Building My Story on The Rock

IMG_0310Have you ever had someone say to you, “I was one decision away from a different life path in life.”?  I can relate to that.  I have had many points in my life been at a crossroads and my decision totally changed the trajectory of my life. I have not always chosen what was right for me, but often chosen out of compassion or not wanting to hurt feelings, rather than listening to the Holy Spirit that is sending me a different message and a different path to take.  Those decisions are so hard, aren’t they?  Sometimes there is so much to give up…but what if we listened to the hard message in the first place and didn’t take OUR decision, but listened to the leading of the Holy Spirit?  And…what if the Holy Spirit even sent friends along the way to ask you the hard questions about a decision you were making?  Ahhh…now THOSE are hard questions!  Here is another one for you…what if changes in your life circumstances mean that you NEED to consider yet another change in order for it to be the best yes in your life, and it will require a LOT out of you?  That’s not even to mention all those who think you are nuts to have done it in the first place, or they are thinking you can’t seem to make up your mind.

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Ever been in this situation?  Let me share mine, or yet another one of mine, with you.  A little over two years ago, it was our goal to move away from a very busy area, where noise of traffic and walking traffic kept us awake all hours of the night.  Didn’t mind the house, we even made some great improvements on the house that we really loved!!  But in order to move after retirement to where we could find affordable housing with a more quiet and peaceful surrounding, we made a move away from family and friends.  We have worked very hard on this home to improve it and make it our own.  Loved every minute of it!  I love the house, the quiet back yard and have spent many a morning and afternoon.

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So…here it comes…but before it does, I want to remind you that you need to build your house on the Rock.  That is where we can live strong.  Anyway, back to the story…it brings to mind this photo that I took several weeks ago with our grandson.  When I took this picture, I heard this message:  “Expect something ahead.”  Without going into detail, it made us reconsider what is important in the scheme of things for us.  But the reality is, we don’t know what is in our tomorrow.  Sometimes we have to make the hard choices now for the sake of the future choices.  So after much conversation, we have made the decision to put our “house on Bel Aire” on the market.  We will be moving back up north where we will have family closer and where I am blessed to have life long friends.  The hard part is that I have recently began to enjoy some sweet friends here also.  But… The Captain and I are used to the trip, so I expect I will still be coming this way to say hello.  I will have to come back to enjoy a refreshing visit to the ocean.

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So what have I learned through all of this?

  • I am not as young as I was since the last move.  My body gets weary quicker.
  • We have too much stuff, which someone in our household has trouble letting go of.
  • I have had fun sharing treasures with others.
  • Simplifying isn’t just something I think about, it is something my heart craves at this point in life.
  • Only I and God know the reasons for decisions made and I can’t care about who thinks what about it.
  • It’s sad to see JoAnn’s House on Bel Aire disappear into Real Estate Boring Decor.IMG_0095
  • Life is precious, and when the unknown rears up, I want to live out today fully alive.
  • Change is STILL hard.
  • I put my heart and soul into my home so I leave part of myself behind with every home.
  • It is important to pray for the next occupants of the home, that they found the joy I found in this home.
  • I don’t want to live with expectations, but with expectancy.
  • We get to start a new story; the next page can be the best written page in the story yet!
  • God resides IN me, so where ever I am, I am home.
  • I can’t control this, so I have to rest in Him.
  • I am STILL up for a good adventure.
  • I am never alone.  Ever.
  • I can travel more with my hubby when we have less to care for.
  • I appreciate each day we have to live with joy.
  • I have to be willing to give up what I want, for what may be better for someone else.

When we think we might have to give up something we love, God gives us a way to make it special in the next place we are by giving me a talented son who can repair and make it look new again.  That’s how God is.  He will sometimes take away, so He can make us new with a clean slate.  That was a heavy light we are taking with us.  And you can’t even see it hung there.  God is a carpenter too, and He knows how to put things together.  What a relief, huh???

