Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Thankful Heart

Today is Thanksgiving and I am up early this morning, taking a few minutes to reflect on what I am thankful for. I realized as I mentally made my list that it is not so much "what" I am thankful for but for whom I am thankful for.  I am thankful for the Lord being in my life, because without Him I don't know where I would be today.  My life is truly blessed because of His prescence. I am thankful because of His  plan and His will for my life. I am thankful that He has brought others into my life. I am thankful for the way I have seen Him work in the lives of those around me. I am thankful that as I journey along on this path I am doing it with Him right beside me.  When I fall down He picks me up and when I am dry He fills my cup! I am thankful that He meets my needs.  I am thankful He has given us His Word. I am thankful for His love, His protection, His peace, His comfort and His mercy.  I am thankful for His beautiful creation surrounding me.  I am thankful for the blessed hope of Christ's return some day soon and I am thankful for the joy that is awaiting me in Heaven.  So as my day is beginning to unfold I have much joy in knowing the Lord and I give Him thanks for all He has done for me.  

Learning to Trust God . . . With a Thankful Heart . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hard Times

It is a comfort to know that God is working even when I don't see it or feel it.  He has not and will not forsake me. He wants to have a relationship with me.  That will never change. My life is being stretched to better understand that He wants me to walk by faith not by sight. He doesn't expect me to go by my feelings and have them change according to what is happening around me.  As I am learning to trust Him more fully and completely, I realize that just because there are not always the outward changes that I want to see so desperately, it does not mean that God has changed or forgotten me!  It doesn't mean He is not working or that He is not aware of the circumstances. That is where the trusting and the faith come together hand in hand.  God's quiet voice is still echoing His promises and I just need to be still enough to hear.  His hand is still upholding me and His heart is still loving me unconditionally.  He is in control.  What a peace in times of uneasiness and doubt!

Learning to Trust God . . . Even When it is Hard . . . One Day at a Time


Carla

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Unity

This morning  in church we will be continuing our series through the book of Ephesians. We have come to the portion of Scripture which teaches about being united in one body.  It is a good thing to have unity for when there is unity there is harmony.  Everyone wants unity in their homes, and with their friends and  in their workplace. On a larger scale we want harmony or peace on earth! But what about unity with God and with fellow believers.  What about unity within the local church?
In the verses that will be covered today, 2:11 & 12, we will see what it means not to be united with Christ. Words like "seperate" "excluded" " strangers" "no hope" "without God" are all within these two verse.  What a dismal picture.  The world has not changed.  People are still looking for meaning and purpose and something to put their hope in.  We are all coming from the same place as these Ephesians were before we had Christ in our lives. The difference is that once we have Christ in our lives, we immediately have hope and purpose for our lives and we are not seperated from Him any longer.  We become part of the family of God, the body of Christ and He unites us with other believers. But so often although we are all part of one body and we are united together there is dis-unity and disagreement and strife.  Whe we don't agree we can become bitter and angry and judgemnetal. We don't look any different than the world. 
As I struggle to understand this in my walk with the Lord, I  get discouraged.  Things are just not the way they are supposed to be.  So as we begin a new week and I walk with God and learn to trust Him more, my responsibility is to understand my position with Christ, and my place in the body of Christ.  No matter what others are doing or saying, I must please the Lord and strive for unity among my brothers and sisters in Him.

Learning to Trust God . . . In Unity . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History!

Last night history was made in our country.  I was very sad and disappointed about the results of the 2008 Presidential election because the team I supported and voted for did not win.  On the other hand I can praise God that our country has elected an African American to be our President. I call that victory! I am filled with an inner contentment knowing how far we have come in the right direction in the area of racial equality as a country.  There should be  a sense of real pride in this amazing feat for all Americans.  It is time to put our personal feelings aside and go forth with prayer and support for the man that has been chosen to be our leader.  We may not agree with his politics and there are certain issues that I am very concerned about, but it is just another reminder of how important prayer is on behalf of our leaders.  Romans 13 speaks to our responsibilities with regard to those in authority.  As we begin this new chapter in American history and in our individual lives, I commit to praying more diligently and  in a more concerted manner for our country. Will you join me?

