No! Not My Coupon Folder…Beth Farley

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A few weeks before I moved to Texas my daughter gave me a crash course on extreme couponing. I took notes, clipped my coupons, browsed the web sites and became hooked. I didn’t think I’d become a “stockpiler” but guess what? I am. I am unemployed with very little means of money so this is a way of saving, BIG TIME. I only stock pile on things that we can use. Anything beyond that boundary is donated to the food pantry down the road.

I had an unsettling day this week. I was so distracted by the chatter in my head. I couldn’t settle down to my devotions or Bible reading time. I was bopping all over the house, trying to keep busy from my feelings. Have you ever been there?

There was one thing though that was pulling me towards sitting at the table; it was my desire to do my coupon clipping. I made a cup of coffee, started clipping and sorting and stacking. I began to feel peaceful and content.

Once this blissful task was done, which by the way, takes quite a bit of time, I went over to my desk to get my purple coupon folder only to find it wasn’t there. I went out to my car and checked under the seats, in the trunk and glove compartment. I retraced my steps for at least 45 minutes. My body was gripped with frustration and anxiety. I was frantically looking for my purple folder. All of the Sunday coupons were in that folder. I had not even redeemed half of them yet. I think I might have even spewed a few unnecessary words while in my crazy attempt at finding the folder.

Plopping on the couch and feeling deflated, I realized that I had been so engulfed in the tantalizing coupon folder that I kinda felt ashamed of my behavior. I had not done my devotions. I had not looked at my Bible. I had not prayed nor done any writing which God had called me to do. Why hadn’t I been as passionate about spending time with God this day as I had been about trying to find my coupon folder?

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever been so engulfed in something that you just can’t wait to dig in? You know, the Sunday football game, your golf game, your pedicure, shopping or craft project; these are all great things and God wants us to enjoy them but we all know as Christian we need to find the balance.

John 10:10…A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. HCSB

One of the greatest things about being human is our tenacity. Life goes on. Sometimes worse for the wear, sometimes better for our efforts, but it always goes on. God takes these things, these daily distractions and files them under the category of “GRACE”.

We are human; He is ALL. We make mistakes; He fixes them. We get distracted; He pulls us closer.

There are times where you just have to drop the whole thing and start again. The purple folder is still missing but today I’m writing. Today I’ve spent time with Him and today…I set out for a new folder….

Psalm 96:1
Sing a new song to the LORD Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

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Hitting a Baby Bunny

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Can we hurt God?

Isaiah 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.

Last week my friend and I took a leisure ride through the country roads of Maine. It was absolutely beautiful out. We had the windows cracked open a bit, played some soft music and engaged in pleasant conversation.

While driving through the curvy and bumpy roads, out of nowhere came a baby bunny trying to cross the road. I heard a thump under the front tire. I could do nothing to avoid it; I hit the bunny and instantly it died.

Oh the pain! Oh the sadness! It bothered me so much that I couldn’t function for a few hours. All I kept talking about was how badly I felt about hitting the baby bunny.crying-woman1

Later that night, I sat with my journal and Bible. I began to read Isaiah 64:6, when God’s Spirit began to speak to my heart about unconfessed sin in my life. He reminded me that I can come to Him any time. I can stay there with Him for as long as I want. I was prompted to ponder some personal questions about myself.

When is the last time I felt the same kind of sadness as hitting a baby bunny, towards sin in my life?

The last time I did hurt God, did it affect me for hours?

I know I am tempted to sin every day; we all are. I believe that the heart of God grieves when I take my sins lightly, especially when I try to smooth them over by blaming others.

Guilt is removed when we recognize who we are in the light of God.

If we have a true relationship with God and really know Him as He is, we will without hesitation, be forgiven and receive His mercy. We must never underestimate the price that He chose to pay for us. God does not see sin, and judge the person; He sees the person (us) and judges their sin. He looks at us from the inside out. God is in the business of changing hearts. If we have a heart-change, then our actions will also change.

for it’s like someone calculating inwardly.” Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23:7

Hitting the bunny was a total accident. Sin is not! If you feel there is unconfessed sin in your life, spend some time with the Almighty God. Allow Him to pour His grace over you.

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Getting Back on My Bike…Beth Farley

May Is National Bike Month

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Have you put off doing something because you were afraid? Has an event left you crippled in fear? Recently I purchased a bike. It’s a plain-ole bike. It has no gears, no hand breaks and has fat tires. I describe it as a one-speed-old-lady-bike. For years, I was afraid to get back on a bike. Where did that fear come from? It came from an incident I had when I was a child.

