♪♫♪♪♪♫If I Had a Hammer ….

…… I’d hammer in the morning.  I’d hammer in the evening … the whole day through” ♪♪♫♪♪   You’re welcome 😀 … the song is stuck in your head now right?  The lyrics to the song fit me (and many moms).  We try to fix things.  Right now my old computer’s on the fritz, the washing machine’s on the fritz; being my daddy’s daughter, I’m working on them.  Meanwhile I am on my ‘newer’  computer I passed on to my hubby when his died an untimely death.  Couldn’t fix it … but, I tried.

The point is most of us want to fix things.  Most women tease about men trying to assemble or fix things without reading the instructions.  But, you know, all of us try to fix things without reading the instructions.  We have the right tools usually, but we fail to use them properly.

When we try to fix things we can do more damage than good.  Sometimes beyond repair.  Okay, everyone is thinking of how someone else in the house (maybe a male?) tried to fix something and ruined it right?  Focus on yourself.  God gave you ‘tools’ to work with.  Gifts, talents … strengths that He expects you to allow HIM to use in your life.  Unfortunately, many times we pick them up without asking.  Sometimes we use the wrong tools.  We just steamroll ahead in our own power.

It is one thing to mess up your own things, your own life, but usually that messes up someone else as well.  Many times it is one of our children.  Sometimes it is a spouse or other loved one.   Maybe a friend is affected by the misuse.  God put us here and He has a plan that comes with instructions.  He gave us all we have, our ‘tools’.   Using them in our power without consulting Him makes messes.

There’s nothing wrong with the ‘tools’, it’s the user.  Place them in God’s hands and see what He can do.  Your children and loved ones are watching.  Teach them to lay each ‘tool’ down so God can receive the glory and use it for His perfect will.

What’s your ‘tools’?:  Your kids?  Your successful job? Those “A’s” on the report card?  The game winning ball? Trophies?

When you lay them on the altar and give them back to Him, He may take them away or He may give them back.   When He gives them back and you allow Him to use them to His glory, then He will be able to mold and shape you as well as others.

Just think what you’re doing with your ‘tools’ today and what could happen if they were taken out of your hands and put in the Master’s hands.

Psalm 143:10 (HCSB)

     “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.”

R U A Fixer-Upper?

“I CAN’T FIX IT” … ever feel frustrated with your life … your family … your job?  Do you feel helpless to help? I hate that feeling.  I like to make things better.

Face it: You Can't Fix It

R. U. A Fixer-upper?  Do you try to solve all your own problems?  (Fix your children’s lives to make them smooth?)  Of course we are to be helpful, doing unto others as we would have them do unto us; loving and caring.  But, sometimes you can’t ‘fix it’, and you were not meant to fix people’s lives.

I admit that I have often said to the Lord in my prayer time, “Lord, if you’d let me I could” or “Lord, you know if this happened then …”.  I like to fix it.  Right now, if I could, I would give my husband his dream job, we would have all the money we need come in to fix our financial woes, I would save our house from the bank … I would fly to my daughter to help take care of my sick granddaughter.  Yet, as ‘noble’ as all those plans are, they are not God’s plan.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
What if we truly believed God’s word?  What if we fully understood that our soul is safe … that He is taking care of it and that our HOPE and FUTURE are in Him? Yes, sometimes we will not prosper and we will fall in harms way … but, that’s here … on earth.  And sometimes we will prosper and have everything going our way here on earth.  But God’s plan is that we all find His son and live with Him in prosperity in the future … in Heaven.  This life on earth is preparing us for that time.
So many times when we try to ‘fix’ things we break them … we make them worse.  God gives discernment to you through His Holy Spirit… if we would only listen.
God does not teach or guide you through doubt.  He gives HOPE.  HOPE is an action verb.  You stand before choices and ask God to guide you.  If you have doubts about a choice, you wait.  You make choices that He shows you.  When you read His word and pray each day, you are in tune with Him and the Holy Spirit.  As odd as it sounds, you have peace over even making a hard decision.
Why do we try to repair our broken lives when we not only know the best “fixer-upper”, but He is also the creator of what needs fixing?

Yield Your ALL to Him and He Will Direct Your Path