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My two Prayer ‘secrets’

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It is super helpful when your husband has written a course on the foundations of Christian life. Then, when God leads me into those kinds of faith conversations, I have helpful resources! Firm Foundations is my secret number 1.

Then there’s this. When God  convicts me of something – usually during prayer time – I like to act on it as soon as possible. I feel like if I don’t,  I’m starting a pretty good foundation for a fence between He and me. Last week I was reminded of a time, four years previous, where I had harshly scolded three of my grandkids. We were on the homestead trying to corral some goat and sheep escapees. We had been at it for what seemed like hours, and we knew that the animals may had already eaten from the formal gardens, (many of the plants poisonous to them), we were tired, pretty clueless, frustrated and worried. I yelled at the boys. It wasn’t right. God convicted me four years later,  so I texted an apology to each kiddo. One of them just responded with his love and sent me about 25 heart emojis. The other two assured me it was fine and then asked me if I was ok. (I reckon it seemed like I’d gone off the deep end), but I explained to them why I texted them and then they understood. But, one pursued the questioning. He asked me, “How can I do that?”

So, we got on a texting exchange about prayer. (Blessed!) Just so happens this grand and I  recently had texted about baptism. This is where Lance’s Firm Foundations (the course) comes in handy. As a mature Christian I know how I pray but trying to convey that to others, besides just saying, “it’s just talking to God,” is hard for me. The problem is I use church language. The Firm Foundations course explains it (and I remember learning to pray this way, too),  using the acronym A.C.T.S. ( adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication). So, I cut and paste that section for him, (explaining each word because I didn’t fully understand what they all meant when I learned), and he wrote back, “this is powerful. I am going to use this for me and my family.”  That does this Believer’s (and Nana’s) heart so good.

Further conversation led to my prayer secret number 2. Although I have been talking with God for quite a while now, I still struggle with a certain part of our relationship. In Psalm 46 it says, “Be still and know that I am God.” The hardest part of praying ACTS for me, is not the praise or intercession or asking forgiveness. It’s not even confessing my sins (they’re pretty obvious), the  hardest part for me is to be STILL. It is  a vital part of prayer though, because in the stillness comes the listening, and in the listening comes the knowing. And, in the knowing comes a closer walk with God.

It’s pretty fantastic that God still uses me in the lives of my Grands even though I am – literally – continents away. He knows exactly what I need.

Blessings to you as you journey with Him.

 

 

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Our path. “I’ll go ahead of you; clearing and paving the road.” God. (Isaiah 45:2 The Message)

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It’s been a stress filled year. With Lance’s job being made redundant, me working at Home Depot and us not knowing what God has in store, we have made decisions based on feelings and not necessarily on facts. Because of this uncertainty I didn’t put my garden in: a decision I now regret. I did decide to get the replacement shoulder surgery because our insurance was about to be over and I needed to do it or have a more complex surgery later. (On that note, God provided in an amazing way. My $4,000 deductible was miraculously met by an online writer friend.) Now I spend my time in intense recovery. So the Man is doing all farm chores himself. Not easy. Not fair. Stressful while he works a full time job. What we hold to is that while we can’t see it clearly, God’s plan is still in effect for our lives.

‘God is striding ahead of you. He is right there with you. He won’t let you down. He won’t leave you. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED. DON’T WORRY.’ Deuteronomy 31:8 . (easier read then lived) The Message. So, God has laid out the path before us, we will follow it, but first, we have to step out  on to it – and of course before that can happen, we have to be clear of the other tempting easier, wider paths.

There’s a chance we might end up back in Australia. There’s a chance he will get an offer for a job back at Microsoft (which is what he wants), there’s  a chance we will buy a ten acre property complete with greenhouses and mature fruit trees and out buildings and a teeny tiny house. Chances rain all around us. Different paths with different end results. It’s confusing, stressful and can be a bit life stalling.

 

So we do what we know. What we know is that we need to sell this house. The property layout doesn’t meet our needs and the nightly climb to the master bedroom is something we both could do without . So, while we wait on God to show us THE path, we do what we can. We prepare the house for sale, less clutter, clean up the pastures, sell the animals. We get dirty, we clean up.   And we look and wait for His direction.

