Where Is My Key

Honey, where's my key?

I don't know how many of you have ever lost something that is really important or not yours. Losing things really frustrates me. Literally, I go crazy trying to find something when I have lost it. It is all I can seem to think about.

The funny thing is the harder I look the less likely I am at finding it. Anyone with me on this or am I the only crazy one. You don't have to send comments about that.

The other day, I realized in all the hussle and bussle of Christmas, I had misplaced a key. That may not have been a big deal except the key was not mine, nor did it really belong to the person that I borrowed it from; you know one of those DO NOT DUPLICATE ones.

I called my grandma to tell her I could not find her key. I thought maybe I had given it to a couple of other people so I called them, too. It seemed I had lost the key.

My grandma was not only understanding but gave me great advice. She said stop looking for it and pray God will help you find it. Lose the frustration and lean on God. Great thinking.

I prayed for the key to show up and I stopped fretting about it. Several hours later, wouldn't you know it, the key found me. There it appeared in plain sight on the edge of a laundry basket.

I called my grandma and said the key found me. I could say I found the key but I couldn't find it. Then all of a sudden there it laid, amazing! God is Amazing!

By the way, God wants ALL of us. He wants our big things, our illness, our job loss, our family struggles, or whatever big thing your facing. He also wants our little things, our missing keys, our stressful morning or restless nights, our uncertainty about what our little one needs right now. He wants it ALL. He wants ALL of us.

1 Peter 5:6-7 says: 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the right time, 7 casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.

We don't have to have it all figured out that's the humility part. Saying its okay to know God can take care of our big things AND our little things. Cast it ALL on Him, He cares for ALL of you.

God cares for us so much and wants us to come to Him about everything. Not only our needs but also our victories. Take it ALL to Him. Praise Him for it ALL and the blessings that he has in store for you will flow graciously.

May God bless your whole week, the big things and the little tiny things that get you through the day.

What have you lost? What have you turned over to God and received victory for?

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Merry Belated Christmas

Sorry this is late. With being sick I am getting this greeting out a little late but the message is never late. Please enjoy.

                                    Copywritten by Matt Missman
Merry Christmas to all our friends and family,

As we go through this Christmas season that we love for so many reasons, we want to send our warmest wishes.  This time of year, we cherish the time that we get to spend with family we don’t always get to see, our time at home with our kids, and filling up on delicious food we spare ourselves from the rest of the year.  Most importantly, we get to celebrate the birth and life of our beloved, Jesus.

When I saw these Christmas cards, it brought tears to my eyes.  I remembered the first time Scott and I held our first born son.  The feelings of tenderness you have in your eyes and the delicate way you hold your child so close to your heart; a heart that is filled with the anticipation and anxiousness of an unforeseen future.  A heart filled with the amazing and overwhelming love you never knew or felt with anyone before.

As I look at the picture of Mary and Joseph, I try to imagine the stir of emotions they both must have been feeling as new parents and yet the one thing that I can’t fathom is what it must have been like staring at the face of GOD in their newborn son.  The One that they had been waiting for, the One their parents had told stories of, and the One that they were longing deep in their hearts for, was finally here.  The angels sang out, the shepherds fell to their faces in worship, the wise men traveled from far to see this Jesus, their newborn son.  The angel Gabriel said to Mary, “He shall be called Emmanuel”, meaning GOD with us.

Here we are some 2000 years later, still celebrating the birth of this Christmas Miracle.  John 3:17 says God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.

As you think of the gifts you receive this year please know that the gift that GOD sent us in Jesus is a free gift to anyone who wants to take it.  This gift gives you an eternal life of Hope and Freedom in Him.  That overwhelming and deep love can still be felt today. The same love that Mary and Joseph must have felt on that first Christmas day.  In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” and in Romans 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me”.  If you want that gift all you have to do is take it and it’s yours.

Dear friends and family, during this Christmas season we pray that you may experience the fullness of life that GOD offers you through Christ Jesus.

