7.28.2013

Heavenly Navigation

“When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13

This summer was more than typical, filling in my calendar with activities and play dates for days without a rest. I must confess I believe it to be the best summer my daughter has ever had. It’s been brimming with everything summer should be for a child.

It was an ordinary fun-filled day meeting up with friends, but not without a couple of hiccups -- delays and unreliable cell phone coverage. After meeting up for a quick lunch we follow one another by car to a free library program. I was leading us to an unfamiliar part of town when I noticed that the navigation on my cell phone was out of range for reception. Not good. Thankfully, I did have a printed copy of the directions as well.

There is a slight glitch when you go back to using paper directions after relying heavily on satellite navigation; you don’t pay close attention to how many miles until the next written direction. I found myself glancing at a street sign to notice that I missed a turn. Feel the pressure. I pulled over, and attempted to try my cell phone again to find the navigation loading. We were back on course. Nevertheless, in just under a mile I would find myself at a scary intersection with signs pointing in two directions for highways on an overpass. Panic set in. I put my signal on and turned my steering wheel to enter a different lane more than once. The difficulty was in my perception. The navigation’s directions and the signs seemed to crisscross, and a wrong decision could have wasted time and miss the event. Confused and with hands on my hand, I surrendered. When the light turned green I had to trust the navigation and proceed as directed, because the end result was getting to the library, and on time.

Following the navigation proved right. The straight road led me past the east and west entries of a major highway and down a stretch of unoccupied desert. Our celebration of getting to the library with a couple of minutes to spare ended quickly when we were advised of tickets to enter the free event. We were grateful for God's Word, “And My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) We had the favor of God, and an exception was made!

In reflection of this day’s events, it parallels our own lives as Believers. We panic when our reality has posted signs to go one way or another, when God is telling us this is the way to go. We are to trust and believe, and rely on our heavenly navigation -- the Holy Spirit -- that is reliable to get us where we ought to be. We must depend fully on Him without underscoring how long we’ve been in a challenging season or when it will change. Have confidence that there is a freedom waiting for us to take hold of, which is filled with joy and peace that comes from living in the moment and being guided. No longer is there the heavy weight of what to do next in our limited understanding.

Let go, and let Jesus take the wheel!

I confess, I have taken a few wrong turns and gotten lost a time or two thinking on my own instead of consulting with God. My route hasn’t been the easiest, and some of it my own fault. Still, I am thankful that God is faithful to my end, which He had in mind.

God has blessed me with His guidance and goodness even when I was far less than perfect, but He knew what He was getting into when He called me by name.

7.26.2013

Friday Link Love #1

In these posts I'll be linking to those who inspired me to do whatever on Pinterest, as well as bloggers who I stumbled upon recently who have a unique story to tell.

Enjoy!

7.25.2013

You Are Mindful of Me

Lord, who am I that you are mindful of me?

I sang that verse and others from I Am A Friend of God late one evening recently through tears while making my husband's lunch. It was certainly a thankful worship moment while smearing tuna on a wedge of bread for the truth that is: "He is closer than a brother."

My spirit was elated because I felt His comfort throughout that whole day as well as the previous night when all hell broke loose. I called Him and He heard me, and did not forsake me in my hour of need.

Who am I that you are mindful of me
That you hear me, when I call
Is it true that you are thinking of me
How you love me, it's amazing

Have you ever had a day that starts great, but as it continues it gets stinkier by the hour? As my stinky day turned into night it escalated into horrendous events that had me disappointed at others and myself, and troubled.

"We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed." 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

The enemy was all up in my business, and for a reason. The morning of I had ministered to a broken soul who I know the Lord has called. It's just a matter of time as He woos her into His loving and healing embrace.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I am thankful to be called according to His purpose.

I am thankful that He sees the end from the beginning.

I am thankful that God has not changed His mind about me.

I am thankful that His mercies are new every morning.

I am thankful to be comforted by God.

I am thankful to be able to comfort others in the midst of their affliction and suffering.

I am thankful that I still have breath to thank Him!


7.24.2013

Wordless Wednesday - Boomer


Rescued!  Boomer a tiny bird who fell out of his nest, but soon found shelter, food, and water for a few days. Then it was off to an animal sanctuary!

I take comfort in Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"

Linking up here and here.

7.21.2013

Summer 2012 & 2013

I stumbled upon this 2012 post, and like a treasured memory I recall the season when writing it. For some reason it never made it from draft to publish, and maybe for this purpose -- to show how God is faithful by comparison.

Summer 2012:

What's Your View Like?

Summer is nearly over for my little one. She hasn't had an eventful summer. There were a few highlights, but there was no family vacation and no family visitors either. We also moved, so add that to the mix and it's been a different summer altogether for us. Still, we made the best of it and count our blessings.

