Wednesday, October 18, 2017

An Empty Cup???

A a container that holds something.

This cup is full.
When you look in an empty cup you can see what's inside.

Have you looked in your cup when you finished drinking and/or eating something in it?

What do you see?  Residue, particles, sometimes even staining.

Let's say, for a minute, that we're a cup and we get used and worn out again and again never reaching the bottom.

Sometimes reaching the bottom is good.  If it's empty than it can be cleaned.  Otherwise you have a container that has been filled up and almost emptied out numerous times without being cleaned.  Eww!

If you had a choice would you want to use a cup that's never been cleaned before or do you want to use one that's dirty?  The residue has built up, sides of it are caked with food, it's been out in the sun...can we say "food poisoning"?!

Anything in the cup will become tainted and unusable!

The only way for the problem to be solved is the cup needs to be washed and scrubbed.
Still imagining your the cup, how does it feel getting washed and scrubbed?  Does it feel good?

Probably not!

Sometimes it takes a lot of elbow grease washing dishes.

If the bottom never gets emptied you can't clean it...period!

Jesus knows us and He knows what's in our core!  He knows that we need to be emptied before getting cleaned and becoming able to use.
Residues from our lives are hurts, pains, sufferings, grief, anger, fear, desire.

If these areas aren't healed we're incapable of giving without tainting others.  

Our issues can affect others, even when we don't realize it.

When our cup is emptied it's the point when you don't have anything else to give.  No more in the tank.  Completely on E-M-P-T-Y!

Have you ever had a situation that went from bad to worse?  No matter what you do, and try with ALL your might to fight it, it doesn't work.  Like a current that can't be fought.  All you can do is go with it.

Sometimes God asks us to give up what we love the most.  People, dreams, desires, hopes, plans, hobbies we enjoy, foods we like, etc.  The list can go on and on.

Abraham was going to offer up his son Isaac, who was his greatest treasure, because God asked him to do it.

Jesus died and was buried for 3 days before rising again.

When we are baptized the old self is buried and is removed from you.  You are left new!

It's agonizing when your cup is getting empty.  It's a scary feeling because you see there isn't anything else that you can do.  You need a miracle!  Instead, your cup gets emptier and emptier.  Still crying out "Lord, please do something.  Help me stop this from happening."

Then you get angry pleading with Him, "Why are You doing this?  Why can't this work out?"

You feel and see something and/or someone not work out.  

You tried, and tried, and matter what you did, it's gone!

Your cup is empty...


Now it's God's turn!  Maybe your dream isn't gone.  It's hibernating.  When you give your best and what you love the most to Jesus, He will say "Rise" to your dream, and it will be stronger and better than ever!

Whatever your grieving about don't despair.  It's only being cleaned and made new.
May this message Be a Blessing in your lives and mine!

In Jesus name, Amen!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

It Starts With One!!!


For three little words it's pretty big!

One change
One life

One dream

One hope

One vision

One step

One person...

(Genesis 1:1 NIV) In the beginning...

It all starts with one.  What is your one???

May this message Be a Blessing in your lives and mine!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

On The Road Again!!!

We've been working on a new website for us, and tonight I saw how it's progressing...looking good and heading in the right direction! :-)

If anyone told me what my life would look like 20 years ago I wouldn't believe him/her.

It reminds me of being on a road.  When you're on a road what do you see?

A few blocks ahead and maybe a mile or two?

What about our roads or let's say paths?

Some of them are stretched out for miles.

Others are dark and foreboding.

Would you go in there if you didn't know what is on the other end?  Only some would go.  Would you???

From the moment we're created our paths begin.

Thankfully, we've been given Lots of room for error and me, ha-ha, let's just say God's given me chances, LOTS of them!

Instead of me being the little girl who always listens to her daddy, No!  I had to do things MY Way! 

Have you ever taken a road trip before?  When you looked at the map and/or GPS system which path did you choose?  Did you decide to take the one with less traffic or the one with the least mileage?

Have you ever been hurt so much that you wanted to prove yourself to everyone?  I did, for a long time because deep inside I wasn't whole.  Something was missing.

When I was a child and we had family gatherings the men hung out in one room discussing politics, sports, and money, and in the other one all the women talked about children, exchanged casserole recipes and sewing projects.  Mostly, at these events, I was the one babysitting.  Every chance I had I'd sneak in the room with the men.  At least I wasn't hearing about baby food, sewing, or another version of green bean casserole for the fourteenth millionth time!  It was something different and I liked it.

