Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I know God is never late

and I know He has a plan for us. But I'd be less than honest if I didn't admit to the fact that I don't understand what the plan is right now. I have moments of concern, fear, doubt. My heart tells me God loves me and my mind chooses to believe it's true.

here are the facts:
the bills are paid until feb 1
we are at the end of our earthly, financial resources
as of today, no job offers have been made
God is good all the time and all the time God is good

Sometimes I am better at resting in His care than others. I guess it is time to exercise my faith. I'm already sweating a little so it must be working. ;-)


Monday, January 26, 2009

home on an icy eve

staying warm, enjoying the unrushed time that bad weather brings. gives me time to think, read, rest. it also gives me time to count my blessings.

as you know, we are in a time of uncertainty. jim is continuing to pursue a job. the bills are paid through february 1. and yet....

i live in freedom.
i live in abundance.
i live in joy.
i live surrounded by more wonderful people than i ever thought possible.
i live in a country where i can worship God wherever, whenever, with whomever.

and i will. Thank you God for your abundant grace, abundant sacrifice, abundant provision, abundant blessing, abundant guidance, abundant care, abundant wisdom. abundant gifts.

you have given us your abundant peace that passes all understanding.
thank you.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

see you later stacy

i went to the funeral of stacy today. only 40, she finished her battle with cancer and went to heaven. she leaves behind her husband of 15 years and 2 young daughters. she also leaves behind a legacy of joy, music, talent, incredible kindness, and zest for life.

i looked around the church today and saw people of all ages, all walks of life, all races, all coming together to mourn our loss and celebrate the life of this incredible lady.

each day we are given 86,400 seconds to live. at the end of the day, there is no carry-over. if they were dollars we would spend them with abandon. shouldn't we live and love in the same way?

welcome to your reward stacy. Jesus welcomes you with open arms and i know you'll recognize him, you spent your life knowing him.


Friday, January 23, 2009

It's all in how you look at things...

my good friend kristy shared this with me today and i loved it!

There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.'

So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed
that she had only one hair on her head.
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail. '

So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up,
looked in the mirror and noticed
that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

'YAY!' she exclaimed.
'I don't have to fix my hair today!'


Thursday, January 22, 2009

today is my dad's 70th birthday...

so i thought i'd give him a call and wish him Happy Birthday!

and here's how it went:

~phone picked up, fumble, cuss~

d: hello?
g: Hi daddy it's Glynis
d: oh well hello there
g: i wanted to call and say Happy Birthday!
d: why?
g: because today is your birthday, you're 70!
d: you're 70?
g: no, you are. Happy Birthday!
d: ok, and also, those, you know, um, walk things, um, :cussing:, well, they broke and I need new. ok?
g: sure dad, we'll take care of it...and Happy Birthday!
d: what? is it your birthday?
g: no dad, it's yours, you are 70.
d: you're 70?
g: yes dad, love you. bye now
d: ok, be careful

~hang up~

anyway, Happy Birthday dad, you're 70 and i wish you all the best.


Friday, January 16, 2009

today's devotion

Thank you God and Max Lucado, once again.

God’s Good Timing

“God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day., and He will not be slow to answer them.” Luke 18:7

Why does God wait until the money is gone? Why does He wait until the sickness has lingered? Why does He choose to wait until the other side of the grave to answer the prayers for healing?

I don’t know. I only know his timing is always right. I can only say He will do what is best…

Though you hear nothing, He is speaking. Though you see nothing, He is acting. With God there are no accidents. Every incident is intended to bring us closer to Him.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

what a ride!

i've determined that regardless of the plans i've made, the most i can sometimes do is decide hands up or hands holding on. you know, just like on the roller coaster.

everyone says the ride is more fun with your hands up. i tried it on the batman ride at six flags and they were right. of course i was strapped in over the shoulders with my feet dangling, so really, how would i fall out?

i think God cares for us in the same way. He knows us, He loves us, He protects us and He doesn't ask us to ride hands up without knowing we are safe in his loving arms.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

so here goes, hands off the rail, wind in your face, turn loose and see how wonderful the ride can be!