Seeking Direction


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“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.”

Proverbs 4:26

This week I have been “Pondering my path.” I have been dreaming; exploring my options for the future. What started out as a seemingly exciting adventure has quickly turned into a scary, uncertain road.

Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever set out for what looked like a fun, exciting time, but quickly you realized that you were lost and needed some guidance?

My children and I went for a walk last week and I captured the above photo. Both my sons and I were captivated by the scene of open space and seemingly endless opportunity. As we surveyed the land, my children began to talk about how much fun it would be to set out walking and see where it took us. I can only imagine how far they would get before they turned around in search of the safety of home.

As I look at this picture, I think about my life and how many times I have thought the same thing.

I am a self-admitted dreamer. I have been since I was a child. I look out at life and I want to run off into the sunset and see where it takes me.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of having a nice, big house with a big front yard, a loving husband and children running around  calling me “Mommy.”

As a teenager in high-school I dreamed of going to college and getting my PhD in Psychology and becoming  “Dr. So-and-so.”

After I got married and my two oldest children were in school, I found myself lost, seeking direction. Please do not misunderstand me, I love being a wife and a mom, but with the decision to have children and not go to college came the reality that some of my dreams were going to look a little different from those I had as a child.

After some much-needed soul-searching and praying, I realized that God was working my dreams out in his own time. I had a nice home, I had a loving husband, and I had not one, not two, but three little children calling me “Mommy.”

When my youngest was about to start school I felt God calling me to volunteer at the Christian school my children attend. I can not begin to tell you the blessings that God has provided through that opportunity. I get to be with my own children each day while also ministering to many other children as well.

A few months ago, I felt God calling me to start this blog. I have always been told that I had the heart of a counselor, and to have the opportunity to help and encourage other people was something that I longed to do. I may not have a PhD behind my name, but I know I am where God has called me to be. I pray every day that I can be a blessing to those I come in contact with here.

My life right now feels like this vast open scene. My heart wants to take off running into the scenery, but I know I must trust God’s plan. This week I have realized that I need to wait for Him to lead. Yes,I will always be a dreamer. I still have dreams that I would like to pursue in the future, but I will not move until God tells me that it is time.

Just as my children would not make it very far venturing out into the great unknown by themselves, I too realize that without God leading, any dream I pursue, and any adventure I take will only leave me longing for home, for the comfort that can only come from being in the center of God’s will.

I believe that God is not finished with me yet. I believe that He still has great plans for my life. I want to listen for His voice, wait for His guidance, and to trust His results. I know that if I will do this, I will be successful in whatever it is that God has planned for my life.

Maybe you have found yourself in a similar place in life. Please, let me encourage you today:

If you have found yourself longing to run on ahead, I want to encourage you to wait on God. Do not stay behind when He tells you to move, but do not run ahead of the place He has called you to be.

Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us:

  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;

and lean not unto thine own understanding.  

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Trust God today, friend. He has great plans for your life.

God bless you.

Press On


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” Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:

but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind,

and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13-14

In response to yesterday’s blog, my friend Rene at Sweet Rains  shared Psalm 69:5-6 which reads:

  You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.

  Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.

Yesterday I wrote about being a leader and making sure we were setting a good example. Reading the Scripture that Rene  wrote brought to mind another Scripture that I came across this morning in my Bible study. Today I would like to continue our discussion from yesterday and add some food for thought on these verses that have been shared.

As Christians we are called to be leaders. We are called to lead others to Christ, to lead by our example, and to lead by our words.  Matthew 5:48 tells us:

“Be ye therefore perfect,

even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

When we stop to think about this task, it can seem a little overwhelming and unattainable. As I pondered these thoughts this morning, I thought about Paul and the Scripture that I shared with you here today.

Paul, one of the greatest apostles to ever live , struggled with the very thing which we are talking about today. In Romans 7:15 Paul says:

 “I do not understand what I do.

For what I want to do I do not do,

but what I hate I do.

Many times as Christians we struggle with the carnal man: that old, sinful nature that lives in us even after we are saved.

I know all too well how it feels to struggle with wanting to do right and the very next move I make I am falling flat on my face!

God understands our struggles as humans, and He offers grace and mercy for times such as these. 1 John 2:1 tells us:

“My dear children,

I write this to you so that you will not sin.

But if anybody does sin,

we have an advocate with the Father—

Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

We, as Christians, have a goal to pursue. We have a target for which to aim. Will we always obtain that goal? I would venture to say, “no,” but we are still commanded to press toward that mark.
I pray you will be encouraged today as we learn to rely on God for strength and the grace to complete the task to which we are called.
Let us remember that we can go to God for forgiveness when we, as humans, fail to reach the mark that is set before us. Let us always remember to go to God for the strength that only He can give.
God bless you today, friend, and remember: Press On!

Motivational Monday: Follow the Leader


Sculpture by Max Frassi Photo Credit: Unknown: CC

Sculpture by Max Frassi Photo Credit: Unknown: CC

For the LORD giveth wisdom:

out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous:

he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.”

Proverbs 2:6-7

Did you ever play the game ‘follow-the-leader’ when you were a kid? Do you remember watching the leader so that you could do the exact same things that he or she was doing? If the leader began to skip, then you would skip. If the leader began to walk backward, than you would walk backward.

Did you know that our lives are like a game of follow-the-leader?

From the time we are children, we are following someone. Babies learn to walk and talk by following the examples of those around them. Children tend to do what everyone else around them is doing.