Please don't misunderstand my previous statements.  I love children, I'm a parent, love cooking, and am in awe at people who can stitch, knit, and sew.   Only thing I could ever do was sew a button! :-)  

What things have affected your life?  What gave you the perseverance to start/and or finish something?

It sounds simple doesn't it?  Making a startFinishing a project.  Going in a new direction.

But it isn't...

What do you believe about yourself?  If you were asked to write a description about yourself what would be your answer?

Do you like yourself?  Are you able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and dog gone it people like me"?

These seem like simple questions, but...they're not!

They're the core of who you are.  The way you see yourself reveals much.  It's like an onion that is getting peeled layer by layer.  The more you peel ,the closer you are to the, or let's say, your core!

Well, here I am on the road again.  As those words are being typed my mind hears Willie Nelson singing.  Also, the song "Life is a Highway" is ringing in my head too. :-)

More and more I'm beginning to understand that life is not about being perfect on the road.  It's about staying on it.

You're going to mess up, need detours, and sometimes take the wrong exit, but it doesn't matter.  As long as you stay on the road!

(Proverbs 22:6 KJV) "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine.

In Jesus Name, Amen!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time To Get Back On The Horse

As you know it has been a looooonnnngggg time since we've posted anything.

What can we say...Life!

A couple weeks ago my aunt died.  Before that Nathan's mother passed away.

Taking a while to get back in the swing of things

As we've seen lately there's been a lot of things to knock us off our game, so to say, and change the direction in our lives...

What happened!?  Why did it turn out this way???!!!

 Storms happen, and sometimes they're without warning.

That's when we need to flex our muscles of faith not trying to reason why this happened, but to stand firm now where you are.

If you start to question, analyze, and overanalyze you can go crazy trying to figure out the answer.  Sometimes the best answer that you can give someone is I don't know.

That's a very powerful statement.  Did you know it's okay if you don't have the answers?  Sometimes no one will around you.

I believe very strongly that God cries when we do.  He feels our pain, and isn't just sitting by watching us going "Awww, I wish there was something I can do...Oh well, what's next on the agenda."

That would mean that Jesus is heartless, and I know He isn't.

Anything that has happened has been a cause and effect of some kind.  I'm not just saying people's actions.  I only meant that science statement we heard in school, "for every action there's a reaction."  In nature too...

What do we do when these things happen?  What would Rocky Balboa do when he got knocked down?
He got back up and so should us!

It's time for us to dust off our clothes and get back on the horse.

This round might not have been great.  It doesn't mean that it's the last one though.  Time for a comeback!

I'm getting back on.  Will you?

May this message Be a Blessing in Your Lives and Mine!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

But I Don't Want To!!!

Ever have days like this?

You just don't want to do it.  Period!

Today is one of those days for me.

A lot has happened and instead of taking care of things I need to do I'm tempted to have a tantrum with myself and say, "No!"

Doing anything requires work and discipline. Two words that sound like swear words for our flesh.  If our flesh had it's way we'd do nothing all the time.

Have you ever sensed God wanting you to do and/or say something?  The moment you hear it in your heart you can feel your body twitching and wanting to say no or I don't want to.

The truth is no matter how old or mature we feel we're just kids in God's eyes.  And He sees and hears us having tantrums all the time about what to do, how we feel.  Maybe it's forgiving someone or blessing someone who has hurt you.

There is something that I've noticed during these times.

- I will feel peace, strength, and courage during these times
- God will provide me opportunity to do it
- It's a teaching lesson!
- After it's done I feel better

If we never get out of our comfort zones we'd never accomplish anything.
It takes work for a chef to prepare a dish.
It takes work for a relationship to grow.
It takes work running a ministry.
It takes work taking care of ourselves.
It takes work loving others.
It takes work getting up everyday.  Some days can be more challenging than others.

What I'm saying is we weren't made to only be served.  We're also supposed to serve, love, and protect too!

So, are you going to be like this:

Or this:

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine.

In Jesus Name We Pray, Amen!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Refreshing Moments

Here are some photos to inspire you and lift you up today.  :-)

Some days you just need time to step away and take a few moments for yourself in this world where getting a few moments of time can be challenging.

I've been getting ready for a few things and it has amazed me how many little details it takes to get what was needed to be finished done.

Everything that we get done, or read, or watch and/or listen to is one step closer to something more significant in our lives.

