Saturday, November 28, 2015

Plans Seen to Completion

How are you with finishing projects? I suppose I would rank average. But I am often guilty of beginning a project and then setting it aside when other demands scream louder. This isn't always the best thing to do because some of my projects need to rank as just as important.

Isn't it great that our God never has a moment He has to set us aside to work on another project? He created the plan for our lives at the very beginning.

"your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalms 139:16

Does it blow your mind like it does mine that God already had a plan for you before you were ever born? In Jeremiah 29:11 we are told that He knows the plans He has for us and that plan involves a future and a hope.

Not only does God have a plan, He will see to it that it is completed.

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

God will complete the plan He has for you all the way until you are perfect in Christ when you arrive in heaven.

Our job as Christians is to continue to follow His leading, always seeking Him and focusing on Him. We keep gaining maturity in our faith through studying His Word, prayer, and worship. We allow Him to make us fruitful in our callings.

I'm so thankful that God isn't like me. I'm glad He sticks to the plan He has for me and will see it through to completion.

How does it make you feel that God had a plan for you before you were even known? And how does it make you feel that He will carry out His plan for you? Bask in the thought that He is never too busy and will set you aside. He's tirelessly working you to completion!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Thinned Veil

Please take a moment to read this post I wrote for the blog, Putting On The New. I post to this group blog every 20th of the month. This month I'm talking about those moments when God seems to thin the veil.

Monday, November 16, 2015

WELCOME! Nose Around

Hello to all my readers! Thanks for stopping by. I want to welcome you to my updated and improved blog.

Please "nose around" my added pages. I will be adding to these pages so make sure to peruse them every so often.

You'll notice an About page where I introduce myself more fully.

Also notice the My Books page where you'll find my published works. My most recent two are there now, but I'll add until all my books are listed.

There is also a Free Resources page. You will find two PDF's there right now. Check these out. You need only to click on the link and download your free copies. I hope to add to this page again soon as well.

If you haven't subscribed to my blog yet, please do so by simply typing your email address into the Follow by email box. This will make sure we stay in touch because every time I publish a new post, you will receive it in your email. And be assured that I never share email addresses.

If you see something here that could encourage a friend, please send them the link.

If you have a question, please leave it in the comments.

Through this expansion of my blog I hope to share more of my writing ministry and the call I have to encourage leaving an intentional Godly legacy.

Blessings to you from your sis in Christ, Paula!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

But We Haven't Had Thanksgiving Yet!

Okay, I can get into Christmas just like the next person, but I do get a little ticked in the spirit when we scoot right over Thanksgiving. Could that actually be a testimony as to how we're really living?

As the Christmas lights and trees start to go up, I begin my agonizing over what gifts should be purchased for what person. My mind plots and plans what decorations will go where in my house. My blood pressure raises as I contemplate all of the events I need to cram into my schedule. I've even heard a song about making sure the real meaning of Christmas isn't forgotten.

STOP! Come to a screeching halt.

First, I must honor Thanksgiving - not just the eating. The giving of thanks. A moment to pause and really thank God from the bottom of my heart for things I have taken for granted. So, here's my thankful list, though I know there is much more I could include.

*Thank You, God, for your continued presence and guidance throughout this year.
*Thank You for keeping my family safe.
*Thank You for a roof over my head and helping us find that shelter when we suddenly had to move this summer.
*Thank You for continued health for my family.
*Thank You for healing and good report for my dad during a health scare this year.
*Thank You for a job that allows me to pay for my daughter's college tuition.
*Thank You for allowing me to get three book contracts.
*Thank You for choosing me to write stories and weave Your truths into them.
*Thank You for being associated with a publisher who is a Christian and lives and runs her business on Christian principles.
*Thank You for putting me together with some great writers and letting me help them achieve their dream of publication.
*Thank You for blessing me with a return invitation to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I love teaching there and hanging out with other Christian writers.
*Thank You for a loving and supportive husband, who still blows me away with the wisdom and practicality of his sermons.
*Thank You for a beautiful, smart, and supportive daughter.

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Are there things you should thank God for before jumping into this hustle bustle season? Go ahead. Take some time for Thanksgiving.

I'll add this one: Thank You for readers who have no idea how they bless me.

Happy Thanksgiving!