Everybody Dance Now!

Let me tell you what inspired me to give this Blog post this title. I was reading Psalms Chapter 119 verse 17. It says in the Passion Bible Translation…”Let me, your servant, walk in abundance of life that I may always live to obey your truth.”

In the break heading in the Chapter it says;  The Abundant Life  and as I was looking at it it was changing to  The Anointed Life.  I kept looking and the word “abundance” was somehow split and I saw abun………..  dance….and I kept looking and it said- the  Dance of Life; and so it was: 

The Abundant Life

The Anointed Life

The Dance of Life

Wow! I never saw this before but it just seemed to change before my eyes to this wonderful breakdown, but I really paid attention more to the “Dance” of Life  because I have never seen that in the word abun  dance. I love when the Holy Spirit does things that blow my mind!!! He shows me things I would just glance over and just figure that I have read that before and really not look for anything new to learn…..not so!

It makes me think of the prayer that says; “Open my eyes Lord, that I may see wonderful things out of your law.” He always has things to teach us or to show us out of His Word as we spend the time with Him……to linger with Him and SEE;  or that word He gave me- FOCUS! I did and look what I saw! It has always been there I’m sure but I didn’t see it before. It prompts me to do a study on all three of those points.

In my time that I spend with Him I go from Psalms to Proverbs and read a little from both books. He had more to show me about the dance out of the Book of Proverbs. This came from Chapter 8 vs. 24. Under that heading of that break in the chapter it says:  Wisdom in the Beginning and so it says; “Before the ocean depths were poured out, and before there were any glorious fountains overflowing with water, I was there dancing! Oh, isn’t that exciting? It goes on in vs. 25 saying; “Even before one mountain had been sculpted or one hill raised up, I was already there, dancing.” Isn’t that something? So I conclude that it must be important to God that He made us to dance! These verses are all talking about Jesus, God’s Son. He loves to dance! To get the whole gist of it, read the whole chapter. (In the notes on vs. 24, the word “born” in many translations means in Hebrew….”to kick and twirl” or to “dance.”)   Just fascinating!!!

Let’s see, dance in the Dictionary means- 

to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly to dance with joy. And here is a picture to go with it……

grayscale photography of woman doing ballet

Credit goes to David Hofmann and the Dancer is Olivia Tarchick-Beautiful!!!

This is really inspiring and I was thinking that this year I would love to take dance lessons in Ballet just for the fun of it and the stretching I could do;  I like slow moves like a Cat does and not fast jerky ones and this really would be fun!  I tried Zumba for a while but Nah!!! That is not for me anymore.

Well my fellow Travelers, this is what I wanted to share for today. You can do more research on “the dance.” I bet there is plenty of places in God’s word where there is more….I will too….time for some Ice Cream and a Brownie…..and then I’ll dance it off! LOL!

One more picture of my dancing under the Chandelier; Bootcamp is changing….Credit for this picture goes to Christian Fregnan

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Bootcamp Has Chandaliers-going into a New Year 2020!

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Credit to Zane Lee for this beautiful picture

Well, how is everyone’s New Year so far? I still think of it being New Years the whole month of January, how about you? Are ya making plans for the year, the month, the week or are ya taking it day by day?

So far I’m taking it kind of slow but I’m really anticipating a really wonderful year and I have that sense that it will be. I only look back on 2019 and just think; “I’m still here.” Whew!!! I had my challenges but I think I grew a lot in my faith and in some level of maturity because I feel more settled and grounded, if you know what I mean. I don’t want to spend much time at all on 2019 because I’m really already into 2020; the YEAR OF VISION, THE ROAR AND THE NEW! And my watch words as they come to me so far are- Focus, Run, and Justice….interesting! I’m already thinking about stuff to share on here and on a more regular basis; it’s been my dream….I may even upgrade to Business Level for a more presentable page. I’ve got lots of ideas bouncing around in my mind already and this is the outlet I will let them go on; and really step it up. There is a need to really “get with it” this year like no other year! Anyone else picking up on that? 