We love you all very much and hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Count It All Joy

I have spent the last week at home with three sick kids. Not so bad maybe, but I too, was sick.  We
have had the flu that has just physically drained us.  You may be wondering why I titled this "Count it All Joy."  Let's looks a little further and see if you can find joy in moments such as these.

I have spent a lot of time since Thanksgiving diving into the attitude of living with joy and living with a heart of gratitude, being thankful for all that God has given me.

I know that I have been given so much and I just wanted to find the joy in it all.  If you read my blog entry about a month ago titled, "Do we have a thankful heart?" I challenged people to wake up everyday and just thank God and praise God for all that you have been given.

I did not want to only challenge you but to challenge my own heart.  I know that God has given me so much, yet I was having a hard time really appreciating it, quite honestly. Before I open my eyes everyday, I just thank God and praise Him for everything. I ask Him to help me be grateful for the things in my day.

Let's look at joy from James' perspective. I have been studying the book of James.  What a great resource for Christian living. James 1:2 says: "Count it all joy, my brothers, for when you face trials of various kinds, they produce steadfastness."

Let's look at the first part of the verse.  Count it all joy.  Some versions say, consider it all joy.  You might be saying yeah right.  I have a really sick kid, I am sick, I lost my job, my husband left me, we can't pay the bills, you don't know the problems that I am facing and you are telling me to consider it all joy.

Seems ridiculous, seems impoossible. I didn't say it was easy. So hang in there with me.  James continues the verse with "when we face trial of various kinds". Think about the trials you may be going through right now. Make a list if you have to. What are you being faced with?

Next to each of your troubles or after you say each of those things say, "count it all joy".

Now, can you think of somthing good that has come from each of those things. You may be knee deep in the middle of a trial or just at the beginnng of a trial, you may be thinking I am really crazy right now. Hold on to this thought, not the crazy part.

Try thanking God, in advance, for whatever He is going to bring you through in this trial. Praise Him for all He has given you and pray that He will teach you something or bring you closer to Him.

Like I said, I have been home all week long and all I wanted to do was lay on the couch or stay in bed, I was physically drained. I had breathing problems, coughing, aching, chills, the whole works. On top of all that, I was completely out numbered with three little people that needed me to tend to their same ailments. They were less excited about being sick than I was. The whole week, I had these four little words ringing in my head. COUNT IT ALL JOY. COUNT IT ALL JOY!

What God? What are you asking of me, right now? COUNT IT ALL JOY?

I can tell you time and time again, whether I was dealing with a tantrum, not my own, or crying, my own, or just getting through the day's routine, I was feeling more grateful. I was glad to have all my kids with me, sick or not. I was glad to be needed and I was glad to be able to just get through the day. I was glad we were home and not in the hospital.

I am not telling you that just saying it is all joy will make life easy breezy, all sugar plums and lollipops. There are still trials, there are still things that we face big and small. I am not just telling you positive talk or thinking and repeating great things will get you through those trials.

First, it starts with a relationship with Jesus Christ. He was my joy in the midst of my trials. He was the One that has helped deliver me on the other side of what I face with an attitude of gratitude.

Second, through obedience to Him and His Word, I can go through trials and learn to find the joy in what He has given me, good and bad.

This brings us to the second half of the verse, this produces steadfastness. Steadfastness means to stand firm, to not be wavering in your faith.

You see, we can face trials, we can find joy in the midst of them or at the end of them. James is directing us to God, he is saying consider it joy because these trials can lead you to leaning more on Christ and making you firmer in your faith.

In our trials, we can face them alone, we can conquer all that life throws at us, or In Christ, we can count on Him and His strength to get us through our trials and experience the joy that walking closer to Him will lead us.

I know that God will heal us, I don't know all that will be involved in that process, but standing firm with Him in my corner, I can just keep saying COUNT IT ALL JOY and I am able to experience more joy and gratitude that He can bring even in my times of trial.

A heart of thanksgiving will lead to more gratitude, love, and humility for the One who delivers you through your trials.

