Monday, December 28, 2015


"I wanna know what love is! I want you to show me".

Remembering that song and wondering why would he sing that?  Sometimes in life you wonder, what is love?  Why can't I feel it?  Where is it?  Why, what, where, when, how?  All these I wonder if you every wonder about them?

Last things || On Letting Go and Empty Nests. It's a roller coaster, y'all.: When the babies are born, that love that is instantaneously there, until your first really hard night.  Just kidding.  But they grow up so fast. 

You hope you did your best rearing them, you give everything for them and lay down your life for them. 

So the question is... What is love?  When your children leave home, sometimes it feels like you just can't feel anymore, you are lost and alone.  At least for me it felt like that.  I wasn't sure how love was suppose to go on, what was the new normal?

One song that helped Christy and I through was the Roots and Wings song.  I gave her roots so she had wings to fly.  It was so hard to see her fly over to Germany and begin a new life as Mrs.  and became a wife. 

Steve and I were in tears.  It was going to be a new normal.  Our life was starting too in Omaha.  New jobs, new life, a new normal.

So, as we begin a new year, it's time for a new you!  A new normal.  Sometimes that new normal is writing out goals.  Uggh!  I know, I never knew how to do those, but they just seem like impossibilities you want to happen.  Because with God all things are possible. 

So go find yourself a notebook that you can write down your prayers and your goals, keep it close as to not misplace it and begin to dream.  Dream big.  Write it down.  What do you want to see for yourself?  Your family?  Your spouse?  What do you want to see for your children?  Grandchildren?  Many of these are out of your control but could be in God's hands and he makes the impossibilities possible.

  So many make New Years resolutions and most of the time these are the hardest things to keep.  The above, where I said to write goals.  Write them, then put them aside and let them go by giving them to God and close the book.  Watch God work and you not working on them.  Watch and by the end of the year, most will have been met. 

I received this from Proverbs 31 and found it very encouraging for what I am writing today.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
This year, as we think about New Year’s Resolutions, what if we focused on the inside? What better time to begin committing to a healthy spiritual diet that feeds our spirits, lightens our hearts, nourishes our souls and fuels our walk with Christ than right now?
Below is some "food for thought" for how to kick off a strong spiritual D.I.E.T. and become a spiritually healthier you in the coming year.
D — DISCIPLINE: 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, "Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him" (NLT). The Bible gives us guidelines for living through His Word that help us grow spiritually healthy and mature in our faith. A daily dose of disciplined faith, which includes setting aside time every day to seek God through His Word and prayer, goes a long way to helping us achieve spiritual health.
Day 6 #scripture365    Temple of God's Spirit  8x10in  DIY by PrintableScripture on Etsy, $5.00: I — INTENTIONAL: A strong faith doesn’t happen on its own but needs to be intentionally pursued. I have to make a deliberate effort to put God first in my life. Acts 2:42 says, "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer" (NIV). What a beautiful example we have of the intentionality of the first followers of Jesus — they gathered together daily to study, pray and share the Lord’s supper.
E — EARNEST: Being earnest in our faith takes effort to the next level. Have you ever read a passage of the Bible or listened to a sermon, and forgotten the topic 10 minutes later? Me too. I listened, but apparently my mind and heart weren’t fully engaged. Hebrews 11:6 says "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (NIV). When we sit down to spend time with God in any form, He longs for our full, zealous attention and the reward for our intentional and earnest faith is the development of a deep spiritual hunger.
T — TRUSTING: My weakest times are when I doubt God’s plans or purpose for the hard times. Psalm 9:10 says, "Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you" (NLT). When I start to feel weak, I need to uncover any doubt that has settled in my heart and choose to trust God. Trusting God, in the good and bad times, is an essential part of a healthy spiritual diet.
Is 2016 your year to start a new D.I.E.T. plan with Jesus? Why not start today? After all, it is a Monday, when all new healthy diets begin.
- Tracie Miles, Author

So, instead of making plans you know you won't or can't keep, let's write down some dreams/things you want to see happen, give it to the Lord and place it in a safe place.  Then start the Diet plan with Jesus.  He wants to be in your new year, your new life, your new decisions, your dreams and goals. 

This is a New Year!  A New You!  Why not walk closer with the Lord and see what He does in your life. 

 : "Sometimes callings from God unfold in an instant. But more often, callings happen within a million slow moments." Lysa TerKeurst // Don't let feelings of doubt and rejection discourage you. CLICK for inspiration from today's devotion.:

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