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before but I also keep a Journal and in that Journal I have a habit of writing in it backwards. For some reason writing that way helps me remember things better; almost as if I had a filing cabinet in my mind and I have to empty it that way…..silly but effective for me. I think it’s just me. Anyone else have a quirky way of doing something? I would be interested in your sharing that if you don’t mind; don’t be a stranger, I really welcome your comments.

Well, I will just stop for this intro so to speak; letting you know that I’m still out here in Blogging Land and I plan to visit more of your sites as well-I love to comment and share for the most part, it’s going to be one of my priorities. Here is one more picture to go……

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Credit goes to Kara Eads


I really enjoyed this great post and I think it fits with my latest inspiration from the Scriptures in Hebrews concerning our faith walk in Christ! Great inspiration here!

The Godly Chic Diaries

Those who seek the LORD lack no good thing – Psalm 34:10

The best feeling in the world is finally knowing you took a step in the right direction. A step towards the future where everything that you never thought possible is possible…These past six months has been nothing short of an ardous journey. This season has taught me waiting is worth it, fear is a mind game and God is always always near. I hope if there is anything you hear from me this day, is this. God is very very real. I would not be typing this to you if He wasn’t….

David was more than a nice theory. Because he had drawn near to the LORD as His good shepherd, he lacked nothing -Psalm 23. And he was so confident of God’s ongoing favor in his life that he proclaimed, ” Surely your goodness and love will…

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This Lesson In Faith…

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Credit to Priscilla Du Preez

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Continuing on…I remember a long time ago when I received this Scripture in Hebrews; Chapter 10 vs. 35, 36, 38 and 39. At that time I just put them on a shelf because I didn’t understand. Back then in the beginning of my walk with the Lord I didn’t ask questions, I didn’t know that I could. I was taught that I shouldn’t ask God questions; what foolish teaching was that! Anyway, I’m sure glad that I know the truth now. Let me go on in the Passion Translation which we did not have then and explains these verses so much better.

Vs. 35- So don’t lose your bold courageous faith, for you are destined for a great reward! (I wondered about that then) vs. 36- you need the strength of endurance to reveal the “poetry” of God’s will. (Isn’t that a beautiful way of putting it?) and then you receive the promise in full.  Vs. 38- And He also says; “My righteous ones will live from My faith.” Who’s faith? His! Here He is saying plainly “whose” faith this is. Then He says; “if fear holds them back, which is a spirit I believe and not the emotion of it….My soul is not content with them! But then the next vs. 39, says “but we are certainly not those who are held back by fear—that spirit—and perish.” We are among those who have “faith” and experience true life! Hallelujah!!!

This  is very encouraging, isn’t it? It’s refreshing to those of us who believe that Jesus is our Savior for we have called upon His Name and we have access to His faith—Amen! Boy, I love this and it’s so important to know this truth! Knowing this is such a relief from a striving, using our own wits/reasoning and ones own strength to have faith or muster it up; this doesn’t work because there is no power in our faith and it wanes when opposition comes-and it sure does. But His faith? Oh, it’s the faith that caused Him to see what was on the other side of the cross and even be joyful in the process; wow!!! It is really astounding if you think of it, really remarkable….and He was walking in the power of the Holy Spirit as a fore-runner for us….oh what love!!! Glory walking in a human form!!! This pleased God the Father and this is the way we also please Him. His joy was His strength! That doesn’t mean He did not feel the emotion of it; He sure did-most evident in the garden, but it did not stop Him from going forward in His Father’s plan—for us really and that is amazing. Let me go on to get to the crux of all I have been sharing with you my fellow travelers and friends…

So what does Chapter 11 have to say about FAITH? I love the Title of this chapter; THE POWER OF BOLD FAITH

It’s very interesting; this is what I see: 1) Faith becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for & 2) Faith is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. I also see it as a testimony of God’s power to do…..so this brings me to “what” does faith do then; oh, a lot…

 It brings our hopes into reality

It empowers us to see the power of God’s words

 It moves people, inspires people to move, to do of His good pleasure

 It has the power to translate people to where God wants them

It can open ones heart to receive revelation from God

It motivates one to obedience and to step out in faith

It rests in the One who made the promise

It prompts

It enables one to chose God’s will in a situation

It’s a certainty; over ones experiences or the enemies lies

It enables one to hold on to a promise and stand firm

It stirs one to perform the feat necessary to thwart defeat

It opens the way God has to go through….

