Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monumental Moments!

Have you ever felt the excitement and anticipation of a great adventure that is ahead of you? That is what the past few weeks have been like for me, as the earnestness I've had begins to pay off and dreams are becoming a reality.

The avidity of the next few months grows. I feel that I'm going to experience some monumental moments....yes, I like that description.

"Monumental Moments"

I just know it!
Some will be long awaited experiences that have been a dream of mine for years! Other moments will include new endeavors, with both my blog and in person. I may even have some moments of change in my physical status...but that all will have to wait to be seen. 

Today, I'm living fully in the moment! I want to enjoy life in it's fullest...whether it's with my family, friends, co-workers, or even new acquaintances. 

"Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights!  Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:18-19 (The Message)

One way to memorialize those Monumental Moments is by listing God's many blessings and gifts in my life at "Multitudes on Mondays", as I  Dare to Share.
1,773 - Spending time with my two favorite guys!
 1,774 - And enjoying a delicious pizza, besides.
 1,775 - Any time with my son is monumental!
 1,776 - Enjoying the beauty and sounds of a flowing brook!
 1,777 - Enjoying creative artwork in a large college town.(Bloomington, IN, home of Indiana University)
 1,778 - Always finding a reason to smile, when I'm with my hubby!
1,779  - The excitement keeps building as my hubby and I plan for some time away.
1,780 - Even as I go through some physical struggles, I feel God's presence and care over me. My fears are calmed and I find peace in Him alone.

Have a blessed week!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some Exciting Things Happening, Lately!!

Hello, friends!!
I'm SO excited you are here today! There are so many things God is doing within my life and as a writer/wife/mother, serving the Lord, I'm bursting at the seems to tell you all about it...but I'm only able to share a little bit at this time. :(
So many new and fresh things are just in their infancy stages. Yet I can see how God has and will continue to use them to encourage others and allow me to answer my heartfelt calling from God.

First, I want to share a dream and a tug from God that I've had for several months. I have spent many hours in prayer, as to what He would have me do. Back when my son attended middle school, I attended a group called, "Moms In Touch". You may have heard of it. This international organization has been in existence many years, but have since my days of being involved, changed their name to "Moms In Prayer".  They mostly pray for some of our elementary, middle, and high school students, teachers, and leaders.  But I have felt the draw to also pray for our college students, professors, and young adult children, who also struggle with issues in their lives. We can't stop praying, once they graduate from high school. Anyways, to make a long story, longer...I have felt the tug to start a Moms In Prayer group in my area for not just our adult children, but those who are prodigals, that have wondered from the faith, also.

Then, last week I got this message on my Facebook page about an upcoming event...
Put on by none other than "Moms In Prayer" International. Once again, I felt the tug to take some kind of action. I gave the info. to my church leaders, but we have a very large church and they are so involved in the next few months in other activities, that it may not be something we do during our 3 services. That didn't stop me, though. I have set that day, Sunday, September 21 as an event on my Facebook page. I'm planning on spending time in prayer that day, probably with some sisters in Christ, as well as spend some time online, asking for specific prayer for our teachers, students, etc. If any of you would like to participate online with this event, feel free to go over to my page and join....

Bless Our Schools Sunday

 Along with this, I have felt that somehow, the Lord is wanting me to tie this in with my use of the internet/blogging. I will be sharing some more exciting news on this subject in the next 2 to 3 weeks. So keep checking back in here.

God is so good! I want to give Him all the glory for what He's doing and will be doing in future days!! 

I  continue to share  God's many blessing and gifts in my life at "Multitudes on Mondays", as I  Dare to Share.

1,765 - Enjoying reading some books I purchased recently, as well as a book that was a gift from my mom.

1,766 - Having another awesome time with our Ohio friends, who came to stay with us, while they visited their daughter, who attends college here.
1,767 - Enjoying God's beauty in the flora that adorns my yard!

1,768 - Visiting with our older neighbors, who don't get out very often...what lovely people!!
1,769 - Being reminded to make a joyful noise unto the Lord! ( a decorative rock in my garden area).
1,770 - Attending a church staff Bible study, where several members shared their recent mission trip experience...so encouraging!!
1,771 - The excitement of planning for a trip to the coast of Maine! (Several weeks to go.)

1,772 - Hearing from my son, who said we could come to visit him this coming weekend!! Yayyyy!!!

Have a blessed week!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Straight From My Heart: Hurt, Heartbreak, Disappointment

Hello, bloggy friends!
I hope you are having a great week!
My weekend was pretty nice, but the weekdays have been another story, a story that may take me a few posts to explain...

