T is for…

As you start and end your day, say ‘thank you’ for every little thing in your life. And you will come to realize how blessed you truly are.
~ Unknown Author ~

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans8:28~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, was kids day at the circus. Stayed home and enjoyed a noise free day. Praise The Lord. All is well in my world. Am a little distracted and just keeping the faith to finish the A to Z challenge.

Thank you for supporting my blogging effort. This is the longest stretch of posting since last year. Again, Praise The Lord.

Having a thankful attitude helps to see how really blessed we are, as well as, knowing how God works all things out.

Blessings, my friends, to just keep the faith and enjoy the U to Z challenge! (smile)

Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Recognize God’s Grace

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week, so far, has been eye opening and hectic. Have no worries, all is well, in my world. I hope, all is well in your world. (smile)

Many times, things happen and we forget to recognize God’s grace. We start asking why.

We forget how He can work all things out. Praise The Lord!

Monday, I got my first ticket. I ran a red light! (shock face)

I noticed a small gash on my right rear tire. I know nothing about cars except to gas them up, use the air conditioner and listen to music as I drive. (wink) I entertained one negative thought. (nervous smile) What if the tire blows on the way home? Those pesky thoughts, we entertain makes us loose focus and faith. Where was my faith?

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As I was driving, very nervous not to slam on the breaks as the light was changing yellow, I kept going, right through the red light. (shock face)

Thank God, no other cars were around me, except the cop behind me! (shock face) The look of horror, on my face, when he flashed the lights for me to pull over.

Believe me, I was stunned but calm with faith that God was in charge. Lights still flashing, I felt like a criminal as cars slowed to watch the festivities. (smile) It seemed forever for him to run my license and registration.

I stayed calm and polite. As I sat in my vehicle, I looked up and told The Lord, ok, I’m going to just roll with this because you are in charge.

I became numb to the reality, that yup, stuff happens. I had no reference point of experience, to help me, I’ve never been stopped before. So I spoke Romans 8:28 and said Thank you Lord. Just get me home.

Little did I know, the blessing of that ticket.

After the ticket was handed to me, He said, it was a warning and told me to read the back for instructions and get the tire fixed because it could blow. After the officer drove off, I still sat there stunned until I finally ventured home.

This morning, I go to leave and see that the tire has lost some air. Ugh! I’ll cut to the chase, I had to get four new tires because each were dry rotted! The back rear tire was not the worst one! (shock face)

Anyone of those tires could have blown.

I thanked God for keeping me safe! Here’s the blessing–that ticket brought to life the fact that my tires were bad! If I didn’t get that ticket….

God opened my eyes to that afterward. I’m still thanking and praising God for his protection and grace. (smile)

Sometimes, we don’t recognize the power of God’s grace when walking through challenges.

Blessings, my friends, as we recognize God’s grace in all things. (smile)

Things and Stuff – All Things

I am way off schedule due to dental work yesterday and more first thing this morning! I’ve shared before that dental visits overwhelmed me. It’s the shots that bring anxiety to me!

Yesterday was rough. It seemed like stuff just kept coming at me! Ever have a moment where you entertain a negative thought that sends you spiraling down memory lane?

My last root canal was tough! I was not prepared mentally for complications! For a brief moment, old doubts flooded me like a ton of bricks! It’s interesting when we entertain one wrong thought and the emotions that creep to the surface. My day got worse, especially when pain and discomfort hit my face. I was starving and needed to stop to the store. The lines were long and this too added to the day that kept on bringing.

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As I was standing there waiting, thinking 2013 had some very rough spots and Thank God, the year is about to end when I remember all things. Romans 8:28.

This made me smile and remember that God can use good and bad things to grow and keep us moving forward. On my way home, I realized that I was being tested and decided to sing my 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time 🎶🎶🎶 song! Retesting is in my future!

Today was much better! Thank God. I had an abundance of grace today. Many times when we are going through stuff, we can feel like we’re all alone but we’re not. Let’s keep the faith and stand on Romans 8:28.

As 2013 comes to a close, let’s be thankful for those things and stuff that helped us grow and family and friends in our life.

Have a safe and blessed Happy New Year!

Philippians 4:13, I Can Do All Things

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

Praise God, we’re blessed to see another Monday. Let’s choose to smile and keep moving forward because God loves us, we walk by faith, and we believe Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Have a great and blessed Monday 😃 God is always in charge 😃