I had an ALL THINGS event on Saturday evening. If you are just joining my blog or don’t remember, here is my previous post about ALL THINGS.
Trusting the Shepherd
The other Day
Facings Tons of Fears
What about You?
Are you and God working through something that you find fearful? He tells us in Isaiah 43:2 that he walks through things with us. He is there to hold your hand in the fearful times.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
What about you?
I am a muddy, messy puppy. I have sin in my life. You know about all that muddy sin I am stuck in. I am covered with it. I have tried to change my life but it doesn’t work. I am coming to you as my Savior. I want you to clean up this messy puppy and make me white as snow. Your word says that I am crucified with you and I die. And that you live within me. I don’t know what that means but I want it. What I understand is that somehow you see my messy, muddy life and still love me. I want you in my life.
If you have made a commitment to Jesus and have turned from a muddy puppy to a snow white puppy, let me know. As always, I would love to hear your comments.
Pain and Hope
Jesus wants you to know…
Things to think about
I don’t want to give you the impression that I have this stuff figured out. Sometimes I get it. And other times, well my reactions are not pretty. You would even wonder if I know Him by the way I react. But, I am his daughter. He lavishes me with love and grace. Do you know this God that offers nothing but Grace when we don’t deserve it? I would love to hear your thoughts.
A writer and a teacher
The problem was fear
Yes, it is a regret. Yet, God can use regrets for good. I learned and am determined not to make the same choice again. I don’t want to hide behind fear with my writing. I debated even writing this post. You have no idea how scary this is. But I have learned, and am learning, that if things are out in the open, they have less power.
The solution is faith
What about you?
What about you? Is God asking you to do something that is scary? Join with me on this faith journey. Take that step of faith. I know that I will not be perfect with this; that is okay. I will probably be like a turtle and stick my head back into my shell of fear occasionally. But, I invite you to come back to the blog to witness my journey. My journey can give you hope. Will you walk with me into His immeasurable Grace and Love? Let me know what you think.
I haven’t worn a nice, stylish dress in years. I love dresses. I can’t find a shoe that fit to wear with a dress. I own tennis shoes, a pair of Converse high-tops, cowboy boots for ranch work and casual sandals. I own nothing fancy. This is not because I don’t want it, I can’t find it to fit. Little girl’s dress shoes look silly on a middle-aged lady whose hair is graying. I don’t wear dresses.
Remember my post How to Handle the Interruptions of Life? The same cute, adorable Border Collie ate a chunk out my boot. Since they are ranch work boots, the missing piece only adds character.
Wants vs. Needs
I, on more than one occasion, have confused my wants with my needs. Sometimes, I am convinced that I that something falls into the need category. And, then God in his wisdom exposes my true motives. He shows me that this is not a need it is a want. Like any good parent, God does not give me all my wants. He knows that would turn me into a spoiled brat. His goal is to conform me into the image of his son. Unfortunately, my first reaction is throwing a temper tantrum like a two-year-old.
Is it a Want or a Need?
Walking out the Truth of this Verse
We thought we were going to have lambs this season, but that didn’t happen. We keep our male sheep, rams, separate from the female sheep, ewes. Our adult ram, Shelby, escaped his pen. We were convinced that there were going to be several unplanned lambs this spring. That did not happen.
The babies that arrived were even more unexpected. We have five emu chicks that have hatched! We have lived here for four years and this is a first for us. They emus have laid eggs before. But have never sat on the nest and hatched the eggs. We would find the eggs when we noticed Sammie snacking on a large distinctive egg.
Emu eggs are beautiful and huge. One of the first ones we found, we scrambled for a Saturday breakfast. One egg fed the four of us with leftovers. I used one stray egg to make a quiche. I usually use six chicken eggs in that recipe.
The five chicks are up and moving! They are all following mama around. Since we have never done this, we don’t know how fast they grow. But this picture was taken when they were two days old.
They grow to be large as adults and they are not as cute.
But they do take wonderful selfies!
Have you ever met an emu? Until we moved to the ranch, I hadn’t. If you have, tell me about your adventure in the comment section.