 I really need to start by telling you about my time taken off from blogging, though. You see, back in April, I decided to take a break from blogging, to redirect my focus and my prayers, specifically for my son, who had chosen to make some bold professions of his non-faith in God. This hit me really hard, at the time, and I felt compelled to seek the Lord's intervention in his life, through prayer and fasting. 
During that time, I experienced many things, but none were what I was ultimately praying for. I struggled with why I was actually fasting (and even what motivated me to pray specifically for my son's eyes to be opened). I experienced disappointment and heartache, like I'd never felt before in my life, not just in my son's decisions, but also in God's decision to NOT answer in the way I had asked. I felt cheated, as I tried to understand the meaning of true faith and hope, when things feel like they are falling apart. 

I am still learning and growing in my faith and trying to comprehend the many mysteries in life...like, 
"God is all-powerful, pure, undiluted love. But He is not like a genie who appears when we rub the magic lamp and grants us three wishes."  The Storm Inside

"So many times I get into the mindset that this one thing is going to complete me and make my life so much better, when in reality, only God is our true source and joy. Instead of giving into my (sometimes) toddler-like demands, He leads me back into hoping in Him alone, as He is the only sure thing I have in this world."

"I need to be at rest in the midst of the unknown, content without getting what I want and so thankful for everything I have that I honestly don’t care if I get anything else. So true, yet easier said than done. It’s something I wish I could make happen, yet I know it’s a process and I need to submit to that process. And when I struggle, I need to learn to lean on God because He’s the one that can actually change me."

"We never know how God is working behind the scenes and that’s why it is important to trust Him and know that HE has what's best for us, even when our flesh screams for something else."

One thing that is definitely a hardship for me - and, as I read other's writings, I am learning that most of us deal with - is disappointment.(as well as hurt and heartache)

Disappointment: the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the defeat of one’s hopes or expectations

There are different kinds of disappointment.
There's the "awe, shucks" kind of disappointment on the one hand (like when your favorite team doesn't win or you don't get to eat at your favorite restaraunt.) 
And then there's the kind of disappointment that reaches our heart and makes us hurt so deeply we can hardly breathe.(like not being able to conceive a child, or in my case, not being able to see and share in the joy of your child having a relationship with Jesus Christ.)

Just a few side-notes that I've also learned about parenting adult children:
  • "To most parents, their children are their world. To put it bluntly, after a child reaches eighteen years of age, the only rights a parent has in regard to input in that child’s life, is the rights that the child gives them. The child is sensing their independence and wants the freedom to live their life. So only at invitation does a parent of an adult child have the right of voice or opinion." source
  • Whether we like it or not, at some point, those closest to us disappoint or hurt us.  People run from the truth, create some false sense of reality and act in ways that we know are not good.  People make mistakes and, choices that are clearly wrong or unhealthy.  It's so easy for us to see, and it seems nearly impossible for them to see.  Sometimes bad choices and decisions turn into long lasting bad habits we cannot understand. Because of these choices, we find ourselves either disappointed in ourselves and/or others.
  • It's hard to see our children fall, but sometimes we have to. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves whether intervening is in their best interest. There are a million ways to love a child, but in our quest to make them happy, let us stay mindful that sometimes it takes short-term pain to earn long-term gain.
What does disappointment do? 
  • Disappointment can be agonizing and make us feel paralyzed in time.  It can be life changing.  
  •  Disappointment feels like the mortal enemy of  hope. 
  •  Disappointment saps us of our energy and hinders the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
  •  It can turn inward at ourselves or out toward another. It can even get turned toward God.
I need to ask myself these questions:
        What causes me to be disappointed?

What can I to do with the very real sense of loss, disappointment, and heartbreak I encounter along life’s way? 

How do I keep my disappointments from tangling me up, fr1m strangling my joy and skewing my perspective?

   Click on the link to read part 2 of "Straight From My Heart - Expectations".

Before I end my post for today, I wanted to continue to share  God's many blessing and gifts in my life at "Multitudes on Mondays", as I  Dare to Share.
1,758 - Getting to sleep in a few mornings this past week! Oh, I had missed sleeping in!!
1,759 - Another gorgeous weekend...to go boating and fishing!
1,760 - My two dogs, who LOVE going on the boat with us...what sweet faces!
and watching them sunning themselves...
1,761 - Even with disappointments, God gives me His Words for encouragement and peace, during times of storms in my life.
1,762 - Time with my friend and a wise counselor, Sue.
1,763 - Beautiful view of the full moon, with it's reflection on the water.

and a close-up

1,764 - The peacefulness of nature...God's forming of day and night.

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