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There’s something very satisfying about new beginnings,  a new year is a great time to start something new or try again at something you may not have achieved in the past.   It’s always refreshing to have a clean slate and a second chance.

With that in mind, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to accomplish in the coming year,  and more importantly what would God have me to do?  The obvious comes to mind, spend more time in His Word and in prayer, minister to those He brings across my path,  strive to be a better wife, mom, and grandmother, and take better care of my health.  But, what about the things that aren’t so obvious?  

What does God want to do in my life this coming year?    Am I willing to step out of my comfort zone (a place I don’t like to leave) and follow wherever He leads?  Do I really want Him to show me all the ugliness inside that needs His cleansing touch?  Am I willing to lay down my life, to put aside my wants and needs in order to do His will? 

 These are the questions I’ve been pondering the past few days, and the answer is a resounding Yes!  I don’t want to look back over 2009 when it ends and find that I’m still the same person I was when it began.  I want God to do a work in me, to change me day by day to be more like Jesus, no matter how much it hurts or how inconvenient it may be.  I want to be in the center of His will,  it’s the best place to be!

Have a great Sunday!

Love, Velvia

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I Hope You Dance

My aunt sent me this email today and it really touched my heart so I wanted to share it with you.  The author’s name was not included in the email so I’m unable to give him or her credit for writing it.

 

Dancing With God

 When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing ‘dance’ at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God’s will is a lot like dancing.
 
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn’t flow with the music,
And everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.   
 
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
Both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
Or by pressing lightly in one direction or another.
 
It’s as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness,
And attentiveness from one person
And gentle guidance and skill from the other.
 
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw ‘G’: I thought of God, followed by ‘U’ and ‘I’.
‘God, ‘U’ and ‘I’ dance.’
God, you, and I dance.
  
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
That I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
  
My prayer for you today is that God’s blessings
And mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God, as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
And to guide you through each season of your life.  

  
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.
If God has done anything for you in your life,
Please share this message with someone else.
 
 
Interceding in prayer is one of the best gifts we can receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards;
So let’s continue to pray for one another.
And I Hope You Dance ! 

 

 

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

 
***If you happen to know who wrote this please leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to give them credit.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about God’s plan for my life at this point in time, it seems as if He has me in a holding pattern for the time being.  I used to think that I always had to be actively pursuing His plan and purpose for my life, that somehow it was my job to make things happen.  But, I’ve learned this isn’t the case, I just have to be obedient and follow His leading. 

My favorite scripture verse is Jeremiah 29:11, ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV version)   This verse gives me such peace, to know that my Heavenly Father is in control of my life and I don’t have to be.   

 I remember when I first learned this verse years ago, I assumed it meant that God had my life all mapped out and it would be smooth sailing, with everything falling into place according to His plan.   I found out the hard way that my journey has many twists and turns, and what seem to me to be unexpected detours, but my Heavenly Father knows exactly what’s around every bend in the road.  There are no surprises for Him!

So, while I wait on Him to reveal the next step in my journey, I will find the joy in today.  I’ll rejoice in the small, everyday blessings that He brings my way.  I will find the joy in my journey!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

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A Mother’s Love

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, I want to pay tribute to two very special moms, my mother and my mother-in-law.  These two precious women have helped shape my life, and been wonderful inspirations to me.  They’ve had different roles in my life, but have been equally important in helping me become the woman I am today.

My sweet little mom will be 75 this July, physically she has been facing some battles and has had to slow down quite a bit.  The one battle front she will never retreat from is her prayer life, she is a mighty prayer warrior.   I know that my mom is praying for me and my family daily, as well as each of my siblings and their families.  She prays for our country’s leaders, her pastor and church leaders, her church family, relatives, neighbors, friends, and anyone God lays on her heart.    She is an incredible spiritual role model.

               My sweet mom, Joy

The other wonderful mom in my life is my mother-in-law, for the past 29 years she has been a mentor to me.    I have learned so much from her, one of the most important things was how to stand up for what I believe in and not be afraid to speak my mind when necessary.  She is a very strong woman and that carries over into her faith.  I know that she prays for us daily also.  I am most grateful that she raised her son to be a godly man, because of her influence I am blessed with a wonderful husband who puts God first and his family next.

         My wonderful mother-in-law, Ethel

Both my mother and my mother-in-law are Proverbs 31 women, they are not perfect, but they strive to live a life that pleases God.  They have blessed my life tremendously.

Proverbs 31: 28 – Her children arise and call her blessed…

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia

Prayer Challenge

Lorie over at Encouragement From My Heart is hosting The 31 Days of Prayer Challenge.  We are challenged to pray for our husbands for the next 31 days.  Details are on her site, please go over and check it out.  It’s a great opportunity to invest in our husband’s spiritual life.

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What does it really mean to have a heart for God?  That’s a question I’m pondering tonight.  Do I really have a heart for God, or am I just going through the motions, doing what’s expected of me as a Christian? 

I would like to think that I am totally sold out to Him, and I would be willing to do whatever He asks of me, but, am I really?  What if He asked me to sell all my worldy possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, would I be willing to do that?  How about moving to a third world country and leaving behind my family to become a missionary, is that something I am open to?

The sad fact of the matter is I don’t believe I am prepared to take a step like that,  as terrible as that sounds.   I’m not sure what I would do if God asked me to do something for Him that required a major sacrifice on my part.   I am not proud of myself for feeling this way, but I am being totally honest.

I know that God prepares us for the things He asks us to do for Him, but what about my willingness?  He knows my heart so I can’t pretend I am willing, He knows I’m not.  This is not where I want to be in my relationship with my Heavenly Father at this point in my life, I want to have a heart for Him, a heart that is open and willing to do whatever He asks of me no matter how difficult or how much it costs me personally.

My prayer tonight is this; Father, change my heart and mind, help me to be open to whatever You have for me to do.  Help me to have a heart for You, a heart that is willing to follow wherever You lead, no matter what the cost.

 Have a blessed night and an awesome Sunday!

Love, Velvia

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Happy Easter!

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I pray your Easter is filled with worship, love, and joy as we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

Love, Velvia

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I wanted to share this photo of my sisters and me from my first Easter.  The color is a little off, but then the photo is rather old (although I’m not!) so I guess it’s to be expected.  I just love this picture, I think my sisters look adorable in their Easter dresses and cute little hats.  Only my sister Melanie has her little white gloves on, but I’m sure Holly (on the left), and Debbie (on the right), put theirs on before leaving for church.  I’m the chubby cheeked baby in Debbie’s lap.

I’m so thankful for my family and for the godly heritage my parents passed on to us.  Though we certainly didn’t have a perfect family,  we were raised to understand the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

With tomorrow being Good Friday, I want to make sure that I take time out to reflect on the sacrifice He made for us.  There are so many fun traditions to enjoy over this Easter weekend as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, but I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that Jesus chose to suffer and die in my place.  I am amazed that He loves us so much that He would go through such terrible suffering, and ultimately give His life, who could ever love us more than that? 

Have a blessed Good Friday!

Love, Velvia

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