Even when it doesn't feel like dusting or washing a few dishes means anything keep doing what you're doing.  You are one step closer, and each step is bringing us exactly where we need to be!

Close your eyes, take a breath, and enjoy these photos.  Let them refresh and wash the stress away. :-)

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine.
In Jesus Name, Amen! :-)


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Instant Oatmeal???

Oatmeal, it's such a simple dish to make.  Or is it?

I grew up eating instant oatmeal, and strawberries and cream was my favorite flavor.  It was so easy to make.  You heat up the water, tear open the packet and pour the oatmeal in a bowl, then you'd pour the hot water in the bowl and stir...Instant oatmeal...???

Why is it so thin and soggy?  The oats are still tough and crunchy.  Oatmeal used to taste good.  What happened?

So I stopped eating it anymore until recently when I saw it in the grocery store.  Decided to try it again.  After all it's been years.  How bad could it be?  So I bought a box and brought it home.

Okay, here we go.

- fill cup with some water-check
- pour packet in bowl-check
- heat up water-check
- pour water in bowl and stir-check

Now let's taste...ugh...gross!

Oh no, not again!  Why????????????

Suddenly I had a thought, "Maybe there's something in the directions that will help me."  Hmm, the box reads:

-fill packet with water or milk to the line on the packet
-pour water or milk in oatmeal
-stir oatmeal
-heat oatmeal in the microwave

Fill packet with water or milk to the line???  What line?
Oh, that line!
Now let's try it this way...
 If I lost you with my oatmeal story here's the point.

When we think we know something or assume that it needs to be this way you get this.
 A big mess!

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and you thought that your way was correct and no one else's opinion mattered?  Sadly I've been guilty of that, a "few" times. ha-ha

I was remembering how "it's always been done."  How many times have you heard that phrase or maybe you've even said it yourself?

When we're rigid we become hardhearted or, if you'd like another word for it, pigheaded, stubborn, bullheaded, headstrong.  Okay, I think you get the point. :-)

If I'd kept making the oatmeal my way instead of following the box's directions it wouldn't turn out...period!  No matter how many times I'd try!

Maybe if you've been trying something and getting the same results over and over again it might be time to check the directions again or try to hear what someone else is telling you in a different way.

Now, doing the same thing over and over again.  There's a word that describes this, hmm...
What's it called again?  Ah yes, insanity!

Quit behaving insanely and try to look at the issue differently.  Maybe ask God if He would tell you again what He said so you can check if you missed anything.

I had the right ingredients, but when I changed the way to prepare it...
I got this! :-)
"He who has ears, let him hear..." (Matthew 11:15)

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine. In Jesus name, Amen! :-)


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Work in Progress

Today was the first time that I have been to art therapy.  It was a lot of fun and I was amazed and awestruck at all of the pieces that I saw other classmates painting.

Some of them were whimsical and others looked so inviting that you wanted to jump into the scene.

I'd never seen anyone trace a photo onto a canvas before.  This was a first.

When I was told to pick something that I'd like to paint I could have picked out something simple. Instead I decided to take a chance and try something different.  After all, why not?! :-)

So, this is what I chose instead.

Beautiful isn't it!

The teacher was very nice and helpful.  She taught me how to trace a photo and here's how it turned out.

Kind of intimidating isn't it?  I love lions.  They always remind me of the Lion of Judah, another name for Jesus.

God's fierceness, and protectiveness.  The way Jesus quietly approaches us reminds me of when a lion crouches down and sneak up on us when we least expect it.

Now it's time to paint.  No one around me had finished their pieces, and they'd been working on theirs during several classes.  It slowly sunk in that finishing this will take longer than expected.  I thought everyone would be done with their art by the end of class.  Maybe not. :-)

While I was painting a phrase spoke in my heart, "a work in progress."  Ooookay, why would I hear this?  Then it occurred to me.

Just like this painting we are a work in progress!  No one is finished yet.
The traced lines on the canvas remind me of God's blueprints for our lives.  "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

Before He formed us He knew us?  How is this possible?

It's because He is the Great Designer, and His name is Jesus, Jehovah, Holy Spirit.  He designs everything!  But more than that, He IS love, and He breathes His Love in us when we accept Him.  Isn't that beautiful! :-)

First, my canvas started out like this.  Does this kind of look like what God's blueprints are for us???

