Category Archives: Faith

Prayer is a Steering Wheel

 

Prayer is not a spare wheel, that when you pull out when in trouble. But it is a steering wheel that directs the right path throughout!

Prayer is not a spare wheel, that you pull out when in trouble.  But it is a steering wheel that directs the right path throughout!

Yes having that relationship with our Heavenly Father where we talk to him daily, He will lead us.  I long for a relationship with Him.  It is so important to take time daily to talk with Him.  An active prayer life, can bring peace and strength.  I have been focusing on thanking God for all the wonderful things in my life.  When things are not going exactly the way I had hoped or planned, often I need to stop and focus on everything that is right.

Have a blessed day everyone!

 

Thank You All

If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will be enough.

This is so true.  I need to thank God for everything in my life.  But I must not forget to thank those individuals in my life.  Sometimes, we just get in the groove of life and forget to say “Thank You!”  So thank you God for my husband, my wonderful children, my family, friends, a warm house, food, clothing, $ to buy the things we need, the Earth, all the animals, God’s creatures etc.  I thank God for the internet where I can connect with other like minded individuals whom I would never know if it was not for technology.  Thank you God for the wonderful weather.  We have been anticipating it and I am loving it.  Shine sun shine!

There is much I need to say to family but will do so in private.  I will thank them for the advice, the listening, the tears, the prayers, and for being there for me.  Most importantly, for loving me unconditionally even when we do not see eye to eye.  I am so blessed to have the support of my family.  They know who they are!

I thank you my followers.  This blog is growing day by day.  I apologize for being absent for so long.  I am back now and will continue to share my thoughts.  Thanks for hanging in here with me!  May God bless you all today and always!

 

 

An Answered Prayer

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Yesterday morning was not the best start to my day.  We were all tired from getting home late and the Daylight Savings Time.  Somehow we rounded everyone up on time to get to Sunday school and then church service following.  After church, I felt the need to take the girls to the local playground.  It was nice weather and a few other families were there.

Two of the Moms had been chatting. I knew the one Mom, Gina and the other Mom I had not met yet.  Mike, the other Mom’s husband started chatting my husband and I up.  They had moved from Baltimore 4 years ago so he could work at his wife’s uncle’s business.

Finally I went over to Kim to talk to her.  It was strange because I felt drawn to her but did not understand why.  Of course I asked her if she knew about MOPS but she had not heard of it.  I told her how she must come to the next meeting and that you do not have to be a member of our church to be in MOPS.

It was time for us to leave and we said our goodbyes.  We get in our van and drive away.  My husband needed to buy something at the Dollar General so that is where we were headed.  I was regretting not having shared contact information.  My husband and I talk about it and he felt the same way.  We wanted to get together with that kind family we had just met.

We agree that we will drive back to the park to see if they were still there.  Their van identical to ours is still parked in the parking lot.  I gain courage and walk up to them as my husband sits in the van with our girls, explaining how we both felt we should have exchanged numbers and we would love to get together real soon.  They explained they felt the same way.  As I am standing there I notice the pizza their daughter is eating. It looks like Daiya cheese but I thought my mind was playing tricks on me.  In our conversation they shared how they were just on a Holistic Cruise.  Now I am jumping up and down inside. Could it be true? Could they be Vegan too? Sure enough it came out that they were Vegan too! Mike told me he wasn’t Vegan all the time.

I told them, “God is so good! I have been praying for a Vegan friend in my area for a long time because I have been feeling lonely! I need someone who understands what it is like to be a Vegan. I am so happy I might cry.  I am so happy that now Jessica has a Vegan friend too. ”

Kim was so excited that she hugged me!  She explained that she had Vegan friends in Baltimore but none here in PA.

Kim and Mike were so excited because their daughter just asked yesterday, “Why don’t I have any Vegan friends?”

Their daughter wanted to come to the van to say hello to her new Vegan friends.  She said, “Hi, I am Vegan!”  so stinking cute.

Kim had been a Vegetarian since 2002, and had switched to Vegan when she got pregnant with her oldest.  Ironically we have been Vegan for a bout the same amount of time.  Unfortunately, I had been an Omni for most of my life.

