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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Flying with Brenda Smith

In a pride when an old lion is not useful to hunt prey anymore.....they keep him around because he can still roar and frighten the others in the jungle. He is not capable of hunting, running down the prey, killing it, not allowing the pride to come eat. All he can do is roar. That is Satan. He can only roar and frighten you into not doing things God has called you to do. The louder he roars the more you sit still and do nothing. Get up and frighten him with the Word of God! He knows the Word better than You...he just doesn't obey it. Speak it loudly to him and make him roar in fear.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Flying even when it's just crazy enough

I have a lot going on right now. I need a project manager for my life just for the next 2 or 3 months. Okay, probably much longer but I don't want to seem totally unorganized. I will not complain. It would be so easy to whine, pout, and just sit here waiting for someone or something to save me. Yes, I know that is not how it usually works. I also know that there are two people who would love to be fretting over selling one house, buying another one, figuring out how to move, and the list of other crap that goes along with this process. And while I will tell you that all of this is pretty stressful especially since I am also running the Chicago marathon in a few weeks. But I created all of this craziness. Or at the very least I was a willing participant even though I had NO idea exactly what I was getting into. 

Rose Erkul
I have the option to stop the madness. Well, maybe not completely. Contracts have been signed. Attorneys hired. Contractors finally showing up. Boxes packed. You get the message. All of this is for my benefit. This is progress and growth. 

The opposite is happening to a very dear friend of mine right now. Last week she sent me an email explaining that her current course of treatment is not working. She had an end of life discussion with her doctor. She said that was hard. She also said that she is not giving up. She and her family are searching for the next miracle that will give her more time and allow her to have quality in her life. She asked for my prayers. She wasn't sure if the next round of chemo will leave her able to communicate. Different people react differently. 

So now I understand that all of this house-moving-anxiety ridden stuff is just something that will soon pass. It will either go smoothly or it won't. It will be alright. If my closing date gets moved it gets moved. This is not life or death. It isn't me counting down the hours, minutes, or moments of my life. This isn't me hoping for just one more sunrise. This isn't all that important in the big scheme of things. Yes, it's just crazy enough to make me question my sanity, but this would be a luxury to my friend. To have the ability to worry needlessly about life. To take a sunrise for granted. To just breathe knowing that there are many more to come. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Flying with Thursday's Word by Brenda Smith

Nolan Issac
I Cor 3:11 “For no other foundation can anyone lay that that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
It is important that we have a good foundation in Jesus Christ!  In times of storms with strong wind and flooding rains, that house is not moved because it has a good foundation. But the builder who builds on sand under the same stormy conditions will lose everything because the house has no foundation to anchor it and hold it in place. 
YOU are the same as one of these two types of houses. When you dig deep into the word of God to learn and put the word into practice in your life, you are building the foundation that is building on the Rock of Christ.  YOU must hear and do the Word of God in order to build a strong foundation.
JESUS IS OUR CORNERSTONE. A builder watched as the foundation to his own house was being built. He had learned from many that when stones or bricks are laid in a house they always start a corner, and this cornerstone is the most important stone or brick that is laid. What you find is that when the cornerstone is laid, the position of every other brick in the house is set. If it is in the wrong place, then every brick will be wrong. That is why the cornerstone is critical to building a house.  Just as the Apostles and prophets laid the foundation of the teachings of the New Covenant in Christ. As you grow in Him you are built into His spiritual dwelling place as part of the spiritual temple of God.
Can you live in a house with only a foundation? It is not a house until more work is done and rooms are added for living space for it to become a complete building.  But if your foundation is not good, the building(you) will not be able to stand.
May God continue to bless you in Jesus Name.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Flying kinda sideways

Lots of changes are happening to me right now. I am not complaining because all of these changes are for the good. Yet there is still an air of uncomfortableness and other emotions venturing into new territory. I am leaving my house of over 20 years. I am leaving my town. I am going through my stuff and determining what to keep, toss, or donate. The keep pile is not as small as I would like it to be. The donate pile is huge. It is huge and is on my front porch waiting for the National Kidney Foundation to pick it up. They said they would be there on Wednesday. I hope so. You almost cannot see my house because of all of the stuff. And I had already made two big trips to Goodwill. This is one more thing I miss about not being in the military. I never had to move myself.

Tom van Hoogstraten

I am downsizing. I was surprised at the things I easily let go of especially the cookbooks. I collect cookbooks or now I can say that I used to collect them. That was a good feeling. Many other books in my library left to find new homes. I have two closets left to go through. One is the hall closet which I am sure holds many treasured items that I have forgotten about. I need someone with me when I excavate that one. Someone to stop me from holding on to all the stuff buried there that I have not touched in years. I really want my mom. Things just seem easier when she is with me even if she just sits there.

Anyway, my sister has come by often to help. And that has been a good thing. We have grown into friends which is a very good thing.

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I know this will all work out for the best. I am not doubting this. I am just being honest with my emotions and thoughts. Once the dust settles and I am in a place (still yet to be determined) in Savannah I will breathe much easier. It is a process moving from one thing to another. I am letting go of so much stuff real and imaginary. You know the stuff that I thought would happen and didn't yet I was holding on to. It is what it is or isn't. It is all for the best. I need to just remember to breathe, trust Good, rely on my friends when I need them and enjoy the ride. Better things are ahead.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Flying with Thursday's Word with Brenda Smith

Thursday's Word

Julia Caesar

When troubles come our way, we can be stressed and upset, or we can trust God. Scripture says to set your minds and keep them set on what is above…the higher things (Colossians 3:2).  When giants are in the land, when doubts swarm your mind, turn your thoughts to God. Your best thoughts are God-thoughts. He is above all this mess!

Scripture declares of God, He is “the most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). Later on the same psalmist asks, “Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD?” It’s a good question! Pain does not plague God. The economy doesn’t faze him. The weather doesn’t disturb him. Diseases don’t infect him and death cannot claim him.

The apostle Paul says God is “able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Ponder the holiness of God. Let his splendor stun you, inspire you, and chase your troubles away!

Whatever your need is today.....God Has It!!!!

May God continue to bless and keep you is my prayer

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Flying with amazing

Lori M. Sousa
I am flying with amazing. I am using the word as a noun because I do not know how else to describe what has been happening. The latest thing is that I was trying to figure out how to stretch an already ultra tight bank account so that I could buy a plane ticket to Chicago to run the marathon. A friend had already said I was staying with her so that was covered. I knew something would work out. I just was not sure what.

One day a few weeks ago I got a letter from the IRS. That sent me into immediate panic mode. I had previously owed taxes and thought I was done. I also remembered hearing about the scams when people were pretending to be the IRS and asking for money. So I just sat there looking at the letter without opening it up. I even held it up to the light. Don't ask me why, it was addressed to me so I was legally allowed to open it. Eventually I did.

Inside was somewhat of a form letter stating that they had received a payment from me a couple years ago and did not know where to credit it. I called my mother (she does my taxes. She used to work for H&R Block so it was her job not just a favor since I am her daughter). Anyway she instructed me on how to respond. I did what she said and put the letter in the mail. Well, actually I had no stamp so I scanned the letter to her and she put it in the mail. I am not sure why this could not have been done electronically, but it is what it is.

Well, sometime last week I got a refund check in the mail from the IRS. They even paid me a tiny bit of interest. What is amazing is that with interest the check covered my plane ticket to Chicago with a teeny tiny bit of change. Less than a dollar's worth, but the entire event was so unexpected and so appreciated. So, I bought my plane ticket.

That is just how some miracles work, simply amazing.

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