Now, it looks like this, a work in progress!
But with God's love, support, and guidance it can look like this; if I ask Him to help me. :-)

Don't get discouraged with where you are now.  You're not a finished piece, yet!

May this message be a Blessing in Your lives and mine.  
In Jesus Name, Amen!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Does Anyone Have a Reset Button???

Ever have times when you wish you could have a reset button and start something over again?

I do, a lot!  Especially when my foot goes in my mouth, which happens more often than I'd like to admit. :-)

The truth is even if we did have a chance to relive an experience, does that mean that we won't make the same mistake again?  No, it doesn't.

Life gives us opportunities to practice.  We practice at music, hobbies, sports, games, etc....What about life?

For a long time I wrestled with the thought of being able to make up for something I did.  To try to make it right, erase the past.  Any blemishes that were mine had to be erased.  Couldn't accept that it's okay if I make mistakes.  That's how we learn right? :-)

Jesus never wants us to be stagnant people that never grow and change.  He loves variety!  :-)

Can you imagine how boring life would be if there wasn't anything to explore, learn about and/or discover?  Do you think it's coincidence that you enjoy the things you do? 

Here's a thought...What if our mistake isn't something we did wrong, but something God wanted us to do, right?  Hmm...let's think about this for a minute.

Here are a few definitions of mistake:

- misunderstanding or misconception, mistook

- an action, decision, or judgement that produces an unwanted or unintentional result

Unintentional huh?  For who?  Me?  Let's see.

Have you ever been to a bowling alley before?  Every lane has rails or bumpers to keep the ball from falling in the gutter.  What if, now let's speculate for a moment, what if God has bumpers in our lives too?

When I was taking piano lessons my teacher would get frustrated with me.  I'd stop playing a piece when I messed up instead of finishing it.  Instead of moving on to the next part of the song I'd start over.  And again, and again, and again...

I couldn't understand why this irritated her.  Now, I know why...

Starting over again keeps us at a stand still.  We're stuck in a loop and we can't get free.

Bumpers might stun you for a second, but instead of falling in the gutter you will make it to the finishing line.  That is the difference!

When we haven't let go of and accepted the past we will never be free from it!  That's how you keep getting looped in. 

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6 NIV)

Bumpers will show up when you least expect them.  Instead of getting frustrated and trying to go around them, how about accepting them instead?!

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine,


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stew Anyone???

Why do you do the things you do and/or say?  What motivates you?

These questions sound simple, but they aren't because they cause you to dig deeper in yourself. 

When we dig a hole it gets darker the more you dig into it.  The same goes for ourselves.  I'm not saying that everyone is dark and evil so please don't misunderstand what I'm writing.

I am stating that everyone has bumps and bruises inside and if you don't allow Jesus to touch those areas they can hurt people around you.  Like a stone that is dropped in the water the effects of our actions cause a ripple effect that can create waves for years, and in some cases, generations.

My grandmother is over 100 years old.  She has seen a lot in her lifetime and still remembers all of it.  Anytime that Grandma was offended and/or hurt by someone she ingrained it in her head.  When I have heard her share about her past it's like she is reliving it all over again.  The pain has never subsided.  She has never forgiven even when the person who offended her is gone.

It's hard to believe that offenses from our past can color the way we hear and see things.  When you've been hurt severely it's easy to react when someone flinches.  Or when there's a subject that you want to talk about and the other person gets their guard up like the Wall of China.

Forgiveness goes so much deeper than we realize.  It can even poison loved ones near you.  Often, those are the ones that get hurt the most from us. 

Here's another way to look at it.  When a fisherman puts the strongest line in the water with the bait attached to the hook does the fish ever let go?  When a fish latches onto the bait it doesn't want to let go no matter what, and that is why the fisherman gets the fish.  When we don't forgive we are latched onto the hook struggling to get free, but the past is reeling us into the boat.

It's only with God's divine help that we can cut the line because the fish isn't strong enough to do it by itself.

There was a time when I was so angry at someone that we didn't speak for years.  Both of us were furious and very hurt with each other.  I tried to hold it in but I couldn't anymore.  Even when others begged us to speak I refused because I thought our friendship was dead...Thank God...I was wrong!

God revived our friendship and healed our wounds.  And you know what, our relationship is better than ever!  It is not the same as it was before because we are more honest with each other now.

Now how did we do it?  She and I agreed not to even talk about our sides of the story because they didn't matter anymore.  They're the past!

