The Best GPS

Ever get confused while driving this road of life? I know I do. Sometimes I come to a crossroads and don’t know which way to turn. Other times I feel like I am going in circles. Can you relate?

Having recently given in and purchased a GPS for my car, I am curious about the way it takes me in different directions to get to my destination. You might say I am deciding whether to trust it or not.

When it comes to life though, I know I have the best GPS system in the universe and His name is God. I know I can trust Him to get me to my destination and no matter what route He takes me on, I am willing to go along for the ride. I am even learning to relax and enjoy the ride.

The journey through life has its hills and valleys for sure. I love that. Ever driven through long stretches of flat terrain for hours on end? Boring, isn’t it?

Life has its ups and downs. The hills and valleys are what make the trip interesting. They challenge us to grow and to take checkpoints along our journey. So the next time you feel like you have lost your direction, make a right turn to God and He will direct your path. Until next time, keep looking up!

By the Grace of God

So how are you holding up this season? I’m having a rough time this year for lots of reasons, but when I talk to my friends and relatives, they have their own problems as well. So I know I am not alone.

Health issues, job stress, relationship problems, the list goes on and on. Sometimes I ask “Lord, how much more can I take?” The answer is the same “My grace is sufficient for you.”

I have been pondering that concept lately. Grace is God’s unmerited favor towards us and it is truly by the grace of God that I am still on this earth after some of the lovely things I have gone through in my life. Not that I am looking for pity, mind you. I am sharing this to remind myself as well as you of the great grace of God.

At my recent birthday, I got out my old violin and we all sang a few choruses of “Amazing Grace”. From reminding me to check the air in my tire, to getting a discount on my drycleaning, to having time and health to work out at the gym,I see so many examples of God’s grace to me today.

Have you recognized God’s grace in your life lately, dear one? If not, I encourage you to take a few moments at the end of each day, and think of the good things that happened to you that perhaps you didn’t expect or deserve. That is God’s grace in action. Until next time, keep looking up!

Thankful in All Things

It is November, my favorite month of the year. The bushes and trees are all dressed in their fall finery. I can see the vibrant hues of red, gold, and green from my window. When the rays of the morning sun fall on the earth, I am thankful for the glory and beauty God has created. Have you noticed lately?

I know this is also a very busy season of the year for most of us. The stores are all gearing up extra early it seems for Christmas. The local transit buses are displaying the “Happy Holidays” sign. All this activity lowers our immune systems. Many friends are coming down with colds, allergies, and unexplainable illnesses. On top of it all, most of us have to deal with end of year work-related stresses.

But, amidst the negatives and pressures of life, I make a conscious effort to focus on the positives and give thanks each and every morning when I first wake up. Maintaining an attitude of gratitude helps set the tone for my day. It helps me to handle the inconveniences and rudeness of people and situations.

Take today for example. I was walking up the hill carrying, as usual, too many heavy grocery bags. I prayed for someone to give me a ride up the hill and before I was a third of the way up, a neighbor on the opposite side of the road slowed to ask if I wanted a ride. Now, let me tell you how thankful I was for her! She made a U turn and pulled up beside me.

“Which entrance would you like to be dropped at?” she asked. Wow, talk about service. She was an angel blessing. The Lord certainly heard and answered my prayer. Now the reason I am sharing this story is to show you how much God really cares about all His children, and when we maintain an attitude of gratitude I think that is pleasing to Him. So, friends, this season, despite all the hustle and bustle, slow down to give thanks for the many blessings you have been given and then reach out and bless someone else!