Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:
"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way.But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,there is only one set of footprints.I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."
The LORD replied:
"My son, my precious child,I love you and I would never leave you.During your times of trial and suffering,when you see only one set of footprints,it was then that I carried you."
That poem reminds me that God will provide and when it seems like I am dealing with everything on my own that I am not , when I feel like I am walking along the beach of life alone and I can only see one set of footprints in the sand that I need to remember and TRUST that that's when GOD is carrying and guiding me the most ,
Here are my verses that I found in doing my study that stood out to me during the study and I hope that you enjoy reading them also , and that they will touch you as they have me ,
All of my verses are gotten out of the Bible Called The Message you can also check them if you want to read them from a different version of the Bible at http://www.biblegateway.com/
Deuteronomy 1 - 29-33 I tried to relieve your fears: "Don't be terrified of them. God, your God, is leading the way; he's fighting for you. You saw with your own eyes what he did for you in Egypt; you saw what he did in the wilderness, how God, your God, carried you as a father carries his child, carried you the whole way until you arrived here. But now that you're here, you won't trust God, your God—this same God who goes ahead of you in your travels to scout out a place to pitch camp, a fire by night and a cloud by day to show you the way to go."
Proverbs 3 5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own.Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil!Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best.Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline; don't sulk under his loving correction.It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this
Isaiah 12 2"Yes, indeed—God is my salvation. I trust, I won't be afraid.God—yes God!—is my strength and song, best of all, my salvation!"
Ephesians 1 15-19That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn't stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
Hebrews 11 1-2The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
Proverbs 3 -27 , Proverbs 11-13 , Proverbs 14-22 , Proverbs 21-31 ,
Proverbs 31 -10 , Jeremiah 17-7 , John 3-16 , Romans 10-11 ,
1 Peter 1-8 , Psalms 62-7 , Psalm 91-14 , Psalms 135 -13 , Psalm 143-7
Those are the other verses that stood out to me also Thank you for taking the time to read these and read my blog , and for those of you that have left the comments to me about my last few blogs , THANK YOU so much your encouraging words mean so much to me and are helping me to make my way through alot of whats going on ~ have a blessed and wonderful day
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I haven't done much of any crafting in the last 2 weeks really i have some Tn pages that I have done and need to post as i mentioned in a earlier post i did last week i think it was I will get around to them sooner or later ,
In the last 2 weeks tho I have dealt with certain people and issues that have sent my mind into a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions , and while some of whats gone on I truly don't understand I know that I cant change the way people feel about me , or why people do and say some of the things that they do .
On that note I haven't made it no secret in the last few months that I am working on me , a New me and a better me , and while on this path Its taken me down some long and winding roads that have made me open up my eyes to somethings , face fears and hurt and made me realize what is important to me in my life . And as we are coming into spring , the season of new growth and new life (even if the weather right now is still crazy and insane) I want to say a few things that I need to get off of my chest , In trying to improve my self I am doing the weekly bible study and its helped me alot and I am so enjoying doing it its helped me to open up my eyes to many things and see situations in a different light, In the last yr God has moved me in my life in so many ways and ways that I am very grateful for , but this change that Ive found in my self and that I am so proud of me for seems to have drawn a wedge in between me and a few other friendships that I have. And while it saddens me to have lost those friendships or not be as close to them any more as I once was I have to continue on this path and on the journey that God is leading me down right now , Because that is whats most important . We recently did the word Change in our bible study and this word means alot to me because I am ever changing but now I'm changing for the right reasons for God and for my self to improve me so that I am a better person for not only my self but for my husband , my kids and family and friends .
And while my Change maybe offends some people or drives people away I am grateful for each and every person that God has placed in my life because I know that they were there to teach me a lesson , show me the light and meaning , drive me to improve my self , or even to realize that there are things and people that I don't want to be like , Its also taught me that IT IS OKAY TO BE ME .. AND THAT I DON'T HAVE TO CHANGE ME TO MAKE ANY ONE ELSE HAPPY OR TO MAKE THEM WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH ME , If some one truly wants to be a friend to some one they will love and accept that person for who they are , We aren't perfect. there is no Manuel that says you have to do this to be a friend to some one , or that they expect certain things out of you and that you have to be or pretend to be something that you arent to make another person happy or want to be friends with you.. We all have faults and no one is perfect , sometimes we may forget to do or say something and it may offend others , we might not be as open about our feelings as others would like etc , we all have our faults , God didn't make any of us perfect he gives us the chance to make mistakes and run over the speed bumps in life to improve who we are and to teach us to trust in God with everything , to come to him in any storm and to know that He is there just waiting for us to talk to him and come to him with anything , Its taken me a LONG time to realize that and Ive hit them speed bumps in my life running 150 to nothing .. I am learning tho to slow down and appreciate life ., to stop and look around me and realize whats there and how important those things truly are to me and that GOD is so amazing and he is such a AWESOME GOD .
