Saturday, May 19, 2012

Nothing is Impossible

I don't have much to write today.  I am dwelling on the following verses as I face some extremely difficult circumstances in my personal life.  Since the Word of God is always quick and powerful, always timely, I just wanted to share these verses with you today in the hopes that someone else out there needs to be reminded of these truths. 

26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

-- Mark 10:26-29

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.Nothing will be impossible for you.” [21] [a]

-- Matthew 17:20-21 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

He Said

Dear Friends,

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed.  There are times I've felt overwhelmed in a positive sense; my life has had ups and downs, but I can most easily find many, many blessings for which I'm grateful and sometimes, I just feel overwhelmed with God's goodness in my life!  And yet, there are days when I have felt if I try to take even one more step, I might just collapse.  If I have to present one more upbeat, optimistic response that I might be sick.  That if I am told to count my blessings or think about how far I've come I just might pull my hair out!

Now, perhaps you think I couldn't possibly feel this way.  But let me tell you, I don't know of a single human being who has not at some point in their lives felt overwhelmed.  They may choose to never admit it is so, but I can guarantee, if it hasn't happened, it will.

The good news is . . . . while I may feel overwhelmed, I am not overthrown.  While I may stumble, I will not fall.  While I might bend, I will not break.  While I might (and do!) cry, I won't totally collapse into a heap never to recover.  And do you know why I can say these things with such conviction? Because I know God's Word is true and His Word is where I find my strength.

There is a song that I am honest-to-goodness LOVING lately, it just speaks volumes to me! And it's all about facing a point in your life where you are sure that you are done, a goner, overwhelmed beyond repair, falling apart and at a point of no return.  It's all about feeling that way and then being encouraged to NEVER forget what "He Said."  What God says.  I cannot tell you how much I need to be reminded, over and over and over and over and over and . . . . well, like a broken record, really, that God has told me He will never give me more than I can handle.  Because you see, I don't have to handle anything that comes my way on my own. I never have to face another crisis alone.  He is always there with me, holding me up, bracing me, walking with me through storm and through fire, holding my hand every single step of the way.

Do I always feel Him near?  Honestly, there are times I have felt He wasn't there.  But He never leaves.  He never forsakes.  He has promised that and He cannot lie.  And so though I have had brief periods of my life where I felt I couldn't sense Him with me, my heart, my spirit knew the truth: that what He said still stood and that He was right there, no matter what.

So today, I want to share this wonderful song with you.  I have said my bit.  I have bared my heart. But I truly hope that I have felt I should share this song, this inspiration, these bare bones of my deepest heart's emotions, because God wanted to touch someone today.  If that someone is you, I pray that you will read this and listen to the song and know God in a new, fresh way that will boost your faith in Him and in His wonderful plan for you!!  God loves you so, so much!

Friday, May 4, 2012

99 Things . . . .

So, a dear blogger friend of mine recently posted these 99 things she's done on her blog, borrowed from a blogger friend of her own, and I just loved reading about what she had or had not done, yet!  Thanks,  Evelien!  So I also looked over all 99 and those I have done are in bold.   As you can see, many of the things I have done are in "clumps" for a total so far of 42/99!  None too shabby I suppose!  I have never done a few of the most "bold" of the 99 and since I haven't yet visited Europe (though I dream about it!), that rules out quite a few on the list for me! 

If you want to borrow this and use it on your blog, please do but also stop in here and leave me a comment, any type and tell me you're doing it because I want to see your list of 99 things that you've done!  :)  It's fun! 

99 Things (those I've done in bold)
1. Started your own blog 
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland 

8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightening storm

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child 

16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort 
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie 

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone

78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo

94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee