Thursday, October 18, 2018

Five-Minute-Friday ~ 31 Day Challenge for October ~ Search


Psalm 139  English Standard Version (ESV)

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart


If you know me, you know I LOVE to search!

So here I GO...

Nowadays, if you want to search for something, all you have to do is google it.

That wasn't the case back when I was raising kids, or even when I was a kid.
I was lucky my mom kept an updated encyclopedia.
Most anything I needed to know, I could search through those books for.
I don't remember exactly when I got a library card, but I do remember riding my bike to the library often. Many books were read, and book reports were written there. What wasn't in the encyclopedias at home, I could search for it at the library.

My bike was also my way of searching for what my heart was needing back then. I rode that bike everywhere! I wonder if my parents knew how far I would go. Calistoga was about 25 miles away and would take me probably 2-3 hours each way. Back then there were no bike paths. Sometimes I would only go to Vintage 1870, in Yountville. It was only 6 miles. Later, while in 4-H, I even joined a bike club.

That bike also took me to Bible Studies at other churches as well. I now wonder what those ministers, or pastors, or ladies working the groups thought. One thing they never did, was not welcome me. Did they know what I was searching for?
Did they see something in me, that I didn't know at the time?

Once the kids came, the library was a second home.
How do I... was always what I searched for, while the kids picked out their favorite books. I even worked in the school library one day a week. 

All those searches, have led us to here...

Times up!

I could continue, but that would be breaking the rules.
I found two verses that spoke out to me when I searched the Bible.

Matthew 18:11-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray.

Romans 8:26-28 English Standard Version (ESV)
26 Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 2And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[b] for those who are called according to his purpose.

There was no rejoicing when I was found! I learned there were consequences to my wandering. Each time God reached out to me when I was searching, something on earth pulled me away. As a young girl, that was confusing. By my teens, I began going in a direction where I didn't see God. 
I stopped searching and began to settle.
I now know, He was watching me every step of it.

This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  


For more information on the challenge click here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Five-Minute-Friday ~ 31 Day Challenge for October ~ Pause


Let's get started with, GO...

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center cared for my son back in 2011.

This was our view of the healing tree from his room.


It was there that I learned to...

Pause, for however long it takes.

Reflect upon everything and anything.

Heal through Gods love!

Since then, we have had to pause numerous times for one thing or another.
We might not have understood it at the time.
Sometimes we might have questioned why.
But whenever we look back, we can see that God had it under control.

Sunrises and sunsets are my favorite times to reflect.
First on what the day could be.
Then on what the day was.
Sometimes we are to busy to stop and reflect.



Then, a moment comes, when we can enjoy the show in the sky.
It's then that we reflect on the time since the last one.
It's not always on the beach.
Sometimes it's happening as we drive down the street.
I can't capture them all.
Some I might not get to see because of clouds.
Yet the cloud cover adds color.


Stop.

This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  


For more information on the challenge click here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Five-Minute-Friday ~ 31 Day Challenge for October ~ Pray



Day 16!

I've made it past the half-way mark. If I were on my cell, I would put a few celebration emojis here. With the word, Pray, to be the word for the first day of the second half it coincides with the very first word of this challenge "Story" can only be one of those God moments.

Ready as I'll ever be!

Go...

First, today has been a fairly good day.
Woke up early, like I use too, and had some things done before hubby got up.
It was nice to have that time again, it's been way too long!
I was able to get a few more Christmas gifts finished.
Had to have my computer battery changed, which is why I am so late with my five minutes.
Dropped it off before lunch.
We picked it up on our way home from our event tonight.
Which was the best part of the day, ending with a gathering of women for prayer, fellowship, food, and a fun fall craft.
It was my second time joining in, and without any of those women knowing, they fed my confidence. Hearing their stories, their prayers for direction, along with some of the same fears I have, had me feeling like I wasn't the "Lone Ranger" after all!

I can't say the same for the guys! Late shipment meant late installations, which meant overtime. I don't mind paying their overtime, I am just so thankful they are able to solve the problem and make the customer happy. After receiving the information of what was happening, all I could do was send up a prayer for God to give them wisdom and patience.

