Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The author said something that has struck me,"Emotions are a gift from God, but they were meant to enhance life, not rule it." She hit a chord with me. I have always been an emotional person and I realize that there were times that I let my emotions get away with me. I found the following so helpful.
Sometimes my emotions try to get the best of me. Thoughts that are negative and hurt me start filtering in. Anabel Gillham gives this thoughtful list for Managing Your Thoughts. It's the Five Rs: "Recognize the thought as sin, Refuse to accept the thought as yours and don't dwell on it. You know where it's coming from. Reckon yourself dead to the power of sin (Romans 6:7) Rest in knowing that you are in Christ and He is in you. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ and He is in you. Remind yourself of who you are in Christ, dust yourself off, confess that you listened to the Deceiver and actually believed his lies."
The author asks us: "Identify a negative thought that the enemy often uses against you."
I would have to say that since a little girl I have had a tape playing in my head that says, "You just aren't good enough." Although I realize that this is a lie from the Deceiver, I still struggle with this thought that floats into my mind whenever I am asked to take on a special project, give a presentation, anything that needs some extra self-confidence. I don't want to give the impression that I believe I should have all my confidence in myself. My confidence is in the Lord. I think though that a Christian should know that having the abilities to accomplish specific endeavors comes through the Lord. I believe this could be what the Lord is showing me I need to do, take the focus off Trish and put it solely in the Lord.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I miss my friend in blogland. It just doesn't seem right that she is not around. I want her to know we love her and I sure hope she will come back. She was so uplifting to me and always left the sweetest comments. I learned things from her and I want her to know she is missed.
God is so good and I know He will provide, I just like to share my feelings with my friends.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
One of our questions this week was the following: " Imagine what it would have been like to be Mary--to have an angel tell you you're going to be the mother of the Son of God. How would you have felt when you heard Gabriel's announcement? What would you have said in response to the angel?"
Personally, I find this question fascinating. I believe that after being in shock I would have been in denial. I would have probably been questioning my sanity. Although I love the Lord and trust Him, being asked to take on such a huge undertaking would be overwhelming. I think I would think that He had asked the wrong person. Mary must have had such a sweet spirit and been so willing to submit no matter what. There have been times when I felt the Lord was leading me to do specific things and I took them on. But I did these things with much prayer and counsel from others that love the Lord. Thinking back now on these activities I should remember that He gave me the strength and guidance with those endeavors and I should not doubt myself so much. Total trust in the Lord seems to be the key to this question. If He wants us to do something, He will make a way.
The author brought out a story of a missionary to China, Gladys Aylward that was born in London in 1904. She dedicated her life to the Lord and believed she was supposed to preach in China. After failing her mission-board exam it would seem to many of us that maybe she really wasn't supposed to head to China. She was not a woman that gave up easy. Perhaps that's a prerequisite to following. She heard of an elderly missionary looking for someone to take on her work and she found out she could go if she could get there. So in October of 1930 she left for China with her passport, her Bible, and two pounds, nine pence to her name. She became one of the most famous missionaries of the twentieth century. Would we be so obedient?
Let's think of what God may be asking of us today. Is there something that He would have us do for Him, whether big or small? Do we have a willing spirit?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
If you would like to get details and join us just get with her at her blog. It will come up when you click on her picture. She's very artistic and always is coming up with neat ideas. As the summer draws to an end there will be the holidays to look forward to, but sometimes they make me a little blue. My mother died right before Christmas in 1978 and ever since then I can't help but think of my emotions that sad Christmas. When I went to clean out the things in her apartment she had her little Christmas tree up and had purchased my Christmas card. We loved watching all the Christmas specials together when I was growing up. I guess I shouldn't be sad. I believe that we'll be celebrating His birthday, but my mother will be worshipping Him in person.
Since I'm talking about looking forward to things, what could there be any better to look forward to then to know Our King is Coming!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
You know, you could just grab the checkbook and ride off to any store you chose and get the just right ........
One of the things I would do is set up a schedule and travel around the world to visit my blog buddies. I'd go down to Florida, up to Canada, over to England, and all around the US. We could go out to eat and you could show me your favorite places in your city. We would share about all the fun we were having and I'd say, "Just tell your job you are on an adventure." Then we could go all around and visit all our blogland friends. Doesn't that sound fun?
That's one of the things I would do if money was absolutely no problem. What about you?
