It was a message of Warning to a group of young incarcerated men. Yet it was a message for me. And, I wonder is it a message for you?
As I listened to the words and scripture I began to realize that there are things in my life I need to look at. I realized that quite possibly God was sending me a warning . . .
I realized that the footprints that I have been following may not necessarily be Jesus'. That maybe I needed to consider if my ways were acknowledging Him. If my path was a straight as I thought.
In all your was acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. Proverbs 3: 5,6
If the me I was becoming because of the environment that I was in was the me that looked like Jesus.
Your attitude should be that of Christ Jesus. Philipians 2:5
I had to ask myself was the money that I was making at a job that was draining me worth it.
I had been telling myself that even though the money wasn't great that it was consistant. I had convinced myself because I was offered a job before my self imposed deadline that it was the job that God wanted me to have.
I had ignored the list of things that both Cowboy and I made about my job. The hours, the kind of job, the environment. I had told myself that God wanted me there and that I could make a difference in the lives of my co-workers that I could share my faith.
Yet each day as I went to work I felt more and more defeated. I listened to myself as I began to specifically pray for certain people. I realized that each Friday as I drove home that I was praying and asking God to help me not to think about work or the people there until I had to return on Monday.
Last week after a couple of very bad incidents I finally realized that I couldn't continue. I raised the white flag and I raised my hands to God and I Praised Him for giving me the courage to step out in Faith and I resigned. And I felt a Peace. But yet I felt a sadness. And I felt fear.
But Sunday while hearing a message about things that can distract you from where God wants you to be I looked in the mirror and I saw that God didn't want me to be distracted from Him. That he didn't want me to work so hard that I come home exhausted every day. That he didn't want me frustrated and hurt.
That he wants me to have Peace and that he is with us. And that he will provide not only what we need financially but he will provide a job where I know He has called me.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21
And today I am seeking Him. And I am waiting and I am looking for the steps He wants me to take.
Are you looking for the right path. Is there something in your life that you feel is disguising itself as something good but you know it's not. Or maybe your not sure how God wants you to proceed.
I would love to pray for you. I would love to pray with you.
Please feel free to leave me a comment or click on my email link and send me an email. Let's step out in Faith together.
On a Journey of Faith . . .
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I was thinking if I had my dream house it might look something like this . . .
I think I would have a lovely little patio area with lots of flowers and the grass would be beautifully manicured. And I would hang pots on the wall . . .
And I would have this really really cool bed spread on one of the beds. Because my dream house would have lots of rooms. So of course there would be lots of beds so I could have friends come and visit . . .
And I would have a room with a really cool Blue wall and I would have a really, really big cross like this on it. And I would have another wall covered in crosses of all sizes that I bought on my explorations. . .
And, if I wanted to I would go thrifting and find some cool Blue bottles and I would group them all together and put flowers that I picked from the garden in them . . .
And, I would have this very pretty Blue fence (and a cat) seperating the house and garden from the barn and pasture land. Yes there would be pasture land because it would be filled with . . .
And I would spend my days . . . well
I would Thank God because . . . I would be able to spend my days in His precense and I would grow stronger in my knowledge of Him . . . and this sounds a little like Heaven.
This week I am studying and pondering this verse . .
And we know that in all things God works for the good of thos who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28-39
On a Blessed Journey . . .
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My Cowboy and I are chaplains at our states Juvenile Dention Center. The boys of our church congregation are 'hard cases'.
Each week we are amazed at their openess and they desire to learn about God.
I have to laugh some days though because we aren't so sure that their favorite video is because of the content and message or more about the pretty girl singing. We always pray that they hear the real message. And, if they consider going to church when they are released because there might be pretty girls there well...I kinda think it might be ok.
Each week the boys write their prayer requests. If you can pray for them or for a specific prayer we would be Blessed.
"I ask for guidance through my level 2 hearing tomorrow. And that everything will go good. I ask you to bless my friends and my family and a very special girl."
"Thank you God for everything you've done for me. I am claiming and I know that with you all things are possible." On a Blessed Journey
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Joining Gypsy Mama and writing for 5 Minutes straight on a topic. No thinking it out. No worries. No grammar check just 5 minutes of writing . . .
Start . . . I am happy to say that I have found my voice again. Here on this blog I am able to write about my thoughts, my feelings, the things that make me smile. It is a medium I control sort of. Sort of because I spend my type writing about topics and thoughts that others suggest. Like 5 minute Friday. Or on Monday posts about found Blue items. But even though I follow suggestions of others I write what I think. And, I hope that what I am writing about is a Blessing to my readers. Wow; to be able to say that . . . I have readers. Yes I think there are a few people that come by and visit. Some people that are interested in what I am thinking about. Maybe they are interested in ' This Voice'. And, I pray. I pray that the words that leave my mouth . . . This Voice is pleasing to God. I pray that the words and thoughts that are expressed here draw you The Reader into a closer relationship with Jesus. I pray that my Voice is His Voice. Stop
The last few days have been all about me. And it isn't even my birthday. Today I managed to find the peddle for my sewing machine (after a recent move) and so today and tonight I am doing a Sew In. I have refused to do anything but sew....well no not really wouldn't it be nice though? But, dinner is in the oven and the crock pot. Corn bread all ready made and tastes rather yummy. I had to sample.
