Take Action, Do, Now

Thursday, July 3, 2014

God gently showed me I have fallen into a very poor way of thinking. Isn’t it funny how we can slowly create a bad habit or way of thinking and not even realize it until it is pointed out to us?

My daily Bible reading plan has lead me into Ecclesiastes. I’ll admit it is not my go-to book in the Bible usually. But the past few days have been very enlightening and I have actually enjoyed reading through it. Yes, I know. Someone, somewhere in the universe will frown upon me admitting I don’t enjoy reading EVERY book in the Bible. But, let’s be honest, some books are more enjoyable and easier to understand than others.

So anyway, I came across Ecclesiastes 11:4. As I read it over and over again and then read the commentary, I knew God was speaking to me.

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Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap. ~ Ecclesiastes 11:4

 

I’ve always battled being a procrastinator, and it takes every bit of self-discipline to get going on a task sometimes. I’m okay once I start, but it is the starting part that I put off.

However, lately, I have been putting off some important things, not because of my usual procrastinating tendency, but delaying any action with excuse after excuse.

It is a little hard to explain but the result of this mindset has created some self-inflicted stress. I have felt overwhelmed and as if I have been just wondering through my days wondering where the time has gone. Wishing I was accomplishing more. Wishing I was seeing some positive results – even though I had yet to start.

This scripture convicted me. And I know it was of God because it convicted me. Not condemn me.

Solomon tells us through this passage that there will NEVER be perfect conditions to take action. There will always be some reason – some excuse – as to why we need to wait until later. The problem is “later” never comes. Yes, there are times God tells us to wait. But more often than not, that isn’t the case.

We cannot sit around waiting for the right moment. The ideal situation. The best circumstances. Because life ALWAYS happens. We have all experienced it. As Solomon referenced, if we wait for what we believe to be the most opportune time to plant, the time when the wind won’t carry off some of our seeds, we will never get a seed in the ground.

It is true that the wind may blow away some of your seeds. In fact, you can probably bet on it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still reap a great harvest, even when planting in less than perfect weather. Stop playing it safe. Be willing to take a few risks.

Take action in what you are wanting to do, what God is calling you to. Stop thinking about it, mulling it over and over in your mind and waiting for the perfect window of opportunity. Do it. Because thinking about something does NOT bring God glory. Doing it gives you a great story to share. And that brings God glory.

You are never going to be LESS busy. Or have LESS responsibility. Or have MORE money. Or have MORE time. Or MORE energy. Life just doesn’t work that way. Don’t settle for less than God’s best because you are waiting for the right time – the perfect circumstance – to start on your next task. Your next accomplishment.

Without starting you will never see results – never reap a harvest. Stop watching the wind and start sowing.

I’m very thankful God has put me back on track. He is so good.

Question: What are you waiting to do? Go back to college? Change careers? Train for a marathon? Host a Bible study? Invite your neighbors to church?

 

 

 

I Remember I Have a Blog

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

When I go any length of time without posting a new blog, I will receive a text from my husband while he is at work. It always says the same thing, “Remember that blog you used to have?”

Of course, I remember. It is ALWAYS on my mind. But the past couple of weeks have been a blur. And I would love to say it is all easing up. That I have found extra time to get back on track. But not so much. The list is still longer than normal. However, I do recognize this is a season and it will pass.

I WILL be blogging again but likely not consistent for a while. I hope you will check back every once in a while though. Don’t give up on new posts…they will eventually appear. {smile}

Photo by Priscilla Burleson. Copyright of Priscilla Photography. Used by permission.

Photo by Priscilla Burleson. Copyright of Priscilla Photography. Used by permission.

In the meantime, enjoy the beginnings of your summer. Squeeze every second of fun, adventure and blessings out of it that you can.

Thank you for continuing to stop by.

 

 

 

 

Crack Me Ups

Friday, May 23, 2014

 

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This isn’t going to end well. Hope your weekend is without crazy ideas. Or at least no harmful ones.
Have a great weekend. Remember to thank a veteran for his service and sacrifice. Be a blessing!

 

 

 

Inspire Me Monday

Monday, May 19, 2014

 

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There is just no short cut to building good character or strong faith.
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” ~ Psalm 62:5

 

 

 

Crack Me Ups

Friday, May 16, 2014

 

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Awww, poor doggie. Paddle, little fella, paddle.
(No animals were harmed or injured in the making of this funny.)

Have a fabulous weekend. Be blessed!

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Seth

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Today is a special day because it is one of my children’s birthday. Eleven years ago today, I was working at an oil and gas company part time. I went in that day and did payroll and the taxes. Because of the traumatic birth of my first son, I was no longer allowed to go into labor with contractions as it could be detrimental to me and the baby.

A sleepy but perfect baby. I used to wonder what angels looked like. Now I know.

A sleepy but perfect baby. I used to wonder what angels looked like. Now I know.

We had a C-section scheduled for this baby, but it was still two weeks away. But I had a feeling early that morning that we were not going to make another two weeks. I finished payroll and other miscellaneous tasks and left to go pick up Justin from Mother’s Day Out at the church. He was three and a half and just an absolute joy. And he was about to become the best big brother anyone could ever pray for. Once home, I vacuumed the house and packed an overnight bag. I just knew we would be having company soon. Call it mother’s intuition.

