Brief Moment #59

For the first time in my life I am finally starting to understand myself and my faith.  I am noticing that many of my prayers are getting answered, I am understanding the Bible, and I am feeling renewed and energized–like I have made some huge discovery.  I have always heard people talk about faith, the Bible, God, listening to God’s words–yet, I had no clue what this all meant.  I now know that those who talk, were not bluffing.  It is a joy to be in God’s grace and guided by God’s will.  He can and will provide, he can and will protect, and he can and will open up unlimited possibilities if we are willing to follow through.  I am coming at all of this new stuff, this new found faith (that I thought I had before), with an open mind and heart.  God is leading me to people that share my spirit and allowing me to open up and reveal myself and who I am.  I am blessed to have a supportive family.  They all seem to like our church and all of us are starting to get to know a few people.  This past year has been a wonderful, wonderful time in my life!


Brief Moment #58

I mentioned last week that I was starting a Facebook Prayer List.  Basically, I am calling out to my friends to see if they need any prayers.  If they mention they do, I take time to pray for them.  I thought I might get ridiculed for doing this.  Some of my friends don’t see things the way that I do.  Last week my Facebook request brought in 7 requests for prayer.  I think that is pretty good and more than I was expecting.  I am hoping to see these numbers pick up in the coming weeks.  Maybe..just maybe…this will get some of them thinking about what I am doing and bring the question of God up in their lives.

By the way, if you have read this and need a special prayer, be sure to leave a comment and I will pray for you too.

Brief Moment #57

This post, the 22nd of the month, breaks my monthly record for most posts published on Brief Moments of Happiness in a single month.  My all-time record was 110 on The Adventurist when I covered the 2008 Mt. Everest climbing season.  Still quite a ways away from that record, but I do have to say that this blog is so much more to me than that one ever ways.  Thanks for stopping by and reading and I promise to continue to do what I am doing.

Brief Moment #56

Katelynn, my baby girl, born on March 27, 2010 is one day away from being 5 months old!  The time has went by fast.  In that time she has learned to smile, laugh, giggle, grab on to things, the occasional roll-over, and now enjoys playing with a few toys.  She has grown nearly three times the size she was from that first day (weight) and gotten pretty tall, too.  She now eats baby cereal, applesauce, a little babyfood, but still must have mommy for most of her nutrition.  To this date, Katelynn has not been sick once, which has been a true blessing.  She stays awake most of the day, with an occasional 15 minute nap.  She also sleeps most of the night.

Cassie and I were talking the other night about why it seems like kids don’t stay babies for very long.  I think it seems that way because they are only a baby for about a year.  That makes that time precious and one that should be spent observing, playing, taking pictures, and enjoying these teeny, tiny moments that will never come back.  Each moment is a blessing.  Each day a joy.

Brief Moment #55

“The Gospel doesn’t first make bad people good; it makes dead people live.”

This quote was a twitter post on the LiveForgiven blog.  Awesome quote and 100% correct.  I thought I should share.

Brief Moment #54

I recently wrote about God’s Opportunities in my life and about how I was trying to jump on these opportunities as they came to me.  This was another week of having my paycheck stretched to the limit.  I am sure many of you know that feeling.  Going in to Saturday, I had $20 left over.  I had to make it till Thursday.

While keeping my mind open for God’s opportunities, I was driving home from church Sunday when I noticed someone had a rather large aquarium sitting by the side of the road with a ‘FREE’ sign attached.  I walked up to the house and asked them about it.  They said it was in perfect shape, no leaks.  This aquarium is 55 gallons.  It included the rocks, different fish ornaments, fish food..everything.  A few days ago at work I had walked in to a discussion where a few people were talking about purchasing aquariums.  I sent out a text message.  I got an offer of $20 on it.  I had told them the first person to text me back could have it for $20.   Bingo.  It worked.  A few minutes after I accepted the first offer, I got another for $40.  This was a test and one meant to see how greedy I would be.  Unfortunately I recognized this immediately and stayed true to my word.  A friend now has an awesome aquarium for $20, and I was able to make it through my week.  That was another opportunity that worked out amazingly well.

