Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Saturday, January 14, 2017

January ....

Saturday morning...drizzling rain outside our front door.   I'm sitting here with my feet propped up, enjoying a nice cup of hot coffee (plain black coffee...NO cream or sugar for me)   also enjoying the company of my amazing husband.    I would say that it's a great morning.



It'a a new season for "little dribblers" which means that we will be heading to the gym in a couple hours, to watch Mylee Jo..... run up and down the gym floor, bouncing the ball and shooting goals.  

January!  One of those months when I usually have about three things that are always steadily on my mind.   One is CLEANING.
After taking down all the Christmas decorations, I always want to dive in and clean everything!  This is what I did yesterday.  Cleaned out kitchen cabinets and drawers.   Cleaned the utility and actually discarded a few things that I know longer needed.  

                                     


                                          My kitchen Lockers


Another thing ......TAXES!    Oh yes.   I like to dig in and get this done.   I like to go ahead and get everything cleaned out, in order to start the next year.  I know a lot of people who put this off until about the 10th of April, but for me....it's just better to get it DONE!

......And the 3rd thing is VACATION!!  January is a great month to start planning a vacation.   The only issue that I have is.... that I want to plan a vacation for every single month!!  The mountains are really calling my name.  We always love the beach.....  A cruise sounds GREAT and I love the Smoky mountains.    There are so many things to do right here in TEXAS.       AND OH.....a friends trip is always a must.

So what do you have going on for the month of January?

I would love to hear.

shug 






Monday, January 9, 2017

Dare I ask what your favorite season is, in life?  I'm guessing our answers would vary....Spring...Summer....Fall....Winter, and each for different reasons.   

I'm not sure that I have a particular favorite.  I love them all, because I find something so unique in each of them.   

But, what about the Seasons of our everyday life?  Would we all have various answers and reasons why???   I think that most of us prefer to be in the Season of "Life is Wonderful...Life is Fabulous...Life is GREAT" point of time.

For instance.....My family has seen many Blessings this past year and even though there were some things that I would like to have changed....for the most part, it was a fabulous year.   AND...2017 is just as good......(so far)

There are Seniors in High School or in College who are extremely excited to see the Season of Spring as it turns to near Summer.   They graduate and there will be new beginnings for them as they spread their wings and soar towards the future.

On the other hand....I have friends who are not well.  They are fighting for their lives.  Their world is turned upside down and they and their families have strongholds that are keeping them weighted down so heavily.  This season is devastating to them.  

I have a dear friend who is struggling each day because she is in a situation that seems hopeless!  Her church has always been her safe Haven, especially in times when things are so difficult and draining.   Not any more.......  The church is under new leadership, with many new faces in the congregation.  The church has become a "Strong Contemporary" place of worship, and is no longer the same.  Love and Compassion has been replaced by something that she does not understand.    She feels that she has no one to help her during her Season of anxiety and stress.  

There are other interval's that we go through in life.... People are tired of just working, paying bills, working and paying bills.  Thank goodness that they have a job and can pay their bills, but the same ol' same ol'  seems to drain them of their energy.   

When will things turn around financially, so we can go out and buy that one thing that we have been dreaming of? When will we ever win the lottery?  Have you ever ask that question or heard others ask it??  So much is put in to trying to figure out "what NUMBERS" are going to make us rich.    All of this robs us of the time that we could be spending with God and seeking HIS perfect WILL  and direction.

Well folks......  All of these situations are not anything that the Lord does not already know about.   HE knows where each of us are at in this life.   HE knows the season that we are going through.  HE sees our struggles.....HE is aware of our Blessings!  After all, HE is the giver of those Blessings.   

It is true that we live in a very chaotic and very uncertain world.....
This we all know!! 

 Jeremiah 29:11 tells us...................

"for I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" 

God Almighty, loves us!  Hold on to God's hand....hold on to your Faith.  Give thanks in All circumstances.   Whatever Season of life we are in, God stands in front of us, behind us and on each side of us.   Many times HE carries us.   Trust HIM.


Blessings,
shug..

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