Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Break for Changes

Remember my post about a new blog design and moving to WordPress? Well it's actually going to happen soon. I'm so excited! I can't wait for you to see it. The new design really captures my personality.

I wanted to let you know that I won't be posting for a couple of days while we get the transfer finished. But I will come to visit you.

If I was really smart, I would write some extra posts while I was waiting. But that would require prior planning and would break my life-long habit of procrastination. I'm not sure I have the will power to do that!

I will leave you with one nugget of encouragement. It's one of my favorite verses....

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Thanks for stopping in to visit today! I pray your week is filled with blessings from your Heavenly Father, who loves you more than you will ever know!

Take care my sweet friends!

Just keepin' it real,




BTW, if you keep up with me through a reader, I'm not entirely sure how my move to Word Press will affect you. Hopefully, it will be a painless transition...hopefully ;)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trust

Today I can also be found at The Homeschool Post sharing our journey into homeschooling. Since that post is about trusting God with life changes, I thought I would post one of my favorite verses for Word-Filled Wednesday....




Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6


Praying that you can trust in Him today my friend. His word is true. His promises are real. He will keep your paths straight. You may not always see the next step. But as long as you trust in the One who made it, your feet will never stumble. May you know that down to the very depth of your soul. And may you find peace in the journey.

Just keepin' it real,

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Reminder





But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:1-2


I wanted to post this as a reminder today....

A reminder for friends who are facing difficult situations

A reminder for those who are hurting

A reminder for those who think it's too hard to keep going

A reminder that NO MATTER WHAT God is still on the throne

and He is still in control.

You may be walking through the waters, but the mighty Maker of the universe is with you. He has all the elements in His hand. He will see you through. Hang in there my friend. God's not finished with you yet!

For more encouragement this Word Filled Wednesday, please visit The Internet Cafe.

Thanks for stopping by my friends!

Just keepin' it real,

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Not by Might, Not by Power

I am visiting a friend and enjoying a much needed get away right now. But before I left, I asked Michelle @ SomeGirls Website to guest post here at Confessions of a Snowflake. I first met Michelle through Twitter and I have enjoyed getting to know her through her blog where her love for the Lord shines brightly. I thoroughly enjoyed the message she wrote for us and I pray it is a blessing to you.

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Not long ago I tried to fix a leaky valve in one of our toilets. I had repaired a few before so it didn't seem like that big of a deal. (Just for a visual picture, the toilet I was working on was a lovely pink one that had reigned in its spot for nearly 50 years.)

I took apart the insides just like normal, removed the tank from the base and sat the tank sideways to remove the final nut that held the last piece I needed to remove. I grabbed the nut to turn it, just like I had with all the other nuts, but it didn't move. I grabbed more firmly and twisted harder, but still no movement. For the next several minutes I tried everything in my might and power to move that nut... my handy dandy orange gloves (that remove the toughest of jar lids), WD 40 (to loosen the nut), pliers and wrenches... but nothing.

Finally I called in the big gun, my husband. He kindly agreed to help remove that stubborn piece. He positioned himself and gave it a big heave-ho, but to both of our surprise, it didn't move. He tried again with all of his power and might, but nothing. For another several minutes we struggled with that thing... pulling and pushing, tugging and twisting... but nothing.

So, my sweet husband went off to find some bigger tools to assist him. Then I remembered something I've done many times in the past. I stopped and talked with God. I prayed that He would help me remove the nut. Then I took my hands to it... took a deep breath... and started singing a song that I've song many times in situations like this... "Not by might... Not by power... But by My Spirit says the Lord. No, it's not by might... not by power... but by My Spirit says the Lord."



Then, while singing, I began to turn on the nut with my bare hands, my weak bare hands, and guess what... It turned with very little effort and came right off (before my husband had even come back with his tools)! I just held it up to show my husband when he entered the bathroom and PRAISED God! HE had done it!

There was no way (short of breaking the toilet) that we were going to get that nut off with our own power and might, but He removed it by His Spirit... I have no doubt about that!

That makes me wonder... what is it in our lives that we have been trying to remove? What have we been struggling with all our might and power to change? What have we been pushing and pulling, twisting and turning to try to loosen in our lives?

