Thursday, June 3, 2021

In Prayer We Wait

What is on your heart? Is there something that you are praying for, right now? As you pray and wait, think about how you will respond even if He does not do the thing that you want Him to do.








I want to share an experience with you:




My oldest son, Phillip, was three years old when I started to long for another baby. I thought, "Phillip is potty trained, no longer uses bottles, eats food by himself... it is time for another child."


I would cry, pray, wait




So, we tried. We spent four and a half years trying. Every month, I ended up feeling like a complete failure and dealt with depression. I would cry, pray, wait and nothing, every month, every year.


For His timetable, not mine




Until finally, we were blessed with Taylor. Everything that I prayed for happened, just according to His timetable and not mine.


I struggle with depression, I pray and wait


Now as I look at my circumstances today, I feel like I struggle so much with depression. The slightest thing triggers a memory which in turn brings on the tears.




I spend a lot of time praying that the Lord will step in and make everything better in our marriage. I know that He has the power to heal and to restore, so I keep claiming those promises. And I keep waiting.


And then... 




Then as I read Daniel 3:17-18, the passage jumped out at me. For full reference, I suggest that you read all of Daniel 3.




These passages are about Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar had commanded that everyone bow down to worship the image of gold every time they heard music. Shedrach,Meshach and Abednego refused as they only serve one God. So King Nebuchadnezzar ordered them to be tossed in to the furnace. Again, I suggest that you read Daniel 3.







Daniel 3:17-18 NIV 



If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”




Do you see it? 




God is able to rescue us from our blazing furnace -- He is able. He has the power.




But even if He does not -- even if He does not rescue me from my blazing furnace. Even if He does not do for my marriage what I pray that He will do.




So my question has to be, "Leigha, even if He does not, will you still love Him, serve Him, need Him?"




Prayer: 




Father in heaven, You are my Rock, my Fortress, my Refuge (Psalm 18:2). I thank You, Father, for always being with me, even in the middle of my blazing furnace. Just as You rescued Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego, I trust that You have the power to rescue me from this furnace. However, even if You do not, I still love You. I still need You. I still trust in You. I will still serve You (Daniel3:17-18). I ask that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.




Your turn: 




What is on your heart?
Is there something that you are praying for, right now?
As you pray and wait, think about how you will respond even if He does not do the thing that you want Him to do.
Will you still love Him, serve Him, need Him?




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Blessings,






Leigha  

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Even On the Hard Days

What can you do when you know that a hard day is coming? How do you manage to survive this day?







Anniversary. Is it still considered an anniversary when you are separated?



That question has been plaguing me lately.




The Lord is with you




You see, as of May 20th, we will be married for 33 years. However, T is no longer living with me. And the last time I spoke to him, he said that it is not his plan to come back.



So, is it still an anniversary? Well, in my opinion, yes, it is. It is still the anniversary of the day that we said our vows before God. We may not celebrate, but it is still an anniversary.



Okay, so now, I am left with the question of how I will "best" get through this day. How do I manage to survive a day that I know is going to be hard for me?



I will thank the Lord for blessing me with another day.
I will thank Him for each breath that He allows me to take.
I will then pull myself up out of bed and attempt to make the bed.
I will get dressed, in something nice, in hopes of making myself feel pretty.
I will spend time with the Lord.
I will allow myself some comfort food.
I will even eat a gluten free brownie in a cup.
I will find a funny movie to watch that might help take my mind off of things.
When sadness hits, as I know that it will, I will allow myself to cry.



No matter what, I will continue to put one foot in front of the other. It might be tiny, baby steps that I am taking, but with the Lord's help, I will keep moving.




He holds your right hand 




What can you do when you know that a hard day is coming?



1. Splurge a little and buy yourself some flowers
2. Go shopping for something that makes you feel pretty
3. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi
4. Find a movie, that interests you, and watch it
5. Have a nice meal
6. Invite your friends over and have girl time








Remember that, no matter how hard the day might be, you are not alone. The Lord is there with you. He is holding you by your right hand.



