Are You listening?

Hi, it’s been awhile since I last wrote…. it seems I’m struggling with inspiration, or have been…

Yesterday inspiration hit.

I spent the day with Mom.  We had things to take care of throughout the day.  We started the day in a local shop, Gary’s Full Service Station, getting tires on mom’s car.  Friendly people, good service.

From there, business in Fort Smith.   The inspiration hit on our way from Fort Smith to Ozark.  We decided to travel Hwy 22 instead of the interstate and I’m glad we did.

Somewhere between Fort Smith and Charleston, the coolant gage on mom’s vehicle started showing hot.

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When I noticed it, I said a quick prayer asking God to get us to Dale’s in Charleston.  We continued on and as we got closer to Charleston, a chattering sound began.  Again I prayed asking the Lord to let it not be anything major with the car.

I pulled into Dale’s and just as I cleared the road and was on their lot the car dies, there was no cranking it back up, nothing.  So I got out of the car and went to see if someone could help us out.

If I had any doubt on whether God is listening or not, He made it very clear yesterday.  He answered both of my prayers.

First prayer: the car makes it to Dale’s.  It made it and died there.

Second prayer: let it not be anything major.   David, the mechanic, told us the radiator hose had blown. After it cooled down some, he replaced the hose, added coolant, then ran it for a bit to make sure there wasn’t any other issues from it getting too hot.  The chattering noise quit, there were no other leaks from the radiator.

On a personal note, the mechanic was under another vehicle when we showed up, and he took care of us, the first customer, and another that came while we were there and he got all three of out and on our way within the hour.  Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I was.  He took care of business in a patient and efficient way.

Mom and I also had a good visit with the other customer waiting.

In my mind it was all a God thing… the mechanic could have been impatient and slow, we could have been there for hours or possibly had to leave the car there.  It could have been a much worse problem with the car.  We could have been sitting with a grumpy, disgruntled person as we waited.  But, that’s not what happened.

John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Sonia

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Being Present…

Hi, yesterday my husband and I took a short road trip over Mt. Magazine.  On the south side I was able to capture a few pictures.

The town I live in is at the foot of the mountain.  As we climbed higher we drove through clouds and then out again.

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On the south side of Mt. Magazine, we pulled over to take shots of the water running down the side of the mountain.  The sound of the water was soothing music to my ears.

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Because of the rain over the past two days, raindrops were still clinging to everything.

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I didn’t realize how much I missed living out of town until I was out in the middle of God’s creation. My soul is at home and at peace there.   I felt so much at peace, that when we started back towards town, tears formed in my eyes.  That surprised me, but the emotion was so strong I couldn’t help it.

Up on the mountain without the distractions of town, life slows down.  Because I didn’t have any phone reception, I didn’t even have that distraction.   I forgot how nice it is to, just be present, standing still and letting God move.  He showed me that no matter what’s going on in life, He created a beautiful world for us to enjoy and that same beauty He created in each of us, if we allow Him to work.

Psalm 92:4-5 (ESV)  For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O LordYour thoughts are very deep!

Sonia

Avon calling!

Making a Choice

Though there are “bad” things happening all the time, and we hear about it incessantly through every source of media, for several years I have chosen to try to see something good each day.

I usually see it in natural things.

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the moon in a blue sky,   (I took this one this afternoon)

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the beautiful colors of the setting sun,

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Or the sound of frogs singing in the night.

What I’m trying to say is though there is a lot of bad in the world, there is a lot of good and beautiful things too.  And I have found that the good outweighs the bad.   I have also found that God is with us, no matter what.  In my own experience I know that when I’m going through a trial God is holding me in His arms, if I lean in, He hugs me tighter.

If you know what I’m talking about, then you have a precious gift.

If you don’t, then I’m sorry for you.

Life it too short to dwell only on the bad, especially when there is something good offered.

Like a relationship with Jesus Christ.

God loves you and wants you to enjoy the life of peace and joy He offers.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Being at peace with God doesn’t come naturally.  Because of our sin we are separated from Him.  God is holy and we can’t measure up to His perfect and holy standard.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

But God loves us so much He provided a way to close the gap of separation between you and Him.  When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sin.

“‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24)

You cross the gap of separation into God’s arms, into His family, when you accept Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12)

To receive Christ, you need to do four things.

  1.  admit you are a sinner
  2.  ask God for forgiveness and turn away from your sins
  3.  believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross
  4.  receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life

There’s a verse in the Bible that states, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Talk to God today and make a change for a better life.

In my heavenly Father's arms

 

Sonia

Neglect and Return

This morning I pulled back the curtain in my craft room and saw how pitiful and weak my philodendron looked.

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So I watered it, removed the dead leaves, and propped it back up on the big needle used as  a stake.  Several hours later I checked on it and it’s back in good shape.

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It made me think of how I get when I neglect my walk with the Lord – when I let things of this world lead me astray or pull me down.   Like my plant, I start dragging my feet, so to speak, stumbling along my way and falling down.  And thought I may have loosened my hold on His hand but He never lets go of mine.   He shows me where I need to be and in His way He moves me back to the right path.

“For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.  The grass withers and the flower thereof falls away: but the Word of the Lord endures forever.  This is the word, which by the gospel is preached to you.” ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25

When I return my focus back on Jesus Christ and His word, then I’m uplifted, walking upright, without stumbling or falling down.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5

“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk with Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”  ~ Colossians 2:6-7

Sonia

Armor…

I’m always amazed at how God lets me know I am never alone.

I’ve just started a study on the Armor of God with Priscilla Shirer and have already been reminded of how He has been with me through the lows and highs in the past four years.

He has never left me.

I’ve also been reminded of how the enemy (satan) will set in place obstacles to blind our sight when it comes to our relationship with Jesus Christ.

More than ever, it is imperative that we use the armor the Lord has given us to use against the enemy who is already defeated.  And he only has power over us if we let him.

We have power against the enemy through Jesus Christ. It is our responsibility to use that power in our daily life.

Ephesians 6:13-18 New International Version (NIV)     Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Sonia

Overcoming a glitch…

The first signs of our veggie garden are beginning to show.  My husband started seeds for the garden and today we noticed they are up and have vented the top of the seed starter tray.

We have cabbage and iceberg lettuce.

The beets and basil have started too.
I think they will do well.
I was needing a single vase a week or two ago and didn’t have one.  I was at a flea market last week and found this pretty vintage milk glass bud vase.  It is diamond cut in the pineapple pattern.  
I finally finished one of the small quilts I’ve been working on.  It didn’t happen without a glitch though.  Here’s the quilt finished.
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Here’s the glitch.  I had to stop and have some repair done on my machine.  I was sewing along and then the casing that holds the needle just dropped out of the machine.  

Thankfully my needle was not broke or bent, amazingly.
So that’s Monday for me.  It started good, had a glitch, then ended good.  
Isn’t that how life goes?
Everything is going along good, then a glitch happens.  How you overcome that glitch depends on how you face it.  In the case of my sewing machine, I turned to my husband.  I have never had my machine do anything like it.  He repaired it, and showed me what I need to do if it ever happens again.  I am now prepared  with the knowledge and the tool to take care of it next time.   
But what about bigger things in life?  How do you overcome glitches then?  I personally rely on my relationship with God.  I search my heart and pray asking God to reveal what I should do, and at some point, either through discernment or Scripture, I know what needs to be done or what to expect next.  These verses sum it up nicely.
Psalm 16:8-11 (NIV) 
I keep my eyes always on the LORD.  With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will You let Your faithful one see decay.  You make known to me the path of life, You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Hugs, 
Sonia