Are you struggling with not feeling grateful this Thanksgiving? You’re not alone. This year has been absolutely miserable for so many people. Lost jobs, virtual schooling kids while working your 9-5, and still the struggle to get dinner on the table. But worse because store shelves were empty and we were scared to go shopping!
As Thanksgiving approaches, my Facebook feed is filling up with grateful posts. You’ve seen them- every day for the month of November people post something they are thankful for. It’s a great idea but sometimes it’s hard. Seeing what other people are thankful for can
Do you get caught up in fear, doubt, and insecurity in this me-focused world we live in? Our Facebook feeds are filled with hate. They remind us of all the things we don’t have and make us think about what could go wrong. It can be hard to stay positive and keep our focus on the Lord sometimes. When Life Well Inspired was in the beginning stages, God gave me a verse on encouraging others. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 That verse became the purpose for the blog.
Two concepts and topics recently collided for me. God blessed me by connecting the dots between consecration and His goodness. As I usually say: perspective changes everything. One song that we sang in worship time on Sunday morning at church was unfamiliar. It was I Shall Not Want by Audrey Assad. In it she sings “When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want” and it was one of those moments when a fresh perspective is downloaded into your heart. Have you ever read Psalm 23 and wondered what David meant when he said “the Lord is my shepherd I
(The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links, meaning that should you purchase after clicking one I make a small commission.) Hi friend! It’s been a while and I apologize. So much happened this summer it’s been hard to keep it all straight. I’ve been leaning into creating a way of helping others have an abundant garden and that took a lot of time and brain power. We also prayerfully decided to put Big Bro back in school this year as he had seemed to hit a plateau in his learning and that involved a series of evaluations and
As we have been discovering, the consecrated life is a life set apart for the Lord. The Christian begins to desire to live a life consecrated to the Lord as he or she matures in their faith. The Lord ultimately brings about that desire through the trials that usher in the maturity of the believer. I would go so far as to say that living a life consecrated to the Lord is the holy purpose and result of the trials and suffering that every believer goes through. It is through them that we desire to serve the One who saved
If you are looking to fertilize your garden without chemicals like Miracle-Gro it will require an understanding of plant nutrients and organic fertilizers. Vegetable gardening can be supremely rewarding and incredibly frustrating. If the plants have good quality soil and the nutrition they need, they thrive. We, in turn, are blessed with a lot of veggies and very little pests and disease problems. That’s the supremely rewarding part. If our garden soil is less than good quality and the plants don’t have the nutrition they need, things take on a very different story!
Have you given any thought to the cost of consecration? Have you considered what it even means to live a life consecrated to the Lord? Most people can fall in love with the idea of putting God first and living for Him. There is an idyllic rose-colored-glasses version of living a life sold out to God. But it’s superficial. We all start there as new believers, kind of like how love is blind in a new relationship. But then life happens. We begin to experience problems and difficulties that expose who the other person really is and we are forced
Life happens while you’re making plans. Sound familiar? At the moment life here has felt like a fireworks show except all the fireworks are going everywhere besides up where they belong! But I’m choosing to believe God has all this wrapped up in His trustworthy plan. Sometimes life is an exercise in faith that takes intention! If there’s one thing I have learned in my journey with the Lord, it is to be listening and open to the nudges He gives. I’m sure that is something that will take a lifetime of practice but the more I walk with Him,
What would you say the most important part of a garden is? Is the value in the brand or kind of seeds/plants you grow? How about the time spent tending to your garden? Could it be the soil that your plants are growing in? What about knowledge? Do you need to know everything there is so know before you start? Which one is going to give you the greatest success in your gardening efforts? Don’t get me wrong. All of them are super important. If you buy seeds from a company that’s not reputable or snag last years seeds from