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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I've Been Asking and Now I'm Listening

Hi Ya’ll. I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately but I have been checking in on everyone and enjoying all your post and pictures. So many of you have new blog pages and headers too. They’re all so pretty. I see I’m not the only one that’s excited about the New Year and the changes it promises to bring.

Isn’t it exciting knowing that there’s a fresh start? Even if it’s only in our mind. I mean really we can start over any time. We don’t need a calendar to do that. That is the glory of God. He’s not like the insurance company saying you can start a new program only once or twice a year and you can’t use all your benefits up. Isn’t that a wonderful thought ~ You Can’t Use All Your Benefits Up ~ EVER!!!!

The Lord doesn’t look at us and say I’ve worked with you for 12, or 16 or however many years and say schools over, either. He doesn’t tell us, teaching is done and times up, here’s your test, either pass or fail, we’re done. No, he would never tell us that. We are all still children to our heavenly father. As we yearn to learn, he yearns to fulfill us. He can’t wait to reward us with his love and kindness. It’s just as we as parents hate taking our children’s toys because we have to teach them a lesson. We want them to enjoy all that we can give them. Have you ever had something that you were so excited to give your children because you know it was going to be something that they’d really wanted, only to have to hold on to it because they had done something that wasn’t in following with their parents wishes. Isn’t that just the worst. I think we’re usually more disappointed than they are. I believe this is how our Heavenly Father feels about us. He takes great joy in giving to us and meeting our needs. All he ask in return is that we acknowledge who our Father is and aim to live by his word and be pleasing to him. Like any other parent, he asks us to listen. Pretty simple, hun? Just listen. Listen for his word. Pray for his guidance. No problem is too little nor is it too big.

I don’t know how others feel and I always enjoy others opinions and thoughts but I’ve been timid in telling the Lord everything, and asking for all I need. I am trying to overcome the thought that the Lord doesn’t have time to be troubled with me. I ‘m always thinking…..Tracy, he’s tired of you looking to him for everything, if you can’t take on some responsibility and get it done on your own, he doesn’t want to hear it. Well, that’s just not true! Thank goodness!!! Jesus is so different from that. He is not just one of our friends, or family or acquaintances that’s excited to help at first and then grows weary. He’s patient, kind and loving and never tiring.

I never intended this blog to be all about religion. I do want it to be about me, just the same as I visit your blogs to know more about you. Right now, I’m on a new journey to walk closer to the Lord. I’m searching to learn more about myself as well. I think this year will prove to be very positive. I hope to share more crafting, up-cycling and other fun stuff with you. More about my hitting my 50 year milestone, what that means and where that will lead.

I have lots of questions for all of you and could use all your support and suggestions.

Hopefully this is my first step into posting more often. I wanted to start out today with a new regular weekly post called “Miracle Mondays”. I’ve thought about this for years, way before blogging. I’m interested in having you share your miracles with me here. I know there must be something special, a moment or even a feeling that you’ve experienced that you would like to share with others. Kind of like Chicken Soup for the Soul. So next week I hope to have my first official post on Miracle Mondays and I hope you will all come by and hopefully contribute something or support those who do. I’m super excited about this. Please stay with me on this journey and lets see what we have to discover.

Just so you know all of my followers have already been a part of this journey, whether you knew it or not. You’re love and outpouring has been overwhelming. You’ve all been such a huge part in me dealing with the ups and downs of depression.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I hope to see you next Monday if not before.

Warm hugs and Warm blessings to each of you….Tracy :)


  1. Tracy, please know that your open heart is so beautiful to witness. Surely our Lord is well pleased with you today. Your title for this post is so right where I am myself...I am listening. On days where I don't respond... it is because I am listening...God bless you.

  2. Love the new look. Thanks for not stopping to visit in my garden. We are always thinking about you even when you don't post regularly.

    Hope to see you back in the swing real soon.

    The Garden Bell - Kate

  3. I so enjoyed your post and it is always good to learn more about our blogging friends. Sweetie you can't separate your love of the Lord from who you are, they are forever intertwined! I know that my faith has become a part of my blog because it's part of who I am.

  4. Hi Tracy, LOVE this post, dear. Fresh from your sweet heart! I agree, we love who you are, don't try to separate and compartmentalize. Your faith in God makes you the wonderful person that you are! Share it! Miracle Monday. Good plan!
    Have a wonderful day, and Happy Birthday. It's just a number!

  5. Great idea! So much negative in the world...Miracle Monday will bring forth the postives!

  6. Sweet Tracy...I'm praying that God blesses you so much this year that you will be overflowing with His glory. Have a wonderful day.

  7. Tracy,

    What a Beautiful Post ~ Thank You for opening Your Heart & Sharing..... Not a Post of Religion, but a Walk & Talk with Jesus~ I look forward to Your Miracle Mondays~

  8. Miracle Monday sounds great....

  9. Hey chickadee!! Miracle Monday! how cute is that! Count me in! ya want me to make you a banner button so ppl can add it to there blog?! Email me if ya do sweets! big hugs


  10. Dear Tracy,
    How sweet you are to leave me such nice comments and what a treat to find them this morning! You made my day! And when I first saw your blog--WOW!--what a beautiful web site and such wonderful words! Who wouldn't be inspired after reading one of your posts!

    Miracle Monday sounds great and I will definately support you on this! I just got shivers all over, thinking how inspirational this will be, especially on Monday! Starting the week out with a Miracle sounds pretty good to me!
    I believe that small miracles happen everyday but sometimes we are too busy or too overworked to realize their significance! This will remind all of us to become more aware of God's great love working in our lives! God doesn't have to work in large ways to get someone's attention! It's the small gentle ways that bring peace and love to one who is faithful!

    God has also touched your heart to write such beautiful posts! We need more people like you, reminding us that God is here for us and has always been because He's our Heavenly Father! Nothing can separate us from God!

    In a world where so many people are suffering and in so much pain, all they need is a loving touch or a kind word! I DO believe that it only takes one person to make a difference, one seed sown to bring about change! So every seed you sow will reap great benefits for those out there who are lost and confused!

    God bless you in all that you endeaver to accomplish in His name!

    Thank you, Kymbery

  11. Can't wait to see what you come up with for monday. We can all use more positive in our lives!!

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  13. Tracy ~ Dear One, I think you will understand when I say this is a very short note because I must get to bed - it is nearly midnight - exhausted and depressed and sad - haven't been able to post since Christmas Eve - my point is, I know you will understand when I simply say that I appreciate the notes you left me and that I love you. Let's be praying for each other...

    Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

  14. Beautiful post Tracy! I am so glad He is so faithful and he does listen to us. I am also thankful for this blogging ministry that we all share. Encouragement, caring, listening, etc. Who knew (other than God) that we would all meet through a computer. As Mom would say, that's a blessing!
    Have a wonderful day!

  15. This is a wonderful message Tracy, and one that hits close to home. You are such a sweet, gentle spirit.

    Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement on my blog about my shadow box, they mean a lot to me!

    Have a wonderful weekend!