Monday, June 6, 2016

Hitting the Button

Hey there friend!!

Does life ever seem to get too busy? And you start to feel stressed and overwhelmed by all there is to do?

Yea, me too. I'm tired of feeling like I've crossed one thing off my ToDo list only to have two more things added.

While praying last week about this and asking the Lord to help me know what to do and how to prioritize or what to give up or put off...... well,  I had an A-ha moment. 

It's not a question of how.

How do I work full time, take care of a home and some of the yard work, blog, quilt, be involved in our church and have time for family stuff? How do I do all the things that need to be done and some of the things I enjoy doing??

A-ha! Guess what? I realized that I can't get it all done.

Ha! I just. Can. Not. It's that simple.

So now what??

I mean sometimes I'm at the point where I want to hit the button....

..... the reject button - and reject anything else anyone asks me to do
..... the panic button - and cry, pull out my hair and eat a whole box of chocolates
..... the eject button - and bail out and hide in my closet

Now that's a pretty sight - crying, half bald, screaming NO!, with chocolate smeared on my face.

Oh my!

What to do??

I'm thinking maybe the best button for me to hit would be the pause button.

The next six to eight weeks my calendar and ToDo list are full and I'll be super busy. {Yes, I do have a calendar and a ToDo list. This gal right here is a bit of an overachiever in the planning dept.}
Honestly, I had thought about closing up my little place in bloggy land. Maybe this whole Sharing Life to Encourage You here at Finding Hope & Joy was only meant to be open for friends to visit for a short time and not forever.  
Was it time to pull up the Welcome mat, shut the blinds and hang up a CLOSED sign?
Even though so far this year I've only been able to post something once a month, it would be one less thing on my list. And I don't know about other bloggers, but it usually takes me quite a bit of time and effort to get my thoughts out and typed. Then proof, retype and repeat. And there's always the task of finding or making a graphic to add for your viewing pleasure.
As I took a look around FH&J, I saw the posts I've started still sitting in "draft" status. Some are a bit dusty from sitting there for over a year. Yikes!
But, something was stirred in me and I know that I still have things to say and share and hopefully encourage you with.
So, I've taken a deep breath and made a decision. I know there are some things in my life right now that must be a priority over blogging. I've prayed and asked the Lord to help me live each day with joy and peace as I keep my focus on Him and His plans for my life.
And yea, that whole idea of sitting on my closet floor, crying and half bald from the stress I feel? That's kinda scary. Though not the chocolate part. Chocolate is never scary.
I think I've figured out what to do when you're stressed to the max and want to hit a button.
Yes, go ahead and hit the button. 
That is, the pause button.
..... pause and take a deep breath
..... pause and pray
..... pause and ask for help
..... pause and reevaluate
For now I'm hitting the pause button on blogging. I hope that some day in the not too distant future I'll find more time to write. Now is not that time.
My home in bloggy land is not going anywhere.  
The Welcome mat is still out. 
I've left the blinds open so you can always stop by, peek in and read some of my past posts.
And I've hung a sign on the front door -
Love ya,  

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Monday Morning ~ I said Wow!

Hi friend!!!

Happy Monday Morning! 

"Stars" posted on Photobucket by Karie N. Damon

"Look at the sky and see.
    Who created these things?
    Who brings out the stars one by one?
        He calls them all by name.
Because of the greatness of His might
and the strength of his power,
    not one of them is missing."
Isaiah 40:26

Sometimes, when I read a Bible verse all I can think to say is -
Wow! God that is so awesome!

After reading Isaiah 40:26 that is what I said. Out loud. And with a smile on my face.

How cool is the thought that in our night time sky the stars are brought out one by one?!

I mean really! It does look that way, doesn't it?

As the sun sets and sunlight starts to fade, the brightest stars begin to show. As the night moves from dusk to darkness we can see more and more stars twinkling high above.

On a clear night I do love to look up and see the stars. Oh so pretty!

So many.... too many to count. But God knows each one by name. Wow!

Some of us have a hard time remembering the name of the kiddo we're yelling at calling to -   "_______ come here!". You know what I mean. You call each of their names (maybe even the dog's) until you get to the right one. Ha!

Yep, God is so powerful and great that He keeps track of each and every star. He marches them out each night and then when the roll call is complete not one is missing.

So friend, if He does that for the stars, surely we can believe that He is more than able to keep track of us.

And that may just be the biggest Wow! of all.

That God, Who created each and every star, Who knows them by name and never, ever looses track of even one, knows You, too.

Don't think so?

Well, then let me share what David says in Psalm 139:1-6

God, investigate my life;
    get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
    even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
    I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
    before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
    then up ahead and you’re there, too—
    your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
    I can’t take it all in!

You may want to go ahead and read the rest of  Psalm 139.
And I bet you'll be saying Wow!, too. Maybe even out loud. And with a smile on your face.

He knows you and loves you friend!
Believe it!

Love ya,

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Monday Morning ~ Keep Singing

Hi friend!!!

Happy Monday Morning! 

"Hope" is the thing with feathers---
that perches in the soul--
and sings the tune without the words---
and never stops--
at all."  
~ Emily Dickinson

So is this just a cute quote or is there some real truth in it?
{the little purple birdie is definitely cute}

As I thought about this I had to giggle that feathers in my soul might just tickle. Ha!

But than I thought a bit more about it and got serious.

I feel it's more than a great quote or thought and we can find some encouraging stuff in it.

You see friend, when your source of hope is found in God - in His promises and His character (loving, caring, faithful, good, true, just, etc) - than we are able to have a hope deep in our soul that doesn't stop singing.

Having a hope like that in life's difficult and hard time could be like singing a tune without knowing the words. But, that hope inside us? It's there. And it's still real.

I admit I don't know a lot about birds, or there habits {except they love leaving me "presents" on my car's roof  and windshield when I park under the tree at work}. But, I have seen birds perched in a tree or on top of our backyard fence. They can hang on tight even when the branch sways and a breeze blows. And they just keep singing their song.

If that hope inside us is real, then I believe that even if it feels like we're perched high up in a tree and there's a wind blowing .....

.... We can still sing -

         "It is well with my soul."

                                   "I still believe."

                                               "Yet will I rejoice in You."

And even if you can't find the words - don't you still feel that hope?

Dear Jesus,
Please help us recognize the truth in your Word and know that You are able to give us hope and bring us peace. Help us to never give up and never loose hope. And if at times we feel we can't hear the tune any more or we've forgotten the words or our life feels like a bird has pooped on it, please restore the joy of our salvation* and sing over us with gladness** until we again can hear Your song of hope deep in our soul. May that song of hope never end.

*Nehemiah 8:10 
"...for the joy of the Lord is your strength."
**Zephaniah 3:17
"The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you."

Will you sing with me friend? {it's ok to just hum along until you remember the words again}

Love ya,