I Press on toward the Goal

Happy New Year everyone. I’m sure you are all back in full swing of life after the holidays. For some it’s a relief to settle down into life again and for others it may still be a little crazy. According to the commercials we all need to join that gym and find our bodies again and of course as we are organizing ourselves we need to organize our homes. So my question to you is, ‘ how is that new years resolution working out for you?” I’m not knocking anyone who has made a new years resolution, in fact I admire the tenacity and determination you have. You have made a commitment to do something to better your life and that is very commendable. I on the other hand don’t make resolutions because I never follow thru with them; actually I barely get them started. But there is something that I started over forty years ago that has changed and is still changing every area of my life, has held my interest and has continually exercised every part of my being inside and out. That something is my relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. Now my friends that has been quite a workout for me as I have allowed him access to areas of me that have been dark, stubborn, rebellious, and angry and I could go on and on. He has taken me to mountaintops and very low crevices that I wasn’t sure I would get out of. He has laughed with me and cried with me has embraced me and talked with me. He has corrected me, healed me and delivered me, from me, and most of all he has never left me but loved me through it all. Again I could go on and on. You see I looked up the meaning of resolution and it means “ a firm decision to do or not to do something. Yes I have had to make resolutions all along my journey and relationship with Jesus, but I want to make those daily and as I’m led, I don’t want to let something go until a new year, I want to make that resolution right away.
The resolution I made over forty years ago as stated in Philippians 3; 14 “ I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. V16: “ let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.”
My encouragement to you and even to myself is to press on in Jesus for He is our goal and our prize is eternity with him. Make that daily resolution to listen and be led to allow him access to you. It’s that Christ like glow that conquers the day. May your New Year be filled with all of God and his best for you. And that’s “mylivinglife”

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The Present

December 28, 2017

Good Morning to you, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and friends.
Mine was wonderful. All of my kids were there from near and far and my many grandchildren. I made doll clothes for my grand daughters American dolls and watching their faces was priceless. Among, many other blessings this year. I wanted to post this poem before Christmas, unfortunately time got away from me. So Ill share it now. I wrote this in December of 2003 and it’s for this season. Read it like a Dr Seuss rhyme. I hope you enjoy it.

The Present

Long, long ago it was dark and it was cold.
Then God set apart the beginning that was mighty and bold.

He spoke his plan for six mighty days
And created the mountains
And warm sunny days.

He parted the waters from the land as you see
And spoke into existence
The bees and the trees

And then He thought of the yous’
And the mes’

For long ago in the beginning of time
It says that God knew us and
We waited our time

The trees and flowers they grew with such beauty,
Bearing for us the tootie and the fruity

Then came the tigers and the elephants and quails,
Puppies and kittens and slow pokey snails

The earth was filled with Gods wonderful plan
The wonders, the beauty, the thrill of it all
God’s love filled the earth before the great fall

Now that Adam and Eve, they did have it all
A beautiful place, a big waterfall
And they walked and talked with God in the garden
Then one day the needed a pardon

The choice that they made that day in the garden
Sent Gods plan in motion to send us a pardon

The stories of old told throughout the pages
Tell us of Gods love brought down through the ages

And then in his time
He chose to appear, as a new baby born
To take away all our fear

This baby was Jesus our Savior you see
And man came from afar
“Oh! How could it be?”

Through Gods great love, He gave us His son
This Jesus you see is a present to all
To pardon our sins and redeem us from the fall

This present you see grew up mighty and strong
And took upon him all of our wrong

We whipped him and scorned him and mocked him you see
An innocent man, we hung on a tree

He quietly bled and was publicly shamed
As he chose to be crucified and took our blame

He cried out to the Father in that moment of time
Saying “ Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

He gave up His spirit to heaven that day
And we in our sin just walked away

Now this present from God
Was now gone as they say
And laid in a tomb to be sealed away

But the son of the Father
Sent to us in love
Was busy three days defeating the dark and came back to life
Then to show us the mark
That gave him the power
To pardon our sin

This present to us, don’t walk away from
Only believe he is Gods only son

This present you see keeps on living and giving
It’s yours for the asking and for the forgiving

This present of Love from the Father above
From His heart to our heart
It’s love, love, love, love

Rejoice now all you, yous’ and you mes’
For this present from God aint over
“if you please”

Jesus now sits way up above
At the side of the Father
Sending his love

Now through His Spirit
Who’s gentle and strong
Teaching us, leading us
To all come along

So rejoice in the presence
Of the present of God and
Receive all he has in this present façade

This present of Love from the Father above
From his heart to our heart
It’s Love, Love, Love, Love.

