Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Need meat, lettuce...

 


People have asked me over the years how I work with my husband 24/7 in the same business.  We laugh over that question.  Our first response is normally; “Because of God.”  What follows that statement is, “And because of United Marriage Encounter.”  Both are attributes to our working together in the business for almost 6 years. I have also learned to keep a sense of humor.

Are we perfect?  Absolutely not.  But we are covered by His grace as we move through this imperfect world together.  And for that I am grateful.  I have someone to tackle this time on earth with.  We do have our moments though.  A week or so ago was one of them.

I was running errands with our office manager when I received a text notification from my husband.  The announcement came over the car’s radio.  “You have a text message” I was excited to hear from him because we are normally too busy to talk during the day.  Occasionally he sends me a quick text to say hi or “I Love You.” I eagerly hit the play button while I was driving down the road. 

“Need meat, lettuce, cheese. Please”

Well, that wasn’t what I expected. 

I have received texts in the past from my husband.  Sometimes he uses speech to text and what comes across the airwaves is not quite what he meant to say.  I have heard words that didn’t belong together or were not actual words. 

This was a new message.

 

Here is his backstory:



My husband ran out of lunch meat when he made his sandwich for lunch that morning.  He wanted to remind me as he went driving down the road.  Simple.  Yet amusing.


“Need?”


I drove down the road and started to laugh at the humor of ‘need’.

I could think of several things he might ‘need’ more than lettuce.  Heck I could think of a few things I would prefer over lettuce. 

Possible dinner out 

…and a bit of romance...?


Hey at least it did end it with please, right?


We love to communicate our daily activities when my husband comes home from his installs.  Some days are better than others.  This particular day would be a humorous one.  I did laugh for the rest of the day when I remembered his text.

Since the bar was set so low, I believed he would be happy to know I did pick up the necessary processed meat, rabbit food, and over-processed milk.

I also purchased him some snacks for after dinner.

That is love. 

That is how we communicate and work together.  Words are very powerful.  Remember to lift up each other with your words.

God is the glue that holds it all together.

And keep a sense of humor 😊

 

 

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

Song of Songs 1:2

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— for your love is more delightful than wine.

 

Song of Songs 1:2,15

How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. 


                                              Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Boxing in my dream...

 

I woke up this morning contemplating a dream I just had about boxing.  I will start by stating that I am not a boxing fan.  I don’t particularly watch any sports lately.  I used to watch the NY Yankees all the time.  Please don’t hate me if you are not a Yankees fan.  I grew up playing softball so enjoyed watching the game later as an adult.   Baseball was a fun distraction for many years.

So back to the boxing.  I had a dream I was in a boxing ring.  This was a strange situation because I am not a physical fighter.  I would rather spar with my words than my fists.  When I was younger…  Well, that is a different story for another time.

The strange part of the dream, besides being in a boxing ring, was the fight was almost over and I was in the process of making the one punch knockout blow.  Is that a term?  I remember feeling a rush of adrenaline and was excited to knock out my perceived enemy with a smile on my face.  When I woke up, I thought, “That is weird because I am not a boxer.” How would I know what it felt like to be ‘in’ the ring?  I sat on it for a minute, then fell back asleep.

Then I had a second dream.  One of pure joy and reconciliation with one of our grown kids.  We were talking and sharing like we did so many years ago.  My heart was full.  Then I woke up.  Grief filled my heart as I realized it was only a dream.

Praying about what I remembered in my dream, I asked the Lord for clarity.  I felt secure that God was telling me the battle was going to be won.  God will restore what the enemy has tried to take away.  Reconciliation. Family. Unity.  I am not sure when, but I stand on His promise that it will happen.

This was a confirmation I needed to hear.

Each time we pray, we are fighting spiritual battles.  God is not sitting above choosing which prayer to hear.  Again, this was a confirmation in my dream.  But it was also a reminder.  The battle is fierce. The enemy is not fooling around. Why are we surprised by spiritual attacks?   They come every day because the enemy does not rest.

But our God is bigger! 

When a boxer steps into the ring, they are preparing to fight someone.  They are also expecting to win.  The boxer does not walk into the ring to lose or compromise a fight.  Failure is not on their mind.  We need to look at spiritual warfare the same way. 



