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God's Strength...

Posted by vking on July 22, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

Happy Thursday!

OK...I am writing this with JR on my lap!  This will surely be an adventure!

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength...I don't have to be strong enough". 

 Those are some of the words to the song I was listening to on the way home from work on Wednesday.  I believes someone needs to hear/read that.  Is that you?

What a trying year this has been so far for many of us.  But no matter how weak we may have felt, God is ultimately stronger.  You may not have all you feel you want, but by God's grace and mercy...He has given you all you need.  Do I hear Amen?

I know I have not written in awhile...I've been super busy, almost to the point of feeling overwhelmed.  But God...He always has found a way for me to get through all these seemingly endless 'challenges'.  Even writing this is rather a challenge...but alas, here is JR's Uncle William to rescue me for a moment.  Yay!  God is good.  This is much easier with two hands...LOL!

What always helps me when I am feeling out of sorts is to start counting my blessings and thinking about those people who only wish they had the things that I have.  1-the ability to spend many hours a week with my grandchildren, 2-use of my legs ---even with the varicose veins, 3-fabulous natural hair style that lets me work out, deal with the humidity, etc. and keeps on doing its thing, 4-a sort of thriving home business (it will be soon, if my district manager has anything to say about it, 5- a sort of 9 - 5 job that I absolutely love.  I say sort of, because the last few weeks, I have put in more than the normal 40 hour week.  But that's ok...I LOVE MY JOB! 

Any, these are just a few of the many blessings God has showered my way. 

It's your turn.  What are some of the rather unusual blessings God has showered you with?  I would love to hear.

The main reason I listed my blessings was to show that no matter what you are going through, God is still in the 'blessing business' and will continue to send them...you just have to recognize them for what they are. 

You are richly blessed even in the mess you may believe you are in!

 

Be Strong and Very Courageous...

Posted by vking on June 22, 2015 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9b

Happy Monday!

I am off and running into a new week!  I had a great weekend, that culminated into a wonderful Father's Day celebration with my husband and family.  My husband is blessed to be able to hold two titles - Father and Grandfather - and he is doing a fabulous job handling both of those roles. 

Last week, I started a new method of trying to handle all the different roles I have taken on...mother, grandmother, home business woman by evening, IT professional by day, romance novelist, inspirational blogger, etc...I think that's all of them.  It's all about time allocation.  I realize it will take awhile until I can feel totally comfortable with this new technique, but this method should be much better than trying to do a little bit of every role, every evening.  That gets tired after awhile...which is probably why I crashed Sunday afternoon/evening and ended up 'napping' for about 3 1/2 hours.  Whew!

The opening verse was from my daily bible reading and I thought I would share it.  "Be strong and very courageous..." fits just about every situation we may find ourselves in, from dealing with rush hour traffic, to the many daily life struggles that are wearing on us.  Life is not easy.  Sometimes circumstances are thrust in our lives that we had not anticipated and we have to find a new way of dealing with things...finding a new normal.  But God's word says that we will have trials and tribulations, however it also says He will walk with us through these difficult times.  I believe that with my whole heart and I am praying you do too.  "Be strong and very courageous..."  We will get through these times!

Just don't lose your heavenly connection...stay in prayer...stay focused.

Have a blessed Monday!

Keep on keeping on...

Posted by vking on May 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:58

Welcome to a new work week!  Yay!

What a wonderfully HOT weekend we just finished!  The only thing that would have made mine better was if my air conditioning system had not died on Friday night.  Ugh!  Now, I know how the other half lives with no central air.  Unfortunately, everything in the household has to continue moving as if we were all just fine.  If you know about my physical condition, you know that this could be a recipe for a miserable weekend.  Somehow though, I managed to stay relatively calm throughout the entire weekend...drinking lots of water, having cold cloths on my neck, and staying connected to the Lord.  In my power, I would have been a mess and would have no doubt made everyone in my household as miserable as I would have been.  God kept me sane and calm through the major heat wave that flowed through my home.  I am thankful for my natural hairstyle...any other style would have died in this house!  I just continued to focus on doing what I needed to do and not focusing on the surrounding circumstances.  Besides, as I always am quick to tell others, my getting worked up or irritated about my circumstances, would not change them...so why do it?  Exactly.

