Coming into Alignment

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I’m so behind on my blogging – I have two posts in my head waiting for time….But then this morning during my Bible reading and devotional time, I decided to post this. I loved today’s devotional, “Day 4 – The Power of Surrender ” by David Shearman from the Bible App/Bible.com. It is so good, I need to share it here so I can re-read it!

I read this devotional after reading Genesis 27-29. These were the chapters that outlined the life of Jacob. Remember how his mom had him deceive his father, Issac, for his blessing. And then what happened to Jacob after he fell in love with Rachel? He worked for seven years for her hand in marriage. Only to be deceived by Laban, his soon to be father-in-law. He substituted Leah, his oldest daughter. Jacob had to work for another seven years for Rachel. And then I read this devotional. It is so important to come into Alignment with our Lord!!!

Whenever we face difficult or unexpected situations in life, we can panic or we can pray. If we open the Bible, pray, and share our concerns with trusted friends, in due course we will arrive at the truth, which has the power to set us free. The truth is, we can be free from whatever has limited, contained, even bugged us for all or part of our lives.

So how do we align ourselves with God so that we can truly receive His blessings?

Our previous family home had a substantial wooden letterbox to receive the mail. The box had a lock and my grandson, Edward, was very proud that he knew the combination. The padlock had 1,000 possible number sequences but only one opened the lock. It’s about alignment, having everything in the right place. With alignment everything seems easy!

If we get ourselves in line with the purposes of God, things open up to us. Things begin to happen that wouldn’t otherwise happen. This is an exciting place to live. It is thrilling to live with a sense of purpose and watch God at work, doing amazing things. We must learn to be aligned to His plans and ways.

Some of us are still fighting against becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus. But until we absolutely surrender every area of our lives to God and fully come under His Lordship, we are not in line for the full favor of God. People tend to argue with Him about how they use three things – their time, talent, and treasure. But the truth is, “we are not our own, we have been bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20). Our full freedom comes not only when we cease being slaves to sin, but when we choose to be “slaves to Christ.”

Does that mean we cannot make decisions about where we live or work or who are our friends? Of course not, provided we are surrendered to His Lordship, and that in our choices we retain an inner knowledge of His peace that guides and confirms we are on the right path.

But when we surrender, coming into alignment with God’s plans and purposes, we gain life in abundance. What does coming into alignment mean for you today? For me it is learning to walk and work with Jesus and keep watching how He does it.

Matthew 11:27-30 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Why do we wait until it’s too late…

If you are following our travel blog, you may have read our recent “Reflections on December 2016.” We had so much happen to us in December (I didn’t mention the freezing weather which will deserve a separate post on how to survive), it has made us reflect on LIFE in general. I mentioned in that post, we know several families who knowingly were spending their last Christmas with a loved one. Sadly, that helped put our situation into perspective. This post is to make several points as we ponder this question, Why do we wait until it’s too late….?” Too late for what? To keep our marriages vibrant, to enjoy life, to appreciate family, to work on our bucket list, to keep our health in check, to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior? The list is actually endless. Continue reading

He saved my life!

(I’m posting this on Christmas Eve, 2016. I’m not sure why….May it guide you to reach out to someone who may need some extra love this holiday. We are so blessed to be with family this year. And we are saddened as we know several families who are celebrating this Christmas as their last – due to cancer  – with loved ones.)

I was a rising Senior in college. I had so much going for me, yet I felt a black hole in my heart or being. I can’t really describe it any better, but that is what I felt. I was working to support myself, having lived on my own for two years. My dad was an alcoholic and gambler, but yet, he believed in Jesus. He was a functioning alcoholic but he could not help me live away from home while I went to college. I had to take out a loan for my tuition, but paid my own living expenses. Continue reading

What Christmas Present Will You Give Jesus?

What a fabulous post as we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas. We are not big into presents for adults, but these are really the kinds of presents to give….

My God, My Music, My Life

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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how many presents under your branches are for me?

How many presents are under the tree for Jesus?  It is his birthday. He is the reason for the season.

What presents can you give to Jesus you wonder?  There are many and I bet you have never thought of them. Maybe some of you are giving Him these presents every day.  Maybe some of you give them one day and take them back the next.

Present one:  trust.  Do you give him all your trust?  Do you trust him even when things are going bad? Do you trust his plans for your life? Do you trust him completely, 100%? If not, maybe this year is the year you give him the present of your trust.

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Present two: your heart. Do you give him your heart?  Does he come first in your heart? What does…

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Don’t miss Christmas!

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Oldest grandson loves his PeePaw and will hold HIS hand!

This post title been the series topic at Spotswood Baptist Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia this December. It is our third December to be here and enjoy this amazing Pastor. He just knows how to get the message across in a Biblical and relevant way!

We actually missed the first sermon because we were taking care of our youngest grandson who was sick (and we each caught that nasty stomach virus that has been around the country). We had our oldest grandson with us for the second sermon, he’s pictured here on his way there. Having him snuggled up against me, prevented me from taking notes or even downloading the sermon outline. Otherwise, I would have written that sermon us as well!

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President Elect Trump!

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Created by my sister-in-law

Needless to say, I feel triumphant about President Elect Donald Trump. I’m thankful to my dear sister in Christ, Anne, who asked me to give an update. I don’t want to gloat over it, though. You see, four years ago and eight years ago, my candidates lost. I understand the feeling of defeat and that my world would never be the same. But we survived. How many of us can say we’re capable of this:

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

All I can say, is, I understand! I begin voting in 1971, so this year was my 12th vote in a presidential election. Seven times, I voted for the winner and five times I voted for the loser.  So like most Americans, I have seen what it is like to win and to lose. Most of my losses were as a full time working mother, so I was voting for my daughter’s future as well. That ups the stakes when winning and losing. Our families have lost financial ground these last eight years. The worst thing we went through was when her husband was laid off as his second child was about to be born. Stories like his abound!

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I’ve grown to respect Donald Trump

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I’m proud to say I’ve voted!

I’ve re-blogged two other EXCELLENT posts  (the first one here and the second one here) that say EVERYTHING I believe about this election and in particular, Donald Trump. But I guess it’s time to add my own words and spin to this as I read about more and more friends who are struggling with voting this year.

First, I never liked Donald Trump, but I’ve disliked Hillary Clinton even more and for longer. Donald had been a non-entity to me. I did watch the Apprentice once to see what the hype was about. I thought it sounded like a great idea to help younger people who aspired to become successful in their careers. It made me at least respect him for this.  Continue reading