Really think about this:

“You have never lived an unloved moment in your life.”

Gratitude

Dear Lord,

Thank you for….

My life, my friends, my family, my salvation.  Thank you for having enough money, health and happiness.  For cats, for not being alergic to cats, for a sense of humor.  For food, food for thought and thoughts.  Free will, freedom from sin, for forgiveness.  I think of all that I have and am ashamed when I fall into the thoughts of ‘have not.’  Thank you for relationships, love and hard questions.  And above all that you promise to never leave or forsake us.  I am truly rich.

I love you – Jill 

How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Thank you Lord!

Thank you for once again providing for us, and incredibly so as well.  You NEVER leave us.  Last month I had been informed that my largest client would no longer be ordering from me, after 12 years.  This was due to an internal corporate realignment and had nothing to do with us personally.  However it was personal, in the sense that they provide about 25% of our gross sales and at least that, if not more, of my income.  I asked my friends to pray for us; mainly for faith and freedom from worry, because I felt like I should be really scared.  And to tell the truth, I was a little, but not what you’d think.  I prayed prayers of thanksgiving because I knew He’d take care of us.  Yesterday I received an email from the main department, stating that they spoke too soon and needed to place an order.  This is from the department that 80% of their orders came from – turns out they are exempt from the vendor’s constraints and can still order from me.  Praise God!!!  I am honestly grateful for this ‘blip.’ For the last month, I have examined my budget and spending and have noticed that though I tithe and donate to some chartities, that I do not mind my money carefully, because I always have enough.  In the last month, I’ve continued to tithe and contribute, but have been much more deliberate and thoughtful with the spontaneous spending.  That’s a great thing to be aware of.  In the last month I’ve also been motivated at work to create new accounts and avenues of income, which too is a good thing.  I believe God allowed this shake-up to wake me up to things that I had become rather lax about.  Not even intentionally but it’s easy to take things for granted when everything’s going smoothly.  Lastly, in the last month I’ve been able to exercize my faith and that’s been awesome.  I’ve been able to be a positive example to my kid on how to stay calm, move ahead and trust.  I’m also crazy excited to share this news with my friends who have been praying for us –  what a great blessing it is to get to confirm how wonderful and awesome our Father is.  Gratefully and with much love. – Jill

4th of July

Thought:  What if we celebrated our freedom from sin like we celebrate our country’s independence……I think God would love the fireworks!  :)

How can I ever thank you enough for the marvels of nature that I am aware of—not to mention the myriads of marvels I am totally unaware of? And how can I ever thank you enough for creating me and inviting me to be a part of your family for time and eternity? Help me to so live that my life will also declare your glory. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.

Please help me to see/hear/learn what you are saying to me in every adverse circumstance I may experience.  I truly want to be what you want me to be and to do what you want me to do. Thank you! 

“I see,” she said at last. thoughtfully.  “I see now. It is far bigger inside that it was outside.” “Of course, Daughter of Eve,” said the Faun.  “The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets.  The inside is larger than the outside.”    From CS Lewis; “The Last Battle”

My heart will choose to say, blessed be your name.

Parenting & Forgiveness

I love being a mother – I fiercely love my child. And what a great example of how God loves us, by allowing us to be parents. I mean, really, he could have caused people to popluate the earth in any form; by simply popping out of the ground, if He so wanted. But if that were the case, we’d lose the example of how much and just how He loves us.The other night, Ryan did something bad and I was upset with him. I talked to him for a bit then sent him to his room. He was upset, but not contrite. He was crying and hurt but initially because he was in trouble, not so much because he was sorry.

As I lay in bed, I prayed for him. I prayed that he would come in my room and apologize. I needed him to take the first step, so that I could immediately forgive him. I wanted to remove the pain he was feeling.  I wanted to forgive him so bad, but I couldn’t go in his room – he had to make the first move. Thinking about this today made me realize this is kind of how God must feel. Waiting for us to come to him, to repent and be freed of the guilt and saddness we’re carrying. So he can immediately forgive us. How awesome is that?

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