I cannot say how long I have been praying for a local, Vegan friend but it has been a long time.  Sometimes it is difficult for me living in a predominately meat eating, hunting town.  Though I love this area, it is hard at times.  I do love my Omni friends but they do not really get it.  A few get it more than others.  I am thrilled that I will not be taking the journey alone any longer.  In time, I am thinking God will have us meet some more local Vegans.

Whatever you are praying to God about, I am here to tell you if it is His will, He will grant it to you.  I have seen several of my prayers answered lately.  His timing is impeccable.  Keep the faith!

Being a Member in Bible Study

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Growing up I did not know about Bible Study Groups.  It was not something that was happening in our church.  At least, I do not think it was happening.  It was not until I was in my thirties that I began to see that these small groups existed.  I have been is several small groups in the last two cities I lived in.  I love being in a bible study among other believers.  I enjoy hearing others stories and soaking in their wisdom.  Sometimes, there can be as many as 30- 40 women coming together.  On Tuesdays, I do my very best to get myself and Briella to Bible Study.  Usually I only miss if one of us are sick.  When I do not go to the study, I do not feel the same, I do not have as much patience, or strength.  I look forward to those 2 hours of learning with women of all different ages.  It is amazing coming together.  We have studies various studies and topics.  Currently, we are doing an Andy Stanley Series and several women are leading it.  I know that I feel refreshed, rejuvenated when I leave Bible Study.  I feel more adept to take on the Earthly World.   I encourage others to join small groups and get connected with others – it will energize your mind, body, and soul.

Having Faith for Others During Their Time of Need

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I have several friends whose family members are going through medical, tough times.  My one friend’s Dad has been in the hospital for months and not much has changed.  Many people have been praying for her Dad and the family.  Hard decisions have had to be made in the past few days.  I am having faith in God that those making the decisions will be guided by the Holy Spirit to do what is right.  I am still praying for a full recovery and have faith that God can make that happen.  It is difficult to wait it out and see my friend hurting.  I cry for this family.  Times like these are not easy.  I will continue to have faith that God is working on this situation.

Another friend is in another state helping her Grandma.  She is by her side as she is in pain and close to the end of her life.  As she asked us to pray that her Grandma would accept pain medication to make it easier.  I cried for them too.  I know how sad I was when I lost my two Grandmas.  I still think about how my one would say, “Sarah, I love you very, very, very much,” before she would hang up the phone.  Often, she made me hand up first because she did not want to be the one to hang up.  It is never easy when a loved one is at the end of this life.  Though we will see them in Heaven it still pains us to not see them on Earth anymore.  Praying for these families today.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Chia Seed Meal
  • 3 Tbsp. Water
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup vegan butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar in the raw
  • 2 tsp molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a small bowl whisk together the chia seed meal and water. Let this sit for 10 minutes.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
5. Add the flax meal egg and mix.
6. Add the molasses and mix.
7. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
8. Add the flour mixture from step 3 and mix until incorporated.
9. Stir in chocolate chips.
10. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out cookie dough onto cookie sheets.
11. Bake for 15 minutes.

Having Faith While Teaching Your Children

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Being a parent is one of the most challenging things I have ever done, yet it is the most rewarding also.  There are many ups, downs, and in-betweens.  So many times we think that our little ones are not paying attention or not being reached.  We just need to have some faith in God to move their hearts and adjust ours too.  You might wonder if they really understand how loved they are.  How loved they are by you, family, friends, other Christians, and God.  With yourself and others repeating scripture and lessons to the little ones, observing people’s actions towards them and others, they start to get it.  Sometimes God needs time to work on them longer than others.  Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face, then one of my girls talking to me about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.  I love when Samantha says, “Mom, God loves me, and you, and Daddy, and Jessica, and Deanna, and Briella, and the dogs, and everyone in the whole world.”  Yes he does and I am having faith that you will love everyone too my dear daughter!