I have never been the greatest biker. I’ve always had some issues with equilibrium therefore making my balance off kilter at times. On one occasion, I remember showing off, riding my bike and courageously taking one hand off of the handlebar. I thought I was hot-stuff. I looked back and yelled to my brother, “Look, one hand!” When I turned forward I crashed into a parked car. It hurt and left a lasting fearful impression.

Where does fear come from? I believe fear stems from past frightening experiences. I also believe Satan would like nothing more than to trip us up and make us feel captivated to our fears.ID-100105900

There are specific things that may cause our fears to become phobias. I recently found a four page list of phobias in a magazine and was shocked to see how many applied to me at one point or another in my life. We may feel as though every courageous step we take forward, we fall two fearful steps behind.

If you were to take an inventory of your life, where would your fear gauge be? Are you closer to a10 where your fear can’t be shaken; unstopped or unyielded? Or are you closer to a 1 where your fear is listless, lifeless and stagnant?

How can we change our fear gauge from a 1 to a 10?

First of all, we should face the fear. I finally faced my fear of getting back on a bike. In Isaiah 41:10, God tells us, Fear not, for I am with you. I recited that over and over again the first time I got back on a bike and wobbled down the street. I recite that scripture every time I feel like fear is trying to take over me. It’s a small but powerful scripture in times of fear.

Secondly, do some self examination. Sometimes my fear is a result from an unconfessed sin hanging around in my live. Maybe you have done something evil. Maybe you wrongfully hurt someone’s feelings or judged someone by their appearance. There were times in my life where fear was trying to manifest itself in my soul and I had to get down on my knees and pray for help.

Thirdly, take action! If you can’t shake the fear, seek help. Go to your Pastor, or a good friend or trained counselor to help you. Proverbs 24:6

Lastly, try reciting the Serenity Prayer every day. There are things that we just can’t control and need to let go of.When I recite this prayer, there is a cleansing surrender that comes over me.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference. 

We can work through any fear. I have experienced many fearful circumstances. Health issues, divorce, deaths, financial ruins, etc.; God has been there through every fearful situation.

Psalm 23:4, Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear, whom shall I be afraid of.

What does fear do to you?

How do you conquer your fear?

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Give me a Hug

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Do you need a hug today?

When my children were born, I couldn’t wait to hold them and touch their little fingers and toes. And when my sweet dad was on mega doses of morphine before passing away, I just held his hand. Human touch has wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits for people of all ages. Research shows that touch reduces pain, relieves stress, improves pulmonary function, and stimulates growth in infants

Jesus often coupled touching with healing. Today’s scripture reading relates just one occasion. He also touched Peter’s mother-n-law on the hand and took away her fever (Matthew 8:14-15). He touched the eyes of two blind men and gave them sight (Matthew 8:1-15). He even touched and cleansed a leper (Mark 1:40-42).

As a senior care giver, it is so important to hold the hand of your client while guiding them. It is so important to rub their back or even put on their shoes. All require touch and all exhibit them you unconditional love.

We benefit from appropriate human touch, but societal inhibitions sometimes get  in the way. If you find yourself wavering between a handshake and a hug, consider a friendly pat on the back, shoulder, or hand. Or, you can always do the side-hug. Both you and your friend will benefit from these tactile forms of communication.

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Scripture for the Today: When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. Luke 13:13.

Dear Merciful Healer, Jesus’ example inspires me. Show me how to reach out to someone who needs my touch today. Amen.

Trampoline Kind of Faith…Beth Farley

As a Christian, I find it ironic to be asking, but I have to. Does your faith bounce up and down? I woke up with a little case of shaken faith. Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one that tends to have a trampoline kinda faith at times.

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How many of you have jumped up and down on a trampoline? I remember jumping on my kids’ trampoline once, yup, only once. I didn’t enjoy it at all; as a matter of fact, I hated it. I didn’t like how I was not in control of where I was going to land me. Fear and insecurity gripped me.

Faith is stronger than gravity. When you’re falling down, it’s not a question of how far you will fall, but how high you will bounce. You see, when we experience faith-shaking-times in our lives, we have to be able to move from the negative impact of the experience into a positive plane.

