Masterpiece Are Made In The Mess (Guess Blogger)

My table

This is one of my favorite things I have around the houses.

I love this table!
I am not really sure why I like it so much. Maybe because it is meant to look a little messy and I don’t have to make it look clean.

This little table that sits next to my easel and reminds me that in the mess the masterpiece is made. Some of these paint spots came with the table some are mine. I am messy when I paint. I pay attention to what I painting and little else.

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Today I feel like a mess. Emotions are swirling around. We went to the park and I anticipated my kids running around enjoying the sprinklers. Instead, my son took one look at how many kids were there (it was Saturday and it was full) and sat down. I kept hoping that after a while he would get up and go play with his sister, but he never did.

I was hoping to take my younger ones to a nearby VBS this week while my oldest is at camp. But at the park, I was reminded of all that is going on right now in our life.

If I take Jonathan to a VBS he isn’t going to talk (just like at school). This will make it difficult for the VBS teachers. Then there is Grace, she doing well in a class but still needs extra help and someone to watch her more than other 9yrs old require.

I feel like that is asking a lot of people. I am their mom and part of that means taking care of them and all their different needs. At our church is a little different. It is our church family and I am close by. But how can I ask that of someone else?

I also don’t want to make Jonathan’s anxiety worse. VBS is only a few days and there isn’t much time to get used to it like school.

So, I’m seriously rethinking going to a VBS next week.

As I do this it kinda hurts. I know this what life is like for us right now. But this is still hard. It breaks my heart that I have to consider these things when taking my kids to VBS and today I’m a little sad.

I feel like a mess right now and I really don’t understand why all this is a part of our life.
~ What may look like a mess to us is God working ~

As I sat down to write this blog this verses came to mind. I can’t say it’s one I wanted to think about right now but it is one that I need to focus on.

Know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its perfect work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:3b-4

Today is hard but I will trust that God is at work. What looks like a mess to me is Him working. I believe God will bring a masterpiece together. I will cling to His promise that He works all things (even the hard days) together for good (Romans 8:28).

~ In the mess of the table, the masterpiece is made. ~

When I am the one painting and making the mess I love it. I have a vision in mind and I know it will be beautiful when it is finished. But I don’t often like the mess in my life.

God help me remember that I am your Masterpiece

My Prayer

Father, thank you that on hard days like today I can come to you and pour out my heart. You know that from my point of view I don’t understand why things are the way they are in my life. But, even when my heart is breaking I will trust you. Help me to remember that in the testing my faith is made stronger and that I am your masterpiece. Thank you for walking every step of this life with me.
~Amen

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Thank you Crystal

 

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Sunday Mornings (Guess Blogger)

I would like to welcome back Crystal Russell back as our guest blogger today.

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Sunday Mornings
On Sunday mornings we have a special time of prayer before everything gets started at church.

A group of women gather together to pray.

We pray over the Word that the pastors will bring, the Sunday school teachers, and everyone who will be attending that day.

“for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” – Matthew 18:20

Promise from Jesus
I often think of this verse when I think of our prayer time.

We can (and should) prayer on our own but I also think that is important to gather together for prayer as well.

We have this promise from Jesus.

Why would we not gather together. He tell us He will be with us in a special way when we do.

The prayers of the early church opened the doors of a prison for Peter (Acts 12:5-10).

It makes in difference in our lives today too.

One of the blessing of learning to pray with another is the rich friendships I have gained. My most trusted friendships are with friends that pray with me.

A Challenge
I challenge you to spend time in prayer
alone, with a friend, with a group.

Prayer is our most powerful weapon.

We need to use it.

My Prayer
Father, thank you for the privilege I have in prayer to come into Your Holy presence. I stand in awe of you as my God and Creator. If that weren’t enough, and it is, when I come before you I get to call you Father. You call me your beloved daughter. You hear every world I pray and when I have no words you know the cry of my heart. Thank you Jesus for your promise you gave us that where two or three are gathered you are with us. Prayer is powerful, may we (your church) be faithful to come before you and use it.
-Amen

Happy Thanksgiving To All!

