Tuesday, December 5, 2017

When you don't understand


Do you ever have circumstances in your life that you don't understand? I know, I know, that's a silly question. We all have situations like that.

If you're like me, you find yourself trying to answer questions like these:
  • Why did my child rebel when I was raising them according to God's Word? 
  • Why did I get sick when I was taking good care of myself?
  • Why did my husband lose the best job he's ever had?  

We like to file horrible happenings into neat little cubby holes or tidy file folders in our minds, so we can explain everything. But you and I both know that some things simply can't be categorized. Some things we will never understand.

Can we live with that? Is is okay to say, "I don't understand this, but it's not going to ruin my life or my relationship with God."



Because if we keep trying to figure it out with our limited understanding, we may get stuck in the "bitter and angry" file or the "doubt and despair" file.

Can we create a cubby hole or file folder in our hearts and label it, "Not sure why," then trust the One who gave us life and loves us to die for? Can we tuck those unanswered questions in that file and have the courage and trust to leave them there?

Someday the Lord may reveal to us why Aunt Lois died even though we prayed for her, why our spouse lost his job, or why our best friend deserted us. Or he may not.


But if we refuse to get stuck, if we choose to look to God to take care of us in spite of our unknowns, he will move us forward into the excellent plans he has for us. He will set us free from having to figure everything out. He will give us the grace we need for today.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Why the Love Affair with Water?





Perhaps you've heard discussions on the benefits of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. In case you're wondering, "Why The Love Affair with Water?" here are ten ways water helps us stay healthy, based on a dandy article I found on Top Ten Home Remedies website:


1. Relieves Fatigue--ever feel like your energy level and your to-do list don't match?

2. Improves Mood--I bet Pollyanna drank gallons a day!

3. Treats Headaches and Migraines--since both are often caused by dehydration, water helps.

4. Helps Digestion and Constipation--Too fast or too slow? Balance your belly with H2O.



5. Aids Weight Loss--Once we hit 50 or so, our metabolism slows down. Help us, water!

6. Flushes out Toxins--that's a fancy word for poison, which none of us need.

7. Regulates Body Temperature--this is important for extra energy while exercising.

8. Promotes Healthy Skin--ladies and men alike need vibrant, elastic skin, especially as we age.

9. Relieves Hangover--hopefully this doesn't apply to you.

10. Beats bad breath--whether on a first date or married for decades, sweet breath gets you points!


Another excellent resource on the Balance Me Beautiful site is an article by Lilly Greene which lists 17 Health Issues Caused by Lack of Water
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Based on #s 1, 2 and 5, I'm convinced that our love affair with water should continue. Which items on this list convinced you? 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Are you too busy? Please let me pray for you



A Prayer for When You Are Too Busy



Lord, my friend is choking on responsibilities. She is trying to do too much, to be all things to all people. I know this is not Your plan for her.
Because she loves people and fears disappointing them, she says yes more than she says no. Her schedule is crammed to bursting. Because she accomplishes tasks with excellence, she’s a magnet to people who need things done.
And all this responsibility is causing her light to dim.
She was once so bright and eager to spend time with You, study Your life, tell others about Your love. Then she started working for You. And working. And working. The Devil knew he couldn’t tempt her with robbing jewelry stores or murdering her neighbors, so he dangled the fruit of the business of the Lord in front of her. He convinced her that to be a worthy Christian, she had to stay busy, and that to say no was unholy.
Silence his lies to her, Lord. Woo her back to the place of rest and sweet contentment in Your presence, where the beam of Your smile is enough. Return the light to her eyes and the spring to her step.
Please help her find the balance You lived in when You walked on earth. You knew when to say “Okay, I’ll do that,” and when to say “Not interested,” without worrying what others might think of You. You were secure in the Father’s plan for You, not needing to please others in order to feel that Your light was bright enough.
Teach my friend Your ways, dear Lord. She doesn’t want to burn out; she wants to sparkle and blaze with Your life, to do only those things You’ve called her to do. Then, when You come to take her home, she’ll shine in heaven with You.
In Jesus’ name, so be it.

References to Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11, John 6:38


The above is a sneak peek at my newest book, Touchable God: Finding the Lord's Friendship Through Prayer. It is a combination of personal stories about my prayer journey with Jesus and prayers for friends in crisis. It would make an excellent Christmas gift for someone you are praying for!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Why be thankful you don't have everything you desire?





Be  thankful you don't already have everything you desire. 
If you did, what would there be to look forward to? 



Be thankful when you don't know something, 
for it gives you the opportunity to learn. 

Be thankful for the difficult times. 
During those times you grow. 



Be thankful for your limitations, 
because they give you opportunities for improvement. 



Be thankful for each new challenge, 
because it will build your strength and character. 

Be thankful for your mistakes. 
They will teach you valuable lessons. 

Be thankful when you're tired and weary, 
because it means you've made a difference. 







It's easy to be thankful for the good things. 
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who 
are also thankful for the setbacks. 



Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. 
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, 
and they can become your blessings. 


--Author unknown. 

What from the above list are you thankful for today? 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Are you Trying too Hard?



From my prayer journal many years ago when I was trying too hard…


Lord, I need encouragement today. I really don’t want to go by my feelings, or I wouldn’t have a good day at all. I know I have to choose joy and choose to have peace rather than turmoil, but I need Your help even in the choosing. I need you to show me what to do and how to think in order to choose joy rather than sorrow. And I need You to send me encouragement, because right now I just don’t care about anything. To care would mean work, and I’d rather rest and sleep and escape.”

Jeanette, I don’t want you to CARE. I will care for you. When you TAKE CARE, it means you aren’t giving me a chance to help you and care for you. You are trying to do it yourself and that’s pride. When you let go and relax, My spirit takes over and gets the job done in an almost effortless way. You know it’s Me when you don’t have to struggle to get it and struggle to keep it. For Me to carry you, you need to simply relax and not wiggle down and run off. Trusting Me means allowing Me to carry you.


JUST QUIT TRYING SO HARD.”

I am forever amazed at the timelessness of God’s words. I hope His shepherding of my heart spoke to yours today. May you rest in Him, allowing Him to care for you.

Splashing Hope,

Jen