Friday, September 21, 2012


I learned something today from my daughter and was reminded of my dad and my grandfather. Both men are/were persistent and constant learners. My dad has new information ready to share each time I talk with him. He reads and learns.

My grandfather (his dad) also read and learned and grew. The week he died, while in the hospital, he continued to read and learn from God. On the day before he died, he excitedly shared something he'd learned from the book of Psalms with his pastor.

I've said before and will say again, I want to be like him! I want to learn and grow and change every day until God decides I need to be in glory with Him.

Old dogs CAN learn new tricks! It's never to late to learn, make changes and grow.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Expecting and Receiving

What we expect, influences what we receive.

When we expect a service person to be against us and frustrating, they usually are.
When we expect a person to reject us, we often experience rejection.
When we expect our spouse's habits to irritate us, they do!
When we expect good things from God, we SEE the good things He's giving us.

So, what are you expecting? What are you looking for from moment to moment? Do we not see the favor and kindness of God because we are not looking for it? I think so!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dealing with Stress

Stress in life is inevitable. Waking and sleeping, working and dreaming - the rhythms of life have and ebb and flow. Just as the waves of the ocean stress the shore, so our life's rhythms stress us.

God invites us to peace in the midst of stress. He invites us to pull up a chair and rest with Him.

Our culture values being busy and having much to do every day. As a culture, we don't think rest and relaxation are for times other than a scheduled vacation and that usually ends up having as hectic a pace as our daily lives!

Rest is something God did after creating the world. (Genesis 2:2-4) If He rested, we can! He invites us to rest even in the midst of life's stresses and rapid pace. When we are able to adjust life to allow for rest, we must! When we cannot control the pace or stress of life, we have an oasis in God to BE in.