When JW came home from work, I told him we needed to go to the hospital. Contractions were still coming, painful but slow. By 7pm I was settled in and uncomfortable, hooked up to monitors with cords all over me. My doctor – who was a fabulous doctor – was not happy about me having a baby three weeks before his due date. He had a plan to take him, and it was still two weeks away.

By 10pm, I was insistent it was time. I don’t think he was too happy with me, but he conceded. And in the eleven o’clock hour, we welcomed Seth into the world with a big yelp. He was over seven pounds and a perfect, bouncing, baby boy. We were all amazed at his red hair because neither one of us have red hair. Now it is his signature trade mark. He is proud.

I caught a two brothers wrestling in the floor after lunch. They still wrestle in the floor after lunch. Or dinner. Or just because.

I caught a two brothers wrestling in the floor after lunch. They still wrestle in the floor after lunch. Or dinner. Or just because.

What a joyous night! I had two beautiful children now and my cup definitely overfloweth. There is so much more to say about Seth that I will save for another day. There is likely more to say about him than our other children even.

They have all had their challenges and brought us joy and love, but Seth challenges me and makes me learn even when I don’t want to. He makes me strive to be a better parent, more so than the others. There is no comfort zone with Seth, and because of that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, he is a gift directly from God in a way that has little to do with parenting and much to do with being a child of God.

He changes all the time, just like all children. But for today, he is a lover of all animals, huge fan of Pokémon and WWE, hard worker when HE chooses to be, television junkie, YouTube addict, player of Minecraft, scholar of science and astronomy, pizza and cheeseburger guru, popcorn eater extraordinaire, friend to strangers, a broken heart for the poor, homeless and hungry, and introvert and an extrovert, a believer that his dad is a superhero and blind belief his mother is perfect, a closet nerd and an athlete wannabe, a hilariously animated story-teller, and a superior conversationalist. Above all, he is a purely compassionate heart.

I did mention he is both a gentleman and a scholar, didn't I?

I did mention he is both a gentleman and a scholar, didn’t I?

It is my prayer daily that he someday realizes how special and unique God made him. Because He truly did.

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Happy birthday, Setharoni. You are more loved than you can possibly know. We are so proud of you.

Love your family, Dad, Mom, Justin, Cooper and Anabelle

Inspire Me Monday

Monday, May 12, 2014

 

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Remember that often times, a person’s rejection is God’s protection. You don’t know what or who God is protecting you from when a door is closed. But you can count on the fact that when He closes a door, it is because He has something better for you.
You can trust His love for you.

 

 

 

 

God Does Answer Immediately

Friday, May 9, 2014

We have all been told in various ways by various people, God doesn’t always answer prayers immediately. And this is mostly true. For example, when we were praying for JW to get a transfer to Kansas City so we could be closer to family, Justin and I prayed every night for almost a year before there was even a possibility. Then we had to pray another six months for it to come to fruition.

Yes, there are the occasions when we are praying for a person or situation, and it is answered immediately. But it is rare that happens. Waiting on God builds our faith. And He wants us to build our faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

However, in my experience I have found there is one prayer God always answers immediately. I pray it has been your experience, also. When I am in a stressful situation, or a place of uncertainty and worry, and I ask God for His peace that surpasses all human understanding (Philippians 4:7), He has ALWAYS given it to me.

Anytime I have entered into His presence, seeking His counsel, His peace and help, He has always generously given me peace. My situation is uncertain and stressful when I go to Him in prayer, and the situation is the same immediately after I pray. BUT I AM DIFFERENT. It really is a peace that the human mind cannot comprehend or explain. And that is okay. I don’t need to be able to understand it. I just need to rest in it.

This morning as I was reading the Bible and praying over a situation involving another person that we are dealing with right now, I came across these words in Psalm 56.

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If you find yourself in a situation where a person is trying to bring strife or pain to you, be encouraged. Don’t be afraid of another person’s slander or ugly words. They cannot harm you because God fights your battles. Do not be afraid of a negative impact caused by a hateful or prideful person’s actions, God is bigger than any situation. When God opens a door for you, no man can close it. When God has a plan for you, it will NOT be stopped by someone else’s bitter behavior.

Recite Romans 8:28 to yourself as often as you need to. Especially when things look bleak. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God will answer your prayers in His timing. But know until He changes the situation, He WILL give you PEACE. His grace and His peace are more than sufficient.

Be encouraged, friend.

 

 

 

 

 

Crack Me Ups

Friday, May 9, 2014

 

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I don’t want to admit to you how long I looked at this nor how long I giggled. Oh. My. Word. I wouldn’t know whether to pat that Dad on the back or smack him upside his head. I think the dinosaur attack won me over.
Happy Friday ~ laugh hard this weekend. A merry heart is good medicine.

 

 

Inspire Me Monday

Monday, May 5, 2014

 

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PERSPECTIVE seems to be a theme in my head lately. As I have felt frustrated and discouraged about the pain and slow healing of my foot, I am reminded of the mother in the next neighborhood fighting her second bout of cancer. She has three elementary age children.

When I have been feeling so unhappy and impatient at the excruciatingly slow process of this never-ending remodel, I found myself watching a video of a family of six -a family just like us – living in a two-room, metal building with dirt floors. The mother often goes to bed hungry because there is only enough food to feed her children.

Every day may not be a great day, but there are definitely good things in each day. We just need to choose a different PERSPECTIVE.

 

 

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