In 1 Kings 18:25-40 we see the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. In this story Elijah has great faith to have God consume his enemies. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s quite the faith. But, his faith became shaken when Jezebel heard of what Elijah did and threatens to kill him. Does he go to God? No, he cowards away in a cave!
Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life. (vs3 ESV)

He ran away But…An angel of the Lord came down and touched him, not once, but twice. God told Elijah that He has the provision in place to overcome his enemies. Elijah listened to God and followed His direction and had victory

What can we do when we feel our faith is being shaken?

1) Spend time with God. Tell him your fears. Tell Him how scared you are and how much you need Him. Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

2) Share your fears with someone you trust. Ask them to pray for you. Sometimes talking to someone you can trust can help you cope. Psalm 34:1 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.

3) Listen to music. Listening to music is very therapeutic. Play some Christian tunes to soothe your soul. Psalm 92:1-5 It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, 3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. 4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.

We were never promised a life without fear. But…there is hope in Christ. With that realization, no matter how high you jump or no matter how hard you fall, He is with us and He will help us because our Faith in him is bigger than the negative gravity that tries to covet our lives.

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National Blah, Blah, Day

April 17th, is National Blah, Blah, Day!

I love this! We have a day where we can actually celebrate feeling blah!

How many times do you wake up feeling yucky or go to bed feeling blah? I know I’ve experienced my fair share of blahs. What makes us feel this way?

The other day, I was struggling with my allergies. I know that when I eat too much wheat, I will struggle with allergies. Sure enough, I had cheated by eating a burger bun and then devoured a scrumptious chocolate whoopee pie. Guess what? I’m allergic to chocolate as well. The result? I felt blah.

In my experiences, what makes me feeling blah usually comes from a decision I’ve made or a negative thought I’ve had. My first response to feeling blah is that I want to blame someone else instead of owning the feeling myself. If mom didn’t have those whoopee pies in the house, I would not have eaten them. I’ve learned to take responsibility for how I feel and am trying to remember that it’s a waste of time to blame others for my feelings and reactions.

Today is National Blah Day

  • God gave us the gift of feelings and feeling blah is one of them. What can we do when we are really down?
  • Don’t resist it. Accept it. When the blahs invade your mind, start asking God to reveal what is causing you to feel yucky.
  • Pray for the strength to move past it. What’s the worst thing that could happen? With God on your side, the enemy can’t touch you. (Romans 8:31)
  • Ask God what you can learn from this. There is a reason for everything. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

Feeling blah can be associated with depression, too. You may feel hopeless or feel like you’re walking without a purpose. There is always hope in Jesus. If you put your trust in Him, He will pull you through your situation. I’ve been there; I know.bored-tasks

Several years back, I dealt with severe depression. I had no idea what it was or where it came from. All I know is that it gripped me to the deepest darkness I had ever experienced. That was over twenty-five years ago. Unfortunately, I’ve battled with blah feelings on and off since. But God has brought me to a place in my life where surrender is a little easier than it was 25 years ago. He will never give me more than I can handle. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

I became a true believer!

That time, twenty-five years ago, was the time I developed a personal relationship with Jesus. That was the time when I began pouring my heart out to Him and I haven’t stopped. I live in victory because of good doctors, a carefully-prescribed medication, (medication is never a weakness) and a faithful God who never leaves my side.

So, do I want to celebrate National Blah, Blah, Blah Day? I’m not sure if celebrate is the word for it. I will take this day, April 17th, National Blah Blah Day, and remind myself of the victories I’ve had throughout the years.

If you are depressed, please try not to feel hopeless. There is hope. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 911 right away. There are fantastic doctors, medications and facilities where you can get the much needed-treatment. If you need prayer, you can personally email me at bethfarley_3@yahoo.com. Blessings!

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If you are depressed, please try not to feel hopeless. There is hope. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 911 right away. There are fantastic doctors, medications and facilities where you can get the much needed-treatment. If you need prayer, you can personally email me at bethfarley_3@yahoo.com. Blessings!

The Church Bells

Ever get caught up in a saying, sound or sight? Sometimes I can hear something or smell something that will trigger a past event. I love it when that happens, as long as it triggers something good.

Today I was up in my bedroom trying to write. The window was wide open. I welcomed the  smell the pine and the sound of the seagulls squawking.  My creative mind was dragging but I knew this was my only time of day where I could meet my writing goal.