Some people might think it’s a silly way to live. ‘Just pick the life you want and live it’, they think. But, for us, as His children. we’d rather wait on Him and live the LIFE HE WANTS. Living in the center of His will is much better than living geographically where I want, although there’s no reason they both won’t be the same.

We are practicing faith walking where His faithful walk by faith and not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7.

In the meantime we work. Well, the Man works and I do what I can to assist. To borrow the words of the famous poet: “I took the road less traveled by, and that made all the difference.” Robert Frost.

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The Day of my 38th Wedding Anniversary

 

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With Lance still looking for work after his company reorganized and got rid of his position, my life things are in a relative state of chaos so my prayer life has increased. Sad that it takes a crisis to drive me closer to Jesus. But, that’s the way of this flawed human. It’s no doubt why certain songs resonate with me, songs about slipping away from Him but something happens (usually tragic) and we’re back in his presence again. Like these: Back Street Driver, Change THIS heart, That was THEN, this is NOW.

Too many times I  depend on myself, which is scary, or, worse yet, I put the burden of a content life on those around me, especially my husband. How wrong is that?  He is just as flawed as me! And, certainly it is unfair to put him in that position. Nope….my life should be lived squarely The Middle of His heart. When this doesn’t happen, history proves that sooner or later,  I’ll end up depressed, angry, or bitter. Certainly I will not be relishing the full and abundant live Jesus promised in John 10:10 “ I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” The Message Version.

You can’t get away from flawed humans. You are born to them. You are one. Your siblings will be them. Your Aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, friends, every single person you contact will be a member of the flawed human club. It is carried in us from our first parents, Adam and Eve. 

 

In any relationship it is not up to ANYONE else to make us happy. It is OUR duty, with the filling of the Holy Spirit to live our lives as unto Christ. It took me a while to understand that Lance Baldwin was not here in our relationship to make my every wish and dream come true. He isn’t to fill me with joy, or entertain me, it’s not his job to know my thoughts or whims, or fix my sadness. He is supposed to love me as Christ loves the church..enough that he would give his life for me…and he does. As head of our family he provides for us, he does make me happy and he does entertain me, but that’s because in our relationship, it’s how we roll. I think too many women, Believers, are under the false assumption, as I was that her beloved is to love her as Christ loves the church, and that includes reading her mind. Buying her flowers,  taking her to concerts, or __________, whatever it is that makes her feel happy. Instead, a woman should be finding her joy in her Lord, and those other things, those’ make today happy things’, will follow. Or they won’t. But when they don’t, she won’t get angry, or hurt or bitter, because it is CHRIST in her that makes life good, not her circumstance.

 

A few years ago I wrote an article about divorce. Divorce, The Unpardonable Sin? I was touched by women who were flayed by the church when they sought divorce. Some of these women needed to get away from danger and needed to have freedom, but they were being counseled to stay in the abusive situation.  I think that’s absurd and gives permission for flawed men to take advantage of a doctrine that is not completely understood. Some pastors hold onto that one scripture, “God hates divorce.” And they wield it like a weapon against the already battered woman. There’s very little grace, mercy love or Jesus involved. But, I digress.  I’m getting feedback that my article is giving permission of sorts for young women to quit on thier marriages. Well first of all WHOA, SLOW THE ROLL! My words are written, with good intentions, by a flawed human. They should NOT in any way take place of HIS WORD or be used as any sort of authority.  Secondly, to these women, or anyone going that very wrong route of using flawed humans words and not His holy word, I ask that you take a hard look inward because this is where the problem lies.

It’s sobering to realize thier husbands are flawed, and perhaps not living up to the expectations they had of who thier husband would be. Along with bills, and kids and aging,  turns out marriage is not as fun, or romantic, or as good as they thought it would be. Husbands changed, maybe physically, maybe emotionally, things are hard. In fact, it looks like life is  heading to the ‘worse’ of the ‘for better or worse’,  piece of thier vows and, perhaps, ‘for better until it’s worse,’ or, ‘for better or until something better comes along,” should actually have been thier vows. But, it’s no reason to quit.

