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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.

The Journey takes a turn

September 30, 2011 – Took a hydrocodone before I went to bed. Leg pain was about all I could handle. Slept good. Got up a couple of times to pee, had to let the dog out at 1:30. Woke up this morning with a headache on the left side (my migraine side).  I am hoping that I am either dehydrated from peeing so dang much or lack of caffeine. But I may be wrong. I did feel it coming on last night. I am thinking migraine. But that’s OK. I do have one migraine pill left.

I am so glad it is Friday!  Today I’ve got to sit down and figure out what bills to pay (besides rent) and whether or not we can afford for me to renew my real estate license ($100).  I’m not using it but hate to throw away the work I put into getting it.

Tomorrow we are supposed to go to Savannah and see the movie “Courageous” with Mom. I’m looking forward to it.

Wow! Talk about amazing grace! The next two things that happened was God alone and to Him be the glory, honor and praise!!

I went to run some errands today at lunch and was praying about whether or not to keep my license and God spoke to my heart, “why do you like real estate?”  Um…ok, not for the sales or the money (or lack thereof) or the freedom to come and go as you please. Believe it or not, it was because I like knowing what’s going on in that area. That’s it?  Not worth it.  So I made the decision not to renew.  Freedom!!

After work, I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items and was dreading the painful limp across the store.  Two items were at one end and the rest were at the other. OK, here we go.  I grabbed a buggy and started at one end, paused a few moments while an elderly gentleman tried to use the computer generated “choose your windshield wiper” machine.  I was going to get some for mine but as I stood there, I heard this loud, obnoxious black lady tell her child (and I’m sure that half of the store heard her) “I ain’t got no F*****ing money, NO!” She continued to talk to that child in an angry manner and I heard the little boy go, “Momma, why you fightin’ me?”  Wow…how sad.  In the meantime, I’m still standing and I think, “Well, I can wait for wipers. It’s not going to rain this week anyway.”  So I moved on to get the produce and head out the door.  As I’m walking to my van, it hit me, “NO PAIN!!” I didn’t limp. It didn’t hurt.  I was practically shouting inside.  Thank you, LORD!!!

I found what I enjoy drinking now, too.  Water with lemon and Stevia.  Perfect!  I made some unsweet tea, too, just to have something different to drink.  Got the idea from going to the Rusty Pig for bar-b-que and I got some un-sweet tea there that could walk on its own. Super strong!  I put two packets of Stevia in it and it was still potent.

I wanted to see what else was available in video download Bible studies from Lifeway because I was getting close to running out of Beth Moore.  I found Priscilla Shirer (Pastor Tony Evans’ daughter—love hearing him preach on the radio.  He’s got fire!) and, boy, let me tell you I have a hard time saying her name! It’s a tongue twister to me.  But she’s got one about Jonah.  It’s called “Jonah, Life Interrupted.”  I watched a 30 second promo and if they have it at the store tomorrow, I’m going to do that one. My life has been interrupted a lot.

We went to bed around 11, since we were going to be getting up earlier to head to Savannah.  I brought my hydrocodone in the room with me in case I needed it so I wouldn’t have to fight with the dog (who wants to sleep with me in a twin bed).

October 1, 2011 —  I woke up this morning.  No pain.  Hallelujah!!!  Praise YOU LORD!  I slept great last night.  No pain. I vacuumed this morning and my hip caught a couple of times but it was a quick catch and went away just as quickly. I am sitting OK now as I type. I am so grateful!

I started this past week on a “No-grain diet.”  My body responds better to protein.  I eat eggs each morning and they help sustain me until lunch. No crashes, no hunger.  Even after lunch, I don’t have the “I gotta have a nap” feeling.  I don’t really get hungry until time to eat dinner.  I try to get before 7pm and I am good until the next morning.

Dr. Mercola’s book, “the no-grain diet” is great. I’ve downloaded the iBook and am going through it. I am trying to buy organic or as healthy as I can.  I am praying as I go so the Lord will bless my effort.  My main prayer is to lose this excess hundred pounds and that my skin will shrink with it. I am not going through plastic surgery. I am not doing what man says will work. I am trusting in God alone to get me through this. I do not want to have the skin from my stomach hanging down to my thighs afterward.  ONLY GOD can fix that.

