Hot Topic: parking tickets

The bad news: I’ve had a problem with parking tickets, in the past
The good news: I figured out a solution to prevent the parking ticket “challenge”
The quick story: I never have change for parking tickets & I’ve struggled to figure out how much time to put on the meter when it can accept a credit card. Most of the time when I earned a parking ticket it was because I didn’t have enough money on the meter.
Solution: fill up the meter to its maximum regardless of how long I plan to stay. This fixes 2 things at the same time – no parking ticket & blessing someone after me with some free parking.
Moral of the story: being stingy is expensive ,)

more and more

More and not less!!!!  As humans, we have this thinking that more is better than less.  We want more time, more money, more success, more achievements, more recognition, more help, more, more, more, more, . . . . . . .  I’m not sure that we ever have a really clear sense of “enough” and perhaps this is by divine design.  Perhaps we can never get enough because we are divinely designed for Infinte and thereby never genuinely satisfied with that which is finite and limited.  Think about your desires and how they may be shaped by God for God.  Perhaps your desire for more is only met in an authentic, ongoing and deep intimacy with your Creator, the Triune God 🙂

please give me your input

Greetings & happy Wed to you!

I’m doing some work in 2 Bible verses on which I’d like to get your feedback.  Here are the verses where Jesus says:

John 16:23-24, “In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. 24″Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”

So here are some questions that I have & I’d be keen to hear your thoughts or feedback:

  • have you ever asked God for something & didn’t like the outcome of your request?
  • what do you think Jesus means when He says, “ask & you will receive so that your joy may be full.”?
  • what do you do with any disappointment you may experience from various requests to God that may not get answered in the way you wanted?

I know that I usually try to write encouraging things in my blog, but if you’d be inclined, I’d be super interested to hear your thoughts on these questions 🙂

Thanks muchos!!

Unanswered Prayers

“We are far too easily pleased”- CS Lewis

Sometimes I think that God doesn’t answer some of our prayers because are prayers are misdirected. I think that sometimes we settle for “good” when God has something more “magnificent” for us than what we are requesting. Unfortunately, I tend to be selfish & short sighted when I don’t get my way, like an immature child who doesn’t trust their parent to make choices for them in their best interest. So rather than packing up our toys & going home to play by ourselves, lets keep living with & loving God, trusting that God is fundamentally good & is Genuine Love 🙂

Advice for hostile situations

From time to time I have the opportunity to be involved in situations that can be volatile, hostile & combative. I can’t say that I enjoy these types of situations but I am learning a few things that you might find helpful:
*Proverbs says that a soft answer turns away wrath – answering with gentle words & replies can be super helpful to turn a hostile conversation into a constructive conversation
*volume, pace & pitch are important in our verbal replies because they can increase or diffuse the hostility
*seek to understand before being understood – this always helps me to grow & learn more
*pray: seems to me that we need God more than we frequently recognize 🙂

What have you found to be helpful? Thanks for your input!!

The answer

I find myself in a season of life where I have lots & lots of questions & not just about the weather. For me, it feels like many of my questions seem to either have no answers or they have very difficult answers and this can be really challenging. But as simple as it sounds, I’m finding that Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the answer for my need for wisdom, direction, strength, assurance, security & so much more. Jesus is my answer of peace for a troubled heart. Jesus is the answer: full stop 🙂

I don’t like that answer

 I’ve been having some interesting conversations with God lately & I can’t say that I’m all that thrilled about some of the answers to a few important questions.  So what do we do when we don’t get the answers that we want?

I’m trying to coach my kids that when I give them an unwanted answer, that they still maintain a good attitude.  Maybe this is God’s way of coaching me to greater maturity as well – even when God gives me answers that I don’t want.  Perhaps part of becoming more mature is understanding that the source of our life is a daily & dependent relationship with God & not just a shallow “getting my way” quick fix.  I’m reminding myself that God’s ways are higher than my ways 🙂

do you need an answer to prayer?

Over the last month of so, I’ve been really purposeful about asking God for input on a very specific request.  I’ve made intentional time & been very fervent about my request to God, but I’ve been rather frustrated thus far with what seems to be me to a lack of God’s input.  I was sharing my frustration with some friends this morning & one of them had an interesting observation.  After graciously listening to me express my frustrations, she simply said, “Maybe God’s answer isn’t for now.  Maybe you’re not hearing an answer from God at this time because the answer is for a later time & not now.”

The thought that God has timing for the answers for our requests is a super helpful insight & has really encouraged my faith & trust in God.  While we may want God’s answers now, God knows exactly when to answer our requests, as well as how 🙂

Please be encouraged :)

Well, I’m just incredibly amazed by the wisdom & goodness of God. I came to Cambodia with the hope that we could finally get our 1st nightcare up and running & I’m leaving in less than 24 hours with seeing this hope turn into a reality. In a very short amount of time, I’ve see God’s hand working to secure a facility for nightcare, staffing needs, supplies and of supreme importance, the babies and toddlers who will be receiving care, protection, nurture and genuine love.
I’ve seen Gods hand move with such astounding confirmation in the last 24 hours that I’m almost speechless, almost ,)
Dear friends, please do not give up in the hopes and dreams that God has put in your heart. Please trust God for His timing, revel & relish the fellowship that we share w God. He is truly worthy of praise.

why pray?

 I’ve had an interesting recent 48 hours.  Sunday evening, I was doing our family grocery shopping & I was chatting with God about something that was really bothering me.  At the end of our chat, I basically asked Him to either help me accept this challenging situation & make adjustments or to change the situation.  Within 24 hours, I found myself in a conversation that was immediately addressing the situation that God & I had just discussed.  Needless to say, I’m thanking God for His speedy work!

Furthermore, this morning I was looking for a file on my computer & became frantic when I couldn’t find it because there were other people who are relying on this document!  So over the course of lunchtime, I shot up another quick prayer asking God to help me find this file & voila – I found it!

While these things may seem small to you, for me they’re indicative of God who listens & is engaged in my daily living.  What I like most about prayer is that its the place where I get to wholly be with God – where I eliminate distractions, tune into His presence & interact.  I love sensing God’s presence, voice, direction, etc.  Prayer is also a fun adventure to see the different ways that God answers our requests & needs.