I'm counting my blessings with an intentional focus on what I have instead of what I don't have. I learned that it's a trick of the enemy to keep me under, defeated, disappointed, and dismayed. And if he keeps me there for a duration I am aware this is the beginning of his ultimate plan to "rob, kill, and destroy" me. (John 10:10)

I could get easily distracted from my blessings while discouraged that we had no extra funds for a family vacation again this year, or I could rejoice (as I am!) that my bills are paid, I have food in the fridge, and I have faith to believe. Ahem. My basket is full and my view is spiritually healthy. What more could I want?!

What's your view like?



Summer 2013:

Wait on the Lord!

My life's testimony is underlined as a patient believer of over seventeen years, who recognizes that God's timing is best. And while I wait for it, He builds my character and gives me a new perspective to be grateful for the blessings in those seasons. Still I understand the reality of what is and the desire for what isn't. In my humanness I get that, but I take a stand in faith as a spiritual being having a personal experience. Though I may feel denied for moments at a time, I recognize it's just a timing issue, which by the way Heaven nor the Kingdom of God is governed by.

"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. " 2 Peter 3:8

In the spring of 2013, my family and I vacationed with my sister and niece for a short week after seven long years. It was sweet, and the joy and laughter we shared precious, and it's still fresh in my memory.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, be encouraged that God has not forgotten your visions, dreams or desires. Remember He is faithful to complete it, and bring it to pass. Wait on the Lord!



7.18.2013

My True Love, Jesus

Like a wedding song reminds me of vows and the celebration, I reminisced while listening to Selah’s Bless the Broken Road. I was tearing up thinking about the broken road that led me to Jesus so many years ago. How the emptiness within my soul could only be filled with His Spirit—even considering I was getting married in 3 weeks. Though my life was better than it ever had been, I was still missing a vital piece spiritually.

I sense that we are all created with a special place within ourselves that only God the creator can fill. Yet, we try in our ignorance, or for some it’s pride, to put anything and everything there but Him. We make career, money, self, spouses, family, and even good causes our center or motivation. Nevertheless, it won’t work—the end results in our own fatality. In doing so, we’re deprived of living a spirit-filled life and assured of eternity.

A spirit-filled life is full whereby our steps are ordered and purpose driven. It’s a life with spiritual clarity, wisdom, and understanding, but most importantly it’s a conversational relationship with God.

Do you experience these riches of Heaven? What other thing or person can offer what Jesus has promised for you?

Success, certificates, awards, accolades, people, causes, and all the rest are temporal achievements in this life. Still, they hold a respective place that amplifies goodness, but none should be the center nor share where only One should reign within.


I am so thankful I surrendered over seventeen years ago and became born-again in spirit. It’s been quite a journey as a disciple of Christ, and I know that my life story would be drastically different if I had not. I imagine the worst, divorced with no child, no fruitfulness of mind to write or speak, and worse yet my name not written in the Lamb's Book of Life.  

My prayer is that your broken road leads you to Him as well, that you begin to live a full life as He intended, and that one promised day we will meet on the other side of Heaven.

Be encouraged my brothers and sisters, God’s heart is that we all live victorious and free, in this life and in the next!



7.16.2013

Darkness: The War is Real

"Did you know that when you carry the Bible, Satan has a headache; when you open it, he collapses; when he sees you reading it, he loses his strength; AND when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can't hurt you?"

The above excerpt is from a long forgotten email saved that was true then, and true now. Demons and spirits of darkness are real, and are serious about their mission to steal from you, destroy you, and with the ultimate satisfaction to kill you.

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12

The spiritual realm is a very big part of a Christian's belief, and though we like to think on angels and heavenly imagery, the darkness is real. Moreover, spirits of darkness are our enemy and who we wrestle against as Believers, but it's time those in the Lord's army get ready to rumble.

Even so, "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (the Spirit of Antichrist), because HE (Jesus the Christ) who is in you is GREATER than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4

Life Application Study Bible:
"It is easy to be frightened by the wickedness we see all around us and overwhelmed by the problems we face. John assures us, however, that God is even stronger. He will conquer all evil—his Spirit and his Word live in our hearts!"

Good advice: Stay in the Word daily and worship God with your mouth, thinking, and decisions. Don't leave an open door! Don't give the devil a foothold!

Paul says it best, "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called..." Ephesians 4

7.14.2013

Word of God: It's Life and Health to the Flesh

"My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh." Proverbs 4:21-22

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17

Do you hear it?! I do. It's an alarm going off about how important it is for believers to be feeding our spirit with God's word every day.

It's summer, and it's easier to get distracted with full calendars and meeting up with friends. Still, we have to be more disciplined. Otherwise, when and if trouble comes (Jesus said it!), we'll find ourselves without an anchor.

