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Playing

PlayingThis past week I’ve had fun, and at times laughed out loud, while watching Lip Sync Challenge Police videos. If you’re on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve seen a few. I live in a community filled with Police Officers that work in surrounding cities and counties, so many people around here know Police Officers and their families.

It warms my heart to see them playing and having fun, especially when the work they do is extremely stressful; physically, emotionally and mentally.

Definition of Play – Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation. To spend time doing enjoyable things.

I don’t know about you, but I like to play. Although, there was a time when I was so busy getting things done that the thought of ‘playing’ overwhelmed me. Getting what done you may ask. Who knows! Probably the dishes, laundry and cleaning whatever needed to be cleaned. Perhaps it was helping the kids with whatever they needed help with at the time. Or maybe it was helping with a school or church event or task.

I always thought I would do something fun when I got everything done that had to be done. But that day never came. There is always something or someone that needs my attention. Thankfully, God has surrounded me with some wise and encouraging women who have helped me find my playful side.

 

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 

I try, but don’t always succeed, to ‘play’ a little every day. It might be watching fun videos on Facebook, going to a movie, out to lunch or for a walk. Playing doesn’t have to be a big production. It’s simply taking some time to do something enjoyable. For me, what I find enjoyable changes depending on the season I’m in and the weather outside. For today, I’m enjoying sitting outside in the warmth of the day while writing.

When was the last time you ‘played’? What do you enjoy doing? Is there someone you know who could use some help finding their playful side?

My prayer for us today ~ Father God, thank you for the gift of laughter and dance. Thank you for the joy we experience when following Your Son and seeking Your will for our lives. I pray our work, rest and play would bring You honor, glory and praise. Amen.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did. Which Police Lip Sync Video is your favorite?

ReBirth-day

balloonsOver the past few weeks we’ve been doing a lot of celebrating at our house.  First we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  Then, the 1 year anniversary of Robert’s kidney transplant.  Just the other day we celebrated my birthday.  I am now 44 years young.  🙂

Soon we’ll be celebrating my 5th birthday.  My rebirth.  The day I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and invited God into my life.

Five years ago I was a crazy mess.  I was overwhelmed with my circumstances and didn’t know which way was up.  My heart was empty and broken.  I didn’t know how to love my husband or be the mother my children needed me to be.

Before I was married with children my focus was always on myself.  What I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.  Then when I got married it was about my husband.  Well, actually, that’s not true.  It was still about me.  It was about how my husband needed to make everything about me.  Then when I had kids it became all about them and how I needed to do everything for them and give everything to them.  Through all of that I became lost, confused and empty.unfamiliar path

God helped me find myself.  He helped me understand it was important to take care of myself.  I was no good to anyone feeling lost, confused and empty.  He taught me how to take care of myself without being selfish.

My 40’s have been filled with the hardest struggles of my life.  My 40’s have also been the best years of my life.  The blessings I have received from God being a part of my life far out way the difficult trials.  My family and I have truly moved mountains with God.

….if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.  Matthew 17:20

As I recently told a friend, “God has taken me so far out of the box, I can no longer see the box”.  I have to admit, stepping out of my comfort zone and into change has been scary at times.  Knowing and believing that God will equip me to do all He calls me to do turns scary into exciting!  Out of the box with Jesus is where I choose to stay.

I have found the ‘Fountain of Youth’!  God.  We are each a child of God.  Some have just been hereeternal life on Earth longer than others.  Some have invited Him into their lives and some have not.  The more we seek after God and build a relationship with Him, the more He fills us with child like love and joy, that only comes from God the Father, our Creator.  Through Jesus, the son of God, we can have eternal life in heaven.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

My prayer for us today ~ Lord, I thank you for the peace and joy you give us when we seek You.  I pray we take time throughout each day to listen for Your guidance and will for our life, Amen

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