It pulls down walls

It provides a way to escape from destruction or avoid it altogether

And through “faiths” power kingdoms were conquered, true justice was established, those that went before us fastened unto their promises and pulled them into reality of their world, it shut the mouths of Lions, put out the power of fire, caused many to escape certain death, empowered people to make them strong, sparked courage to make them mighty warriors-and we can be too! It pulled armies of another realm into battle array and enabled others to endure great atrocities. Those are just a few things concerning faith and it’s fascinating!

Can you see why it’s sooooo important that we not only have it but we develop it? And how does it come? “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17. And we build ourselves up in our most holy faith by speaking in tongues, in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is in the book of Jude. In Matthew 17:20 this Scripture speaks of the power of the Mustard Seed.

My fellow travelers and friends, I hope this little trip into the value of our faith walk really encouraged and inspired you! There is so much more to this of course but this is where you plunge in yourself and find those treasures for your personal walk and relationship with the Lord. We go on from those elementary things to those deeper things of the Lord concerning our faith and knowing these truths makes such a solid foundation to grow on. And from believing, here is where we make our DECREES & DECLARATIONS boldly in the spirit realm; our atmospheres around us and it carries to completion that which is spoken because this is how it’s done. We are just like our Abba Father in doing these things because He spoke and it was done!

I could go on and on here but I think you get it; I pray for you, for the wisdom you need to see if there is any doubt or cloudiness or anything holding you back from taking the steps “you” need to take to get to where God wants you to go; to not be afraid but lean on and trust in with His faith to follow His path and where that takes you on your exciting journey with Him!

Till next time, here is a cheerful picture and reminder of what I just shared with you…..credit goes to Phil Hearing for this one

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A Lesson In Faith

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It’s been a long time my fellow travelers! I really thought that I would have been writing a lot sooner than this.

As the title says; a lesson in faith but it’s no ordinary kind, it’s the God kind which leaves no room for doubt. What does this look like? What’s it supposed to look like? Those have been a couple of my questions ever since I got here. Here is where my sharing of my “faith” journey comes into play. Let me say this…it’s certainly not “my” faith! If I remember correctly, the late Brother Kenneth Hagin talked about the God kind of faith.  And later it was the ministry of Ken and Gloria Copeland and they still are.

I didn’t know or even suspect the kind of opposition I would be facing. I faced it before I left the area of Atlanta GA; the opposition in spiritual warfare to keep me from leaving and in my new position to take and occupy territory—wow!!! such warfare, such a fight to get to the city in Arizona I’m called to put down roots and stay…amen! I have been here since August 24th but I’m closer in the spirit and in the natural….but God, He is FAITHFUL!!! How could I be so blind and not see this? Well, I think I know the answer but it’s for another time to share this part.

So, it’s been real, just to be here in the State I’m called to. It’s why I haven’t blogged in a while; being engaged in this level of battle I didn’t expect. Now, what was I thinking? Being on the promised ground-literally for me has been full of twists and turns “unexpected.” In answering the question about “what” it looks like; to me it is contrary to what I was thinking….sometimes even on a subconscious level.  It’s a faith that is not only leading me “out” of something but “into” something. It’s requiring another level of TRUST. 

It’s becoming obvious to me that there are “levels” of trust. In the midst of all the unexpected I am learning some new things about the Lord and His way of doing things in my life and some, to my amazement, are not pleasant to my flesh at all! One would think I would know this by now…the stanza in the song “Amazing Grace” that goes like this; “through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come, twas grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” I just kinda put my word to it; I use the word FAITH. So very true! Without “faith” I can’t even please Him! The word of God bears this out; in me (my Adamic state) dwells no good thing. It really says “no good thing.” So have I really believed this? Maybe not, maybe I thought that there was and at least I could do “some” things on my own (?) Not so…..I have needed the Precious Holy Spirit-the third Person of the Trinity God, every inch of the way, at every point, at every perplexity, etc. I have needed Him and I didn’t know it to the degree I know now…..glory! And, I have also needed my family and friends to stand with me—cover me in prayer—-so important on this leg of my journey! And they have been there for me, thank God….and I thank them for their support! (this is another thing I’m saving for later, how important their support is)