We need to walk in the ‘spiritual’ ring knowing we are going to battle. We need to hold nothing back and go in planning on fighting to WIN no matter what.  We can’t go in to battle half-hearted. 

Fight the good fight knowing WHO has your back!  Gods got this and He has you in His hand!

 

Will you stand in prayer with me for our kids?

Standing on His promise - Acts 16:31 They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved-you and your household."


 

 

1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Corinthians 9:24

 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  

Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

                                          Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, January 1, 2023

Look towards the light...


 

I woke up like any other day, but for some reason felt different.  Have you ever had an intense dream and woke up feeling you were still in the dream?  That is how I felt.  My brain felt foggy, if that makes sense.  I woke up thinking I needed more coffee to jump start my day.  As the morning progressed, I realized neither coffee nor food was helping.  I then made the judgement that maybe I haven’t been getting enough sleep.  So, I put aside all the demands for my day and laid down.  I felt a bit selfish but decided that maybe rest was better than me trying to do calculations on my computer.  I didn’t want to make financial mistakes.  The nap was refreshing but didn’t change the brain fog.

Nighttime came and we went to bed early assuming I would be better the next day.  However, when I woke up the same fog came across my brain.  It was hard to concentrate.  I couldn’t put sentences together.  Light and noise were very distracting.  Since there was no real pain other than feeling like my head was in a clamp, I decided to do what I never do, go seek medical assistance or what my husband calls – level 2 support. 😊

If you know me, you’d understand that was my last-ditch effort after prayer because I really dislike going to any doctor.  But because I was feeling so off and had symptoms I couldn’t understand, I decided to take it to the professionals.

Going to urgent care was not in my plans for the day.  However overnight cognitive changes were more important than my daily schedule, so I had my office manager drive me to Urgent Care.  We proceeded to wait two hours to be seen.  I was ready to head back home at that point because I hated wasting not only my time but the kind person’s time who drove me there.  I am not patient.  That is another topic for another day.

I felt grateful for waiting when I finally saw physician’s assistant.  He was very patient with my frustration and conducted multiple tests.  He believed I was having an a-typical migraine.  This is a migraine with no pain but other debilitating symptoms.   He gave me a few pills and a shot.  I had to then wait to see if the meds were going to work.  One hour later we reconvened and decided the meds were not working as quickly as he thought and recommended, we head to the local hospital for a CT scan, just in case.  

The hospital did a CT scan and confirmed there were no other outstanding issues.   I was blessed by the results and went home to sit in the dark awaiting the meds to take affect. 

I also received another unexpected blessing I wanted to share with you.  As we were waiting on the meds to take affect at Urgent Care, the PA asked if he could pray for me.  And just like that, God stepped in and not only used that person to pray for me, but He also reassured me in the process that He was still there and had not left my situation.  What a blessing to have that moment.

Nothing is a surprise for God.  Not even my migraine.  He allows certain things to happen in our lives to get our attention, slow us down, or as a test to strengthen us spiritually.  I felt the test and the ‘slow down’ sign.  So, I did.  I sat with the Lord and listened as He said “Be Still.”  I spent the rest of the day listening to scripture from my Bible Ap focusing on what was important.

The next day the cognitive abilities returned but then the pain joined the party.  My head felt like an 80s hangover for the next day and a half.  But afterwards, everything went back to normal.  Well as normal as life can be…


So, my personal lesson from this experience…

From losing my ability to think clearly…

To driving to urgent care…

To praying with a fellow believer…

To sitting in the dark with God…

To waking up finally in a better state, but pain…


God was with me through it all and He reminded me as friends prayed and checked in on me throughout the week.

The most difficult part of that week was the light.  Bright lights were painful to look at and I had to keep the lights and my computer dimmed as I recovered.




I felt grateful when I couldn’t stand the bright light - God sat with me in the dark.

God will stand with you during your dark times.  He never leaves you.  Remember the darkest night is like daylight to God.


Grateful to be back writing and with no pain <3 

Grateful for you!  

Grateful for what is in store for 2023!

 

Psalms 139:7-12

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31: 8

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”  

                                               Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The perfect storm Christmas Eve...