I pray that whatever you are going through, you will be able to find joy in your relationship and walk with Christ.

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Footprint in the Sand

I don't know how many of you have ever walked on a sandy beach. Personally, my favorite part is the warm sand between your toes right at the water's edge. The part as you walk along you can see where you've been. The part that leaves a trail behind you for a little way before its all washed away.

One poem that I really love is Footprints in the Sand. If you are not familiar with that poem, it tells of a man who is walking along the beach talking with Jesus and he notices two sets of footprints in the sand. Pretty soon as they are walking, he only notices one set. As he continues, there is again two sets of prints. He turns to Jesus and says, "What happened, we were walking along together, then I noticed you left and there was only one set of prints in the sand. Why did you leave me? Jesus said I didn't leave you, I carried you.

Doesn't life feel just like that sometimes. We are strolling down the beach hand in hand with Jesus. Everything seems smooth sailing. All of a sudden, the tide starts coming in, the waves get a little bigger and we feel all alone. We can't quite understand what happened. We think, I felt so close to My Friend and now I can't feel Him at all. Why would He leave me at a time like THIS?

Some of you may not have a relationship with Jesus a that is why you're here. You are curious. You are seeking . "Everything seems smooth sailing", you may be saying, "Why would would I be seeking something or someone else". You're here and it's not by accident.

The great news is, and this is for everyone, when you show up, He will meet you there. You are not going through rough times alone and you don't have to. He did not walk further away from you, it is quite the contrary.

The problem is this, we think we can handle things, alone. We start to wander around the beach, alone. Although He is right beside us, we begin to feel alone.

Then all of a sudden we can't handle it anymore, and we break, we finally fall on our faces, sometimes literally, in a panic. Shouting, "Where are you, why have you left me? Why do I feel so alone, can anyone hear me, can anyone help me?"

Friends, the answer is as simple as the problem, we can't handle life, alone. We weren't meant to. I have so many verses in my head right now. Promise after promise, from Our Lord and Savior. I am only going to talk about this one right now but I pray this is the one you need today.

In Deuteronomy 31, God tells Moses he is going to die (whoa, what? put the brakes on, and you thought you had it bad). Because of his actions, Moses would not get to enter the promised land. Before he died, God needed Moses to give another message to Joshua and His people (God's people) before they entered the promised land, in verse 8 Moses says to them: It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

I would like you to sit on that verse a while. Say it out loud five times. Then put your name at the beginning of that verse and read it to yourself until you hear the sweet promise of God rest on your heart. Praise God. He is amazing!

Pretty soon when times start to get rough and you feel all alone these words will come to mind. When you make God's words part of your song, you will be singing them at just the right time.

Friends, It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

You are not alone, because of HIS mercies, you are being carried. Let your heart rest on the promises of God, let HIM be your guide and you will see all HE can get you through.

If you want to read the story of Moses further, Deuteronomy is the third book of the Bible, you will see how God was with Moses to the very end.

How has God carried you lately? Please share encouraging stories in the comments section.

May your walk with Jesus this week be hand in hand. Thank you for your encouragement, please have a delightful week.

Beware of the Surf

I love this beach. Isn't it beautiful? I couldn't have gone on a better day to get a more beautiful picture. This was taken when my husband and I went on our honeymoon.

Just to look at my pictures gives me such a peace. I taught kindergarten through second grade special education for a year in Hawaii. It is my home away from home. I look at this picture and I have saved this image in my heart and when I have especially hard days, I just savor on this thought. Soaking Up the sun on a beautiful beach. This is not even my absolute favorite beach, believe it or not.

This beach is Waimea Bay on the beautiful island of Oahu. Across the street is Waimea Park, which is a rain forest, after walking through the rain forest you get to the treasure at the end of the rainbow, a beautiful waterfall.

There is a very funny story about this beach. Before I went to Hawaii, my grandfather had told me to be very careful on the North Shore, the water can be very dangerous. My grandfather was stationed there during WWII, which is a story in itself that I will tell another time, and had seen the North Shore beaches.

