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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Flying with an email from Brenda Smith

I am fortunate to have Brenda Smith as a friend. I reached out to her last year and this was her reply. I just had to share.

Gabriel Garcia Marengo
If "You" are at a place where you feel like you can't take another step that is likely to be the very place God intends for you to be. Stop trying to gather the strength to carry on and stop replying on yourself. Put all your faith and trust in the Lord who raises the dead. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverb 3:5)

God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our life through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
BUT GOD has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way;
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

He has delivered you before, and He will do it again!  Remember, though you can't bear it ....HE CAN.

Thank you Lord for your rich blessings this day. Brenda

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Flying when things are going well

Things are going well. I could not have predicted any of this last month. My house has been on the market a total of four days when I got an offer. My smart talented realtor helped me counteroffer. Nothing extravagant and just slightly different than the offer. It was accepted. Now I am in a place that I have never been before. This is the first house I have ever bought and the first house I have ever sold. I signed the contract this morning and it went to the buyers' realtor.

I know I should be breathing a sigh of relief. I am not quite at that point. Don't get me wrong, I am glad of the offer. I am ready to move forward and away from where I lived for 20 plus years. And yet, there is that nagging feeling of  letting go of the comfortable moving into the uncomfortable and then on to something more amazing. My head knows that. My head knows that I deserve this. That I have been struggling for a few years now. It is allowed for me to be joyful. It is allowed for me to exhale.

I am still holding my breath, just a little bit. What if the home inspection uncovers something disastrous? What if the buyers change their minds? What if, what if, what if? Why is that I never imagine or ponder the opposite? What if things go remarkably well? What if we really close on September 29th? What if I am able to find a place to live soon?

I need to focus on the positive potential outcomes. Because they could most certainly happen. Negativity is not always a guarantee and I should stop treating it as such.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flying with Thursday's Word with Brenda Smith

Thursday's Word

Deniz Altindas
In the Old Testament rocks were quite significant. In the wilderness during the sudden storms in the Middle East shepherds and sojourners would often nestle under a large rock for shelter. When the Israelites wandered in the wilderness they were without water at one point and Moses struck a large rock and water burst forth (Numbers 20:1-20). Sacrifices were often made on large rocks. And in Psalm 62 the Lord is described as our rock. The word "rock" in Psalm 62 could also be translated as "fortress/fort."

Sometimes when we are going through a really difficult season in life, we look to ourselves to our own shelter from the storm, to be our own rock. The problem is that no matter how strong you are, eventually you will face something bigger than you, eventually you will find yourself the "under man" instead of the "over man", eventually you will find that being your own rock or island does not work. That is why so many people struggle with anxiety. Sometimes instead of looking to ourselves to be a rock we may look to family members to be that rock for us, but that does not always work out either. They may help for awhile, but they too, have problems. In those seasons of anxiety, you need a rock, a fort, a shelter.

That is why the write of Psalm 62 emphasizes again and again: "(God) alone is my rock and my salvation.. He alone is my rock and my salvation...God is my rock and my strong refuge."

And this brings us to the good news of the gospel: Jesus is the Rock of our salvation. Jesus, the Son of God, was no stranger to anxiety. Throughout his earthly ministry he was hounded by critics, undermined by the religious leaders, scorned by people in his hometown. In the Garden of Gethsemane hours before his suffering and death Jesus' anxiety reached a fever pitch as he sweated drops of blood.  HE died for those of you whose forts have been leveled by the storms of life, and for those of you who have been knocked off your feet by the amps of life.

Jesus freely offers you this salvation; freely offers you Himself as a rock, a fort, a shelter from the storm, an offer that, like the suffering in your life, is "always and absolutely personal." The good news of the gospel is that Jesus is your rock and your salvation. "Come in" He says, "I'll give you shelter from the storm."  I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"


May God continue to bless you is my prayer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Flying moving or maybe not

Averie Woodard
Last week was crazy. It almost all seems a blur except for the fact that my friend Alison Piepmeier lost her battle with cancer. That sticks in my mind. If you did not have the pleasure of meeting her you really missed out. She was freaking amazing. That is all I can say about that right now. It is all still so raw. And yes we knew it was coming, but still somewhere in the back of my mind I was waiting for that miracle that happens against all odds.