So, what situation has got you stressing over it?  You will make it through...just keep on doing the right thing.  This too shall pass.  Your breakthrough is on its way.  Just remember to be thankful for what you do have right now and that there are those out there who have it worse.  Do what you can and let God handle the overflow.  A little sweat never hurt anyone...right?  Of course right!

Have a blessed Monday!

 

Not in our own strength

Posted by vking on May 6, 2015 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Happy Wednesday!

"I can't do this!"  When was the last time you uttered those words?  For me, it was yesterday.  I had a number of things clamoring for my urgent attention.  I couldn't find a file that I desperately needed...for some strange reason, I could not get logged into my computer and I had a meeting to attend in under 30 minutes.  Ugh...it was one of those frustrating times for me.  And I did the worse thing--I allowed my circumstances control me. 

WRONG! I lost my calming compass that keeps me floating evenly.  I forgot whose child I was.  I let the surrounding situation get me flustered and I started sinking...fast.

We all know we should never let this happen, but unfortunately it does...probably more times than we care to mention.

We weren't made to handle life's issues by ourselves.  'I can't do this...' because 'I am not supposed to do this...on our own'  God's strength is right there for us to tap into...to rely on...to hold us up, when we can't do it on our own.  We are not super-humans.  We can't do it all on our own.  The sooner we recognize that, the better off we will be...the smoother our lives will run.

Alright...my 15 minutes are up.  I have to finish getting ready for work. 

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Order My Steps...

Posted by vking on April 29, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Order my steps in thy word; and let not iniquity have dominion over me.  Psalm 119:133

Happy Thursday!

Visibility low

Posted by vking on April 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.  Psalm 119:105

Good morning everyone!

I've had another productive weekend.  I took photos for two of my church's activities on Saturday, although I really hadn't planned to do the first one for the Nurses Guild.  I just happened to have been at the church around 9 am and discovered the ministry had their event.  Although we all know that God puts us in the right place at just the right time.  So, He planned this...obviously I didn't.  Then later on, I was able to take many photos of the AWANA Grand Prix...which was a lot of fun.  There were a number of children there, with their parents.  They all had cute little cars that they designed and built themselves.

Then Saturday evening I was able to finish the newsletter project for my AVON business...that was really exciting.  I have never done one of these by myself before.  So I felt kind of good when it was completed.  I am hoping my customers like it.

To top that off, I was also able to work on a project for my 9 - 5 job and I felt really good when I got a jump on that.  The good thing about this project is that it will help me to understand more fully the extent of what needs to be done with the two projects I am assigned.  So, that was good too.

OK...now onto the blog entry.  There are times when we hear the weather forecasters talk about the fog coming in that limits our visibility...which can be dangerous, especially when we are on the freeway. 

Sometimes our own lives can feel like we are in a fog, where our own ability to 'see' is impaired.  Whether it's because we have many daily demands of our time, but only so much that can really get done in the time we have...or we let distractions ease their way into our minds and we have a difficult time staying focused on the task at hand.  Whatever it is, we need to always remember that God is there to 'light' our way...to shine the light of his word in the path He wants you to take.  Trust Him to put order in your life...to lead you where He wants you to go.  Let His words illuminate your daily path and your daily demands will get accomplished...one by one.  Let His light block out the rays from the distractions that are trying to cloud your view. 

God is always there for you...allow Him to lighten your load.

Alright...my time's up!

Have a Happy Monday!

Alone, but not Lonely

Posted by vking on April 23, 2015 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5

Good morning everyone,

So if you were to be honest with yourself, what would you say is your worse time of day?

I am going to be transparent and say sometimes that would be the last hour or two before I go to bed.  It tends to be quiet and everyone else is off doing their own thing.  It's just me...and my thoughts.  Believe it or not, I tend to feel lonely.  And we all know when that happens, the pity party is not far behind.  For some strange reason, we feel the need to occupy every waking moment with...something to pass the time.  For me, that can be eating or maybe even mindless television watching.  Sometimes the two are combined.  Then weeks later, I wonder why my weight is inching upward.  "Really Vicki..?"  That's a no-brainer.  And the next thing I know I am bemoaning the fact that I can't seem to lose the weight I want to.  I tend to want to chase the weight I was 20 or so years ago.  Bad news! 

