Secret

secret, secret to success, This week’s Five-Minute-Friday writing prompt is secret. What would you say if I told you I have a secret – for YOU?! One that makes life joyful – hopeful – filled with satisfaction? My timer is set for five minutes. So, here we go . . .

In Philippians 4:12, Apostle Paul references his knowledge of the secret.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.

Content in any and every situation. How do you do that? While the concept is often discussed, the goal of contentment is not often reached. Yet, it is attainable. So, again, I ask. How?

At this moment, I am facing two big changes. One is a possible job change. The other is selling and purchasing a new home. Change can be scary. Yet I am at peace with not knowing which way things will go.

What changes are you facing? What lies on the horizon that could rock your world? Are there circumstances in your life you didn’t want? Didn’t expect?

It’s okay. We’re human, and humans do not like change. We prefer things familiar. We like what we can trust.

Hmmmm. Trust. That’s the million-dollar word right there. Do you trust?

When facing any and every situation, we must fully trust in God. Not in ourselves. Not in our spouse, our friends, our jobs, or anything else. In God – fully!

I have peace and contentment because I trust God is for me. I know He loves me deeply, personally, tenderly. I understand that sometimes He allows difficult things to come into my life (or outcomes I didn’t want), but I trust that He will take that situation and use it for good – His good. So, there is no need to be fearful or discontent. I rest in His love for me.

Oh, dear friend. If you are feeling discontent or fearful today, this is my prayer for you.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  ~Romans 15:13

Song Share: Trust in You, Lauren Daigle

Loyalty

loyal, God is loyal, worship God aloneThis morning, I was meditating on how all creation worships God. The song, “So Will I” by Hillsong was playing in my mind. So, I asked my dog, Willie G, who was sitting next to me, “What do you do to worship God?” Continue reading “Loyalty”

The Blessing of Friends

friends, blessings

I felt their questioning stares in the depths of my soul. “Stop looking at me,” is what I wanted to shout, but that would have been rude. My mom taught me better, and I couldn’t disappoint her. After all, she may have heard me as she lay in her casket a short distance away. So I kept silent, wishing I could fade into my surroundings. The floor. Walls. It didn’t matter. I just wanted to be invisible. Continue reading “The Blessing of Friends”

My Hug-able Teddy Bear

As a child, I was afraid of my dad. Why? Two reasons. He had a temper, and he drank. Not a good combination. I can still picture his face; his color changing from his normal white, ruddy complexion to bright red. Veins would bulge on his forehead as he screamed at his intended target, which could be anyone from my mom, brother, sister, to an opponent on the race track. Continue reading “My Hug-able Teddy Bear”

Spared from the Flames

Have you ever had one of those moments in life when you realize there is something bigger out there controlling everything? Some-ONE bigger? I was taught this concept from a very young age, but experienced it in a personal way when I was ten-years-old. God, in His wisdom and mercy, saved my sister and me from certain death the night our family home burned to the ground. We had planned to be home that night. Thankfully, God had other plans, at least for the two of us. Continue reading “Spared from the Flames”