To many mind or no mind

About a month ago or so, I was telling my cousin that I was having a hard time hearing from God. I was not sure if what I was hearing was from him or not and I was just confused. She told me God is talking to me but I am not listening! Wow, that was kind of hard thing to swallow at the time. I’m thinking oh no, all those times I second guessed myself that was probably the Lord, all those blessing I ignored, wow!

The other day, the same cousin, sent me this in an email and I just had to share it.

In the movie, The Last Samurai, there is a scene with Captain Algren and Ujio sword fighting, and watching them is Nobutana and Hegan. Nobutana sees Captain Algren having problems fighting so he goes over to him and says “too many mind. Mind of sword, mind of people watch, too many mind,” and then he tells him “no mind”. I think that is a good lesson when it come to hearing God. If you have “too many mind” you wont hear him. so you must have “no mind.”

I believe that is a great phrase to think about. We can get all worked up over our jobs, family, friends, trials, whatever we are going through, that we don’t let our minds have that quiet time to hear God. I believe every morning we need to have alone time with the Lord to start the day off right. If I feel like I am getting to overwhelmed I try to take a minute, pray and ask God for help, wisdom, and strength to handle the situation and go try again. Maybe if we thought to ourselves more often, do I have “to many mind,” am I hearing God or do I have “no mind” and can hear God clearly?

This is my opinion but I’d love to hear what you have to think!

Joyfully His,

Tiffany

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My perspective on judging

Yesterday, as I’m sitting in church, taking notes, my Pastor reads Romans 2:1 “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same thing. NIV” Then we went on to say It’s like if you see greed in someone’s eye there is a lot of greed in your own, or if you see selfishness in someone’s eye there is a lot in your own. To elaborate on that thought, he said “we should not judge the motives of a person’s heart.” Wow, what a powerful message that is.

Every Christian knows that we should not judge other people, is it up to God to judge NOT us. I also have known that how we judge on earth, is how we will be judged in heaven. To take that thought one step further and think that how we judge someone, or we judge the motives of their heart, that whatever we judge in them is in us 10 times more. To think of it that way is really powerful, I think. If you sit and really apply that to your life and really think about it, I believe it could really open our eyes to things we do that we need to ask God to change in us. You do not have to be bound by those gossiping habits, judging habits, sinful ways, nothing! You can have freedom through our Lord Jesus Christ. I truly believe this passage is one that clearly states a part of our life that we need to exclude completely!

As I’ve said before, I’m fairly new to really whole-heartedly trying to live a Godly lifestyle. Since, I’ve really started to change my ways, I try not to gossip or judge, I try to see the best in people and not the faults. I have 7 different note cards on my bathroom mirror with sayings, verses, goals, etc. that I read everyday to help and remind me of the person I am becoming and want to become in Christ. This is one of those passages that I will add to my mirror to help my journey along the way. I want to be so full of God’s love and grace that it just outpour in my walk, talk, attitude everything! I do truly believe that the more we seek God’s face the more of his mercy and grace he will extend to us and the more we will be able to control those judging habits of ours.

This is just my opinion and thought of the passage and I would love to hear any of thoughts or comments!

Joyfully His,

Tiffany

Unexpected gift from above

Today has been a normal day, besides the fact I have a cold and my colitis or whatever it is, is acting up. I have what I want to cook for dinner set out, my daughter and the other girl I watch are playing, and I’m attempting to clean. 4:00 comes around so I go to the mailbox to see what is in their today. I love signing up for free samples, so it’s always exciting to see if there are any freebies. I open up the mailbox and inside is a card addressed to me with no return address. Normally if you see no return address it is junk, but this card is different, someone posted a stamp to it and wrote my address. I open the card and inside the beautiful card it’s written For Lily God Bless with a Wal-Mart gift card. I immediately call my mom, but she didn’t answer, so I called my husband and to my surprise he answered. I tell him the story and he doesn’t know who sent the card, nor does my mom (they work at the same place). I do not recognize the handwriting and have NO clue who sent this card! NONE! I started crying because I was so overwhelmed with emotions. I really just want to go hug the person who sent this card and tell them how much I appreciate it, how much it means to me that they would give Lily a gift card! I have been wanting to get Lily a swimsuit that actually fits, since she no longer wears diapers during the day, YAY, just haven’t had the money. It also would be nice to get her a couple more sundresses, so she doesn’t have to wear the same 3 over and over. Now, Lily can go pick out some dresses, and a swimsuit!

