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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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Is God Enough?

God himself is not enough for us, it’s sad but it’s true.  A few months ago I was stepping out of the shower, why that’s important to mention I don’t know..I guess because God usually speaks to me in the shower.  Anyway he said if you were locked in a dark janitors closet for the rest of your life would I be enough?  (In this dark closet somehow I knew I could still use the bathroom and eat and stuff, so I was alive) but the first thoughts I had were what I needed: light, fresh air, hugs, guacamole, activities, human interaction, cozy socks, etc.  I wanted to say no.  I still want to say no.  I didn’t answer that immediately but God knew what I was thinking.  He said why? Why am I alone not enough?  I was embarrassed.

Of course God’s not planning to lock me in a janitors closet, at least I hope he’s not.  But if for some reason I found myself in that situation or a more realistic one like dealing with a sickness or suffering a loss, would God be enough for me?

How often do we look at this limited view of life: our circle, our friends, and compare ourselves? How often do we let what’s advertised define what we should have, instead of realizing that by simply being alive we are blessed?

I need God to be enough for me, no matter what I’m going through, but it’s not anything that He can do.
He already is, already was and always will be enough.
It’s something that I must continue to understand.
I’m reminded of Moses and the time he asked God how should he introduce Him to the children of Israel.  God said, “I AM WHO I AM” (because it’s in all caps I think God was shouting, 🙂 ) God said, “tell the children of Israel I AM has sent me to you.”  I don’t know what Moses was thinking at that time, but my first thought is I AM? what kind of name is that?  I AM..what?
That’s just it though.  No more needs to be said.
I AM {any and everything that you will ever need}
{Insert:} Healer, Provider, Comforter, Helper, Protector……the list goes on and on
Be encouraged today, God is more than Enough.
Check out Moses’ story in the book of Exodus.  Reference mentioned comes from Exodus 3:14

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Stand

I had a friend who was incarcerated for two years, I won’t discuss the details of his case for obvious reasons, but he was imprisoned unjustly.  Now I’m not the type of person that says, he’s my friend and he didn’t do it,  he truly was innocent.  I had the opportunity to see first hand the corrupt justice system that plagues this nation.

Yes, I am grateful for the just judges and all those who strive to uphold the law. I also realize that relative to other countries we have it pretty good, but the fact is, the system can be shady.

At the time of arrest he was never read his rights, and over the course of two years he was never brought before a judge, never informed of his charges and was the only prisoner banned from going to the library.

I’m trying to remain calm…don’t get me started.

We spent countless hours and resources filing motions on his behalf, studying the system, visiting, praying, searching for anyone to answer, demanding just a basic level of accountability.  For two years the court was SILENT.

In the face of all this opposition my friend continued to stand.  He would not be moved.  He was offered several pleas, opportunities I can’t even say I would pass up if it meant that I could leave that place and return to the comfort of my home and family.

He would not bow to injustice, this inspired me I admired him and to be honest it made me think he was crazy sometimes.

He’s quite versed in the law…the REAL law, rights that were established and given to us under the constitution.  Not this newfangled stuff they are trying to pass over on us, bogus law disguised as “safety” but really its fear.  (but that’s another blog)

What surpassed his legal knowledge was his faith in God. He always believed that God would deliver him and he was committed to standing his ground until justice was served.

It makes me think of the scripture in Ephesians 6:13:

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand

This life unfortunately is not fair, and many times things happen that are outside of our control.  When trouble comes (and it will) we have to be prepared, equipped to fight the battle at hand.  Eph. 6:12 tells us that the battle that we fight is not a natural one but a spiritual one.  We don’t war in this dimension, but we can certainly fail in it if our Spirit Man is not strong, and we step out unprepared.

Take some time to read Ephesians Chapter 6 today. Learn what it means to be prepared.  If you’ve read it before refresh yourself.  It’s what I’m going to do, I want to be able to STAND no matter what I’m going through, much like my friend in this situation.

By the way, we got a phone call last week that he was released from prison and this morning we woke up to a text message saying that ALL (ambiguous) charges were dropped and everything he lost in the process has been restored.  Such an amazing testimony.  I haven’t done it justice because I can’t share all the details, but I hope it inspires you today to be ready, be prepared and having done all…continue to Stand.

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Thorns

We often glamorize Christianity…thinking that once we come to Christ or really decide to live our lives for the Savior that life becomes peaches and cream.  Gladly and sadly this is not true.  Our first experience with the Lord can be likened to “the honeymoon phase”  where life is wonderful, we pray, God answers all our prayers, He delivers us, He fulfills us,  He’s this wonderful being that we can’t get enough of.  Early in our walk we spend time reading, attending service, worshiping  fellowshipping, telling everyone we know, etc and etc.  Then for some of us life sets in,  the romance is gone… a prayer or two goes unanswered, we question the presence of “bad things” in our lives and we give up.  For others of us we simply can’t handle the pressure of living right. The persecution from friends, denying our flesh simple pleasures and the burden of having to stay connected with something we can’t see or feel causes us to throw in the towel.  For those of us who chose to stay in this race, our struggles are different. If I can abandon the third person for a moment, I can say the struggle is constant.  Everyday the cares of this world are vying for my attention and everyday I must fight to make sure my first Love is not replaced by anyone or anything.  I know that I am not perfect. I know this race is not a sprint, its a marathon.  I voluntarily abandon my imperfections and I’m so willing to run steady and endure to the end, yet I’m still challenged.  This walk would be so much easier if I was a robot.  If I was programmed to love God, not prone to mistakes or weaknesses.   But we all know Robot Love is not Real Love and just like He said to Paul, He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”  In many ways my frailty keeps me close to the Throne, it keeps me evaluating and striving for perfection.  As much as I want to abort the pain….like a woman in her third trimester lamenting that she can’t turn back now, I realize that something beautiful must be birthed. My response,   “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Scripture Reference

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Ecclesiastes 9:11

2 Timothy 4:7

Matthew 24:13

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