Trust and Obey

>> Thursday, April 28, 2011

I've been giving a lot of thought to the words Trust and Obey lately.  Two such easy words to say; they roll right off the tongue with no problem, don't they?  Yet, the meaning of these words is pretty clear.  In order to trust, you must rely on or have confidence in something or someone, even right down to hope in them.  And we all pretty much obey commands every day just by driving down the road.
Trust:  1) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety of a person or thing; confidence  2) confident expectation of something; hope
Obey:  to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of:

The trust and obey I've been thinking of though goes a little deeper than maybe trusting your friend or spouse and making sure you don't disobey road regulations.  I been thinking about trust and obey as it pertains to my faith and my prayer life.  As the refrain from the song Trust and Obey says "Trust and Obey, for there's no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey," we basically can't be happy unless we trust and obey.  One basic principle - so easy.  And look at the words in the song - so simple.

So why is trust so hard for me?  And obedience even harder at times?  I love God.  I love Jesus.  I want to be just like them.  I want everything God has to offer a sinner like me.  His love, patience, guidance, goodness, blessings.  So all I have to do is let go, and let God have it all.  I DO trust and obey, I DO trust and obey, I DO trust and obey...  God help me in this moment.


Trust and Obey


When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey. 

Refrain
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Refrain

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

Refrain

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

Refrain

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

Refrain

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Wordless Wednesday

>> Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring is sort of here...


Hosta is coming up



More Hosta



Don't know what this is called, but I have a lot of it!


Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

Nan


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Snow Day!

>> Saturday, April 16, 2011

No, this doesn't exactly qualify as a real snow day, but it was kind of exciting to get up to the snow.  It was really coming down, too.  And the most exciting part about it?  You knew you wouldn't have to shovel any of it.



The picture looks like everything is black and white, doesn't?  The snow was coming down so hard, it really seemed like everything was in black and white.  But there's a little bit of color there...

Then, a little while later...


Snow's all gone!  See the pretty hosta in the background?  Crazy!!  I know, I know, my yard needs fertilizer!  Other than that, wasn't the snow day fun?

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

Nan

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Spring is Here Giveaway!

>> Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Yep, that's right, I'm happy that Spring is here.  I'm sure no more so than a couple million other people, but I have a pretty book to give away, so I'm using Spring as an excuse.

So, here's the book                  

                                                    

and all you have to do is follow me on Google Friend Connect and comment about it.  Plus retweet the tweet that brought you here and comment about it.  That's two ways to win.  If you want a bonus entry, you can sign up for Networked Blogs (just don't forget to comment about it!).

I'll be drawing the winner on Friday at 6pm, so good luck!  I hope you win...I wish I had one for everyone.
Do make sure your contact information is in the comments.

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

Nan


          

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Book Review

Time with God for Mothers

I had the opportunity to review this beautiful little devotional.  It has wonderful flowers on the cover and throughout all the pages.  There are 90+ devotionals covering all sorts of topics; they didn't seem to miss one that I can see.  There is a "Presented To" page just inside the cover for gift giving.  Whether you are giving this as a gift or keeping it for yourself, it's a special little book; one you won't want to be without.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Book Review

The Blessing of Adversity

Mr. Black approaches the subject of adversity from a highly educated point of view.  The book was not hard to understand, but just "dry" reading.  The book is best read in small sections; it's not one you want to sit down and read through in a day.

The book is divided into three sections, then into chapters with an action plan at the end of chapter.  This book would be great for a bible study or small group discussion.  The author backs up all of his writing with biblical reference, and personal trials.

Disclaimer:  Tyndale House Publishers provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review

>> Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Final Summit

David Ponder is back from The Travelers Gift, and with no small task at hand. David is chosen as the leader of all the Travelers as they are convened in place (we assume it's heaven), to answer the one question that will save all of humanity: What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization.  David and the Travelers have five attempts to get the question correct and as you can assume, the story is full of suspense.  Mr. Andrews works in lots of true historical reference, which is very interesting. This book is wonderful and not only a quick read, you won't want to put it down!

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Booksneeze book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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Ultimate Blog Party 2011

>> Friday, April 1, 2011

Ultimate Blog Party 2011






Welcome all!

This is my second blog party and I hope it's a huge success for all.  Success, meaning I hope everyone makes lots of new blogger friends!

I am not a very consistent blogger yet, but trying to get there.  I do book reviews and write when I'm really passionate about something, as opposed to sharing my everyday life.  I don't have children at home and my husband works out of state, so that leaves me and the dogs.  They don't talk much...I'm trying, but can't quite get them to (just kidding - I haven't gone off the deep end yet).  My 83 year old father lives with me, so that makes things pretty interesting at times.

I am a Christian, stay at home wife, with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.  I would love to work out in the world again, but I don't think that is God's calling for me right now.  My husband and I have been married 24 years and look forward to many, many more.  We love spending time with family and friends, and each other.

I'm looking forward to the spring and warmer weather so I can plant flowers in containers for the yard to add color to our Cedar Rapids, IA home.  We didn't have a bad winter, not a lot of snow, but still ready for the warmer weather!  There are always more activities in the spring, summer and fall months, too.

