All posts by Lori

Grandma of 14, believer in The One True God, Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I can be found on Twitter as Lori Church, tho I don't check in with Twitter much. I write scriptures, events in my life/world as they pertain to God's purpose, and vent feelings (and thoughts) Ring in with your uplifting comments, please

Disolution of Marriage

Why is this what they call “divorce”? When I think of a disolution, I think of how I took a mixture of a simple syrup and added lemon juice and made lemonade- but then tried to unmix the solution together.

How bout the act of dissolving the already combined concrete and water? A marriage is supposed to be as solid as mixed, dried concrete. What if the water says to the concrete, “I just can’t stand how you make me so unhappy all the time?” They can’t just dissolve themselves and go back to being two separate entities again.

One entity has said historically, “You knew how I was when we got together.”

The other entity has been known to say, “Yes, thus I was always hoping we could one day form something beautiful together, like the famous statue of David or something.”

Years later, waiting for the statue making, entity number two can try for “dissolution” or, can morph into a lone entity she’s content with.

Here’s to morphing!!!

Wish me luck and pray for me………………

Praise be to God

I’m not in the depressed funk I was in for about 2 weeks.

I communicated with my hubby. I communicated with God. I wrote in my journal. I vented and went to some movies. One thing is for certain, if a person feels “down” for a while, that person may very well not stay “down”.

As per my history of feeling “down”, these feelings usually come from circumstances and situations. One thing that helped me was my husband’s agreeing to slow down his busy life a bit, even if just short lived. Memorial Day weekend came and my husband did some outside jobs, but allowed for time with me and his relaxation.

There’s a lot to be said for “being still and acknowledging God.” (see Psalm 46: 10) Not only do you benefit from slowing down, taking time for God, doing something for God,….but, others who are observing your life benefit also…… Serve God, study His Word, have time with Him–with someone else?? Gain great benefits!!!!

Weary

My kingdom for someone to check in on me to see if I’m still alive or dead, thoughts, feelings, how was my day etc…about 8:30 pm nightly.

Now, I have a new development….upper back pain. (along with the newest diagnosis: thyroid trouble)

Hubby still works too much and is rarely home or “present”. Mixed blessing is that we just bought house number 3. Very mixed blessing……I’m weary and in pain so much…emotionally and physically…. I pray God takes me Home soon— before He takes my hubby. (even if He took my hubby first, I’ve always been so alone Alone…what difference would my husband’s demise make?)

Death

My ex-father-in-law just died. I have so many emotions. I have been praying. I was married in that family some odd 13 years. The man is the grandpa of my kids.

In my lazy, sideways communicating with people, I want to “friend” my ex and his family, on Facebook, and give condolences. This well educated man influenced his children and mine. He was active, ran marathons, and even wrote (and published) some books.

Coming from my Christ-centered thoughts, and there are many, I’m quoting Deuteronomy 30: 15-20. “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees, and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day, that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

Choose life. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.Choose to follow Him and have life more abundantly. (John 10;10)

I care about you, my followers……..

Temptation A, Temptation B

Sometimes, I just can’t believe how we succumb to the same old temptations, repeatedly. Keep in mind, what tempts me, may not tempt you. What tempts you, may not tempt me.

I’m not necessarily talking about obvious temptations that lead to sin, but subtle temptations. Some may be tempted to rely more on their own efforts to provide for themselves. They claim God has given them abilities to work multiple jobs for income, at one time. That, in itself, isn’t a negative thing. If it takes quality time away from God or the spouse/family: it could help open some unwanted “doors”. I don’t mean literal doors, but that is a possibility also. What if we consider the spouse who is on the sidelines watching spouse become more and more tired, increasing in health issues? The watchful spouse sighs while “working -multiple- jobs- for -income” rises to leave again and again.

The Enemy of our souls knows the right temptations. He seems to know the right moments to bring them around too. Perhaps, this is merely my personal perception, but I have seen some of the Enemy’s tactics and am determined not to fall prey to temptations: even if they appear harmless.

Guard my heart, mind, and tongue-Father God. Help me to truly mean it when I say, “I have learned to be content whatever state (condition/circumstance) I am in” as Paul says in Philippians 4:11.

