Waiting On The Lord

Waiting On The Lord

 

When hang gliding off a mountain the weather must be perfect. If the wind is too strong it can be dangerous, but if it is too light it won’t lift the glider off the ground. The wind must also be straight if it goes to the left or to the right the pilot could fly into the trees. There have been times that I waited with my husband for over two hours and we would end up calling it a day because the conditions weren’t good enough.  

On a flyable day, the wind would blow straight into the mountain. My heart would skip beats and echo in my mind, I knew we would be in motion soon. The moment my husband would holler, “Clear!” I had to run as fast as I could until there was no more ground to run on. The wind would swoop under the wings of the glider and pull us up into the fresh, crisp mountain air. The initial shock to my mind was alarming, but after a few moments I would be away from the cliff and high above the mountain into the open air, it was exhilarating!

My husband used to hang glide all the time. It became second nature to him. First, he waited for perfect conditions. Next, he ran with all his might aiming for the edge of the mountain. Finally, he took a giant leap of faith, both physically and mentally, into the open air, allowing himself to soar like the eagles high above the mountains.

If I wanted to become a hang gliding pilot, I would have to learn to be patient. I would need to make sure all of my protective gear was on and connected to the glider. If I ran off the side of the mountain without the proper gear and training, it would be catastrophic. I would most likely die. 

In my life, God is teaching me the same thing. He is teaching me that I must be patient and trust Him. My daughter is learning to fly in her life. I keep desiring to take the reins and put her in the passenger seat. I want to protect her and point her in the right direction. Not only would it cause problems between my daughter and me, but it would ultimately hurt her growth in Christ. I would be putting myself in God’s place. My job is to support her with prayer, encouragement and an abundance of love. This will bring peace to my relationship with my daughter. The Lord will teach her to wait on Him and He will help her to soar like the eagles.

Inspired by: Isaiah 40:31

Peggy

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Your Story Matters

Your Story Matters

 

In life, I have made a lot of mistakes and taken a few painful u-turns. The school of hard knocks taught me many lessons that drove me into the arms of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Ultimately, gaining stories that might help others who are going through the same circumstances.

Last year I joined Elite Blog Academy. Because I’m a natural procrastinator and don’t always manage my time well, I’m still going through the lessons. Ruth really has useful material. Not only does she teach you how to get your voice heard but she also gives you strategies to hone your skills.

One of my favorite takeaways is being real on my blog. To me, that means, don’t just give advice, it can come off preachy. I need to describe my experience that reveals the outcome which is essential to displaying the credibility of my story. Then, God shows up and leads me to scriptures that He used or is using to teach me amidst the storms that life brings me. Being open can be frightening, freeing, and exhilarating at the same time. It’s truly outside of my comfort zone. But, I have a story that I must tell and if someone can learn about and gain the peace I have gained through Christ, it’s worth it.

Do you have a story? Has life thrown you a curve ball that God turned into a blessing? Are you suddenly on a new path? Do you have a desire to share your thoughts and dreams? These are great questions to ask yourself. Everyone has a story and if you have a burning desire to get it out, you need to share it. The lie is, “There are enough people out there with stories like mine and mine won’t make a difference.” The truth is, “You have a unique story that someone needs to hear.” That person needs to know that they’re not alone and that God will meet them in that mess and use it for good. Your story can and will make a difference, you just need to share it.

Inspired by: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Peggy

 

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Blindsided by the Enemy

Blindsided by the Enemy

The beginning of Fall and the end of winter are very difficult for me. These two seasons wreak havoc on my sinuses. Sinusitis always seems to sneak up on me with a bit of a fog, making it a little difficult to complete my daily tasks. Next, it begins to cause me discomfort with a dull pain in my head and cheekbones. By this time, I realize what’s happening and I purchase my trusty Mucinex and begin taking it. If it’s too late in the game, which it usually is, vertigo sets in and a horrific headache takes over. Ultimately, this little recipe for disaster ends up sending me to the physician for a prescription. Once I start taking the antibiotic, I commence my road to recovery and wonder why it took me so long to call the doctor. Although this happens twice a year, I never seem to catch on, until it’s too late.

I have danced this little jig for as long as I can remember. You’d think by now I would notice when that little vixen tries to cut in for a dance, but I don’t. I get blindsided every time. I get caught up in the things around me and I don’t pay attention to the warning signs.

This can happen to me spiritually too. I love watching science fiction shows. They always start out great and I love them! In the beginning, they might have a couple cuss words that I let slide and then they slowly add a few inappropriate scenes and a lot more cuss words. By the time the second season comes around, I no longer notice the bad language. It’s not until they squeeze in some premarital sex that I wake up. They don’t actually show it, but they show enough for my guys’ imagination to take off.

Although I’m not the one acting out all those inappropriate scenes, I’m subjecting myself and my family to that way of life. Essentially, I’m saying it’s alright to participate in the habits of the characters I’m watching. If I’m not careful I can become like them, like a frog in a pot slowly coming to a boil. When I realize my peril, it’s too late to help myself and I need the Great Physician, Jesus. Just like the antibiotic works on a level deeper than I’m aware of, Jesus works in ways I don’t understand and heals me from the inside out.

Psalm 46:6

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 Peggy

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Relax, He Does The Work

Relax, He Does The Work

 

I’m having a difficult time making Christ my first priority. Have you ever thought that? I have, and I’ve heard others say it too. There are so many distractions in this world: work, family, church, politicians, and hobbies. It amazes me how I can sit down and binge watch a TV series for hours but I have to focus to make sure I have my time with God in the morning. Do you have that problem? I think it’s because we’ve been looking at it wrong.

When you give your life to God and choose to follow Jesus you are saying “I no longer live for myself but for Him.” So that means, everything you do is in Him. When you are cleaning the house, you are doing it with Him. When you are watching a show, you are doing it with Him. When you are taking the children to appointments, it is with Him. When you are working, it is with Him. Do you get where I’m going with this? You can’t fail God because you can’t do anything to earn His love and acceptance. That’s the whole point. Jesus did it on the cross. That’s what is so miraculous about our relationship with Christ.

When you give your life to Jesus and follow Him, you become a new creation. Christ lives in you. When you get up in the morning you aren’t alone. When you leave the house, you aren’t alone. Every choice you make throughout the day is with Him. Always and forever, Jesus is by your side. When you repent of your sins and follow Him, your life changes forever. He lights up every word from the bible that you’ve ever read. Every seed that He has put in you throughout the years, He brings it to life. Imagine a glowing seed inside your soul supernaturally being touched by the Holy Spirit and sprouting up out of control. He changes you from the inside out. It’s a miracle. It’s life with Jesus.

If you look at everything with your natural eyes it causes you to miss the blessings that God gives you every day. I treated reading the bible and praying like it was a chore. I didn’t say it, but my actions showed it. “I can’t go do the dishes yet, I need to read my bible and pray. Wait, don’t eat, we need to pray.” Isn’t it crazy? As I write this with Jesus, my mind is reminding me I didn’t finish my Bible reading, yet many verses are flooding my mind. I decided what I was going to read, but the Holy Spirit is showing me what I need to read. You can’t ever read enough, pray enough, be good enough, or love enough. That’s why Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead, and sent the Holy Spirit. With Him, you can be free from the prisons of our mind and sins of this world.

Jesus lived every moment talking and walking with His Father. When you begin to talk and walk with Him, you’ll crave the word of God, you’ll watch those old habits fall off and die like the cockroaches they are. Don’t focus on the change, instead focus on Jesus and trust that He’ll complete the work in you.

Inspired by: 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 1:27, John 8:36, Romans 12:2, and Hebrews 10:16

 Peggy

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Wind of Change

Wind of Change

I’ll never forget the day I put my trust in Jesus. It was the day that Philippians 4:7 came to life for me. When I decided to trust God, it felt like a supernatural peace washed over me from head to toe. It was truly amazing. Before that day, I was on prescription drugs for anxiety. After that day, I no longer needed them.

God healed me from being crippled by anxiety, but that doesn’t mean worry doesn’t come over me and try to consume me. In fact, it has been coming after me a lot lately. Hiccups always seem to come after me when a new direction pops up. But the difference is, I’m no longer alone. I have the Holy Spirit living inside me and when the wind of change comes, I reach out to Him. He calms the storm and keeps the panic attacks at bay.

When a basket of worry comes to the table of my mind, it tries to invite his friends over for a nervous breakdown. In the past, the only thing that calmed me down was my prescription medicine. But now, I have Jesus. He gave me the peace that passes all understanding. When worry or concern come, instead of trying to meditate on the problem, I meditate on Him and His truth. I remind myself of His promises in the bible and remember who I am in Him. His peace comes over me and the storm dissipates. Though the wind of change may sweep through my life, it can no longer take me with it.

