Prayer Walker

February 5, 2023 at 6:53 pm | Posted in Prayer, Relationships | Leave a comment

“Do you want me to start or you start?” Sonia asked.

“I will start this time.” I said and then I began to pray.

Everytime Sonia and I take a walk we have wonderful spiritual conversations and we pray. There has not been a walk when we didn’t pray. We have seen God do some amazing things simply because we prayed.

I am in the middle of reading “What If Jesus Was Serious About Prayer” by Skye Jethani. In Chapter 10 he writes about “Hot Dog Prayers”. These type prayers are done by many and break down as follows:

  • 2% – pure adoration
  • 4% – honest confession
  • 13% – requests and desires
  • 81% – filler (mostly Cliches Pop-Christian Culture Byproducts)

Skye says, “If we believe prayer is merely talking to God, then to pray more we must talk more. This causes us to pack our prayers with unnecessary filler like a cheap hot dog.” Matthew 6:7 talks about not babbling like pagans. God already knows what we need so we don’t have to give Him a full request list.

What is giving me pause as I read this book, is thinking about why I am praying to Him at all. Is it a time to get my requests in, to worship Him, to confess my sins, to ask for direction, or a time to merely be in His presence? I am looking forward to where this book is taking me and how it will help me deepen my walk with Him.

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.
Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.
 A dream comes when there are many cares,
    and many words mark the speech of a fool. Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 (NIV)

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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Prayer Works!

February 2, 2023 at 10:07 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Schedule, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Relationships, Thanks | Leave a comment

“How long has your son being driving?” I asked the mom of one of my students. We were on a three way call: mom, son, and me.

“Didn’t you say your father has only taken you to a parking lot?” I heard her ask her son.

“Yes, only a parking lot.”

Oh my goodness! He has only been in a parking lot?! I thought. “OK, the first lesson we spend an hour in a residential twenty-five-mile-an-hour zone, then we move to practicing the maneuverability, then ride on a nonresidential twenty-five-mile-an-hour zone and a thirty-five-mile-an-hour zone. However, if I see the student is not able to do the residential area I will take them to a cemetery and we will practice there.” This student sounds like we are going to be in a cemetery. Argh!

“Great! That sounds good, see you in a few days.” Mom said as we disconnected.

Today was the day of our first meeting. I prayed yesterday, I prayed during the day, I prayed while waiting for the student to arrive, and prayed all during the drive. The main part of the prayer was for this student to be successful, for safety, and direction on how I should handle this lesson.

He was my last student of the day at 5:30 p.m. The sun was setting behind the school building. We met at a high school parking lot. My plan was to have him drive around in the parking lot so I could get a feel for how he drives. Then while we are in the lot practice the maneuverability test, then have him drive into the adjoining residential neighborhood. If I was hitting the brake or grabbing onto the car, or the steering wheel we were going to switch seats and I would take him to a cemetery.

He drove around the lot three times and my foot didn’t touch the brake, or hand grasp the side of the car, or the steering wheel. We set up cones in the lot. For a first timer he only hit the cones a couple of times.

“OK, let’s pull out of this lot into the street and into the neighborhood. Ready?” I asked and silently prayed.

“So, how do I do this? How do I put on the blinker? You want me to do what now?” He nervously gripped the steering wheel, eyes darting back and forth up the street, down the street, up the street, down the street.

“I want you to make this right onto the street and then an immediate left into that street right over there and we will spend an hour there.” I leaned forward in my seat.

He turned right slowly and then left into the residential street. He drove around ten to fifteen miles an hour on the street tightly gripping the wheel.

“Cool, you are on the real street now and out of the parking lot. Now let’s make this stop before the stop bar and then turn left.”

He slowly made a solid stop and turned slowly left. Stop, left, right, stop, left, right, right, left, stop. Every stop was solid, every right and left turn was sharp and into the lane. “Wow! Your turns are exceptional for someone who just left the parking lot. I am surprised!”

His speed slowly crept up to twenty-five miles an hour. “Oh, my you are going the appropriate speed. Are you getting more comfortable now? You are catching on quick.”

“Yes, I am surprised myself. I don’t know what I was expected, but not this.” he smiled as he smoothly made the next turn.

“According to the GPS we are going to have to leave this neighborhood to get you home. That means driving on a thirty-five mile an hour road or roads with four lanes.” OK, God now what? I need some help on how we are going to get out of here. Maybe I will just switch seats and drive him home. “So, do you think you want to try driving home?”

“What’s the traffic like? How are we gonna do that?”