I started thinking early this morning how I used to want some 'me' time back when my children were very young and taking care of them took approximated 90% of my waking.  Now I have that time available where I can do those 'other' things and I am wasting that time now 'being lonely'.  What's wrong with that picture.  We are never really satisfied, are we?  I should know that being 'alone' isn't necessarily being 'lonely'.  Eating and watching mindless television is not going to fill that void.  No matter how much we eat and watch the television.  It's just going to frustrate us later and give us something else to be frustrated about.

I have way too many things to do to keep my mind engaged.  And, if I really don't want to do any of those things, I have access to a wealth of knowledge available from the internet that I can avail myself of.  Next time I should probably sit down and make a list of those things I would do if I had time or topics I would like to learn if I had more time. 

We have the available time, but we don't necessarily use it wisely.  Every day we get 24 hours...what am I going to do with mine?  Do I spend it doing something I know I shouldn't be doing or do I take that time and expand my knowledge...or even sit at my computer and send out a card to someone else who may be going through the same things I am going through.  The choice is in my (our) hands.

Obviously this blog entry was directed primarily to me...but maybe you might be experiencing something similar.  If that is the case, I am hoping this entry provides you with something to reflect on.

Have a blessed Thursday!

This is God's day...

Posted by vking on April 22, 2015 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22,23

Good morning all,

A wonderful new day awaits us!  We have the opportunity to make this day whatever we want it to be.  We can choose now how to deal with whatever comes our way.  We can either just shoot from the hip, so to speak, and just react to the outside forces...or we can pray our way through our day right now before we start.  We can ask the Lord to guide our thoughts and actions during our commute in, whether it's by public transportation or by our own vehicle.  Ask Him to help us deal with the irritated people around us.  I know I see a lot of them as I am driving in every morning.  It was quite an interesting journey as I watched them last night from work.  It almost felt like I was watching a movie while eating my snack.  They were busy jockeying for position, trying to quickly move around the driver in front of them.  Ask the Lord to guide our actions when we walk in the door of our office or the grocery store or whatever building we are heading to first thing this morning.  Do we just 'go off' on those people who decide to not treat us as we feel we should be treated?  Or do we show the compassion of God and just let it go?  We don't really need to show our anger at every little 'wrong' thing that comes our way.  We like to say we like to be in control, so let's choose to be 'in control' of us...let's choose to be calm today, no matter what comes our way.  Don't let the enemy have a foot hold in setting us off...getting us to react as the world reacts.  We are a special people.  Let's act like that.  We are God's chosen people. Let's act as we do on Sundays in church.  Let's bring that calm, church attitude to the office...to the store...to our commute.  Let's demonstrate to this world how Christians really act.  Let's decide right now before our day really starts to make this day new and different from any other day. 

 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Psalm 118:24

This is God's day...let's make Him proud!

Happy Wednesday!

The Tell Tale Heart...

Posted by vking on April 15, 2015 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?  Jeremiah 17:9

Happy Thursday!

This is one of those entries that I've been looking forward to doing all week.  This topic is near and dear to my heart, mainly because it is about the heart.  I know I am a romance novelist and I love writing stories about affairs of the heart.  But this is a little bit different angle.  This deals with the soul or character of a person...who they are when no one is watching...the who they are that sometimes get covered with a mask when they are trying to appease others or just to blend in with what they think is the expected behavior.

People have a tendency to say, "I need to watch my mouth...please pardon my French..." whatever the appropriate apologetic phrasing is nowadays.  However, unless they start the cleaning or purging process at the heart, they will never get to the root of the real problem.  They will continue to have slippages, moments when they say inappropriate words because the words come from their heart.  Purify the heart, then the inappropriate words will be less likely to spill out.

And I am not just speaking on the use of bad language and how it is likely reflecting the state of our heart, I am also speaking on being evil, spiteful, just not a pleasant person to be around.  A person can be the best dresser, have their hair done perfectly, but the minute they open their mouths to speak...everything goes down hill.

I am not naming names, but I worked with a person who was the best dresser, wore expensive looking suits and their hair was impeccable.  However, the minute they started speaking, their entire persona might as well have been a trash heap.  It was horrible.  I will never forget what I felt that day when I heard this person speak.  Believe me, this happened a number of years ago, but sometimes it seems like it was yesterday.

Others can be fooled by this 'hide and seek' game we play by wearing our selected hats to hide our true selves. God knows the real us...who we are deep down.

'...for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b

We hear a lot about people having wardrobe make-overs and home make- overs...maybe it's time for a heart make-overs.  This make-over won't cost any money, but some long over due time in God's Word.  And it will please our Father to no end!