I’m still in shock, especially since our financial situation is tight. How someone knew that Lily needed stuff is beyond me! I just have to thank God above, because it is HIM who told this person to send us this gift card! HE deserves ALL of the Praise and Glory! I thank you Jesus and person who sent this card from the bottom of my heart I thank you! I just told Lily and she said “Wow really that was nice thank you,” with her giggles and jumps in between words!

The inside says: And now i commend you to God and His care. Acts 20:32

May your heart and faith take you to places you’ve never imagined.

God bless the person!!

Tiffany

Children, the most precious gift from God

One thing I am very passionate about is making sure my daughter is raised knowing and loving the Lord. I want Lily to not be afraid to declare she is a follower of Jesus, I want her to seek God and be so full of Him that she will not waver from that path. Proverbs 22:6 NIV Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. That quote is on my bathroom mirror to remind me daily that I need to help and pray for Lily on a daily basis. When I was little my mom was careful on the movies and tv shows I watched, what I did; as my husband says I was “sheltered.” Now that I am 27 years old, I am thankful for how my mom raised me, and I intend to do the same with Lily.

Just as an adult we ask ourselves, “what am I feeding myself spiritually, mentally, and physically,” the same is for a child too. What are we feeding our children? I am picky about the cartoon and tv shows that Lily watches, and I prefer her to listen to christian music or music with good lyrics. Those are two ways that I can control what Lily is being exposed to and what is feeding her spirit. Even thought Lily is two, I want her to know the difference between something Godly and something of this world. I want her to know when she should not be watching something without me telling her. I want her to know when something is pleasing to the lord and when something isn’t and that all comes from what we feed ourselves daily.

Another thing I believe children need is praising and a good positive home. I believe that a child should be praised for everything they do right, and when they make a good decision. I know Lily will come up to me and say “Momma look I did it by myself,” and I praise her! Even if she does not do it correctly I still say Wow, you did a great job trying Lily, but can I show you how it really goes? That way she is still excited she tried it, and will try it again. A child needs to have a positive uplifting home, I feel it feeds their spirit so much better!

The last thing is, I try to seize every moment I can to explain to Lily something about God. For example, when reading the story of Noah, at the end it talks about God put a rainbow in the sky and said he will never again flood the earth and I added because God loves everyone. Now when Lily sees a rainbow she says God loves everyone! She recently asked me why I sing so much, so I told her we praise the Lord through our singing and it makes God happy. So, now she will sing even more and will tell you God is happy. I LOVE that she remembers what I tell her. I LOVE that she is so interested in the bible and God and learning, it fills me with so much joy!!! I know that I am raising Lily how God wants me to raise her and see the life in her eyes is the most Wonderful feeling!

Visit with my Fabulous Uncle and Aunt!

Over the weekend my family went to go visit my uncle and aunt. It has been a while since i’ve seen them so I was really looking forward to this quick trip. It also was the first time my uncle and aunt has spent any length of time with my daughter, and I FINALLY got to meet my new little cousin(Raylynn).

Lily, my daughter, had so much fun playing, and swimming. By the time she got comfortable she was calling my uncle, papa, which is what Raylynn calls him. When we went to dinner, Lily even had to ride in the truck with papa, and Raylynn. But one of my favorite things about Saturday was my talk with my Uncle Donny.

My uncle Donny is a wonderful man of God! I remember plenty of times when I would ask my mom something about the bible and she would say something Donny told her. With me just figuring out how to walk a Godly lifestyle and look to him with my everything; I knew I NEEDED to talk to him, God Wanted me to talk to him.