My house is on the market. I am anxious when I know that what happens now is no longer in my control. I have done the best I could with what I had and with what others gave me. It is going to be alright. Things always turn out just the way they are supposed to even against all odds. And somethings are just what they are without a disguise. I am learning that lesson again. I think this makes round number five. Maybe this time it will stick.

I know that there are people out there who would love to have my problems. At least that is what I have been told. Which is exactly why I tell very little. Yet even I know I am allowed to not be strong from time to time. I may not always acknowledge that fact, but I know it. The problem is that if and when I decide not to be strong or when I just can't be, there is hardly anywhere for me to go. Someone asked me the other night "What keeps your faith and your strength during the turbulent times of your life?" I simply replied, "I have to keep going because if I don't know what else to do. I have not been conditioned to fall and wait for someone to pick me up or for someone to come home to." My strength comes out of necessity. And I am thankful for that.

I know there will always be someone who has it worse than I do. I get that. However, that does not make me feel any less feeling whatever I am feeling right now. I am not sure what I am feeling, I am just ready to feel some other kind of way. Yes, I know that this, too shall pass. And today just like every other day, there are more important things than my crazy feelings in spite of what I really think. Life is good.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Flying in divine order (a re-post)

I had this in my Palm Pilot under the category of Spirit Filled. (This is very old because I no longer own a Palm Pilot and I am not sure you can even buy one anymore). I am not sure when I put it there. I do remember that it made an impact on me and I had to add it to my collection. It is one that needs to be on my bathroom mirror. And it is very applicable today. I did not write this. Jewel Diamond Taylor did, I think.

Divine Order

The pearl of wisdom I give to you today is that everything is in divine order. Whatever or whoever is stealing your joy and peace today, take back your power and don't delay.

God broke your years into hours and days so that hour by hour, and day by day you might be able to grow along the way. If all the weight of life were laid across your shoulders and you had to meet struggle and tribulations face to face in just one place, all at one time, you could not bear it. Your feet would stop, your back would strain, the enemy would win and you would give up.

So instead, God lays a little on you at a time. You can make it. You are stronger than you think. I pray that your burdens will never be so deep or your path so steep, that you can't go on.

You only need to bear the burdens of this hour. Trust God ... breathe ...pray...release...relax...focus and take the necessary action for THIS hour.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Flying with a little help

I was writing a blog very similar to this in my head on my way to Savannah. So I decided to take a little help from the Katy McCown. I am in the process of putting my house on the market, hoping it sells at profitable price, and finding a new place in Savannah. I am in a constant state of worry. I need to take her advice.

What Keeps You Up At Night?