How about it...anybody ready for their next big closeup?

Have a blessed Thursday!

God is the best anchor leg!

Posted by vking on April 14, 2015 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.  1 Corinthians 3:7

Good morning all!

It is 5:43 am and the birds are serenading me in the background!  Kind of nice!

Anyway, I am not sure if all of you are aware that I have been steadily working on my fourth manuscript since the beginning of this year.  This past Sunday, I actually sent the finished manuscript off to my publisher/agent.  And I received word via email that it has been received and that they will be reviewing it and will get back to me within two weeks.  Needless to say, I am a bit nervous while I 'sit' and wait to hear what they have to say about my latest 'baby'.  My personal editor and I have painstakingly reviewed each chapter, but now 'The Girl Next Door' is in their hands and I just have to be patient and wait.  As many of you may know...Patience is not my strong suit!  However, we all also know that God is in control and He will turn the results His way.

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God that giveth the increase.  1 Corinthians 3:6

As much as we would like to control the entire process, know that we, in our own strength, can only go so far.  We have to trust God to take it the rest of the way.  I have done the outline, written the story, my editor has reviewed it...now it's on God to take it the rest of the way.

This same philosophy goes with what we all do in our own personal lives.  We have 'projects' that we can only go so far with and then we have to trust God to take it the rest of the way.  We have to believe in God...have faith.

Is there something going on in your lives that you are not sure how it will end?  You are not sure how to get to the next step?  You don't know where to go from here?  You know something needs to be done...but you are at a loss as to how to make it happen.  Turn it over to God...we can only go so far, then it is time to hand Him the baton and let Him take it the last lap.  God is the best anchor leg I know of!  He will finish it off and He will get the Glory!

Let Go and Let God!

Have a blessed Tuesday! 

We pray...

Posted by vking on April 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of the roots; And the Spirit of the Lord that rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;   Isaiah 11: 1 & 2...but please continue through to the end of the eleventh chapter.

Welcome to Good Friday!

Before I start our prayer request listing, let me say again that the above reading happened when I just opened my bible and read what 'popped out' at me.  Isn't God good?  This chapter is perfect for today's blog entry.

Here are the prayer requests I received today:

1) Pray for rest and recuperation of a new dog to the family.  The dog was attacked by animals, but was taken to the vet and received immediate care.  Now the new family pet just needs to get some tender loving care from the owners until it recovers.

2) Pray for peace and serenity to those suffering mental illnesses, addictions and how these affect their families.  It's as if they whole family was suffering right with the person who has the illness.  Everything stops until the illness and/or addiction can get under control.  This can happen to anyone.  No one's immune.  It requires patience, love and lots of prayer for all the family.

3) Pray for strength to mothers in particular, but I am sure fathers are in this same situation, to do their best to reign in their instinct to 'solve' their 'children's' problems, situations, questionable life choices.  Let God into the sphere and take total control.  Believe me...I know a little bit about this one.  Our 'children' love us dearly, but they seriously need us to back off.  It's not like when they were young and a new Barbie would solve the girl's problem or a new Mattel racing car would solve the boy's problem.  We've done our job...let the Lord take it from here.

4)  Pray for protection from the enemy seeking to ruin our testimony, to have us question our religion, think there is no hope.  Here is a verse that has been running over and over in my head. 'Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.' 1 Chronicles 16:22

5)  Pray for family and financial stability. 'And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shall glorify me.'  Psalm 50:15

Alright...there you are.

Lord, hear our cries to you...give us the strength to keep placing one foot in front of the other.  Give us the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Help us to grow in faith and knowledge of you.  Help us to remember that through it all...your grace is sufficient.  Help us to continue to seek your will through all that we do.  We know that all will work out according to how you have our lives planned.  Help us to trust you, even when we don't understand.

In Jesus Christ name we all pray...AMEN...AMEN...AMEN.

Have an awesome weekend!  and for Sunday...Happy Resurrection Day!!

 

Be the Light...

Posted by vking on April 1, 2015 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all my pleasure.  Isaiah 46:9-10

Happy Thursday!