To come home and read Kates prayer, it was so similar I got goosebumps!
Lots of prayers were heard, others said, and a few answers.

Stop.

With a few seconds on the clock, but I really need to get this old gal horizontal.
Tomorrow is another day!

This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  


For more information on the challenge click here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Five-Minute-Friday ~ 31 Day Challenge for October ~ When


Oh, that's a good question, when?

Go...!

When will I pull it together and send it off?

When will it be the right time?

When will I know if they are happy with it?

The answer for me is when God sends me in that direction.
I learned it can't be pushed or rushed.
There are many things to know or do first.
I got all excited a few years back when a publisher called after I had submitted a portion of my story. After many conversations, I got scared. 
Then disappointed because I couldn't meet their deadline.
I was reminded that it was my deadline, not theirs.
They were, and still are willing to help when I am ready.
My concern for others also came into the picture. 
A fury of not only when, but the how's, who's, and what's entered into my thinking. 

When I began to think it is still a possibility,
I then bring in my lack of confidence into the equation. 
When I felt things were well over my head, I withdrew.
"When" seems to hover over me like a drone! 
When will I stop tearing myself down?
Before I clung onto doubt, I use to hitch-hike for guilt.
Took me years to stop hitchhiking for guilt, or did I just change corners?
It's time to stop standing in the corners.
It's time to turn that "when" into a now!
When I set my mind on something, I can usually get things done.
The only difference, it is taking longer these days.
If only the days were longer as well.

Stop!


I know this, the time will be right when it's right with GOD!
He knows when and how this story will get out.
He knows when we will get through all this and
He knows when I will be able to share that story.

In the meantime, when I share a snippet, know I am moving one step closer to the goal.

This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  


For more information on the challenge click here.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Five-Minute-Friday ~ 31 Day Challenge for October ~ Ask








 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.



Earlier this year, we had prayed and planned
on some adventures in honor of our 40th Anniversary.
After the first one, an accident should have canceled all of it until I was healed.
With so many prayers being said, and by God's Grace the trips were made.
 With it came a whole new understanding of His power. 
Not everything happened as planned, and they might seem to be small adventures to some, but to us, they meant so much more.

Asking Him!

Asking Him to soften my hubby's heart, and it's been softened.
Asking Him to send the right people for the job, and He has.
Even when we thought Angel was sent to us by Him,
we soon learned she was not who He had sent.
Her leaving before she even started,
opened the door for the two guys we received next.
Their need for a job was more significant than hers. God knew it, we learned it.
When my daughter and hubby start to worry when there is
nothing on the board for the following week, I say asked Him.
Sure enough, the phones begin to ring and not only did it fill the week,
but it also filled the next week as well. 

We have asked in His name, and He has given it to us.
We sought out and found what we needed, more times then I can count.
We've knocked on so many "Doors," and they have opened for us in one way or another.
It wasn't always as we had asked, but it was what He knew we needed.
Our journey through life wouldn't be what it has been and what it will be without Him.

Stop!

Went a little over as my experiences with Asking Him, just kept coming out.

I wanted to add, besides asking Him, I still need to ask others as well.
If it's getting hard for me to do something, I need to ask for help.
Since the accident, I am getting so much better at it.
This last week, I hired myself a new yardman. 
Hubby had used this other guy for our rental, and he was supposed to come to do ours.
Three times he set a date, and three times he didn't show, nor did he call.
Our daughter's friend started using this father/son team and has been pleased,
so arrangements were made for them to come out.
Unfortunately, no one called me.
When they came, I thought they were the first crew.
I was really confused.
Merely asking the right questions cleared it up quickly.
Not only did they do the regular weekly chore,
they removed all the downed limbs from Hurricane Rosa.

Asking Him questions helps us learn.
Helps us with directions.
Even those split-second decisions are more comfortable when He is part of the conversation.

This post is part of the 31-Day of Five Minute Free Writes challenge link-up.  


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