No Nikes

To those of you who are trying to sell or advertise shoes and hats, …. on my Christ-based blog site, please discontinue and refrain from doing this.

When I go to read sincere comments, I don’t need to see ads for shoes and more.

Thank you.

77 Days, Then he got a job….

As you know, we trusted God Almighty. We moved South again. We downsized. We had yet another life change.

My husband and I hung on while he applied for a good job where he can get medical benefits. He applied. He applied some more. He did some odd jobs. We waited. We waited some more. We went to church and heard we should claim authority over the spirit of delay. We did. My husband started his job today.

God is awesome! We are claiming Hagaii 2: 9 that says, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.

I have even joined a small group at the church we attend….. Life is good. God is great.

People Who Need People

Barbara Streisand sang “People who need people, are the luckiest people in the world….”

Living in our “community”, I really see it better now. I appreciate the fact that we can go across the street and ask for electrical assist from a card carrying electrician. My husband just bartered some painting time with him. Great!

Bible verse that rings for this new year: John 17: 13. Jesus says: “And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” In themselves. In ourselves, folks!!! Let us continue to seek joy in our new year.

Jesus is joy.

Adjustments/Holiday Season

We are in the stages of painting, moving furniture around, and donating things we don’t care to keep. (or have no room for)

Yes, we truly know and have reminders that God is with us and is blessing us. He is awesome! We also know that the many details of trying to perfect our living quarters isn’t going to be accomplished overnight.

One possible problem with that? Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I’d like my home really nice and orderly.

We did get the Christmas tree up, amidst the clutter……

Waiting! My husband is doing the handyman stuff himself. In the middle of doing his desired projects, he’s coming upon more and more. We realized the bathroom pipes needed work. (for example)

Ideal!! Right??

Community

Do you see the word “commune” in there? I never really thought about it till I started living in a community that’s a real ….Community.

It’s Christmas season again

It’s Christmas season and our community is in full swing.

Commune, by the way, is defined as “a group of people living together and sharing possessions and responsibilities.” We don’t actually live where we can see each other sleep. We do help each other and let each other know if there’s a free piece of furniture available. We eat together, sing together, worship together, play together and enjoy life. I really like it. I thank God for it.

Life with others

Genesis tells us God created the heavens and the earth, everything therein, Adam, … and thought it wasn’t good for the man to be alone.

At times, it’s good when we set ourselves apart to refresh, rest, and possibly enjoy time with God, but for the sake of this post, let’s focus on the being with others.

Thinking about Ecclesiastes 4: 11, “…. how can one be warm alone?” I like to be warm physically, and in my heart. You know, the feeling of having the warmth in your heart?

Of course there is a feeling of love associated with warmth in the heart, but there’s also the sense of belonging. No one wants to feel they are on this planet alone. Ecclesiastes 4: 12 says: “If one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” We are stronger together.

Hebrews 10: 25 states how we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another…….” I realize we can exhort each other from the privacy and solitude of our homes, (modern technology makes this all too easy) but there is something to be said for being with others.

Jesus, Himself, is the Word (John 1:1) but He went about being with people. He exhorted, healed, and taught. He shared love. He’s our example. He enjoyed and appreciated His creation of nature, but His focus was on humans. He desired for them to be with Him in heaven, one day. He still desires this. He wants that none should perish.

I trust that Jesus went to “prepare a place for” me. (John 14:3) I trust He is coming again for me. I thank Him.

Is He preparing a place for you????????????

Change

I keep reminding that God is good!

He blessed us with change and there are details involved in the change. God is gracious and He takes care of the details. Trust Him…..

Gnashing of Teeth…

as per the scripture, Matthew 24: 50 and 51: “The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at that hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Follow my train of thought, it’s gonna be quite a ride…..

As I prepared for some medical tests this past week, I had to drink some terrible tasting drink. I had to drink lots of it. I almost gagged. It was awful. I wanted to gnash my teeth and picture all sorts of images.(at the hospital with my husband)

After everything was all over with, I watched an entertaining show on TV. It was called “The Cool Kids”. If you are familiar with the actress/comedian Vicki Lawrence, she is one of the stars in this sitcom. It seems the character she is playing, is 65 years old and is frustrated or angry. She goes everywhere with a bottle of alcohol and has a “who cares” sort of attitude.

