Thursday, March 26, 2009

Time Off


Writing this blog has really helped me to grow as a Christian.  It seems as if for me, writing out my thoughts is very beneficial.  It helps to see them in writing!  It has helped me to "verbalize"
my emotions.  It has helped ease my burdens and stress.  I still have a long way to go in learning to trust God, but I have come along way, too!

With all that said, I am taking a little time off from blogging.  I don't know how long. God will let me know when He wants me to pick up the laptop and begin blogging again!  

I have some very deep thoughts that are too personal to put in a "public" blog at this time.  I feel more comfortable writing in my journal between God and me alone!  I can't not write! :)
I want to spend more time in prayer as well.  For me, that will be talking to Him, but spending more time truly listening to His voice.  It is like the beginning of another new adventure with Him!  I will be learning to trust Him more as I listen more for His voice!

I feel a little sadness about not blogging for awhile, yet with that I feel a great sense of anticipation in this new step!

Learning to Trust God . . . Listening for His Voice . . . One Day at a Time

Carla





















Learning to Trust God . . .  Listening for His Voice . . . .  One Day at a Time

Carla


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Grumbling


I often find myself grumbling!  It is not usually  about things, but about people.  
The vast majority of the time I am not grumbling to others, but to God.  I have a special time that I talk to God about these things. Usually it is before I get out of bed in the morning.  I love this time of fellowship and communion with my Father.  It's like I have a daily appointment with Him, and I would feel bad if I missed it! I look forward to talking things over with Him, and I think He looks forward to hearing from me, too!  I talk, He listens; I grumble, He still listens; I grumble more and He's still there.  He  tenderly reminds me of His love.  He shows me His great mercy and patience.  Yet I still grumble!  I grumble more, and He talks to me in His still small voice.  His message speaks loudly to my heart.  He desires for me to hear Him, yet never forces Himself upon me. He reminds me to pray for the people I am grumbling about.  He reminds me that it is them not me and thus He will take care of it, I don't have to!  Often His Spirit gently convicts me of my own sin.  He continues to grant me His mercy and His grace.  I talk more and He is still attentive to my needs, but the more we commune together, I find I am grumbling less, and praising Him more.  I feel comforted, I feel peaceful. I learn to give the thoughts and feelings to Him to take care of.   A journey of learning to trust God is one where I am seeing that I can talk and talk and talk and grumble and complain but god has an answer for me. Sometimes I just have to stop and be quiet and listen. He is always there, always has all the time we need, and looks forward to the next time we come to Him in prayer.  I can't imagine not having my daily talks with Him! I can't imagine what it would be like to wake up and not be able to cast these burdens on Him, and be reassured that He will take care of them.

Learning To Trust God . . . In My Grumbling . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cultivating a Relationship With Him


The central focus of our life should be cultivating our relationship with God.  This is what must be in our hearts and minds as we go throughout or day. When we are desiring to improve and develop our  bond with Jesus our lives will change their focus. When we find ourselves obsessing and worrying over things, at those moments God is not first and foremost.  Whenever we are angry and responding in a self-centered manner, we are not focusing our efforts on Him and our relationship with Him. We need to pray for God's Spirit to show us when our thoughts are not right, and when our priorities are not in a place where they should be.   God wants us to know and experience His joy and His contentment.  This does not mean that every minute of every day our life will be stressless or problem free.  No, that is the whole point.  Our lives are full of stress, of hurts, disappointments and problems.  There is pain and sadness.  There are things beckoning for our attention. But our responsibility is to give them to God and move on allowing Him to minister to us.  We need to let Him change our hearts and draw us to His side!
We need to concentrate on what His Word tells us and be willing to allow Him to have His way in our life and heart.
Learning to Trust God . . .  Cultivating a Relationship With Him  . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Let it Go!

 
There is so much sadness in the world today.  People have very legitimate needs, concerns, and pain.  People are dying and going to Hell.
 Yet I have noticed how easily it is for us (me) to get overly upset over small things.  It is too easy to incessantly obsess over things that drain us of our time and effort.  Our passion is often diminished.  In the BIG scheme of things, comparatively, these minor issues are really nothing.  Will they matter in eternity? No, I doubt it. Yes, I know God cares intimately about each and every area of our lives, the big and the small.  I am also thankful that we can bring all of these things to Him and He will listen. He will take our  momentary stress, worry and pain and help us through it all.  I would never tell anyone not to feel like they can't go to God with it all.  I believe we should go to Him and surrender everything  completely.
  Yet, to have such insignificant things affect our days and our opinion of others, so intensely, I think is wrong.  Things happen in this world all the time that can be upsetting and annoying and time-consuming. If we allow them to, they can and do cause us to begin to loose our focus. We too often loose our patience with ourselves and others. People will let us down. They may not always agree with our way of thinking. Things will not always go as smoothly as we had wished. Our things will sometimes breakdown. We will have "bad hair" days!  It's a reality! Satan can use these "every day" things to rob us of our joy.  Our testimony can be altered and thwarted by the way we over-react to people and things.  We allow our emotions to take over. Our relationships can be strained because our "rights" are being interfered with!
  It's time to grow up and let it go!  It's a choice!  We need to constantly be in prayer, seeking God's will in all circumstances, and not let the small things in our daily walk cause us to stumble!  When we have stumbled and fallen, (and we all do) let's make sure we allow God to pick us right back up so we can be about His business in a hurting world.  There are real needs to be met, people to serve and lives that need the Saviour!  

Learning to Trust God . . . In Letting Some Things GO . . .  One Day at a Time.

Carla

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

When Things Don't Make Sense. New Beginnings Part 3.


God is trying to help me to see that He is in control.  The thing is, that I *know* He is, I just don't *feel* like He is all the time.   I know, too, that we are not to go by our feelings, but sometimes that is much easier said than done.  I know the right answers, I really do, but sometimes they just seem like nice words on a page.  Where is my faith?  Why do I doubt?  I am not sure I am really doubting, I guess it is more just wondering and waiting.  Learning to trust God can be easy at times, and the hardest thing I have to do at other times. Sometimes I "get it" and other times I feel desperate. I know the answer to my own problem here, too.  When  I feel desperate, it is time to truly intercede before the Lord.  Honestly at times I just don't feel like it.  I have unmet desires and longings. I do know and trust that God has a purpose for my life.  I want those desires and His purpose to be in total harmony.  The thing is that maybe my desires are not His desires for my life.  Perhaps He is still trying to mold me and teach me things that He wants me to know.  I am sure He is desiring me to grow.  So today the title of my blog is very real to me. I am still learning to trust God . . . One Day at a Time, and some of those days are more like . . . one minute at a time.

Learning To Trust God . . . When Things Don't Make Sense . . . One Day at a Time

Carla