Music Mondays- Praise You In The Storm by Natalie Grant

It is easy to express gratitude and praise when things are going well in our lives. But what about when life is difficult?

Life can be rough at times as we go through down times with the twists and turns . Who do we look to when life seems to fall apart around us?

Jesus promised to never leave us. He will walk through the storms of life with us.

I love the message the lyrics of Praise You In The Storm by Natalie Grant. Jesus does not need our worship or praise. He does not need an ego boost. Praise helps us not Jesus. When we choose to praise in the middle of a storm, we enter his presence to receive strength, grace, and comfort.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Stormy Days

Waking up to a thunderstorm, the realization that my plans for today have changed have dawned on me. I had plans to have a picnic to reconnect with some of my friends from Colombia, Dominica Republic, Mexico and Peru. It looks like we are changing from summer weather to fall weather in one day.

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So it looks like a day to stay home after church and do some writing. My U.S. Citizenship classes are on break, so no teaching today. It will be a good day for writing. I am actually writing this post before I go to church. First time writing in the morning for me.

When plans change, it is God’s way of guiding me to what he wants me to do. Today and this week it will be writing and trying to finish my book. I feel a short story brewing in my mind too. A stormy day is a good day to write, drink coffee, and at times watch the storms as the roll in.

What do you like to do on a stormy day?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Interviewed on Instagram about Chronic Illness

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CFnFsQ0l9F8/?igshid=r6gvlo6wax0q

A few months ago, I felt the Lord impressing on me to share about chronic illness in my Instagram. Because of that I have been able to connect with other chronic illness spoonies from various countries. One of them is a woman in Sweden who goes by funniebunnie on Instagram. She does live interviews on her Instagram with people. She asked me to do one.

We did it today. It is a but long, but I wanted to share it with you. If you click on the link, you can view the interview.

Thank you

God Bless

Jesus Wants Us/Jesus Wants You

Last night in my Life Group, we talked about how it was intentional on Jesus’ part to come to earth and to be crucified for us. I asked the members to let it sink in a bit that Jesus intentionally came to die for us and then asked how it made them feel to know that Jesus knew the plan all along and followed through on the plan.

Responses were along the lines of loved, unworthy, grateful, in awe, etc.

I love the lyrics to the song What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong- “You didn’t want heaven without us, so Jesus you brought heaven down.”

With all of the craziness and turmoil around us at this time, just knowing that Jesus intentionally went to the cross, intentionally left his throne in heaven to be born as a human baby so he could grow to be our Savior, brings such calm to me.

Jesus wants us to enjoy heaven with him. He wants us to enjoy relationship with him.

Jesus wants you, yes you my reader, he wants you to enjoy heaven with him. He wants you to enjoy relationship with him. Jesus wants you. He doesn’t care if your life is a mess. He wants you.

I have shared the video What A Beautiful Name before, but I want to share it again. As you listen to it, think about how Jesus did not want heaven with you, so he brought heaven down.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Questions and Answers-My Answers

I would like to thank the bloggers who asked questions as part of my celebration of going over 1,500 followers. It was fun to do this question and answer post.

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Heather Dawn of everysmallvoice.wordpress.com asked- What’s your favorite place in the world and why? My favorite place depends. I love being in the homes of my refugee friends. I love being at church. I love being in the classroom. I love Brazil 🙂

Princess Cynthia of cynthiaswarroom,home.blog asked-  What is your favorite thing about your career? I love empowering others and sharing the love of Jesus.

Crissy of walking-by-faith.blog asked- My question has to do with spiders and slugs. 😆 I have a veggie garden in this place I just moved in. How can I rid the garden of slugs and spiders, without murdering the spiders ? I am a terrible gardener. I found this article about it- Get Rid of Slugs

Dawn of drawingclosertochrist.com asked- What’s one of the craziness things that has happened to you on one of your missions trips?? 😜 So many to choose from 🙂 One of them was when I arrived in Bucharest after being delayed and having to rebook a flight and my luggage not arriving. so I had to wear what I had on for a few days. My shirt had N U on it for Nebraska University, but nu in Romanian means no.

Brenda of becominghistapestry.com asked- Of all the places you have served, which did you enjoy the best? I loved Brazil. I connect with Brazilians well and being there as the only American in a small city for five weeks was one of the best times of my life.

Deandra of deandrahurst.com asked- what’s the weirdest dish you’ve prepared/had during this quarantine? I think every thing I prepare is probably weird. Probably when I combined an avocado, salmon, spinach, and ranch dressing and had the idea that grapes would go well in it for a salad.

