Little Blessings

Sorry for my short departure the past week and a half.  Our internet has been down and we just got around to fixing it. 

Over the past week God has blessed us so much.  Last Thursday we plowed up our whole yard and put down some grass seed.  Most of the yard was just dirt so we really needed to get some grass down before we move in.  We worked so hard that day and it was really hot outside.  God has blessed us almost every day since then with some rain.  I think we only had to turn on the sprinkler 2 times.  Then today just a week later we have grass sprouting!  What a great blessing!  

Another thing I am thankful for today is that Marley is doing wonderful after we had him neutered last week.  He has healed up very good.  He never even acted like he was in the least bit of pain.  He has even started walking with me this week.  We have walked 2 miles every morning this week!  Chloe and Blake are jogging 3 miles.  I am thankful that my back is healing and getting stronger each day!

What are you thankful for today?

 

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Compassion

I think that God is trying to teach me this word.  It started on my way to work Monday.  As I was driving down the road I was listening to Focus on the Family.  I listen to this every morning because it is on the total length that I am in the car.  I had already heard the particular broadcast that was on, so my mind was wondering a little.  As I was driving I passed a little church that always has something witty on their sign.  As I read it I heard the word I read.  It was so weird!  The man speaking on the radio said the exact word as I was reading it in my mind.  The word was compassion.  I just laughed and thought it was a funny coincidence. 

Later at work I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Rocks in my Dryer.  Shannon the author of that blog was going to Uganda this week with Compassion Ministries.  I spent some time reading about her trip and reading the blogs of the other team members also on the trip. 

It wasn’t until I was on my way home and I passed the sign again that I thought of it all again.  I had not realized how many times I had read the word that day and really still not thought too much about it. 

Tuesday I passed the sign again and read more on the blogs and have thought about it so much.  The word compassion is defined as –sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  As I read the definition over and over I began to ask myself how compassionatee I really am.  I really feel like the Lord is laying on my heart how selfish I have been.  I really do not spend much of my time doing His work. 

I have been praying about this and thinking about it all week.  Yes there are many children that need our help in Uganda and other countries, and I think what Compassion Ministries is doing is great!  But I don’t think that God is trying to tell me to sponsor a child this week.  I think He would just be happy if I would give my time to my church and my community.  I think He would be happy if I become compassionateabout something, anything.  We are all so guilty of worrying about what we can do to make our own lives better.  We worry about things like getting a new car, house, new clothes, the latest electronic device, getting a better paying job…  The list goes on and on.  We are consumed by so many things and many of them are not material things per say.  For instance how much time do we spend just trying to make sure everything is so so.  I know I spend lots of time finding recipes to cook, ideas to get organized, ways to decorate…  None of these are bad things I just feel like God is telling me that I could be a better steward of my time.  And I could think of Him more than I think of myself. 

So I challenge everyone today to learn what compassion is and how you can apply it to your life more!   

a humbling day

Today I had such a humbling day!  One thing I love about my job is it allows me to spend my whole day doing whatever I would like as long as the phones get answered; that means I get lots of time to do bible study!  Friday’s the phones are always a bit quiter so I really get time to spend close to God. 

My day went like this today: I sent an email to my mentor from TLT, in this I discussed some of my frustrations and how I need to do better handling them.  Then I spent time reading some blogs.  I really enjoy reading blogs by other Christians who always have something so profound to say.  My apologies that my blog is not so profound but rather mostly about my silly dog.  One blog that I came across just touched my heart so much!  My heart went out to this family as a read their blog about the beautiful daughter they had that was not expected to live very long had she even made it to her birth.  As I read the heart wrenching journey of this mother and her family I felt God humbling me.  (you would think I would avoid things at work that would make me cry seeing that I answer phones and sit at the front door)  I had just been fussing to my mentor about my (so called) burdens.  How horrible I felt about how badly I handle my frustrations and stress after reading how strong this mother was knowing every day of her baby’s life was probably the last.  I can’t imagine.  I feel so low and no good because I have gotten so upset lately over things like the small space we are currently living in and how slowly our house is coming along.  How could I be so ungrateful??? 

Then to top things off I went to do my study for the day and the days title was The Discontented Heart, go figure!  “I hear you loud and clear up there, God!”  I humbly did my study and thanked God for speaking so clearly to me today!  I have failed miserably in much of my spiritual warfare lately, however my study today and baby Copeland and her mother have provided me with great conviction and encouragement.

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. Philippians 4:11-12  

                                        

John Piper in his book, “A Hunger for God,” says this, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”   

*This is a book I need to finish! 

I want to hear from you!

So I know there are a handful of loyal readers to my blog.  If you would share with me what you are studying and learning in the scriptures right now! 

I guess I will go first since this is my blog…

I am learning just how important prayer really is.  I have always prayed and talked to God but not the way I am now.  I have recently started looking at how great God really is.  This has caused me to spend more time rejoicing and praising God for who He is and what He has done.  This has also caused me to seek repentance.  So many sins I have overlooked because I felt they weren’t a big deal.  I mean small things like my daily attitude.  I realize now it isn’t such a small thing because it is still a sin.  Everyday that I was being hateful or moody I was trying to justify my reason for it.  I thought I deserved to act that way because of an affliction that I had.  But the truth is, is that I don’t have a right!  Those little sins still nailed Jesus to the cross just as did my bigger sins.  So my gap I created by not going to God in repentance is getting smaller.  I seek repentance on all the little things now.  And since I am humbling myself I see God as the great God he is.  So I sing His praises all through the day.  And then I remain happier and I am not so angry or moody!  Do you see the chain of events that is happening here!?!

“See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and his arm rules for him. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.  He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?  Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?  Who has understood the mind of the LORD, or instructed him as his counselor?  Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?  Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.  Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires, nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.  Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.  To whom, then, will you compare God?  What image will you compare him to?”  Isaiah 40: 10-18

Please take the time to share what you are learning!