Saturday, July 25, 2020

Making Decisions with Prayer

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established. 

My husband and I pray together daily and separately about any and all decisions in our life. Some are big decisions and some are not very significant but that is how I know God's will for my own life. Usually God brings us ultimately to the same decision and really how often does any married couple agree on anything? 

That is how I know it is God working in both our lives and the key to those decisions is prayer. Rarely does my husband decide differently than I do. If that should happen, I will usually follow his decision because I believe God can make a wrong decision right. These are the moments that I have to trust God no matter how I may feel. Easy to say but not always easy to do. 
 
Usually my husband and I will not make a final decision on something of significance until we are both in agreement. It may take a few weeks but if we continue to pray we can see how God blends our hearts together in the same direction. We have managed to do this for several years now and find that no decision has been left unanswered by our Heavenly Father. 
 
We both know how difficult it is to agree on what color to paint a room or something as simple as what to watch on tv. So when God works on our hearts to come to the same conclusion we know without a doubt that it can only be God!

Few things in life transform your character like making a commitment to pray together!

A picture of St. Andrews in Tangier Morocco taken by my 
father in the late 1950's or early 1960's.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Not Giving Up Yet!

Written in 2013:

Galatians 6:9 tells us not to get tired of doing what is good. Because at the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up!

The beginning of this year was a difficult one for me personally. I felt like the gates of hell were opening up to swallow me whole. I asked everyone I knew to pray for me because I was afraid for my heart, soul and mind. Those prayers gave me strength to just keep pressing forward with the things that God had for me to do. I trusted that God was doing something in my life because Satan was so hard at work to destroy me.


This past Easter was one of the best that I have ever celebrated. I was involved in getting together our Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast for the church. All the volunteers at our church took care of everything that needed to be done and it was fun. The turn out was better than we had planned and 14 people were saved. Two of those people saved were visiting family members.

What a sweet and wonderful day! Two people who I love and adore will be sharing eternity in heaven with me some day.....Praise God!  

This picture was taken Easter Sunday of me with my cousin David Dunn visiting from Tennessee!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Reading The Bible

My parents read the Bible to me when I was a little girl and had me in church every time the door was open. My Uncle Darrell taught me to read the Bible from beginning to end when I was a teenager. I was fortunate to have been taught to have daily devotions from the very beginning of my life and something I did with my own children. 

When you read the Bible from the beginning to the end it is wonderful to discover something new each time. I don't care how many times I have read through the Bible it is like a new novel each time. I believe the scriptures are so alive that they teach us constantly if we will just take the time to read and meditate. 

The Bible is a book that comes alive with stories and practical truths for us to carry with us each day. I remember my young nephew James asking me when he was a little boy, "what is the meaning of life Aunt Laly?" I said, read the Bible and it will answer that question and any others you may have growing up. He loved our time of reading the Bible together and I always loved his feedback about the lessons in the scriptures. My granddaughters are now at the ages where they are having devotions and will FaceTime me so we can do together. I have no greater joy!!! 


Thy word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against Thee. Psalm 119:11

This picture was taken when we visited Amelia Island this past summer 2014.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Strength In Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.


It's okay to be weak because God is strong ~ It's okay not to have all the answers because God knows it all ~ It's okay to be wrong because God makes all things right!  Know that God has allowed it for His purpose. It's not personal even when everything around us seems to be against us. It is God who can work through us in our darkest hour. 


We can do ALL things through Christ 
who will strengthen us!


Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Simple Things

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I Thessalonians 5:23

God is constantly ministering to our spirit in some way. A touch, a sentence, a scene, a flower, an animal, a person, a sunrise, a sermon, a sunset, the ocean, a lake, a stream, a sweet memory and the list goes on. There are so many ways that God lifts our spirits and fills us with joy each day. I seem to find His touch in the small and simpler things of life! 

One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized. ~Oswald Chambers

I want to take time to notice how God is speaking to me today and may it guide my day differently! The scriptures describe that God speaks in a still small voice which I believe can be drowned out in the clutter of my every day life. Where will God reveal himself to me today?  

I took this picture of my husband and grand~girl a few years ago during their play time together....I love watching these two.....they are soul mates and understand each other....