The movies are going to be at 12:30. I’m going to be hungry. Gotta figure something out.

So I took a sandwich baggie with bar-b-que in it and ate some before the movie.  The hour ride there was ok.  Walking down the ramp then up the steps and sitting for 2 hours didn’t do me much good.  I got up a couple of times to go to the bathroom and was really stiff by the time it was over. It was a great movie! Emotional rollercoaster for sure.  Went to Lifeway afterwards, then Pooler and walked the strip mall while I was there to stretch my legs.  The hour long trip home was the kicker. Limping a little this afternoon.  But thankful that the Lord gave me the strength to make it.

The last video of Beth Moore’s video Bible Study (Living Beyond Yourself) on self-control was exactly what I needed. She talked about self-control in the area of eating. It really helped me with what I’ve been reading and studying and trying to do with God as my guide.

 

God IS up to Something!

This is a blog that I wrote back in May of 2009:

I don’t know about you, but no matter what my circumstances, I always know that God is up to something.  It’s usually something good.  It’s definitely what helps me to get through some rough patches in my life.  Those of you who have read my previous blogs know that we have been through a really rough time in the past year.

Well, I have to share this with you.  God showed off this week.  I just love it when He does that.  It makes me feel so special—which, I am, according to His Word. Each of us are precious to Him and the smallest thing that matters to us, matters to Him because He loves us so much.

Last week was Relay for Life.  A duty agent was needed for the following morning so I reluctantly volunteered.  It kept coming to mind after the email and I didn’t respond right away because I was not sure I wanted to commit after being up late the night before.  I just couldn’t turn it down.  I kept thinking that I might get something.  Who knows

I got a call from a young man asking the price of a home and I told him and he said, “Ok. Thanks.”  And I probed a bit further by asking if it sounded like something he’d like to view the inside of.  It was too far out of his price range so I offered to send him some listings via email, if he’d like.  “That sounds OK,” was his response.  I didn’t think twice about it.  I gathered up the information and sent it to him. 

30 minutes later, he called back and informed me that he found one he’d like to see.  How soon could I show it?  I looked at the clock. I was off duty at 1, so I told him 1:30.  I showed the house (which was a foreclosure).  It had cosmetic issues from an obviously angry owner but other than that, it looked like it would be a great deal. 

The house had a stipulation that the owning bank had to approve the loan and a pre-qual letter had to be submitted with the offer.  I got the name of a lender who worked on weekends and was set on ready.

The buyer told me he had one more house to see the next day and he would let me know.  I figured, “Great. I’ll be upstaged by another Realtor.”  BUT….he called me back less than 2 hours later and wanted to put in an offer.  He had apparently stopped after I left and talked with several of the neighbors and they told him the value of their home and what a great neighborhood it was and that he should grab that house.   I met him Sunday afternoon (Happy Mother’s Day to meeeee!) and we wrote an offer.  I kept him from making a huge blunder of shooting low and we put together a nice offer.  He had contacted the lender the previous evening and got pre-qualified. 

The counter offer came in only $3k difference and he accepted.  We did termite and inspections this week and he’s ready to go. 

THIS was a blessing from God.  Only He could bring a buyer that ready and willing and able that fast!

That was just the first thing.  This morning, we had to be in court and parking in downtown Savannah takes money. I had very little change left. 8:30…we had maybe an hour on the meter.  Before court started, I prayed that He would put a hedge around our vehicle and protect it from the meter maid…maybe stall her…because we could not afford a parking ticket right now.  We got finished close to 10pm. The meter had long been expired. My husband exclaimed, “Well, let’s go get our ticket.”  I told him, “No, we don’t.”  He looked puzzled.  I told him that I had prayed.  We got down to the van and the meter had expired but NO ticket.  I whispered, “Thank you, Lord!”  We got in the van and my husband exclaimed, “Thank you, Lord!”  Ain’t God good???

Here was the total kicker.  After I left my husband at work, I headed to the home inspection of the buyer that I’ve been working with.  I was hot and thirsty and no money.  I pulled into a gas station to use the restroom and prayed, “Lord, please let me find some money hidden in my wallet somewhere.”  I started digging….guess what???  I found a $5 bill!!!!  I was on the phone with my mother at the time so I shouted, “Praise God!”  She’s like, “What??”  So I told her.  I got something to drink and felt so loved and cared for by a big God for such a small issue.  He cares so much about us.

