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I woke up this morning, too early of course, and was feeling the same uneasy anxiety I’ve been feeling for weeks.  Tomorrow is my second total knee replacement surgery.  I do not yet know what time my surgery will be.  They’ll call me some time today and let me know.  That doesn’t help the anxiousness!  When talking to hubby about how it would be nice to know, we decided it really doesn’t matter.  Not for this day.  We’ll know before it’s bed time tonight and that’s all that really matters.  My little bag will be packed and ready whether I have to get up at 5:00 a.m. or I’ll be able to sleep for a while.

While getting ready for work this morning I was listening to KLOVE Radio.  As I usually do.  I’ve heard the particular set of songs many times, but today the meaning of some of the peace-signlyrics meant so much more to me than usual.  The words of the song writers were so comforting and encouraging.  If you listen to Christian music, you know that many of today’s writers are inspired by Scripture.  So it feels as if it’s God’s Word in song, touching my heart.  I’ve had the radio on all day at work too.  Which is also the norm.  Songs I’ve heard every day forever… hearing in a new light today.

Peace.  I’ve got peace today about my surgery.  God is so good!  I know what I’m going to go through.  But I also know that a few things will go differently.  Because I know what is coming and I know what to say to the nurses and doctors tomorrow.  I know what I need to speak about…loudly if need be.  And I know what to expect once I get home.  Do I WANT to go through any of this?  Heck no!  But I still have a peace today that passes all understanding.  God’s Peace.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4: 6-8 The Message

And that’s that.  I doubt I’ll be blogging for several days.  I look forward to touching base with you all again soon!  Remember to find me on Facebook for updates until then!

Also, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have left me encouraging messages.  Your kindness means so much!

Blessings!

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The word of the day kiddos is “BLESSED”.

This morning my husband proclaimed that he had “bad news”.  He, of course, followed that proclamation with a dramatic pause.  Irritated already I urged him to tell me “What?!”.  It seems that we had no hot water and the water heater was leaking.  Therefore, it must be immediately replaced.

Naturally, I was concerned about the financial burden and the fact that he would have to do this laborious project.  NOT!  I had not yet taken my shower and was not happy at the prospect of getting under ice-cold water so early in the morning.

Hubby assured me that we have the money in our “emergency savings” so it won’t be too bad of a financial burden.  (Thank you Dave Ramsey!)  He also had a flyer from a local home improvement store that has what he wants to buy on sale.

Once past the shock of a cold (quick!) shower, it occurred to me…we are so blessed!  We live in a

Thank you, Father, for blessing me so abundantly.

country where we can literally drive a short distance and buy a new water heater and have it up and running by days end.  The realization of this hit me hard.  I was not born into a country where I have to walk half a day to get a jug of muddy water for my family and carry it home on my head!  I simply turn on a faucet and there it is.  Day after day I rely on fresh hot water at my fingertips.

As my morning progressed the abundant blessings became more and more apparent:

  • I drove my car
  • To the local coffee drive thru
  • Where I was greeted by a friendly face
  • And purchased fresh water coffee beverages.
  • I dropped off said beverage to my daughter
  • And got to see my granddaughter’s smiling face.
  • I ate my purchased bagel
  • On the way to my job.
  • I drove on our town’s riverfront dike
  • Enjoying the amazing Mississippi River view as I do many days.

You get the idea.  Every step of my morning was a reminder of how abundantly blessed I am.  By the time I got to work this was all a bit overwhelming.  The emotion of it all was upon me.  The things I take for granted every day are blessings!  In the midst of all the yuckiness of life, the hardships and the pain, I am STILL blessed!

I shared some of this with my friend at the drive-thru coffee place.  She says to me “you’re awesome”. “No”, I say, “I have an awesome God.”  She looks at me agreeingly (is that a word?) and I drove off.

Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Psalm 106:7 (NASB)

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

AND ANOTHER THING…

Earlier this week I had one of those days where something I read just struck me wrong and I was going into that whoa-is-me-boo-hoo pit.  Felt sad, felt the tears coming.  I’d already written down a list of names of a few people I wanted to call that day.  I felt led to just touch base with a few friends from our church to see how they were doing.  Thankfully, I picked up the phone and made these calls.  After a lot of good laughs with my church family members I felt much better.  It took the focus off me and put it where it belongs.  On others, on God.  Calling others when you’re sad and asking about THEM will bless YOU!

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

How has someone blessed you recently?  How have you been a blessing to others?  How has God blessed you in every-day ways?!

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God yelled at me this morning.  He couldn’t have been any louder had He been physically standing before me.  Here’s the story…

It’s HOT in Iowa!  No, REALLY HOT!  As it is in a large majority of our Nation right now.  We’re expecting heat indexes well over 100 degrees again today.  This has gone on for weeks.  And the humidity!  Oy, the humidity.

As I do some days,  I drove out of my way this morning to get myself an iced latte and a nice bagel before work.  Sounded good so why not?  Naturally, I was listening to KLOVE radio.  There were some men talking about the Compassions Water of Life program.  In short, this is an opportunity for those of us who are blessed to make a difference in the lives of families in Rwanda.   A one-time donation can provide a LIFE TIME of fresh water for a family!  It can save so many lives.