Ruth Graham was often fond of saying, “If two people agree on everything one of them is unnecessary.” And, it’s true. Arguments will come and go, sometimes it seems we might be in a never ending season of discord. This is why I urge women to look inward. What is it that you’re lacking? Why are you so unhappy? Why is your husband suddenly your foe. Why do you think you’re marriage is unhealthy? If we listen too often to the unhappy voices of people who have failed in marriage, or who hate men, or watch too much reality tv, too much Oprah, too much Dr. Phil, you’re filling your soul with only things that agree with you.  Instead you must immerse yourself in Him. Do not fall prey to the trash on TV. Or the friends who urge you to fail. Hey, are you married to a yeller? Me, too!  Am I in a taxing relationship? Not even close. Does your husband say mean things to you? Pray for him. Do you say mean things to him? Pray for yourself.Is your husband married to the exact same women he said, “I do,” to? Hmmmm. Probably not. Mine isn’t. There’s more of me. There’s all the stuff that drive him nuts, but I can’t seem to get a hold of..like stacking books, and piles of magazines….is he in an abusive relationship? Hardly. I adore him. We both hold to the adage, “A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers. (Ruth Graham).

Our culture today says if it’s too hard give up and start over. But, God says that a covenant last forever. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, pray for tough skin and a soft heart, and talk with your man. Remember why you two got married in the first place. Before the bitterness, and ridiculously high expectations, and Christ like qualities you placed on your flawed human husband came on. It’s up to you. Only you can change you. Only you can spend time in His word. Only you can pray and battle for your family. Of course, this only works if you’re willing to put in the work. But it is work. And, already you may have found some better ‘way.’

When we said our vows, we didn’t promise to never disappoint one another. That would be silly. He’s flawed, I’m flawed. Disappointment will abound.  Marriage is hard. Life is hard. But, each of us controls our own relationship with God. And, that makes all the difference.

Remember that “It’s CHRIST in you, not YOU in other circumstances.” Elizabeth Elliott

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“We reorganized: your postion has been eliminated.”

WHERE HE LEADS, I WILL FOLLOW…..

 

I’ve been a stay at home mom and then a stay at home wife for the last 15 years. I would refer to myself as a trophy wife, but I’m not as shiny and cold as a statue. I am, however, able to refer to myself as a kept woman. My husband does a fine job of that. We meld together to support and encourage one another, but it was our choice early on in our marriage to follow the biblical mandate for marriage …where the wife is the help mate, created second after the man, not to be less than he, but to complement him, and to be his companion.

 

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For some this is so confusing. They assume because I’m my husband’s help mate, it makes me less than. This is so far from reality I couldn’t even give an adequate measurement. To be his help mate has meant this:

  1. When he felt the Lord leading him to become a Pastor, we prayed about it, talked about it, discussed it and when it was time to leave the Marine Corps to pursue this venture, I was supportive and not whiny.
  2. When the kids were in school and I had started college, he got called to a church out of state. The idea was I would finish college at the new place, but then kids and work and church life took over, so that got put on the back burner..but I had peace in what I was doing.
  3. When he developed debilitating headaches, I encouraged him to seek help. He isn’t one to go the doctor preferring instead to let things work themselves out, but it was obvious this wasn’t going away. And we worked through the treatment together. We prayed about it together, and together we found a remedy. It’s together we continue the ongoing treatment to make sure these headaches don’t take over again.
  4. It means being there when he needs me and being away when he needs it.
  5. It means praying for him and our children and our family.
  6. It means trusting him. It means we know we complement one another and we understand each has unique God given roles.

He, of course affords me the same things. But, mostly, we are individually who God has called us to be. We are, individually, accountable to Him, and thus, when we are then accountable to one another, it’s much easier. I am free to be the woman God made me to be with all the gifts, talents and flaws, made me to be and loved by a man who continually puts me and his family before him.

There’s a story going around now written by a man who says his wife divorced him because he left the dirty glass by the dishwasher. He said he realizes now it was so important to her that he should have done it then. It’s a respect thing. This piece of writing is getting passed around Facebook and many of my friends re-post with a resounding, AMEN, and when I comment – with a different take, people aren’t so understanding.

While they agree with him, I think when we begin to keep track of who does what for who in a ‘I love you more because I did ____”, we start to expect payback. The things I did to help my husband lead our family in a godly way, weren’t done to get anything, except to fulfill my role. I didn’t think, “I did that so he should do this,”…no, we’re a team, working together. When spouses start expecting payback, or depend on their spouse to make them happy, complete or fulfilled, the relationship will be strained. Each must be in tune with God, that is where our hope, joy, love etc, must come from. No human can do that. Because we’re all flawed. But serving your spouse without thought to payback is refreshingly freeing and wholly biblical. It’s the way we should live our lives. Selflessly.

