Monday, October 24, 2011

Goodbye my friend

I really don't know where I am going with this post, except to say my heart is broken clean into.  Yesterday, we buried Elvis, Noah's cat that has aways had more personality than his body would hold.  A Pit Bull shook him to death in seconds underneath our trees.  Thankfully none of us were around to hear or see what happened. 

He added so much life to our family.  He belonged to both our son Noah, with whom Elivs fished and swam.  He also belonged to our cocker spaniel Jasmine, who slept by his side.  And yes, I was quite fond of him too.  More than I am willing to admit.

I held my eight-year-old son as he sobbed himself to sleep last night, and I sobbed right along with him.

And in the big scheme of life, this is just one more thing on the pile of disappointments and disasters that I've seemed to fall into lately.  Its seems the harder I try, the harder I fall.  As if I am climing up a hill of solid ice, gaining hold for only a second, then slipping farther down.

Yeah, I'm a bit discouraged right now.  However I am holding to a verse from John 16:33 NIV I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

We know the end of the story, and that is what is important.  Victory is ours.  While we let Satan get a hold of us and drag us down, we know who the winner of the battle will be. 

My friends, whatever trials and struggles are weighing you down today, take heart.  Jesus overcame this world, and we will too!  Please pray for me that I can be the example for my children of how to have victory in the storms of life.

Allow me to pray with you about your disappointments and concerns.  You may email me at taylorandnoahsmom@yahoo.com




Thursday, October 13, 2011

Writer's Block


Writer's Block.  For the past couple of weeks I've been wanting to get a post in this journal of mine, and yet nothing would come.  My posts usually come freely from things God has spoken to my heart.  My anxiety has grown daily because I haven't had that word to share.

Social media guidelines for blogging tell you to post regularly in order to encourage readership.  I've got to admit I watch my viewing numbers.  There's a little pride there to see a "following," but more importantly the opportunity to share my Jesus with others.  So when the posts get far between, I start to panic.  Am I not listening closely enough?

When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.  Matthew 10:19 ESV

God boldly prepares us for the time to share our message.  Have you ever been afraid to share your faith with someone, afraid you won't have the words to say?  This verse from Matthew is that reminder in the appropriate time, we will have the words to share.

I also believe there are times he wants us to say nothing.  A hug, a smile, they speak to the heart in ways that words just won't reach sometimes.  Not only does he give us the ability to speak when called to do so, but the ability to know when silence will mean so much more.

And I dare not leave out the "in that hour" part.  We will have the words to speak when he is ready for us to do so...not every time I need to sit down and write to satisfy my heart's desire.  So until the spirit speaks to my heart again with a message to share, know that I am here, silently lifting each of you in prayer. 

I welcome your comments, notes of encouragement or prayer requests by commenting below or by email to taylorandnoahsmom@yahoo.com.  Thank you taking time to read and share this blog.  Pray for God's direction for this site and how it will be used to encourage others.