Being Fruit-full

I spent a lot of years wasting my time.

Too many.

I’d run from one thing to another. From one great scheme, great job, great guy.

But, all were fruit-less.

Yes, I had successes at my job. No success at random schemes (Let’s forget about being a Mary Kay consultant, shall we?) And, well, we won’t mention the guys.

I didn’t know God, I didn’t know favor, and I certainly didn’t know how to be in God’s will.

God’s will. It’s a funny thing. And, our place in it?

Well, that’s even funnier.

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. ~ John 15:2 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.15.2.NIV

I like a lot of things.

Singing.

Dancing.

Photography.

Writing.

I love these things. And, I’m pretty good at all of them. Okay, maybe not dancing as much, unless it’s strictly ballroom, and then I’ve been known to be pretty decent in fact!

I love all of these. But, are they what God wants me to be doing? To be focused on?

I’m not saying to give up yours dreams of dancing on Broadway. But, is God’s will for you Broadway? Or something else? Something bigger? Something smaller? Bigger, like teaching kids dance at your local after-school program and giving them an opportunity they may not have. Smaller, like dancing in your kitchen in the morning sunlight like I like to do.

But, we are still dancing. And, feeling joy in it. That is the key. Do you feel JOY in what you are doing?

There a lot of things I am good at, but not all bring me joy.

And, peace.

And, knowing that I am in His will.

Being in God’s will is a place of comfort. It doesn’t mean He won’t take you out of your comfort zone. But, as he prunes you to show you what “bears no fruit,” He’ll also prune you to show you what does!

Are you going through a pruning? What is being pruned? And, what is being shown?

Heavenly Father, we ask today that you prune us for Your glory. We ask that you take away what is not in your will and we ask that you shine what is. Help us to know Your course for our lives and the riches according to your glory. We love you, Lord.

Amen.

It’s Cork-poppin’ Time!

I sat last night over pizza and salad with a friend discussing whether God hears us. But, most importantly does He answer.

1 John 5:14 says…

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. (NIV)

“According to His will.” What does this mean? I get that it says it, but what does this mean to my life and specifically what God has for me? What should I pray?

This line reminds me of another portion of scripture found in Matthew 6.

This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’”
~Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Your will be done.” What a powerful place to pray. What if instead of our wishes and our desires, we prayed for God’s will to be done? What would that look like for you? I know for me in comes from place of distrust. I don’t mean to. But, it’s hard. My Christ-following heart wants to know that God has my best interest at heart, that he knows what’s best for me.

But, my mind has doubts. How could He know? And, my mind screams, “But I want this, Daddy!”

My daughter wants a smartphone. She is about to turn 11 and has been talking about getting a phone since she was five years old. My husband and I have consistently answered “No” since then with comments such as “You’re too young.”, “You don’t need one.”, and “Who would you call?”

She doesn’t care how much we dissuade her. In her heart, she is worthy of a smartphone.

So what does this mean with our relationship to God? Is this the “Keep asking, seeking and knocking” scripture in Matthew 7? Is this the widow who kept bugging the judge until he finally said “YES!” just to keep her out of his hair? I don’t know either. But, it sure made me think!

Jesus says to pray for God’s will. Then he says to keep asking seeking and knocking and bugging and annoying and persisting and picking and acting like a duck on a June bug.

I am not saying there is an inconsistency here! That is quite the opposite. He knows what we want before we ask. (Matthew 6). But, I feel in all this God wants to open up a conversation. A conversation of how we really feel. A conversation of hopes and dreams; of wants and desires.

He wants us to TALK WITH HIM! And, He wants to talk with US!

God wants us to make Him an important friend. Do you tell your bestie what you want in life, or do you keep it bottled up tightly inside with the cork on and the wrapping still around the bottle? Okay. Maybe some people do, but for the most part, we are quick to share what we want in life–or what we don’t want–to our closest confidants.

What are your desires? What has God planted in your heart? Are they coming true? Or, have you not popped the cork?

Today, I challenge you to talk to God and pop the cork on your dreams and desires. Or, chat with Him about a situation that you see happening that you’d like a different outcome in. We all have them. You are not alone.

What’s your cork? What’s your bottle? It’s time to get that corkscrew out!

My other, maybe even bigger question for the day is, “What if God’s will is ‘No.’?” But, I feel that’s for another post.

I’m by no means an expert. No one is an expert on God’s word except, frankly, God! But like He says, He wants to be keep asking, seeking and knocking. And, I plan to do just that!

Today, I’m going to watch for God’s blessings both big and small. Is it hard for you to see when God is blessing you? Please share in the comments. I’d love to know, too!

May God bless you richly today and may you discover something new about you and Him.

Be blessed!

~DMM

Commit

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.16.3.NIV

Good morning!

Several years ago — probably more like 15 now — a writer friend gave me a little frame with this scripture in it.

I didn’t understand what it meant.

I was new in my walk and new in my writing.

Today, I received this in a different version as the Verse of the Day from Youversion, and it all clicked.

Finally.

I think that when the time is right, God opens up His Word like a flower. In fact, I know He’s right. His thinking is right. Fifteen years ago, I needed this scripture to open the path that He knew I’d take. Through all the twists, turns and detours, I’ve come back. Back to my writing.

Back to depending on Him for my writing.

So today I write and commit it to God.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. ~Proverbs 16:3 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/pro.16.3.NIV

May the Lord establish YOUR plans today as He guides you in your writing. And, may He establish my plans, too.

Be blessed!

~DMM

The Best Thing I Read All Day

This is by far the best thing I’ve read today…

“Brian May, the guitarist for the legendary rock band Queen and an astrophysicist, is also a participating scientist in the New Horizons mission.”

Am I the only one excited about this??? (Maybe I shouldn’t have asked that!)

He even wrote a song about this historic event. The link is included in the article. I’m listening as soon as I finish typing.

NASA provides first image from its most distant flyby of a planetary object

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/01/world/new-horizons-ultima-thule-flyby-success/index.html

Enjoy!

New Year. New Me?

For the past few days I’ve been thinking.

Praying, actually.

For some focus in my writing.

You see. I love to write. I love to create worlds and beings and treasures for people to behold. I love to put on paper what I see in this crazy head. But, one thing is getting in my way.

Priorities.

Or, maybe the lack there of.

So, I’ve been praying, asking and seeking.

How should I write?

When should I write?

How am I going to get all this done?

Are you like me with so many things pulling you in opposite directions you’re like that poor dog Doug in Up!, but instead of one squirrel, you feel like you have a thousand?

That’s me. But, I’ve learned something. To be the best me I can be, I have to prioritize. I have to put things aside that don’t make me me, that don’t bring me joy and that don’t further where I want to see myself to be.

Now, I know there are things we have to do.

We have to wash dishes.

We have to clean house.

And, I don’t know about you, but at my house, laundry is always calling.

But, in all the must do’s, I must find the have to’s. The things that I have to do to make my heart full and my burdens light.

I woke up early today. And, I wrote. And, I will write every day. And, my heart is full.

I wrote for me and not my clients. I wrote for them, too–getting all those gifs designed and New Year’s Best Wishes posted.

I did it. But, I wrote for me, too. And, now I’m writing for you. And, I’m so grateful!

Thank you for being on this journey with me in 2018, and thank you for breaching 2019 with me! Let’s see how far we can go!

Be blessed, joy filled, and God loves you!

~DMM