Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Woman of Excellence

 So I went to our ladies BBQ this afternoon...great time, great fellowship.  I went with a lot of stuff on my mind about our financial situation and my exhaustion from the week.  Just too much "stuff" on my mind.  We had fellowship and lots of eating and I was still just bogged down, physically and emotionally.  But then we sat down and got into our time of studying God's word together.  Now we were going to get an answer, right?  Now was the time for releasing my "woes and cares" and finding peace with it all...whatever!

Well, one of our deacons wives was in charge of the lesson time so I came into prepared to glean whatever I could to "get a fix" for my issues.  It was a very refreshing talk on how to be a Woman of Excellence...not human excellence (as is defined by doing well in life and having all the "stuff" you want) but God honoring Excellence, Excellence for HIM.  So as I sat and listened and participated God began to speak to me through all the other people who were sharing.  I "say" all the right stuff, I "act" right...but am I truly a Woman of Excellence as God defines it?  Being so wrapped up in my issues and not focusing on what God says.  Being so focused on how tired I am at the end of a week or focused on how we barely have 2 pennies to rub together each week?  Am I allowing God to work through these things...allowing Him to make me a Woman of Excellence through them?  Truth...NO! the good stuff is happening!  Now God is getting a hold of me and making me focus on Him.  So many scriptures were read today discussing this issue of excellence.  I will choose the one that spoke to me the most! Philippians 4::8 "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are noble, whatsoever things are right, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, think on these things."  That hits it on the head for me.  If I am thinking on things that are true I can't be worried about finances...if I am thinking on things that are lovely I can't be focused on my tiredness.  If I am thinking right, then I can act right!

WOW...God used today to teach me, yet again, that He is in control and His ways are right.  That if I am going to be a Woman of Excellence my first priority HAS to be on glorifying Him.  I have to be in His word more so I can learn from Him.  I have to be focused at home to live a life worthy of His calling in my life!

So, what is a Woman of Excellence you say?  I don't know all the answers to that loaded question.  But I do know that I have to start by being in His word and glorifying Him in all areas of my life...then and only then can I begin to know what Excellence...God's for me!

Tricia :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Random thoughts...unable to sleep

So...I lie awake at 11 pm, trying to stop my mind from running. Funny thing is I have had the best day.  I was able to save money while grocery shopping and fill my house with food to eat.  That is one of the best feelings to me...providing food for my family to eat.  Having the cupboards full of good things to eat and not having to scrape up something for meals. 

Suppose I need to stop for a second and remember those who can't do this...provide for their families.  I am always so bummed when I can't.  We have been so blessed and I often forget that.  So many times when we can't go shopping for stuff we "need" I get so stressed out.  There are so many people who don't get to have the satisfaction  I did today. Wow...makes me stop and reflect on all God has done for me.

I was watching a video that a friend posted on Facebook yesterday...a reminder of the amazing universe God has created and how He chose us out of all of that.  Of how small we are and how huge He is.  Of how He died for us...small humans. 

All this makes me want to give Him glory more.  All this makes me want to stop focusing on the temporal things of this world and start focusing on Him.  All this makes me stop............

But then I want to shout!  SHOUT Praise to His name!  Just sing with all that is within me.  I would too...except my family is asleep.  I am in awe that He loves me.  That He chose me.  That because of what He did on that cross so many years ago, I can live forever! That even though my "Big Day" was so important to me, He still keeps providing even on these days that don't feel so big.  That He still loves me on the days I choose to make it all about me.  That even though he is HUGE and I am small, He still cares about my "Big Days."

All I can say is WOW...and THANK YOU!  Thank you Lord for all you do for me.  Thank you Lord for choosing me.  Thank you Lord for sending your Son for me.  Thank you Lord for today, my "Big Day"

Ok, I think I am done rambling now...good night!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mobile posting

Set up my new mobile posting! Not sure when I would need it but hey...

I sent this via my phone just moments ago...seems odd to be able to post from a phone to a blog.  When did we advance so far here in America.  I know I grew up in the age of computers and such but I am still amazed at all the changes that are being made almost daily.  I must say that I think I am prone to enjoy a simpler life, less stuff and more time interacting  with people, you know, flesh beings instead of plastic and hardware!

I guess some would say I am old fashioned...oh well, maybe I am! (Although, I may still use the mobile posting if I am gone for an extended time, guess I am still young enough to enjoy the fancy stuff) 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Home again

We had a great time away for the holiday weekend.  Got home yesterday back to "normal"...although I am not sure I have ever been there! 

Friday, July 1, 2011

July 4th

We are heading out of town today for a few days of fun with my husbands side of the family.  Should be a great time of getting to know each other.  Pray with me as I continue to mend the relationship with my mother-in-law.  I desire to honor the Lord in how I act towards her and the things I say to her.

I hope and pray you have a great weekend too.  Enjoy your family and remember the men who fought and are still fighting for the freedoms we enjoy here in America.  As is said so often, freedom is never free!