Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Poem, from long ago.

The Busyness of Life, or, Where Did God go?  Aug. 2005

Day begins, so much to do.
Make a list, maybe two.
Hurry, hurry our the door,
add to your list more and more.
Help me God, along life's way,
Bless me God, Bless my day.

I help, I serve, I work a lot.
Sometimes I'm thanked, sometimes not.
They ask for help once, then twice,
they think that I'm so very nice.
"We need you here, we need you there".
There's no more of me to spare!
Help me God, along life's way,
help me make it thru today.

I should spend time with friends, I know,
but my list of things just seems to grow.
Maybe next week, or maybe next month
I might have time to go to lunch.
Or maybe just a cup of tea,
whenever they catch up with me.
Help me God to get it straight,
Should I work, or keep the date?

My quiet time is gone these days.
Lists of things get in the way.
Pay the bills, dig the yard,
sometimes it is so very hard.
As for God, there is not time,
Maybe He could get in line.
Help me God, anyway...
Bless me God, Bless my day.

 Not enough time under the sun,
not enough strength to get it all done.
I lay down, and cry for rest,
God I've done my very best.
Am I approved? Did I stand the test?
Is it OK that I ask to be blessed?
Bless me God in my weariness.

"This was not a test at all my child,
I wanted to show you your life is to wild.
Too many sports, too much TV,
too may things put ahead of me.
So take a deep breath, put your list away.
Spend time with me, read, and pray.
I will bless you, I will guide your way,
I will bless you, I will Bless your day.

by Barbara Jean Simmons


Monday, December 29, 2014

Who are we praying for?


It is amazing to me, how we can get so caught up in ourselves, we forget how good we really have it.

Take me, for instance.
I had surgery about 6 weeks ago. Major surgery. And I have been laying around complaining about how I am not getting better fast enough.....tired of laying around, need to get back to the store. (I own my own shop. wonderful help, but they cannot help forever). I miss being around people, so much to do, and so on and so on.

Now, to think of others:
I am on FB, too much really....when I see a notice from a friend asking for prayer for a young man who has been in a serious accident, and is in critical condition in ICU, and needing surgery....but having to wait till they can do one thing in order to do the next.
The picture showed his car. Totaled, as in, I had a hard time figuring out which end was which. And this nice young man was pictured next to the picture of the car......
It does not sound good.

My whole point here is, that sure took my mind off my own little problems....
Now my prayers are not for myself to get better quicker, but for this young man, his parents, and sisters....

God thinks of us more than there are grains of sand, (Ps.139:17,18) and He has our overall best in mind in all His plans for us, and for those who love us, and love Him.

So, who and what are we praying for?  something we want? a 'thing'? better health for ourselves?
How about praying for those who are much worse off than we are. It is not hard to find them if we only look outside ourselves.

be blessed
Barb

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"LATE"



 

On my walk this morning, I passed a man who was going the opposite way.

"How you doing?" he asked quietly.
" Great" I said. "How about you?"
 (All this while walking quickly past him.)
"Oh", in a lowered voice he said, "I guess OK." 
and he slowed his pace even more.

In my rush to get home I gave him the thumbs up 
and "better than horrible."

ouch!!
did i just really say that?
how would i feel if i was just doing 'OK' and wishing someone cared?
what could i have said? 
'hope it gets better'?
'pray it gets better'?
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"I'm late. I'm late. gotta get ready,
gotta get there.
I'm late I'm late. can't take time to care."

should i have paused, in my hurried world, 
and taken time to care?

"I'm late I'm late....."

get where? church?
for what?
to sing, to hug, to get fed?
 to hope someone cares more about me more than
  I cared about a hurting person I passed on my walk?

or should i have stopped and taken time to
care about his person, maybe a lost soul?

I think we all know the answer to that....
Not that there is anything wrong with all the hugging,
and being fed ourselves, but there are times when we need
to reach out to others too.
Maybe even those who are not in our building
 on Sunday mornings.....

I'm late. I'm late.
but gotta take time to care.

Be blessed everyone.

Barb
  
Jesus took time to care...


Friday, August 23, 2013

Walk on beach

Last year at the Beach:

Scott, "Take my hand."

 I did not ask where we were going or what we were doing.
I just took it and let him lead.
 (In previous years I would have asked 'why', or 'where' are we going?)
But I was learning to trust.

Carefully he guided me over jagged rocks, then a couple of feet onto  the beach.
Scott, "now we can say we walked on the beach".
It was a simple thing.

When I thought back about that, and realized how much that is like our walk with God.
He stretches out His hand to us.

We start out unsure, not fully trusting maybe.....
Wanting to know the 'why' and the 'where', or for 'how' long.

He wants us to take his hand, trust Him, let Him lead us.
Maybe it is just a few steps over jagged terrain,
 or maybe a longer walk and more difficult journey.
No questions, just taking his hand and trusting him.

We do not learn that over night, and He understands that.

So, where are you today?
Is He reaching out?
Are you asking "Why"?
Or "Where"?
or "How long"?

Or will we simply take His hand,
and trust that He will lead us in a safe path.
He promises to never leave us or forsake us,
and He promises to take care of His children.

Thank you Lord.

Be Blessed everyone
Barb

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Getting Motivated or (How to get on your little red trike and get somewhere.)

 

   Hey, anyone out there feel stuck? So many projects you do not know where to start, feel overwhelmed, and you just cannot get motivated to do anything?? Sometimes even just go take a nap, then get up feeling the same way again?

   That is what my friend posted on FB earlier this evening, so, seeing that I have that same problem myself, I 'challenged' her to go get one of those things done in a half hour. I would go do the same, then we would meet back here to tell what we got done.

    Well, what a great idea that was. (Must have been the Lord. =)
We both worked 1/2 hour, then met on FB to tell, and we got so much done.
So, we did it for the next half hour! And again, got so much done.

(I think part of why this worked, is you do not have time to see all there is to do, you just choose one and go for it.) 
I also noticed that I keep up that energy and work for awhile after we stopped 'checking' on each other.

   So, find someone to be accountable to, set a time limit, then come back and share.
And feel free to share this idea too. It works!!

(if you do not have anyone to be a partner with you, you can leave a comment here any time to let me know what you got done. So excited to hear from you all.)

Thanks Lord!!!


Blessings all,
Barb

 PS I told my friend, next time she feels unmotivated just set the timer, work one half hour on anything! Then come let me know what she got done. =)

PSS would love to hear any adaptations of this that works for you, too. =)

OK. Someone said tell what I got done. Here it is.
In 1 hour I...
spray painted two frames and a little metal chair
started laundry
cleaned bird feeder
put some stuff away
picked up boards from driveway
cleaned 2 pieces to be painted
got bank deposit ready, and added names to my business email list. 




Monday, April 22, 2013

A Page From My Journal

 A page from my journal:

"OK Lord. Today is Friday, Dec 21, 2012.
Help me to trust you for my needs today, 
1 minute, 1 hour, 1 step at a time.

Help me to remember, You Are my peace, my protector, 
my provider; you are my answer when I call for help, 
you are my guide, my deliverer, my help, my God and my King.

You have a plan for me, for today.. 
Help me not to think about tomorrow, or even my next step today,
 knowing you will guide me through it.
You will give me enough love, your love, enough strength,
 your strength,  for today, for my next step.

Help me be mindful of that, with each step I take.
Help me be mindful of You, with each step I take."

Be blessed my friends.
Taking one step at a time with Him.

barb



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Resting in Him



Oh Boy do I need this today.

Blessings fellow bloggers.
Peace and His rest to you this day.

barbara jean