Psalm 73:23-24 NIV 



Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.  You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.



Prayer: 



Father in heaven, thank You for always being with me. No matter how hard things might get, I know that You are there. Thank You, Father, for helping me to continue to move forward. Thank for holding me by my right hand and guiding me with Your counsel. Thank You for the promise that You will carry me into glory (Psalm 73:23-24). In Jesus' name, Amen.



Your turn: 




What can you do when you know that a hard day is coming?
How do you manage to survive this day?



Check out these posts: 









Free Printable:



I have put together a 30 Day Bible Reading/Writing Plan that is called God in the Hard Times.  I hope it brings you comfort. 










Blessings, 





Leigha

Friday, May 14, 2021

Nothing is Impossible With God

What are your struggles? How do you manage through them?








I do not know what you are facing in your life. However, one of my struggles, lately, has been dealing a lot with depression.



I will not be intimidated 




In order to try and cope, I pull myself out of bed, every morning. I remind myself that my dogs still need me. I even go as far as attempting to make my bed every day. That way, every time I walk into my room, I see that the bed is made and it makes me feel a little better.



I have even had a few days (though not too many) that I have put on makeup and earrings. It is just a little attempt to make myself feel better.



I always take time to spend with the Lord crying and praying. Just being in His Presence brings me comfort.



I am currently trying to discern His will for this chapter in my life. I have no idea what He is wanting me to do. I have to admit that I am afraid of making the wrong decision.



By my daunting circumstances 




What if I try something, that He never intended for me to do, and I fall flat on my face? However, what if I decide that waiting is the best option? So, I wait, but He intended for me to do something, then .... you see, I have let Him down.



For right now, I am going to wait and trust that He will give me clarity. In the meantime, as part of drawing closer to Him, I am writing out the book of Job. I really enjoy writing out scripture .








No matter what you might be struggling with:



1. Continue to get up out of bed every morning.
2. Make your bed.
3. Attempt to get dressed and put on some makeup.
4. Spend time every day with the Lord.
5. Try to discern His will for this chapter of your life.
6. If your chapter needs time to be refined, learn how to wait.



Luke 1:37 ESV  



For nothing will be impossible with God.”



Prayer:  



Father in heaven,  I am so thankful that nothing is impossible with You (Luke 1:37). My Jehovah Jireh and Immanuel. No matter what I am struggling with, I find comfort in knowing that You have the power to bring about anything. You have the power to heal broken relationships. You have the power to help me discern Your will for this chapter of my life. I will not be intimidated by my daunting circumstances because nothing is impossible with You. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Your turn:  


What are your struggles?
How do you manage through them?




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Blessings, 







Leigha   



Thursday, April 29, 2021

Always Hope + Free Printable

Are you feeling lost in your struggles? Is the chaos of life weighing on you? Do you struggle with feeling God's protection in your life?







I know, full well, that life can, at times feel like a roller coaster ride. You are strapped into the seat, speeding along these twists and turns. You struggle so hard to climb up the hill that is set before and then, you are off, racing to the bottom. It feels out of control.



Oh and that is if the ride of your day goes smoothly. That is not even counting the unknown factors that get tossed into your life that can make you feel like things have gotten off track.



God has got you covered. 



Was it a decision that was made somewhere along the way that caused a wrong turn?
 


There is always hope. 



No matter how chaotic things may feel. 








No matter how upside down things may seem. 



God has got you covered.

 


1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV 




No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.



He is keeping you safe.





Are you needing a reminder of God's Protection in your life? I have put together a 30 day Bible Reading/Writing Plan for you. That is one reminder for every day of a month of just how important you are to God and how He is keeping you safe. Even when life is out of control. 









Prayer:




Father in heaven, my Immanuel. I thank You so much that no matter what decisions are made that impact the course of my life, You are faithful. You provide a way for me to endure. Please help me to remember that You are in control. Help me to remember that You will keep me safe. In Jesus' name, Amen. (1 Corinthians 10:13)




Your turn: 




Are you feeling lost in your struggles?
Is the chaos of life weighing on you?
Do you struggle with feeling God's protection in your life?




