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Aware

Yesterday morning I felt compelled to fall on my face before the Lord God. Not on my knees, but my face.  His majesty, love and sovereignty were overwhelming.

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”  Ps. 126:3

I was listening to the song “Aware” by Salvador and the words just jumped out at me.“Make me aware; make me see that everything I am is not all about me. Take my world; turn it around so the obvious can finally be found.”

In the last two years, my “world” has been turned upside down. Humanly speaking, I have lost my home, my job (actually happened in 2008 to which I turned to real estate and we all know how that went…), my Daddy, my health. But during the entire process, I saw what faith can do.  Believing that God has our best interest at heart and trust in Him, we will then see through a different lens.

I had an expectant heart that God had a plan for my life.  He did not disappoint.  I am living in the house of my dreams. I don’t own it, but you know what?  Abraham didn’t own a house. Jesus didn’t own a house either.  This world is not my home! I am just passing through. My true home lies in Heaven with my Savior.

I lost my mobility in August of 2011 due to an acutely inflamed sciatic nerve, but gained an awareness of a need that had long been neglected—my health.  The Lord has turned my health around. It is absolutely NOTHING I have done, except eating whole, natural food. It is for His honor and glory. I have not even been physically able to exercise so that He alone can take the credit. It is sometimes still painful to walk but I am praying that the Lord will restore my mobility when my health is where it should be.

I now am working my dream job. IF I hadn’t lost my job, my house…I wouldn’t have taken a lower paying, part time job that led to this one. I say it that way because when I first lost my job, I was making fantastic money. It wasn’t until we were at the point of “desperation” that God opened a door for me that I would have never taken IF He had not engineered the circumstances.  God had a plan and it was more than I could have dreamed.

He has made me more aware of Him than I ever knew before and I cannot get enough. I want to know Him more.

He is the “obvious” that can be found when we open our eyes.

Moving Day

Today is moving day at the office. Of course, the guys (and the forklift) are doing the heavy lifting.  I brought gloves and am ready to pitch in.  Just waiting on the boss to say so.  I feel helpless sitting at this desk but I know he wants me here to answer phones.  I kind of like the idea of a chivalrous boss.  He thinks men should do heavy lifting.  Works for me.  I don’t have the muscles they do. lol

This weekend was interesting in my next phase of weaning off of any meat that is not organic. I am on day 4 and I’ve noticed that the inflammation in my hip is going away, slowly, but it is going away.  Yesterday, I had two raw organic eggs for breakfast, and pinto beans and non-GMO long grain brown rice and organic onions for lunch and dinner.  This morning, I again had two two organic eggs and I cooked two organic hamburger patties for lunch and threw in some raw organic broccoli to go with it.  Almonds are readily available if I get hungry.

I woke up yesterday with a pinch in my upper back so bad that I tried everything to ease it:  prescription meds, heat, ice, TENS unit but nothing worked.  We went to Walmart for a few items and then stopped by my son’s house to let him pop my back.  He’s really good at it.  He told me I should teach Hallmark Man how to do it.  I’ve tried.  He sucks at it.  🙂

The upper part of my back popped like nothing I’ve ever felt but WOW! it felt better immediately.

It is sore in that area this morning. I guess the strain on the muscle was intense.  I put ice on it before I came to work.

It will be awesome when I can finally stop taking pain meds.  I am either taking Alleve or Tylenol to take the edge off of the pain in my hips but I believe in a couple of weeks, that will be no more.

After much prayer, research, and talking with Hallmark Man, I will stay on my anti-depressants. It works for me. Dysthymic disorder is not curable and the meds are working, so I will just plug along. I don’t cry at the drop of a hat, which is awesome.  I’m not having panic attacks.  I don’t have phantom pain.  There is a mile long list of symptoms of dysthymia that I had totally forgotten about until I started researching it again.  I don’t want to go back there. I’ve spent most of my life there. Until I get my heavenly body on the other side of glory, I’ll adjust to this one and try and listen to it to know what is best for me.

 

 

Wishing

Remember as kids how we’d wish it were Saturday?  or Wish it was 3 o’clock so we could go home from school?

You’d think as adults we would grow out of that but I find myself even doing that during the work week. I wish it was lunch time or Is it 5 o’clock yet?  My favorite, especially when the alarm goes off: Is it Saturday yet??????? And realizing it is not, I hit the snooze button 2-3 more times.

