What’s on Your Mind ‘09 – Why Bad Things Happen To Good People?

This weeks topic is Why Bad Things Happen To Good People? 

I Don’t Know….I am not even going to pretend to understand or try and explain it.  I believe that there are just somethings that only the Lord can make us see.  I am not trying to be flippant but truly you can no more explain to me why my father died a week before my daughter was born then I can explain why a hardship happened to you.

I have had a few “Bad Things” happen to me and my family-
My Daughter was hit by a Car (She is Fine)
My Son was burned with Fireworks (He is Fine)
My Husband was laid off right before Christmas
I have had strange Medical things happening for the last 4 years
My Mother in Law Died
My Father Died

I could go on I am sure but what good does it do me to dwell on “Bad Things”. Sometimes things in life really suck.
Do I wish they had never happened? Yes!
Did I cry out to the Lord and ask why? Yes!
Do I put 100% of My Faith and Trust in God? YES!!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
-Proverbs 3:5

I suggest you visit the other ladies. They are much more spiritual in this topic then me. I just have to Trust in God. It is truly the only answer I have for you all. I can’t sugar coat it any better.

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Published in: on February 17, 2009 at 1:24 am  Comments (4)  

What’s on Your Mind ’09 – Is it Ever Wrong to Do the Right Thing?

This weeks topic, Is it Ever Wrong to Do the Right Thing?, is a stumper for me.  My personal feelings are if it is the right thing to do then how can it be wrong?  I can think of a couple instances of where it may be right to do the wrong thing.  

In a world where the rules are constantly changing, I feel blessed to have a list of  rules.  I have always enjoyed the saying that the BIBLE is the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.  I try to do the right things in the eyes of my Heavenly Father.

I am really interested in your answers.  Please help a girl out.  Is Right Right and Wrong Wrong. Is it Ever Wrong to Do the Right Thing?

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Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 11:32 pm  Comments (7)  

What’s on Your Mind ‘09? – Anchor Verses

 This weeks What’s On Your Mind topic was to find our Anchor Verses for 2009.  I have really enjoyed this task.  I must admit that I had discovered my verses awhile ago.  I can’t wait to see what the other ladies have chosen.  In 2009, I am praying for the Lord to hold me accountable for  my words and actions.  I don’t have a problem encouraging others but I haven’t figured out how to take it in for myself.  So here are my 2009 Anchor Verses….

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,

and lead me along the path of everlasting life. 
-Psalm 139:23-24
 

That is all I got tonight. 

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Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm  Comments (6)  

What’s on Your Mind ’09? – God in the Ordinary

This weeks topic is God in the Ordinary.  Sometimes I don’t think that I get the topics in the way they were meant but I am just going to continue in the direction that the Lord leads me.  So God in the Ordinary to me means that God shows himself or makes himself known in little ways while I do day to day things.

I was listening to a message a few weeks ago about Prayer. Craig Groeschel at LifeChurch.tv was explaining how he walks through his day and talks to God all day in prayer for people, situations and desires.  This message made me relax.  I am not one of those people that can curl up in my recliner and watch the sunrise and pray nonstop for hours straight.  I wake up in the morning and pray that we have an awesome day, that the blood of Jesus will continue to protect my family, thank Him for a restful night of sleep and Thank Him again for Jesus.  Then my day starts.

I talk to God all day.  When I see people on the road that are down and out. I pray.  When I run into the grocery store and I see mothers with their WIC checks buying milk for their babies and people are rolling their eyes because it takes longer to check out. I thank my Lord for making that program available to that Mother that needs the help to raise her child healthy.  I praise him when I get a green light.  🙂

They other day in the store there was a lady in a scooter.  She came close to running into the back of Craig a couple of times and he was perturbed.  This store is a bag your own groceries store.  She got into line behind us.  So while I was waiting for the clerk to ring me up, I started unloading her basket and she was so happy that she almost started crying.  Turns out that she has just had her knee replaced.  I went to write the check and they started ringing her up and there is my husband bagging her groceries.

Too me that is God in the Ordinary.  Where he use to have to scream in my ear to help others.  Whisper in my heart don’t you think you should pray for that person.  I know find that once in a while he actually tells me he loves me for doing things IN THE ORDINARY!

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Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 8:33 am  Comments (8)  

What’s on Your Mind ‘09? – Control

How much of your life is in control by God and how much of your life are you in control?

Some people will read this question and think there is an easy answer. 

I personally look at it and find it to be almost a trick question.  If I say that I am in control of my life, I am pretty much saying that I do it all without God.  If I say that God has complete control, then I am a robot.

So I have no really exciting scientific answers.  I just have an opinion.  I believe that God has as much control of your life as you choose to yield to him.  Yes he controls the universe.  He made me, he has plans for me, he sees things for me better then I can even imagine.  But if I don’t follow the path he put forth in front of me, then I am taking away his control.

I prefer it to go the other way though.  I prefer to follow the path in front of me.  The path laid out by God.  Things in life fall into place better.  At 40, I prefer to sit back and let God whisper to me about my next move.  I am a strong independant woman.  There is no doubt that I am capable of taking care of myself.  But God wants to take care of me even better then I could.  I have always loved Proverbs 16:1

We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.

So I guess in the end the answer to the above question depends on who you are.

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Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 1:17 am  Comments (7)