Friday, September 15, 2017

Finding Joy Aug 2017 "The Joy"

There is joy to be found even though life is in no way perfect.  
Here are some moments of joy from Aug 2017

Afternoon Tea with my girls.

 Our trip to the mountains
 Hiking in the NC mountains
 Enjoying the solar eclipse, my Zumba buddies, good food, family out for a drive, sharing a bunk bed with Caleb.
 Maggie' first birthday party:-)
And let's not forget the joy of God's promises.
One of my favorites
"I will never leave you or forsake you".
Thank you God:-)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Morning Motivation "You are the God who sees me" Thank you God!

Hagar in the book of Genesis did not have it easy.  But even with difficulty in her life, she recognized God as "the God who sees me." 
Help us, God, to realize you see us too.  In pain, in the joy and everything in-between thank you God for being the God who sees, understands and guides us.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Beginning, Help From a Radio Station, K-Love

I remember the painful early days of my separation.  The event knocked me to the ground where I landed in a soul crushing fetal position. My emotions changed, and in an instant, my calm and clear mind fell into a cloud of confusion and despair.  I remember my ability to do the things I did every day now became impossible for me to do.  I could no longer read a book; my mind was too bruised.  I could no longer watch a TV show; I could only stare at the TV as episode after episode danced across my screen as I watched in an emotional stupor.  I could no longer listen to the news for doing so would only enhance my new found fears.

The only thing that I could do was find something that gave me hope and direction.  For me, that was a radio station I used to take for granted.   K-Love.  I would listen to it when ever I was in my car.  Sometimes I did not want to hear what the lyrics in the songs said to me about hope because in my mind, at that time, I had no hope.

I remember one song in particular that touched my soul and still does today.  "Praise You In This Storm" by Casting Crowns.  I mention this song in my book, "My Story My Divorce God's Promise, The Beginning."  I talk about the day when there was a strong storm over my town, the day I went out and sat in the rain and wind and asked God to send a lightning bolt to take me to His peace.  God did not take me home but instead lifted me up.  Though the music and through His word he gave me strength and a newly found testimony.

I hope you are not in a devastating divorce situation.  If you are, please find something to give you hope.  It could be a devotional, your church, your faith, or it could be a radio station.

Thank you K-Love for your ministry.  For giving me hope in my storm through the music and God's word.
God Bless,

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Beware the Narcissist

I never really understood the meaning of Narcissism.  There was no mention in primary or secondary school.  I don’t remember mention of it in my psych classes in nursing school.  How can we protect ourselves from something we don’t know or understand?  With that in mind, I will be doing a series of quotes from Pinterest to help us all better understand and protect ourselves from the narcissist.
Beware the Narcissist, the Beginning The Journey The Joy
The Beginning

The Journey

The Joy
Hugs and Prayers,

Monday, September 4, 2017

Morning Motivation Genesis 28:15

Thank you, God, for walking with us on this journey.  Please direct my path and keep me on the road that you want me to follow.  If I start to deviate, please put up a road block and redirect me.  Since I can't see clearly, I put my full trust in you. Help me to live the life that you want me to live.
I love you,

Monday, August 28, 2017

Morning Motivation "The Amazing Power of Forgiveness" by Rick Warren

This is part 2 of my two part blog post from a sermon by Rick Warren.  "The Amazing Power of Forgiveness."  You can listen to his sermon hereThe Amazing Power of Forgiveness
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28
(These are my thoughts based on Rick's Sermon)

Pastor Rick asked two more questions in his sermon that I did not cover in my last post.

#4 You have not forgiven until you have forgotten the offense.  True or false?  That would be false.
Rick tells us that forgiveness is not forgetting what happened.  God does not always want us to forget.  

Forgiving and then remembering the hurt and then seeing how God can work it for good is better than forgetting.  I would agree with Rick.  If I forget the pain and the hurt and how God helped me through how could I ever help others that I meet on the same path with the same pain?  

In the sermon, he mentions that war, cancer, divorce, disease, death, rape, and abuse are evil.  It is interesting how divorce ranks up with some of the worse possible things, and I would agree it sure can be.  This is where Romans 8:28 comes in, "in all things God works for good".

#5 When I see someone hurt it is my duty to forgive the offender.  True or false?  The answer is false.  If I was not the one hurt how can I forgive?  Forgiveness must come from the offended.  I would agree.  What power would it have coming from someone else?

Dear God,
You know how deeply and profoundly hurt I was when I was betrayed.  Only you and people that have experienced this type of pain could understand the despair.  I am four years out from the initial pain and I don't want to forget.  I don't want to forget when I wanted to give up that instead you lifted me up and you held me. Through your word and your promises I now stand stronger.  Help me Lord to use my experience to help others.  Please direct my path.
I love you,