When something is in the past it's in the past, period.  Have you ever been in an argument before and after a while you didn't even remember what you're fighting about anymore?  It's in the past.

I know you have been hurt.  Here's the question though.  Which hurts worse?  What they did or what you're doing to yourself now because of it?!

If you are reliving the hurt over and over stop!  It won't make it better.  Instead, it will make you feel worse!

Did you know that a synonym for grudge is stew?  What is a stew?  It means "to cook food by simmering or boiling."  What are you simmering?  What ingredients are in your pot?

If you're still angry about something you are simmering, or maybe, boiling your pot to the point that it's about to boil over;  Let Jesus help and give Him the pot.  After all, who's a better cook?!  :-)

Jesus forgives us every time we mess up because He doesn't want anything and anyone keeping us apart from each other.  He was beaten up, insulted, people tried to manipulate Him, (remember when He drew in the sand when the scribes and Pharisees tried to trick Him [John 8:1-11]),...

And...Jesus never became bitter...isn't that amazing!

God has given us the same tools that He used Himself to forgive others.  Instead of holding onto the pain, and starting to simmer, He!

How do you release it?  You ask Jesus to help you release your burdens.

"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

Ask Christ to set you free.  He wants to, been waiting for you, loves you, and will never forget you! :-)

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine! :-)



Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Choices.  It is one direction or the other.  Sometimes it's not so simple is it?

Every day we make decisions.  What to eat or wear, where to go, what needs to get done, etc.

What guides yours?  Is it your emotions or does something else drive you?  Who drives your car, so to speak?

For a long time I was the driver in my life, and if anything got in my way I would drive around it and get back on the road.  Everything seemed fine for a while, until, it didn't.  About a decade ago the control that I had was taken away, and I had to live life differently.

It wasn't at all what I planned.  Why?  What happened?  My body changed.  It wasn't listening to me when I wanted to move around and go out dancing.  The abdomen was swelling up.  When I'd sit and stand too much it caused excruciating pain everywhere.  What was happening to me?

I felt betrayed by my body.  It was supposed to do what I wanted right, wrong!

When you overdo it the body can only take so much; the same goes with life.

There is no guarantee how many choices and/or opportunities that you will have in this world.  Don't waste them!  You never know when you are one step away from the best or worst thing that has ever happened to you.

"When God closes a door He opens a window."  I've heard this countless times through the years.  Here's a thought, "Even if you can't see the window does it still mean it's there?"...Yes, it is! :-)

What I had planned for my life was my idea, not His!  It took years of research and doctor appointments to finally understand why and how the pain started.  It began when I was injured as a child, and my body was fighting to cope long before I knew it.

By now you must be wondering, "What is Maria talking about now?  Her title for this article is Choices and for the past few paragraphs all she has been writing about is pain?  What's going on here?"  Here is my point.

Some choices are painful, even when they're good for you.  The question is do you have the courage and strength to take them?  Me,....No!  That's where Jesus comes in! :-)

Thank GOD that I do NOT need to have the strength of Samson to live this life.  If I did I would be out of luck. 

In times of brokenness you can see how much you don't need to rely on your own strength and let others help you. can choose to do it on your own and fall flat on your face!  Even Jesus asked God for strength when He was going to be crucified.  Now, if Jesus, who is God's son asks for strength, what makes you think that you have enough of your own?  How ridiculous!

If pride is our downfall then look out, you just might be close to the cliff.  (Psalm 73 NIV) "But as for me my feet had almost slipped; i had nearly lost my foothold."

Have you ever been at a crossroads and even though there was a detour sign on the right you were determined to go that way anyway?  Have you ever been so determined to go your way that not only do you hurt yourself but others get injured along the way?

Through all the calamity and turmoil in our lives it is vital to have some way of finding your direction.  Explorers use compasses to find their way.  What about you?  How are you finding yours?

Jesus says that His sheep hear His voice.  (John 10:27)  He also says that He will not give you more than you can handle.  (I Corinthians 10:13 NIV) "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."

So there you have it.  Will you do it your way OR follow His?

...The choice is yours!

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine.  In Jesus name Amen!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One 'Step' or Is It More of a 'Leap'

I have set a goal for myself to be more disciplined with my writing.  Been watching movies that I never saw before, learning about new things, reading parts of the Bible that I never studied.

It sounds so simple doesn't it?  Get some writing done, check.  Do more studying, check.  Research, check.  What about life???...'check'???

