Tuesday, October 31, 2023

For Those Times When You just need to try something DIFFERENT to deal with stress, Try being Creative

chocolate cupcake
photo credit: Dessy Dimcheva
Day 2
One day stands out in particular as the absolute breaking point for this type of empty living:  my daughter’s third birthday.  My husband was deployed to Kuwait with the Navy so communication between the two of us was incredibly sporadic.  During the first three months he was away we talked on the telephone one time and I received about 1 email a week.  My daughter has had breathing issues since birth and this day she was having a hard time with her illness.  My car had a flat.  The weather was dreary and overcast.  One by one the guests of the birthday party were cancelling due to sickness and inclement weather.  I had spent way too much money for a party I was not even interested in throwing.  I FELT ALL ALONE.

 The party happened.  I made my way home feeling unheard by GOD but desperate because there was nowhere else to turn.  I put my daughter to bed.  I went in the living room, turned out all the lights and laid on the floor… and cried and KEPT CRYING.  And I remember pleading, begging toward the ceiling with words something like, “GOD I can’t take this.  You have got to do something in my life.  I am alone and feel desperate for something ANYTHING TO DO to feel that my identity is valuable to you.  I have nowhere else to go LORD.  

 "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
 -John 6:68
So, I prayed the prayer that night and I went to bed with that feeling of being heard but with no real idea what was coming next.


baked cookies
photo credit: Sarah Gualtieri
1.                   Has there been a time in your life where change was occurring in a way that was unexpected?  Are you in a place right now where change is inevitable/unavoidable?  What does change look like to you?  What area of your life SPECIFICALLY do you need change to happen?

 2.                   Look at the following verses to see other examples of “suddenly” moments and write down what you find.  Is there any particular one that speaks SPECIFICALLY to this point in time in your life?
Genesis 37:7

Number 16:42

 Judges 14:5
2 Kings 2:11

Job 1:19

Proverb 28:18
Isaiah 48:3

 Daniel 5:5

 Acts 2:2

  Acts 9:3

1.                   Do you currently have a creative outlet that you allow yourself to use as a time for worship?  What has that activity done for you personally and in your life’s circumstances?  How much time are you able to devote time to this?

2.                   Have you considered trying a new artistic medium? If so, what things do you need to do to begin exploring this?  What roadblocks are in the way?  

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Give Me Words When I Don't Know How to Pray: Day 1

Day 1:
Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.
Revelation 15:3-4

Help me to reverence you LORD God, and live in a way that pleases you, and love you and serve you with all my heart and soul.
Deuteronomy 10:12

Help me to focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, pressing on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling me.
Phillipians 3:13-14

Help me to remember that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in me and was given to me by God. My body do not belong to me for God bought me with a high price.
1Corinthians 6:20

With your unfailing love God, you lead the people you have redeemed.  Lord, bring me in and plant me on your mountains; the place, O LORD, reserved for your own dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, that your hands have established. 
Exodus 15:13,17

Whom is on my side like you Lord? Help me to desire you God more than anything on earth.  My soul may grow weak, but God please remain the strength of my heart.  Lift me and remind me of how good it is to be near you God.  You are my shelter. You God do wonderful things.
Psalm 73:25, 26,27
I want to experience joys like those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
Give me wisdom to delight in your ways LORD, meditating on it day and night.  I know that those who delight in you God, they are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Thank you LORD  for watching over the path of the godly, because the path of the wicked leads to destruction. 
Psalm 1

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Give me Words When I Don't KNow How to Pray: Day 2

Day 2

O LORD, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this: Though the wicked sprout like weeds
and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. But you, O LORD, will be exalted forever.
Psalm 92: 5-8

“You are the LORD; that is your name! I will not give your glory to anyone else!
Isa 42:8

God must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
Jhn 3:30

Help me to be joyful, grow to maturity, encourage others, live in harmony and peace for  you God are love and peace  and you are with me.
2Co 13:11

God I know that when I give, I will receive. For I know that the time, talent, money and things I give will return to me in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into my lap.
Luk 6:38

The bible tells me to remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.  I must decide in my heart how much to give. And God I know you will generously provide all I need. Then I will always have everything I need and plenty left over to share with others.
As the Bible says, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.  For God you are the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, you God will provide and increase resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in me. Thank you Lord.
2Cor 9:6-10

“We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was.
Rev 11:17

“I will praise you God forever and ever, for you have all wisdom and power.
You Lord control the course of world events; You God removes kings and sets up other kings.
You Lord give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.You reveal deep and mysterious things and know what lies hidden in darkness,
though You God are ALWAYS surrounded by light.
Dan 2:20-22