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Monday, May 14, 2018

365 Days Of Wonder

Question
Have any of you read the book Wonder? It is about a boy who was deformed from birth, had many surgeries, and then the story starts with him going to public school for the first time. It was a difficult time for him. This book is also a movie. It is found in the Teen section but is a book or movie for whole family to see.

The Arthur, R.J. Palacio, has written other books and the one I am quoting from today is called,  365 Days Of Wonder Mr. Browne's Precepts. It is book of daily quotes by different people. When I read the one for today I just had to share it.

"You were born An original don't become a copy" Dustin. I know for myself that sometimes I try to be like other people. But as my husband says, "There is only one like me!" He is right. God made me just the way He wanted me to be so all I need to do is listen to Him and He will direct me in the way I should go.

I am very thankful for how I was created. God has made me so that I really have to depend on Him for everything. I like that too as I am used to depending on people that have been and are in my life. Who better to take directions from then God my Heavenly Father.

Thought For The Day
How about you? Do you like yourself or do you try to copy someone you know? Do you depend on God and are thankful for how He has made you?  Let that be your goal for today.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It's Not Easy Being A Christian

Question
Have you every found yourself having everything going smoothly in your life? You say to yourself that it is good to be alive?

My Story
I was just thinking about this thought the other day. I was saying to myself that now that I am retired and have a lot of free time that I can do a lot of things. No real problems, health is ok, and my marriage of almost 52 years is going great.

Well, today I had a severe panic attack. I was paralyzed from my waist down. I had just gotten up from a nap.I went into our living room and there discovered my husband had moved something that I had placed somewhere else. For me that was the last straw and I went in the bedroom to talk to the Lord about this. I did and he calmed me down and we talked out the problem that I was having in my thought life. That is when it happened. I had gone paralyzed. This has happen before and I usually get over soon after it happens. Today was not the case. Being that my husband was upstairs there was no way I could let him know what was happening. I lay on the bed for about an hour and a half.  I tried to relax and just let it pass. Once in awhile I would try to move my lower body-nothing happened.

Finally I could feel my legs again and I could get up. The first thing I said was, "Thank you Lord."

Why this is happening is because I have been reading my Bible and am spending more time with God. When I do this then I get all kinds of different things happen. Either it is Satan trying to get me away from the Lord again or It is God testing me. There is a difference. Satan attacks in the areas I am weakest. My thinking, my health and my marriage. If not all three at a time he takes one at a time.

God is kinder. The tests are not easy but He only shows me one area that I need to work on and He gives me verses and other means of helping me get through. Victory is a great thing. Some times it takes me a little longer to get victory, but it comes.

Thought For The Day
How about you? Do you have days like this? Do you know whether it is a test or Satan? My prayer is that you will know the difference and the day will go better.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Just Do It!
Proverbs 15:1
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing: But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

Have you ever said to yourself I need to get up and do something. I want to do it but I am so tired. How about I will do it later.

The Bible verse is speaking about those who are lazy. I am thinking about those, like myself, that have an illness which does not always allows one to do what they want.

Sometimes though I think mine is a mixture. I usually have everything done for me. I have since childhood. I was an only child. My husband of fifty-one years tends to what to spoil me and he thinks he is helping me by doing everything. Most of the time it is a help but sometimes I just give up and don't want to do anything. 

There are times though that I hear this still small voice, sometimes it is mine, sometimes it is the Lord's, and sometimes like this morning it was my husband saying to me: Just Do It!

How About You?
1. Are you one that is lazy?
2. Are you one that has physical problems and want to do things but sometimes don't have the strength to do something?

If you are truly lazy then the Lord wants you to change. If you are like me you just have to say to yourself, "Just Do It!" Then go and do it. You will feel a lot better and you won't feel so tired because you got at least one thing done. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

It's Been A Long Time

It has been a long time since I have written a blog post. Between being physically sick I have to say my spiritual life has suffered also, I have also a woe-is-me complex. I'm getting older, just turned 71, my health is bad, just fell and broke my shoulder in three places. How can the Lord use me? What does He want me to do?

As I was sitting on my new couch, which is in front of our new window, I could look across the street and see a huge tree and a lot of other trees surrounding it. It took me back in time when I was growing up and looked out at the same tree and thought about how nice it would be to have a boyfriend, do teenage things and what it was going to be like when I grew up. I didn't know the Lord until I was nineteen. My world was all messed up. But as I was thinking about it I realize that the Lord has always told me after I became His that He has something good for me to be doing. Even though I no longer a Sunday School teacher or involved so much in that kind of ministry. I work at a library, I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great-aunt. So I have a lot of people I can share with my love of the Lord and be a good example to all of them. If the Lord wants me to do other things He will show me and help me along the way.

Prayer
Thank you Lord for being with me even when sometimes I am so weak and turn from you. You are still with me and You will guide me in the right direction. In Jesus Name I pray this.

Monday, February 20, 2017

O What A Beautiful Morning

I had surgery on my right eye to remove my cataract and each day I can see better and better. The computer is the last hurdle. I have to put the size up to 200 to really be able to read it. I can see things far away without glasses and use reading glasses over the counter to see small print.  So I am praising the Lord for the great progress. Now I start all over again this coming Thursday, February 23th. But it is so amazing how bright colors are and everything in general, So exciting. 

I was able to go to church yesterday morning and one of the challenges that my Pastor gave was to write down this question and then prayer about it and see how God answers. The question is God, what are the things I need to grow up (become mature) in?

We are talking about digging deeper in the Word and growing in it. 

I had one area I believed God wanted me to work on but as I sat quietly and just listen there were four areas so far. Using my time better, do a true Bible study in which I read all the verses and cross-reference verses, share with others what I am learning. Be more organized so that I can accomplish the other things on the list. Finally, use my skill, talents, gifts so other may be encouraged and grow also.

For months I have not posted because I felt so depressed and felt I couldn't help others as I wasn't allowing the Lord help me. But by talking to a friend, small group family, and hearing messages I realize I was trying to work things out on my own.

I know there will be times in which I will take steps backward but my goal is to continue forward and to encourage others on travel on my journey.

How About You?
Maybe you might want to ask the question to God in what way does He want you to grow become mature and reach out to others to help them grow. 


Monday, January 23, 2017

Update

So far all my test have come back good so that I can have my contracts out. There is one I haven't heard back on and that was the one that checks to see if there are any blockages to my eyes and brain. My one eye turns totally black when my good eye is covered and my good eye is beginning to get a few black spots in it when I get my eye exam, Checked the arteries in my neck. 

They are going to do my good eye first. So am praying that it is not blurry for a long so that I can see. I know at night will have to wear a patch so won't be able to see at all. 

The Lord knows all about it and so I am putting my trust in Him and we will see how it turns out. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Music, What A Difference

My husband has a routine in the morning when he gets up. He sets the table and gets his cereals ready, his cup out, and a plate for his toast. All this time I am still sleeping. He has done this for 50 years. I think I have made his breakfast maybe twice in those 50 years. 

Before he sits down to eat he has gotten a disk ready for the player and I never know what to expect when I come out to get my breakfast ready. This morning I could hear water running but couldn't see any coming out of the facet. It was a nature disk of running water. We laughed and then I went on getting my breakfast ready. As I listened to the disk I could feel my body relax and I felt so good. 

Thought
Music can make a big difference in your mood and thoughts. This morning I was thinking about all the beautiful God has made and the running water made me think of a little brook and I was sitting on a rock with my feet in the water.