Have you ever put a list together of what you wanted to accomplish?  Or, have you ever made a list before?  Maybe you haven't. 

Doing something that you haven't before takes courage, and I admire and applaud you for going for it and taking a chance.  It is so easy to fall, and I mean f-a-l-l, into a rut doing the same thing over and over again like riding a merry-go-round that doesn't stop.

We are given seasons for a reason because we aren't supposed to do the same thing constantly.  Life is filled with variety.  Get into it. 

Foundations are the core of something and not the entirety!  Everything starts with 'foundation'.  After that part is put together you add different layers to it.

My book Thyme and Seasonings is about discovering the core of who you are!  This is step one, or shall I say, the foundation of your life.

God loves flavors and He Loves variety.  Imagine what part you play in His masterpiece!

In the book of Nehemiah several people helped rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  Some provided supplies and others worked on construction.  Others guarded and supervised the place.  Then there were those who didn't like the idea of the temple being rebuilt.  They tried to convince people to stop the Israelites from building.

The most important thing to remember about Nehemiah is this:  It started with one step!

The toughest step that you will ever make is the first one, especially if it is for something Completely new and different for you!  I've heard that the toughest year in a marriage is the first one, why???

I think the first of anything is the most difficult.  When something is new and out of your wheel of skills how does it make you feel?  Are you afraid or do you go for it?!

One of the ways that God comforts me is whenever I start to feel discouraged and/or confused Rocky will be playing on TV.  It always make me smile and it reassures me that everything will be okay.  I love Rocky's tenacity, courage, and perseverance.  Also, I love his humble attitude.

One of my favorite scenes is when Rocky wants to go out with Adrian and he finally gets a chance to take her out for a date.  It is so touching how Rocky treats her and how they fall in love together.  So simple, sweet, and beautiful! :-)

We need to take chances.  You need to take them.  Do something different.  No matter how big or small the change you will see and feel the difference.

Doers don't quit.  Even if they are delayed for days, weeks, months, and years at a time it doesn't mean that you're a quitter!  Don't stop!  If you have fallen down get back up and keep trying. 

Remember, you are not the only one with your goal.  God gave you the goal, dream, vision and He is cheering you all the way.  

He will supply you with what you need and give you wisdom and direct your ways.  :-)

(Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)  "Trust in the Lord with All your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In All your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight."  

"The Lord is my shepherd.  I lack nothing" (Psalm 23:1 NIV).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sign in, Unsuccessful???

There is so much going on isn't there?  I don't know about anyone else but it has felt like a pressure cooker lately that could literally explode at times.  So much is happening now!

I know so many people that are suffering and hurting. 

Tonight when I was checking my messages I saw the statement, "sign in unsuccessful."

Ever have times like that?  When it feels like you are being ignored and not being answered?  I am  thanking God that His messages are never unanswered or unopened.

It doesn't matter what mood you are in, whether you want to say one word or a dozen of them.  Jesus loves hearing from us!  You mean even when I'm venting and complaining that He still cares???  Yes, He does!

Even though I have No Idea what is going on in my life right now it is comforting to know that there is someone who will Always listen. 

The mail that I send to Him is Never marked "return to sender." 

There is so much power and comfort in listening.  Letting someone else vent helps the person feel validated and valued.  Isn't that what we all want?

Sometimes silence can be comforting, especially when you're not sitting alone.  When it's silent you can hear the birds outside, feel the wind blowing by your house, hear the water move in a fish tank. 

I wonder, does God give us times of silence too? 

Does a child feel it when their parent checks on them when they are sleeping?  Does a great teacher stand over the student all the time or does he/she give the pupil some distance and see if they can figure it out themselves? 

There is a big difference in being told something all the time and getting a chance to learn how to do it.  Is it possible that Jesus does that with us?

I'm beginning to think so! 

Sometimes when I talk to God I babble about anything.  I love that what I say to Him doesn't have to be perfect.  He doesn't ask me to be quiet or talk about something else.  He is the best listener that anyone can have!

Maybe the word break-through exists for a reason?  Maybe it means something has to break to get through something?  Food for thought...

Thank you Jesus for always being there to listen!  I love you!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

First book published! :-)

Hi everyone,

My book Thyme and Seasonings has been published and posted online!

It has been such a long journey getting this done!  Thank you everyone so much for all your support, patience, and prayers!!!!  It feels amazing!

It is posted on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow.  Thought y'all would like to see them! :-)

Love y'all,