 

The perfect storm Christmas Eve

My husband and I had plans to take a break and breathe a bit after a hectic busy year.  We were excited to get ready for a Christmas surprise at our church for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Not letting the secret out here because you will have to attend church to find out!  4PM Saturday and 10AM Sunday at Oasis Christian Fellowship on Five Mile Line Road in Penfield 😊Come and join us!

Back to my story…

As this week progressed, we saw the storm coming into our area. Snow and frigid temps were forecasted.  We knew that the cold temperatures would increase our calls for the company.  Furnaces can only withstand so much with age.  Some of the older furnaces make it a day or so but then the breakdowns occur.  We know this and prepare each year.  However, with Christmas coming we were hoping for a different outcome.  God had other plans. 

The weather hit Friday and the calls started to increase.  The team worked furiously to keep ahead of the demand and by Friday night it seemed like we were winning the battle.  Then after dinner the calls started up again.  Some were willing to wait till Saturday morning, but others were not.  So, my husband regrouped and went back out into the frigid night to help another customer in need.




Today, Christmas Eve the team is out again in full force as we help as many customers as possible before our Church service.  We will continue to tackle all the calls throughout the weekend as needed.  We are so thankful for the team of men who go out into the cold along side us and help our customers instead of staying in their warm home with family.

God wasn’t surprised by this storm that hit our area any more than He was surprised by the storm in Bethlehem thousands of years ago.   



The temperatures were not frigid like here in the Upstate of NY.  However, the lack of rooms available as Joseph and Mary went into the small town to do the census was their personal storm.  God knew this would happen and softened the heart of an inn keeper to allow them to stay in his barn.  

What a way to spend the night.  Pregnant and tired sleeping on a barn floor.  Oh, and by the way, the baby decided it was time to come.  Now?  Really?  I can imagine how Mary must have felt.  “Lord, seriously?”  “Isn’t there a better place to do this after you planned it for so many years?”  I can’t imagine how Joseph felt either.  He wanted to take care of his betrothed and this was the best he could find.  As a man it had to be frustrating.  We read the story shared in the gospel of Luke, but what about the back story?  What about how they were feeling?  Remember, Joseph and Mary were only human.  This had to feel like a step back and not in God’s plan.

What we must remember is that everything may look like a storm, but it is all in God’s hands.  Mary didn’t know what was about to happen as she traveled with Joseph to Bethlehem. 

God did. 

We didn’t know we would be working all weekend into Christmas. 

God did.

His plans were in place.  Nothing surprises God.  Imagine that.

So, if you are facing a storm this Christmas Eve, remember God knows.  He is with you as you fight through the storm.  Remember all the times He has been faithful to you before.  Remember He will always be faithful till the end.

Trust the process

Trust an All-Knowing God.


Merry Christmas! 

 


Luke 2:1-7

 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.


                                           Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.


Thursday, December 15, 2022

Standing in the Gap...

 


This term has been used so many times over the years that it sometimes dilutes the meaning.  The act of intercession is so powerful that it can’t be overlooked, and I want to share some thoughts on it here.  The picture above was taken from 'the Google' as I call it.  I thought it represented how we pray/war for others.

MIND THE GAP

 

In this London stock photo above, it shows three simple words.  Mind the gap.

People see it daily when stepping onto the rail (train).  This small phrase is to focus on what is not there, the gap between the platform and the rail.  This gap may be small but also can be precarious if missed.  The gap is important and should not be overlooked.




It is also important when we stand in the gap for others in prayer.  We can intercede for those who are unable or sometimes unwilling.  Each time we come to the throne of God on behalf of someone else, we are standing in the gap for them. 

There may have been many who stood in the gap for you unbeknownst to you.  I have prayed for many that will never know I did.  That’s okay.  What is important is that we don’t give up.  Even when we don’t see results.  We don’t know what is going on behind the veil that is covering our eyes.  So much is happening behind the scenes.  We need to just trust and continue to intercede. 

 

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  

1 Corinthians 13:12

 


Judah was the one to stand in the gap for his brother Benjamin who was taken hostage by their brother Joseph.  Neither Judah nor Benjamin knew Joseph was their brother which makes this significant.  Judah who was self-focused, personally guaranteed Benjamin’s safe return to their father Jacob.  This selfless act showed Judah’s heart for his father and his brother.

