We got a late start on Friday, but all was well, until I got an accidental text from Miranda about still looking for her.  Her being Roxi.  We had just left Friant, headed north.  Craig offered to go to Porterville and call for her.  We did.  The kids were sad….I was heartbroken, but there wasn’t anything left to do but pray.  It’s a good thing I got that text.  We were able to post pics….not that it was needed. Other than suggestions on what to do.  Debbie’ suggestion of putting a blanket out with my sent may have been the trick, because  Naughty dog came home on Sunday. 

Thank You, Lord.  Even though she is a silly little dog, you kept her safe.  Please show the kids your love in moments like these.

Thank you Lord

Mended heart

Our heart mends as our inner self— the central or innermost part of our identity—is wrapped around the Light inside of us, rather than around the people who have harmed us. This one small step changes the way we see things.

affirmation in other people or in the things you do. Hoping that your dad (or mom or husband or friend) will say those words that let you know your value. Hoping that something or someone on the exterior will heal you.

Thank you Jesus for showing me this truth long ago.  I know I still struggle with affirmation from others.   Thank you Lord for teaching me that even when no one is filling me, YOU will.  I can fill others too. Remind me of this, as I am aware that this isn’t an area that I am strong at.  I can do it through you. 

Eller, S., Mended heart, God’s healing for your broken places.  

Trusting God

This is so important to remember as people hurt my feelings.  We as people are really just clueless. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Believe the Best About People

Believing the best about people is very helpful in the process of forgiving people who hurt or offend us. As human beings, we tend to be suspicious of others and we often get hurt due to our own imaginations. It is possible to believe someone hurt you on purpose when the truth is they were not even aware they did anything at all, and never intended to upset you.

I can remember, during the early years of our marriage, focusing on everything I considered negative about Dave and ignoring his positive traits. My thoughts went something like this: We just don’t agree about anything. Dave is so stubborn, and he has to be right all the time. He is insensitive, and he just doesn’t care how I feel. He never thinks of anyone but himself. In reality, none of these thoughts were true! They only existed in my own mind; and my wrong thinking caused a great deal of offense and disagreement that could have been easily avoided had my mindset been more positive.

Over time, as I grew in my relationship with God, I learned the power of believing the best about people and meditating on the things that were good. As that happened, my thinking sounded like this: Dave is usually very easy to get along with; he has his areas of stubbornness, but then so do I. Dave loves me and would never hurt my feelings on purpose. Dave is very protective of me and always makes sure I am taken care of. At first, I had to think these things on purpose, but now I actually feel uncomfortable when I think negative thoughts, and positive thoughts come more naturally because I have disciplined myself to think them.

There are still times when people hurt my feelings, but then I remember that I can choose whether to be hurt or to “get over it.” I can believe the best or I can believe the worst, so why not believe the best and enjoy my day?

Trust in Him
Do you believe the best about people? Is there someone in particular whom you
need to believe the best? Trust God to help you meditate on the best of all people until positive thoughts come naturally.

From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved

Wisdom over emotions

This is a great read, very true but so hard to apply at times.  We tend to go off of our feelings more than wisdom. (Although, I do acknowledge, that at times, God speaks to us through our emotions.)

Manage Your Emotions

We all have emotions, but we must learn to manage them. Emotions can be positive or negative. They can make us feel wonderful or awful. They are a central part of being human, and that is fine. Unfortunately, most people do what they feel like doing, say what they feel like saying, buy what they feel like buying, and eat what they feel like eating. And that is not fine, because feelings are not wisdom.

Feelings are fickle; they change frequently and without notification. Since feelings are unreliable, we must not direct our lives according to how we feel. You can be aware of your feelings and acknowledge their legitimacy without necessarily acting on them. God has given us wisdom, and we should walk in it, not our emotions.

Healthy emotions are very important. They help us recognize how we truly feel and what we value. Good emotional health is vital for a good life. But a good life also means being able to manage our emotions and not be managed by them. Negative emotions, such as anger, unforgiveness, worry, anxiety, fear, resentment, and bitterness cause many physical illnesses by raising our stress levels.

It seems to me that most people in our society today are mad, and the ones who aren’t are sad. Thank God we no longer have to be like “most people.” God doesn’t want anyone to be a slave to their feelings. To manage your emotions and your life, you need to ask God for His wisdom instead of trusting your feelings.

The more stable our emotions are, the healthier we will be, and we all want to enjoy good health. I strongly encourage you to trust God to help you learn to manage your emotions so they don’t manage you.

Trust in Him
Trust God to lead you with wisdom, and don’t merely follow your emotions. God will always lead you to a good place.

From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

God’s timing

God’s timing is always best. I am excited at having heard His voice many times in regards to the house.  Yes, it’s a cute house, and yes, I would love to live there, but He has been telling me to trust in Him.

When I first started thinking about the house, I was annoyed with Craig.  In the small still voice, (while on Demaree), God asked if I would cut off a limb to move there.  Yeah…um…no!  Then why would I think moving there without my husband was acceptable?   Wow, that was an interesting concept. One that only God could have given me. 

Yesterday morning, God really pressed upon my heart that I needed to trust Him.  Craig looked at the inside of the house, and really liked it.  When I got home, I looked at comps.  The peace that I had, in knowing it wasn’t meant for us at the moment was very strong. 

This is my devotional for today:
Your Plans or God’s Plans?

We must learn to wait for God’s plans to develop. He perfects everything that concerns us. True boldness moves in God’s timing; it moves at the right time.

During the three years of Jesus’ earthly ministry, people thought He was crazy. His own brothers were embarrassed by Him, and in an effort to save their reputation, they told Him He needed to go somewhere else and do His works. If He was unwilling to do that, they had another option for Him. They told Him to take action and stop doing His works in secret. They tried to convince Him it was time to show Himself and His works to the world. In other words, they wanted Jesus to impress the people with what He could do.

He responded to them by saying, “My time (opportunity) has not come yet…” (John 7:6).

How many of us could show that type of self-control? If you could do the miracles that He could do and were being made fun of and challenged to show your stuff, what would you do? Would you wait until you absolutely knew that it was the right time, or would you take action that was not sanctioned by God?

It is good to have plans, and I believe we should plan boldly and aggressively, but we must be wise enough to know that our plans will ultimately fail without God. God’s Word says, “Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” (Psalm 127:1). We can build without God as our foundation, but like any building without a strong foundation, we will eventually fall.

Trust in Him
Are you operating in your own timing, or are you trusting God’s timing? Trust God—His plans are always best!

From the book Trusting God Day by Day by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.