Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pray For Protection & Leading!

Recently our pastor spoke on the little coincidences God uses to orchestrate our lives. Those things we can see later as; His design, His leading, His plan. Bro. Bill used the phrase, “It just so happened.”

Well…It just so happened; God had me pray two weeks ago, for our finances and all our information. It just so happened I had this urge to reconcile old entries in our checkbook early last week. It just so happened I woke at five A M the next morning, got online and found almost three hundred dollars missing from an account. It just so happened I had to keep the car that day for other purposes and was able to go to the bank and get the paperwork necessary to take care of this situation. It just so happened that my dear husband is on loan to a different location for his company and working overtime, making enough in the first week to offset the four figure deficit caused by these thieves.

Let me encourage you all to pray for your finances and listen to that small voice even if you don’t have time to do the little things it is telling you to do. Do them anyway. You won’t be sorry.

Now, I just have to forgive these people. God told me I must, so I am working on it. I’m praying for them.

What joy it is to know that God is in control of our lives. I can't let the devil steal that joy by hating these people. Surely that would do nothing to bring God glory.

What do you think?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Where Does Joy Come From?

What joy to find that after all these years I can still feel like a princess. Yes it is possible. And when you realize the feeling is there you don’t want it to go away. You want to hang onto it, share it and renew that feeling daily.

How did it happen? It all started a few months ago when my sweet husband mentioned going to Disney World with his brother and his family. My first thought was “Yeah, right. I’m so out of shape I would have a great time trudging through the crowds, listening to kids cry that they’re tired, etc. etc. etc!!

Soon after that God got my attention, again, about my attitude. I’ve had trouble with my attitude more in the last year than my parents did when I was a teen. So…I asked God to help me. I told him that I would go if Joe really wanted to. I still really didn’t want to, but an amazing thing happened. My attitude began to change as I continued to pray.

Even with the changes, I really didn’t expect to have such a wonderful time. By the end of the third day, our first day at Magic Kingdom, I didn’t want to leave. I told my honey that I didn’t want to go home. He replied, “You mean you want to live in Florida?” I said, "No, I want to live here, at Magic Kingdome." I pointed to a two story building and said, "We could rent an apartment and work here."

We laughed and I think he realized what a wonderful time I had. I wonder, if I had stuck to my first inclination, demanding my way, not seeking out the Lord for help, would I be so happy now? I would have gotten my way, but would I be happy?

What do you think?