Dream discussions

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How does a dream begin?  Dare to look back on your life and think of your greatest dreams.  We must begin back where we started at times especially if you or I are at a loss for new dreams to be found.  When our remodel project began, I did not know that was truly a dream of mine.  At the time, it was more of my husband’s.

The start to our dream began with me saying, “I think you need to put a bit of money on something you think is needed.”  This dream started small, and it began with a closet and the laundry room rebuild needless to say.  Gratefully, the dream is for the most part complete outside of decorations and curtains.

The demolition is never the greatest part of the project, and at that time it felt like a “natural disaster.”  It was at the demolition stage that I became the most out of touch and wanting to take control of a dream that I was not gifted to complete.  Truly, the responsibility of the execution of this dream was my husband’s since he has the construction background.  So, we talked about the closets as I wasn’t exactly sure what he wanted to do with them.  Just brainstorming about the closet, it occurred to us that we rarely use our dining area which is ill-equipped without enough seating for our family of five.

Soon we were planning our kitchen remodel, and oftentimes, a dream begins just like that.  For me, I believe everyone has unique God-given talents that each has been given for work , and what I liked most about this project is that even though I do not have my husband’s construction talent, I was happy to complete tasks with him that allowed me to share a dream with him that I could not have shared had I not been open enough to learn some new interests like home design and decoration.

The process of this dream was a long one especially at the demolition stage.  Just being a part of it taught me how to exercise a lot more patience remodeling, which had never been a natural talent of mine.  Remodeling is not for everyone, but dreaming is.  I hope you have a dream that you think God and his son would be hoping that you would pursue.  I know God truly does care so much about the way he designed us.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”  Ephesians 3:20-21

Truly,

 

FAITH

Remodeling the interior

 

tools-1209764_640-1When I have been faced by my greatest giants and I try to retaliate immediately without feeling loved by God, I don’t pour out God’s love.  Not pouring out God’s love and his best of me by this truth, His word, His dedication and devotion, then I may appear as an empty leader.  It is then that I must ask am I a living sacrifice to be used of God in the places he puts me or an empty bucket without his love, grace, compassion and mercy being overflowing?

Let me give you the analogy related to a remodel; one of the practical, inexpensive resources that I saw used repeatedly, during our over a year long project, was that of a bucket.  These come in all sizes.  You can purchase the ten quart, one gallon, two gallon, and the five gallon pail.  The five gallon pail will cost about $25.00.  You can find the buckets in all different sizes and colors as well.  During the remodel, the buckets were useful for the painters washing brushes and the tradesmen’s tools that would be carried through out the whole house like the smallest of items the nails and dry wall tape to the larger hammers and drills.  While the project was being done, I did not find a tradesman including the painters, carpenters, mason, electricians, or plumbers that did not need a bucket of some sort.  Buckets are useful even for the  general clean up after a remodel project, and they are often the last items left after the project is completely finished.  They fulfill their purpose.

It was by taking a look at a effective bucket that I realized what one fills his life up with really does make a difference.  I could fill my life up with all kinds of troubles because they are there.  There are the challenges of living like raising children, financial pressures, marital differences, lack of motivation, illnesses, injuries, and we can name many others.  From the other angle,  I could also look at the Almighty God in his infinite power to look to him and for him to love me and fill me.  Even in trouble, the love of these challenges will not fill me like a useful vessel and the incorruptible love of God and his son Jesus.

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)

Living like a bucket being filled with God’s love; I can be assured I will have a Godly resource to share.  Do you want to be filled more with his incorruptible love; I know it’s more than the mind can comprehend at times, but I’d sure venture to explore it.

Truly,

 

 

FAITH

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Angel’s words fulfilled

 

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Having faith is less about my understanding of all of the reasons why something happens.  Generally, it is during a difficult time that we notice where our faith lies or how great our faith is to get us somewhere.  It is helpful to have a journal nearby to walk with you as you go through your “faith growing pains.”

