From my YouBible devotions

His goodness is beyond our ability to comprehend, but not our ability to experience. Our hearts will take us where our heads can’t fit.

Bill Johnson on the Goodness of our God

I just returned from a marriage retreat. I was thinking about my auntie’s advice to “get somewhere we can sleep and sleep and talk and eat and sleep.”

Sounds like what God did for Elijah.

After his huge showdown with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.

Such a good Father. ♡ He knows we are vulnerable and dependent and of finite resouces.

This encouraged me.

Does it encourage you?

Reboot my heart.

  • Amelia Peabody novels
  • baking lasagna
  • eating lasagna
  • Depression Era cake
  • recipe
  • crunchy granola bars
  • Crunchy gravel under my tennies
  • Crunchy peanutbutter
  • Falling water
  • Little sparkly bits in a handful of sand
  • Birthday candles
  • Stove popped corn with honey and cinnamon butter
  • Cups of fragrant steaming tea
  • New book. Old sweats. Easy chair.

Thankful.

Psalm77 Encouraging self talk.

“I don’t have to think just whatever falls into my head. ” joyce meyer

I will remember the works of the Lord ;

Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

I will also meditate on all Your work,

And talk of Your deeds.

Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary;

Who is so great a God as our God?

You are the God who does wonders;

You have declared Your strength among the peoples.

You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
Psalms 77:10‭-‬15 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.77.10-15.NKJV

The things I focus on

  • I love my world.

Not everything.  Im not blind.

But the things I focus on.

A few things I love about my world:

  • Dishes clinking as they are warshed. (Mom’s word) 
  • the sound my heater makes when it comes on
  • My grandmas: I remember such lovely things
  • Stove top popcorn. The smell!
  •  Cooking with fresh herbs
  • up early. Kids asleep still. Hubby gone to work. Sermon playing on my phone.
  • Dishes washed.
  •  Counters wiped.
  •  Breakfast (banana oatmeal nut cookies) baked.
  • daisies
  • Crackling fake fireplace (thank you R)

      Thank you dearest FatherGod for letting me experience these. 

      talk turkey

      Therefore, confess your sins
      to one another
      and pray for one another,
      so that you may be healed.
      The prayer of a righteous person
      is very powerful
      in its effect. James 5:16 CSB

      I have a problem with phone games.
      It started out three years ago as the fastest way to kill time and stave off boredom. 

      But now it has evolved into a go-to when I feel bad a way to escape unpleasantness.

      I have MS.  Most of the lesions are in my brain and a few in my neck. I was diagnosed about 3 years ago. 

      As a result, my life has changed dramatically, suddenly and rather unpleasantly.

       I am a person who likes to get things done. Now I spend an awful lot of time in bed or in my chair. I miss my garden so much it hurts!  This trial is getting reeeaaaally looooong. I admit to a good amount of anger with God and myself.

      now even writing this blog I have had to nod off in my chair three times so far! It’s humbling.

      My children say that their new mom is way more chilled out and relaxed. They like the way I have had to change, no, the way God Has Changed Me as a result of getting sick. 

      But I was raised to get stuff done. Gardening, canning, cleaning, cooking I was always busy! I would work till I collapsed!

      Now I often feel useless and forgotten. (Though come to think of it, I have had some good talks with my kids and hubby since I got sick.)

      Instead of dealing with my feelings and taking them to God In Prayer… I hide. I guess computer games are my fig leaves that I sew together “to cover my nakedness” like in the garden of Eden.

      Will you pray for me I pray for you, my friend? God has GOT to help me if im gonna get helped.

      There it is.  I have talked turkey. Gobble, gobble.

      List

      FatherGod

      You are good and kind

      You get us.

      Thank you

       for flannel sheets

      Wrapping presents

      Godly teaching, purifying, softening fire: suffering

      My dogs friendly ears and tail (brings new meaning to Mom’s phrase ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed”)

      Holding baby mammals: any kind

      Bananas

      Looking at recipe videos

      Excellent Energy

       I struggle to have enough energy.  Do you ?

      My youbible devotions brought this up. 

       Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…..

      ….and the God of peace will be woth you.”(NIV)

       God help me to think good thoughts and act on them that will bring energy to my world today. I ask this in Jesus’ name.

      “Our Father, help us to see the meaningful purpose that you have given us. May we not be drawn in by dramatic situations that cover up what is truly going on in our hearts. Let us see who we truly are and find joy in the purpose that You have given us”

      from my YouBible reading plan by Brian Price: 10 Things to Abandon for Spiritual Growth

      Galatians 5: 13-15 talks about this.

      gossip. No thanks.

      drama. No thanks.

      FatherGod help us to speak truth only

      in other-centered and self-transparent, genuine  ways only.

      Selah.

       

      simply remembering

      I like to make lists.

      It’s one of my go-tos when I feel discouraged.

      (Ahem…Like when I look at news sites.)

      God I love this world and I love my life.  I chose this.

      1.  Lace table cloths

      2.” I’ve often thought that getting sick was Mom’s healing. ” H. Durrett

      3.  Oatmeal cookies. http://www.inspiredtaste.net/18596/soft-and-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookie-recipe/

      4.  Getting stickers at the doctor’s office with my kids when they were little.

      5.  Making my own playdo. (You’ve got to try this if you ever babysit.)

      6. Big Daddy Weave, Lauren Daigel, and early Beatles

      7.  Clean sheets, clean nightie,  clean self: when I’m tired.

      8.  Pools of golden sunshine.  With cats in them.

      For these things I thank You Lord.

      You make me smile.

      life verse

      “Kindness is the rule for everything she says” proverbs 31 

      I wanna be that.

      Its important to me to say only kind, encouragingly positive truth to my world.

      “Take the coal.

      Cleanse my lips. 

      HERE I AM”  my favorite song by the group Petra

      Thankfulness list for this day:

      My aunt Jan…she loves me and prays for all of us.

      crisp, clear, clean cold winter sunshine

      pumpkin pie with cool whip

      Polka dots

      Fuzzy socks