Inspired by: Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

 

Peggy

 

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Embracing a New Season

Embracing a New Season

 

My family and I recently finished a season that lasted almost two years. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout that period. I’m truly humbled when I think about that time. I went into it with a (We got this, going to change the world) attitude. I came out of it humbled and shaken. My faith was tested during this time. My old behaviors of when I was young, wanting to run when things got tough, tried to kick in. I felt like our children were being left behind and I was weary and heavy-hearted.  I learned a lot about communication and the importance of family. Most importantly, I learned to seek and lean on God amidst the trials. 

During that time, God taught me to ask for wisdom and understanding. He taught me patience, humility, and grace. He taught me that it was okay not to be perfect, that no one is, and that I just needed to trust Him and He’d get me through it. God taught me to count it all joy and reminded me over and over again that He would never leave me nor forsake me.

It’s been almost two months since that season ended and my family and I are still getting used to our new season. We are welcoming it with open arms. I’m not sure where this new path will take us, but I know we’re not alone. I see things differently now. I embrace the new, respect the old, and lean on Jesus.

Encouragement: James 1:1-5

 Peggy

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God fills the emptiness with Love

God fills the emptiness with Love

 

The other day was Valentine’s Day and I had a really nice time with my family. I made a great Indian dish for dinner. It was actually a jar of simmering sauce I bought from Aldi. I marinated the chicken in the crockpot all day and it was amazing. I love that store. When my husband got home he surprised me with my favorite candy bar and a zero calorie Monster. We capped off our evening by catching up on The Flash. It’s a sci-fi series we’ve been binge watching for about a week. It’s so wonderful to share life with someone who knows how you tick and has similar desires.

It wasn’t always like this, though. I remember feeling disappointed and lonely on Valentine’s Day. I was either single on the beloved holiday or with someone that made me feel alone. There was an empty, dark, hole inside me that I wasn’t able to fill. I needed something to make me happy and bring me peace. I knew that fairytales weren’t real, but Cinderella sure sold a great story. Girl meets boy and boy takes all problems away. Yep, that my friends, is a recipe for disaster. You’re expecting a human to take care of all your problems and make you feel good about yourself.

In 2007 I married my best friend. We get closer every day. He makes me laugh and brings out the best in me. But it wasn’t always like this. Shortly after we were married, I found myself asking God why I didn’t trust my husband. I knew I had every reason to trust him, but I was super uneasy inside and often disappointed. If you look to a person for your happiness they will fail you.

The morning I asked God why I couldn’t trust my husband, He answered me. He said, “You never trusted Me, how can you trust him.” Well, I thought that was a good point. So, that morning I put my trust in God. When I gave my trust to Him, He showered me with peace and filled that gaping dark void inside of me with His love. I’ll never be the same.

When we look to people for our happiness, we are setting them up for failure and causing ourselves to be miserable. But, when we trust the Lord and seek Him, it’s life changing. He is the One who will give you true peace and joy as He guides you down the path He has prepared for you.

Encouragement: Proverbs 3:1-35

 

Peggy

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Don’t Be the stumbling block

Don’t Be the stumbling block

 

We’ve had to really tighten our belts lately. I have literally put myself on a spending freeze. Our daughter is running after her dreams and we are supporting her. To be quite frank, I’d much rather have her home. I don’t know where this path will take her, but so far it seems far from me. So, I pray a lot because I’m not there to make sure she’s safe and is making good choices. I’m a crazy mama bear when it comes to my kids and I’m having a hard time with this new season.

This morning I was making myself a cup of coffee and the thought popped in my head, “Is it really worth the sacrifice? Does she really need to attend this school?” Instantly I was reminded of the sacrifice that God made with His very own son for us. He sent Jesus to earth to die for us, the ultimate sacrifice. It’s one of the hardest things for me to wrap my mind around. God knew that we, His creation, was destined for damnation and needed a rescue plan. I imagine Jesus approaching God and saying,“Send me Dad, I’ll go. I’ll die so they can live.” And then with a heavy heart, He lets Jesus go on the necessary path to save us, the human race. Wow, and I’m having a hard time trusting God as He guides my daughter down the path, He has laid before her.

In this season of my life, I really feel God reminding me of Luke 14:25-27. If you want to follow Him, you have to leave your family. Basically, if I try to intervene with His plans and keep my daughter home, I would actually be pulling her away from Him. I must continue to trust Him and support her as He reveals the plans He has for her. I can’t be the stumbling block on my daughter’s path. I must encourage her to follow Him.

Inspired by Luke 14:25-27

 Peggy

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