---About Rita

“The breakthrough point for when my faith in God really started to grow was in 2000-2001. Through a series of trampled relationships, I turned my focus to God. I love reading, walking, and playing challenging word games. I have a beautiful daughter who lives in Florida, and my vacation time is spent with her. I have learned that having a Christ-centered life settles my anxieties and truly opens the door to God’s plan for me.”

~Rita

 
 
 
 

Setting Standards

When we don’t set standards in our lives, it can become easy to conform to the ways of this world.  If we don’t seek our direction from God, Satan has a way of slithering in and telling us that it’s okay to “think like that,” it’s okay to “live like that,” it’s okay to “keep doing the things you’re doing,” only it’s not.  Romans 12:12 -“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  We follow certain standards in our work

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Daddy’s Hands

Well, January 27th marked eighteen years since my dad left this world and went home to heaven. My dad was the greatest man on earth “in my eyes”. Don’t get me wrong, He had problems and issues just like everyone else. He and my mom went through battles and hard times through the years, but one thing’s for sure, they always came out of it together and they always loved their family deeply. My dad was the one that I could always count on. He always did his best to make sure that my daughter and I were always taken care of. If I needed rescuing from my car breaking down in the middle of Ford road, or my pipes bursting in the middle of the night, he was always there. I remember him coming over when that happened to crawl under my house to turn off the water valve because I didn’t know what to do. I can remember him showing me over and over again how to put oil in my old Ford Pinto until I finally “got it.” He loved my little girl with all of his heart. When she was a lot younger, my work shifts meant that she spent a lot of time with my parents. She became a permanent part of their lives. There’s so many memories. I remember him and my mom working to fix things up out in the garage. I remember his working hands quite vividly. So many sweet memories.
 
Our Father in heaven loves us unconditionally. His hands take hold of us and guide us through each day. Why would He do that when we are so undeserving? Because He loves us so much. God’s love isn’t based on what we do or don’t do, He loves us no matter who we are or what we’ve done. I seek God each day knowing that He will lead me. When I make those “stupid mistakes,” I know that He will walk me through them and forgive me. I turn to God because He knows me better than anyone, He designed me to be used to fulfill His perfect plan. It doesn’t matter what the day holds for me, I am going to make mistakes and I will stumble and fall. It’s part of my human nature. When I turn my focus to my heavenly Father, He will pick me up and dust me off and lead me on the right path once again. He never gets tired of loving me.
 
1 John 4:10 ESV
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
 
Romans 5:8-9 ESV
But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.
 
2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
 
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Have a blessed day!!!
Rita
 
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Sharing God’s Word

I don’t get tired of sharing God’s Word. I love reading and researching things to help me better understand what God’s purposes for different things are. There are friends that I have at work that continue to ask me for “the word of the day.” I only started doing that because one of them would constantly ask me just for fun, what the word of the day was. So I started keeping a list of words handy with scripture to go with them. So when I get the question, I’m prepared. That has helped me so much. Sometimes there will be others that will try to discourage me. But I don’t quit being who I am. God uses all of us in different

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Closer to God

I started writing so that I could try to keep my focus where it should be, on God. It was right after my aunt Audrey had passed away. We used to do a family Bible study tied together through Facebook, and she loved that. We kept it going for a while and I learned so much from everyone that was involved in it. It’s so important to keep that connection with God growing. There’s never “not” something new to learn in my walk with God. He teaches me how to live my life for Him. He teaches me how to live in the present. Matthew 6:34 says,

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My Story

We are all here for a reason. There’s a story inside our lives. There are special, unique circumstances that make us who we are. Things we experience throughout our lives determine the paths we take. All of us make mistakes, nobody is immune to that. We can choose to learn from our mistakes and move forward, or we can choose not to. When we choose to move forward, God opens doors that we have kicked closed. Sometimes God leads us on a journey to teach us to depend on Him.  When we are so stubborn and determined because we think we know

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Countdown

Christmas is over. We had so much fun and laughter, sharing and spending time with everyone. The years seem to fly by faster and faster. We have parents, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren all together at the same time. What an amazing blessing. We learn to treasure each moment that God gives us because those moments go by so quickly. Our kids grow up in the blink of an eye and we sit and wonder how we got here so fast. We begin to count down the days until the new year begins. We make plans and

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Unshakable Faith

Building a lasting connection and a strong bond with someone takes being persistent. It’s a lot of work. You go through good times and bad times. Understanding how another person is wired and why they act a certain way and do the things they do can turn us upside down. Our world has changed drastically over the years. What one generation perceives as normal, another generation has a whole different take on it. When we love someone we have to keep the connection in tact. Sometimes obstacles get in the way, we just have to fight harder. Generations are different, people are different. Loving somebody with all

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Answered Prayer

I never used to give it a second thought, but as my prayer life grew, I started realizing all the answered prayers I have been blessed to receive. I also found out that prayers aren’t always answered the way you expect. What we desire and ask God for may not be in our best interest and God has a different direction that He’s leading us in. Often times He will lead us through something we don’t understand. We find blessings quite often through enduring trials. Developing a relationship with God through my prayer life has taught me to be patient and to trust God. Receiving the “feel good” answer from God isn’t always the best for me. He knows

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Giving

We enjoy the Christmas season because we celebrate the birth of our Savior. When we were blessed with our Savior, we were blessed with the most wonderful gift we could ever receive. Because of this world that we live in, we fall short every day of pleasing God. We turned our backs on Him, but He never turned His back on us. Through the birth of Jesus, God gave us a way to redeem ourselves. Jesus teaches us everything we need to know about giving. He is the Ultimate Giver. He gave everything for us so that we could have the best gift of all, which is spending eternity with Him.
 
When we think about Christmas and giving, sometimes we can get caught up in the stress of feeling obligated to give something. Feeling that way steals joy from us. Christmas is a time for happiness and gratitude and

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Loving Difficult People

We love with all of our hearts and we pray with all of our strength. Sometimes we can feel like we’re just not getting through to someone, then there’s a glimpse of hope. When we finally see that window cracked open, we see that glimpse of hope, we know God is answering our prayers. Loving someone difficult can really take it’s toll on us. We exhaust ourselves trying to figure out why this person is so resisting. We have to take a step back and understand that God loves this person as much as He loves us. We’ve finally got the window cracked opened. We have to stay focused on God and let Him work through us to reach this

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