Carrying your burdens..

Today I want to focus on grounding and prioritizing.  One of yesterday's readings says, "Accept your situation exactly as it is and then simply place it with your whole heart into the hand of your covenant God."

This is a great exercise for me in 'being present'. Meaning, not looking behind or ahead, not dreaming of something I don't have or a situation I don't have, not wishing things were any different than they are, not running away from or turning away from the things/situations I don't want to see.  This is a mouthful! I think part of my survival is to not look at the things that seem overwhelming or scary or confusing.  Because if I knew how to prevent these things from happening, they would not be in my life.  But since they are in my life, and I don't know how to prevent them from being here, or 'fix' it, my automatic reflex is to just 'look away' and focus on something happier.  This has it's place for sure, because some things just need a new perspective and focusing on the positive can help you be grateful instead of discontent, but it is not the right reaction when God is trying to teach me to 'cast all my cares upon Him'.  In order to do this, I need to face and admit the cares and concerns that hold me down or burden me.   To do this, I need to stop looking away and look directly at my situation, the fears I see in it, the stresses, concerns, unanswered questions and confusion in my attempt to understand why these things are happening in my life.  

Later in my reading it says, "Talk to God about whatever may be pressuring you and then commit the entire matter into His hands......From that point forward, exercise quiet sweet diligence in your work, recognizing your dependence on Him to carry the matter for you."

This is another key thought for me because it reminds me that I will not be able to be diligent in my work unless I have let go of the pressures that distract me.  This exercise is a great way for me to identify when I truly have not given something up to God. Some days I struggle so much that I break down my day into bite-size pieces and say to myself and in my prayers to God, "Please help me make it to work safely", or "Please help me make it till lunch time", or "Please help me get through this day".  All of this in my attempt to break down my struggles into bite size pieces so I can handle them the best way I can.  But this is all leaving out the wonderful blessing from God that HE will take these burdens from me if I will let Him.  

So while breaking things down into bite-size pieces can be a good exercise, I think the better and more beneficial exercise is to give it ALL to God and let HIM handle it.  Because when I do it this way, I am completely submissive to Him and His will and have to let go of my own will, wishes, desires and focus on what is most important to God instead of what is important to me.  I also have to admit and face what is currently happening that I don't like and look at WHY I don't like it.  I can't hand it over to God until I can 'hold' what I"m handing over.  In this way I am also so much more grateful for HIs help and support in getting me through it.  If I have never allowed myself to see the magnitude of my problems, how will I be appropriately grateful for the help in making them better or getting through them?  


I believe this is why I need to be present, see things/situations as accurately as I can, and pray about them and hand them all over to God.  He has ALWAYS made things better than I could have imagined when I do this.  

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."  Matthew 6:33  

Spirit of Fear

Spirit of Fear

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

So since my fears do not come from God, then they must be one of Satan's tactics to make sure I'm not content.  To work this backwards, if I don't have a spirit of love and a sound mind, then I am not in tune with God's plans for me.  

Never pray for an easier life...

Never pray for an easier life...

We all struggle with things and have countless choices in how to deal with these struggles.  This can be anything from minor inconveniences to major events in life.  I am surprised at how easily I deal with some things, and equally surprised at how poorly I seem to deal with and understand others.

Grounding....

Grounding....

God has made us with a variety of needs including spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual and He is ready and able to supply these needs.  When making important decisions, He provides scripture, guidance from the Holy Spirit and wisdom from people in our lives who provide godly examples and advice.  But we must seek it out.

Grateful for provisions....

It never ceases to amaze me how much God provides for me and at the perfect time.  What does that say about me and my faith?  It is growing.  All the time.  Or, if you prefer, it is lacking.  All the time.  Either way, I am frequently reminded that He is active in my life in more ways than I acknowledge.

Separated from human reasoning...

Separated from human reasoning...

It never ceases to amaze me how much God provides for me and at the perfect time.  What does that say about me and my faith?  It is growing.  All the time.  Or, if you prefer, it is lacking.  All the time.  Either way, I am frequently reminded that He is active in my life in more ways than I acknowledge.  

Unconditional Love for Yourself (Part1)

Unconditional Love for Yourself (Part1)

It occurs to me that each year that the goals or resolutions I struggle (or fail) with keeping are the ones I never wanted to do in the first place.  They are the accomplishments or actions I have seen in others that I admire and so I want to admire them in myself as well. 

Compassion for Yourself and Others

Compassion for Yourself and Others

It is so important to really learn and understand who yourself first.  It is also an endless journey.  Once you begin a deeper understanding of yourself, you can more easily have compassion for yourself and grow into the person you want to be, without judgment and blame, but with acceptance and appreciation for who you are created to be. 

Grateful for space....

I am 54 and my daughter is 35 and we share a small bedroom in a tiny house that a friend is renting and letting us live rent free.  SO much to be grateful for in that sentence, but my human arrogance and bad attitudes are always longing for a room of my own where I can shut the door and just be by myself when I want to.  A place to study and cultivate my inner peace. 

Gratitude during affliction....

I found out yesterday that I did not get a job I had interviewed for that I really wanted.  I know and trust that God has a plan for me for something better but in my human wisdom (or foolishness) it seemed like the perfect job, location, salary and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  All the signs that God was opening this door for me and provide a way for me to get back on track financially. 

Happy December!

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This was such a great picture and quote posted on Instagram by danawfulton that I just had to repost it here. It reminds me to be grateful that I have access to God’s Word and also to communicate with Him through prayer and reading the Bible.  Today I am hoping to hear if I got the job I interviewed for a couple of days ago.  We are so close to reaching the bottom of the barrel with food, toilet paper etc… and paying the electric bill and I have no money coming in to help pay for these things.  But I have enough for today and tomorrow so I am reminded, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matt. 6:34)  So today I will do some cleaning up and try to figure out if we are having trouble with the septic tank.  We have a terrible smell and I cannot find a reason why.  That is enough for today for me to deal with.  So I will ask God to help me handle today the way He wants me to and to see everything the way He sees it.  That will help me keep it in perspective and not be too overwhelmed.  I am grateful that I can strive to think this way because it gives me hope and reminds me that I will survive this.

Grateful for peace....

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I am so grateful for the peaceful times I’ve been able to enjoy here with my daughter and my pets.  We get to spend each morning and evening outside walking around the fenced in one-acre property.  It is so cute, both cats and one dog follow us all around the perimeter and then we play catch with the dog while the cats watch.  The animal awareness and interaction is so cute and unexpected and keeps us in the present moment.  This happiness and peace is so healing and I am so blessed to have this time.