November 18, 2017

Letting God

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What is it that you want changed? To be a better person, to be happy, fulfilled, and maybe even a person of strong character? Those sound like qualities anyone would want. But when you ask God to change your heart, are those the things that what He will change? A lesson some want to learn, yet fear the change that may come about.

If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life to me , you will find it.

Matthew 16:26

We can consume ourselves with trying to make our lives the way we think they should be or the way others think they should be. All in all, what we are trying to do is control our circumstances and others into what we think we want in life. We believe that our choices in life are going to get us to our insurmountable joy! After all, who else is going to do it for us? Aren’t we responsible for our being?

We could never imagine the damage we could be causing along the way; by making sure we keep everything under “control.”

But if I give not “everything,” but all of my self, my life, over to Him who knows all things, created all things, and desires for me to prosper in all things; what then shall I have to lose? His word says, I will find my life. Life is full and living and fruitful. It is a life dependent on not all the things I “keep under control,” but a life I’m willing to lay down. A life I’m willing to allow Christ to dwell in. And in changing my heart, he is helping me to become more like Him – Knowing it’s not about me – Knowing I’m not in control of all things – Allowing him to orchestrate my life and it’s circumstances; making my life full and flourishing. I can be busy loving all and forgiving all. He will be busy blessing those who come to Him, and I can surely say “change my heart, O God,” and mean it with all my heart.

A Day of Family Fun

This year for Father’s Day, I decided to do something a little different. I didn’t tell my husband where we were going. We packed a lunch and ventured off to Unicoi State Park. We parked the car and walked a little ways to the rental area.

There were lots of people swimming in a portion of the lake. My husband looked at me in wonder. “What are getting ready to do?” As I smiled, we walked over to the rental booth and stared the registration. “You’re taking me out on a boat?!” The kids and I laughed and off we went life jackets and lunch boxes.

Once we got the hang of it, it was really peaceful and a lot of fun. We stayed out on the lake for two hours. Although it wasn’t a huge event, it was something new for us.

Christmas Traditions

It is our family tradition on the day before Thanksgiving to head out to a big breakfast at Atlanta’s downtown restaurant, American Roadhouse. After having our fill, we then venture over to our nearest Home Depot and begin the “quick” search for our “perfect” tree.

As we enjoy our breakfast, we reminisce over the past year, laughing at our mishaps and marvel at God’s provisions.

Once we begin the search for our tree, we joke about how long it will take. We then find a pretty good tree within the first few picks and look at each other in disbelief. But of course, my husband will not stand for anything less or so quick of a pick. It must be an adventure! So off we go – to pull out, cut, shake, twist an turn at least ten more trees. One to two hours later, we’re off to decorate and move furniture to fit our massive tree in our living room and prepare for Thanksgiving.