Sunday, February 28, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
It is Saturday, which means this is Odie checking in with you. I hope you have had a fantastic week. I am happy to report that God has blessed me. I continue to gain a little more strength each day. We are trusting that we will come completely through this season totally victorious.
While we have navigated our Covid season, I remembered a saying from my childhood. My fellow Adventures in Odyssey fans will remember it too. The saying is, "go away bad dream BOO!"
"Go away bad dream BOO" is something that I have often said when I do not like what is going on around me. Most of the time I am joking when I think or say that phrase. I tried it during the height of Covid. It did not work at all.
Does that little phrase change my surroundings? The answer is a resounding no. Those five little words can not make my "bad dreams" disappear. I do smile every time I say or think about that phrase.
I wish I could speak the word and make my promblems and your problems vanish. Oh, that Covid would vanish! I wish heartaches, sickness, grief and a million other thing that can trouble us would disappear. Our word alone is powerless.
God's word is the source we need. He speaks and the sea and winds calm. When He speaks the blind receive their sight, the lame are healed, the deaf can hear, the dumb can talk and the dead man lives again. His powers are endless.
I could talk forever and never run out of things that the voice of my God can do. The word of God is powerful. It is a blessing to experience that power at work in my life. I am amazed by Him daily!
I treasure the times that He speaks encouragement to my heart. There are times that He reprimands me or convicts me. I am thankful that His voice guides me through life. God, please never go silent on me. I long to hear you in the good times and the bad.
Today I am reminding myself to listen for God's voice. My job is to listen. I also need to work on obeying His voice. There is my focus for this week, listen and obey.
In closing, I encourage you to reflect on the power of God's voice working for you. Talk to God about what is going on around you. Listen in prayer, church, while reading the bible and in everyday life. He can speak to us at any moment.
Thank you for visiting with me today. See you next time.
Friday, February 26, 2021
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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Happy Saturday, this is Odie checking in with you. I hope that today finds you doing well. Are you surviving winter? Ohio has been getting pelted with winter weather, like most of you. The snow is pretty and I am grateful that I have not had to go out in the cold. I hope our coming forecast holds and some warmer temperatures are heading our way soon.
I want to share a testimony with you. I had a special moment where God ministered to me in January. I gained encouragement and strength when I felt God speak to me. Today I wanted to write this down and worship God. Also, I want to use this blog as a monument that I can look back on later.
We are going to rewind to January 13th 2021. We were enjoying a wonderful week in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Life was good and we were back to a sense of semi-normal.
If I focused on the world news it was definitely scary. This week I had decided to stay informed, but not overload my mind with all the, what could happen scenarios. I was trying really hard to give my problems fully to God.
Wednesday evening rolled around and I was preparing for revival service in Louisiana. I decided to join the church service with our friends at Anchor of Hope in Lebanon, Ohio via YouTube. Pastor E.J. Lamb was encouraging the church to worship. I paused for a moment to worship with them.
God inhabits the praises of His people. As my friends worshipped in Ohio God met them at that very moment. I was worshipping in Louisiana and He came to me also. It really was a precious moment. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that God was with me.
I was praying for family, friends and our country. I had so many needs on my heart and I knew God was able to move in every situation that was on my heart. While I was worshipping God, I felt Him speak to my spirit. His words were the exact comfort that I needed! In that brief moment, I felt this gentle reminder "In the midst of the chaos, I am here."
Fast forward to real-time. The other day God brought this moment back to mind. As I reflected and worshiped alone just me and God. He reminded me of what he spoke to my spirit on January 13th."In the midst of the chaos, I am here."
I was awestruck at the mightiness of my God. I may never fully understand what God has done for me and my family during this season. This one fact remains, God has been with us in the chaos! It is a blessing to know that we are never alone.
I want to rest in this comfort that God has given me. "In the midst of the chaos, I am here." God, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! You have carried us through safe thus far! Your power continues to amaze me daily. Thank you for caring for me!
This song has been speaking to my soul this week. I will leave you with these words. God is our Waymaker.
In closing, I just wanted to encourage you that God is working for you right now. Life might be in a mess for you, but God is with you. Today my heart is full to overflowing with worship and praise! Thank you for letting me share my heart with you.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
This is Odie checking in with you for another Saturday. I hope you are having a good day.
Currently, at writing time, I am not having the best day. I write these a few days ahead of time so that I have time to edit and Dad has time to help me get the post ready to publish.
I am still dealing with Covid. I am hoping by publication time that this will all be in the rearview mirror for me. This has been a rollercoaster of a ride. I am ready for it to end.
I am so thankful that my symptoms have been mostly manageable! God has truly helped me! I am so grateful.
My family and friends have been super supportive and helpful. I appreciate the prayers and encouragement! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
The taste and smell decided to leave me on Day 7. This is a symptom that I have heard and read about for months. I had hoped to avoid losing my taste if at all possible. Sadly I had no control over what really happened.
Now I can faintly taste some things. Sweet things are what I savor the most. At least I get to enjoy a little goodness. Today I am dreaming of eating a Chocolate Cover Keylime Pie on a stick from Key West, Florida.
It is the strangest sensation to bite into a piece of food that is normally full of flavor and taste nothing. I know that I am not alone in dealing with this symptom. I hope and pray that it does not last long.
I know God is in control of all things. I plan to survive victoriously!
I have been encouraging myself with this scripture for the last couple of days. Covid can not take away the goodness of God in my soul!
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalms 34:8
Thanks for reading. See you next week.
Friday, February 12, 2021