And my dear friend whom I have neglected sooooo long is patiently waiting while I share my joy with you!
Without further ado here is my sweet long lost friend . . .
Isn't she sweet. She has been very faithful. Never a problem out of her. Today I dusted her off and she was rarin' to go! Or couse I already have projects waiting what quilter doesn't?
Today I wanted simple. I wanted to sew,sew,sew all day and into the night. I think this basket of
left over strips will do me right. I think though it is getting bigger instead of smaller.
And just a peak at what I am working on. I think I'll have enough modernish log cabins for a decent size quilt.
Tomorrow I'll show my work with a sneak peak of my bed. But you have to wait till the next Show and Tell to see the entire room.
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Good Morning and Welcome to my Friday. . . Today I am Feathering My Nest. . . I am glad you came to visit.
I am excited to show you my first Mantle project in over 6 years! Yes I have had to live without a Mantle! We moved earlier in the month and I got a Mantle! So here it is in it's Fall Finery . . .
Here it is but; somethings not right . . . OK I know it needs a mirror and I have just the one but alas it is still in storage. But, maybe something else . . . hmmm. What do you think?
Oh much better. The lit candles make a huge difference. Did you notice I added the stuffed bird.
One of my Cowboys trophies. There are many dead things around our house. I am actually for once feeling very trendy!
I wanted to share a close up of part of the mantle and tell you about the layers and pieces I've used . . .
The bronze we bought years ago at a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Dinner. The most unthrifty part of the entire mantle scape.
The candle sticks beside the bronze are the most thrifty part. I got them well no Cowboy got them out of the dumpster at our apartment. I could not believe someone through them away. They had tags from World Market I think. Someone had tried to paint them and I guess didn't like them afterward. After a bleach bath this is how they turned out. I had to add saucers to hold my fat candles.
The two glass jar candles were thrifty too my mother got at her apartment. But they were in the common room for free not the dumpster. LOL. She asked me if I wanted them. I had to bite my tongue not to say well duh. As I type I smell sugar cookies. Yum
The first layer of fabric is a throw I got at my local grocery store it was cheap. I love the crystal beady things. The brown layer of fabric is a scarf I got years and years ago at Pier One. I love the ends of it. I hope you can see the fringe.
Do you notice the leaves. They are fabric. I made them actually to use as coasters but I felt like the mantle needed some leaves. And, I went to buy some silk ones and thought they cost way too much. Maybe I'll find some thrifty ones later.
Thank you for joining me today. It has been so long since I have gotten to share a Show or Tell or Feather my nest! Come back next week. I'll be sharing my bedroom. I promise you will not want to miss it.
My bed is made out of a tree!
Enjoying the Journey . . .
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Welcome to Thankful Thankful Thursday. Today I am like many of you I am so Thankful for the beautiful Fall weather after such a long hot summer.
I am also very Thankful for Gods word and so I wanted to share a few of my favorite verses along with some beautiful illustrations of the beauty of Fall. Thank you God for the seasons . . .
Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 One of my favorite verses. Sometimes I have to remind myself to stop and listen to Him. To give me a chance to let Him choose the path for me to take. I know His way is best.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight Proverbs 3:5,6 Some days I really need this reminder. Sometimes I don't understand what is happening. Sometimes even when bad things happen or when prayers don't seem to be answered sometimes Trusting in God is all you can do.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the the tents of the wicked.
Psalm 84:10 When I think of these words I paraphrase them a little to Better is one day your house or one daywith God. Being with Him and His people focusing on Him and not allowing myself to be distracted by things of this world.
Today I cannot even begin to list all the things I am Thankful for these are just a few . . . Do you have a few today?
It is because of His Word. His Grace. His Strength and His Power that I can Thrive Today everyday.
This is a two part post . . .
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Part Two . . .
It is Better to be With God. It is Better to Seek His Kingdom First . . . but sometimes we don't. Sometimes we get distracted. Sometimes our needs, our desires and the things we think we need distract us from Where God wants us to be.
Don't get me wrong...I don't have it all figured out. In fact I am still trying to Be Still and listen and many days I feel like I have cotton in my ears.
But this week something has changed for me. This week I am Seeking His Will and I am Trusting in Him.
Yesterday I resigned from my job. I had not been there long. And, it was actually just a 'pay check' it was a means to an end. But, I have been feeling more and more frustrated. I have been getting more and more tired. There is so much to write about the things that have happened and the feelings that I had while I was there but, it is all behind me. I no longer have to drive home on Friday thankful I don't have to go back till Monday.
And today I have a job interview at 2:00. Yesterday I stepped out in Faith. The amazing thing is my Cowboy started a new job on Monday. Just a little part-time gig a few hours a day. And then this morning a local television ministry called him for an interview for a campus monitor job. He already works evenings teaching at a driving school. He laughed when he called me this morning to tell me they had called. He said he was praying about my interview and that I would get it. He said the least I could do was get 1 job since he has 3! He was joking and it was funny.
But the thing is the interview is with a non-profit. It will be a ministry job. It will be a job that will provide what we need financially but I'll also be making a difference. I'll also be serving God.
I am Thankful for the chance to Seek His Kingdom. Today I am thriving because I am Trusting in God.
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Everything we do can be a ministry and worship to our Lord. Link up as many posts as you want, and I hope that you’ll take the time to visit some other participants as well.
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