Faith

Living A Disappointment Free 2018

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Here we go. Two thousand eighteen!

With a few days under our belts already, you can still sense the excitement and anticipation for what will unfold in the coming months.

After all, with the New Year comes fresh hope and a much welcomed chance to start all over.

Everything and everyone around us pumps up our hearts with positivity, so much so that we’re just oozing with confidence that this year will finally be OUR year:

Our year to meet and marry our prince charming.

Our year to start a family.

Our year to see our business boom.

Our year when all our dreams become our picture perfect reality.

Something We Can All Share With The World

In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:4-5 (NIV)

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and that can only mean one thing. Get ready to have your taste buds salivating all day (and night) as your family and friends share snapshots of their dinner and desserts up and down your news feeds.

There’ll be pictures. Videos. Memes. All showcasing the turkey, trimmings, and treats that will fill homes and stomachs all across America today.

We’ll see and read all about what’s happening in places near and far. It’s part of the delight of living in the age of social media.

But instead of only sharing what’s on our dinner plates, this year, why don’t we share something more meaningful with our networks.

Like specific ways on how God has been good to us.

And how many times in the past year we’ve experienced His goodness with unexpected blessings.

Yes, let’s do as instructed by the prophet Isaiah in our key verse today:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” (Isaiah 12-4-5)

Your year may not have been perfect.  Some things may have unfolded the way you least expected.

Yet here you are, still alive. Still able to provide for yourself and your family. Still healthy. Still with a song in your heart and peace in your soul. Still blessed.

Thanksgiving Day is a great time to share the beauty of the Lord with the world, even those in your virtual lives.

So today, as we invite others to explore our culinary creations, let us also proudly proclaim how good our God is.

Let’s push the focus off of us and back on the One who deserves all the praise and the glory.

Let’s spread the message about Jesus and all He has done for us. Let’s tell people all across the country and the nations that God is real. He’s alive. And He’s the real reason why we all can be thankful.

That’s something worth sharing as well!

Dear Lord, help me to keep things in the right perspective today and everyday.  I can get so distracted and put my attention and focus into the wrong things. But in those moments, I pray that your Holy Spirit will help me to remember You Lord is what matters the most. Not popularity. Not fame. Not anything this world can offer. Help me to bring glory to Your Name as I share Your love and goodness to all those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If Only I Could Be Like Mary!

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:41-42

Cue the violins…and…action:

“Ok Roxanne…wait, what day of the week is it again?

Oh thank God, it’s Saturday!

Ugh, but it’s only 5:30am. I should go back to bed.

I can get up around 7 o’clock. Do at least one load of laundry. Get to the hair salon by 8am. Hopefully be finished by 10am.

Then I’ll go straight to Costco. Return home. Finish the rest of the laundry. Clean the house. Iron my daughter’s uniforms for the upcoming school week.

*Insert deep sigh* 

When You’re Afraid to Make A Decision

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 34: 23-24 

“Thank you for getting back to us. We will need your final answer by 10am EST on Monday. Have a great weekend.”

Have a great weekend?

With only 72 hours to figure out my next move, I knew my weekend would be anything but great. Faced with what would be a life altering decision, I immediately began to panic:

Should I take this opportunity?

Was this God answering my prayer? Maybe it’s the enemy trying to set me up for disaster?

What if I take this chance and things don’t work out, then what?

I knew I couldn’t move forward without praying. But every time I tried to pray, it felt like God was busy responding to someone else’s requests.

When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

I’m a planner! A serious and dedicated planner.

I planned the birth of my first child…before I even had a mate.

I also planned my role on the PTA before that child was born.

I planned my career path, my type of husband, and I even planned where I would live.  (Hey, go hard or go home! Right?)

Fortunately, none of these events unfolded the way I planned: 

My first child was born ahead of my timeline. My husband’s daily life is not what I anticipated. I have lived in some interesting places, and the list goes on and on.