Moses stood in the gap for the wayward people of Israel when they were sinning in Exodus 32.  After all the grumbling the people of Israel did, Moses still stood in the gap for them.

Abraham stood in the gap for Sodom and asked God to save Sodom if He could find only ten righteous people.  He started with fifty and kept going back to the Lord until there were only ten.  He probably thought for sure there would be ten righteous people with Lot and his family.

Ezekiel knew how important it was to have people stand in the gap.  In Ezekiel 22 God states He was looking for someone to stand in the gap on behalf of the people and build the wall.  He found no one and so the land was judged.

Stephen stood in the gap for those who stoned him in Acts 7.  Imagine interceding for those who are killing you?  That was an incredible testimony which Saul was a witness to.


And the biggest example is Christ who stood in the gap for us when He went to the cross.  He became the bridge to God. 



We can be a bridge as we intercede for our friends and family.  The importance of this act is beyond words.  Every time you pray for someone, God hears.  Reread that sentence.  You have an instant connection with a Holy God who hears all of your prayers.  God is always live streaming.  Your prayers are not in vain. 

He hears you.

Will you stand in the gap with me?

 

Genesis 18:32

Finally, Abraham said, “Lord, please don’t be angry with me if I speak one more time. Suppose only ten are found there?” And the Lord replied, “Then I will not destroy it for the sake of the ten.”

 

Psalms 106:23

So he declared he would destroy them. But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people. He begged him to turn from his anger and not destroy them.

Acts 7:60

 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. 


                                             Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.




Thursday, December 8, 2022

Hope for a Thursday.

 

There are 17 days till Christmas...


I feel…

How many feeling words can you put into that small sentence?

It all depends on your circumstances.  You might feel excited because you are going to see family.  You might feel anxious for the same reason.  You might feel joyful because your shopping is completed.  You also might feel distressed because there isn’t enough money for the gifts you want to purchase.

I can finish that sentence with so many words this week.  How much time do you have?  😊

 


Out of all the feelings that come to the surface, let me push one forward to the front of your thoughts.

HOPE



The bible has over 316 occurrences in 13 translations on Hope.  There must be a reason why, right?  The world has a way of distracting us, and in turn, we humanly attempt to fix things in our own strength.  For example, as fixers by nature, we may drop something on the floor and by pure reflex, pick it back up again.  Unless you are one of those people who drop things and leave…lol just kidding.

Because we are so used to fixing the daily things that get in our way, we often use that same instant reflex to ‘fix’ things that belong in God’s hand.  Abraham was a fixer.  He was given a promise by God.  He was going to be the father of many nations, remember?  After some time, well many years, Abraham decided to do something on his own.  How did that work out?  Not as good as Abraham first thought.  There was a problem, and he saw a solution. 

I have been guilty of doing things in my owns strength.  Finding my own solutions.  I don’t want to ‘trouble’ God with my small issues, so I ‘fix’ them.  That fix often looks like a kindergarten project.  I am sure God smiles at my attempts like we do with our own children.

Again, HOPE.



One of the definitions for Hope is: To have confidence; trust.

We can have confidence that what God started in us, He will complete it.  (Philippians 1:6) However, sometimes we get impatient and try to ‘help’ God.  My impatience is actually a lack of confidence and trust in my God.  When I look at it that way, I feel a warning check in my spirit.  When I sat down to write this, I felt secure in my confidence towards God.  As I continue to write, I realize my secure feeling is shifting more towards fidgety and disappointed in myself.  Thank God for His Grace & Mercies are new every morning!

So back to Hope!

To have confidence and trust.  Trust.  It takes trust (faith) to let go of something and give it over to God.  All the feelings we have about Christmas.

All the stresses we have surrounding the holidays and work and family.

We can trust God with each and every one of them.  How awesome is that?  We can have Hope knowing our God has got this and we know how the book ends.

Hand over your feelings, and stresses over to an All Knowing God.  He’s got this!

 

Here is a link to verses about Hope.  Do a study on Hope and fill your cup for the holidays…

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/words/Hope


                                             Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Mighty rushing waters...