Pooja of lifesfinewhine.com asked- what is your favourite thing about blogging and what is your least favourite thing about blogging? My favorite things are being to express myself in writing, connecting with cool people like you my fellow Jedi, and sharing my faith.

Things that I do not like are spammy comments and people who click like without reading my post.

Herry of herrychiccounsels.com asked- Have you ever tried baking anything and how did it turn out? Once I bought some frozen chocolate chip cookie dough to bake chocolate chip cookies. The problem was that I also bought a new book and a new album. I got into the book and the music and forgot about the cookies until I smelled the smoke. I never tried to bake again. lol

Alicia of forhispurpose.blog asked- I already chatted with you about better time management so if you care to elaborate on time management advice that’d be good otherwise I’ve got nothing else. Other than saying time is a dimension I choose not to travel in, I would like to teach you a word to use. NO. Sometimes we need to prioritize and say no to things that do not fit with what God is calling us do. A nice way of saying no could be- I appreciate you asking, but I had other commitments.

megan asked- What is the best way to cook in a microwave? Use popcorn setting for everything 🙂

Gibberish of iemotions8.wordpress.com asked- what’s the most important incident in your life that has made you firmly believe in Jesus? Jesus continually does things to strengthen my faith. A big one was when he brought me from almost dying to recovering.

Viv of godswhispersoftruth.wordpress.com asked- How do I find a salamander gone missing in my house?🦎 Oh my. Maybe set out one of those mouse traps, one where they go in but can’t get out but it doesn’t kill them. Put something in it the little lizard likes to eat.

bigskybuckeye.com asked- Do you have a quote which has served as a sort of “go to” piece of wisdom for you? For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Thank you for reading. God Bless,

When God Surprises

Waking up yesterday before my alarm clock went off I took as a bad sign. I never like waking up before my alarm clock having never been a morning person. I woke up with some pain too. So I prayed and gave my day to Jesus. He blessed me with a series of surprises.

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He has been blessing me the past several days with being able to find a parking spot, actually my favorite one, closest to the school. That may not sound like much to you but living with chronic illness that is HUGE. Finding that parking spot turned my morning around right away.

In the afternoon, a fellow spoonie, someone with chronic illness, messaged me on Instagram. She asked if she could interview me live on Instagram. I agreed and we video chatted for about 10 minutes to talk about it. It will be Saturday at 1pm CST. We introduced ourselves to each other. I shared with her that I am in ministry as well as a teacher. Then I shared with her that Jesus understands pain because he experienced it. Then I asked if I could pray for her and she agreed. I have a new friend in Sweden now.

So the day was already a day of blessings but then the big surprise. A friend from church I had not talked with for months called me. He said he wanted to give me some money to help me with expenses due to my loss of income over the summer. I went over to his place in the evening. He gave me a check for $500. Jesus has carried me through a loss of $800 a month over 3 months in the midst of a pandemic. Each month Jesus has blessed me through his people.

So I wanted to share this post to thank Jesus and express my gratitude.

Oh and one more blessing- I did not burn my dinner. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Whatever Your Plan Is by Josie Buchanan

In times like these, it would be easy to lose sight of the fact that God is in control and has a plan for us. If we look around us and see the chaos, the pandemic, and the turmoil, we could lose heart.

But if we keep our focus on Jesus, we can be strengthened and encouraged.

This song is a gentle song reminding to look to Jesus for his plan for us. If we give him our circumstances, our concerns, our abilities, our lives, he can do wonderful things.

I hope this song blesses you as it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

What Helps Me Keep Going While Living with Pain

One morning last week, I had a conversation with a fellow teacher at the school where I teach in the mornings. I shared with her that I need to have a knee replacement surgery, but I will wait until the end of the school year. She asked me if it was painful, I said yes, but that it wasn’t a problem. She couldn’t quite understand how I could say that.

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As someone who has lived with chronic illness for over 25 years, pain is something that is a constant in my life. It is only a question of how much on any given day. I shared that with her, but she still did not quite understand where I was coming from.

The conversation was just an example of what it is like to be a spoonie, someone with chronic illness, trying to explain to someone what my experience is like. In my mind, pain is just part of my reality, so just press on with life.

Knowing that Jesus understands pain and that I can share my experience with Jesus when I pray, makes the difference for me. When I pray, it is a reminder that everything in this life is temporary. It is eternity that matters to me. I know that in heaven, there will be no pain. So each day here in this life, is one day closer to when Jesus takes me home. Until then he has work for me to do here- Share and show his love to others.

That is what keeps this spoonie going through the pain and fatigue.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.