Wednesday, July 12, 2017

God Hears Knows Your Wishes and Your Unspoken Dreams

Have you ever been humbled to tears by a mere remark and facial expression from an unkind person? Once, about 17 years ago, I took my children to a pond for a picnic. As I sat there enjoying every moment with my children, a car drove past on the gravel road. A woman flatly stated that I was on private property. I apologized and got up to leave. She scowled at me. I cried silently and hid the tears from my children. I quickly told the children that we needed to go to the park. They sadly said, "But there are no ponds or frogs at the park, Mom." I told them I knew that, but we were not supposed to be at this place. There were no signs up to indicate private property, so I thought that it was a vacant lot, at the edge of our neighborhood.

I never prayed, but rather had the wish of having such a pond some day. Two years later we were able to buy this 80 acre farm with a creek running through it. I praise God for giving me the longing of my heart. He saw those tears that day.
I am so thankful for the frogs in this creek and the fun found here on hot days. I never dreamed that God would bless me with something I didn't ask for, but had simply dreamed of inside my heart.
I'm thankful and I hope and pray for you to have those little secret dreams that are inside your heart too, that only God knows about.
May God bless you dear blogging friends. I know that you probably already know this Bible verse and you do these things, but it's worth repeating. "Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you..." Matt. 6:33 I truly believe that when we keep our eyes on Jesus and His Word, then we are in a position to be blessed. Not all blessings are monetary or in the form of things. Many blessings are in the form of a crisis that bring us to a place of feeling HIS presence, or in the form of an encouraging friendship. This is only one example of something that happened in my life, and it was something I didn't pray for; I only had a moment of wishing. Our real blessing is knowing HIM in a closer way. Praise HIS name, Kathi

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Little Mom Cave

 I have a little space all for me. It used to be the furnace room in our 100 year old farm house. This tiny room is where I can think, pray, blog and dream. This small space once had a wood stove rather than a furnace. The long wallpapered wall held rows of hooks for wet farm clothing to hang dry.
 My husband installed a new wood floor for me. I purchased the green leather swivel chair from a thrift store. It just has that feel that it once lived in a library. My desk is a slim sofa table with the same color green legs as the chair. It once had its home in my parents' hallway. My desk is just the right size for my laptop and it reminds me of Kathleen Kelly's desk below, from "You've Got Mail."
I loved her cozy apartment in that movie.
 I got the fridge for $20 at a garage sale. I make my own kombucha, which is a health drink made from fermented tea, and I keep it and other fun drinks in it. The cupboard in back has matching green paint on its sides. I keep my Bible, pens, scissors, tape and other office supplies in there.
 I put up the wallpaper myself and my husband cut and finished the oak strip for me. The matching green shelf also came from my parents' home. These items are a reminder of my beloved mom and dad.
This little haven is in the center of my home. The shower curtain hides the electric furnace behind it. It is a place where I can study my Bible and place the names of those whom I am praying for on a certain wall, just like Miss Clara did in the movie "War Room." If you have not seen that movie, I highly recommend it.
This is a photo of Elizabeth's prayer closet, in which she prayed for her husband and family and experienced God's hand doing miracles in their lives.
Here is a good Bible verse to remind me that God is my refuge and He truly defends me and hears my cries for help. "Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver her.' But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain." Psalm 3:1-4
I have seen miracles and it is because of time spent with Jesus, sometimes at 4:00 am; me and a cup of coffee. The children were asleep in their beds. My dear hubby was off to work. I alone prayed, sometimes fasting as I prayed, for God's will in our lives.  I prayed for God to use me. He has. I am thankful. I prayed for my husband to get a promotion; he did!! I prayed for us to find a farm to buy; God provided!! Most of all, I prayed that I would be right with God and that I would do those things that would bring Him glory.
   
    

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Praise God For the Freedom to Worship Him -- Happy 4th of July

I am so thankful we have the freedom to worship the Lord our God in our country, and to take a day off to remember  and spend time with our family.
 
Our kids playing a board game brings me a smile.
My "Steady Eddie" husband, Stacey, at the BBQ. He always makes sure we have a fun 4th of July. I am thankful for this man.
This sweet couple, Blake and Victoria have been married a little more than six months. I have not posted about their wedding, but I shall soon.
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I love spending these happy moments watching my daughter play fetch with our dog.
                     
I have not blogged in such a long time. I have missed you, my friends, and my way of expressing myself in photos and words. I have been through so much since I last posted. The years along with the amount of stress I went through are showing that I have aged. That is okay. I am getting used to it. I like the fact that I look sort of like my mother. 

So many changes, within a few months. I am now at a place of true rest. I will tell you more about that as the summer goes...little by little.  My husband was able to purchase this heavy-duty used picnic table at a sale. We placed it in a spot over-looking our creek.
  
After we ate we went for a walk along the river. Our daughter Jessica was on a trip to Italy with a group from her college history class. I was supposed to go with her, but I was not given the time off work, so I did not go. I will tell you more about her exciting trip soon. We have ups and we have downs. We have disappointments and thrilling things that happen to us, don't we ladies? It's how we handle these things that matter. Do we thank God, even when we do not get what we want? Do we praise Him each day because He is worthy of our praise? God is good. Let's learn to seek His face and call on Him each day as the Psalmists did. We do not know what is going to happen tomorrow, but God does. "His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 Because God knows, I will trust Him for each day, even if that day brings some disappointment. It was once said that, "Our disappointments are God's appointments, for us." I would much rather believe that His plans are bigger and better than mine, and when I yield to Him and thank Him, even though I do not understand, it is then that He can receive glory, and I will be at peace and I will have joy. 

  Blessings, Kathi

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