“I don’t know I am trying to figure that out now. OK, turn left onto this street. Drive up to the red light, stay in the straight lane. We are going to drive across this four lane road into that parking lot on the other side, just to have you touch the thirty-five mile an hour road.” Once we get in the shopping plaza I will switch seats. “Excellent move into the lot. This lot is only 10-15 miles an hour. Turn left here, turn left, and then right at the stop sign. I was going to switch, but let’s see how this go. Turn left at the next stop sign into the two lane street. OK, we are back on the street. Turn right at that stop sign, it is a four lane road, make sure you turn into the right lane. Go straight through the next couple lights, the road is going to turn into a two lane road.”

Left, right, stop, right, left, stop. “I am making this route up as we go, let’s keep this going. I know you live on a four lane street, with a medium in the middle road. Right now we are riding on two lane roads that are running parallel with that road. When we get to this particular street we will turn left, then left at the light onto your busy four lane road and across the bridge. Make sure you turn into that left lane. Then get into the right lane then to your house.” When the speed was twenty-five, he went twenty-five, when it was thirty-five he went thirty-five. No more slow driving but driving with confidence.

“How’s it feeling now?” I asked.

“Great.”

“You keep this up, we will make it to your house. You’re doing it! I am more amazed the further we get. Oh my gosh we are now less than two miles from your home and you live twenty-five minutes away from where we started. A couple of more turns and we are there. Now we are on your street, you gotta show me where your house is. Hey stay in your lane, there is more than enough room for your car. Where’s your house?”

“Right here!” he turned sharply into a driveway landing partly on the grass on the passenger side.

“Oh my gosh! You did it! You drove a full two hours starting from a parking lot! This is amazing! I prayed for you.”

He grinned ear-to-ear and thanked me for the lesson.

As I drove home I praised God and thanked Him for an extremely successful ride. How in the world does a student go from parking lot to residential area, to non residential area of twenty-five miles, to thirty-five miles on four lane roads in the first lesson? Only God can do that. I love love this job! I love how God takes students from one level to another level simply because I asked Him for His help! I asked for success and safety. As usual He gave me and the student more than I asked for. Prayer works!

 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 (NIV).

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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The Thirteen

January 22, 2023 at 6:30 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Schedule, Health, Thanks | 2 Comments

Between June 23 and July 10, 2018, I was attending swim classes with my grandson, hiking with husband and grandson, hiking or walking with various friends, bouncing in a Big Bounce America house with family, bike riding with my husband, spending time with nieces and their children, socializing at a church outdoor service, and traveled on a drive trip to three states with family. During that same time thirteen people were striving to stay alive in the Thailand Tham Luang Nang Non cave. We watched the news often to see what the progress of the rescue was. As the days drew out we feared there was no way these thirteen could survive.

Today I watched “Thirteen Lives” on television. I remember praying during those eighteen days while a coach and twelve of his soccer team young boys were trapped in a cave. As I watched the movie I sat on the edge of my seat, my heart raced, and I gasped as we watched the events play out before our eyes. We marveled at the backstories, the culture, and the people who participated in this rescue attempt. Over 10,000 people from seventeen countries and over one hundred divers played a part in this internationally watched occurrence. What amazed me was how I was captivated by the story and sat like I was watching a fictional movie; I knew how this ended. Thanks only to God, only two people died. The dead were two divers, one due to lack of oxygen while trying to rescue the group and the other a year later due to a blood infection he got during the rescue. All thirteen were rescued by sedating them and bringing them up with scuba gear on. My husband and I are certified scuba divers; we eyed every piece of equipment and the techniques portrayed in the movie. It was amazing.

Watching this movie made me think about do I have this same intense, heart racing, edge of my seat attitude when craziness enter my life? Do I fall down on my knees and cry out to God to solve the situation, knowing He can and will if that is His plan? Or do I doubt, live in fear that God can’t or won’t fix it? The Bible tells us that in the end, God wins. Do we live every day knowing that no matter what drama happens, God will get us through it? And if that is not His plan, are we assured that He will draw us into His arms for an eternal stay with Him?

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelations 21:1-4 (NIV)


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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Markings

January 15, 2023 at 7:45 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Word, Health | Leave a comment

Back in the day the Lord laid down a bunch of laws for the Israelites along with the ten commandments. Leviticus is full of warnings, restrictions, commands, and lessons for daily living after their exodus from Egypt so that they can live physically and spiritually fit.