Gripped with writers-block, I began asking, “What do I write about?” I jotted down a few words here and there, but nothing solid came together, until, I heard the bells.ID-100227420

Yes, 4:00 on a Tuesday afternoon I heard the melodious church bells ringing. The sound transported me back in time to a little church in the town of Bingham. There in that town, while growing up, every Saturday afternoon, my Grammy, mom and I would hold hands and walk to the 4:00 service.  Skipping along, I couldn’t wait to walk through the old rugged wooden doors and step into the musty church. The pews were dark splintered mahogany and were filled with nothing but older people. The carpet was torn, the paint was pealing and it was dingy. We would genuflect while making the sign of the cross before filing into our pew. The organist would begin to bang on the keys skipping beats while the choir would cackle in the balcony. They were awful. The priest would say the mass with a very strong French accent making it almost impossible to understand. And there I was, smiling from ear to ear, enjoying every minute of it.

Why did I enjoy this dark drab church where I didn’t understand what was being said? I enjoyed it because I loved the happy content look on my mom’s face. There we were, three generations, worshipping God with the cackling choir.MH900409444

I loved seeing the gigantic wooden cross hanging on the wall by the altar. I loved the sound of the bells that the altar boys would ring. I loved it because God was being worshipped and it was not about denomination but about the joy in my heart.

Why is it hard for many of us to recall good memories?

Many of us are more enthused with our grumbling, griping or constant complaining than we are about our stopping and reflecting on something good. Why is it that we get caught up in the crap or of our lives?stressed-at-work-200x194

It’s really not that hard to think of something positive that has happened. All it took for me today was the sound of a church bell. It may be a food that you’re eating, a song you’re singing or a place you’re visiting. When feeling like you can’t sit still, you need, more than ever, to stop and be still. Try to think about something that makes you feel good. Often in our silence we can discover the pleasant memories of our past.

I am not denominational. I am just in love with God.

Honey Baked Ham Ice Pack

I was reflecting on my limitations with a Honey Baked Ham Ice Pack.

As I age I do not like to come to grips with my limitations. How about you? Do you feel that you have limitations creeping up on you? If so, do you fight the urge to slow down or completely giving up because your body just won’t cooperate?

Recently I was diagnosed with Degenerative Arthritis and my right knee is in bad shape. I experience a lot of pain. Because I was diagnosed with a kidney disease years back, I cannot take any anti inflammatory medications. I also am not one to take any pain medications.

I have been instructed by the physical therapist to only swim or bike ride for exercise. No more walking, jogging or aerobic exercise. These strict instructions crushed me. I’m a walker. I love to walk; it clears my mind and I like to pray while I’m walking. Praying while maneuvering my bike just does not work for me.

Today, I took a ride to the beach. 20150413_131315

I brought my chair, lunch, journal and book. I was just going to sit along the rocks and watch the waves and relax. What was I thinking? I knew better than to think I would just sit there. The beach was calling me to take a stroll.

Dropping my journal and pen, I walked over to the path to get down upon the sand. Oh just a step or two to collect a few shells won’t hurt me. About a half an hour later, I found myself way down on the other side of the sandy beach and I started to feel the pain in my knee. I turned around and painfully made my journey back. By the time I reached my chair, my knee was throbbing. I limped back to the car in excruciating pain.crying-woman1

Tonight I am icing my knee down with a Honey Baked ice pack. We only have crushed ice in the house so I figured this would do. As I sat for a while pouting about my knee, I began thinking about how it scared me to have some physical limitations.20150413_205215

I think when I actually came to this realization, I felt insecure. I started to think that I would not be useful for God. Not that I can’t do other things for God but I pray when I walk. Oh yea, I said that already.

So, what can we do when we are faced with limitations?

  • We can find an alternative route. I can’t walk or jog but I can swim and bike. I can’t pray while walking but I can pray through my journaling.
  • We can pray for serenity. Some times we just have to pray that God will help us let go of our limitations and accept them for what they are.
  • Don’t cry over spilled milk. God will always use you. Until we take our last breath, he will use us to glorify Him.

So, as the Honey Baked Ham ice pack is about all melted, I’ve been able to reflect on this experience. I will no longer disobey the doctor’s orders and I will be reminded that He has a plan through my limitations.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re struggling with a limitation. Give it to God and He will guide you.

. I will no longer disobey the doctor’s orders and I will be reminded that He has a plan through my limitations.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re struggling with a limitation. Give it to God and He will guide you.

