Yes, I said it. I got to clean my house. Not slang, as in, “I’ve really got to clean my house because it’s filthy”. I GOT to clean my house today.
See, I will be the first to admit that house chores are not on the top of my favorite things to do. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with a helpful husband who does more than his fair share. However, today I have learned a lesson… so I’m sharing it with you.
I have a house to clean. Not “I have to clean a house”. I have a roof over my head. It has electricity, running water, and all kinds of cleaning products to use.
I also have bronchitis. I’ve been told by the doctors in the ER that I have to stay inside, in a warm room, and to drink plenty of fluids while taking the prescribed medicines they gave me yesterday morning. Instead of sitting here sulking, I decided to turn it around. I have time off from work due to the holiday week. I don’t have to worry about missing any work time since I’m off already, whew! I have time to recuperate. I have the house to myself today because my husband is out hunting so we can use the new meat grinder my parents gifted us for Christmas. (He’s only a little excited to make deer burgers and sausage) I’ve taken the time inside, by myself, to do a little catching up on all things: emails, phone calls, laundry, dusting, and now I’m cooking Turkey Soup (boy the house smells great!).
I didn’t have to do any of these things. I’ve been blessed with the ability to walk, see, move about freely… I have the tools necessary to do the things I’ve accomplished today, and moreover, my husband will be happy when he comes home to find that he has a clean house, clean clothes, and a warm meal waiting.
I’ve decided to change my perspective about a lot of things as of late. I’ve changed how I view people’s criticism of me and my walk of faith. I’ve changed how I let other people’s moods or actions affect my moods and actions. I’ve changed how I look at the gift of each day, the sun shining, my dogs barking, my new puppies crying (and opening their eyes now, at a week and a half old), my dirty house that I get to clean, my old VW station wagon that is paid for and runs like a champ, the job I get to return to after this reprieve. It’s all in how you look at things that can make or break you.
I have so many blessings that I can’t begin to count them. They come in all forms: people, moments in time, experiences, gifts, breath… I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Today I thank God for every blessing I have, that I “got” to clean my house, and that I “Get It”. I hope you “get it” too.
Enjoy your day… I know I am. In Jesus’ name I thank HIM, Amen!
My sweet Mia gave birth to 13 amazing little puppies early Saturday morning. 2 didn’t make it, but these 11 are troopers! My heart overflows with joy when I look at them and hear the cries for their mama. It’s going to be hard to give them new homes when the time comes.
The weekend proved to be challenging not only for Mia, but for myself as well. We were blessed with these little miracles. We were blessed with time to spend with much loved friends and their children. I was also blessed with the knowledge that not all people share in the joy I’ve found since I’ve been baptized and traded in my previous lifestyle for a life filled with religious epiphanies.
You might question why I call this a blessing. It’s because I see knowledge of any form as a blessing. I’ll be the first to admit that my life prior to October 23, 2011 was full of sin. I still sin, after all, I am human. I just try to be a good Christian now, whereas before I didn’t see myself as being held accountable to a higher power, to God. I’ve been called a hypocrite, crazy, a “whackadoo”, etc. for my recent sharing of my experiences. My blessing is knowing that no matter what people think or say, my faith is not wavering. My blessing is knowing that God’s opinion is really the only one that matters. After all, He’s who I need to answer to when my time comes to leave this world, not friends, not family, not strangers.
As a reader you have the choice to read my writings or to pass by them. I’ve invited opinions and offered comparisons of experiences so that we may learn from each other. I do not push my beliefs on anyone else. I simply publish what I think and feel because it’s my right, just like everyone else, to do so. When you feel like I’m pushing you in a Christian direction, perhaps you should ask yourself what the pushing is about… whether it’s me being “overboard” or whether it’s God calling you to step up your game. Either way, it’s your call, your decision to keep reading or to discard my words. After all, we all have a freedom of choice.
My choice is to honor God. My choice is to continue to give thanks publicly for all of my blessings, my family, my friends, and my new little puppies. My choice is to lead my life by what the Bible tells me to do, to live by God’s word, to try to be a better Christian every day of the rest of my life. I pray that God touches all who need him and forgives all of us to whom it applies for ever turning our backs on our faith. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen!