Instead of getting angry because your spouse doesn’t do something you want, or does something you don’t like, try praying about it and then calmly communicating with them. Don’t make a list, even a mental one, of how disappointed you are in your spouse for their failures. Look instead to the many successes. Ask yourself how you can make things easier, better, calmer. Are you selfish? Do you spend a lot of time wishing you were away from the family, from your husband? Have you talked to God about that because it’s not the way the marriage is supposed to be.

 

When my husband got a call that they had reorganized his company and his position had been eliminated, I was shocked. This is a man who meets his sales numbers, has received numerous company awards and has millions of dollars projected in his pipeline. How could they get rid of him? And, then I got angry. How dare they dismiss him like this. Obviously his former manager has no business sense. But, once they anger dissipated, I found myself praying for him, for his former boss, and for his future position.

Our adult children have been our biggest champions, calling to check on us, offering help, networking for us and praying with us. They remind us that God has this under control and there’s no reason to fear. Because of those encouraging words, we remembered the time my husband had lost three jobs in one year. But, we never missed one paycheck. Maybe things won’t work that way this time, maybe they will. But my prayer is that God will bless him with a job that is perfect for him. Something that fits well, and with good managers. And seeking how I can be helpful during this time. Because that is my job. Help mate..I’m not less than, I’m not an after thought, I’m not unimportant, or irrelevant. I am created by God and I am happily the wife of a man who seeks to serve God and love his family. Selflessly we serve one another. Together we are united and serving our one true king, Jesus.

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God’s Doing Something Brand-new! Forget it. Be Alert. Be Present.

“God says…Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43 the Message

This is the first bible reading for 2016 for me and how wonderful it is! I’m so ready to embrace every piece of it!

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Forget about what’s happened. Forget what? What’s happened!

Don’t keep going over old history. Forget about childhood things that still might haunt you. Forget about hurt inflicted on you throughout your life.  Forget about the times you’ve failed at it…failed at work, failed at discipline, f]failed at relationships, failed at FILL IN THE BLANK. Forget about when you thought God said go here and you did and things didn’t work out, or you didn’t go and now you live in regret. Leave history where it belongs, in the past!

Be Alert! Be praying, be listening, be watching, be waiting. What is God doing around you? What is God doing IN you? Be Alert to situations, be alert to people. Where can you help? How can you pray? What can you do? Pray and listen. Be Alert.

Be Present! Be THERE. Be HERE. In your conversations be THERE. In your prayers, be THERE. Don’t be distracted by the world, or your worries. What is God doing NOW? What is God saying to YOU? How can you help your child? Husband? Wife? Friend? Grandchild? When you’re there – be THERE. Engage in conversation. Listen, ask, talk. Everything doesn’t have to be a chore or a lecture. Laugh. But to laugh you have to be present. You have to have been listening. You have to look at people, hear people, and love people. Be Present, wherever He puts you, be THERE.

Why? Why forget? Why let history go. Why be Alert? Why be Present? Because He is about to do a BRAND-NEW thing. I can’t even imagine what that would be. But I’m excited to see it. I’m excited to live it. He is God. I am me,  believer saved only by His incredible grace. What is it He is going to do in me, around me, through me?

What BRAND-NEW thing is He going to do in YOU, around YOU, through YOU? Are you ready?

Where we once wandered in the deserts of our souls, He will provide roads. Where we once thirsted and suffered dry arid circumstance, He will make rivers. I’m ready to walk, ready to swim, ready to drink. How about you?

2016: Forget. Let history go. Be Alert. Be Present. Be ready to hike on new roads and explore new waterways.  Be His. And, He is already making the way for you and me.

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Blessings on you this new year full of fresh and incredible possibilities.

xo Linda Mae

 

 

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ID Please…..

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Be Who You Is – If You Ain’t Who You Is – You Is Who You Ain’t. Or, Be yourself; everyone else is taken. There’s lots of cute ways to say it, but the message is…be yourself…the challenging part is to figure out who that is. Even at age 53 ¾ I drift on the uncertain sea of identity. How is that possible?