Copyright LeeAnn Waldron

 

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

That’s what they say about this time of year from Thanksgiving to January 1st.Although I’d like to share with you that just because it titled “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year “ it doesn’t mean it is. Actually for more people than we will know it is the most depressing time of the year. Life doesn’t stop with bad news, tragedy or loss of any kind when the calendar turns to this time of the year. Quite the contrary, the bad news comes, tragedy hits and loss happens. For some loss has already happened and this time of the year makes it harder to bear. For those in mourning it doesn’t turn into laughter and joy just because the song is being sung. The loss of a loved one is a very real and traumatic thing that happens to us all. Whether it’s expected or unexpected it’s all trauma and it hurts. So what does one do during such a time as this when there is no joy? First of all it’s OK to cry. There is healing in tears and second don’t deny the pain and heartache you feel, for in denial one tends to withdraw within themselves. When this happens it’s much harder for one to reach out for the comfort that is so desperately needed. Lets reflect on a story in the scriptures that is a very good example. In John 11:17-45. This is the story of Martha and Mary when their brother Lazarus died. They both were very troubled and mourning his death when Jesus came back into town. In the story Jesus called forth Lazarus from the dead but that is not the part I want to talk about. It’s that place that yes they questioned where Jesus was and why he wasn’t there when their brother was dying but it’s also the part of the scripture that tells us how they in their loss and heartache allowed Jesus into that place to comfort them and help them. It’s that place that we so often close off to God and to others when we are hurting so bad that we can only see the darkness. Mourning the loss of a loved one is inevitable, we are humans living in a fallen world. It’s a part of being human, not the best part but most definitely a part. Before Jesus ascended to the Father he told us he would send us a comforter. Jesus himself said I will give you peace that passes all understanding. Jesus himself is peace. Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. How then does the trauma of loss and bad news bring us such despair and rob us of life and peace, and keep us form being comforted?

Another example I would like to point out is when Jesus was on the cross and at that moment the he bore all of our sins on himself and the Father looked away because in him there is no sin. Jesus cried out in agony to the Father saying “My God My God why have you forsaken me?” It was the sin that separated Jesus from the Father and that brought the most agonizing reality to our savior because the presence of the Father wasn’t with him. Jesus died to reconcile us to the Father and nothing will stand in the way of that relationship unless we let it. We are loved with a perfect love and we are given the keys to the kingdom. We shouldn’t be moved away from that gift, that reality and that relationship by what happens here. Yes it hurts beyond words and yes it feels like the life has been sucked out of us. But it hasn’t if we don’t let it. Just like Mary and Martha, they took their sorrow, heartache and loss to Jesus. They still had questions but they allowed him into that place in their hearts. For me the holidays have brought great sorrow. My brother had big plans to join us on Thanksgiving after being away for several years in the service, and as the day grew closer and the excitement was mounting we lost him to a drunk driver in another state. During the holidays that was the most festive time for my mother. Her body could not fight the cancer and the battle was lost on new years day, and for my youngest sister of forty who was a widow and the mother of four young children, her battle to cancer was lost on January 29th. The lights still shine and the music still plays “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” and it doesn’t stop the loss and the heartache. But with my heart open to the one who is peace and the comforter whom Jesus sent to me. I’m one with the Father and yes it still hurts and yes I miss my family but my joy is complete and my life is full. I’ve been given the keys to the kingdom and lights are bright and the songs are being sung, because I’ve chosen life. Life here in the now and life eternal. For those who are mourning loss of any kind, its ok to cry, it’s ok to mourn and it’s ok to ask a question but take all of that to the one who came to give us life more abundant here and eternally. Be honest with yourself and with God so in that confession there is no denial and your heart opens up to the life giver. No matter what time of the year it is, it can be the most wonderful time if we allow ourselves life to overcome the loss. Blessings to you in whatever time of the year you are in and may you allow the giver of life into your life.

 

A Poem of Love

Good morning to you. This is Thanksgiving week and I’m sure most of you are busy with

Preparations. For me everyday is a day of thanksgiving, I am so very thankful for my family and friends as well as my church family but most of all so thankful for my saviour Jesus Christ. Without his sacrifice on the cross I would be doomed but now my hope and salvation is in him alone. What a glorious life everyday is with Jesus. I will be working retail again this year and from today until Saturday I will be very busy. Except of course Thursday. The retail place I work fortunately is closed all of Thursday. A blessing! I want to share with you a poem I wrote many years ago. I hope you enjoy it and it blesses you.

 

Forest of Love

 

In the wonder of the warmth, I stand in all my Glory grounded in richness,

Anchored in strength and clothed in the beauty that comes from within. The

Essence of my created form reaching to the heavens in an expression of praise

To the one who created me.

 

It’s in this season that the thickness of my nature hides life with-in, it is fed

Nurtured, protected and multiplied.

 

It is during mid-life that the beauty of my nature comes forth. I am arrayed

In the natural wonder of earthly color. The life with-in is preparing for the

Next stage of life.

 

It is at this stage that I stand bare before the world. My stature comes in many

Different forms. Tall and lean, short and round, bold and mighty. The life with-in

That has been so well hidden in my youth now stands exposed to all.