Originally posted August 5, 2016 on Proverbs 31 Ministries

“I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 63:6-7 (NLT)
Darkness blanketed my quiet house. No one was stirring, not even a mouse. Yet my heart would not be still.
Just a few hours before, my heart danced to the sweet sounds of my husband, Luke, tucking our boys into bed. The spaghetti dishes piled up in the sink didn’t even bother me.
The buzz of Luke’s phone interrupted my party. Who could be calling at this hour? When Luke met me in the kitchen, my dancing heart had ceased.
“Someone’s calling you,” I choked out. “The number is from work.”
The voice on the other end confirmed our fears — a job change, effective immediately.
And when I say immediately I mean like by breakfast the next morning our family would be in a new city hundreds of miles away.
Let the packing begin.
Working at the pace of an Olympic sprinter, I washed clothes and folded them into piles, sorted them and threw them into bags. I arranged for doggy care while we figured out where on earth we’d live in this new place, then gathered snacks for the journey ahead.
Finally, with only a few hours to spare I tried to force my eyes shut, and tried to shut down my mind. But this night, I couldn’t find the off button. In the midst of my midnight mayhem, a friend sent a message to say, “God’s up. You don’t have to be.”
Her timely words remided me of a principle my kids learned one day at violin lessons.
“Don't squeeze. Just kind of sink all the way to the bottom,” the teacher instructed.
As she taught her eager students to play new notes, she noticed they took their effort a little too far. They focused hard and fixed their eyes on the strings. They wanted so badly to do it right.
But their work didn’t produce the results they’d hoped for. The note screeched off the strings and the sound pierced the air, forced and unpleasant.
My boys looked confused. They’d tried so hard, and it just wasn’t working. “What did I do wrong?” they wondered. That’s when the music teacher loosened their grip.
“Sink don't squeeze,” she said. “The note will play itself. Simply place your finger on the string and let it sink all the way down.”
What if God's plans for us are like those strings? Created. Arranged. Ready. We simply need to sink into them.
But sometimes we don’t. We squeeze instead of loosening our grip. We encounter a challenging assignment and assume God brought us to it, but left us alone to do it. So we work really hard and give it all we’ve got, all the while screeching out a substitute version of the beautiful melody God intended.
Our key verse gives us another option, "I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 63:6-7).
King David penned these words in the wilderness, on the run from a vast army led by his own rebellious son.
Yikes! If there were ever a moment to be up at night worrying, this would be it.
David did lie awake at night, but not for the reasons we’d expect. Instead of fearing for his life or devising a plan of escape, he couldn’t stop thinking about God.
When you find yourself squeezing and not releasing, maybe move your mind from the goal to the Giver of the goal.
After I read my friend’s wise words that night, my heart shifted. Instead of counting all the things still left to do, I counted on God’s greatness, power and provision. I even giggled as I considered my great big, powerful God watching me scurry about thinking it’s all up to me.
If you’re confused and exhausted today, wondering why your best effort hasn’t played the tune you hoped for, maybe it’s time to loosen your grip. Sink into God’s love for you, then rest in the shadow of His wings.
Dear God, I want my thoughts to swirl with praises to You instead of churn with anxiety over the assignments You give me. Help me shift my thoughts to the richness of Your presence and provision. And as I do, let me sink into the wonderful plans You have for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (NIV)
Philippians 4:19, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (HCSB)
Do you want to rely more on God? The First 5 App is designed to help you give your first minutes to God every day.
Join Katy McCown on her blog today for some practical ways to sink into God’s will for your life.
Make a list of the things that keep your mind racing and commit to pray about these things daily.
Call a friend and ask her to pray with you.
© 2016 by Katy McCown. All rights reserved.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Flying with Thrusday's Wrod by Brenda Smith

Thursday's Word

Originally Posted

Owen Walters

SUDDENLY: Happening unexpectedly; changing all at once; brought about in a short time.

SCRIPTURE: And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But, He was asleep. (Matthew 8:24).

We are in a season of the unexpected where the events that are happening around us may seem abrupt and illogical. However I believe God is accelerating His end-time purposes to bring about a restoration of His glory on the earth before the return of His Son Jesus. We as Christians are experiencing things on a much deeper level than ever before. Our main priority is to learn to trust in the Word of God like we have never had to in the past. We are to be tuned in, be vigilant, be prepared, be ready, and be expectant. WE have to respond to the storms in our lives when we least expect them. We sometimes think Jesus is asleep…but remember…He is a Lord who never sleeps nor slumbers. He is ever vigilant, prepared, and ready to act in our lives in the blink of an eye.

We will from time to time get demands on our anointings and miracles will happen when we least expect them.  Hallelujah!!!!!  -And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment.  God is trying to bring us from behind. We have gifts and anointings that we are not using to our potential. He knows what each of us is capable of doing, and He needs us to start using them. Let us stop shrinking back and hiding behind excuses, people, and work. God’s kingdom will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Lord is doing a new thing on the earth and it takes a prophetic generation to ride the wave of the Spirit – let’s be part of the movement!

Welcome trials, they’re stepping stones to perfection (James 1:3)

- No test, no testimony

- Earn Stars through scars

- Make sure Jesus is in your boat