I rejoice in these Scriptures out of Psalms that He used and still is using to comfort and encourage me out of the Passion Translation. Chapter 92:5b & 6. Beautiful!!! and this is going to lead into my main subject…it reads:

Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything You do! Such amazing mysteries found within every miracle that nearly everyone seems to miss. Those with no discernment can never really discover the deep and glorious secrets hidden in Your ways. Amen! 

Isn’t that beautiful? And He is having me walk this out and find out what this means. Now here’s the “faith” thing and it’s so laced in the book of Hebrews. You must read it! Ask the Holy Spirit to give you new eyes to see; what faith is and what faith does and remember; this is the God kind of faith-it’s really His.

Ok, so grab your favorite cup of Java, Hot Chocolate or Tea, get comfy and do your homework….read the book of Hebrews and come back; just use your favorite translation and let’s share in Page 2…..coming up…….!!!


person holding white and green Starbucks ceramic mug

rectangular white and red wooden decor


sunlight pass through cactus during golden hour

My fellow travelers, I meant to get back here earlier but due to things that take place in everyday life I couldn’t make it till now. And isn’t this another beautiful picture; one of an Arizona sunset?

I’m thinking “threads” as I’m writing. I can see in my spirit many threads coming together to make this a beautiful tapestry of my life. I can’t see the “how” of it yet, but I do trust the plan. Looking up the word “threads” I see definitions; “to thread ones way as through a passage or between obstacles.” It also means; “to move in a thread-like course, wind or twine.” That is interesting. I like to look up words as they come to me, how about you? These seem to fit the way He moves in my life and it’s ok. Of course I don’t try to figure God out; that’s impossible, but I do want to learn in the process of the teaching. His word does say to be teachable. I do want to learn and in that learning I listen. When He is quiet I believe He is working behind the scenes to line things up or perhaps “thread” things together……mmmmmm! Just thinking. 

To go beyond the thinking part I am paying attention to the weather here; been in the three digits but going down to two next week. It’s raining on the West side of Phoenix a little bit but we certainly need more. My understanding is that in the last two months it has rained only four times; we are sadly in need of rain. On another subject, I had to borrow my Daughter’s clothes because I didn’t have any proper dudds to wear in this kind of heat, they are all packed up in boxes back in GA. and taped up to make this trip; which will be another; “How are you going to do that, God?” It won’t be in a way that I think….LOL!

Well, to call it a night and wrap this up….I am posting another kool picture.  It really is my intention to post more often, thanks for your patience my Friends!

silhouette of hills at golden hour

Credit goes to Robert Murray; nothing like an Arizona sunset is there? He took some fantastic pictures!!!!

Finally; I’m Back

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 Apologies to my fellow travelers! But look at that picture….guess where I am? Finally……I’m here….in sunny, hot Arizona!!! Yay!!!

It took a while for me to prepare for this trip but finally things lined up right and I was blessed to the tune of a one way ticket and I get to visit my Daughter, my Brother and his family in Phoenix before I move to my final destination which is about 35 minutes from here; staying with my Daughter first for a couple of weeks.

It’s hot hot hot but it’s what is expected for this time of year. I prefer the dry heat though without the moisture as I feel just like a noodle when that happens.

But I’m here and this is just the beginning to a long awaited answer to prayer years ago, and I just don’t mean a couple of years but many. God is faithful! God is good! He has plans for me in this life and better than I would have for myself. I’m figuring I have at least 20 or 25 yrs. left on my clock and I expect “the BEST is saved for last!”

Isn’t it beautiful? Can you see why I just love it here? It’s “heaven on earth” to me. I just know that God has a Desert Oasis up there in my heavenly mansion with plenty of Cactus Flowers that will always be in bloom with plenty of color. Right here, right now though I will enjoy what He blesses me with in my favorite State. 

