 new duties to the list and I actually don't feel bad that I haven't posted in a while :).  The Lord has been working mightily in my life lately and once I am able to put it all in perspective and write it out, I'll share! 

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Garage

Finally, I have remembered to go out and take pictures of my garage.  What is so great about a garage? Well, this garage is the thorn in my side.  It has huge potential and yet all that I end up doing is putting junk in there until it gets to the point that you can't even walk through the door.  It makes me feel like an utter failure at times.  So this December/January I took the time to clean it out, organize it and try my best to come to terms with the fact that it is here and I will love it.

Before - the front room, where most would park a car.

Before - the back room, where most would like to be able to move around for various reasons, none of which matter since you cannot move around.

After - still can't park a car, but that is only because there is a current cabinet job occurring.  Bet you didn't know that there was a whole slue of tools in there did you.  They belong to my father, the cabinet maker/Preacher Man.

After - our new workout room, YEAH! Now we just need to workout :(

I am so proud of myself, I actually completed something!  And now this garage can actually be useful.  What a great feeling to do something constructive and productive.  Next up - the yard!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ephesians 3:20

For the last few years I have been selecting a word and a scripture to concentrate on for that year.  2011 was my year for the word "See" and I chose  Psalm 131:1 - Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty.  I don't concern  myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.  By the end of the year I was amazed at how much I had seen and how much I realized what was too great or too awesome for me to grasp.

I spent a good part of December praying about what my word would be for 2012.  It came to me one day when I was out organizing my garage (pictures to come in another post soon) the word for this year is "Simplify" and a few weeks ago the Lord showed me my verse for the year - Ephesians 3:20 - Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Already this year I have turned to this scripture several times and it gives me such peace that He is capable of things that I can't even imagine and that I have a part in that power.  Wow, I think we are in for an exciting year.  As far as the word "Simplify" - He is showing me that I must simplify my life in many areas, spiritually, emotionally and physically and boy am I ready.  There is way to much clutter in my life causing me to loose focus, time and energy.  I am going to prioritize and focus on those things that really matter to Him for me.  What is your word and/or scripture for this new year?

Friday, January 6, 2012


Technology and I have what we would call a love/hate relationship.  I have been without Internet at home for most of the week now and it has been one of the most frustrating yet productive weeks I have had in ages.  There were so many things that I couldn't do and yet it made me realize just how much time I spend on the computer.  Whether it is looking up issues/topics of interest, checking emails, Facebook, recipes, school stuff etc.  it is amazing how much time is eaten away.  Now there is a lot of benefit these days to having access to all this information, but my eyes were opened to the amount of time spent here at my desk vs. the kitchen, the laundry pile, outside. No wonder I'm always behind!  Anyways, I'm going to strive for balance in the future.  I also discovered that when I don't have Internet I eat a lot of chocolate, or maybe that is because we still have a lot left over from Christmas, no, I think it was due to the fact that I didn't have Internet :)