 


My husband and I stepped away from the drama of life to fill our cups this past weekend.  We were tired and ready for a change.  I needed that time to spend with my Heavenly Father and listen to Him.  I am always blessed when I take the time to block everything out and listen to God’s encouraging words.

When we walked into our hotel room, we were greeted by the incredible view of the falls above.  The majesty of Niagara Falls is breathtaking.  We were blessed by this view all weekend.  During that time God spoke to my heart about the symbolism of the falls. 

First, did you know there were 107 Bible verses about water?  I did not.  Now we both know.  If you would like to do an intriguing study of water, here is the link: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Water

I spent many hours sitting by the window of our room watching the falls.  The water looks calm in the distance.  It seemed to just sit still and hang out in the background.  It looked peaceful.  We don’t realize how fast the water is flowing, or where it is going until you step back and see the bigger picture.  The bigger picture is in the center of the photo above.  God sees the bigger picture.

Far away it looks amazing, but you don’t know the power of the falls till you get closer.

God spoke to me over the weekend while watching the falls every day.  I can stand on the 14th floor and admire the view from afar.  My walk with God can be the same.  14th floor experience.  Beautiful, but not experiencing the power.

As you zoom closer in the picture, you can see the majestic view of the water crashing over the rocks.  There is a commitment required to take the time and step in closer.



The next picture above is a reminder that the closer you get to the Power, the more you can see His works.  The detail in the picture is breathtaking. The mist is coming from below as the waves crash over the rocks.  There is more than 168,000 cubic meters of water that rushes over the falls every minute during peak daytime tourist hours.  The water over the falls have been recorded up to 68 miles per hour.

The next stage is a video of the falls.  You can’t really experience the power in a picture.  Below is a small video of the picture above. 



Listening to the water rushing over the rocks, gives you a better picture of the Power of the water. 

However - being onsite is the final experience of closeness.  Watching a video gives you a better perspective.  Being onsite feeling the mist in the air and listening to the rushing waters immerses you in the moment. Hands on.  Up close and personal.  I can feel the mist in the air.  I can hear the rushing waters.  This is the full immersion experience. 

This is where God wants us to be.  Not in the distance, but up close and personal.  Where the real power is. 


Listen as He speaks words of life into you…

Like a mighty rushing water – There is no stopping God from His Plans with or without you.  The current is pulling us through time. Our time is short.  His Plan is perfect.  His Plan is in motion.  There is no stopping time or the mighty waves of His Hand.  Will you step in and participate in the Power of the Lord?  Please don’t stay on the sidelines, in the distance.  He is asking you to lean in and be a part of His Destiny.  He is sharpening his people to be the tip of the spear – for families, for marriages, for God.

 

Psalms 93:4

 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the Lord on high is mighty.  

 

Psalms 89:9

 You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.  

 

Isaiah 43:2

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.

 

Genesis 1:1-8

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

 

Here is a link of fun facts about Niagara Falls: https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit-niagara-parks/plan-your-visit/niagara-falls-geology-facts-figures/

                                               Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving and thinking outside the box.

 

Thanksgiving is a special time for family and memories.  I can go back into my childhood and remember turkey dinners annually until I turned seventeen and continued the tradition.  There was one year though that didn’t go quite as planned.

We were in Japan and my father was out to sea.  My mother wanted to do something different and planned with a friend to take the trains to Tokyo and eat a fancy meal at one of their fancier restaurants.  So, with all the kids in tow, we went to the train station, boarded the trains, and headed out on our new adventure.  The train ride was approximately 45 minutes and as the stops progressed, so did our appetites.   We were hungry to try the new restaurant.  As a kid, I only cared about the food, not where we were going.  After a lengthy trip we arrived and found our way to the restaurant.  The smells coming from the room was intoxicating.  We were starving by that point.  My mom approached the hostess at the front desk.  The hostess asked if she had a reservation.  That is when things took a turn.

I love my mom.  However, she was not a big planner.   She never thought they would need reservations for this dinner.  The restaurant was booked.  There was no room for us.  So sadly, we turned around and walked out together, still hungry.  The two women gathered the grumpy kids and made their way back to the train station.  They wanted the perfect Thanksgiving meal.  They were trying to find a way to make it happen.  It was not in the cards.  The kids finally got their moms to give in.  Everyone was hungry.  There was no fixing this.  So, on the way back, we found a McDonalds.  I was so excited because I was so hungry!  All the kids ran into McDonalds and eagerly ordered their food.