For now, I’m just giving ya’ll a heads-up that I am back and intend to do more blogging so…..one more picture and I will help ya catch up tomorrow….till then, enjoy another beautiful picture of the Valley of the Sun (Son); that’s what I call it…..


low angle photography of green cactus

Credit to Jake Weirick! Thank you Jake!

Sharing From the Book of Romans!

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Credit to this Photo goes to Artem Beliaikin

Ok;  Summer is here and so quickly…..and I’m in a contemplative mood and I just want to sit and think. It’s super hot outside except for when the Summer storms come through and then it does cool off a little. 

I was in the Word of God this morning and that does prompt me to want to share what I was reading so I will paste it from the book of Romans, Chapter 8.  I often just go through that book just to review where I have come from and in God’s grace where I am now. 

There is so much just in these passages and I spent some time reading and meditating on them. These Scriptures are written to the Church in Rome and to some that were unbelievers there that the Apostle Paul preached to and taught. They are loaded with great spiritual truths.

Sons and Daughters Destined for Glory

14 The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,”enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”17 And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has. We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings as our own. (This is the Passion translation and I really love this one; it breaks it down to our 21st Century English)  It’s easier to understand, but I do believe one has to have the Holy Spirit within to receive the proper understanding of the Word of God or one can certainly misinterpret what you are reading.

Looking back and beginning with the word impulses I wanted to have a better understanding of what that meant so I looked it up. Impulses mean to influence, an inclination, prompting, impelled, inducing motion, impetus given, indicator(s), directive(s) or a flow of current in one direction; this is by the Holy Spirit of course.

He moves this way in my life and He has for years and to see it in definition this way makes sense to me now more than it did when I started to walk with God; in all earnestness and not in a sloppy way…anyway…it is how I hear Him. I have only heard Him twice audibly. Most of the time and through the years it’s by one or more of those impulses mentioned above.

Walking with God is progressive learning like a child learning to walk and I have experienced my heavenly Father’s great patience, understanding and gentleness in this process…..so; getting back to the word impulses and what that means to me.

I “hear” His voice. I’m often moved then by an indicator like in a sense or feel of something in my spirit, it’s not in my head because I wouldn’t know this naturally on my own and I’m not even thinking along those lines. In other words, I’m not even initiating this….are you with me so far?  As an example; when I knew that I was moving, I heard “warm and balmy” and it came with a sense of going somewhere and I would call that my directive and with an impetus given and it induced motion. I was not in a place of warm and balmy physically so I was thinking; “where could that be?” In the natural I thought of Hawaii; how nice! But I didn’t settle on that because I didn’t “know” what He was indicating exactly so I asked. In this particular instance He showed me GA; that is a State that is warm and balmy,  and He confirmed it more than once; like I would be hearing someone talk and they would mention the State of GA or I would be reading something and the State of GA would pop up or I would just see it in my spirit like an outline or something and one way or another I would just “know” that I heard correctly. To me it’s like the Holy Spirit “high-lights” something and in peace I just follow it.

It’s fascinating how He does this to bring one to the correct conclusion because it’s not figuring it out in the natural or in my mind. Once I know something though my mind just kind of locks unto it.  Once I’m in that place I am then given steps…one by one and I call it impelled and I start to flow like in a current in one direction and that is my destination point. I know where I’m going. It’s really an adventure with the Lord and how He moves; with me anyway. He is so personal and I also would say that I get “signs” along the way like “road signs” and I can relate to this the most because I grew up taking lots of road trips-short and long ones, and I “get it” for the most part. I learned how to read those “Rand McNally” maps!

 I would share also that when He shows me something it’s so important to just believe Him! He gives so much in the process and that’s very personal because He doesn’t see us like we are pressed out cookies all looking the same. We are each individuals and He works that in with the “dough” so to speak…LOL! We are uniquely made in His image and likeness and I think we need to be asking Him…well….”How does that truth look to Him in our individual person-hood?” And how can we cooperative with that? Does that make sense?