Check out these posts: 






Brave Enough to Say No








Blessings,










Leigha  

Friday, April 16, 2021

Add Focus to Your Prayers

Have you been struggling with your prayers? Do they feel rushed? Do you feel like you might be missing something?



I have added Anglican Prayer Beads in to my prayer time. Did I just lose you?








I was skeptical, at first, as well. Then just before Lent, I started reading a lot about praying with these beads.



I decided that since I was going to be observing Lent, for the first time, I might as well get some beads.



Add Prayer Beads




I LOVE using them. They help me to slow down and focus more on what I am praying while I spend time rubbing each bead between my fingers.
 


The beads are really easy to use and, believe it or not, they are helpful for those of us with anxieties.



Start by holding the Cross. As you gently rub the cross between your fingers, say the opening prayer or Scripture.





 


Then you will move to the Invitatory Bead. This prayer or Scripture is where you ask the Lord to join you.



As you move around, you will say a prayer or Scripture at each of the 4 Cruciform Beads.



To Slow Down and Focus




Next, is the Weeks Beads. There are 7 in each section and 28 total. You will say a prayer or Scripture at each of the beads. Use this time to slowly repeat the Scripture or prayer. Be sure to pause before you move on to the next bead. This allows a little more time for you to focus on the prayer or Scripture.
 


You will then come full circle to the Invitatory Bead with a prayer or Scripture to close out your time with the Lord.
 


Now you are back at the cross with your final words of prayer or Scripture.



I am providing an image for you that I hope will help you. I found it online and will provide a link for you.









Matthew 6:9-13 NIV 



“This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’

 

Your turn: 



Have you been struggling with your prayers?
Do they feel rushed?
Do you feel like you might be missing something?



Prayer: 



Father in heaven, You are God of gods and Lord of lords (Deuteronomy 10:17). Please forgive me for the times that I struggle with knowing exactly how to pray. Forgive me for the times that I follow the world instead of turning to You in prayer. Jesus, I thank You for providing Your disciples with a prayer when they came to You asking for help on how to pray. In this gesture, it reminds me that I am not alone with my struggles. Thank You for being with me, for helping me to resist temptation and to stand up against the enemy (Matthew 6:9-13). In Jesus' name, Amen.

 



For a more in depth look at how to use Anglican Prayer Beads, check out these links:




Below is a Sample Prayer for you. I hope you find it helpful.












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Blessings, 









Leigha 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Moments of Joy

Do you often feel bogged down in your struggles? What activities can you work on to help you find a moment of joy? What new activity are you willing to learn in order to find that moment of joy?





Two months ago my husband walked out the door.



So, Leigha, how are you doing since he left?



Honestly, I have a few good moments. You know, a few moments in a row where the pain does not seem so overwhelming. I may even be able to laugh at something during those few moments. Then, all of a sudden, something will trigger a memory and I will be sad again.



I will say, however, that I am managing. With the Lord's help, I am continuing to move and not get bogged down.


For the Joy




I have started working on a latch hook rug kit. You remember those, right? You probably worked on them as a child. You may have even gotten them for your own children.
 


I decided to try something easy to see if my hands could handle the pain. It may take me a while to finish the one I am working on, but so far, my hands are managing. After this one, I plan to look into a latch hook pillow cover.



The next project that I am going to attempt is diamond painting. Have you heard of it? I was looking through paint by number projects to see if I might be interested in giving it a try. While I was looking, I saw several ads for diamond painting and it looks so interesting, I decided to attempt it. We will see how it goes.


Set before Him 




Another activity that I have started working on (sadly, I should have been working on all along) is spending time going through memory passages. These are passages of scripture that I have dedicated my time to memorizing, but do not devote as much time to recalling.









So, in other words, if you were to spy on me, you would see me attempting to repeat my current memory passage. You would also see me, walking around, trying my hardest to recall a passage I have already memorized. I have to admit that this activity can be time consuming, but I really enjoy it. It keeps my mind focused on the Lord.
 