I know we shouldn’t do that. Every day is a gift from God. Every heartbeat, every breath in our lungs is a gift from Him.  There is a reason we are here and alive in this day at this time.  We have a purpose.  Until we fulfill that purpose, our journey will continue.

But why can’t my life be exciting like some of the stories in the Bible?  This should put it into perspective.  It’s all in God’s timing.  His timing is perfect.  Take Moses, for instance.  40 years raised as an Egyptian Price…watching the Hebrews endure slavery while he lived a life of luxury.  40 more years as a shepherd in the desert being humbled before God called him to lead the children of Israel out of slavery.  That’s 80 years of living life.  The daily doldrums. The monotony of feeding sheep, going to sleep, waking up, aches, pains….all of it just as we do our daily routines.

Moses had a huge calling on his life at the age of 80.  We have to remember our lives serve a greater purpose than our own selfish desires. Let God lead through the day and you never know whose life you may touch by being kinder.  If you get stuck in traffic, just chill out and think that maybe there is a greater purpose. God alone knows what that is.  Just be open to His guidance and remember, this life is a one time shot. We don’t get a second chance to relive it beyond the grave.  It seems like an eternity sometimes but in the grand scheme of things, it is just a vapor.  Our true life is in eternity either with God or apart from Him. 

Do you know Jesus?  Not know OF Him but KNOW Him personally as Lord and Savior.  If you have asked Him to come into your heart and be your Savior, you’ll spend eternity in Heaven with Him.  If not, you will live eternally apart from God. Where will you be?

Don’t wish your life away (and I’m talking to myself here, too).  Take every moment and enjoy it to the fullest.

Religion

A few days ago, I was riding with a group on a tour bus viewing various new construction homes in our area.  Somehow the conversation turned to each person’s religious actions and beliefs.

One woman stated that she liked going to the Lutheran church because she knew exactly what was expected of her and what “she was supposed to do.”  Exactly.  Religion is about YOU doing something.  It is man-made.

Pride keeps us from accepting a free gift or help from anybody so religion was created to help us “feel better” about working toward Heaven.

What God has given us is a GIFT.  You cannot earn your way to Heaven…period. 

It amazes me when I listen to others talk about church.  Catholics have their rituals and they are comfortable doing this weekly.  Does it edify anybody?  Does it change lives for the better?  I don’t think so.  If you knew exactly what you were going to do every moment of every service, what is the point in going?

I’m not saying one “religion” is better than the other.  Far from it.  I am saying that religion is not made by God.  He gave us freedom through Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection.  All we have to do is believe.  Wow…too simple?

OK.  If somebody hands you a gift, do you offer to pay for it?  No.  In order to get the gift, what do you have to do?  Receive it.  No strings attached.  It is humbling? Yes.  Do you have to knock your pride out of the way? Absolutely.

That is one of the reasons why God hates pride.  Man can do nothing without Him. 

Jesus died to set us free.  Free from the confines of man’s made up rules.  Freedom from legalism.  He’s not saying go hog-wild and do what you please.  But nowhere in the Bible does it teach us to pray to Mary.  She was human, just like you and me.   Nowhere in Scripture does it say we have to ride bicycles or live in poverty or take vows of celibacy. 

Each of us, as we are saved by believing in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, to save us from our sins, are given a gift of the Holy Spirit.  This enables us to have a discerning spirit to know what is right and what is wrong.  For some, having a glass of wine is ok. They do not take it to extremes or get drunk or become alcoholics.  Each of us are different.  But, we also shouldn’t cause others to stumble in their walk with the Lord.  We shouldn’t misrepresent Him or tarnish His name.

Our purpose on this earth is to glorify Him and to bring others to Him.  Our rewards are in Heaven.  I, for one, am looking forward to the Rapture of the saints.  Anytime I get frustrated about the world in which we live, I start singing that song, “This world is not my home….I’m just a passin’ through…my treasures are laid up…somewhere beyond the blue…the angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door…no I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.” 

There is beauty in this world but none can compare to what awaits those who have accepted Christ as Savior.  I love taking photos of nature.  It just brings me such joy to study the mind of my Creator.  I cannot wait to meet Him.  I know this:  I am going to hug Jesus for what He’s done for me.  I am in awe of Him.  He’s my best friend and I cannot imagine living without Him. 

To God be the glory, great things He has done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son.  Thank you, Father!

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