I am so pumped...I can not type fast enough.  I decided to wash the few dishes first, but while I was washing I felt the Lord putting words after words in my head.  I couldn't wait to get to my computer.  I am really not sure which ones He wants me to write first.  My hands are literally shaking...making it somewhat difficult to type. Of course, having this nice manicure is not helping either.  But, I was so focused on what we would do for you today.  'Let your little light shine' for those around you.  Come out of yourselves and shower your fellow man/woman with prayer.  There is always some one else who is going through something worse than what you are.  There was a commercial on television just before I turned it off about a man who was slowly regaining the use of his right hand after a stroke...it was shaky, but he could still use it.  That's a miracle!  That's nothing but God. 

The Lord told me to just open my bible and use whatever verse is highlighted on that page in my blog.  That's the opening verse.  Believe it or not, that verse is just barely highlighted, but it caught my eye.  God's plan in action.  I hate to admit this, but I get a trifle bit nervous when asked to do that.  The flesh in me worries for a mite second that there might not be a highlighted verse on the page I open up.  God says...'trust me...just do it'.  Oh my gosh...I felt the spirit so fiercely that I had a major hot flash.  I had to open the window.  It was absolutely amazing!  God is AWESOME!

The last thought I received was because you all are so responsive to me, I am going to ask another favor.  Wouldn't it be great if we prayed for each other?  We prayed at church this evening and I was so lifted during my prayer session that I felt like I had left myself and was floating...no words...no body sense...no nothing...just out there, clear.  I don't know how else to explain it. 

So if you all would write one thing that you would like prayers for, I will include them...generically, of course, in Friday's blog entry.  Then you, my fellow subscribers can go to the Lord on someone else's behalf and pray...just lift another person's prayer request to the Lord.  We all know that the prayers of the righteous availeth much.  You can never have too many people praying for you.  This would be your Easter gift to your fellow subscribers!

I'll start...my prayer request is...Lord, please continue to feed me your words so I can continue to encourage your people. Please never let me forget where my help comes from.  Let me always give you the glory for the words that inspire, encourage and uplift.  Lord...just help me to continue to seek your face...In Jesus Christ's name I pray...Amen.

I love you all!

 

God's Promises...part 2

Posted by vking on March 31, 2015 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;  Matthew 7:7

Welcome April 1st!

That opening is no April Fool's joke...that is for real!  And according to the responses I received today (Tuesday), many of you believe God is a present help in times of trouble...He knows those who call His name...He will never leave nor forsake His children.

In appreciation of those of you who responded and to possibly encourage others, here are some of your favorite promises from God: 

 1 - John 16:33

 2- Psalm 103: 1-5

 3 - Joshua 1:9

4 - Romans 8:28

5 - Philippians 4:4-8

6 - Jeremiah 33:3

7 - Psalm 91

8 - Psalm 92

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing with me!

One of you mentioned about trials and tribulations, how they are going to be a part of our lives, but God is there to help us endure.  What I have also found is that because of the trials and tribulations, and if we maintain our constant connection with our Father, we will come through them with a much stronger bond with God.  Believe me, I have had my share of tribulations just over the past 12 months...however I feel even closer to my Father than prior to the tribulations.  And that's the best present I could have received.  It kind of makes me think about this movie 'The Shawshank Redemption' where this wrongfully imprisoned man crawled through all types of mud and gunk to make his way to freedom. 

Sometimes I believe we have to go through trials and tribulations to get to that spot where God wants us to be.  We learn through having to endure those trials and tribulations.

I am probably one of few people who doesn't want a 'Do Over', because then I wouldn't have gone through what I needed to go through to get to where I am today.  (hopefully that makes sense to you...)

Anyway, this is kind of long so I'd better stop.

Thanks again to all those who responded.  Thanks to all those who have told me personally how much you enjoy reading these and being inspired.  Someone once told me if just one person was inspired, then I should feel satisfied.

God bless you all!

God's Promises...

Posted by vking on March 31, 2015 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Welcome to Tuesday...the last day of March!

OK, so normally I write these on the night before...however last night, I ran out of time because of my normal Monday commitment.  I didn't really think I would do a blog this time, but as I was riding my stationary bike the Lord put some thoughts in my head.  And, when the Lord does that, I abide by them. 

Society has certain 'rules' that we must follow and if we don't we suffer the consequences.  For instance, when there are road blocks, signs, etc. posted telling drivers not to go forward...drivers need to abide by them, unless they are willing to suffer the consequences...road out, no bridge, whatever.  Even in sports, there are rules telling the players what to do and what not to do.  When players do them anyway, they get penalized.