While we were at his house the perfect moment came along when everyone was leaving the room but my Uncle so I seized the opportunity and sat down next to him to talk. I really wish I could of had a tape recorder so I could playback everything that was said. But I do want to talk about a few key points that I remember.

First is about tithing. He mentioned that you should tithe whatever it is you can tithe. The bible says 10% but at times that is not possible, so do what you can and stick to it. God loves a person who has a giving heart and will give back to you 30, 60, 100 fold. Now this is something that I do believe in and I do tithe, but I do not tithe as much as I would like. I have had a feeling lately that we need to tithe a little more, and I believe this is God’s was of reaffirming that feeling!!

Second is you need to seek God with your WHOLE heart!!! Another thing that I am learning to do and trying to do but God is saying Tiffany you need to try harder!!! He said it is a rewarding path to follow God’s footsteps. The more you seek Him with your whole heart, the more the enemy isn’t going to like it. Quick story, while my uncle was at a bible study the teacher told him that the enemy knows his name so be careful (basically). My uncle was honored because in the bible it says, two men were trying to drive our a demon and the demon said “I know Paul’s name and I know Jesus name, but I do not know your name.” Wow! How powerful is it that the enemy knows my Uncles name!

The last point I will talk about is family. He told me that I was doing a great job with Lily, and to keep going to church. The more that i seek God and the more that I run after Him with my whole heart, the more that Lily will also be blessed. Also, the more Godly values that I instill in Lily, the more likely she will not sway from the path. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” Proverbs 22:6, NIV. There is always one in a family who will stand up again the enemy and be the strong one and he said that is me and he’s proud of me!

My talk with my Uncle Donny meant so much to me, and I know that it all came from God and it was Exactly what I needed to hear.

Lord works in mysterious ways

I have been a stay at home mom since December 23, 2011; when I was let go from my job of 5 years. I was blessed to have seen my end coming, and was ready and prepared for my new adventure. Now being a stay at home mom was never in my vocabulary, I would have NEVER thought that this would be were I was today! I always thought that I was going to have to work, and my daughter was going to daycare, then elementary school. That was how it was in my house growing up, so that is what I was going to have to do too. Who knew the Lord had other plans for me.

I am so thankful that the Lord wanted me to take this route. I always told my husband I wish we could have more family time, go to church more, and grow in the Lord more. It was difficult to do all that with my job, since I was a manager of a retail store. Now I get my family time, we go to church every weekend and I’m able to help out in the nursery! We get to do all the things I told my husband I wish we could do. What a Blessing!!

This journey of me being home has been a hard one. I have had my times when I’m like why can’t I hear your voice father? Father, I feel like I need to do more with my time at home, but I do not know what that is? One day, as I’m telling all this to my cousin, she tells me “Tiff, He is talking to you, you are just NOT listening to Him.” Wow! is the only thing I could say or think! All this time I’m thinking Why, when he WAS talking to me, I just wasn’t paying attention. So, from that day on, anytime I thought the Lord spoke something to me I investigated that thought. I didn’t let myself think that wasn’t Him anymore! As I’m still learning how to discern His voice from the voice of the enemy, I know and understand what I was doing wrong.

After my cousin helped me with this realization, I felt in my heart I needed to start a blog. I needed to tell my story and journey with the Lord. I confided with a friend who helped me figure out, yes it is the Lord and this is what he wants me to do, so here I am! Writing my first post, on my new blog, on my new adventure. I am so ready for what God has planned for me. My blog is going to be geared towards my walk with Christ, and how I overcome obstacles with the help of our wonderful Heavenly Father! I follow quite a few blogs, and these ladies are Wonderful ladies, they have Great things to say about God and our walk with him, but they have been doing this a while. I haven’t found someone who is new at Really walking with the Lord so, I hope that my journey and writing about my journey can help someone else see the light. Walking with the Lord is hard, but it is the most rewarding path you could EVER take! What waits for you in the end is worth everything!