I just found out that someone who means the world to me nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. She is someone who inspires me all of the time~ http://iprodigaldaughter.wordpress.com
I feel extremely blessed that God brought you into my life. Love ya sis!
Here are the guidelines if you decide to participate:
Link back to the person who nominated you
Post the award image on your page
Tell seven (7) random facts about yourself
Nominate fifteen (15) other blogs
Here are seven random facts about me:
I am extremely clumsy
I have a cat named Gracie
I got a new phone yesterday and I am so excited
I turned thirty-years old this past August
I dream of living where it is warm year-round
I love french-vanilla coffee
My favorite color is purple
~Here are my nominations for this award. These people probably don’t even know it, but they are a great encouragement and inspiration to me, each in their own way. Thank you for that~
This is a quote I found this morning while reading a few pages out of a book by Joyce Meyer called Celebration of Simplicity. It is a great book!
“Pray for what God puts on your heart, not for what everyone else wants to put there.”~Joyce Meyer
Heavenly Father, thank You for leading me to this book and this quote this morning. I know this was Your doing because it is exactly what I needed to hear (well, read) today. You and only You, Father know what it is in my heart. Thank You for guiding me and letting me know what I ought to pray for when I don’t even know what that is at times.
Who has been the greatest influence in your spiritual life?
I have had several people who have been great influences in my spiritual life and I am lucky enough to continue to have more, even to this day which is a very good thing for me because I always need that. The first person that became a great influence in my spiritual life, other than my mom, was a friend of our family’s (who I will call Ralph). He was a preacher, or associate-preacher at our church. Him, his wife, and children were always very nice and I looked up to them. They always seemed happy. I did not know them well at the time, being so young, and we left that church for a while. I started visiting the church again as a teenager with one of my best friends and became very active in the youth group. Ralph was now the main pastor. The youth group went on outings, trips and church camp. I began to see how extremely dedicated he was to the Lord and to his family and the church. This was encouraging to me since I did not have a dad in my life that showed those characteristics. I had been hurt by most of the men in my life and Ralph seemed to be one of the first men that did not want to hurt me. I did not continue to attend his church, yet I still knew that if I ever needed anything, he would be there for me. When that time came and I started to have serious questions about why my dad abused me and how my dad was still able to preach in a church and claim to believe in God, then say he didn’t believe in Him at all, I wrote Ralph a letter asking him these things. I was searching for these answers from anyone and everyone I thought might be able to help me. He wrote me back and tried to explain his beliefs about the situations and mainly what the Bible had to say about them. When my dad committed suicide, his funeral was on my fourteenth birthday. My mom was told that she was not welcome at my father’s funeral. Ralph volunteered to take me and my brother to the funeral and be there to support us. That meant the world to me. Ralph eventually quit pastoring the church to start a ministry. He visited with my grandma when she was dying from cancer and she decided to turn her life over to God because of these visits and discussions they had. I volunteered with his ministry and was able to spend quite a bit of time with him. I learned more about who he was and that he, like everyone else, had his own trials and struggles that he had dealt with in life, yet it seemed that his faith in God never wavered and that was amazing to me at the time. I had been so angry at God and so confused and Ralph helped me to understand, in a loving way, that even though I was a sinner and angry at God, God would still love me. He was able to show me through his own life, how God works. I still made many mistakes after my time volunteering and had a lot of anger, but I know that was the beginning of my spiritual journey and the reason I am where I am able to be today. I know that God sends people into our lives for all kinds of reasons. Ralph became a father figure to me and showed me that not all father’s hurt their daughters. He showed me that it was okay to trust and have faith in God because God would never, ever hurt me.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:13-18
I recently found a poem in some things that i had saved from years ago when I had moved from an apartment I was living in. It is a beautiful poem that I did NOT write. I am not sure where I found this. It is written on three note cards. I do have the author’s name though. Russel Kelfer is the Author and here is the poem:
You are who you are for a reason.You’re part of an intricate plan
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man
You look like you look for a reason,
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what he wanted to make.
The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.
No, that trauma you faced was not easy.And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.
You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!
I want to start posting a Bible verse or two occasionally. It will probably not be daily because I cannot commit to a daily post with having my seven-month old son. With this Bible verse, I thought it might be interesting to have other people leave a comment on what they might either think of the verse, what the verse means to them, maybe leave another verse it reminds them of, etc. Anything would be fine. I wanted to do this because I have so much to learn at this point in my life about the Bible and I thought it would be nice to see what other people’s thoughts might be also about some of these verses. If anyone would be interested, let me know. If not, that’s okay. I’m probably just going to post some verses anyway. 🙂
Here is my first one I’ll share that I love:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38,39 NIV