Colossians 4.pngThe book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul while he was in a Roman prison, when he wrote to the church in Colossae. False teachers were coaching the Colossians to worship angels and follow special rules and ceremonies. Paul corrected this thinking through his letter, stressing that faith in Christ is sufficient for salvation and that nothing needs to be added to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

In chapter four Paul tells us that we need to devote yourselves to prayer being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders, make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answers everyone.                               Colossians 4:2-6

The Apostle Paul is telling all of us as Christians that we should always pray in all circumstances, in good times and in those difficult days and challenging days that we all go through, knowing that we do not journey alone in our lives. Receive God’s strength when ongoing problems require you to stick it out over the long haul. During these times we need to remember we walk by faith and not by sight. This is when you resort to grimly gritting your teeth, and try to not have a negativity mind. This is not the way that God wants his children to be and to deal with their difficulties. God is sovereign over the circumstances of your life, so there are always opportunities to be found in them. Sometimes those opportunities are so obvious you can’t miss seeing them. At other times especially when the journey is hard and seems endless, you have to search for hidden treasures. Do not be like the man who hid his master’s talent in the ground, lets us look to Matthew 25:25 “And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.” This man gave up and took the easy way out; blaming his hard situation rather than making the most of his opportunity. The truth is, the more difficult your situation, the more treasure there is for you to discover in it. God will gladly give you strength, it is limitless and freely available to each and everyone of his followers. It is exceedingly potent, because the Spirit himself empowers you and me–strengthening you with power in your inner being. This strength enables you to keep on enduring the unendurable. Since this strength has no limits there is more than enough of it to spill over into Joy! As I personally look over this past year and reflect on my own personal struggles I know that God has given me the strength to never quit, even when I wanted to and to remember when I walk by faith and not by sight I learn to have a victorious living in Christ Jesus, and I say ‘THANK YOU LORD”

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

 

Having Fear

2 Timothy             You and I live in a world where we all seemed to be fearful of someone or something which is a terrible way for us to live because we truly don’t have the peace within our soul and at times be so fearful of life in general it has caused so many of us to become sick. In his second letter to Timothy, which was written before his death, Paul offered his final words of guidance to his young assistance. He encourage Timothy to be faithful to Christ and true doctrine and to shun false teachers. He charged Timothy to preach the Word with patience and careful instruction. In 2 Timothy 1:6-7 Paul tells us For this reason I remind you to fan into the flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Jesus goes before us, opening up the way. He will never leave or forsake you. Therefore, you will not be afraid or discouraged. He realize, through our feelings we often fail to submit to logic. So we need not to be surprise when our emotions rebel against our will. King David who was both a mighty warrior and a gifted poet often expressed fearfulness, trembling, and even over whelming horror in one of his psalms. Yet his trust if God was genuine and deep. ( A mam after God’s own heart) His life and his writings demonstrated that fear does not “trump” trust. They coexist. This is why David could proclaim, ” When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Trust is a relational word. It’s one of the prime ways you and I can draw near to God. When we are afraid, don’t blame yourself for having that very human emotion. Instead, acknowledge what you are feeling, then affirm your trust in God either out loud or a whisper. This affirmation protects you from a lie that feeling fearful means you don’t trust God. Even better, it brings us consciously into God’s presence, where you and I can find comfort and hope, The light of God’s presence illuminates the vast dimensions of God’s love for you and for me of how wide and deep it really is. God’s love is that deep, and to know His love that surpasses our knowledge is so wonderful.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

Staying Focus

2 CorinthiansPaul an apostle of Jesus Christ wrote this follow-up letter to the church in Corinth to tell them how pleased he was that the people were sorry for the way they had acted and that they were now trying to live the way God wanted them to. He also defended himself against the accusations being made by false teachers. In chapter 4:13-18 Paul teachers the church back them as well as us of today, the following  words. It is written, “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Through outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  It is never easy for us as humans to keep our focus of God and God alone, it is because we are always being tempted in one way or another, and at times too many people today have become greedy and only think of themselves, they are not worry once they leave this world of what will happen to them next. We feel at times if I have the perfect job I will have a great salary and that will make me happy, when I meet that special someone to share my life that too can bring me happiness, and if I have a bigger house, expensive car, expensive vacations year after year that will bring me a lot of happiness. I am here to tell you that all of them above that I have mention will not, you will continue to have that void within your own heart. We are created by God Almighty in his own imagine look to Genesis 1:26 Then God said’ “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. God knows the journey that each one of his children are on is not an easy one at all, this is the reason we as Christians need to stay focus on studying God’s word, a prayer life, and continue to be in the community of other believers so when trouble comes our way and believe me it always seems to find us, we are able to stand the difficult storms in our lives. So we need to fix our eyes on Jesus and continue to stay focus regardless of the storm we are in, and if you are not sure if you come up against a false teacher, please go to God in prayer so that he will reveal the truth to you always.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends