Psalm 30:5

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

"The difference between the truth that you know and the truth that you live equals the pain that you experience"  Brent Hofen

Doing my studies tuesday while OFF of the "real world" of Technology with the phones ringing, emails, social media, videos ect.. I tried VERY hard to disconnect and will do so EVERY Tuesday by putting my phone aside, turning off the computer and sticking to the word, devotions and "REAL" life.  I was not completely successful as several contractors needed information, a friend needed support and  the text messages continued to roll in.. I chose the most important ones so if I did not respond to you yesterday it is NOT that you are not important.. My goal was to not use the phone at all.. But with time restraints in this remodel that seemed impossible.. yesterdays first attempt showed me just how distracted one can become by simply checking voice mail, emails, texts, social media.  I tried VERY hard today and still lost  over an hour of time.  
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Ecclesiastes 11:4

As I continue my strategy plan  and goals and see what my core values and spiritual gifts are I see now why I'd become so offended in the past few weeks.  I see now why I shut doors very quickly over the past few years with several "friends" not even realizing I was offended because I'd been "attacked" .. My core values and beliefs brought to a battle field. All the circumstances very familiar involving lack of trust and integrity.   One of my spiritual gifts is Mercy - Which just strikes me as funny! It actually got the highest score on two tests.  I have shown very little mercy by simply eliminating those that offend me out of my life.  This does not seem very merciful.  After all they are no longer able to spend time with me (Little humor there!  Surely they must miss me...Again more humor ... ) I say this to break the ice and state that Mercy is one of my gifts I need to work on.  But how.. Thru trust in God and his faithfulness .  To be patient and kind to others as you wish to be treated.  Hold only myself accountable for my actions and allow God to hold others accountable for their actions. Thru mercy and my other gifts I will enhance my walk with Christ and set in motion first,  short term goals to lead to my longterm goal that God has planned for me.  A VERY bright future indeed!  
Luke 6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.



Marie Timm
07/02/2014 10:54pm

catching up on your blogs. really enjoying "hearing" your growth! you are doing so well. keep an eye out for the traps and pitfalls we all must learn to sidestep along the way. our God is truly amazing in His great love and patience with us all. watching you strengthens my own faith. keep pressing into Him so you can press on!!


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