Friday, August 21, 2009

God's Bouquet...

This week has been tough for many reasons. Life isn't always easy and it really is that simple. God never said it would be easy. He just promised to be there.

Well, I've certainly learned much. Why is it when we are down, we get our most spiritual? Probably, because we are at the end of our rope and the only joy we can find comes from the Lord. When we feel blue, we tend to take the time to "stop and smell God's roses." But here is the thing, I don't want to pick flowers of blessings only when I'm down and out. I want to have a beautiful bouquet, from the Lord, everyday.

I have been convicted to "MAKE" time to seek out my Heavenly Father more. I can't help but think about how sad I would be if my children never talked to me except when they wanted something or needed my help. I am reminded that my Heavenly Father desires my day to day conversation. He loves me and wants to spend time with me, not just on the rainy days when I don't feel like going outside to play.

Now that I put that all out there, I am tired of the "down in the mouth" attitude. I am still a very blessed lady. Sometimes it takes the hard situations to figure that out. And when I weigh out the issues I've been dealt...well, a lot worse things could have happened. I've got to learn not to let the "little" things build up, and effect my mood. I tend to be a worrywart, sensitive and a self defeating personality sometimes. This is something God is showing me and working on.

What I am about to say, is kind of scary, but I think it needs to be said. It is now Friday and when I look back at my week in review, I see the good, the bad and even the ugly. Yet, I think I'm almost thankful I went through a little fire. For out of it, I can also see the growth. I see the little miracles that happened along the way, too. I can see God's presence at every turn, even in those moments I felt alone. They say hindsight is 20/20, and I believe it to be true. When your are frustrated, hurt, overwhelmed, and feel like God hasn't heard your cries, it is a true test of faith. Yet, as I now look back at my week, I realize at every turn God was there giving me "hugs" in His own time and way. He talked to me through His word, His people and His world. He was constant, even when I put my self made blinders on. He is AWESOME like that.

I know I have been vague about my week. Issues at church, work and my family for now need to remain quiet, but I appreciate you all hanging in there with me. Truth is, I'm smiling today. The peace of the Lord has worked it's magic on me. Some issues are resolved, some aren't, but as I said before, that is just life. The life we lead will never be perfect. It is how we look at the problems and handle them that shows our true character.

As a little word of advice, something I'm still learning to take hold of... When the going gets tough, take the time to smell God's roses. Pick a bouquet of His beautiful blessings. Allow Him to bring a little beauty in your "ugly" moments of life. And if He allows the thorns to prick as you pick, just know it is worth it, to gain the flower.


Billy Coffey said...

As much as I pray for God to take the tough times from me, I know that He often won't for the very reasons you've just said. I don't think it's our comfort He's after as much as it is our maturity and trust. That's a tough lesson to learn, and one I have to learn almost daily.

Praying for you, Mich.

Kristin said...

I totally agree with you! Those hard times are so devestating, but the Lord always finds purpose out of them. I was so upset with Him for not saving my Mom, but looking back, I realize that her being gone is what led me to have this awesome relationship with Him. He used that hurt and pain in my life to show me what He would do if I trusted in Him. My life will never be the same because of that and I'm believing that because of what He's doing in my life, other lives will be affected as well.

I hope that everything gets better for you....I know it will!

christy rose said...

You did just that here Mich! You picked a bouquet of God's blessings, took a long look at the magnificent beauty of it and breathed in really deep to smell the fragrance of its beauty. It is like medicine for our soul to make it capable of trusting Him to bring another one. He is sowing and toiling to bring you another bouquet every day. Sometimes what seems like an obstacle actually turns into a pathway to a beautiful field of flowers for your bouquet. Enjoy the blessings from God today for tomorrow He will bring another! He is good like that!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You are walking a well-traveled road! It's one I frequent and have known recently. Keep pressing on and through until the bouquet becomes the norm rather than the exception. You're right; God longs to give us his flowers everyday. May this day be filled with the blossoms of God's love for you at every turn.


He & Me + 3 said...

So true. I don't think the the Lord allows those things to happen to us at all without purpose. Sometimes it just takes a while for us to realize His purpose...but He works all things for our good.

Jim said...

So good to see "my girl" smiling in heart again. You know, I've a bouquet of beautiful flowers of my own, and you're one of the most beautiful of the bunch!
Love you,

Heart2Heart said...


I think God is just refining you at this point in your life. Like you stated so well in your post about making the reference between God and his children is very much like us and our children.

What we would want more than just hearing about the things our kids need but the highlight in their day and how specific things just went well for them.

Conversations about all things. I would offer up this challenge, to spend 30 minutes a day spread out throughout the day if need be to just talking to God. In addition, I want you to highlight three specific things that you are thankful for and write it down. Not just the big things but even the smallest things and see for one week, if this doesn't change things for you and offer you a little different perspective on things.

We will still be praying for you and asking God to use this next week to show you all His plans for you in this new time of your life.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Gretchen said...

Glad you're at peace and appreciating the God hugs you've been given. James was right when he told us to consider it joy to go thru our crappy trials. Of course this is easier said than done. But are a firstfruit, Chica. You are.

Mocha Momma said...

Thanks for reading my whole testimony. It was pretty long.

I had to think things through and be careful how I stated some things. I never know who might read it and my point is to share what the Lord did not all the bad things I did. Just how He forgives.

I hope it will be helpful for some readers some day.

Be back,

Mocha Momma said...

I hope you will continue to seek God for strength and wisdom. It sounds like you are drawing nearer to Him each day.

I like your idea of picking a bouquet because we can. And not just looking to smell the roses when we feel like it.

It's best to seek Him always for everything. Thanks for the reminder.

Thanks for being honest and sharing your personal struggle as best you can for now. I hope things will be resolved and agreements or decisions made that need to be.

take care,