Sunday Mornings

I woke up this morning very ready for church because of the fellowship with other believers. I need the connection to other people that do not include conversations about business practices or about the fact that the “chickie laid an egg in the window box!” I love to talk to other believer about the goodness of our wonderful savior, Jesus. Apparently nature had other plans for me this morning, so here I sit.

Believe it or not, sometimes we just need to slow down and use our time to minister to others even when we are hurting. We need to focus our hearts and minds on helping others who need the encouragement to keep facing the hard times in our lives. For some reason, we think that because we decided to follow Christ, we will have an easy life and drink from a cup that always runs over with blessings.

That is really not how this walk works. In fact, we battle a very real devil who hates us. I mean literally hates us to the core of his being. The minute we grasp this concept, we begin to understand that we will wake up every day to a battle in the heavenly places. For some people this is the scariest truth but for others this makes us understand what is really going on.

See, I woke up this morning ready to go and celebrate all that God has done for me in the past week. How he has sustained me and provided for me. I wanted to make an offering that would be a sweet aroma to him. Yet, here I am at home. Fighting a battle that has kept me home today.

However, I will not let the enemy have this victory. I will pour my heart out in encouragement to others that are fighting these battles this morning. I will read God’s word and study the lessons that we have been working on for my bible study with my tribe. I will work on the classwork for my college classes that the Lord has blessed me with.

Let’s make today a day that we rejoice that the Lord has already won the battle that we face. He has never left us for a second. He loves us so much that he sings over us like a mother sings over her child. He is fighting for us. We just need to keep our hands raised and trust that the victory is ours.

Sorry and yet not sorry.

Yep, I did it again. I took way to long to post. To say that our lives have been busy is a complete understatement. I am sorry that this is not always a priority but at the same time I have made a summer with my daughter a priority that has take most of my days time. This has been a summer of memories that I will cherish for years to come.
We have spent our days in the pool, working in the garden, and playing hide and seek with every moment we can spare. We camped in the hottest part of the summer and enjoyed the rains on the porch on the coolest days. We added too many ducks to our flock and, if that wasn’t enough, added the funniest turkey, Leroy.

This has been a summer filled with lots of love and laughter that I have needed more than anything. I still miss my granny more than I can even talk about, and with missing her I miss all the ones that have gone home before her. I love that the Bible reminds us that we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, so that I know they are just in another place waiting and watching.

Our household has experienced a few changes over the months. We recently started having a weekly bible study with two of my aunts. This has been a huge blessing in our lives and we look forward to every week. I can say with certainty that I know more about the book of Daniel than I did last year. The Lord has also moved us in churches. We have started attending a new church that we have been enjoying. It is still early but we are excited about where we are headed in God.

This week I have been super busy working on all the preparations for school to start back. I will be attending online classes and my daughter will start her homeschooling. She is only doing preschool but we will have a few hours every day that will direct her learning. She is exceptionally smart and I really look forward to watching her learn.

Well, I just wanted to post a quick update andĀ IĀ promise that I will be posting much more in the weeks to come!

I pray that your week is filled to overflowing with God’s love, grace, and provision!

Jesus, bring the rain!

Rain. For most people, rain is one of the worst things you can do to their day. It ruins camping trips and picnics, parties and weddings. However, in my case, I love the rain. There is nothing that makes me happier than a good rain shower or thunderstorm to make me feel all cosy and snug in my house. I can sit for hours and just drink coffee, make plans, and soak in the rain. 

I also love the way that things seem to grow better in the rain. Our garden will produce with water from the faucet but there is nothing that will make plans grow better than the rain from the heavens. 

We have had rains this summer but the rain that came today was just what we needed to quinch the thirst of the end of summer. We always stay so dry during the month of August.

I feel like the rain covers my small world in a blanket and keeps me humble and warm from the rest of the world. Things stop in the rain but other things flourish with those little drops of life-giving water. 

I think about the rains of life. I hate nothing more than a dry season in any part of my life. I love the life giving flood of living water rising over my dry soul and cleansing away all the hurt and loneliness of a drought. 

I am so thankful for the rain that will always induce praise from me to God, the giver of life. 

When we go through drought in our lives it is easy to forget the refreshing rains that will bring new and even returning life to our souls. I pray that we never forget to be patient in the drought and wait for the “cloud the size of a man’s hand” to end the drought in our lives. God will always send the rain!