I’m a planner. I make lists. I don’t like to veer off my lists, but oftentimes I have to, or God takes me or shows me a different direction. My plans may change, but my God never does.
In 2014 my “one word” was simplify, and I chose it knowing who is in control of all the intimate details of my life, knowing He establishes my steps. I wanted some simplicity so that when those trials and storms come I would be prepared, and my house would not suffer or my heart because of neglect to them both in a way that is unpleasing to the Father. Did I get there? NO!
Many times our plans, our dreams, our hopes, and our future are crushed sometimes by death, sometimes by a cheating spouse, sometimes financially, sometimes a horrible illness/disease, sometimes terrible storms, but God has a plan and He will bring back that hope, that prosperity and that future.
I have a precious friend, Genoa who has been through so much – cancer, a divorce she did not choose, having to relocate, but she knows God has a plan, and she is constantly a bulwark of faith. She shares a lot of pictures that bless my heart of barns since she had to move from Texas to West Virginia. Here is one she took, and in honor of her I had to add a verse that reminds me of her and share it. She blesses others all the time even through her trials, she has never forgotten her one true love.
♥We plan our course, but He establishes our steps, and we must be obedient in whatever steps He chooses for our lives, and allow Him to guide us.♥
In 2014 we were in the midst of remodeling a pool which is still being tweaked, I was subbing a lot when a teacher left unexpectedly and that lasted for 5 long months, and so many other things that were IMPORTANT to me and honored God. This year I chose the word “focus” to remind myself to focus on what really matters and that is God, family, friends, people.
We’ve all heard that term “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. I have not found that verse in my Bible (it’s not there), but I do know that He wants me to have a pure heart and love others even more.
I am focusing more on people and at the same time doing small things to make my home more organized. I’ve been working through 40 Days of LENT and acts of kindness. You can read about my initiative here, and what I’ve done so far here. I’m still trying to get organized, still trying to do some decorating in the house and it’s all on the “to-do” list (get more wallpaper down, more painting done, more popcorn off the ceilings, new den furniture and on and on),
I look back at how God has blessed us through so many “storms” and literally big storms in our life and seasonal storms that wreaked havoc on our house and trees, but I look at all He has allowed us to accomplish in the midst of it all and how we can look back today and thank Him for all He has done.
♥He puts us in situations to change us!♥
That picture is me sitting for hours on a warm August day in Texas to meet some precious friends in Austin. Well, I never made it. I left early that morning excited to meet them for the first time, but a horrible accident had happened during the night and we were stranded for many hours. They ate and left before I was half-way there. But God is good, in September I met them both at a retreat in North Carolina and even shared a room with one of them, and who knows what would have been ahead had that accident not happened.
He puts us in situations to change us. The plans He has for us are seldom what we planned. I look back and see how perfect his record for me has been.
Today my “to do” list includes at least one phone call to someone I haven’t talked to in a long time and a letter – yes a real hand-written letter to a dear friend I used to work with when my kids were small. Last night I talked to a cousin I have not seen in probably thirty years. I’m writing that hand-written letter on some pretty stationary to my friend in Oklahoma, got the recycling in the car to take to church tomorrow and a handful of notes to mail on the way, and baking a gluten-free banana bread for my hubby and a big caesar salad for him when he gets home from fishing.
What are you doing today to bless someone? How has God changed the course of your life today, and are you using it like Genoa for His glory?
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