Dusting off the Stories of what God has Done

God is always the same and what he did once he would do again.  God is not a respecter of persons and what he would do for one he would do for any.  These two statement encourage the hope and possibility of what God did once for someone else, he would do for me.  In saying that, something he did twenty years ago for me, he can do for you now.  So I’m walking down the memory lane of life as it is always the front page of who God still is today.  Take anything as hope of what can do for you.

  1.  I trusted God with my love life and he brought me the most amazing husband any woman could ever dream of.  As I’m writing this he is charging my cell phone for me and asking if I have water because he was going to refill it for me as I’m sitting in bed on a Saturday typing this about him.
  2.  I’ve never made over $10,000 a year in my entire adult life yet God has financed sending me to 23 different countries over the course of my life. For whatever reason, the way my heart is wired is that I feel most romanced by God when he sends me to travel somewhere. I know I couldn’t, and wouldn’t want to do anything without him sending me.
  3.   I’ve screwed up, meaning I’ve failed at something he’s asked me to do, and yet he’s never fired me, punished me, abandoned me or quit being kind to me.  Because of this I really realized the grace of God is truly a gift.  It is not earned.
  4.   God redeemed the ending of my family when we were younger.  My parents separated and both happily remarried.  My siblings are all risking love in some measure in their life.  This sometimes requires the greatest courage.  I am proud for the measure they continue to risk being known and loved despite how we’ve seen it can possibly end up.
  5.   God has given me peace.  In different seasons of life due to different things I have different measures of peace but in all of life I have a strong underlying trust in God that always imparts to me a steadfastness that I feel all the time.  Like I’m being held, or embraced, or hugged and I feel safe and sturdy.  I love God for imparting this feeling to me on an ongoing basis.
  6.   I realized through frequency to get over myself, my understanding, my ways, control, anything I would hold on to for fear or security.  From plans to stuff, he really does take care of everything and often, when I let him, way better than I could ever put things together.  Like I really am blind and dumb compared to all he sees and knows.  It is wisdom to trust him, let him lead, and put everything in his hands.
  7.   Unity, relationships, connection, obedience, service, humility, love, faith, truth, these things really are the majors in life and everything else is truly unimportant and meaningless in comparison.
  8.   I really feel like my death is in God’s hands as much as my birth was. I didn’t control my birth, God did.  In the same way, I don’t think anything is random and he knows all of the days of my life and will work out the plans and dreams he has for sending me here in the first place.
  9.   I don’t fear death in any way.  Almost daily I feel the fragility of this realm of life and time.  It is such a thin veil and my true self is timeless and in an always state.  I do not want to miss what he wants to show me and teach me and also truly enjoy the day with him as this is me loving to be alive with him.  This is living.
  10.   I feel humbled by God’s goodness and love.  I definitely don’t deserve any of it, but he shows me that I’m worthy because he says I am.  Who am I to disagree?!   😉
  11.   I thought I was going to go into tangible stories about specifics God had done for me–
  12.   Oh-my father’s transplant was an answer to prayer-he met my husband and is still alive!
  13.   And also my grandfather’s life was spared in a time where he was being killed by being given the wrong medication in the hospital but the error was found out and he became himself again to pass in peace at a later time.
  14.   Also I was filled with the holy spirit, a tangible experience in my body that overcame me that I still feel today and a way I interact with God directly spirit to spirit rather than just mind to mind, early morning alone in a gymnasium in a Lutheran church!
  15.   I received God’s forgiveness and being made right with God through what Jesus Christ suffered on my behalf on the cross, making a way for me to stand blameless and confident before God because he has made me his family and his friend.
  16.   I thought I was going to write more specific stories like the ones above, but it appears God is an active living miracle in my life.  I am so grateful to have the ability to see and breathe and feel and taste and express myself and sit in peace and have freedom.  I am so thankful to share life with my husband and spend the passing of time in his company.

