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

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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

How?

Yesterday I saw a tire cover on the back of a jeep that read “life is good”.  Then today, a bookmark I used had the words “count your blessings”.  It is very apparent to me that no matter the day you’re having, if you look around, you will find something good.

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For instance, if it’s hot and muggy and you see dark storm clouds brewing, you know there’s bound to be rain soon and hopefully a reprieve in the heat.

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Or you notice it’s getting dark outside and you step out and catch a beautiful sunset.

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Often times I get up in the morning after having a restless night.  I sit down for my quiet time in prayer and bible study and a lot of times after I lift my head from prayer I look out the window in front of me and see the dew glistening on the grass.  Peace… in that moment complete peace is what I find.

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So look for something good each day.   The way you see things directs your way.

How do you stay positive?

 

 

Sonia

I See…

If then you have been raised with Christ,  seek the things that are above, where Christ sits, at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above and not on things on the earth. ~ Colossians 3:1-2

When I see sunrays coming through the clouds, I get a glimpse of glory.

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As I took these pictures, in the past couple of weeks, I could see and feel God’s glory in creation itself.

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The week before Easter, I awoke one morning with this image in my head and began to paint.  Because of things going on in life… it has taken me awhile to get it done.  Finally finished it on Tuesday.

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As I’ve studied the two verses at the beginning of the blog this week, some other verses came to me in a webinar I participated in; by Matt Tommey.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father  is glorified , that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. ~ John 15:7-8

So the priorities are… seek those things that are above.  Seek God.  Abide with Him, learn His words and keep them close, in your heart, your mind, and your spirit.

 

Sonia

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I see Him everywhere

Reflecting on my week, I realized I see my Heavenly Father everywhere.

I saw Him in the smiles on my niece and nephew’s face as they heard and tried their hand at music this weekend.

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And in a picture my nephew drew to hang on my refrigerator.

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I saw Him in a three leafed clover my husband brought me today. Each leaf had a red heart on it.  Amazing!

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And I see Him in the super moon tonight.

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The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ~ Psalm 145:18

 

Sonia

Fall Visitor

Today, it actually felt like a Fall day as I potted this beautiful Mum.

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I’m going to try keep it alive inside.  I have it sitting in front of a south window, so it should be 8-10 hours of filtered sunlight and if I keep it watered and don’t let it get to hot or cold it should survive.   Time will tell.

After I brought the Mum indoors I found a visitor, who rode in on it.  I turned around, taking the plant back outside to let him fly away and fortunately the little feller flew outside as the back door was opened.

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As the day progressed I noticed a glare coming through the south window.

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A new roof is being put on the house behind us.  It is a metal roof and at certain times of the day there is a glare from the sunshine coming from it and it is blinding when sitting on the couch in my living room.

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So I went to my fabric stash and found some material that will cut down on the glare but is thin enough to let the sunlight in. I used thread that coordinates with the curtains I already had hanging in the window.

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It’s a simple curtain but it takes care of the glare and making a curtain was easier than moving the furniture.

Sonia

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