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Put the Mop Down

Last night my daughter took a shower and accidentally left the water running in the shower.  It was at least an hour before she returned to her room and noticed that the drain to the tub was plugged and the water from the running shower had created flood like conditions on her bathroom floor.

She came upstairs all hysterical, she was sobbing, apologizing and fearing my wrath.  I immediately let her know that I was not upset and went to assess the damage.

The truth is I was not upset, I was tired it was nearly 10:00 p.m., I had been up since 4:30 a.m. and I was just finishing up what I thought was my last chore for the evening.

When I got downstairs, it was clear that I was not going to bed any time soon.  `Her bathroom floor would have made a nice poolside resort for a family of hamsters.  Water was everywhere, deep puddles had gathered in the spaces where the floor was uneven.  In situations like this, I’ve learned that it’s always best to focus on the positives.  So I thanked God that my daughter’s bathroom was in the basement.  Next, I thought,  at least the floor will already be mopped, one less chore I have to do tomorrow.

We got to work.  We used all the rags, and towels in the house.  When those ran out, we started grabbing sheets.  As we were sopping up the water I kept thinking,  there’s got to be a better way to do this.  A wet/dry vac would have been my best friend at the moment but we didn’t have one.  It was too late to call my neighbors and ask around so I went to the garage and grabbed the mop* and we continued soaking and wringing, soaking and wringing.  We finally finished around 11:30 p.m., my girls and I spend an hour and a half on our hands and knees.  I felt like Cinderella, the only difference was that I was actually looking forward to midnight.

Everyone went to sleep and all was well.

My husband is still out of town, this morning he called and I told him what happened the night before.  He asked, ” Why didn’t use just use the Carpet Shampooer we have to extract all the water?”  Oh. My. Gosh.  Why didn’t I think of that?  That would have saved so much time and backache!!!

You see that little * above next to “grabbed the mop” ? Well the Carpet Shampooer was right next to the mop.  Literally.  I unknowingly reached for the harder solution when I went to the garage.

God speaks to everyone differently, for some He uses burning bushes, lol.  But for me more often than not, He uses my everyday occurrences.

I was a little bothered by the fact that I spent so much time getting the water up, when there was a simpler solution   Then something stood out in the conversation that I had with my husband.  He said you never use the shampooer, so that’s probably why you didn’t think about it.  It’s true I never use the shampooer my husband does and the truth be told if he was here, I probably wouldn’t have been getting all the water up either.  🙂

God ministered to me.  He said the same is true in life. He has given us access to all the tools that we need to deal with the “mini-crises”, and various trials that occur in our lives.  However, if we are not familiar with the tools that he gives us…things will be a lot harder than they need to be.  So many times the answers to our problems are right within our grasp.

Be encouraged today, spend time familiarizing yourself with all the wonderful “tools” God has blessed us with to live this life.  His Word contains so many solutions from healing, to finding joy and peace, to restoring relationships…you name it it’s in there.  The world may offer solutions and they may get the job done, but God’s way is far superior.

Reach for the right tool. Why settle for a mop and towels, when you can suck it all up with a Shampooer?

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.      2 Peter 1:2-4

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Stay Connected

Our responsibility as believers is to Abide (to stay or remain) in Christ and allow His word to Abide in us.  I’m so glad Jesus used illustrations and parables when he taught because I tend to be a visual learner.  In John 15: 1-11 Jesus talks about how He is the vine and we are the branches.  “He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” When speaking of trees, vines and branches, it only makes sense that when the branch is connected to the tree it will produce, thrive and grow.  When a branch is disconnected from a vine it will eventually shrivel up and die.

Makes perfect sense in Nature.

Makes perfect sense in Parable Land.

I’ll even go as far as to say that it makes sense when we think in terms of Eternity.

But how much sense does it make on a subtle level?

What sparked this post was a T-shirt a lady was wearing at the gym.  I was sitting down doing lat pull downs and I felt kinda BLAH, like I was just going through the motions.  I couldn’t quite figure out the feeling.  Soon after, a lady passed by me wearing a pink tattered racer back tee that said, Abide in Me on the front.

One of those moments where you stop and think, God are you trying to tell me something?