These are a few thoughts that come to mind when thinking about what God has done for me in my life.  May it be an encouragement and blessing to you.  Oh yeah – don’t waste your time overly concerning yourself with what other people think of you.  It is not your responsibility nor does it matter beyond your upright heart before the father.  Acceptance or praise of man is not the bread that that gives life but rather the word of God.  Blessings!

Back from the Rich Port with Thanksgiving!

How Did We Get Off the Island?!?

Joel and I got the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico and when we were buying tickets to head down there, the return tickets were around $600-800 a piece and you couldn’t book them for earlier than three weeks out!  So what did Joel and I do?

We just bought one way tickets with no logical hope for getting off the island!  I love that my husband is crazy and trusts God when he feels his leading.  We were able to be a part of distributing filters, medication, and batteries all over the island then it came time to leave.  What to do?!?

With an island trying to leave through San Juan, Joel and I tried a tiny airport on the other side of the island.  There was no one there but two people behind the jet blue counter with street clothes on.  No tickets for two weeks and around $300 a piece.  We stand there, I feel like leaving because I think the lady behind the counter wants us to pay this and try standby the next day even though there was only one flight out.  Joel asks her to check again.

Her face drops as the screen changes.  She whispers to her co-worker that comes over.  There are now four seats open on the flight tomorrow for $100 a piece.  She tells us how a mother and daughter have been waiting in the airport for three days trying to leave the island.  She says two of these tickets are your and the other two are theirs.  She books and we walk out stunned that we not only have tickets for a noon flight the next day but that we got them so cheap.  Praise God!  Just like our Lord.


In addition, the tickets were flying into Orlando where we have some friends and family it was nice to see!  We may have made a little stop while we were there.

Someone gifted us with entrance tickets!  I haven’t been to Disney World since I was six years old and it was a perfect day there with Joel.  Back to Charlotte burbs we headed.

Painting Prints for Sale for Small Business Saturday!

With Joel and family’s support, I made prints of some of the paintings I’ve painted over the years.  For small business Saturday I am sharing them with you here!  The big ones are for $15 and the smaller ones for $10 plus $2 for shipping (write me for international order rates). 

Just send what you would like to order and your address to happyreign222@gmail.com.  Happy holidays and Best wishes to you and your families wherever you are!  We can accept payments through paypal on our happy giving link.  You can find all of these painting’s background stories on this website link here!

Joel and I have plans to travel this month but everything should be stateside.  Maybe we’re coming to a city near you!

Love and Blessings,

Heather and Joel

P.S. If you are looking for Christmas gifts and you want something for the outdoors, we also have some beautiful friends in the Orlando area that sell reflective wind spinners that are colorful and last forever.  They ship them right to you and you can check them out at their website here!

My Story

I feel like there is power in sharing our stories and sometimes the best place to start is the beginning.  Recently, I was given an opportunity to share how my relationship with God began and I thought I would share it here as well.

I went to church with my family sometimes and even learned stories from the bible as a child, but I went to church for years and never really remember hearing about Jesus or what he did for us or what he thought of us.  I remember trying really hard to figure out when to stand and when to sit and how to make my voice go up or down with the music notes I didn’t know how to read in the hymnal.

Fast forward through my parent’s divorce, our moving to a new location, and lots of high school parties.  At one point I was grounded because of driving lots of drunk people at like three in the morning when I was sixteen.  I hadn’t been drinking.  While I was grounded, my mother gave me a book, as she is an avid reader.

This book was fiction and written by a Christian.  In this book, the author clearly explained how a certain character in the book was impacted by Christ and the holy spirit working in her life.  I remember just saying “Yes” to God in my basement and feeling his presence fill the room and a conversation between us began that hasn’t stopped to this day. (You can read more about this subject here.)

God continues to help me.  How to respond in my marriage, how to view the mistakes of my past, what decisions I should make concerning how I live my life.  He is the peace within me, and his love is my breath.  He continues to remind me of my value and my worth.  I have fallen in love and he continues to show me how to love myself and love others.  The end–or actually–just the beginning.  🙂