Ugh, going to the dentist is an absolute terror for me. I hate needles and blood and what’s interesting is that at one point in my life ’twas my dream to work as an anesthetist. Whenever I visit the dentist, I pray while lying on the dentist chair; I speak scriptures; I listen to sermons – anything Godly that takes my mind off those needles, the pressure and those scary dental tools!
This last dental visit, although pretty much the same as previous visits, God spoke to me. He said, “This is what surrendering to me is like.” I pondered surrendering my entire being to God (in Christ) who created me, who sustains me, who provides for me.
How does being in a dentist chair compare to surrendering to Him? When the dentist says turn left, I turn left; turn right, I turn right; move your head just a little, and so I move it, just a little, or when the dentist gently takes my head and turns it in the direction she needs – I go with the movement of her hand – I humbly succumb to the gentleness of her touch, the sound of her voice. “Are you ok?” I shake my head “yes” even though I am sure my eyes show terror. Continue reading →
Happy Weekend to you and yours! I am still praying for rain for a good number of lakes and rivers in Texas are less than half full. Please continue to pray with me for rain.
I must say that this T&P is more for me than anyone. My most recent prayer has been for God to change me for I have been convicted of needing some modifications in my being. Friday morning, after praying, I opened up Charles ‘Chuck’ Swindoll’s book “The Grace Awakening” and found myself reading Chapter 8 “The Grace to Let Others Be”. As I read, I had to laugh because my God is faithful, (He always gives me what I need) I just didn’t think He would speak so directly to me, so quickly. Continue reading →
Sometimes you hear something, and it sticks to you. Maybe it’s because the message is good; maybe it’s because the speaker is remarkable, or maybe it’s because it is the right message, at the right time, and you were meant to hear it. Maybe that why Scripture says “faith cometh by hearing” (Romans 10:17).
Today, I heard a message – actually I caught the tail end of the message yesterday and so I went to Focus on the Family and listened to both parts 1 & 2. The message is from Rob Parson, Wales attorney turned author, and speaker, on family issues. He is a great story teller, and his stories were funny and memorable. Parson speaks of many things in this two-part series. In one instance he speaks of prodigal kids and how as controlling as we can be as parents, (as it relates to situations and circumstances regarding our prodigal) sometimes it is just not our battle to fight. Sometimes no matter how well one has reared their beloveds, they make their own choices. Parson’s most poignant directive – we (parents) must keep the porch light on: They will return home. I needed to hear that for my porch light has been on for a few years. Continue reading →
Wow, another good year, almost gone. The doors to a new year, new opportunities are just around the corner. Time is truly passing quickly. So fast, and we are so busy doing so many things. We are living.
It is during this time of year that I take time out to reflect on the events in my life for the time passed. I ponder about the good things, the unexplainable things, the blessings, the tears and the pain, worries, anxieties, the hope….the journey of my life for the past 12 months.
This year was exceptional for me. I went through some things, many things. I truly tried God and His promises, and He showed His faithfulness, His loving kindness, His mercy. I thought I knew God, my triune Jehovah, but this year, I believe I came to learn to love God in a manner unlike any other time in my life. I sought Him and I found Him in His Word. I believed I was a prayer warrior, but this year, I learned how to let go and truly cry out to Him, and you know He lifted me up every time: He heard my prayer. I say learned, but really He opened me up to learning – I am still learning how to let Him be God in my life – to let Him reign in my life, direct my path and align my every thought, word, step with His will for me. He wiped my tears away. He replaced my despondency with joy. He gave me sleep on countless nights when there was no sleep to be had. I didn’t understand and He taught me, with His word, to lean on Him, to delight in Him, to truly trust Him. For the first time in my life, I am learning what it is to rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit revealed Himself to me in such a way that it changed me. I am learning what it is to truly trust Him and let the peace of Christ Jesus reign in me. Continue reading →
Father, I know you love me for it is not written that I am the righteousness of God in Christ; am I not your beloved child; your very special possession for have I not chosen you as my Lord and savior? Art thou not my salvation?
I know you are with me. I know you are for me. I know you abide in me. I know you are HE who sustains me. I know there is an appointed time for everything under the sun and in my life.
Father, you who have collected my tears; you who have counted the strands of hair on my head; you who knew me and formed me before the foundation of the earth – does not your word say there is no shame for those whose trust and hope is in you? Father your word says surely you will bless me. Your word says that you will increase me and my children more and more. Your word says that I am your special possession. Your word says ask and it shall be given unto you. This I declare unto me for that is what you have promised me and Lord, I am holding you to it. Continue reading →