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God Loves Quality Time with His Children October 15, 2011

Filed under: Off Topic Thoughts — jenniferburton @ 5:00 pm

Today has been one of those days where you just can’t seem to get enough fresh air from the breeze, the sun, and the sound of trees rustling in the wind. We have spent the day cleaning the house some with the open windows. When I decided to take a break, I stepped out back to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. I wanted a moment of being silent and still.

As I sat in the chair, in a blissful state of relaxation, listening to the rustling of the leaves, some memories began to fill my head. I was thinking at the time how much I would enjoy lying in a hammock, so I could close my eyes and possibly doze.

Then, I remembered something from my childhood. Growing up, at one point, we lived on 5.5 acres, and we had a hammock tied between 2 trees in our front yard. I used to lie in that hammock frequently on days such as today. I would lie there, listening to the sounds of nature and watch the leaves dance in the trees and sometimes fall. Sometimes I would close my eyes and fall asleep for a short nap. But most of the time, this is where I would have my conversations with God. 

As I sat on the back deck, continuing to reminisce, I began to realize how often I spoke to God as a child. I used to talk to Him in my alone time, just as if He was sitting next to me. I wasn’t really saved at the time (that’s another story in itself). I believe in Him, though. I would tell Him what was on my mind. I would ask Him questions, and pray for my family constantly.

As I grew older…since then I had been saved (my sophomore year of college), my conversations with God began to diminish. I didn’t talk to Him as often or like I used to. When I was first saved, I was in constant prayer, but not necessarily taking time to “converse” with God. But my prayer life eventually began to diminish along with that. I have never lost my faith in God. I guess you can say as I have gotten older I became more sidetracked with many things. I keep going in and out of dry spells instead of being consistent. How did I let this happen? I realize I miss my conversations with God, and my prayer life with God. God loves spending time with us, any time and any day. Sometimes He just wants to talk to us, and sometimes He just wants us to talk to Him..just a conversation, no matter what situation you are in. You don’t always have to be “in prayer” to talk to God. When you speak, He listens. He is our Father, our Daddy. Just talk to Him, just like you want to talk to your parents, or how you want your kids to talk to you. Don’t allow life to come between you and your relationship with the King. It is so important to keep it open and communicative. Psalm 91:1-2 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The more you communicate with God, through prayer or conversation, the more you will build your relationship and trust with Him. It is because you seek Him, and that is exactly what He wants! He wants you to want Him! He is good, faithful, and never failing. “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night…” Psalm 92:1-2. Don’t forget to thank Him and praise Him when you speak with Him. He is eternally good and always listening. I plan to converse with God again because I want that strong relationship. Will you? Will you make it a priority to take some time out of the day just to spend time with Him, just as He wants? He is waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Life Within October 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferburton @ 9:04 pm

I would like to start off by saying…God is good! Amen? It has been quite a summer and beginning school year. So much more has happened in the last few month, but I am now at a moment to where I feel at peace about everything. 

As you all know, my husband and I suffered the loss of our first unborn child earlier this summer. With me losing my job and then starting graduate school, it was a lot to take on. As time passed, we had a moment of healing and prayer. I am so thankful for all the friends and family who supported us during this hard time. I was very much stressed and losing some of my faith. I was heartbroken and becoming depressed. Just when I thought time was running out, the Lord blessed me with a job.

This new teaching job I knew would be a challenge, teaching 3 grade levels in 4 subjects, but I was willing to give it a shot. During that first month of school, we found out we were expecting again. We were so excited! As time went on during the school year, the job was becoming too much to handle and was lacking the proper support I felt I needed. The stress was becoming so great that I was fearing for my baby’s health as well as my own. It was then I decided to resign and wait for something else to come along. This was a huge leap of faith because we really couldn’t afford to live off one income, especially with a baby on the way. Right before I resigned, Jon’s car broke down. We now have one working vehicle.

Since I resigned, my stress has decreased significantly. It has helped me to stay home with the nausea and the exhaustion. I’m able to get the rest I felt I needed..maybe a little too much. However, even though I currently am unemployed and we have one car, it’s working out so far. I’m not sure what the future holds for us, but that’s where I have to keep the faith. God knows our situation and knows exactly what we need when we need it. I plan to take this time to be in continuous prayer for the “next step” and try to follow God’s plan.  

So far, our baby is still alive and well, as I was sick this morning to prove it, and we will have my first prenatal appointment tomorrow. We are very excited. This is more important to me right now than a job. Yes, a job would be nice for a little more financial security, and so that we can get another car, but right now, I am not that worried about it. I will say that I am so glad that I still have such strong support from my friends and family, no matter my circumstance. God has a plan for me, as for everyone else. It is up to us whether or not we follow that plan. The plan may not always be pretty…we learn from the harder times…but looking at the bigger picture, we know it is the best. It is what helps us become who we are and who we are in Christ. If it weren’t for the hard times, there would be no testimonies of faith and trust…we wouldn’t need God.  It’s amazing to see how He uses circumstances to pull everything together. Every decision we make affects the next one, and others involved. We need to always be conscious and aware of how we live our lives each day. We need to be sure we are living in a way that pleases God, our King.