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Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I think this is something we forget as we walk through life. We forget about God’s call to trust Him and not the world to REALLY TRULY KNOW that He is with us wherever we go and no matter what happens.

I was listening to one of Dave Teixeira’s (Ventura Missionary Church) messages recently, there was some great and encouraging thoughts:

People forget God’s power and faithfulness… God is always calling His people to trust Him again… As I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will never leave you or forsake you… God says never forget what I have done… my promise to go before you… God knows that time and time again in this world His followers will face fear, discouragement, doubt… God says remember, remember who I am and what I have done… time and time again… Look back to find faith to move ahead… And never forget whose story this is… Give fully the glory to God…

There is so much peace in knowing God and trusting God and glorifying God that He has a plan for my life and that He has written the story of my life (and your life).


Matthew 12:25

25Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.

Be diligent and purposeful to stand against a divided home. As much as YOU have to swallow your pride to make sure this does not happen; DO IT!

Time is a precious commodity that expires at rapid speed daily. We don’t get x done, we don’t call y, we don’t have time to do z for ourselves… We live rushed and busy lives that demand a lot of us. We control our time (although it seems it may be the other way around at times.)

All day, we are running on time, or not on time, or out of time. But, we are in charge of the time. When things don’t go our way or the planned way it is hard to realize and fully appreciate God’s control of time. God’s control of our lives. And it is hard to fully appreciate His perfect timing, especially when in conflict with our “perfect” timing.

Over the past few years, I have come to realize through a long list and a variety of life lessons how perfect His timing is despite my opposition, understanding, or appreciation in the moment. Now, as I struggle through a situation, waiting for something to happen, or whatever I am constantly reminding myself of God’s perfect timing that supersedes anything I may perceive as perfect. Let’s remember who has the big picture- beginning, middle, and end.

This seems to be the theme of the last few years of my life-  the road appears to be going in one direction and then takes an unanticipated and sometimes shocking road less traveled. There have been many times I have not handled this change of events well. At this point, I have a new attitude that I can only pray can stick with me for a life time.

Mantras and Prayers that have helped me graciously and without tantrum change gears and take the “new” road:

-ALL in your time Lord

-Your will be done

-It is all about God’s timing- His perfect and undisclosed timing!

-Get down on your stubborn and change resistant knees and listen and pray to your faithful God!!

I have also learned the priceless value of starting my day with time with God- in prayer and in His word. It changes my day and has changed my life. A little sacrifice of sleep to spend some quiet moments with the God who has a plan and purpose for each of our footsteps and the prints they leave.

May God bless each of you today in whatever it holds.


Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

How do God’s words written in Romans 12:12 speak to you, your situation, your past, your life, your hurt, your days?

Everyone stop for a minute. Get down on your knees and take a minute to be quiet before God. Now, take a minute to pray for those in need.

Now, get up and go about your day.

How did you feel during the day? At the end of the day? Were there moments you wanted to cry or cried? Did you lose your patience somewhere in the midst of the kids all talking, singing, and fighting in the back seat or as they didn’t get ready in time for school? At the end of the day, did you just want to go to bed? Or watch TV? Or maybe lay down with a book and collect yourself?

Our days as mothers are demanding and non-stop. They are not filled with praise and thanks. They have their own built in blessings that don’t always overshadow the growing to do list and child pulling at your leg.

We desperately need Jesus. We need the Holy Spirit in us filling us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. We need to meet with the amazing God that we can rest in and find peace in in the midst of the good, the bad, and the ugly. We need to meet with Him everyday- taking in His word, talking to Him, interceding in prayer for others, listening silently. Make the opportunity to find your refreshment in the Lord! It is worth it!

A day about death, followed by Easter- a day about life. Christ died for our sins, so that we can live.

After many unanticipated life circumstances, we decided selling our house was the best financial decision we could make. And then after months of having it on the market and all that goes with that… Well, this Friday our house sold- death to ourselves with anticipation of our new life ahead. Anticipation of our new life and God’s plans revealed.

It is such a blessing to invest some of you in others. God made us relational creatures, and he has given us the ability to touch and bless others through our time, words, inspirations, passions, crisis… My husband and I have been blessed to lead a high school Bible study once a week for the past almost 4 years- how time flies! These high schoolers have blessed us beyond belief. I pray that God has used us in some way in their lives as well, but in the hopes of serving and giving high schoolers more adults in their life to rely on, we have been blessed. We pray, learn, share, laugh a lot, and grow together.

Tonight, as I listened to one girl share about sharing her faith with some non-Christians, I was blown away by the reliance she has on God and the growth that her faith has undergone in the past years! As I listened to a couple others, I was impressed and humbled by their honest and real prayer requests they shared with our group. Each one of these “kids” who are really young adults maturing into their own impresses me with their faith, their walk, and their real challenges they face as they find their way through the high school years. I am blessed to have them as a part of my life.

Well said at A Mother’s Musings! How true it is that our struggles and bad days bring us back to relying on The One in control of our life plan.

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