Rather than downsize to a town home, we decided to stay where we are. (Anyway, we love the country!) That entails renovating the kitchen, two updated bathrooms, flooring on the stairs to the second floor, a total of five rooms with new flooring, and painting most rooms.
Whew. My mind is a whirlwind. Stuff everywhere. Stuff to keep, stuff to sell, stuff to re-situate. I am so thankful the Lord brought a sequel to mind for my Christmas story, so I have one finished writing project. Only He knows if I will manage a second Christmas novella for this year as planned.
I considered all the happenings within the walls of our home, but my writing mind didn’t land on one topic for my March posting. That said, here is a hodgepodge of notes and quotes.
“Consider this – God’s rule and His will are the same” ―Anonymous
1 Peter 5:7 – I must cast my anxiety on the Lord. “Fear is the painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. This fear persists while we are subject to the will of someone who does not desire our well-being. The moment we come under the protection of one of good will, fear is cast out.” –A.W. Tozer
Lean on His untiring arms, LoRee. Do it [fill in the blank] scared. If God calls, He equips.
“I look down to the book, and God speaks to me, and then I look up in prayer, and speak to the Lord, and in this way we keep up a holy talk with each other.” –Charles Spurgeon
“The Bible is a letter God has sent to us, prayer is a letter we send to Him.” –Matthew Henry
“Prayer will consume sin—or sin will choke prayer.” –J.C. Ryle
Prayer energizes and enables a Christian to don the armor of God [outlined in Ephesians 6:11-17], which grants strength and survival against the spiritual forces of this world.
“A Christian is, in essence, somebody personally related to Jesus Christ.” –John R.W. Stott
“History…is a story written by the hand of God.”—C.S. Lewis
Charles Dickens used the phrase “Once upon a time” in his classic, A Christmas Carol, in 1843. But history shows it has been common in English literature since 1600, with its earliest use in 1380. Those words still send me a little thrill of expectation. The phrase cannot compare to the real, rather than fictional, promises I find in the Bible. ―I don’t know who said that, I’m guessing David Jeremiah
Psalm 119:130 expresses the essence of God’s Word, His love letter to us. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
With those enlightening words from others, I’ll emphasize that no matter how chaotic the inside of my home or the inside of my mind, I can turn to the Bible and pray. God settles the anxious, the fearful, the hodgepodge, every time.