That’s why He says, “Cast ALL your cares upon Him, for He cares for YOU.”  Pray about EVERYTHING.  It all matters to Him. 

As I stood in the house listening to the inspector talk about what a great house it was, I just got chills.  Only God could bring a buyer and cause a sale to go so smoothly together like that. 

The inspection gave me a chance to enjoy nature while I was there.  A baby praying mantis crawled up onto my arm.  It was so cool to see that tiny head moving around, looking at me.  Ducks were in the lagoon and walking through the neighborhood with their ducklings.  The only sad part was when the inspector went to check a light and there was a birds nest on it and in pulling it down (he thought it was a wasp nest), some of the babies died.  They didn’t even have their little eyes opened yet.  I prayed for those little babies that God would be merciful. I made sure they were out of the sun but by the time we left, only one was still alive.  I have this horrible tendency to want to “adopt” every critter/animal I come in contact with and try to take care of it but I was strangely at peace with this and knew that the Father loved them, too and would take care of them.  He is, after all, God.

I have been floating on the clouds today giggling like a little girl because my Heavenly Father loves me and shows it in remarkable ways.  He’s just awesome and I have to brag about Him.  🙂

Have a great week and remember that He’s in control and is ALWAYS working on your behalf. 

 

What Do You Think?

What comes to mind when you hear God’s name?  Big, scary?  I used to.  I had the Trinity neatly packaged.  God was the big scary judge.  Jesus was my friend and Savior.  The Holy Spirit was…well, the Holy Spirit.   My perception was so small.  We serve a big God who holds the universe together just by His Word.  We serve an awesome God who delights in our friendship.  Why?  Because He loves us.  I heard a message on that recently and it just touched me so deeply that this uncontainable, everlasting, omniscient, omnipresent God wants to be friends…no, rather He delights in being my friend.  Little old insignificant me.  Wow….

I’ve been a believer since I was 7.  In the last 6 years, the Father has increased my faith and grown me in ways that I would have never imagined.  What was the difference?  I had a breakdown of sorts in 2003.  We moved to a new county after living in the same area for 30 some odd years.  I just wanted so badly to be real.  I had lived a fake life for so long and it wasn’t working.  I will never forget the time and place where I told God that I had enough and I was totally His to break me, mold me, and make me into whatever He wanted.  I didn’t care what it took.  I was dead serious and He knew it.  He accepted my gift and He broke me and He’s still molding me into what He wants.  Each day I have to ask, “Ok Lord…what do you want me to be today?  What do you want me to do?  Am I where you want me?”

The Lord will seemingly pull away sometimes to see where our faith stands.  Mentally, I know He’s always there. He tells us so in His Word.  But, emotionally sometimes (which can NEVER be trusted), I feel like He’s pulled away.  My week goes wacky and I feel a void.  My heart feels heavy and I have to fight to get out of bed during those times.  The Father always is there, watching and waiting.  Our Enemy loves these times.  He will throw lies at you like darts.  This is where Scripture memorization is wonderful.  The Holy Spirit will help you filter and thwart off those attempts to confuse us and help us before we do something stupid.  

God the Father is a huge giver.  Think about it.  He gave us His one and only Son to die for us so we could become part of His family forever and ever and live with Him.  He gave us life.  He gives us the trees, sunshine, air, and nature to enjoy His splendorous works.  He has kept it going since the beginning of the time that HE created.  He placed – – PLACED – – the stars in the sky and knows each one of them by name.  He didn’t just fling them out there and hope they spread out enough.  Not one of them is missing, Scripture tells us.  He knows…KNOWS how many hairs are on your head at any given time.  If you are like me, your hair falls out quit a bit each day.  What does that tell you?  That HE CARES FOR YOU!!  and me.  Little ol’ me.  Wow…He leaves me speechless sometimes. 