So when you think God is out there, maybe in the distance, or far away, we are wrong.  Because…Jesus is in us.  He cares about what we care about.  And like an author said from a book I have been reading,  “God’s breath both creat and sustains our spirit, and that spirit was always meant to be His home.” …”We think of God as out there, somewhere, and search for Him as though He were lost.  In reality, our omnipresent Creator is “out there” and also “in here”.  Christ is within.  So being with God and remaining in Him are awakening to and exploring forever the biblical truth that we are God’s resting place.”  Alicia Britt Chole

So you see, no matter where I live, what home, or condo, or whatever kind of home we end up in, God is there because He lives IN me.  That is a comforting thought for me to be reminded of when I fret a little about where I will be.  I can rest in that knowledge.  He is IN me, and that is Home.  God always has a purpose, and if we are willing, He will  use circumstances to teach us and lead us in the direction we are to go next.

So…lead on Lord.  Your servant heareth.

Until next time…

~JoAnn

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Conversations With Myself

JoAnnWhat inspires you each morning?  When you wake up and you aren’t at your best even AFTER your first cup of coffee, what tickles your senses and inspires you to get a different attitude or a new way to go forward in your day?  Or, do you find that if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, that it tends to be your feeling all day long?

This morning as I drove to my Bible Study, I was thinking over my last several weeks and I discovered how much better I feel today then say a month ago.  Humm…interesting, self.  I feel better able to cope with most things, and I find joy in the simplest of things.  I have energy.  Usually in my life, that is most of my days because I try to live that way, and if I wake up different I can usually pull myself around anyway.  But of late, I have found that I tend to wake up and feel better from the beginning of my day.  My outlook is better.  Clearer and more directed.  So, what has changed?  Here’s my thought:  As I getIMG_6102 older, I am more in touch with myself and I have become more aware of what I am feeling.  In becoming more aware, I realize that life throws us a curve ball sometimes and our mitt covered hand just isn’t up for it.  There are times when our body and energy level just isn’t there.  For women, it may be that our hormones are out of sync or something along those lines.  In men, it make relate to their jobs.  It DOES affect us.  So I have learned that when I find out about something that helps me with those areas, there is wisdom in making the purchase!  Now I could talk to myself and say something like, “Wow!  That is $20 a month and then means $240 a year!”  But what I have learned is, it is important to take care of our bodies, minds, emotions, hormones, and our brain fog.  You can not put a price on good health and having the “want to” for life.  So…will I complain about the things that bother me, or will I do something about it when I KNOW what I need to do?  I have decided that there is no excuse if I know what will help me.

My car conversation with myself this morning was just that.  I realized that I had started back on my TriVita Sublingual 12 after running out and not ordering it for about 5-6 weeks.  Now after deciding THAT didn’t work very well for me, and saving the money wasn’t worth the fall out, I ordered it again and have been faithfully taking it now for about 3 weeks.  ALL the difference in the world!  Now I’m not here to sell you a product, but I am here to share an idea with you!  Is there something you should do or take to help you in your daily thought life or in your physical life that will make a difference for YOU?  Then by all means do it.  It is called preventative care.  When you are feeling at your best, you will also fight off other cold and flu symptoms because your body is operating more at optimum.  You will handle your daily life differently too.  So what about YOU?  Do you need to take Vitamin C?  Vitamin D?  What about using essential oils like Lavender at night to help you sleep better?  I know that I am at that age where sleep can happen for me or not… and then there are other factors that make sleeping more difficult too!  Snore…snore…from the other side of the bed.

I hope you will let my revelation be a wake up call for you.  What “something” do you need to consider that will help you get back your feeling of well-being?  I followed that whisper I got to do what I needed to do and boy what a difference it made in all the areas of me!  Ask yourself how you are once in a while.  It’s scriptural; “Why are you downcast oh my soul?”  Then, take care of what you need to do to make that happen in your life.  Be aware.  Be proactive.  Take care of the temple God gave you.  There ARE benefits to talking to yourself sometimes!

IMG_7322Walking the journey with you…

~JoAnn