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Some of my habits are over fifty years old. I have carried them around for half a century. I think my Flesh Woman likes to remind me of those weaknesses and it is something she thrives on. I know these things are wrong, and I know Christ can do anything. I just tend to fall back into the habit and it becomes a cycle. I'm feeling guilty after I do these things, then I go back to the habit in order to drown myself and numb myself of the guilt. Then repeat. I especially do this with my habit of overeating. I have been to Weight Watchers over twenty times. I have tried all types of diets. I have gone to nutritionists. I know what to eat, it's just me making the choice to eat the right thing or seek the comfort of sweets or another type food that makes me feel better temporarily.
This study is helping me reach deep within to look at my reasons for my behaviors. In my heart I realize..."I can do all things through Christ!" Philippians 4:13, NKJV. But my mind must let the Holy Spirit saturate my psyche that He is able to help me make my choices when it comes to reacting to situations and food. We must stop trying to handle our situations and turn them completely over to Him.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Going back to work the first day after vacation has been so challenging. I didn't get out until 8:30pm and I feel like I need to get to bed early tonight. Did you ever go on a trip and you just didn't want it to end? That's how I felt. I will be talking about things from the trip from time to time and when I get the pictures ready I will be sharing them.
We got to go into the old church that I grew up in. It is now an Hispanic church and I went to the office and asked if we could look around. It was so thrilling. I felt like I was truly dreaming. My daddy's funeral was in that church. As a baby I was dedicated at the front of that church. My parents and I spent so much time there. Up until the time I was fourteen and we moved to Florida, I spent every Sunday morning, night and Wednesday night in that church. My basic belief system was developed at that church. I was so glad the church is still operating. The Good News is still being preached.
I will be happy to see how my pictures turned out and I will share as soon as possible. I hope everyone will have a wonderful week.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This was a great visit. I got to see one of my uncles that I hadn't seen since 1957. He is a sweetheart and we will be keeping in touch now. I find it has been a situation where so many of my family have gotten so busy in their lives that they just kept thinking they would do more than the annual Christmas card note, but time passed and we didn't get around to anymore than that. Today was my Aunt Jean's 80th birthday and one of her sons gave her a great party. We looked at old pictures and laughed about all the crazy times.
Why do we let our lives get so busy? Next to our relationship with the Lord, our family has got to come first. I have just been way too busy. I don't want another family member to pass away and not be sure of how many years it had been since I'd seen them. It's just 10 hours away and this has been so much fun. I have laughed so much that the muscles in my stomach hurt. I learned things about my family that I found so interesting. My grandfather was the director of the Red Cross at one time. Oh yes, and one of my cousins has been to Disney World 75 times. It seems like you would have seen all of it by now.
We are planning on coming back next summer and stay longer. I hadn't seen most of them for over twenty years and that's just too long. Don't wait so long to visit your family. It takes a long time to catch up. I realize I have missed so much. Sitting around the table with them made me realize I had been needing to talk about old times and getting all the loving hugs makes me smile now and probably will for a long time to come.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The author said that, "we all have fault lines that run through our souls. Weak spots in our psyches that may go undetected-or simply ignored--for years." This brought to my mind how the Titanic was thought to be so strong and mighty that nothing could sink it. Men had boosted themselves up with the notion that they had built something perfect. We all know that it proved to be an imperfect design. In 1 Peter 5:8, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." NIV
"Jesus pointed to a weak spot in Martha's psyche, she had the need to succeed, and to the fear of failure which fed a demanding spirit." My question for study this week was:
Looking back on your life, to what sort of things have you looked for a sense of identity and self-worth? What do you think your core issue might be?
It didn't take me long to realize that I was driven for years to excel in my career and further my education. I began working on my bachelors degree in 1973 and didn't finish until 1998. Although I had jobs that required a degree, I had been hired without one and went around feeling less than adequate. I believe my core issue was insecurity. I felt hyper-sensitive when others started discussing their education. I now see that it was a pride and insecurity issue. I was ashamed. Now that I look back it is not something that I had to have for my Christian walk and that is my focus. Being insecure goes back to my childhood and never feeling good enough. Through years of walking with the Lord, I now realize He is the one that can work on the weak areas of Trish, my fault lines. He is my security.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I finally decided on my dress.
This is my table. You know how I love pretty sweet treats.