Tuesday, August 28, 2018

God is Leading You Daily

Beautiful Bouquet - Instagram Rosalie Garde

Most Christian women CRAVE hearing from God. We pause, listen, and hear dead air most of the time. 

We know God leads us because his word says so. 
Psalm 32:8 says:
 I will instruct you and teach 
you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

We always have questions and cravings, and the only way to walk through them is with FAITH and TRUST that God really is working on our behalf. 

God Leads in the Minuscule

For myself, God's leading is usually very minuscule. When looking for the right dress for my daughter's wedding, rather than become discouraged (as I was tempted to be), I held onto faith. After a first go of shopping, I was disappointed, but set a date to try again. 

In my car alone, I prayed while driving to various stores, running in to look and running back out again having found nothing. 

Just as I felt doubt enter my mind leaving one Smart Centre  I declared (as Joel Osteen instructs) that the Lord would lead me, I merely needed to hold on to faith. 

After trying 15 dresses at four different stores, I found the one.  And I was so grateful. I was glad I'd hung on to faith and not given up. 

God Speaks Through Nature 

God speaks in many small ways and it takes effort at times for us to acknowledge it. There is a 20 ft drop down a steep slope about five feet beyond our fence line. We are concerned about erosion as we don't want the slope to fail. Last week, I was mowing the lawn behind our fence and noticed there are new lilac shrubs lining the slope for about 30 ft! Lilacs are known to have spreading roots that are sturdy. They are great for slope stabilization. 

As I became aware of the lilacs, I felt/heard a voice saying, "That's the favor of God! Only God could have spread those lilacs."

God Speaks Through Life Circumstances

We have had many flies this summer that get indoors and become bothersome. In the past, hanging fly tape has been a good solution to catching these fast-flying beasts. Recently, I was just too lazy to go to a store to search for fly tape. 

Often in church, I'll get an impression of somewhere to go after church. Once I have my husband "captive" it becomes a good opportunity to get him to go somewhere of my choosing. But I've often sensed it is God that puts these ideas in my mind. 

In church this Sunday, I asked the Lord if there is somewhere we should go after or if we should go straight home. He put an impression on my mind of a new surplus store that had opened nearby. My husband agreed to the adventure and once in the store got a cart saying, "What are we buying?" 

I told him I had no plan to buy anything. I just wanted to see the new store. And just as I said that I looked to the left and spotted FLY TAPE! 

It may sound silly, but I knew without a doubt that God had LEAD us there for that reason--to find the fly tape! This is how God works in the minuscule. 

BELIEVE IT! God IS leading you. Don't just look for big things, look for God's hand in the small events of lifetoo. 

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Give of the Little or Much that You Have

Fish art by Rosalie Garde

No one has the corner on answers. No one can tell another person what it is they need to do. 

But God has always worked through people. He continues to work through people. When we bow our hearts to him and offer the little we have, he will use it. 

Sometimes our confidence wains. Mine does often. I write things he puts on my heart. I write about my personal epiphanies. I have no clue if they will really help another woman. I hope they do. 

You see, we are all put on this earth together to help each other. We may never know how much we help another. We simply have to have faith that our little portion is of value somehow somewhere. 

Luke 6:38 New International Version (NIV)

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Print Book Coming

I've been busy with so many things lately that my creative juices for blog writing just aren't flowing. I feel negligent. I've not been inspired to update the blog.

I sometimes do write posts and not share them because I want them to add value not just ramble. 

Nevertheless, we are all spread for time and energy. We do need to get other things done. One thing I am almost done is uploading a PRINT version of the book Identify Your Top 5 Essential Passions and Answer What's Next? In Midlife. 

It will be a self-published print version of the current Kindle book by the same name. Many women have contacted me asking for the book in print especially because it is so workbook style. I hope this helps them progress in their journey. Keep a look out on your country's Amazon account. To be up soon.

***This print book is now available on Kindle