As we grow, we look to those older than us to lead and guide us.

We tell our older school children to make sure they are setting a good example for the younger ones because they are being watched.

As adults, we must be very careful to lead our younger ones in the right direction. They are watching us to see how we are going to respond to situations, how we are going to treat others, and how we are going to live every day. It is our responsibility to lead them in the ways that God would have them to go. The Bible tells us in Matthew 18:6  :

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,

it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck

and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

As Christians, we too have a leader: Our Heavenly Father.

In God’s Word, He has set out guidelines for us to follow, and commandments for us to obey. In order for us to grow into the Godly men and women that He has called for us to be, we must watch the leader closely. We need to stay in God’s word, we need to search for direction, and we need to seek out the wisdom that can only come from God.

Our verse today promises us that the Lord will give wisdom and understanding to those that follow Him. We need to make it a point, just as we did when we played follow-the-leader as a child, to keep our eyes on the leader, watch Him closely, and follow His example. This is the only hope that we have of living Godly lives in front of those who look to us for guidance.

I  pray that you have been encouraged by these words today. I pray that we will remember to follow the Leader in every decision that we make everyday, so that we may gain wisdom and knowledge as it has been promised to us.

God bless you, friends.

Fathers: Completing the Task at Hand


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“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!

He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127:3-5

As I was searching for a Scripture to use this morning, I realized that there were many I wanted to share with you concerning fathers and the occasion that we will celebrate this Sunday: Father’s Day.

As I sat down to write, this question came to my mind, “What makes a good dad?” I think the best way to answer this question is to go to God’s word and see what He tells us a Godly dad looks like:

1) A Godly dad should mirror God’s image.

“So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God created he him;

male and female created he them.”

Genesis 1:27

I believe the only way to be truly successful as a father is to follow God’s example. We are told here in this verse that God created all of us in His image. That tells me that we were created to be like God and to mirror His ways. To be successful as a father, I believe you must first learn from your Heavenly father.

2) A Godly dad should teach his children Godly ways.

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.

You shall teach them diligently to your children,

and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,

and when you walk by the way,

and when you lie down,

and when you rise.”

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

As a father, God has given you the job of passing down to your children the things which you have learned in His word. I believe this is the most important job you will have.

3) A Godly dad should stay plugged in.

“He must manage his own household well,

with all dignity keeping his children submissive,

for if someone does not know how to manage his own household,

how will he care for God’s church?”

1 Timothy 3:4-5

I can not say I know what it is like to be a father, but I am sure that there are times when all that is required of you can seem more than you can handle. Let this verse be encouraging to you today. Remember: God will never ask you to do anything that He has not equipped you to do. This verse gives you a commandment, therefore, God has equipped you with the tools to complete it. Proverbs 3:6 says:

 “In all thy ways acknowledge him,

and he shall direct thy paths.”

4) Carry your task out to the end.

“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;

he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.”

Proverbs 23:24

My husband and I are still in the process of raising our children, so I can only imagine the joy that comes from knowing you have raised Godly children. I am sure that there are times when your job as a father may seem hopeless. Be encouraged today that your work is not in vain. God will bless your efforts if you will do what He has called you to do to the best of our ability.

There is one final verse I want to share this morning. I know that in spite of your greatest efforts, each child has to make the choice of whether or not to follow the teaching that his father has instilled in him. Let this verse be an encouragement to your heart today. Proverbs 22:6 tells us:

“Train up a child in the way he should go;

even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

This does not mean that our children will always make the right choices. I believe that it means no matter what choices they make, the things you have taught them, and the ways of God that you have planted in their hearts will never leave them. They may choose to stray, but at some point in their lives, those words you taught them will come back to them.

Fathers, be encouraged today! If you are walking in the truth and doing your best to raise your children in the same truth, God is going to bless that. Remember, God has given you a very important job to do, and He has equipped you to do it.

God bless each father, not only this weekend, but every day hereafter.

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I have to take a moment to say, “Happy Father’s Day” to my dad, who raised us up in the word of God and is still showing us what it means to be a Godly father, and grandfather. I love you daddy. Thank you for all that you do for your family.

I also have to say a very special, “Happy Father’s Day” to my husband and the father to my beautiful children. Thank you for always providing for us and for teaching our children the ways of God in everything that you do. I thank God every day for blessing me with a Godly man to lead our family.

Last but not least, to all the dads who will be celebrating Father’s Day this weekend: God bless you all. You are each one of a kind and this world could not run without you. Stay in the Word, learn from the Master, and then pass those things along to your children so that they may be able to grow into Godly men and women.

God Bless each of you today.

Trust His Heart


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I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,

which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:8

Many times in life, things happen that we do not understand. We lose a loved one, or someone dear to us gets sick. You may have lost your job, or you may be having trouble in your marriage.

I want to encourage you today. Whatever you are going through, God knows. God understands and He has a plan.

My nine-year old is having some tests run today, and he is understandably scared. I told him last night that God already knows the results of the test, and that we are going to praise Him no matter what the results.

You see, so many times we let the unknown frighten us. We need to remember that with God there is no unknown. God is all-seeing and all-knowing. We must have the faith to trust even when we can not see what God knows.

I have posted this song today as a reminder that even  when we do not know God’s plan, when we can not see what He is doing, we can still trust that He is in control and that He knows.

*Please keep our son in your prayers today as we go through this testing process. We are trusting God today and will give Him the praise for whatever the results may be.

God bless you today!