Going back to the gifts…I really enjoy nature.  It shows me what a HUGE God I serve and how awesome His imagination is.  I go outside each day and watch as each creature does what it was designed to do.  I see something new each year.  I love orb weaver spiders. They are just cool to watch.  I was showing a house one day and saw one up in the corner of the house and while the prospective tenants were inside, I casually mentioned to the Lord that I wanted one.  That was a little over a week ago.  I had totally forgotten my little request until yesterday.  I was trimming my bushes and I saw a web and movement and there it was.  A nice sized orb weaver.  He didn’t forget.  He loves me so much that He answered that prayer.  But not just with that….He always gives over and above what we ask.  And I giggle like a little kid when He does (my neighbors probably think I’m wacky…I know my teens do. LOL)  But He didn’t just give me one…He gave me two.  🙂    Isn’t He wonderful??

After telling God that I want to see Him more than just “big, scary judge”, He has graciously showed me what He’s like through little acts of kindness such as that.  He cares so much that He gave me not one, but two spiders.  You’re probably thinking, “So??”  So?? It matters to me.  If it matters to me, it matters to God.  Isn’t that awesome??

God is my friend.  He’s my Father.  He’s the Creator.  He’s deep. His ways are higher than our ways and I am just beginning to get to know Him more. 

Jesus paid the ultimate price for me.  He is my friend and my Savior…my Redeemer.  I can’t wait to get to Heaven and hug Him!!

The Holy Spirit is God’s spirit, Christ’s spirit living in ME.  I have the mind of Christ.  I have the heart of Christ.  I am just amazed.  Listening to Beth Moore recently, she has expounded on the verse of 2 Tim. 1:7  “For we have not been given a spirit of fear; but of power (GOD’S POWER!!), of love (GOD’s LOVE) and of a sound mind (the mind of Christ!).”  How awesome is that???

Be blessed and have a fantastic week!

Sheila

Lord, Increase My Faith!

I wrote this one in October, 2008:

I am assuming that most of you are having to make financial adjustments due to this waining economy and you wonder if you should be doing what you are doing or move to a “real” job.   I had begun to wonder that, especially when my husband kept telling me that I needed to find a job.  Easier said than done since I’m 43 and not qualified to be a long haul trucker or a hairdresser–both of which seem to be the only available “jobs” out there. 

So, I took my problem to God.  He’s got all of the answers, right?  He said, “Cast your care upon me for I care for you.”  So I did just that.  I also asked him to increase my faith and my husband’s faith and if this is what I was supposed to be doing, let me know for sure.  I left it at that.

Let me give you just a bit of history.  Back in June, I had 5 closings on the book.  I moved to RE/MAX in late July to get closer to home because of the gas prices and other issues I won’t get into now. 

I’ve never been much of a listing agent because I didn’t get any training on how to say, what to say, etc.  I was just unsure of myself.  I had plenty of buyers (which was good for the $$ end of it).  Less than 3 weeks into working at RE/MAX, I got my first listing.  It was overpriced (still is, but the homeowners won’t reduce it).  I got a 2nd listing (overpriced) and then a third.  The third listing was a referral from someone that I met but never actually got a chance to make a sale on because one of them lost their jobs.  I didn’t think much of it but less than a week after that listing, it got shown and we got a cash offer.  It closed in 3 weeks.  The Lord provided for my house payment last month on that sale.  He’s so good! 

Also because of that sale, I was referred to another person in Savannah who wanted to sell their house and was impressed at how quickly that one went that he wanted to use me as well.  4th listing. (yes, there is a point to this, just bear with me a moment longer)

I got two more listings from someone that works with my husband and then it just seemed as if everything stopped.  It’s only been a week since I got those but when bills are coming due and people are calling and the groceries and gas are running low, it seems like an eternity.  That’s when I began to pray (a lot!).  I know I can drive the Lord crazy sometimes because when things seem to be falling down, He’ll hear from me all day long and all night long on and off until I get a peace about it or something changes.

I’ve been making subtle changes in my walk with Him to get closer and I’ve been asking Him to change my heart and that of my family’s to draw us all closer to Him to bring honor and glory to His name. 

Sunday, my daughter’s boyfriend accepted Christ as Savior.  My husband told me after church that he would start going to church with us again.  Praise God!

