“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.” Isaiah 48:17 NLT
One of the things I love about my phone is GOOGLE MAPS! I am a stickler for time, so this girl likes to plan. Before I head to a particular destination, I always plop the address in and it tells me not only how long to get there, but how much traffic to expect and alternative routes if I don’t want to sit in backups.
I remember one Friday as I was heading out, I did my usual routine of checking the GPS to see what time I should leave my house so I could grab a bite eat, and still get to my friend on time. As I was typing in the address, I could hear God’s Spirit speaking to my heart so clearly. ..”I am not a GPS…”
Ouch! In that moment I knew there was a lesson that God was about to teach me.
“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” Hebrews 10:24
Last week we celebrated the beloved Valentine’s day. It’s one of those holidays you either love or hate. Either way in the time leading up to V-Day you were guaranteed to see tons of floral arrangements, either in the grocery store or on a street corner. (BTW does anyone else think it’s random to set up a flower shop on the side of the road??…lol.)
Personally, I love flowers! It’s something about the smell, the colors, or receiving them by surprise that just brightens my day. Perhaps you were the recipient of one of those gorgeous bouquets, gave some to a person you love, or saw arrangements floating around in your office. However, as beautiful as they are they don’t last forever. And one of the tale tale signs that they are coming to the end of their course is when the petals begin to fall. Continue reading
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12-13)
Growing up I lived in a single parent household. My mom, who I love dearly, did the best she could but we definitely faced some hard times. Food choices were limited. Frozen pipes led to times when we had no running water. And an open oven and space heater were often the only sources of heat during harsh winter months.
Although it was hard to understand why it seemed like we had so little and others around me had so much, I realize now that those times were the training ground for a heart of humility. It was here that my lessons on contentment would begin to form and years later the words of this scripture would bring understanding to the conditions that I previously faced.
“…seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed [renovated] in knowledge after the image of its creator.” (Colossians 3:9-10)
How many of you out there like to watch HGTV? I don’t know about you but I LOVE IT! Some of my favorite shows include anything that has to do with renovations, like Fixer Upper, Property Brothers and Love it or List It!
It’s amazing to see how they take these decrepit spaces and with the help of technology and skilled designers, layout plans for a totally new home.
As with any renovation project you have to tear down the old in order to make room for the new.The teams come in and they start breaking down walls, pulling out cabinets, drilling and painting. By the end of the show the homes are unrecognizable.
Although the construction process is messy and sometimes frustrating-the faces on the homeowners are priceless. A house that no one thought had potential had now become a beautiful haven.
While watching these shows and mediating on the verses above I realized I had a lot in common with these fixer uppers.