Listening For HIS “WHOA”

   The other morning I was telling my husband about something that happened earlier that week. He immediately quoted John 10:27 to me. That is where this post began… :)

   John 10:27 (NIV) ~ My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

 

   Our oldest daughter barrel races and loves horses. She proved to us that she was serious about it, and we were able to lease a horse for her. My hope was that she and the horse would bond.

   I got a “wild hair” the other day and decided that I wanted to just ride her to the area where she warms her up in the field. I hopped up and let her lead me out there. Then, I decided that I wanted to hold the reins and do it myself. So…I did. When I wanted the horse to stop …I did what my daughter does…but the horse didn’t stop. Until…my daughter very quietly and calmly said “Whoa“. I mean she stopped immediately. My daughter wasn’t holding the reins and she didn’t even raise her voice. Amazing! I was so excited! At that moment I knew that they were forming a bond.

 

   My daughter had been spending a lot of time with her horse. Devoting afternoons and evenings and free time to her horse. Grooming her. Training with her. Feeding her. Loving her. Talking to her. As a result, the horse “knew” her and followed her and listened to her.

   We are the sheep. If we are truly God’s children, we will listen and follow Him.

   We must devote quality time to HIM. We have to Listen to Him. Letting God groom us into what and who He wants us to be.

   We can’t do ALL the talking.

   We have to be consistent.

   So many times we want to “take the reins” from God. We must learn to listen for His “WHOA“…  A bond formed with our Father God is one of lasting value.

   Blessings to each and every one of you. I am thankful for YOU.

 

 

   Until Next Time,

  

 

  

MAKING IT THROUGH THE FOG

Fog in the mountains of Maine

  Here in South Georgia, it was an extremely foggy morning! I could barely see two car lengths in front of me as I was driving this morning. I had to really focus on the road and also on my surroundings.

   It’s not that I don’t normally focus on the road, but because I could only see what was right in front of me…  I had to be even more focused.

   I didn’t pull off on the side of the road and wait for the fog to lift.

   I didn’t drive as fast as I normally would.

   I didn’t freak out because I could barely see.

   I kept going. Slower than I normally would. Bright lights on. Radio off. Focusing on what was right in front of me.

   Aware. Intentional. Focused.

   Life is filled with foggy times. Those are the times when we can choose to FOCUS on GOD or freak out and shut down.

   Isaiah 12:2 (NIV) ~ Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

 

   God is always available. HE is always present. We have the choice to truly look to Him as our Sustainer and our Provider. He never changes. God never moves away from us. Even when it is so foggy that we can barely see what is in front of us, HE is there.

   Psalm 46:1 (NIV) ~ God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

   Sometimes we just have to look a little harder. Change our focus. Quiet our minds. Remove distractions.

   Realizing that when we stand firm and remain focused and keep going…that we can make it through the fog. Discovering that it isn’t as bad as we thought and that it is clearer on the other side of it. We have to keep moving forward though. We can’t stand still and freeze up out of fear. We have to trust that God IS who He says He is. Provider. Sustainer. Mighty God. Prince of Peace. Sovereign.

   Nahum 1:7 (NIV) ~ The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

   We can’t grow if we are standing in the same place. We can only grow when we trust God and take those steps even when we are scared to death. We can only make it through the fog if we are focused on God. I know because I have been there..I have been in the fog before. The truth is this: Whatever we are focused on is magnified.

   Blessings to you all! May you find comfort in these words.

   Until Next Time,

 

  

You Can’t Live In Two Places At The Same Time

The other night we were watching a documentary on TV and the man made a profound statement. In reference to his terrible childhood, he said: “You can’t live in two places at the same time.” Wow! I mean, that’s so true. You can’t be living in the present if you are still living in the past. You can’t be living in the present if you are worrying about the future.

Living in the present. Enjoying the gift of the present

So much of the time, we waste precious minutes, rehashing the past. When, in truth, the past is the past. It’s the present..the here and now… that we must focus on. When the present is gone, all that is left is the memories or the lack of memories.