We shouldn't be surprised when these 'consequences' happen.  We fail to adhere to the rules in place.

God's word has 'rules', but I prefer to look at them as 'promises'.  The bible is full of them.  We need to read them, learn them, believe them.  They are there for a purpose.  My favorite promise is Proverbs 3:5-6, which is the opening verse to this blog.  I am sure you have your own favorite promise that gets you through your days, especially the rough ones where you are struggling just to 'stay in the game'.   But, you go by them because you know God will do just what He says He is going to do.  He's good for it.  We trust Him to keep us going, no matter what obstacles stand in our way...God is going to get us through it.

I am sending this blog to almost fifty of you and I would really love it if you would write back and share with me your favorite promise(s) from God are.  What promise gets you through the rough side of the mountain?  What promise gets you through that dark tunnel when you don't see the light?  What promise helps you to endure the excruciating pain from your body?

Talk to me...

Have a blessed Tuesday!

 

Attitude of Gratitude...Happy New Year!

Posted by vking on January 4, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  Hebrews 13:15

Good morning all!

This is the beginning of a new work week of a brand new year - 2015!  I haven't published my blogs in a long while and I don't know about you, but I missed creating them.  There have been so many pulls to my evening time that all I've been able to do is think about them...what the topic would be if I did one on that particular day.  I finally decided over the holiday weeks that the first of the year, I would take time to do at least one a week to start with.  I will see where God leads me after that.

Let's start off 2015 with an Attitude of Gratitude...not necessarily my phrase.  This is what my church's motto for this new year.  I think it is a fabulous idea!  I realize that last year, there were a number of unexpected missteps...either in our personal life, work life or the life of our family and friends.  And I know I am not just talking about me.  I am 100% sure you had your share of 'interesting occurrences'.

We know that it's much easier to praise God when things are going right for us, then when things are going sour.  But according to God's word, we should not be praising Him just at those times.

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise should continually be in mouth.  Psalms 34:1

I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.  I also do not believe in coincidences.  God places just the right person in the right place at the right time.  I have personally seen that happening to me just in the past week.  If I have needed something...needed to speak to someone, God places the answer right in front of me.  All I can do is smile and think how awesome God is!

I am betting if you thought about it, you could probably find some instances in your own life where it may seemed that just the person you needed to see 'appeared' right in your path.

Think about it...then send me a follow up note on your story!

I am hoping you all still want to read my inspirational blogs, even after my taking off a number of months!

Dear God...help us to remember that nothing happens to us, unless it has gone through you first.  Help us to continually praise you in the good times and in the bad times.

Have a blessed Monday and a Happy New Year!

Today's Gift...

Posted by vking on September 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

Take therefore no thoughts for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  Matthew 6:34

Happy Thursday! 

What a great day today is!  A brand new 24 hours! 

"It's your gift from God...what you do with it, is your gift back to God."

I really like that saying, but unfortunately...it's not my original thought.  However, I agree with it wholeheartedly.  What are you going to do with this series of 24 hours?  Hopefully, not worry about something that might happen tomorrow.  Tomorrow is not guaranteed.  Even worse, is to worry about what happened yesterday...History! 

How can you brighten someone else's day?  What can you do to bring a smile to another person's face?

What can you do to lighten someone else's heavy burden? 

Is it really necessary to tailgate the driver in front of you?  If they're like me...that is not going to make them go any faster.  All it will do is make you angry...or angrier.  Why would you want to spend any of these 24 given hours being angry, when you really don't have to be?

Is it really necessary to be irritable with your co-worker because they are not understanding something you've explained to them before.  Believe me...being irritable at them is not going to help their ability to understand any better.  All it will do is make you angry...or angrier.  And, why would you want to spend any of these 24 given hours being angry, when you really don't have to be?

Are you getting the picture?

Today...Thursday 9/11/2014 is a good day to practice 'Your random act of kindness day'.

Maybe comment me back and let me know how that 'act' made you feel.  I don't want to know what you did...just that you did do at least one act of kindness gesture.

Have a blessed day!

God's Base...

Posted by vking on September 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.  Psalm 18:35

Welcome to Monday!

