The Lord Gives and Takes Away

The Lord Gives and Takes Away

The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.

This phrase causes me to sing for joy when life is happy, easy, and pleasurable.

This phrase causes me to mourn when life is sad, difficult, and anxious.

I easily grasp the concept when I’m feeling positive; the Lord has given me my family, the things I own, the places I go, and the people I meet.

I grudgingly get what it means when I’m feeling upset; the Lord has taken my grandparents, my pets, the things I used to own, the people I used to know.

I’m happy to hear it whispered on the wind when the blessings in my life far outweigh the negativity around me.

But I’m haunted by it when something stressful is the biggest part of my life, for I slowly begin to blame the Lord for taking my contentment, and for stealing my joy.

This isn’t the mindset I desire to have.

… for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. {Matthew 5:45}

He both showers me with His blessings and takes the things He has given me, all to draw me closer to Himself … and that is reason enough for me to put all of my faith in Him. He is worthy of my trust, for I learn to thank Him for what I have, and to leave what I don’t have anymore, completely in His hands.

He both blesses me and removes things from my life to teach me what I could not have learned through that joy, and through that pain.

I don’t have different relatives anymore due to death and estrangement; I have lost three pets to sickness; I have lost things I once loved to thieves; and I have lost friends to depression.

But God doesn’t take from my life to watch me suffer, or to see how I’ll respond to negative situations; He loves me too much for that – and it’s the same for you.

In His infinite knowledge, He knows that each and every thing that has impacted my life in a negative way has brought about more blessings than pain. They did hurt me for a while, but the blessings they reaped were far more abundant than the sorrow I felt in those earlier days.

It is definitely not easy to understand why He allows different things into our lives, but with the reminder that He works everything out for our good, I am content to leave my life and everything I have in His hands, for they are much safer there than in my own.

— Maggie

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SBB – Prayers for Sugar

SBB – Prayers for Sugar

Please take a moment to visit this blog post. My sweet friend’s dog is very sick, and it would bless me if you could pray for Sugar, as well as for my friend, Shannon, and her family. ❤

Trail of Lights

Hello everyone.

Today, my goal is not to bust Sunday blues, but to remember a little dog who busted so many of my blues, every day, for the last 7 years.

Sugar Sweetheart Morris came to the Morris household in 2010.  She was the perfect dog for our family.  She was gentle, quiet, sweet, hungry, quirky, occasionally grumpy, but always faithful.  She loved baths, walks, performing in obedience school, eating people food, sleeping on my bed, and meeting new people.

Yesterday, my family found out she has anemia, and a tumor in her spleen.

As we are still trying to decide whether to attempt surgery on a +9-10 year old dog, or let her pass away naturally, or euthanize, I would ask that you remember us in your prayers.  I wanted to share a Sugar timeline in photos – from oldest to most recent, ending with a water color portrait…

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Spotlight Saturday – Margaret from The Word

Spotlight Saturday – Margaret from The Word

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for visiting this week’s Spotlight Saturday.

This series is a way for me to spread the word about the wonderful bloggers out there with short, fun interviews that I do with them so that you can get to know them and their blogs a little better. Even if you’re already following them, it could still be nice to read! 🙂 You can get more of a feel for who they are and what their blogs are all about.

So, without further ado, we’ll just get right into the interview!

My words are in italics, and hers are in bold.

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Spotlight Saturday #2

Hey guys! Thanks for coming by this week’s spotlight. Today, I am so happy to introduce all of you to my sweet friend, who blogs over at The Word. Please welcome Margaret!

Hello everyone, I pray you’re doing well and full of God’s joyous love and blessings 🙂 I’m humbled, and have mercy on me because I’ve never been interviewed before 🙂

How fun that I’m your first interviewer! Well, I aim for my questions to be easy to answer, so you have nothing to worry about. To get this started, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a child of God, married to a wonderful man, and mother of a son who is truly a gift from God. I used to work ALL the time but I’m blessed to be able to stay home now. So, my days are occupied with taking care of my family, my home, and the yard. 🙂

That’s wonderful, Margaret! Family is truly a blessing. My next question is, why did you start your blog The Word?

Well Maggie, I would send out Bible verses to family and friends. Then whenever someone would say, “I loved the verses you sent me,” anyone listening would say, “I want Bible verses, too.” The list grew. One morning while I was reading my Bible, and typing up the verses I was sending that day, I said, “Lord, there has to be an easier way.” Start a blog came into my head. Yeah right, I can barely text, lol, start a blog, right. I continued reading my Bible but, start a blog, start a blog kept coming into my mind. I googled how to start a blog, and “How to start a Blog in less than 30 minutes” type of pages came up. Ok God, I’m listening 🙂 30 minutes later the blog was up and running. I have been overwhelmed by all the people who love God, and His Word.

That’s beautiful, Margaret! I had something similar happen with my blog; I wasn’t wanting to be on WordPress because I couldn’t keep up with blogs in the past, but then my mom came up with the name Dreaming of Guatemala as a potential blog name for me, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I made my blog that day and I’ve loved posting on it ever since. 🙂 So, what is your favorite post that you’ve written so far? What was it about?

That’s a tough one, Maggie, because honestly I love them all. They are God’s Words! Him talking to me, to all of us. What’s not to love. 🙂 They are uplifting, loving, comforting, inspiring, promising, I could go on. Sometimes they step on my toes, and point me in the right directions I should go, and help direct me away from the world’s temptations. Which I need daily. I’d be a mess without His daily presence.

Yes, I love all of your posts! Getting to see Bible verses in my Reader every day is a blessing. Ok, my next question is: what are the things you love most about being on WordPress?

That’s a great question Maggie, I truly love that eveyone I have had the pleasure to converse with has been so welcoming, and kind. It really seems to be like a family.

It has been that way for me, too! Everyone has definitely been so sweet and welcoming to me. Alright, my last question is: why would you love for my readers to come by your blog today?

That’s an easy one Maggie 🙂 I’d love for people to visit The Word today and enjoy the beautiful Words God laid out for us all. His Word is always a great addition to any day.

Amen to that! ❤ Thank you so much for letting me interview you today, Margaret. 🙂 I enjoyed it, and I know that my readers will, too.

It was my pleasure, Maggie. Thank you. I am truly humbled that you found me worthy of an interview 🙂

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Thank you all so much for reading! It would make both of us very happy if you could visit her blog for yourself. She blogs about Bible verses daily, is very kind and welcoming, and would love to talk to you about God’s Word!

Have an awesome Saturday, everyone!!

— Maggie