It’s a fact that I am a mother, a Nana, wife, relation of some sort to people and a friend. I’ve been all those things for a long time. But it’s the inner me that wafts along and can’t seem to tie down. And I can get in trouble, because I start being who I think others think I aughta be. But, really, I just need to be who Jesus made me to be and things would be better. It’s hearing His voice over all the others that gives me pause and then, makes me lose my footing.

When we moved to Australia I had an identity crisis because, well, we moved to Australia. Suddenly nothing was familiar and my somewhat disjointed personality took a beating. Then, we found an amazing group of friends in our church and I clicked with the women. My identity was back.

Now that we’re back home, it’s clear that I am a mom and a Nana, I am a writer, and a friend. I’m a relation of some sort to some people. But, settling in has been more challenging than I thought it would. Finding a new church has been difficult. (Why do I always compare the new church with previous churches anyways? I know that’s not the way to go). And, then I start down the walk of being who I think people think I should be or am, and the mess starts all over again. It’s only time in the WORD and prayer that brings me back to my true identity. Eventually my chaotic soul is at peace.

Here’s what I was reminded of – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done! (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

I am only here (On earth) temporarily, so all the stuff that makes me crazy, sad, depressed, anxious, those things won’t be in my real home. My real home is with Jesus. He’s blessed beyond anything I could ask or imagine here and I am thankful. Philippians 3:20, 1 Peter 2:11-12, John 17:14, John 15:19.
I can be sure that God works for my good in every single circumstance in my life. (Every means all, not just the easy or good circumstances). Romans 8:28

I am a creation of HIM. God himself made me unique. He gifted me as He saw fit and I can be sure He will complete His good work in me. In the Psalm 139 it says He himself knit be together. If you’re a knitter you know your hands, mind and thoughts are very busy when you’re knitting. Imagine the creator of the World making us in a similar, intimate fashion. Psalm 139 13-16, Philippians 1:6, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 12:6

Those things give me hope. They remind me that I am a child of the one true King and that as His kid, nothing is impossible. Including figuring out who I am.

But there’s more.

The simple list for me is this:

Because of Jesus I am salt, I am light. I am Born Again and saved by HIS grace. I am a new creation in HIM, old things have gone away, and all things are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16, Matthew 5:14, Matthew 5:13. I find comfort in these words. Because it (life) is not about me, it’s about living for Him.

At times when my soul is adrift and tosses about in that sea of uncertainty He is the rock I hold to, and HIS word shows me the way, reminding me why I shouldn’t be anxious, or afraid, or bitter, but rather live in Him a hope filled, love overflowing , life.

Face it, life gets lifey. The sea gets choppy. Hope floats. Rain comes. Anxiety makes the heart race. But Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. No matter where God moves me geographically, or where I might head of myself or the world sends me emotionally, He remains my only hope and the voice most clear.

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Nothing is Impossible with God

I bought some paperback bibles in different translations and wanted to make them last longer so I followed an idea my daughter had done. I got some different styled duct tape and decided to wrap them. My ESV bible got a lovely muted flower print, but my Message translation is my favorite, and it is now sporting pink flying pigs on a teal blue back ground.

I have always found the saying, ‘when pigs fly,’ somewhat endearing. It is almost a challenge – ‘that’ll happen in your life, when pigs fly’. I know the connotation is that the thing that is going to happen will be a miracle because of course, short snouted, wide bellied, curly tailed pigs will never ever fly.

I had the bible with me one day and a friend noticed. It’s kind of difficult to miss if you’re paying even the least bit of attention. Her statement to me, caught me of guard. She held it, turned it over, looked it up and down and then said, ‘so the stuff that happens in this book is as likely to be real as pigs flying?’

Wow. No. Not at all. The exact opposite! The flying pigs are obviously indicative of the scripture; ‘Nothing is impossible with God,’ Luke 1:37. Every time I pick up that bible that verse is what I think. When things are going poorly, when life is grand, if I’m facing problems or questions, those little flying pigs immediately remind me that with God NOTHING is impossible. It’s an invitation to dig further into His truth.