Shoveling the Lawn

Have you ever caught yourself manipulating situations to meet your own personal desire? Sometimes we fall into the manipulation trap without even knowing we’re doing it. Why do we do that and how can we stop?

It’s April and we still have snow on the ground. We not only have residual snow mounds on the ground but they are dirty as well. The snow is no longer that crisp, white, powdery stuff that makes you feel like you want to snuggle by a fire.

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I had an idea. Yesterday it was warm enough to be outside so I went out with determination on my mind and shovel in my hands. I thought I’d go out there and shovel all of that nasty snow. I’d throw it into the driveway or street, then I would have green grass showing faster than anyone on the block. After trying to get a scoop or two, all that transpired was a sore back.  The snow would not budge. It was solid ice. I was very frustrated; I wanted to see green grass.20150408_135445

Why do we try to manipulate situations? We manipulate situations because we don’t want to wait. We don’t want to take the necessary time to just “chill” while waiting on God’s next move for us. We manipulate people because we desire for them to be someone they just are not capable of being. Many of us don’t mean to, but it does happen. We must not manipulate, control or influence for our own advantage.

Have you ever caught yourself saying, “God instructed me.” or “the Lord has told me that…”
These phrases essentially shut down the conversation because they imply that, since God has spoken a word then there can’t possibly be any further discussion. Don’t be fooled by this trick; it is a form of spiritual manipulation.

I opened my Bible and began to read. I went to the familiar story of how Sarai manipulated Hagar and her husband, Abram,in Genesis chapter 16. She desperately desired to carry His child and didn’t want to wait. She told Abram to have sexual relations with Hagar, the servant. Talk about a huge manipulation.When Hagar became pregnant she flaunted it around Sarai. Sarai got jealous and said to Abram, “This is all your fault.” What a mess; all because Sarai wouldn’t wait on God. Been there? I know I have.

There have been times in my past where I have jumped into situations with both feet before even thinking about it or praying about it. During these ignorant times of attempting to manipulate a situation, I even tried to twist scripture for my own personal benefit. We should never manipulate scripture.

For example, an authoritarian husband might demand that his wife submit to him as the head of the house and quote Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit to your husbands.” But he may overlook verse 26 which instructs, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” We cannot take bits of scripture and manipulate them to what we desire. We need to read the whole text, meditate on it and see how God wants to apply it to our lives.

We can be guided by the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit gives us a discerning mind to help us distinguish between right and wrong. If you find that you are in a situation and are twisting the facts or words of others, then you are heading down the manipulation road. Call upon His Spirit for help.

Pray for help. Ask God to help you during your situation but don’t even think about trying to manipulate God. Whey you pray you may be trying to sway his mind. Be honest and tell Him how you feel about what’s going on, but always allow his will to be done. Matthew 6:10 “Thy Kingdom Come; Thy Will Be Done.

No matter how horrendous you might be suffering or how awful your situation is, see it for what it is. I looked at the heaping pile of yucky snow, feeling angry and disappointed. I didn’t want to look at it any more but I had to let it go. If I continued on my own manipulative destructive path I would have hurt my back even more.

It’s a very good thing that I didn’t proceed with my decision to shovel the yard because this morning we woke up to three inches of fresh white, crisp, beautiful, snow. It will melt in God’s timing and I’ll see the grass when its time for it to peak out, but until then, I will curl up by the fire and thank God for stopping me from shoveling the lawn.ID-100153371-2

So, are you going to go out and try to fix a situation for your own purpose? Are you in the middle of a dispute where you feel if you could “just get him/her to see it my way.” Manipulation is a very dangerous thing.

Lord, God, we come before you this day asking that we not manipulate any situation or any person. We trust You to make all things right in your perfect timing. Amen.

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The Core of the Communication Chain

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Do you have a hard time communicating? Communicating can be difficult for me at times, especially when I know it’s going to involve being confrontational. I don’t want to hurt anyone.

As a care-giver of a man who has Alzheimer’s Disease, I am the core of the communication chain. I have to be willing to be a three-way-communicator. I have to be able to communicate with my client on his level of understanding. I have to be able to communicate with his companion on her level of acceptance of his disease, and I have to be able to communicate with his children on their level of trust. It is not easy to juggle three ways of communication on a daily basis.