“A memory of a potato has never nourished anyone. You can remember what a potato looks like or what it tastes like, but only until you eat a potato will you have nourishment.” – Kenneth Copeland

We need to be nourished and filled by the word of God every day.  Just the memory of the word, or reliving last year's spiritual experience isn't enough. Fill your spiritual tanks today with a favorite bible story, a daily devotional, Proverbs, and or Psalms.

More here on what the Bible says about reading God's Word.



7.13.2013

Spotlight: COLORME Art Spa

gofundme: COLORME Art Spa

'COLORME’ ART SPA Workshop

Debra is an inspirational artist and a gifted coach with groups of every age and skill level. After one of her workshops everyone feels lighter and sees the world in more vibrant colors.


Recent Blog Post Boast on Art Talk in the City: Reclaim Your Creativity: The ‘COLORME’ Art Spa

7.11.2013

Repair Dry Cracked Heels and The Annonying Heel Fissure

This past winter weather I boasted about a great find under my favorites label for dry chapped skin, but let me confess there's something better. Hold on, better doesn't do this testimonial justice, it's beyond better.

AmLactin is serious care for softer skin.

After doing some research I was informed that alpha-hydroxy was equally important in caring for dry cracked heels as well as hydrating. I found AmLactin Ultra Triple Action Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy at Walgreens for $17.99.  It's the most expensive cream I have ever purchased for my feet. I was hesitant, but certainly a necessary decision because I discovered a heal fissure on each foot. Not a pretty sight, and might I add a bit painful.

After a couple of weeks of only applying it at night after a shower and right before bed, without socks, my feet are baby soft and the heel fissures are healing. This hydrating body cream with advance ULTRAPLEX formula does what it promises -- it heals severe dry areas, smooths, repairs, and softens. 

Who knew? My condition is such that it's summer with dry heat and wearing flip-flops daily.  Furthermore, while using this particular AmLactin product the use of a pumice stone is hardly needed.

If you have a sensitivity to smell like me, then you may want to make a note that though the product claims to be fragrance free, I find there is a subtle smell. It seems to me neither perfume based nor plant based. Regardless, it's not bothersome at all. Still, it's worth mentioning here.

As women get older everything changes, including the skin's youthful and hydrated condition. Invest in yourself—you're worth it! Take a leap of faith and get this for your bedside table. You won't be disappointed.

Sign up to become an AmLactin® Believer to keep you posted on insider tips, coupons, and updates.

7.07.2013

Paying Off Debt

Oh what a beautiful morning,
Oh what a beautiful day,
I've got a wonderful feeling,
Everything's going my way.

Today I paid off a credit card balance of over six-hundred dollars, and it feels great (insert happy-dance). Paid in full! I'd like to celebrate with spending, but I won't.

Since 2010, I carried a balance and have added and subtracted to it. Auto fuel was a big chunk of that balance to get to and from a freelance job, which happened to be quite a distance away from home. Instead of allowing part or most of the income for fuel costs I took a sneakier way out and charged it, thereby giving me a false sense that I was getting the added income with no personal expense.

Lie! Lie! Lie!

How many times have I done this throughout my lifetime? Too many. I think back when I had a bank loan to consolidate my debt in the late '90s, and in the middle of it a credit opportunity came in the mail. It was bait from the devil, and I took it.

I recall in 2009 when an instant credit balance offer (genius marketing) might be advantageous when I opened a new credit card, but it only proved to be another way to tempt me into borrowing from my future.

Yes, that’s what we do when we spend beyond our income, and worse yet, when we owe others for what we want to enjoy now. It’s sounds absurd when you read this bold face truth, but for most of us we have become programed that now counts, and our desire for instant gratification outweighs the bondage we’ll eventually experience.

"The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant (slave) to the lender." Proverbs 22:7

Thinking back, I could have had an easier time and been debt free long ago if I made different choices along the way. Still, I don’t beat myself up because I’m finally learning hard lessons, and not on my own either. When I told the Lord I wanted to be free, He knew that included being financially free as well. And He's a man of His Word! 

I can attest that one right decision at a time will ultimately lead you to financial freedom. Take time to peruse my blog and see what I’ve done.

My Right Decisions:

- Ditched the paper towels.
- Gave up pedicures years ago and do my own at home.
- Found ways to ask for discounts using cash. CA$H is KING!
- Use an energy efficient plan for summer A/C usage.
- Look for deals online.
- Look for free stuff to do locally.
- Buddy up with friends to share costs.
- Have a shrinkage plan for my cell phone.
- Do without going to the movies.
- Watch movies online and on cable.
- Cook Crock-Pot (slow cooker) meals that last for days.

Please use the search box on the home page or use the tags associated with this post to find out more.
© Cup of Goodness. Made with love by The Dutch Lady Designs.