I’m a little confused as to why a believer would first think that the images would symbolize that the Word was as impossible as flying pigs, but it was an eye opener: don’t assume anything. When speaking to anyone about the merciful love of our great Jesus and the treasures in God’s Holy Word, start easy, start with something like – God loved the world so much, He gave His one and only Son, so whoever believes on Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life. (John 3:16). A person’s words don’t necessarily convey the true status of their heart nor will they automatically merge with your thoughts. But, if you start with the wonderful truth that Christ died for you, the response of the listener will tell you where to go next.

My friend has different life experience than I and maybe has had experiences which make her thoughts go the opposite of mine, but I much prefer the thought I get, when I see the cover of my Bible, that with my God NOTHING is impossible, not even, flying pigs.

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God can supply all my needs except…?

My God will supply all my needs

My God will supply all my needs

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 ESV or “I can do all things through him (Christ)who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13

These two Bible verses are my lifelines…I repeat them often and regularly through the day. The truth in these two verses are applicable in any situation. Life going good? Praise Him! I can do everything because Christ in me, gives me strength. Stormy gales blocking my view? Finances tough? Can’t really put my finger on the uneasiness in my heart? Not to worry; God will supply every need according to his riches in Christ Jesus. Feeling lonely or alone? Re-visit – God will supply every need…even my loneliness. Yes, these two promises from God fulfill every aspect of my life. Yet, I struggle.

In my heart and head I believe. But in my thoughts, I doubt. I doubt that God really can help me with my weight loss, or my health. Sure I claim these verses and I pray every day…a few times a day, that my will power will be strong enough to do what I have resolved to do, lose weight and keep it off, and yet, I fail. I know I am supposed to write. Write for him, spread his word in fiction and non-fiction, yet, my actions; soliciting the advice and counsel of writer friends, show that I seemingly have more faith in other authors than I do in God. I know this is not how my heart feels, but it is how my life acts.

I don’t purposefully draw the curtain over certain areas of my life trying to shield them from Him, but when I don’t act on the promises he’s made, or the promises I’ve made to him, I am indeed blocking him from certain areas of my life. Not saying He can’t work in those areas still, just saying it’s a smoother, less angst filled journey then stumbling over the rocks and tripping on the uneven path of doing it on my own.

I guess all this to say, I’m determined to remember to APPLY those lifelines to my every day journey and not just think ’em in my head 🙂
Got areas of your life you’re not completely trusting Him in or maybe just giving Him extra help? Join me and try a hands off approach for one week. Just trust Him. When you feel like helping out, pull back and give it to Him…let me know how you go!!!

In His Grace, Mercy and Love LM

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How to Run to Jesus when you have bad knees.

In the past two weeks instead of my usual go to comfort mode – food, Jesus urged me to run to Him. RUN to Him because that is where true, lasting, honest, non-fattening comfort is found. I have bad knees from arthritis and some kind of mess up from our bike accident, so actual feet on the pavement running isn’t going to happen anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean my soul can’t run.

There are plenty of Bible folk who ran. I reckon they didn’t have bikes or cars, so getting somewhere fast, involved running. David ran when he had to get away from crazy King Saul. More than once when people recognized Jesus, they ran to him and brought their friends in case anyone needed healing. The servant girl heard Peter at the gate, and was so excited she didn’t open the gate, just turned and ran to tell the others Peter had arrived. The two apostles ran to the tomb when they heard it was empty, one reaching it before the other one because he was faster. (If that little tidbit is important enough to be included in the Word, I’m putting it here). Running, running, running.

I kept hearing this message: to run to Jesus, and so, I did. When I felt overwhelmed, I spiritually ran to Jesus. Kinda sad? Took it to Jesus. Satan whispering my name? Jesus. Really excited? High fiving Jesus. (Which is high fiving myself and saying, ‘we did it Jesus, high five!’)

It’s made a big change in my attitude and put my focus where I know it should be – on He, not me.

God designed us each uniquely. He gave me a love of nature and  a love of music. Song really speaks to my spirit. So, while I’m being the clay to His potter hands, and learning how to run, in spite of bad knees, He also gave me a song! It’s called RUN, (of course it is!)  by Sanctus Real. What a great God! Equipping me with every good thing I need to be a vessel He can use…arthritic knees maybe, but no arthritic soul.

I don’t have any pictures of me running, so I’m giving you the other favorite: a bird.

Don’t let life get you down, RUN to Jesus! He’s waiting for you!

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