Do you want to waste the here and now? No, I don’t mean that the past isn’t special or worth remembering. What I am talking about is the past mistakes, past heartaches, past hurts, and all of the things in your past that makes you hurt inside. Learn your lessons, ask for forgiveness, live a life pleasing to God, and then live in the present.

If we are constantly living in fear of the future or controlled by the past, it just isn’t possible to be living..really LIVING in the PRESENT.

In Philippians 3:13, God’s Word clearly says “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Meaning to leave the past in the past & live in the present in obedience to God. I asked my oldest daughter what this verse meant to her, just to get her opinion. She said: ” What’s done is done..leave that behind..put the past in the past and move on in life to face goals and challenges in life.” I think she’s dead on. Because in Philippians 4:14, it goes on to say “press on towards the goal”.. meaning to strive to live a life that is pleasing to God.

God’s Word tells us these truths about living in the past, present and future:

PAST
Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)~ Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past

PRESENT & FUTURE
Colossians 3:23 ~ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men

PRESENT & FUTURE
1 Thessalonians 4:7 ~ For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

I have to ask.. and I ask myself as well, Are you/Am I trying to live in two or even three places at the same time?

We can’t do it. It’s not possible to truly be present in more than one
place at a time. We have to stop dwelling in the past, as His Word commands in Isaiah 43:18.

Blessings to you all!

Until Next Time,

Heather

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I’d Rather CATCH Thankfulness

 

   November has arrived. It actually feels fall-ish. The leaves have begun to change here in South Georgia, and long sleeves and boots are emerging as well. :) Seriously though, what is November really known for? Not just football and turkey…but, Thanksgiving. Right?

   Several of my friends are doing a “30 days of thanks” thing on Facebook. I have to tell you, it is contagious! A friend began doing this and before I knew it…thankful statuses started popping up right and left! I LOVE it! I was already planning on writing something pertaining to “thankfulness” since it is November, after all. Seeing all the thankfulness on social media platforms just sealed the deal though!

   Why do we wait until November to do this? Why aren’t we posting about being thankful everyday? I know I am just as guilty as the next person of posting “whiney” things sometimes, but my goal on a daily basis is to use social media mainly for encouraging others. If I am going to be contagious, I’d rather it be for being encouraging than for being negative!

    I have a fantastic idea!!! Who wants to join me?? More thankfulness…more positive words…more encouragement as posts on social media. Let’s use it as a tool for good! Isn’t it true anyways, that your thoughts become your words..your words become your actions..or something like that? Oh, and your actions become your habits. Let’s not stop with just social media though. Let’s do it in the “real” world too.

   God’s Word tells us to Give Thanks ! Here are some scriptures to back that up. God’s Word also says to GIVE THANKS in EVERYTHING. (yes, that is a little bit harder to do…but it IS do-able)

   1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~ In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

   1 Chronicles 16:34 ~ Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

   Psalm 107:1 ~ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

   Psalm 118:29 ~ Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

   Ephesians 5:20 ~ Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

   Colossians 3:17 ~ And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

  

   There are SO many more verses in the Bible that reference thanks-giving.  So, why not make every month a month of Thanks-Giving?

   It makes you feel good when you can “thank” someone. It feels good to be “thanked“. Really though, it reminds you of all of the GOOD in your life…when you take a moment to reflect on what you are thankful for. The GOOD in our life is because of GOD, so most importantly, we shouldn’t  forget to Thank HIM. In Luke 17:12-19, in the story of the 10 lepers who were healed by God, only 1 came back and thanked Jesus. Only ONE.

   I wonder…would I have been one of the 9 or would I have been the ONE? What about you?

   Blessings to you all! By the way, I want you ALL to know just how THANKFUL I am that you take the time to read these posts that God lays on my heart to share. I am so very thankful that my Father God has allowed me to be used in this way. I love HIM SO! I am thankful that HE loves me! Last but not least,my hope is that you all catch the “thankfulness” bug… :)

 

 

 

   Until Next Time,

  

  

  

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