Well, in the flesh, I could picture 9 stages of a woman’s life. Since I was being forced to drink an awful colon prep drink in a certain amount of time, I decided the stages could be…

1.Childhood

2.Puberty

3.Boy Crazy

4.Marriage Mindedness

5.Kids

6.College/Career/Paying bills

7.Some Personal Accomplishments

8.A Bit of a Break

9.Anger/Frustration– (because now there are so many ailments, doctors, possibly widowhood)

See, lately there have been incidents in my life where I’ve kicked walls. I’ve wished I had a punching bag…. can anyone relate??

Let me know………Seasons of life………….

Please don’t “go there”………. Don’t be one who serves the wrong master. The end will have you in the place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth for all eternity…

Serve God. Love and serve/follow Jesus. He is the only way to heaven.

Bliss

We were at church and heard a message on not negating your dreams. The pastor had referred to the dreams that keep you up at night….. The dreams that you feel would help to make your life complete.

Yes, my husband agreed it’s time we prepare for “the move” South. Yay!!

Yippee!!!!!  Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!

God had to speak to my husband…

Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights…….. The Father……… GOD

Abba Father

Yes. God is my Father in a personal sense of the word. He’s my “daddy”, if you will. He’s enabled me to lose 11 pounds in 3 weeks, so far. (Yay!) He’s enabled me to travel, continue with life, have children, watch my children grow and have their own children, He’s let me see babies born and older folks pass away to heaven. He’s held me through divorces, depressions, illnesses, loneliness and much more. He’s let me experience being a published author and has always tended to my finances. I’m a well cared for child of God who can climb up in my heavenly Father’s lap and abide in His arms.(This is “perfect” Barbie going to her 45th class reunion. She’s changed. God is going to let me go to my 40th High School class reunion: “Thank You Father.”)

He gives me Spiritual gifts such as discernment while also giving me messages from pulpits. (or choir lofts) He makes sure I hear exactly what I need to hear from Him, when I need it because He has always cared for me. Always. Psalm 139:13 says: “For You created my inmost being: You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (NIV)

Even before I was born, God knew I’d be set apart for Him. I would write for His glory. I’d be married to the man I’m married to now. He knew I’d thank God for my husband and I would learn as I go with him.

When I was young, I always played Barbie dolls for hours on end. I always thought the epitome of life, for me, would be to fall in love and get married. I asked God for a Godly husband. He gave me one. See Matthew 7: 9. (“Which of you, if your son asks you for bread, will give him a stone?”)

I’m still asking and waitingand God has heard and will answer.!!!!!!!!!!

God has more for me, even though this aging body isn’t as agile as it once was. He loves me.

He loves you. He will love you forever and ever. Do you trust Him?

Do you love Him?

Please comment below………

 

Things they are a-changin’

I realize I haven’t written for a while.

For so long, I was consumed with moving back to Florida, I was lost. Yes, I let me go. I let my health go, my weight go, my feelings go. I became a sort of numb.

The opportunity presented itself for me to take back my health. I’m taking back my peace, also. I’ll one day be able to cross my legs like this again. I’m not so consumed with Florida. This is a miracle. God is good.

So, I started a healthier eating decision. I’ll take my health back. I’ll feel better physically and emotionally. I have many mini goals, so I’m looking forward to my journey. I Have Something To Look Forward To. Yay!!!

I’m viewing this realistically. I’m approximating nine months to a better me. Nine months? Yes, this is as unto a pregnancy. That’s how I’m looking at it.

Get ready world, you are going to be seeing less of me: literally. Ha!

With my support team in place, I’ll not pout about the move from one state to the next so much. My focus is on getting rid of the tummy pains I’ve had, some bleeding I’ve had, and more. These vegetable/vitamin enriched foods, that are lean and green, are going to help me with my arthritis, also. I can’t wait till people start to notice and ask, “Have you lost weight?”¬† BIG Smile.

I am reminded I can do all things through Jesus Christ, Who strengthens me. Thank You, Jesus.

Are you interested in starting a health regime? Want to do this with me?? Let me know………..

Thanks