It was the BEST Thanksgiving burger I EVER had!  I was so thankful for the burger and fries.  My mom was not happy but reluctantly realized everyone needed to eat.  Later in life we laughed about our Thanksgiving burgers.  They were the best burgers that night.  We were together and we were all thankful for any food.  That’s all that counted.

Everything doesn’t need to be the way it has always been.  I am bringing this up because once again I am faced with feeling frustrated about keeping the tradition or stepping outside of the box.  This year has been a very difficult one for our family.  There have been many things out of my husbands and my control.  So, we decided to change the tradition.

My husband and I are going out of town together for Thanksgiving.  We booked a hotel out of the country.  We will be eating a beautiful meal with an amazing couple who will be joining us for dinner.  They are leaving New York and driving to Canada just to join us for dinner. Yes, I made reservations.  We have the hotel booked for the weekend.  Nothing planned except meals and massages.  This is our new Thanksgiving tradition for 2022.  I am thankful for my husband and my Savior!  I have so much to be thankful for...  There are not enough words to describe my thankfulness.

Change is hard.  No family is perfect.  No holiday is perfect.  Sometimes you just need to not just think outside the box – but think like there is no box.  Create new memories with what you have.  You don’t need to do the same thing if the same thing is not working.  You only need to find something to be thankful for and do it.

Change it up.

Join me in stepping outside of the box!

See you on the other side!


Happy Thanksgiving!  I am Thankful for you!



1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

                                              Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Whiter than snow...

 


We just received our first snowfall in the upstate of New York.  I have to admit it looked beautiful from inside my home.  The first snowfall seems almost magical.  Now I understand, when you step outside, it may not ‘feel’ magical if you are not a winter person.  I get that. I am more of a white sand between my toes person.  But digress with me for a moment.

I can’t help but stop and reflect on how white the snow it when covers the ground. The snow blanketed our yard like a beautiful white blanket covering all the imperfections of the yard. Like a blank slate.  It reminds me of how we are cleaned whiter than snow from Christ’s blood when we become a Christian.  How awesome is our God to use snow as an analogy in Psalm 51?  How great is our God to give us a new beginning by just believing, and asking Jesus into our heart?

I stared outside at the snow reflecting the sun before it melted.  The snow is a vast amount of tiny snowflakes which accumulated on the ground.  Microscopic snowflakes.  Each one unlike the other.



I spoke with a friend recently who shared some pictures on his phone.  He took pictures of snowflakes and had magnified them to see their details.  The pictures were as beautiful as his story about each one of them.  He then proceeded to tell me that he names each of the snowflakes captured on film.  I thought that was silly for a minute.  Then I realized how profound that statement really was.  Each snowflake is unique.  Each one is known by God.  So, each may be named by God.

I marvel often that God knows each of us by name, but never thought so microscopically that He also named the snowflakes.  (please don’t get sidelined by politics here 😊) God named the stars in the Heavens.  It states that fact in Psalm 147.  Each of the hairs on our heads are numbered along with the grains of sand.  So, again, why not the snowflakes?

Wow… Just think about that for a minute.

How amazing is our God that He created snowflakes to accumulate into a blanket of snow?  Each snowflake is completely different from the next.  And He knows all of them.  Just like He knows all of us.  You feel insignificant gazing at the universe at night that lights up our world?  Remember He called you by name.  You were named before you were born. 



He has plans for you that is different from everyone else in the universe.

Each of us is purposely created different because we have distinct callings to help the Kingdom of God.

He is calling you out to do His will.

Will you step out of the pack and join me?

Imagine everyone working in unity towards His goals instead of our own.  We can make a difference, one small snowflake at a time gathered together can make an avalanche. 

 


Psalms 51:7

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Luke 12:7

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Psalms 147:4

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Psalms 139:18

Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.

Psalms 139:7

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

Copyright © 2022 Peggy A. Priest. All Rights Reserved.

Need meat, lettuce...

  People have asked me over the years how I work with my husband 24/7 in the same business.   We laugh over that question.   Our first respo...