It has been awhile since I have been on the website. I could say I have been busy, but in all honesty, I have been doing more of nothing than busy doing more of something of value. Often I take time to reflect (and am rarely not amazed) at the things God has put before me; how often He has answered my prayers; how He has supported me and lifted me; how He has truly never forsaken me even in the roughest of times. In these reflective moments, I really feel badly about this precious gift He has given me (thoughtsandprayer.com) because I do not ‘shepherd’ it as I should. It is indeed one of His many, many good and perfect gifts to me.
We all have before us sheep to shepherd. We may not be fully aware of it, but if you have discernment and your relationship with God, and His word, is really good then you become conscious of the people God has put before you, along your path … your sheep. Just like a pastor, or mom, or dad, these folk are put upon your path to help them, to guide them, to instruct them in the way of the Word. Now keep in mind this is not some frivolous task because Scripture clearly says in James 3.1 that those of us who are given these sheep to shepherd are held to a higher standard, a greater accountability. I believe this is so because we are spreading the gospel of Christ, the good news of the Bible and we must be sure of what it is we are spreading. That accountability is a little scary, but it keeps me focused knowing that when I reach those pearly gates, I will have to answer for everything that I have fed those who have been placed upon my path. Let this be a reminder for you: Be conscious of those whom you run across each day and be mindful of this: Nothing is by chance: Nothing is a coincidence. Your reading this T&P – not by chance. Continue reading →
Just listening to a program on 102.9 KAJN-FM, Crowley, LA (one of my fav radio stations) and the hosts of the program Family Talk are bantering back and forth with tell-tale stories of their moms. Their storytelling got me to thinking about my mom and mother’s day.
My mom is in her eighties: vibrant, beautiful, fiery, polished and a little ‘streetish’. Our relationship is interesting. I am the elder of three kids: our relationship is love, tolerance, high strung, emotional, and borders on the side of something I really can’t describe. I know my mom loves me. Even in the hardest periods of our relationship, I always knew and felt my mother’s love and support, and I am reminded of scripture that reads, “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.” It is a commandment with a promise.
My mother cleaned other people’s homes for a living and boy, did she clean well. To this day, I cannot replicate the perfection in which she makes any bed. There is never a wrinkle to be found on any bed my mom makes – not in the sheets, pillowcases nor bed coverings. She taught me to clean, and to be clean. We Louisianians have a saying, “Don’t eat everyone’s food; don’t eat at everyone’s table.” A lesson learned from my mom – if you wanna know if someone is clean – check out their stoves and their toilets: a clean person will have a clean stove, and a clean toilet. I taught my children the same, and I pray they teach the same to their children.
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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 →
Spring is in the air and I absolutely bask in this time of year. The fragrant smell of spring on a clear (without the checker boarding of the ‘now-too-often-seen’ chem trails), breezy day is so refreshing. The best part is hearing the birds singing away: the cardinals (their presence always gives me hope) whistling, the mocking birds mimicking their neighbors, the woodpecker, well, pecking. It is amazing how they just chatter all the daylong in what I describe as utter perfect praise! Their ‘voices’ are so encouraging for me.
Another thing I like about this time of year is the sound of lawn mowers. That is such a cool sound for me. Ahhh, and the smell of fresh cut grass … I can offer no words describing its fragrance!
Everything about spring effortlessly brings a smile upon my face. The birds, flowers, breezes, storms, clear blue skies and butterflies – they offer, to me, comfort and reassurance that all is well. I see the effects of the wind and I am reminded that just as I don’t see God, I see the effects of His actions in my life – His faithfulness; His goodness; His answering of so many of my prayers; His hands upon me and mine. 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 →