The most important factor is having that personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. There is no other way to enter into a glory with Him without the Son in this equation. God is not a force, a power in the collective universe, a feeling of well-being, an image to bow down to, or an emptiness one has to fill with “something.”  God is a Person who is a Spirit but He can only be known through His Son alone; no other way…..nobody went to the cross and shed His blood but His Son and nobody rose again from the dead but His Son Jesus!!! Glory to His Name!!! Jesus and Jesus alone is the One who made this personal relationship possible. I will never apologize for this, for this is the “Good News” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He offers this relationship to “whosoever” will come! Whomever receives Him will be in the family of God! This is the truth and this is exciting…I will leave you my fellow travelers with this; read the Book of Romans if you have not done so. The Apostle Paul gives it straight right from the beginning and he wrote this book by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I hope also that you were blessed and encouraged by this little study, till next time….and I may expound a little more….

An open book with a pen, and a cup of coffee.



Is It Summer Yet?

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Credit goes to Daniel Hjalmarsson

Can you believe that Spring is almost gone? What happened? I thought I would have soooooo much accomplished but “no” I really haven’t gotten to where I thought I would be! How about you, fellow travelers? Did you set out to have so much accomplished by now but haven’t reached your aim? I am surprised because I thought I would be so much further along….on my journey!

The year is half gone! What happened to the days? It is almost the first day of Summer!  One thing though; I love these Raspberry Dream Sickles! This is my favorite fruit and after that it is Strawberries. Oh, it is the Season for luscious fruits and yummy Ice Cream! I’m looking forward to that on hot Summer days and evenings!

Does anybody remember going to their favorite Ice Cream or Malt Shop? How about A & W Root Beer stands? Remember the trays clipped unto your drivers side window partly rolled up and the frosty glasses? Oh, I can just taste it now…..remembering the old fashioned Root Beer stand with 50,000 bugs hangin’ out by the lights and the zap! when they got fried? Do you remember the jug of Root Beer? ( I do and I suppose it dates me but who cares when you are past 50 and climbing!) And remember the Root Beer Floats? Looking at this picture, can you taste it?????? Makes me want to run out and get one; I gotta stock up! Too late tonight as it’s just about midnight…..tomorrow though!

Credit goes to Allie Smith

Oh, a little nostalgia this evening and on my 30th post! (I think it is anyway)  This is something to me and probably my shortest post for a while….LOL!

I remember Dad stopping at the stand on the way home from the late-night drive in; who remembers those? Anyway, he would get the jug and take it home so we could all have Root Beer Floats. Nobody wanted to go downstairs though and get the Ice Cream in the freezer in the creepy corner with spider webs behind it….ewwww! But, one of us would be practically forced to and if it was me I would hurry down and back up and feel creepy crawly all night afterwards, I probably still would because I don’t like critters. Those were the lazy Summer Days and the Firefly’s were out when we got home; usually a Friday night and we might go outside and try to catch them later or the next night.

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Captured by Toan Phan

It’s kinda hard to capture those but I think he did a pretty good job!

Well, not long and Summer is here and I need to pick up some slack and get on with it! I will probably get more accomplished now and to the end of the year than in the beginning; don’t know why though??? I will have one more picture to get ya excited about what is coming and see ya on my next post, until then Happy remainder of Spring!

Oh ya!!! I wanna RIDE this year!!!!  Photo credit to Sergey Zhesterev on Unsplash!

LOL! Maybe this doesn’t excite you but it does me!!!





“Letting God Be God”

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Photo Credit goes to Siim Lukka

Have you ever been reading something that really “struck” you so profoundly that it shifted your thinking and put you in a whole new paradigm? Well, I have and it was last year. I was at this particular point in my journey and was thinking about certain scenarios -all being played out in my mind. I was thinking; “it could go this way, it could go that way, or it could possibly play out like this!” When my thoughts were rambling around in my head like the balls on a pool table I came upon this article about a couple who had been praying concerning some issues in their lives that they needed solutions to. The Lord was trying to show them but at the time they were oblivious to His answer or they thought…it should go like this>>>> ever been there?