Still looming was my September house payment and now it’s October and I owe two.  I’ve got bills I have to pay by Friday and my gas was almost on “E”.  My husband came home from work on Monday and informed me that he had gotten a pay advance so we could get some groceries and gas and pay some bills.  I was somewhat relieved but not thrilled about “borrowing” more money.  The first thing I wanted to do was to go eat out at “El Real.”  The BEST Mexican restaurant EVER!  Their salsa is so fresh, I crave it.  The cilantro just makes it awesome!  OK…back to reality.   I had to go to my room and listen to a sermon podcast to snap myself out of the pity party I found myself in.  I wanted to show the Lord that I could be frugal but this was HARD!  I found encouragement from the podcast and got up and went into the kitchen and prepared dinner.  I gained a victory over what seems like a teensy battle to some but it was HARD for me.  I love to eat out!

Tuesday I went to the grocery store and was being very careful about how I spent money, using coupons and buying items on sale, etc. I got a call while I was in the grocery store and someone wanted to list their home for sale!  It was a house I had gone to in August for a listing appointment and he seemingly blew me off.  I had forgotten about it.  Turns out the guy was in the middle of a divorce and couldn’t do it then.  I felt bad because of all of the horrible things I thought about him after that appointment.  Anyway, after I got home and unloaded all of those groceries, the LAST thing I wanted to do was cook so again I had to snap myself out of the pity party mode with some Christian music and cook dinner for my family.  Another victory that the Lord helped me to win!

Today I got up early talking to God.  I did all of the laundry, ironed my husband’s shirts, cleaned the house, wrote all of the past due bills letters of explanation as to why we were behind (can you say “Realtor?”) and went to the office for an appointment.  There was a check on my desk for $75 for a home warranty that I bought back in August and didn’t expect to see that.  Thank you, Lord!  I also got a call today from another Realtor.  They are going to show my referral listing!  WooHoo!! 

I ran home after that, mixed up some meatloaf for the family, threw it in the oven and went to my appointment to list that house.  After I got back to the office, I was inputting it into the computer and I was asked if I wanted floor duty for the rest of the afternoon.  It was only a couple of hours so I said, “Sure.”  Well, guess what??  A first time buyer walked in.  The Lord is so good, isn’t He??? 

Faith is a wonderful thing—especially when the Lord increases it and makes you feel so loved in the process. 

Be blessed in the Lord!

God’s Providence

I’ve been known to run from the Lord.  Not literally.  Just in my mind.  Why?  Because I allowed the enemy into letting me fall into the fear trap of what if….

Our church has been going through Beth Moore’s study on the book of Esther.  For such a small book, there is a ton of treasure in it to glean.  One of those treasures is God’s providence, His timing.

I met Lori in June of 2008.  I was working at an open house for Re/Max and that afternoon, she and her husband popped in.  “We need to find a house by next week.” She stated matter-of-factly.  I was floored and excited at the same time.  Wow!  The Lord was truly blessing me but not in the way that I first thought.  Hindsight shows different.

She and her husband immediately began to search for a church home.  We had been in the area four years and had drifted back and forth between looking for a church and going back to Savannah to our home church.  They visited a couple of small churches and ended up going to First Baptist.  We had tried there a few years back but I was not “feeling it” and was not happy with what I had seen during a Christmas program with teen girls on stage shaking their tops.  I was shocked and appalled and decided that was not where I wanted to be.   It wasn’t until she saw the church with fresh eyes and began to share how the pastor preached the Word of God and was dead on, that I began to reconsider.   I really was weary of driving back and forth to our home church and the preacher there had started catering to the younger kids and seemed to drift from just preaching the Word.  I prayed and was impressed upon by the Spirit to cut those apron strings and move on with my life to the one He was calling me to.  My parents and sister attended the home church so that was another tie in that string.  But, in order to fulfill the life God had planned for me, it had to be severed.

As I began to faithfully attend, my husband and kids followed suit.  We re-joined as a family in September of 2008.  I was overjoyed.  My kids were leary because we had changed churches so many times in our lifetime (lots of “reasons”…more on that later).  My son told me that if we stayed at that church, he would come.  My teenage daughter still had a chip on her shoulder and was not happy about going. 

I still held back.  Not sure why except that I was afraid of commitment.  What if somebody wants to see a house and I am in church? What if I don’t want to go to church and just want to relax at home?  I know, stupid….right?  But those were the type thoughts that ran through my mind.  I let them plague me and torment me for a year.

What changed?  More to come. Stay tuned.

Be blessed in the Lord!

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