Looking at this picture you would never think this could be dangerous. People are in the water; the waves are practically flat. The clear blue water, which looks exactly like the pictures portray, is calm and inviting. This picture is taken in July.  Anyone that has traveled or experienced the North Shore of Oahu in the summer time would get just this. An amazing picturesque view of all of God's amazing creation. In fact, you may find some very good snorkeling spots.

However, if you want to see what the North Shore beaches are so famous for, you would need to visit this part of the island in the winter time.  Then you would get the classic waves with the Big Surf and Big Surfing.  I am not a surfer so me being in the water any other time than summer would not be a good idea. 

I was taking my grandfather's advice for all it was worth. One day, when I went to this beach, there was a sign that said DANGEROUS SURF.  Well, I feel that I am a person to take advice from those that may know better than I.  So on this particular day, I was only sitting on the edge of the beach. After all if a sign tells me to BEWARE of something, I am aware.

On this day, this beach was not quite as big as this picture shows because the tide was high and was covering most of the beach.  Like I said, I was sitting on the edge of the beach, and all of a sudden a wave came in and grabbed me and pulled me into the water. This beach not only gets large waves but also get large surf breaks.  Which means that there are huge drops in the beach that the waves have broken away and now are covered in water that is turning the tide over and over again. Think of an underwater washing machine.

I don't know how many of you have been caught in a wave that is turning you about in a circle, but it is very hard to get out of.  You keep turning over and over, like in a sideways washing machine, in the water until you get tossed out, fight your way out, or you get pulled out, which was the way of my escape.

God has his hand on me that day.  I had been very careful to read all of the signs.  I had listened to people that knew more that I did about the situation, but I had gotten too close.

Isn't our life like that so many times.  All the signs are there.  The support is there but we just have to get right to the edge thinking that we are safe. God gives us an amazing support system, His Bible. He sometimes gives us all the signs, but we feel maybe just right here, just by the edge and I'll be safe.  We think we are listening but we want to take it to our limit.

We see the beauty in the scene around us.  We see the immediate pleasure.  We get what the world is telling us is right and okay. We keep testing the edge of the limits. Everything seems to be going just fine but then sometimes it takes Him snatching us up in His tide and twirling us around a few times before we really get His picture.  It may take sitting back from the edge to see what is really going on.

This beauty doesn't look so dangerous but underneath the surface trouble is lurking. Sometimes we try to do things in our own way and in our time.

God knows the plans he has for us. He knows the best path for us. The question is, are we willing to take it? Are we willing to follow Him all the time, to walk with Him daily? 

I have tried my own ways so many times in my life. Fortunately, my God did not let go of me.  He stayed right beside me even when I was on my own path. James, which is an amazing book that gives great advice on the daily walk with God, says in chapter 1 verses 5-8

5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything for the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all His ways.

I was seeing all the signs of my wayward ways, I was walking around like a "Christian" person yet living on my own path. Watching my God walk beside me, yet completely ignoring Him.  I literally thought; if I don't look over my shoulder, I won't have to look Him in the face. I can keep going on my path and still be a "good" person. I was being a double-minded person. James tells us here for that person can not suppose they will receive anything from the Lord.

But the lie of "satisfaction on our own path" is straight from devil's mouth.  It is a lie. A real life walking with Christ requires work on our part.  A commitment to make Him the priority. We can continue to be tossed in the waves of life or we can surrender to His rescue.  He is standing there; holding His hand out and waiting to pull us out of the water.

What are we going to do? Are we going to let Him rescue us and walk with Him or are we going to continue to sit on the edge of the water waiting to get sucked in? Are we going to be the double-minded person walking in faith and then doubting all He tells us?

I have been blessed in so many ways and now I desire nothing more than Walking with God in my every day. I am seeking to walk in His wisdom because only there am I receiving ALL His blessings that He is waiting to pour out on to me.