I spoke to God briefly while driving.  “Yes God.  I hear you.  I can do that.  I can help.”  Then kept driving.  I got to my favorite local drive-up coffee hut and placed my order.  Chit-chatting briefly with the owner.  The usual weather-related stuff.  I got my delicious iced latte and took a long sip.  Ahhhh!  While waiting for the bagel I continued listening to KLOVE and the stories of those in Rwanda who have received water filtration devices.  I thought to myself, “when she comes back I’ll mention this to her.  I want to share this thought and the opportunity to help.”  But God had other plans.  God wanted to be SURE I was listening!

As the owner slid open her window she spoke first.  This is what she (God!) said to me: “You know, I was thinking this morning as I showered…about all those countries and all those people who don’t have water…”  WHAMMO!  YES GOD!  I really am listening!  You got it God!  I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  God had used this woman to repeat his message loud and clear.

I urge you, dear readers, to make a difference today.  PLEASE take just a few minutes of your time to visit this link at KLOVE radio to learn about Compassions Water of Life program.  You can make your ONE-TIME donation right there.

It’s only $55!  Depending on where you live and where you get your quick-fix coffee or lunch, you may already be spending way more than that A MONTH on lattes and bagels!

 

 

Thank you for taking this small amount of time to save the life of an entire family.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.  “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.  Matthew 25: 40-41

 

 

 

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It’s one of those days when the moment you wake up you feel the weight of sadness.  Sadness of Real Life circumstances that just feel heavier than usual.  You get on with your morning, but just can’t shake that feeling.  You think “maybe if I just have a good cry I’d feel better”.  When in reality what you need is to do that crying at the feet of Christ!

I got to work, late of course, and drank my coffee while checking email and Facebook messages.  I’d posted earlier that:

We are approaching the 6 month mark already. Not sure anyone else is counting. I probably shouldn’t be.

You see, next week it will be six months that my husband’s oldest daughter and her three little children have lived with us.  Shame on me for counting!  Shame on everyone else for NOT!  Yes, that’s me… whining again.

I was having private message Facebook conversation with a friend and had just said that I need to pull out my iPod and listen to some Joyce Meyer podcasts when my phone rang.  It was God calling me directly!

Yes, that’s what I said.  It was God calling.  As He has done many times before (Being Used).  Ever faithful “Grandma” Ruth called me at the very moment I was seeking God’s voice by way of Joyce Meyer.  The moment I heard her voice on the line tears came to my eyes.  After she had told me the reason for her call there was a pause and then she asked me, “How are you and your family doing?  Is your daughter still living with you?”  Oh maaannn!  The tears came, and this wise woman of God so understood my emotion.

God nudges her to call me at just the right moment time and time again and for that I continue to be grateful and amazed! I wouldn’t ever compare a person to Jesus, but she’s just got that certain Christ-like something.  Where she can just relate.  She understands.  She KNOWS!

Playing on KLOVE radio as I write this blog, the chorus of a new song, Blessings by Laura Story:

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Amen Sister!

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Another Five Minute Friday challenge from The Gypsy Mama.  Can I do it in five?!  GO!

It’s been a busy week!  Lots to do at work.  I’ve gotten another cold… yippee skippy.  House full of fam all week, which is a blessing!  Doctor appointment today for undisclosed concerns.  😉  Praying for many friends who have their own health issues and other crud going on.  Weather is warming up this weekend which most are excited about.  To us it will just mean a deep slush puddle at our curb that we have to wade through to get around the trucks and limos that park across our sidewalk.  grumble gripe!! 

Listening to KLOVE online at work cause the local station has been out of service most of the week.  The words from Mercy Me’s BEAUTIFUL always speak to me:

Days will come when you don’t have the strength
When all you hear is you’re not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart they’d see too much

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful

And praying that you have the heart to find
Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you’ve held inside so long
And they are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You’re the one He madly loves enough to die

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
In His eyes

You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are BEAUTIFUL people! 

P.S.  Yes!  Did this in five minutes!  Feel as if I ran a race to do it. haha  No pics, no video.  Not perdy but here it is.

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As you may have guessed by reading through my past blogs…it’s been a rough year.  No…I mean a seriously difficult

It's got to stop some time...right?

year.  Each month, week and sometimes day has brought more bad news.  Another trial.  Another tear.  Another Dear God…

Why I thought Thanksgiving would be an exception and go off without a hitch is beyond me.  It did not.  It was a painful reminder that we are a dysfunctional family.  Words were said out of anger and frustration … well, not said…texted.  But still, hurtful ridiculous words that have wounded each participant in the conversation. 

Many were missing from the not-so-Rockwellesque Thanksgiving.  (Some due to illness which just can’t be helped.) Tears were shed.  Several children and grandchildren were dearly missed.

Moral to the story?  Huh…if I knew that I wouldn’t need to say all these confusing words.  I’d be writing a much pretty blog tonight.  

In my Inbox from KLOVE today:

He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young. Isaiah 40:11, NLT
 
Hummm…comforting yes, but there’s something more…something else I’m meant to learn.  What does it mean to you?  Thoughts?
 
Now…on to December…
 
 
 

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