April 27th, is “National Morse Code Day” and In 1836, Samuel Morse demonstrated the ability of a telegraph system to transmit information over wires. With the advent of radio communications, an international version of Morse code became widely used. This was also a way of communicating the well known SOS distress signal.

What are the ways in which we communicate when we might be distressed? We email, text, instant message, Facebook message, Twitter, call and go face to face. How do I keep my communication skills in tact when I am stressed over a situation? I try to remember to ask God for wisdom.ID-100157377                                                                                     Before communicating something very important or possibly confrontational; I pray and meditate over the situation. I ask God for wisdom to speak kindly. Proverbs 15:1

I know each one of my children communicate differently. My son, prefers to talk on the phone with me.He does not like to text. So, when he calls, I try my hardest to answer. When I can’t, I send him a text asking, “Is everything okay?” Why do I do that? He’s not going to answer me. I clear my schedule so that I can get a quiet moment to call him back; then we can have a quality conversation. Psalm 19:14

My oldest daughter prefers texts. She’s a wife and a mom. She works full-time. She’s going to school part-time and she rarely has the opportunity to have phone conversations. I appreciate her little, “Thinking about you mom” texts and she laughs at my silly, “love you” texts. I know better than to try to call her to have a lengthy conversation. It’s just does not work for her right now. I wait for her to call me. Proverbs 16:23

My youngest daughter is a little of both worlds. She calls me on her way home from work. If I answer, super!  If I don’t, we are fine with a text later in the evening. Jeremiah 1:9

We are living in frustrating times where communication is not at its best. God says to us to call on Him for help. Psalm 50:15, “And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” No matter what method we use, it is very important we call on Him first. We are busy people who don’t always have the time to communicate. God desires that we be utterly dependent upon Him for everything, so why not ask him for wisdom and help when we need to communicate? God is our Father and we are his children. Children can-not make it in this world without their parents. They rely on us to communicate with them about everything in life. How much more so then, can we make it without the help of our Heavenly Father?Let me end with John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

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How do you communicate? Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve had to ask God for wisdom before calling someone? Is there someone right now that needs to hear from you?

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A-Wide-Open-Wallet-Kinda-Trust

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Only in Bingham, Maine, can you leave your wallet wide open while making the rounds visiting with friends throughout the diner. How does one possess that much trust? Do you trust others like that?

As I was coming out of the bathroom and making my way back to our table there it was, my mom’s wallet,flopped wide open on the table. I looked at the other end of the diner and saw how she was laughing with old high school friends without a care in the world. I quickly grabbed her wallet and put it into her purse, which was also left unattended on the bench.

20150329_123435Finally reaching my mom I scolded, “Mom, you left your wallet wide open on the table.” She replied, “Oh its fine; you can trust everyone in here.”

Trust is knowing the person that we have hired for the job, will do the job right. Trust is knowing that our elderly parents are being taken care of by a compassionate care-giver. Trust is knowing we can rely on the other person to do what they said they will do.

When we trust someone, we believe in their integrity and rely on their character.
We depend on them.

Because of circumstances in my own life, my trust has been jostled around. I tend to have some issues with a person’s integrity because I’ve been let down and betrayed. But there is one person I can put my open-wallet trust in, and that is God!

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In order to trust God, we must seek Him first. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We should not merely seek His blessings, but seek Him, there we will find our answers and rewards. 1 Chronicles 16:11

When seeking God, it is always recommended that we begin by reading the Bible. It is the best way to get to know this God that we can trust. The Bible is considered to be His life’s story; the story of grace and redemption through Jesus Christ.  The Bible is also our roadmap to life. Hebrews 9:12

The most important way to learn how to know and trust God is to pray. Getting to know someone takes a lot of time and persistence. The same goes for getting to know the Creator of our Universe; God.  Spending time in meditative prayer should be practiced privately and consistently. You can also take your prayer time a step further and get down on your knees, in total submission. I’ve fallen onto my knees plenty of times in submission with tears rolling down my face. It has always humbled me to get before Him that way. Ephesians 6:18

You may be saying, “All of these suggestions sound really good, but I have never understood what it means to trust God.” Trusting in God means that you’re not relying upon yourself, but on someone higher and greater than yourself. You’re giving the power of your own life over to Someone who unconditionally loves you. Psalm 36:5-7

The wallet was fine! Everything was safe and the people were indeed trusted. We too are fine and safe when we trust in God.

Will you put your trust in Him?