Join me on this journey. We can walk together to further our pursuit in Seeking God In All We Do.

Have a great day and BEWARE OF THE SURF! 

Lets Celebrate Every Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope that your heart was filled with gratitude for all that you have been given.

In, "Do We Have a Thankful Heart", I discussed the idea that it is easy for us to be thankful for the many things that we are given and to express our thanks on a holiday. We looked at the idea of being thankful and expressing it beyond our holiday and the time of Thanksgiving. If you have not read that blog entry, check it out.

It is easy for the feeling of gratitude to wear off. Please reflect with me over the holiday week, weekend, day, or however you celebrated your Thanksgiving.

Personally, I had the most spectacular holiday week. I got together with relatives from far and wide. I saw family that I had not seen in several years, family that I don't get to see very often, and we got to meet a new little member of our family. Wow! What a reason to praise the Lord and have thanksgiving in my heart.

We were able to spend time on more than just Thanksgiving day. We got together and played games, I got to spend some time dress shopping with my aunt and cousin (you looked beautiful by the way), and we just sat around and laughed and giggled. It was so great. I think this was one of my favorite holidays ever.

On Thansgiving day, we went to my parents house where there were fourty family and friends that met. Some people were thinking, where are all of these people going to fit? Some tried hiding in an exclusive room where no kids would be allowed. Others just sat in the middle of it all to take it all in. Isn't it funny how there are so many different personalities in a family.

At one point in the night, I was in the basement below all of the celebrations. I was just listening to everyone. There was such love and laughter in the conversations. I couldn't quite make out what everyone was saying but I could hear happiness and joy in everything that was going on. The kids were all gathered in one place playing. In one room there was more quiet conversations. In probably the smallest room, the most people gathered and laughed and joked. I just thanked the Lord for the opportunity to be a part of one of His many blessings- family.

Then, they all left, they had to go back to their lives and we had to go back to ours. So now where do I get find that feeling of pure joy that I was getting on that day? Surely I could reflect and remember those times but that feeling, I want that feeling. It is hard to sometimes see God's blessings, especially if you are not looking for them.

Psalm 92:1-2 says: 1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. 2 It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfullness in the evening.

The theme of Psalm 92 was be thankful and faithful every day. This song was used in the Temple services on the Sabbath. The song that flowed from there lips was a song that flowed from their hearts. It was a song thanking Him for His unfailing love and His faithfullness. Praise God for His unfailing Love, especially in a world that fails us in so many ways.

So what is your every day like? I know what my life has been like since last Thursday.  Everyone in my house has been a bit tired from all the festivities and tensions have been on high and patience have been on low.

I know your saying right now, "How do I give praise and thanks in those moments, when I feel like I am doing all I can to survive the moment."

Some of you may be saying, "when is tomorrow going to come because I am done with this day." I know I have told my kids this on many occassions, "Go to bed, your day is done."

I want to celebrate every day!

How about you?

Come celebrate with me.

I have been trying. I mean,  you may have to be intentional about this. You may have to go out of your way. You may have to go one step further than you feel like you have might for. You may have to come with that little mustard seed.

Here is a secret. One you can share. You come. You show up with your little bit and God will meet you there. You come and show up with you all and you will never regret it.

I know He has been meeting me there, whether I show up with my all or with just what I have left. He mets you there so you know it is all from Him and not of your power.

Because of Him, I have felt more positive, I have felt more loving. I have been feeling more patient, and I have been able to find more joy in all my moments. I know it is all from my Loving Father. I showed up and He met me there with His Blessings

Here is our challenge. Thank God every day. Let the words that come off your lips be those of thanksgiving For the next week or two, intentionally look for all the blessings that He has given you and praise Him for what you see. See what a difference it makes in your life.

Please return to my facebook or blog page and post what God is doing for you when you go looking for Him and praise Him every day for ALL He does for you.  This would be great encouragement for me and for all who read it. I thank you and love you for being a part of this journey with me.

With a heart of thanksgiving, have a amazing week!

Be Still

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Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7