Brief Moment #53

God’s opportunities.  I recently prayed for the Lord to bless my family with opportunities.  We had a water leak in our basement for the last month.  I was afraid to tell our landlord about the situation because we were a little behind on rent.  The water had been leaking for so long that there had gotten to be a few inches of water on our basement floor.  When I woke up yesterday morning, I decided to go downstairs and see what I could figure out about the leak and the mess that the leak caused.  The leak was coming from a back room copper pipe that had split cracked.  I was going through my head on hat could be done to fix the problem.  It was dark.  I decided to get a light and look at it better.  I took the light, looked at the crack, and was thinking, when I just happened to glance around the pipe and notice a shut-off valve on the exact same piece of pipe in question.  I turned it.  I discovered that the only place this water lead was to the outside faucet on the house.  Haha.  I turned it off and the problem was fixed.  Thank-you, Jesus!  No money lost.

The second problem was the water on the floor.  Both drains in the basement were ABOVE the water level.  How would I get all of this water out?  I friend from work suggested renting a shop vac.  That sounded like a good idea.  I came home and told Cassie that I was going to call the tool rental place in town and get a shop vac.  It shouldn’t be more than a few dollars.  She asked me “What for?”.  I told her that she deserved to have a dry basement for doing the laundry in.  She told me that the water had DISAPPEARED!  This water had been on the basement floor for well over a month.  The water level was below the drains so it would just sit and get a little deeper.  God truly blessed my family.  I will never know how this water left my basement, but it is completely dry and yet again, I didn’t have to spend a dime.

I am talking a little about money.  We have been struggling a bit of late.  Not really sinking, but staying steady without much to spare.  We are a couple of weeks behind on rent.  After the basement issue yesterday, my work called and asked if I could come in early.  I didn’t really feel like working and taking time away from my family.  I declined.   An hour later, I had a thought that I had just asked God for opportunities, and then when one was presented, I shunned away.  I was being selfish.  I called my work and got the extra hours.  This put me very close to 40 for the week.  We also got our new schedules for next week.  Before I had the chance to see mine, our General Manager told me that he was sorry about the schedule.  I asked him ‘What for?’  He told me that he had to schedule me EVERY DAY next week to make up for a few vacations that were going on.  I said ‘Why do you appologize?  I need the money and will gladly work the hours!”  Next week I am working 7 days, still have my Sunday schedule for church in tact, and am being blessed with extra hours to help me take care of my family.  Many people are having a hard time finding work.  In the last few weeks, my schedule has gotten better.  Once again, Thank-you Jesus!

It gets better:

After all of this, another manager said that she needed to talk to me.  She said that her and my GM had a discussion about me and that they both agreed that I was the person with the best attitude and work ethics that they had.  She told me to keep working hard, that people are noticing things, and that I might have a great future within the company in short time.  I am not sure what that means, but I am hoping that it will be a blessing in my life.

Yesterday was such a cool day for me!  I could actually see my prayers in action and working.  I decided to take every opportunity that was given my way and see what would happen.  Each of them was a blessing and an answer to my prayers.  I think many times God is wanting the best for us, but we are to selfish to take the opportunities presented.  I am learning to open my eyes and jump, trusting God’s intention for my life.  If we don’t follow through, how do we know what the true blessing will be??  Being a Christian takes some work, but it is suppose too.  Heaven isn’t free, and not everyone will achieve the reward.  It takes patience, perseverance, and a whole lot of trust to walk with God.  I am hoping that I am on the tight track and am finally realizing God’s Will in my life.

Brief Moment #52

I am reaching out to my friends, coworkers, etc. by starting a Prayer List on Facebook. Once a week I will be praying for those that respond. This is just something small that I can do for all of the people that I have come to know who may have a need or special request. Prayer has become a large part of my life and now I am opening myself up to help pray for some of the others and try to show them that prayers can and do come true.

Brief Moment #51

Isabel started school yesterday.  She is in a new school, a new class, and a new town.  She said that she done all right except for a little confusion at lunch time.  She mentioned that she met two new friends.  I told her that that was pretty good on her first day.  I can remember being in that same situation and it took me a couple of days to meet anyone new.  I asked her if she had fun at school and she replied, “No.  Not really.”  She said just about all they done was just sit there and learn.  She said that is B-O-R-I-N-G….  Haha.