God is Faithful

My oldest daughter was born June 24, 2007.  I was so elated by the birth of my first child.  I longed to stay home with her.  At the time, my husband wanted to start our business selling online.  I had to go back to work so we could pay the bills and have health insurance.  I was working at Northeast Middle School at the time.  My husband and step-dad had fixed up our house and finished a month before Jessica arrived.  When Jessica was 2 months old, I returned to work.  With traffic on some days, it would take up to 1 1/2 to get to work.  I was devastated to be returning to work and leaving my baby.  I cried every day on my way to work.  As a breastfeeding mother, it was a challenge.  I had to pump 3 time during my day: as soon as I arrived, lunch time, and towards the end of the day.  I remember that I would arrive home and my husband would slip Jessica into my arms.  He would go to the basement to work on our business and report how she had cried a lot.  Oh the guilt I would feel when he told me these things.  When a mother has to be away from her child the last thing she wants to hear is how that child is struggling.  Every day leading up to me returning to work, and every day I went to work I prayed to God to help me find a way to stay home with the baby.  I cried and pleaded.  I was really not happy and a little miserable at times because my heart ached to be home with Jessica.  God works in mysterious ways.  One day on my commute to work, I was stopped at a stop light.  A tow truck driver was coming behind me.  I believe he was on his phone and did not realize I was stopped and hit me.  I did not see this coming and my glasses flew off my face and I hit the windshield.  I had gotten pretty bad whiplash and my neck and back were extremely sore.  From that day I stayed home to recover and went to physical therapy for my injuries.  At times, it was difficult to breastfeed my daughter because it was uncomfortable to bend my neck certain ways.  While I was recovering, I continued to pray that God would help me to continue to stay home.  God led me to finding a contact and a number that I needed to help boost our business.  I made the call and it led to me being able to make the decision to not return to my job as a special education learning support teacher.  For the next 2 1/2 years I raised our daughter while working with my husband on our online business.  When my daughter had accidentally fell into a metal shelf causing her to need stitches, I then realized it was time for my husband to take over the daily operations of the business.  At the time, I was towards the end of my pregnancy with my second daughter, Deanna.  I am still involved in the business:  I am in charge of paying the bills and the accounting.

Through consistent prayer to the Lord, he answered my prayer.  I had no idea that a car accident would be his solution.  I have learned that being specific in prayer helped too.  “Dear God please help me to be able to stay home to raise my daughter.”  I learned that you need to be patient while God is working on answers to your prayers.  The timeline for everyone may be different.  For me, it took probably close to 4 months of praying.  I try to remember that God’s timing is the best.  I thank God every day for the doors he opens and the other doors he closes.  Being able to stay home with my girls, is the best decision I ever made.  I have no regrets about not working as a teacher.  People ask me if I would ever go back and my answer is, “No, I let me certificate lapse. ”  In all honesty, once you own your own business, it would be extremely difficult to go work for someone else.  At times it is difficult to be at home with my girls, but I would never change that for anything!

2 Corinthians 9:8

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2 Corinthians 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV)

God has the power to provide!  God gives you everything you need so that you can do every good work.  Every good work means all good works described in God’s Word.  God will provide for you in order for you to help others.  When you think you are not enough or do not have enough to help others, God is there.  God can fill you and provide materials for you to help others!  We serve an awesome God!

Having steady faith

My dear friends keeping your faith steady can be difficult.  Currently, there is a situation with a family member that is testing my faith.  This individual continues to make bad choices in her life.  I am unsure if she realizes how her choices affects everyone else in her life.  I believe that she has an illness and cannot help what she continues to do repeatedly.  It is difficult to hear about, and I am thankful that I am not witnessing it first hand.  I am trying to have my faith steady.  In times like these, I feel hopeless and helpless.  I do not know what to say or do in these situations.  I pray that if I am to do something that the Holy Spirit would nudge me.   I am trying to believe that God has got this situation under control despite it looking like it is completely out of control.  I am trying to believe that He has her in his hands and is carrying her.  This has been a long, many years of addiction for this individual and many years suffering from depression.  I pray for this individual for strength and healing.  I pray that she realizes how important she is to God and that she is loved.  I pray that she realizes that there is absolutely nothing in her past that God does not know about or cannot handle.  I pray that she can let go of whatever negative thoughts flow in every day.  I pray she can get past this rough period.  Please pray with me!