 

My glory and beauty that once waved praises to my creator, now lays blanketed

At my feet in solemn silence. My life is stilled for a time of rest, only to come

Vibrantly back to life-bearing testimony of my creator.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all may every day be a happy thanksgiving to our Lord Jesus! Blessings!

Commit thy Way

Psalm 37:5

Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

And God did it!

It’s been a year since I started this blog! It’s my anniversary and I’m more than excited

That I made it a year. I have loved blogging and hope all of you that have read and followed have enjoyed it also. Thank you to you all for reading my thoughts and heart on life as I live it and see it. Today as I write I have so much going on in several areas of my life. On the home front my husband is stable and working. He is in remission and we are thankful for every day that God gives us. We are working toward that retirement. With friends I seem to have many who are going through very stressful health issues. My prayer closet has a revolving door and that’s ok by me. Besides all the issues we have in our country and world kneepads are a blessing! On the other hand here we are at the beginning of November with Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us and as usual sewing jobs and sewing presents are piled high. Every year I tell myself “self you need to start these projects much earlier in the year” but here I am telling myself the same thing and still hoping and praying for the time and endurance to complete them all. Would I really thrive any other way at the holidays? Noodles to make, baking to do, needles to thread, I will not dread. So thankful for it all. As you logged on today you probably noticed a different picture. My friend so graciously took this photo as I worshipped with my flags by the water. I love to worship with my flags I get lost in Jesus and next to the water barefoot in the sand was marvelous. As we begin a season of festive blessings and family may the reality of Gods presence be so very real to each one of us at all times.  Hoping this second year will be as wonderful as this first year. Thank you all again. Blessings.

I Pledge My Allegiance

Just what does allegiance mean? It means “loyalty or commitment to a superior or to a group or cause.”  When I say I pledge my allegiance I am making even more than a statement I am making a proclamation of declaring my total support to someone, something or a cause. As a born again Christian and believer in Jesus Christ and a believer in the one true God my first allegiance is to the one true God of this universe, my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. With that, he has birthed me in a great nation that proclaims its allegiance to be a nation under God. I have stood many times for the pledge of allegiance. many times as my sons have stood before playing in a game or at a college or pro game. I stand proudly and with god bumps up and down my body. I am proud to pledge my loyalty to first my God and second my nation flying the flag of freedom. Just as my savior shed his blood for my salvation and freedom, the blood of great men and women who have shed their blood for my freedom flies the flag. Declaring by not standing for our freedom both spiritually and in this nation sets a precedence of display for a totally different cause. Racial injustice is a cause that begins with each one of us individually. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and examine our hearts personally to see if we are part of this social racial injustice. Just as we have to look at ourselves in the mirror and search our hearts for sin that we may repent and receive our savior. When this happens with each one of us individually we then take measures to stop the injustice we are causing. Oh people wake up and look at yourselves in the mirror and take out the log in your own eyes before you so visibly make a declaration against an innocent flag, people and nation. None of us are without sin, but to declare one cause against our flag and nation that negates the meaning and purpose of respect for the freedom it represents brings a division that destroys not helps or heals.  Oh the visual message that this is giving our young people is so opposite of what Christ did for us as well as for what the men and women who fought for us did. By taking a knee is rebellion to every one of us who loves this nation. But rest assured every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. So whether those who bow their knee here on earth for whatever cause or before the one who sits on the throne I encourage everyone to search their soul as to why you are bowing your knee and for what and to whom. 

All things work together for our Good

I’d like to share with you today about a test I just had done. One would think that at retirement age you would be done with allergies getting worse but that doesn’t seem to be the case with me. I have always had an allergy to fragrance and sulfa and for the last 35 years I have been plagued with eczema. Now to me these were quite enough to deal with and I had them pretty much under control. But then about three year ago the eczema decided to show up on my hands. Being a seamstress and working in a fabric store I discovered that fabric and eczema collided. On top of that for the past many months the itching and my skin being on fire started creeping in. With my regular doctor being clueless and my dermatologist just giving me cream to apply I decided I would see an allergist. I had no clue what that allergy test would uncover but I was totally not prepared for what I learned. I had the full panel, which is foods and outside. With outside they told me I might want to think about a bubble in the spring, summer and fall and with foods out of sixty- nine I tested positive for sixty- two. I find this to be quite a surprise to say the least. So how does one go forward with such a report? Now I must go into my deep gratification that this is not fatal or even life threatening or me. I have friends who are celiac and have know them to have to be hospitalized at times. I have a son with Asthma and that is life threatening and I have another son with an allergy to Tylenol that is also life threatening. So I’m not complaining a bit. I am thankful that I now know what I’m dealing with and to be honest I know it will take me quite awhile to figure this food thing out. So once again Gods word in has come alive in me. Romans 8:28 And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. I know that I love God and he has a purpose for me. As I work through all that I can’t have and rely fully on God with what I can have, it will all work together for my good. I truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Out of the seven things that I can have, I can have chocolate, pineapple, bacon and tea. What’s not good about that? And that’s living life