1 Peter 4 - 12-13Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
So while I have had issues and have been hurt alot in the last 2 weeks I have come to appreciate alot and realize even more , I thank God for showing me the lessons in the things that he has , and even more for giving me the strength and encouraging me to go on and face what lies ahead of me with my head held high.
So on that note if like me you've been faced recently with trouble and its got you wondering why and whats going on turn your thoughts and worries in prayer to God , he listens , and while we may not always get the answer that we are hoping or looking for there is a reason behind it , a lesson and brighter things ahead of us , Things happen for a reason I am grateful for each and every one that I do call a friend , and even those that are no longer in my life for what ever the reasons, I have needed to post this and its helped me to close the wounds that I am feeling , maybe now I can get back to scrapping and doing what I truly enjoy instead of wondering what I have done wrong , or why or what i have said or done to upset and make people mad !
If you've read this far thank you , I appreciate knowing that people do read what i write , I hope that if you have or are facing a problem with a friendship , situation money - job- life etc that you will remember that God is there and he does listen . Turn to him he helps to heal us all !
Have A Blessed and Wonderful Day
Thank You Dear Lord for all of the amazing things that you have brought into my life , the lessons Ive learned the troubles and trials that I have faced and all of the blessings that you have provided me with , My amazing and wonderful husband Jason . my blessings Neal Bret and BradLee , my Family and Friends and all of the things that mean so much to me , Thank you Lord for never turning your back or giving up on me and for always being there to listen when I have gone astray and come back with my fears and troubles .... Bless and guide us all Lord especially those that don't realize just how much they need you and how important that you are . Continue to guide me and mold me into what you have planed for me Lord , Bless your heavenly name
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
And with the world in the current state that it is in alot of things came to mind to me on this one I found alot of verses that I truly liked to go with it and included all of them on my page this time in one fashion or another , And I do hope one day that we will all live in a world that is full of Peace and Love , one of the verses that I chose this time really stood out and reminds me that even tho we cant change every body and cant make everybody be at Peace it starts with just one person ,
2 Thessalonians 3-16May the Master of Peace himself give you the gift of getting along with each other at all times, in all ways. May the Master be truly among you!
Psalms 29- 11 God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace.
Isaiah 26-11-15You hold your hand up high, God, but they don't see it.Open their eyes to what you do, to see your zealous love for your people.Shame them. Light a fire under them. Get the attention of these enemies of yours.God, order a peaceful and whole life for us because everything we've done, you've done for us.O God, our God, we've had other masters rule us, but you're the only Master we've ever known.The dead don't talk, ghosts don't walk,Because you've said, "Enough—that's all for you," and wiped them off the books.But the living you make larger than life. The more life you give, the more glory you display, and stretch the borders to accommodate more living!
Psalm 34 - 14 Turn your back on sin; do something good. Embrace peace—don't let it get away!
Out of the 8 I chose to list these are the 4 that stood out to me the most I also feel that the song by Brandon Heath Gimmie Your Eyes is another great example of Gods amazing works and praise through song this song talks about having the chance to see the world through Gods eyes and what a amazing thing i feel that would be I do hope one day that we can all live in a world where every one is in peace with one another and isn't so fast to judge or jump down another , that we can all be Happy and live with the Harmony and Peace that God intended for us all to be in, the world sad ens me so much sometimes but it does all start with one ! and we can move like a wildfire and spread the Peace and the word of God to everyone we meet !
I hope that you have a blessed and wonderful day and thanks for stopping by to check out my page ! God Bless
Make sure you check out Christina and Bridgetts pages also and see what they feel about the word for the week to ! Tonya will also be doing this challenge with us and shes doing a different spin on it and doing them as scrapbook pages using the pictures of her M2M group from Ohio so make sure you check out her blog also and see what she did