This was around 9:15 a.m., my entire day began to flash before my eyes.  It started at 5:00 a.m. with me pressing snooze 3 times and trying to get a last snuggle in with my husband before he and my oldest daughter set off for her 5th grade trip to Tybee Island.  I dropped them off at 6:00 a.m., came back home and got my other 2 children ready to meet the school bus @ 7:00 a.m. Last but not least I had to deal with wardrobe malfunctions from a 3 year old  who said her socks were too slouchy and her shirt was and yes I quote, “not her style”.  8:20 a.m. we are off to the gym and almost an hour later I’m sitting there thinking…..

I’ve been up for 4 hours and I feel….. disconnected.

Now I did pray with my daughter before she left and my prayer was honest and sincere, but I believe I stopped at Amen.

I am in no way suggesting that I should have prayed a longer prayer.   What I am suggesting is that sometimes we can pray, or worship or whatever we do to connect with God and when we’re done we get off our knees and get on to our day.  Subconsciously, we leave God and His Presence right there until we come back to that spot next time.

Abiding in Him is so much more of a heart position than it is a check list type action.

To me Abiding is when my thoughts are linked to His Words.  It’s when the constant noise in my head is shut off and I’m in the moment enjoying life.  It’s when I feel like I’m not alone. Abiding for me is when I go through my day and I’m sure that somehow everything will fall in line. It’s when I laugh at something that should have made me upset and when I feel beautiful without a single compliment.

Abiding in Him produces much fruit, not only in our lives but in the lives of those around us.  Read John 15.  Discover all over again how much we need to stay connected.

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Is your heart longing?

” All of creation longs for the Creator”

This is something I say all the time.  I’m not sure if that’s my original quote or if I’ve heard it or read it somewhere and it’s stuck in my subconscious.  Either way its something I believe to be true.  I’ve always been intrigued by those adoption or switched at birth stories that make national news every once in a while.  The children in these cases always talk about how they longed to find their birth parents.  In the cases where the children did not know that they were in the wrong family, they mention things like: “I always felt different” or “something inside me knew I was not complete”.

In my own life, I grew up with an abusive dad.  I was removed from him around age 7 and have not seen him since.  Almost 26 years later my heart still longs for him in many ways.  It’s weird but I believe it’s only natural.

This principle applies even in nature.  Penguins for example are born in very large groups yet they never get “switched at birth” and they can always find their mama.

What about a more classic example, “Are you my Mother?” The story where a hatching bird can’t find his mother and goes around asking an irritated cow, dog, hen and kitten if they are his mother.   When the animals refuse him, he gets desperate and asks a plane, boat and power shovel….”Are you my mother?”

Crazy huh?  But it goes to show that humans, animals, and illustrated characters will do whatever it takes to find the one that created them.

The bird in P.D. Eastman’s story may seem in need of a psych evaluation after asking things that look nothing like him, if they were his mother.  Now the airplane, OK maybe I can see the resemblance. But the cow? C’mon that’s a stretch.

Genesis 1:26 says we were made in His image.  Everyone. Not just a few of us.  So we are ALL longing for God, our Heaven Father whether we acknowledge Him or not.

Much like the skinny, half baked bird…We often search after things that don’t resemble us or reflect our Heavenly Father. How many times do we desire to find temporary comfort in the arms of another person, a financial increase, or perhaps an addiction?

When we’re lost, or simply confused about our life, it’s natural to search…But eventually it’s time to come home.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.                                                                                                             Jeremiah 29:11-14

 

Additional Scriptures:

Matthew 11:28

Galatians 3:26

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No Escape

Psalm 139:7-16 is such a beautiful passage.  Today I’m marveling in the fact that I literally can not escape God.  He knew me before I knew myself and His plans for us are sure.  Be encouraged…

Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

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Running The Race

My Husband surprised me with a new pair of Tennis Shoes, yesterday.  SOOO Sweet. Now he’s a fitness guru, he’s Mr. Consistent.  I on the other hand am pretty fit overall but I go through my seasons.  For the last few months I’ve been going to the gym regularly without a problem.   But the next few months ahead will test my diligence….the colder temps, the holidays (yummy), and the kids home from school, lets see what other excuses can I think of? 🙂

What my husband didn’t know, is that by giving me the shoes, he also gave me a little boost.

My mouth said, “Aww, thank you honey.” But my mind was thinking, “Shucks, now I have to keep working out, I cant let these shoes go to waste.”  (Scratch: “Shoes too old” off the excuse list)

God knows sometimes we need a little push.  I’m grateful for the encouragement and the reminder that consistency is the key.

Check out Fringe Girl, her post on running this race really blessed me.  31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 31 – Running The Race.

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