What I was reading about was just where I was at, so I read on. Oh how interesting! The lady was looking back and getting some serious hind-sight. It seems like the Lord was pointing out some things to her that were “faulty” in her thinking and He was showing her that she didn’t have all the facts. In one of her scenarios she was basing her poor outcome from her previous experiences and that wasn’t good and if she continued along those lines she would get the same thing. In another scenario she had factored in someone else’s possible actions which she knew she would definitely not like and what would she do then? And her “what ifs” were driving her crazy!

Now I wasn’t quite to the “what ifs” yet but I was getting there in my own thinking patterns. I paused and kept on reading because I wanted to get to the answer and avoid the tough lesson I might have to learn myself; the hard way. Her husband was dealing with a health issue, his answer had already come but it seemed to him “too simple” and he thought, that can’t be God! He is telling me to “rest?” “Oh, I can’t do that, I have too much to do!” So he went on his merry way and he got worse. She was role-playing in her mind and so she went on thinking; it has to be this way, that way or another.

The Lord was trying to get His solutions through but it came down to this when He finally got their attention…..”You two are not letting Me be God!” “You are not letting Me be who I am for you.” “Neither of you are listening.” Wow! And my answer came as I paid attention to what they had learned. She was shown by the Lord that both of them in their own ways had “control” issues; they were displayed differently, but it was the same issue. Her’s played out in the constant drama in her mind so she consequently couldn’t hear, see or even receive His answer with all the racket going on in her head. In her husbands issue, he just could not accept the simplicity of that answer and he mistakenly thought that he needed to handle personally every little and big thing in his life;  he couldn’t possibly delegate anything to anyone else because they could never handle it as good as he could, etc. so he was over-worked and stressed to the max and on the verge of a heart attack. Oh wow, this was serious! He also told them that they were “playing God” in their own ways and taking His role -ouch!

This really resonated with me! My oh my! Was I trying to do the same thing? Sure looks like it, sure feels like it! I concluded that I was reading this for a reason. The Lord was showing me the same conclusion -to let Him be God. I didn’t need to be told twice and I sure didn’t want to learn the hard way. This couple didn’t see it or get it right away so they suffered some consequences. I definitely didn’t want to go that route so I got quiet and I listened……I had already asked so I knew I would be receiving His answer. Thank you Jesus! He really was saving me from myself!

I love this verse…..”Be still and know that I am God!” Psalms 46:10

shallow focus photography of open book beside blue ceramic cup

This article I have never forgotten because it was quite a lesson and I took it to heart. The thing is, when the Lord God is correcting His children He is so gentle and patient about it and also so “personal.” He tailors His correction to who He made you to be. I love that about Him!  All He had to do was show me where I erred in my thinking. For me it was like Him showing me; “You need to get out of the driver’s seat here.” I pictured it this way- I have like a white-board of my mind and I would tend to write on it my scenarios of how I thought that things should go;  duh! When things didn’t go that way I was rather disappointed and wondered why.  Well, that’s because I set myself up to be disappointed….I am not God, He is and He knows best. I’m better for that lesson because I let “Him” do the writing and let it be His way, then the responsibility is not on me for the most part and I can learn to partner with Him instead. It’s a relief to let Him be God if I think about it and I don’t have to “make” things happen to my tune of things; know what I mean? This lesson totally shifted my thinking, it really did.

Here is another Big God picture by Garrett Carroll

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Here are some Scriptures that come to my mind when I think of the profound ways He impacts my life.

James 1:5 & 6 says; “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him be sure that your faith is in God alone.

Speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ this vs. in Isaiah 11:2 says; “And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

And in Isaiah 55:8 & 9; “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

And this one; “I know the plans that I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Now this one is the most encouraging and by now I know that it doesn’t mean I will never have problems or challenges but….He is with me! He is there all of the time! How great is that!

My hope is that my sharing this little story-a true one from the best of my memory has helped you in some way to overcome any stuck areas or misunderstandings that are going on in your head because you thought a certain way or you are just a little stressed at the moment; if that is the case I have one more verse to share; “Call on Me and I will show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” KJV I believe in Jer. 33:3.

And one more picture to end this fellow travelers….taken by Trent Szmolnik

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Till next time…….I’ll try not to wait so long between posts……..