Take the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, for instance,  Joseph and Mary’s beginning was a marriage begun in uncertainty with an unexpected pregnancy, a surprising celestial angel visit to each of them with a promise that He, Jesus would be conceived by the Spirit of God.  The angel answered, in Mary’s response of her conception even as a virgin, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 NIV

It is by the act of God and obedience in faith by Joseph and Mary their marriage became a covenant relationship and the start to the raising of the Messiah.  Sure, we could ask all kinds of questions about the two of them, but this was what God wanted.  These were the words of God sent from his messengers.  This was Mary and Joseph acting in faith and assurance that what God had said would come to pass.  Mary was convinced that all would happen just as the angel had said.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered.  May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke :1:38 (NIV)

Deeply desiring to take God’s words for certain, do you need to meditate on His truths even more as I, believing that what is written there is not only full of spiritual nourishment but of truth?  What an example, don’t you agree, by Joseph and Mary of faith?

Truly,

 

 

FAITH

 

Holding Future Thoughts

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Where does abiding steadfastness come from for this day of production, speed, and more knowledge than ever before?  The waves of the internet are hotter than the heat off of a steam engine.  In every one of life’s minutes, according to Business Insider’s article, “15 Things that Happen on the Internet every Minute,” by Brandt Ranj, 1,041,666 videos are played by Vine users and 1,736,111 Instagram posts receive a 💗 each minute. As the speed of information advances many people believe that they are being left behind.  The human spirit’s natural bent is to strive to do more, give more, succeed and show what one is able to accomplish.  Steadfastness of heart is not to be quickly defined by one who succeeds; it is never measured simply by success.  For the faint of heart and the overly stimulated by information overload, maybe one need consider the light of true illumination.

Fear of God rather than fear of success and to be in the constant “know” puts the mind at rest.  If one is constantly running to the information station without much mind to the source of true light and joy, he or she will increasingly become detached from not only meaningful social interactions and thoughts of spiritual matters.  The overall benefit from the true rays of hope and joy that are brought by not only reading the truth of the Bible, believing it’s content, but realizing the Maker of this world has a great plan.  This source of light brings inner fears relieved, and a promise that if I am seeking the Lord and Jesus, the chosen Messiah from the start of creation, he will provide for me especially the illumination of what choices one must make for true spiritual fulfillment.

The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. Psalms 25:14 (N.I.V.)

This seeking for information can become toilsome, but the refreshing of the soul by God is rejuvenating and inspiring.  Have you taken a fresh look at God’s words to you?  May a fresh new look at God give you and I great faith.

Truly,

FAITH

Parenting Awareness

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In life I have been amazed by the creation, I think that most people that know me realize how much my family has lauded the miracle of a child’s birth and the priority of raising a child. There was such wonder at the initial birth of it all. I can remember when I brought my baby home the first few days and my hesitations.  I remember hesitating to give my son, now fourteen, his first bath.

At the time, my husband and I were staying with my mother and father-in-law in their duplex, I realized my own ill-preparedness and that I needed an awareness.  I was very much in awe of my sweet baby.  How was I to give that little one a bath?  I  had thought of everything from the weekly to monthly development of the child before he was born, but I had not thought deeply enough about the basic act of a bath after he was born.  Having my mother-in-law there, giving a bath to an infant had not been forgotten by her so I had my own success with this basic necessity of his life.

I needed my family’s guidance and leadership, and I knew that what had been created was more advanced than my ability to understand his needs all on my own.  I knew I could not put him in a tub!  I didn’t want that little remaining cord to get wet!  Mothers and fathers, yes, we know our children, we are amazed by what they do and what they need. Looking back on those years, I remember falling in love with my curious, strong willed son and falling in love with God at the same time.  By getting to know my son, like other children, I am most amazed by God because you see God’s most endearing qualities in nature and leadership there is.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

I wonder about my own investment in understanding God’s own ways of child rearing.  How about you: do you enjoy watching the development of your own children and wonder if I became more aware of how God describes life, that I may parent even better this next year?

 

Truly,

 

FAITH