Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tumors

Today my dear friend learned that the cancer is in her brain.  What a let down.  She's so amazing and stays so optimistic.  I know she has her days and her moments when discouragement encroaches. However, I know she always turns to the Lord and seeks his peace and she has amazing trust that HE is with her and that gives her peace.  Looking at her you'd have no clue she was in stage 4 with cancer throughout her body.  Looking at her you'd see sparkling eyes and a joyful face.  You'd hear her laughter, and jokes and praises.  She is pretty incredible.

Tumors try to come in and steal our joy, to make us quake and have fear, but God is greater and his peace surpasses all understanding.  His peace even makes tumors not so scary.

I'm glad we serve a mighty God who is able to give us peace unlike the world.  Peace that sets our hearts and minds at ease even in the midst of trials of any kind. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Renewing my Mind

The last week has found me very stressed and very irritable!  I feel like there is conflict every direction I turn in and in reality I abhor conflict.  I like resolving conflict, but I hate the process to get there. I've spent much of the week with a poor attitude, a headache and rehashing conversations or thinking of all the things I "need" to say over and over again. 

I know this is not where God wants me.  Yesterday in the midst of feeling so overwhelmed, and tired and down right angry about some things I thought "Put on the mind of Christ." My very next thought was well how am I supposed to that if I haven't been "in" Christ.  I'd been "in" conflict, "in" running twenty different directions to please people.  I'd been "in" watching dumb tv shows via netflix late into the night to get my mind off things.  What I needed was to be "in" Christ.

Last night I laid awake with a throbbing head and all the conversations and to do lists flooding my thoughts.  I finally got up and picked up my Bible and read myself to sleep. Then this morning with head still throbbing I opened my Bible again and read some more and then went on to read some of a book on my kindle Secret Place. 

In the book he talks about his attention not being on Christ and what Christ revealed.  I'm paraphrasing here,  when everything is filling our time and mind and thoughts to the point that we are like an artery clogging with cholesterol.  Our spirit is clogged with worldly things keeping and we need to clear those things in order to draw near to the Lord.

It's not easy.  It's down right hard.  It means saying no.  Saying no to tv, may be easier for me than the other things I have to say no to.  It means not filling my days to the brim.  It means stopping and renewing my mind and trying to think about the things that God wants me to think about. 

I need to do better.  I need to spend more time with Christ.  I need to say no more and seek not just what's good but what's the best.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lesson from Horses

Life has been so busy lately, running here and there and everywhere.  We've enjoyed some fun with zoo trips, children's museums and an amazing horse camp.  In all the fun and family time I don't have enough hours in the day to write on my blog.  Which brings me a twinge of sadness.

 Both my girls love horses. That's an understatement.  My eldest breathes horses.  She thinks about them constantly, plans for when she has her own, reads, writes, saves and talks horses.  She's only 8 and yet she knows a lot of horse breeds, she knows all about the tack, riding styles and much more.  If she had her own room it would be covered in horses, but since they all share only her loft can be horse zone. For a long time she prayed for a horse to ride, and a couple months back that prayer was answered.  Some people in our church own two horses and invited us over to ride.  She was thrilled.  She's ridden before and has longed for the opportunity to arise again.  Then this same wonderful couple offered to allow her to train on one of their horses so that she can do 4H.  Again HUGE answer to prayer.  She loves to be near horses, feeding them, brushing them (though that usually flares up her allergies) and riding them.

Recently she got the opportunity to go to an amazing camp.  Destiny Youth Ranch.  It's in the middle of no where, far far from where we live, but well worth it!  A good friend of mine takes her girls every year so we decided this year to meet up and enjoy the camp together with our girls.  The camp had sessions for horse training and communication, tack and groom, trail riding, painting, free time and a time for a Bible message.  My oldest was the only one old enough to go this year.  We had a blast.  She was given a cow boy Bible, a water bottle and t-shirt.  It was a 3 day, 2 night camp and it was UNDER 100.00 for all that!  It was so much fun!

On the way home I asked her what was her favorite part, besides the riding horses every day and she said, "When the lady came in riding backwards on the horse! That was so cool!" During one of the Bible Message times the speaker was explaining the importance of facing the way God wants you to go.  She rode in to the arena sitting backwards on the horse and explained how hard it was to see where she was going or to steer, because she wasn't facing the right direction.  In our lives if we aren't facing the way that God intends for us to go it will be a lot harder than if we turn around and face the right way to "ride" through life.

All the messages they taught they used horses for demonstrating.  It was amazing and left lasting images in my daughter's head.  Since coming home from camp she reads from her "Cow Boy Bible" daily.  She didn't just remember the stunts and horse stories, she remembered the reason behind them.  That's pretty cool to me.

I highly recommend Destiny Youth Ranch, for a great horse camp!  Even if it takes all day to get there, as it did for us, the time there was so worth it.  You can check them out by following the link. I hope you can join them for one of their upcoming events.  They have camps for kids, and for adults.  If you go, tell me about it!