Can you imagine that if God can loosen a nut that's been securely screwed in place for nearly 50 years by His Spirit, He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine in our lives?! He is the Lord, our Maker, the GREAT I AM. He has the power to speak and things can change! He has the power to say to that nut "be loosed" and it will be loosed!

Let Him speak into your life and loosen what's been so securely fixed for so long... Let's let His Spirit make the change! And let's let our testimony be that GOD did it! Let's let His Glory shine through our difficult circumstances! May God be glorified through the things we can't do, but only He can do!!

♥ Michelle

Michelle (aka SomeGirl) is a fresh, new blogger with a passion for encouraging others to live and love intentionally. She defines herself, first and foremost, as a child of God. After that she is thankful to be called wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 2 crazy boys, and friend to many. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her at her blog SomeGirlsWebsite, on FB or through Twitter where she is active as @SomeGirlsTweets.

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Thanks, Michelle! May God bless you for sharing His word with us today.

Thank you, my sweet friend, for visiting. May you have a blessed week.

Just keepin' it real,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Changes

Ok, so I have a new confession for you....

I really don't like change.

I think I do. In my imagination I see change as new and exciting. But reality is that it's difficult for me to accept change. I like things to stay the way they are.

So it was more than a little disconcerting for me when I began to entertain thoughts of changing my blog. There are some things I would like to do; series I feel led to write and a class/meme I want to facilitate. In order to to do that, some changes need to be made.

To be perfectly honest, I wanted to ignore those changes. I like my blog design. I'm happy with blogger. To be even more honest....I was worried that you, my dear friends and readers, wouldn't like change either.

But I felt a stirring in my heart that I could not ignore. It was time to move forward. It was time to trust God.

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19


Through Twitter, God sent an amazing friend, Honey @ Marketplace Mommies, who I discovered was a graphic design and Wordpress genius. As she shared her desire to help moms develop succesful blogs, I found myself opening up to the idea of a blog redesign. She made it sound doable.

Honey has patiently worked with me to redesign my blog. Despite my initial misgivings, I'm very excited about it. The preliminary design looks incredible. It captures my personality perfectly. I can't wait to show it to you!

Now on to the part that I am nervous about....I am switching to a self hosted Wordpress site. I have trepidations about this. As a blogger, who tries to comment regularly on other blogs, I do not like the Wordpress commenting system. I was concerned that you, my sweet friends, would feel the same way.

But I really felt led to make this change. So I have to trust. I have to trust that God will work out all the details. Those details include you. Most of my regular commenters use blogger. I hope you will continue to visit and comment after the switch. Your sweet comments encourage me in my walk with the Lord and inspire me to continue writing about His goodness.

I'm not entirely sure how the change will affect my RSS feeds. I do know that we will wait until the weekend of the 14th to make the official change. I'm taking a mini vacation with a friend and want to wait until I get back to really deal with it. But as I find out more details, I will definitely let you know. Hopefully it will be as painless as possible.

Thank you my friends! Thank you for always being there, for always listening, for always supporting. May we continue to spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).

Just keepin' it real,

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

He Will Provide

I stumbled across the following video earlier this morning. It was so beautiful, I couldn't help but share it with you, my precious friends and readers.





Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Keep pressing in my friends.

The Lord will provide.

He is able to do more than you could ever imagine!

Just keepin' it real,

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Be Still





I have to confess I have a hard time being still. I am always doing something or going somewhere. Even when I'm sitting still, my mind is going in a hundred different directions.

I think that's why I love the following verse so much...

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10


We don't have to do anything. We just need to be still and know that He is God, the great I Am, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of heaven and earth. He has it all under control and He will be exalted regardless of what we do...simply because He is God.

Won't you join me today my friends?

Put everything aside. Don't put another load of laundry in the wash. Forget the dirty dishes in the sink. Our Heavenly Father knows there are dishes and laundry to be done. But He doesn't want us to be so focused on our chaos that we miss the One who has it all under control.

So take a few minutes to just be still. Focus on the great I Am. Take a deep breath and soak Him in. Give Him a chance to fill you with His peace and remind you of His magnificence. He can take your chaos and make something beautiful out of it. Let Him be God in your life...today and everyday.

Thanks for sharing with me today! For more encouragement this Word Filled Wednesday, please visit The Internet Cafe.

Just keepin' it real,