"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ... Isaiah 41:10
Well, I'll tell ya ... I don't have many friends who often speak these sentences:
"I tried that once. It didn't work. Nothing ever works for me."
"Today's world is all bad. I'm mad at everyone. The best people are gone."
"There's absolutely nothing on tv worth watching anymore."
"I can't afford anything. Everything is too expensive."
"I don't know how to really do anything."
Why don't I have those kinds of friends? Ol' Pollyanna Debra makes them mad. (No, really.)
Ack! It's that darn I'm So Helpless Lie. The way people cling to it, abdicating their responsibility, believing that God, later in Heaven, will touch their shoulder and say, "Aww, it wasn't your fault you couldn't move forward. You poor, alone, helpless thing."
If we have God living inside us? Always we can improve our lives. Always. Even from a wheel chair or walker. Or a too small house or yard. Or if we've little money, time, stamina or education.
We serve a God who makes a way where there appears to be none, you know.
The problem? We stop searching for solutions. We quit expecting, believing. Imagining. Hoping and seeking and finding.
Hey, trust me-- I know. I live in a little house. ツ But oh Honey! I have such huge dreams. Well, big for me, anyway. (But then, shouldn't all dreams feel that way? Beyond our own present ability?)
So these words I'm telling you today are ones I repeatedly tell myself. These words and also this--
The journey should, mostly, be a pleasant challenge. And something memorable--not embarrassing or disappointing--from the later view of our new life in Heaven.
Life has tons of challenges so why spend our few, precious decades growling about them? Why not approach them with an I'm-gonna-run-this-race-with-God-and-joy attitude?
We can, you know. God equips us to do anything He asks or permits us to do. If we rely upon Him, His strength, His timing. If we don't bog down in a big discouragement puddle.
And if we keep asking, believing and doing while expecting to see changes even better than we imagined.
“I never said it would be easy. Giving up is easy.” ―
Oh, what quitters miss experiencing!
So after two years-ish, I finally made it back to Dollar Tree. I'd pictured myself having the kind of excited fun Katherine from Do It On a Dime does and looked forward to that, certainly.
Hmm. Truly an example of attitude making all the difference. They had everything I wanted, yet it felt like the same ol' kinda-oh-hum Dollar Tree experience to me. Not once did I giggle with joy. ジ
But anyway! I came home with new containers and finished organizing some cupboards and that proved fun.
Organizing in ways our drawers and cupboards stay organized--something my head, for years, tried to convince me was too hard, given our small house circumstances.
No 'before photos' today, but please just picture utter chaos, the kind where you grab one thing and three more spill out. heh.
More areas where I've felt super-challenged while living at Hobbit Cottage (and upon which I'm still working)?
Creating a whimsical, nostalgic home and--
A fun wardrobe.
An organized home library.
An imaginative yard.
A prepper's paradise (making us ready for anything, necessitating adding storage--and learning--galore).
Buying storage solutions for just basic household stuff.
Getting back into shape.
Creating my own Happy Place Room (as I'm calling it).
And much more I can't currently think of. 😉
And oh my! Does this upcoming film look terrific, or what?(A special thanks to my friend, Ann, for sharing it. Can't wait to see it!)
Read more about this documentary here and oh! I just now saw it's already available through Amazon Prime. Cool.