I'll try to do a better job of sharing this year, maybe I'll pick up the camera this spring...

Happy Blog Hopping!!

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,
Nan

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Vicky

>> Thursday, March 24, 2011

Please pull out your prayers of the biggest kind...we need help.  Vicky, who is a friend of Gitzen Girl has been told she has breast cancer this week.  Not only breast cancer, but invasive, agressive, and stage three.  She begins chemotherapy Saturday.

I have Vicky's button in my side bar and you can grab it to put it on your blog, or you can just link to Vicky's blog.  Please let Vicky know you are thinking or her or praying for her.

This is the post from Gitzen Girl:


"THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011


YOU:create … for Vicky


"All Shall Be Well" is the phrase my friends
Vicky and Robin and I have been constantly
typing to each other this past week.

In this one week, Vicky's life changed
on a dime. Breast cancer just aren't
words a person is ever prepared to hear.
"Invasive" and "aggressive" and "stage three"
are ones you never want to hear behind them.

In this one week, Vicky has gone from an ultrasound
to mammogram to biopsy to diagnosis. Today she
will have a PET scan to be sure it hasn't
spread further than they think, and tomorrow
she begins chemotherapy.

One week.

A whole new world.

A whole new language of medicine and stages
and treatments.

But she will have the same people who love
her, standing with her and beside her. Loving
her and praying for her and supporting her
every step of the way.

Vicky was one of my very first blog friends.
She has peppered me with questions that have challenged me and prompted me to look deeper
and write deeper. She held me up when I felt
weak, and when our Dads died within days of
each other, we grieved together.

Now, we are going to fight together.

Will you join me in praying for my friend?















For my project this week, I created the
blog button you see above. That's our
smiling Vicky… all shall be well is her
motto. If you want to visit her blog and
leave her a comment of support, just
click on the button. If you want to
add the button to your sidebar, right
click within the box underneath to
select all, copy and then paste it
into your own blog. It will remain
available on my sidebar under "Blog
Buttons."

Thanks in advance for supporting and
loving on Vicky. She is one in a million."


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War

>> Sunday, March 20, 2011

I have been in a fragile state of mind of late.  When they announced on the news that we sent missiles to Libya yesterday, all I could do was cry.  All I could think was "another war" to send our innocent young citizens to and to have it change their lives forever.

I know God is in this, and I know He is allowing it.  I know we all have to trust in God's purpose.  I'm scared.  I'm praying for God to take away my fear and replace it with calm, peace of mind, even Joy.  I have to trust Him and His word, for without it, I have nothing.

We will never escape war, as much as I wish that was true.  Our parents had to deal with it, as did their parents and so on.  But will we ever really understand the full reason for war?  Does it really just come down to "power"?  And how do these leaders become so charismatic that they can get so many followers, even over God?

Of course, we see that in churches, too.  Even movie stars, sports figures, and other big talent.  People worship them!  Shame on us.  We have to recognize there is only one God and worship that one God.  We all become guilty at one time or another, but we do need to be more aware of what we're doing.  Who are we giving all of our power to?

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,
Nan    

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Grace Under Fire

>> Monday, March 7, 2011

I am under attack from all sides right now, but I can still see light.  God will always bring me light, as long as I keep my eyes fixed on Him.

Father God, you are number one in my life.  May you keep me reminded of that if I stumble off the path that always leads me to you.

I thank you for:

a father, loved and still alive at age 83

a mother, though deceased, still alive in memories and dreams

a father's love, strong and true

a mother's love, indescribable

twelve little paws, all racing to find the best place in bed at bedtime every night

a home, warm against the elements

flowered string lights in my bedroom to keep out the dark

a computer, link to the world

the internet, link to the world

the rain, to refresh the air and water the wildlife

the snow, to help freeze the ground and renew life

banana cream pie, the sweetness on my tongue







Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,
Nan

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One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

>> Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Get this book!  It's wonderful, fabulous, God-filled, and there is a video study with Ann on the Bloom Book Club through Incourage http://www.incourage.me/category/bloom.

This is a quote from the book:




                              
Really...get the book!  No amount of words that I could write could describe this book sufficiently.  Ann knows loss, pain, joy, everyday struggles, gratitude, grace and God.  She gives so much to think about in our lives, and writes as if she knows each of us.

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Book Review

>> Tuesday, February 15, 2011

BOOK REVIEW - IN CONSTANT PRAYER by Robert Benson

Posted 02/15/11: This book is not what I expected. It's not just another book on prayer as every author seems compelled to put out these days. I am glad I read it, and while it's not a concept I'm going to adopt, I think there are some who could find it helpful and even fruitful. The prayer Robert Benson discusses is "praying the hours"; praying at appointed times of the day. Morning Prayers, Nooontime Prayers, Evening Prayers, Bedtime Prayers - all of which we could use, but also that which most people find themselves to busy to stop at designated times of the day to just pray. Does that mean that we never pray? No, I don't believe that and neither does the author. But he has found that these prayers would only take 12 minutes to say...maybe we could find four increments of that short time to talk to the God who loves us each day, and maybe more when we have more time. Benson's book provides many more details about this process of prayer, called the Daily Office. It's worth a read.

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The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

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