The prompt is present. The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear that word is just how present my Heavenly Father has been in my life. He has shown His love and mercy time and time again. He has loved me through times of grief, of disappointment, of fear, of sorrow. He promises in His Word that he will be present with us so in everything.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of need.”
— Psalm 46:1
The second thing I think of is another kind of present…as in how you present yourself to those around you. I long to be a sweet presence to those around me – my family, friends, co-workers, the sweet kids I serve at work, and the general public. I wish to represent Jesus in the way I carry myself and in my interactions with everyone. I wish to be a beacon of light and to lighten the load of someone who may be hurting.
And the third present on my mind reminds me to try harder to stop worrying and rely more on God. I want to be able to bring all my concerns to Him and then…as a very popular princess sang…”let it go”. I am striving to do this:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
— Philippians 4:6
Yesterday was a snow day. I decided it was time I updated my blog. I’ve been meaning to sit down and work on it, but due to one thing or another I just never did it. My hubby says I’m the world’s most disorganized organized person ever. We’re talking lists of my lists here, people. 😊
This prompt got me to thinking. I have so many different things I need to do around my house. I put stuff off big time – as per usual. Rooms that need to be cleaned, boxes that need to be gone through, closets that need purging, etc., etc. I’m thinking now there’s no time like the present to get on it. Thank you, Kate, for giving this prompt. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I’m gonna try really hard to do what needs to be done.
Another FMF I missed was the one where Kate asked us to list some memorable blog posts that meant a lot to us. Wow, that’s a tough one. Flashback to my last post where I said I tend to care a lot about what people think of me!!! I am so very afraid of hurting somebody’s feelings that I’m tempted to list each and every blog that I read as faves. We would be here all day if I did that though – I follow a TON of blogs by email. I think I will just stick to five that move me a whole heck of a lot!! Please check out all of them because they all are wonderful.
#1 — flowerpatchfarmgirl.com Shannan Martin rocks my world on a regular basis with all of her posts. She is hilarious, insightful, an all-around sweetheart. She seems to be the kinda gal I would totally be BFFs with if we lived in the same neighborhood. Hopefully she wouldn’t think me kinda stalker-ish saying that though. Check her out if you haven’t already!
#2 — kaylaaimee.com One wonderful reason to check her out: Scarlett. Her daughter is a scream. I’m pretty sure she is an old soul. Another reason is Kayla’s sense of humor. I find myself stealing…I mean using…her Southern expressions a lot in my everyday conversation.
#3 — aholyexperience.com Anne Voskamp is Amazing with a capital A!! Her words are captivating, and she is a woman that is absolutely full of the Holy Spirit. She never fails to inspire me to grow closer to the Lord and be a better person. Warning: keep Kleenex nearby when you read her though. I tear up on a regular basis with her words.
#4 — parksrecreation.wordpress.com I always smile when I see a new blog post in my inbox from the Parks family in Indiana. Carly and Bryan have the most beautiful children and she takes the most amazing pictures of them. You really need to check out her blog and read their amazing stories of adoption and love. It will touch your heart.
#5 — lisajobaker.com This is another one that never fails to tug at my heartstrings when I read it. I have saved several of her posts for my children to read. I was tempted to act as though her touching words to her kids came from me when I did so, but my varmints would have never believed that I came up with them on my own. So thanks, Lisa.
So there you have it. Five wonderful blogs to check out. You’re welcome!!!
I have SO neglected my blog for the past month…so much for staying on track. When I started this thing I was so like “yay for me – I’ve got a blog now – gonna be so easy”. Welp, it sure hasn’t been that way at all. Every week when I would see Kate’s FMF prompt I would get be so excited, then as soon as I sat down in front of my computer I would turn into a basket of “what the heck do I write?”. Satan is so mean y’all…he would start telling me I didn’t have a thing to say that anybody would even care to hear so why even bother.
Well, blast it, Satan…I’m sitting here now and I ain’t moving until I finish a post. So there. I’m starting on the prompt “Choose Your Own Word” and work my way from there. Since I have been nothing but S – L – O – W in doing this thing I’m gonna go out on a limb and use SLOW as my word. Can I be extra honest with everyone right now and just say it takes me forever to accomplish much of anything? I seem to start out with the greatest of intentions and just nosedive from there. What takes an hour for some folks can take me two or three sometimes. I’m not sure why that is exactly, but I do have a couple of theories. #1 – while I’m not a perfectionist by any stretch of the imagination, I am SO nervous about what people will think of me, so I tend to move extra slow. And #2 – I have that classic “squirrel!” tendency in me…I start something then notice something else that I’ve just got to address. Most of the time it has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m trying to get done either. While it can be quite entertaining sometimes it is also a maddening quality to have. Ask my hubby.
Aren’t you glad that our Heavenly Father isn’t that way? He knows exactly what we need and what needs to be done in our lives. He uses people around us and the circumstances in our lives to accomplish His purposes. Oh, don’t get me wrong…it may seems to us at times that He is moving quite slow, but in His perfect will it is right on time. Thank You, God, that you work and move in our lives using Your timing and not ours!!
I’m going to try very hard to keep on keeping on with this blog. I’ve got settle in and liven it up around here…add some pics and such. Keep your fingers crossed for me but be forewarned. I will be SLOW.