New Vision…New Blog

Well, I know I’ve taken several months off from blogging.  I’ve still been around on the Internet…keeping up with friends and family through Facebook.  However, I realized the other day, that I really do miss blogging.  I’ve determined it has served an important purpose for me…it’s even been a kind of therapy for me in the past.

Anyway, a lot of changes have occurred for my family and I in the last few months or so.  As a result, even though I want to get back to blogging, I sense that I need to start afresh.  This blog covers one season in my life, and so as I begin another phase, it seems appropriate to start a new blog.

I also believe that God has begun to show me a new direction and vision.  So from now on, I will be posting at: “Receive Your Sight” With this renewed vision, God is still supplying the daily provisions (and revisions) for this spiritual journey.

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Prov. 29:18

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Changes for Next Year

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

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Usually around this time of year, I get all gung-ho and psyched about my plans for change. However, this go around, I’m just way too exhausted for all that (physically, emotionally, and mentally). So, what’s the good news? Well, since I’m already so drained, I simply cannot waste energy “spinning my wheels.” I need not try to get all hyped and pumped up about a dozen things…that I want to drastically change over night!! (Of course, that’s not such an effective approach anyway, huh?! ;-) )

However, I sense the Lord telling me that changes will come this new year…but not because of any personal pep rally concerning New Year’s Resolutions!! No, God has some changes that He wants to take place, but in His timing and in His way. I also realize that this new year, I’m not going to be focused on being BUSY, but instead on being fruitful and productive. (There IS a difference…In fact, it makes all the difference in the world!!)

Well, I don’t pretend to know what next year holds. I don’t have it all figured out. No elaborate plans. Can’t say I don’t even have some concerns, but I do know one thing. I don’t hold the future…God does…and that’s a good thing!

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Well, I’m home alone, and I’m off to grab my guitar. There’s a song I feel the need to sing. It’s called “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! -D

I pray you have a year of true peace and joy!

My Beloved Coffee…

…wherefore art thou? Oh, how I do love thee. Let me count the ways. -D I love your freshly brewed smell in the mornings. I love your taste along with all your wonderful new creamer flavorings. I love the warmth of you–you soothe my sore throat in the morning, you comfort me, and you keep me warm on cold mornings. I love how you make me my morning headaches subside; make me feel more energized, alive, and focused…

However, alas, our relationship cannot go on the way it has. You see, the truth is, you’re just not good for me. You are not what I thought you were. I thought I knew you, but I really didn’t. You’ve had me fooled all this time…you really didn’t love me back, and you have not treated me well at all. All you’ve left me with is empty promises, high blood pressure, and a fast heart-beat! Therefore, I must bid you farewell…

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I know these ramblings of mine might sound silly, but they’re more accurate than one might care to think! I have been an avid coffee drinker for quite some time–the kind who is almost downright passionate about it. However, it’s just something I’ve become way too dependent on, and it’s certainly not doing me any favors! I’m flabbergasted that I find it even more difficult to limit or give up coffee than chocolate or sweets!

I have talked about just limiting it so-o-o-o many times, but somehow I either never get around to it, or I always find myself going back to consuming more and more! This time though, my doctor has helped me accept reality, by showing me just how much the caffeine has been affecting me. My consumption of coffee has not done wonders for my blood pressure, I can assure you. Yes, the truth is painful, but very much needed. I’m telling you, that even limiting to one small cup in the mornings has been brutal!

Just this morning, while experiencing the lovely caffeine withdrawal symptoms, I was thinking back to a post I wrote called “Ch-ch-ch-changes.” In that post, I had mentioned about how I need to rely on the Lord, and nothing else. I find it so easy to become dependent on these little “crutches” and vices. However, the Lord is trying to make me be honest with myself and pull me away from these things, before I let them pull me away from Him! The Holy Spirit is convicting my heart that anything I love or depend upon that much constitutes “sin.” Our Father loves us and knows what is best for us. Sin left unchecked only leads to bad things and interferes with our relationship with Him.

This morning I also found a couple comments and a new post made by my blogging friend, Gin (you may view here). She mentioned how the Lord had put that same “Ch-ch-ch-changes” message on her heart and mind this morning. I was humbled and thankful to God for this reiteration that I needed as much as anybody!

Thank you Lord for loving me enough to repeat Yourself! Please help me to rely on You more each day and to grow in Your love, patience, and wisdom…

Please help me to love You foremost and to let nothing come between us…not even a travel size mug of the best “Cup A Joe!”  -D

Friends are Friends Forever…

…if the Lord’s the Lord of them… You remember that line from Michael W. Smith’s song, Friends? Ah, I know that song was a little overdone there for a while, when it came out like two decades ago. However, that line sure does describe how I feel about my friend Pooja. In fact, when I was thinking about her today, I couldn’t help but be reminded of that song.

You see, even though we don’t always stay in constant contact, I know that Pooja is my friend for life. She’s the type of friend who is like family–we may go for weeks without much communication, but that doesn’t make a difference. When we talk again, just the sound of each other’s voice is a comfort, and it’s suddenly almost like we hadn’t been apart! If God has blessed you with such a friend, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

We sure did have some good times way back when. We met in college through Campus Crusade for Christ (Pooja was attending a college right across the street from mine). Pooja and I laughed together, cried together, and prayed together. There for a while, we even sang together. Pooja would sing the lead soprano, and I would sing alto. It seemed as if our voices were just perfectly matched to harmonize. I know the Lord brought us together, and I’m so thankful.

When we were undergraduates in college, we pictured ourselves in the distant future as a couple of old ladies sitting around reminiscing. Well, we’re not old yet, but we have certainly already been through a lot of changes. Pooja saw me graduate with my Master’s, and she was Maid of Honor at my wedding. Pooja also went on to get her Master’s degree, and I was (very) pregnant with my first child when I attended Pooja’s wedding. Now we’re each married with two children. Yep, Pooja and I have been through a lot together.

Well, tomorrow, February 11th, my friend Pooja is having a birthday…

So, Pooja, I dedicate this post and song to you. Happy Birthday to you my friend!

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May, 1996–Pooja and I at my graduation from Graduate School.

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Friends

Michael W. Smith

Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
I can’t believe the hopes He’s granted
Mean the chapter in you life is through

BRIDGE:
But we’ll keep you close as always
It won’t even seen you’ve gone
‘Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

CHORUS:
And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

And with the faith and love God’s given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you’ll live in
Is the strength that now you show

BRIDGE

CHORUS(2x)

Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

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**Note: You may listen to this song here.