20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
I love these verses. It’s a reminder of how awesome God really is.
We all know how eventful 2016 has been. If you’ve never been a Debbie Downer before, this was definitely the year to become one. LOL Of course that depends on where we put our hope. We’ve all made it to this point, so whatever we’re going through hasn’t defeated us. And it didn’t catch God by surprise.
“It didn’t catch God by surprise.” I’ve heard that statement a billion times over the last few years. It’s so true that it’s annoying sometimes. LOL Why get upset and all bent out of shape when God is right there with us? I wish I could honestly write how easy it is for me to trust God all of time, but it just isn’t true. I have to constantly remind myself to trust Him and to stay focused on Him. I truly believe that no matter what challenges life may bring us, IF we continue to trust God, focus on Him, and persevere, then we can get over any obstacle. Nothing is bigger than God.
Okay, so 2017 is right around the corner, but it’s actually just the dayafter December 31, 2016. More than likely our situations will be exactly the same. A new year isn’t exactly a new start. I’m not being a Debbie Downer. Just throwing out some reality. But here’s the thing–-we can put our hope in the Lord and trust Him every step of the way! We can make that decision right now. The truth is, whatever we are wasting energy on being upset isn’t worth it. People will do their best to annoy us and things will go wrong. That’s life. Remember, nothing catches God by surprise! Trust Him! (I’m talking to myself too. LOL)
Well, that’s about it for now. I pray the rest of 2016 and 2017 will be your best days yet! I’m not exempt. I’m . . .
Just blogging it out . . . Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)
I love telling funny stories about my relatives on their birthday. It’s a great way to reminisce about the fun times we’ve had over the years. Before I get into the jollification (LOL), here’s something I’ve never told anyone before . . .
The first time I saw Brittney was on printed photos my sister (her mother) sent from Gaeta, Italy. She was born in the late 80’s so we didn’t have smartphones, the internet, or even a digital camera. LOL I thought she was a cutie patootie and I couldn’t wait to see her in person.
I finally met Brittney in person six months later. Let me tell you, I thought she was the most beautiful little baby girl I had ever seen in my life. Here’s the part that I’ve never told anyone before: My world at the time was very dim. I was very young and had no idea where my life was headed. I hadn’t received Jesus as my Lord and Savior, so all I knew was my reality. My life wasn’t horrible, but I was just existing. You know what I mean? Humdrum. Brittney brought joy into my life. 😀 A brighter side.
Here’s the funny . . . She was the cutest rollipoliest, deep voice having, all I wanna to do is draw, play by myself, pink wearing, take me to Baskin Robbins so I can get vanilla ice cream with sprinkles (but you can get that at home LOL),Veggie Tales and Jungle Jam and Friends listening, ham eating, bacon loving, Sims City Life building girl I’ve ever known. 😀
I hope you enjoyed your birthday, Brittney. I pray the Lord will bless you beyond your imagination. You already know, God has a specific purpose for your life. Focus on Him for guidance and don’t grow weary in well doing!! Keep moving forward. Love you!! 😀
Just blogging it out . . . Oh and please join me in wishing my niece a happy birthday!! 😀 (12/10)
KOST 103.5 Los Angeles has been playing Christmas music since November and I absolutely LOVE IT!! 😀 This is my favorite time of year. Heck, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, which happens to be playing on the radio right now. 😀
As a child, I hoped to receive at least a few items on my gift list. I would spend hours looking through the mail order Christmas catalogs from various department stores. Let’s see, there was JcPenney, Sears, Service Merchandise, and Montgomery Ward. Do those catalogs still exist? 😀
Okay, here’s the quick Christmas memory:
This memory includes an embarrassing picture. LOL The year was 1978. My father had just passed away a week before Thanksgiving. My mother was a housewife raising four children before he died. Needless to say, there was some financial concerns. I remember her telling us there wouldn’t be many presents under the tree that year. Of course, Christmas isn’t about presents, but they are a significant part of this memory.
Many people gave us presents that year because they cared. I’m holding a few of the presents in the above pic: My cousin, Barbara, gave me the Ernie doll; my cousin, Charlotte, gave me the clown; and the Pink Panther was one of the gifts from my mother. I don’t remember everyone who gave or what they gave, but I know it was quite a few people. I was so happy despite our circumstance.
I will be forever grateful for the generosity of those people. I will continue to pay it forward for the rest of my life.
Just blogging it out . . . OH and Happy Thursday Night! 😀