Learning to Trust God . . . For Our Country . . . One Day at a Time


Carla

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Making Calls

Today is Election Day 2008!  It has finally come and in around 12 hours we may know who our next president and vice-president will be.  I don't think I have ever prayed so hard for anything political in my whole life.  Last night I went to the McCain- Palin 2008 office and made some phone calls on behalf of their campaign.  I called approximately 120 people living in Virginia from my cell phone. As I was driving to the office my hands were cold and clamy because this was definitely, without a doubt, out of my comfort zone.  What if they hang up on me?  What if they ask me a political question and I don't know the answer? I was nervous but felt the Lord had told me to go. A hand full of people did hang up on me, one person actually yelled at me, but in the long run it did not phase me!  One lady did start asking me questions about medicare and Rx drugs, which I didn't really answer, but I was able to show her empathy, which is what I think she really needed.  And then there was the call I made to an elderly couple.  I could hear the "age" in the man's voice.  I could hear the "fatigue" and the "lonliness" in his responses.  He started to tell me about his wife who was sick in bed.  I told him I was sorry she was sick and that I hoped she would get better soon.  But he wanted to talk and tell me about his wife who was terminally ill, whom he looked after.  He told me of his love for her.  I could also hear his "love" in his voice.  It broke my heart and blessed me at the same time.  I was able to share with him about the Lord.  I ended by telling him I would pray for them, and I have.  Maybe that is why God had me go and make phone calls last night. (?) Sharing the love of the Lord is really the most important thing. As I am on this journey of learning to trust God, once again I was reminded that when I am lead to do something and step out in faith and "go" He is right there with me, calming my fears and giving me the words to say.  I am so grateful to Him for allowing me to have a small part in not only making calls on behalf of McCain- Pallin, but for giving me ears to hear between the words and using me to share of His love with a hurting man on a Monday night.

Learning to Trust God . . . Out of My Comfort Zone . . . One Day at a Time


Carla

Monday, November 3, 2008

Yesterday

Yesterday was such a great day!  We had a wonderful morning worship time.  After church I made a mad dash home and then went over to the jail for the Christian Jail Ministry.  You can't be late, or there is no admittance!!  The lady who gave the message did a great job of presenting the gospel to the ladies.  We talked and shared about what love is.  It is such a blessing to hear the responses.  We started out by singing "Jesus Loves Me" which was very moving for me under the circumstances.  After the message we tried to find some songs in the hymnal that everyone knew which ended up being hard.  We did however sing "Amazing Grace" and ended with a Christmas song  "Go Tell it on the Mountain."  I love the part where we have the opportunity to get one on one  (or so) with the ladies and share prayer requests.  I love holding hands and praying together.  When we are joined in prayer the spirit moves! I always forget where I am (jail) and just concentrate on praising God and petitioning Him on behalf of these precious women. We were actually given a few extra moments together yesterday so we had some bonding time and that was a special gift from the Lord.  This ministry has opened my eyes to many things and I praise God for allowing me to be a small part of it.

Learning to Trust God .  . . At the Jail . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Date With My Husband

Last night Steve and I ventured out and did something we had not done for a long, long time!  As a matter of fact it was something we had never done together. We went to the drive- in theatre in Baltimore. . . and we saw three movies!! That is also a first for me and it is amazing that I did not fall asleep!  We were there for six hours.  Normally I would not have thought that would be my idea of fun at all, but actually we had a great time. I would rather spend time with my husband than anyone else, so being together cooped up in the car that long was not that bad!  Of course there were the snacks and coffee that helped pass the time as well and give us the perk- up that we needed half way through. The first movie was an animal movie and of course I cried here and there! The second movie was kind of nostalgic and the third had a good message in it.  The message was about how what really counts and what truly makes you happy is helping others, and putting their needs before your own. 
Today I have a house to clean, groceries to buy, errands to run and a Children's Church lesson to prepare, and I have a feeling I will find some time to take a short nap! 

Learning to Trust God . . . Having Fun With My Husband . . . One Day at a Time 

Carla