Anyone who knows me personally has heard me say over the years, “First you say it, then it happens”. I’ve even mentioned it in previous blog entries and warned you that I’d talk about it again. This morning the message I received while saying my morning prayers was to tell you more about this steadfast belief of mine.
I know you’ve all experienced it in one way or another. You’ll mention a friend you haven’t heard from in awhile, then you’ll get a message or call from them within days. You’ll voice a fear about your health, job, friends or family, any situation that plagues you… after all, it’s normal to discuss our fears with those who will listen. Most of the time whatever you’re voicing your fear about comes to fruition. If you’re fearing illness, the illness increases. If you fear debt, your debt increases. You may fear losing a loved one, and that person grows farther from you straining your relationship. You see, first you say it, then it happens.
When it finally occurred to me that this was happening I quickly learned that if you acknowledge the bad things you’re talking about it seems to cancel it out. I’d tell my friends, “Quick, say it! It’s not going to happen because we’re talking about it!” I didn’t know at the time why that worked, but it did, and more friends than I can begin to tell you would join me in the recognition of these derogatory statements and are now quick to “cancel them out”. I must note, that not all of my friends share my faith in God, but we all were shown that this theory was actually true, and on more than one occasion.
After turning my life around, learning more about the miracles that God works in my life, I learned that our words have so much power over our lives. Our words set into motion whatever it is we’re speaking of, positive or negative. If you don’t learn anything else from my writings, please take heed this: First you say it, then it happens (disclaimer: unless you acknowledge the fact that you’re talking about it, then it cancels it out) – it’s my first rule of thumb, so to speak.
I’ve learned that I have to use my words to speak promise and favor into my life. I’ve learned that every time I speak negatively I only draw negative to myself. I’ve learned that what we speak, we believe. Repetition becomes habit. Let positive speaking become your new habit. You’ll reap great rewards from it because God will see your faith in His power to make change in your life. Not only will You hear your words, God will hear your words, positive or negative, and make the ball roll faster than you intended because we live in His time, not ours. God wants you to achieve greatness, who He created you to be, to reach your full potential; your words have the power to make anything (ANYTHING!!) happen.
Have faith in your words. Speak frankly and positively about your life and your needs. For myself, I speak that I will heal more everyday. I lead a happy life by choice. I am blessed. You see, when you speak that you are blessed, God blesses you. It may seem a little “out there”, but try it… what can it hurt? Just remember to be careful with your words; they have the power to grace you or condemn you, but it’s your choice.
Today I pray that all of us will choose our words wisely. I pray that you will see the power God has to put your prayers, your words into motion. I pray that you will have a positive, happy experience that will give you strength in your faith, not only today, but for all of the days to come. Make the best out of today, be positive, be happy. It’s your choice. For all of these things, and in thanks, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!
As of late I’ve had lots of reasons to have panic attacks. I’m dealing with them through prayer and have found great comfort in giving my worries over to God. Human nature makes this easier said than done, but you know that already. It’s so easy to let the words and actions of others hurt your feelings and take a toll on your mind. Especially when someone attacks your character, judges you without knowing the true “you” that no one knows behind closed doors, but through prayer you can alleviate some of the stress that comes along with that.
Gossip, words of hatred, malicious emails and actions taken by your peers or family can devastate you. Don’t let it. These things are generated by their own insecurities. “Out of guilty consciences come wicked tongues.” Think about how many times you’ve said or done something that hurts someone else. When you sit back and look at the true reasoning behind your actions, deep down something is bothering you on a different level, most likely subconsciously, causing you to lash out at the recipient of your anger.
What I’m asking of you today is to turn a deaf ear to the people who criticize you. Turn your fears and insecurities over to God and he will reward your faith with the release of this stress that burdens you. When you feel attacked, don’t hate the haters, pray instead that God touches them in a way that shows His power and fills their hearts with joy, that they may find their own path to Him and keep their tongues silent against you.
Today I pray for protection against myself and my family as I give to you my words. I pray that those who find it necessary to criticize my new endeavor to share my walk with God…I pray that their hearts will turn and find understanding and acceptance so that they may grow closer to God themselves. I pray for joy for each of us, happiness to fill our hearts and souls, and that we start this day knowing that today is destined for greatness – no one can keep you down when you have your faith in our most High God, Jesus Christ, Our Savior. For these things and more, I pray for all of you reading and for myself. In Jesus’ name, Amen!