Saturday, April 28, 2012

Simple Grief

Thank you friends so much for your love and prayers.
My Granddad died today. We will be headed up for the funeral soon.
I'm pained, but I'm not crushed. I'm hurt, but not beyond repair. I'm weary, but I know I'll be strong again.
God is good, I'm never alone.
Love and hugs to all, Rose

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Simple Hurt

Okay I know that you would never guess from some of my more recent posts, but I'm hurting. It's been a rough week for our entire family. My Granddad is dying. They have given him just days to live.
Needless to say this is hard on all of us.
I'm worried and running around trying to keep myself busy. Sometimes it's just a way of doing something so that I don't have to think about the worry and the pain.
Then whenever I slow down enough to really think, God whispers that it will be all right. He will be with me. Everything will work out. All things work out for the good.
As I listen, my heart becomes lighter. I'm able to work with a spring in my step. I may be hurting, but I know that God and I will get through it together. I'm never alone, and that makes all the difference.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Simple Night

I am out on the porch. It’s a starlit night. 
The wind seems to whisper peace. 
The stars shine hope. 
God is near. 
I can hear His voice. 
Life is beautiful.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Simply Lovely

As girls we often obsess about beauty. We want to be fashionable (modestly of course). We want to have it, but it many seems to elude us. The perfect outfit won’t come together. The best make-up seems to never work right. We never look as good as the model. 
But do we have to? Sometimes I even get stung by this bug. I try to fix my hair just right. I try to be stylish. I try make myself feel beautiful. 

Yet beauty doesn’t come from the outside. I’ve seen beauty in an old woman’s eyes and in a small girls hands. Beauty doesn’t come from your outfit or looks. It comes from your heart. 
Does that mean we should neglect the outside? No, the outside merely reflects what’s on the inside. So take care of both. Beautify the inside and take care of the outside. Let them both reflect a heart that has been touched by the love of God. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Simple Priorities

Have some simple priorities and make sure that your life reflects these. 
If God is at the top of your list, make sure that He has the first say in everything that you do. And so on. If family comes before work (job, blogging, home business, etc.) make sure that you make time for them ahead of work. 
Sometimes it helps to write about a list of your priorities from most to least important. Then write out a list of specific ways that you can live out these priorities. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Simple Dance

Dancing. Oh, the joy it brings. To feel the freedom, the excitement, and the beauty it brings. I love dancing. Whether hip-hop, waltz, pop, contra, square, or freestyle I love it all. When I dance I feel alive.
You know the times when I feel the best? When I’m dancing with my Abba. Sometimes we dance slowly, sometimes we dance fast. Sometimes we are in-between. But when we dance, the world and its problems fade away. Concerns and cares fall of my shoulders. All I care about is my Daddy, looking into His eyes, and feeling His touch. We don’t even need to talk; all we need to do is to be together.

Dancing requires slowing down. Dancing means you stop and focus on your partner. Dancing makes you forget about everything except Him.
I know this may sound too dreamy to be real, but trust me. I have danced with God many times. It’s the one of the most beautiful things we do together.
Take some time. Dance with Abba. Let Him love you. Open your heart and just let Him be there. He longs to sweep        you off your feet. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Simply Live

Live out what you know to be true. Instead of taking a class, reading another book, or getting more head knowledge do what you know is right, go do what you know is right. 
It’s easy to know the right thing to do. It’s another to live it out. 
Simply live what you know God is calling you to do. Leave the rest in His hands. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Simply Be

Don’t run from who you are – The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. So true. God created each of us differently. We all have different passions, feelings, hopes, dreams. 
Embrace them. Be the person that God has made you to be. There will always be people that think you are strange and will try to convince you that you are wrong. Just let it slide. 
Live as the person that God created you to be no matter how out of the box that is. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Simple Morning

It was on a simple morning like this that God raised His Son.

Our God is Risen! We have a living hope! We are loved! We are free!

Simply reveal in His love and care today.

Happy Resurrection Sunday! Rose

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Are We Simply Better?

I had a simple thought for you today.

I was thinking about the story of Jesus. The Bible says, "for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross despising the shame." Our Lord could see the joy on the other side of the cross. He could see all the good. He could see the glory. He knew how things would end up.

Yet in the Garden, He cried out to Abba to take the cup away. He prayed for the hour to pass. He asked to not go through the torture. In the end however, He surrendered to His Father and drank the cup.

How do we think we are any better than Him? How do we think that when a storm is coming that we can just grin and bear it? Fear is a real emotion, one that should be worked through, not ignored. Know that even Jesus cried out. And God heard Him and gave Him strength.

So if you are struggling with fear or a storm, know that God understands your fears and pains. You're not alone. Even if you're in a garden and your friends are sleeping instead of praying for you! God will go through the storm with you.

No, we can't be better than the Son of God. But we can follow in His steps and continue to trust our Abba.

Just remember this after the storm, the sun always shines again. Always!    

Monday, April 2, 2012

Thankful for A Simple Life

I'm so thankful for the life I have right now. Spring is in full swing. I have a family that loves me. Friends that care for me. I get to enjoy a relationship with God.

I'm simply thankful for my life and what I have and where God is taking me.

True there are some things in my life that give me cause to worry, but I know that God is good. He will help me with whatever troubles me.