I am blessed that I will be celebrating the last day of my vacation today, but I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at work.  This vacation was probably one of my better ones.  It started off with celebrating with my high school class for our 40th reunion on the weekend.  Then, my husband and I took a long awaited trip to my college alma mater in Chicago, Illinois.  And, the final part of my vacation was just spending some time at the homefront to get a handle or regain control of what needed to be done with various projects put on hold due to some personal crises.  I am very pleased to say that several shelves have been de-cluttered, my office has been de-cluttered (to some extent) and God has given me a new level of peace that has assisted in de-cluttering my mind.  I just needed a little time away to re-focus.  This has been quite a year, but it's time to get back on top of things and continue on.  God has provided me with a good base to build upon for the final four months of this year.  I feel sturdier now than I did prior to my vacation time.  I don't feel as though I will fal with the slightest wind blowing my way.

I merely opened my bible and searched for a verse that I have not read before and this one from Psalm 18 popped out at me. 

I pray you all have a fabulously blessed Monday...and to my co-workers...I will see you on Tuesday morning!

 

Praise the Lord

Posted by vking on August 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness towards the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

 

Happy Monday!

 

I am praying this is the first of five blog entries this week. I haven't been back at it for several weeks. But, God-willing, this will be the week!

 

First of all, today is August 25th...which may mean nothing real special to you. But to me...this is the day my daughter was born. That's a big thing for me!

 

This have been a tremendous year for me. Not only do I have a daughter 25 years old and a son 27 years old, but I also have a gorgeous GrandBaby, who I can't seem to get enough of.

 

I had a fabulous weekend...albeit a busy one! Thanks to my daughter, I have no problems driving to and from Mentor Mall. That's probably a good thing, because before the only mall I ever frequented was Richmond Mall. Unfortunately, that one has changed so much since I first ventured there many years ago.

 

I attended my church's neighborhood picnic on Saturday. The weather was perfect. It was fairly warm, but under the tent there was a welcome breeze. I was able to speak to several people about possibly participating in our Drama Ministry's upcoming Christmas production. I will be excited to see the play I adapted from The Encounter come to life right in front of me. Kind of cool!

 

My son-in-law came to church on Sunday with my GrandBaby and I got to play the role of Proud GrandMA. (Even being called GrandMa...doesn't bother me!) I loved it to pieces. I felt like I was glowing!!

 

Afterwards, my husband and I went to brunch and talked about our upcoming vacation. It's going to be fun venturing back to the city where I attended college.

 

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?

 

Oh...and I don't want to forget about a friend of mine who celebrated a birthday on Sunday (DP!) I pray your birthday was wonderful and this upcoming year a glorious adventure!

 

Take time to Praise the Lord every day, if for no other reason than just the fact that you woke up!

 

Have a blessed Monday!

 

Be blessed...

Posted by vking on August 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

Happy Monday!

Take a deep breath and let's jump into a new work week!  We are being forever thankful that we have a job to go to...that we have food in our refrigerators and our cabinets.  Thankful we have reliable transportation, clean clothes, a safe place we can call home.  I didn't get the opportunity to attend church services on Sunday because of work commitments...so I will start the week off praising God for all He has provided me with.  I am blessed beyond measure!  I have a fabulous support system...filled with wonderful friends and family.  My co-workers are even great. 

The last few weeks have really taken its toll on my home projects, but God is still Good.  My home business will be recording an excellent sales order that I didn't have to work hard to get.  I've got a new story idea for an inspirational manuscript...first though, it would be a good idea to get to the first draft stage of the last two. 

I am merely looking at my glass as half full instead of half empty!  I can't help but smile when I think about all God is doing in my life. 

Look up...exhale...be blessed!

A Journey...

Posted by vking on August 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

He trusted on the Lord, that he would deliver him; let him deliver him, seeing he delighed in him. Psalm 22 :8

 

Happy Thursday!

 

Hello all my Victoria's Bookshelf readers! I am slowly trying to make my way back. It has truly been a journey and it's not over yet. However, God has the reins so I am just going to trust that He will lead me where He wants me to go.

 

There is one thing for sure I can tell you is that all of us are going through something or will be going through something some day soon. And we have to trust that God is there with us to deliver us from whatever is on the other side of the mountain. No matter the size of the mountain, He will maneuver us through them...over them...or around them.

 

I know there may be times when it feels like a roller coaster we riding on...but rest assured...we will not fall off. With God's Righteous Arm holding us in, we are very secure.

 

I apologize for the brevity of this blog entry, but I make it a point to only write what He instructs me to write.

 

Have a fabulous Thursday!

 

God bless and keep you...

 

 


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