Whenever I start to feel bogged down because of my struggles, it helps to remember that Jesus endured suffering as well. Once I stop and think about how He suffered, how He endured the cross (for me), it helps me to put things into perspective.
 


Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV   



fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.



Your turn:



Do you often feel bogged down in your struggles?
What activities can you work on to help you find a moment of joy?
What new activity are you willing to learn in order to find that moment of joy?



Prayer: 



Father in heaven, You are God of gods and Lord of lords, You are the great God, You are mighty and awesome (Deuteronomy 10:17). I confess, Father, that I do get bogged down in my struggles. I often find myself lost in depression. I ask that You will forgive me. Help me to remember to keep my eyes focused on Jesus. He endured the cross so that I would not have to experience that punishment. He went through the shame so that I could be forgiven. He now sits with You in heaven and His action provides a way for me to reach You. Help me to remember His pain and suffering, so I will not grow weary or lose heart (Hebrews 12:2-3).




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Blessings, 







Leigha 















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Friday, March 19, 2021

Brave Enough to Say No

Saying "no" as an action of being brave.



As I think about what my "no" actions are, I am reminded of a time....









It was several years back, my word of the year was "Brave". For me, it meant being brave enough to say "no" to certain things in my life. For instance, I had to be brave enough to try and do things to take care of myself. So, if I had to say "no" to eating certain foods, then that is what I did.
 


I also remember blogging about this, at the time (a totally different blog, btw), and someone responded to me saying that that is not how being "Brave" is supposed to work. Hmmm.



It is "Brave" to say "No"




So I just read in Let's All Be Brave about finding your "no". For Annie, a big one was the realization that she should change how she eats for her health.




What is my current "no"?




Like Annie, I work hard to watch what I eat. I have several health issues and I am very sensitive to certain foods, spices, smells, etc. So, to help with my sensitivities, I have said "no" to certain things, like garlic, onions, gluten, dairy, fried foods <--- and that is just a small list.



I have fibromyalgia  and I tend to hurt, everywhere, all of the time. One symptom that I have learned that goes along with fibromyalgia is sensory overload . I suffer with sensory overload a lot. If I am out, in a restaurant and there are strong smells, it is overly warm, a child is throwing a fit, lights are blinking, and music is blasting ... oh boy, I start to feel overwhelmed. So, I have had to say "no" to going places that I know are going to trigger my sensory overload issues.



To say "Yes" to something better

 


I love Jesus. I don't think that I can say that enough. I love being in the Word. I love reading devotionals. I love working through Bible studies. I want to grow closer to the Lord and to be in His will for my life. I work hard (as I am a work in progress) to keep the Lord first and foremost, in my life. So, I have had to say "no" to activities that seem like fun, but in reality they pull me away from God. Activities like watching tv, shopping online, scrolling through fb or pinterest.
 


Matthew 6:33 NIV 



But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.









So, as you see, taking a step, even a small one, and saying "no" to something in order to say "yes" to something else, is an action of being brave.



In summary, you will see:



I said "no" to certain foods and spices, but I said "yes" to less sensitivities.
I said "no" to places that trigger my sensory overload issues, but "yes" to less triggers.
I said "no" to activities that seem fun but pull me away from God, but "yes" to growing my relationship with God.



Your turn:



Do you look at saying "no" to something as being a "brave" action?
What things have you said "no" to in order to say "yes" to something else?
I challenge you to spend some time thinking about this.



Prayer: 



Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. You created the heavens and the earth. I ask, Father, that You will forgive me for not trusting You to guide me through my "no" steps. I have to confess, sometimes it is easier to follow where everyone is going, to follow the world, than it is to say "no". Please help me to always seek Your kingdom and Your righteousness and to know that everything else that I need will be given to me as well (Matthew 6:33). In Jesus' name, Amen.
 


Check out these posts: 





Are You Following Jesus?




Blessings,







Leigha






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