“This is the way”

Have you ever looked back on your life, and considered a moment where God directed your steps?

I just noticed today’s date. I was reminded: thirty years ago, my family moved to Brunswick, Georgia. We bought our first home, I enrolled in Nursing School, and began my first job in the medical field. Of course, I was only a Nursing Asst. at the time, but it was my first step in following God’s instructions: “take my Word to the hospitals; to the sick and dying.”

After 30 years, I continue to hear his voice. It is a voice of love, and compassion. For those who struggle with decisions, please remember to ask for His guiding hand. “This is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21).

Be Blessed, Donna

Creating Something Priceless.

Have you ever walked along the beach in search of pretty seashells?

When I was a little girl, I loved the seaside; the beautiful blue water, the sound of waves rushing on shore, but especially the treasures which washed up with the tide. Seashells could glitter in the sun like  precious pearls. Sometimes, a broken pebble would reveal crystals which reminded me of diamonds.

Have  you ever wondered what makes a diamond a thing of beauty? It takes pressure; cutting with a  hammer and sharp chisel then the stone is polished with more pressure. To put it simply, a diamond takes effort and much patience.

Now, I realize no one likes the word, “Patience”. When I read my King James Bible, the term is called: “Long suffering” (Galatians  5:22). But in God’s eyes, it is a necessary process to transform us from a simple stone, to a perfect jewel.

I realized we have all experienced trouble in this life. Jesus told us, ” in this world  you will have trouble” (John 16:33). So, if you are still breathing, you will find times of trouble. It’s part of life. But have you ever considered that trouble to be for our good?

Paul explained it  like this: “we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:3)

So, dear friend, no matter where you are in this journey of life, we can all EXPECT that season of pressure, trouble, trial and tribulation. Don’t allow yourself grief by asking, “Why me?” The answer is simple. God loves each one of his children. He is in the process of creating something beautiful. Perhaps I should use the term: “something of value”. The end process will be a priceless jewel.

To all those I love, I pray you will rest in this hope.

Be blessed, Donna

 

 

Believing the Impossible

How many of us face needs, or desires, which seem  impossible ?

I’m sure most of you can remember a time when you wanted something to the point of desperation. At my age, I could write a book on the times I asked the Lord for something, even though it seemed impossible.

But what if the Lord directed you to do something? This time, it is God who is asking the question. I believe we can agree, life often presents  complications. Especially, when we make a commitment to follow the Lord.

Many of us have a long list of excuses: family, finances, health issues, even our age (too young or too old). But God’s Word tells us: “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) Can you take a moment to let that sink in? He said “nothing”.

It has taken me a life-time to let that truth become a reality. We usually try to help God out, to work it out our way, with our own strength. I’m often reminded of Sarah, when Abraham told her about God’s promise for a son. She had excuses; not only her age, but the fact that she had never been able to have a child. For those of us who know the story, I’m sure we realize the lasting effects of her decision.

I challenge you. Try to have faith in God, even with those things which seem impossible. When you take that step…The Lord will show up and prove to you, His Word is true. “Nothing shall be impossible.”

Be Blessed, Donna

 

The Desires of Your Heart

Have you ever looked back on life, to remember what you wanted most?

In a few days, I will celebrate 49 years of marriage. Through those years, I have known good times and bad; a life of need, and times of plenty. During all that time, I can testify of God’s goodness.

There were years of prayer: interceding for lost loved ones, or praying for personal goals. Each prayer taught me patience. I learned to “Trust in the Lord, and do good” (Psalms 37). In time, I  learned the “desires of my heart” came quicker if they aligned with God’s Word.

What if your child asked for something which you knew would bring them harm?  I have learned our Heavenly Father does exactly the same. So, if we trust in the Lord to do what is best, I have learned to expect a positive answer.

I pray you will also learn to “wait on the Lord” for your prayers. After 49 years, He has never let me down.

Until next time, I pray you will be blessed, Donna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Memories

Life is all about memories. For some of us, it’s difficult to forget painful  images of the past. But there are times we cherish, and for those moments, we need no camera or iPhone.

Our family recently celebrated the wedding of our eldest granddaughter. It was a lovely event, and one she will always remember. For me, it was a time to take mental photographs. It was like gathering flowers from a garden.

I was surrounded by my children, grandchildren, extended family, and dear friends. Each face, with  their smiles, and a few tears, were priceless jewels to be stored in my heart.

May God bless each one, and may they know how much they mean me.

Until we meet again, may you all be Blessed, Donna

 

 

Waiting on the Lord

How many of us become impatient in our walk with the Lord? I doubt that I am alone in this human emotion. I would like to take a moment of reflection and praise, as we remember: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” (Psalms 37:5,7).

Some years ago, I had just returned from a trip with HealthCare Ministries. I was basking in the after-glow of walking with Godly people, even more, to witness the miracle of His mercy in this troubled world.

And so, I felt anxious to know the next step. “Lord, where would you have me go during our next mission trip?” Almost immediately, I had the answer. I felt in my spirit, He was pointing to Africa!

I was filled with excitement! So, I turned my attention to future trips of our HealthCare ministry.But to my surprise, they didn’t mention any plans for travel to that part of the world. So, I prayed, and set the matter aside.

As months and years past, my life had become filled with commitment to other areas of concern. Mainly, my Mother moved to live with us. She was in a fragile state, so I placed the thought of World Missions on the “back-burner” of my mind.

Life has a way of taking us into unexpected circumstances. But we should remember, God is  never caught off guard. He sees what’s ahead, and he knows the perfect time for each step of our journey.

Recently, I had a dream. I woke the next morning, and told my husband: “I dreamed I was in Africa! I was so happy, and I thanked the Lord for allowing me to be there.”

I must admit, I had forgotten, or maybe I should say, I had given up all hope of travelling to that part of the world. But the Lord did not forget.

The next morning, I  received an email from our missions organization: CompassionLink.  To my surprise, I discovered they had a trip planned for a country in Africa. And they needed a nurse! I realized He had prepared me for a very great blessing. The Lord is much more than the Savior who will take us to Heaven; he was a teacher during his time on earth, and the Holy Spirit is our comforter and teacher. “For in this hope we are saved…But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we should pray, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:24-28).

No matter how many years I spend in this life, I continue to be amazed at God’s perfect plan. So, please, dear friend, when ever you pray, remember to wait patiently on the Lord; for He has the perfect plan for your life.

Be Blessed, Donna

“Put your house in order”

What would you do if you heard these words: “Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” (Isaiah 38:1)
What if you knew the Lord was coming today, or tomorrow? Is there anything you would change in your life, or in your home?

Everything in my soul tells me I will soon stand in the presence of the Lord. What if the promise of His coming is meant for our life-time; would it make a difference in your lifestyle ? Would it make a difference in your church?

For me, I sense a restlessness. The things of this world no longer stir my heart with excitement. Though I have traveled the world, and seen many sites, I realize my next journey may very well be to the throne room of God.

So, how do I prepare for this journey? Certainly, there is no need to pack or make reservations. I don’t have to worry over money or the price of a ticket. Jesus paid the price, when he went to the cross.

Oh, what an adventure awaits us! I pray you have made the same decision; to accept God’s travel plans. “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.” (Revelation 1:7)

Until He comes,
Be Blessed, Donna