food for thought

Is God Listening?

“But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.” Psalm 66:19-20
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Ever wonder if God is listening to your prayers? Me too!

Even though I grew up in a Christian home and have been in church for most of my life, there are times when I struggle with doubt:

Is God listening to me?

Will this prayer make a difference?

Does it make sense to pray about this situation?

Will this prayer work coming from me…or should I ask someone more spiritually strong to pray for me, this way God will answer?

But recently I’ve been experiencing God’s answers in the strangest way.

Take A Closer Look

“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48

I can never polish my nails as nicely as they do at the nail salon.

Maybe it’s because of the awkward angles I have to paint from. Maybe it’s because this is what they do every single day. Or maybe it’s because I’m just too heavy handed when it comes to the applications.

Either way there’s always a big difference when I DIY my nails versus going to get them professionally done.

Don’t get me wrong, from a distance, you can’t really tell the difference.

When I do my own nails, they’re decent enough to get compliments from others. But when I take a close up look, I can always spot the imperfections.

The closer I examine my paint job, the more over the lines, smudging, and uneven polish I see.

But isn’t that like our walk with Christ?

Live Content. Think Content. Be Content.

Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.” Philippians 4:11-12 (AMP)

Content. That’s been the word on my heart and my lips for the past week.

You see, scrolling through my social media timeline made me more and more dissatisfied with the progression of my life. But almost immediately the Holy Spirit reminded of the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11-12:

“…I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.

I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.”

Perhaps you’ve been feeling disturbed or uneasy about your circumstances lately.

Why Did I Have A Baby With Him? Tips to Help You With Co-Parenting.

I’ll be honest. I did not always enjoy being a single parent.

For the first few years I constantly asked myself  “why did I have a baby with him?”

It was never a question about my love for my daughter. I just wished there was a way I could have her without dealing with the drama and heartache of a failed relationship.

I’m sure I am not the only single parent that’s felt that way.

With close to 12 million single parent families in the United States, co-parenting is becoming the new “norm”. Whether never married, divorced, or separated, more and more Americans are having to learn how to coexist for the sake of their children.

Take it from someone who’s living it firsthand, it is not always easy!

Figuring out how to co-parent can be one of the toughest challenges any newly single mom (or dad) will face.

Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All

With Spring just around the corner, most of us will embark on our annual spring cleaning adventures.

We’ll sift through our closets and swap out our wardrobes. Our windows and furnishings will be meticulously dusted and polished to welcome in the new season.

But what if God is calling us to do a different kind of cleaning this year?

Proverbs 18:21a says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” and while many women are familiar with this scripture, watching our words can be a daily struggle.

That’s why our next book club read will be “Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All” by Karen Ehman.