In Leviticus 19:1-2 (NIV) “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.'” Then he continues with a list of do’s and don’t do’s about respecting parents, not turning to idols, offerings, land harvesting, stealing, lying, deception, swearing falsely by His name, defrauding, robbing, mistreatment of the deaf and blind, favoritism, slander, endangering neighbor, hatred, revenge, mating different kinds of animals, planting field with two kinds of seed, wearing clothing with two kinds of material, sleeping with a female slave promised to another man, when fruit is holy enough to eat, eating meat with blood in it, divination, omens, hair/beard cutting, tattoos, degrading daughter, Sabbath observation, spiritual mediums, respecting elderly, treatment of foreigners, and honest scales.

Leviticus 19:28 (NIV) always stands out out to me, especially now. So many have or are thinking about have a tattoo. This verse says: “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.'” Tattoos make a statement about something. Some are amazing appealing creations of art. Anyone wanting to have a tattoo must carefully learn the risks of having a tattoo before embarking on such an alteration of the skin cells God created for each of His human creations.

As for me since the Lord’s Bible says no to tattoos, I am not interested. I have a high pain tolerance but the thought of permanently marking God’s flesh through pain keeps me away from the allure of this art form.

What statement are we making through our tattoos?

“‘ Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.'” Leviticus 19:37 (NIV).

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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The Wish

January 11, 2023 at 6:56 am | Posted in Bucket List, Change, Emotion, Family, Goals/Dreams, God is Enough, God's Schedule, Health, Holy Spirit, Thanks, Travel | 1 Comment

“I want to see all my sisters and brother.” she said. The last time she had seen them was at a funeral for their youngest brother.

The Holy Spirit laid a hard pressing need to make that happen.

Early in January 2023 three sisters and one brother met in a three bedroom, three bathroom condo at Club Wyndham Reunion. How appropriate for the Holy Spirit to place them in Reunion, Florida. One sister and one brother flew in from Cleveland, Ohio. Another sister flew in from Kokomo, Indiana. The sister with the desire to see her siblings drove from Tampa, Florida. Prayers were sent to God for a peaceful and enjoyable three night stay. God answered and gave them the following:

  • A suite looking at the green
  • Weather in the 80’s and 70’s
  • Home prepared meals together in their suite
  • Laughter
  • Non-stop talking
  • Space to be together and space to be apart
  • Memory lane conversations
  • Encouragement
  • Peace
  • Comfort
  • Escape from their daily routines

I love it when the Holy Spirit gives us the desire of our hearts. This He did for my husband’s family. May we all hear The Holy Spirit’s voice and respond to His perfect plan.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4.

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Do It Anyway!

January 1, 2023 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Body of Christ, Change, Confession, Goals/Dreams, God is Enough, Health, Relationships, Repentance, Reputation, Spiritual Battle | 1 Comment

I don’t want to do that! I know what I am supposed to do. I have been on this journey for fourteen years. I don’t need to do that! Besides how would that look? Everyone knows my story. What will they think? I argued with the Holy Spirit.

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.  In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Acts 9:10-19 (NIV)

This is the account of Ananias when Saul was converted to be one of God’s chosen apostles. Ananias was not happy about seeing Saul, a murderer of people who followed Jesus. He expressed his displeasure and fear with God. But did it anyway. Because of His obedience and trust in God, Saul became Paul and many lives turned to Jesus as their Savior. Doing God’s will was best despite Ananias’ fear.

In November 2008 I started a weight loss journey that enabled me to lose fifty-three pounds when I was fifty-three years old. God used me to be a Weight Watcher Leader to help others do the same for five years. Then He moved me out of that leadership role into other roles. However, I continued to be a member and I still weight in once a month to stay below by goal weight.

In 2022 God placed me in cars and classrooms teaching students how to drive. In the classroom I am standing and walking. However, in the car I am sitting.

Before the pandemic my activity level was extremely high because of training and being in races. Now I walk no less than five days a week for fitness, not to train for a race. Therefore, my activity level is less. While training to be in marathon I could eat anything I wanted. Now I have to watch what I eat. So, sitting on my butt for 532 hours in 2022 my weight leaped up ten pounds. The first two years of the pandemic (2020 and 2021) I didn’t have any weight gain issues. In fact I lost some in 2020 due to three hospital stays, so intentional gain back was justified. This ten pound gain is not acceptable! For the first time ever I did not meet the weight in requirement at Weight Watchers in December 2022; I had to pay. (Lifetime membership is free as long as I meet the once a month weight in requirement.)

So, like Ananias I expressed the reasons why I didn’t need to join a group at my church to help me lose the weight. Also like him I relented and signed up today. I will remain a Weight Watcher member and weight in once a month. But I need the additional accountability with a spiritual group to return my body to what is pleasing to the Holy Spirit that lives in me.

Therefore, in 2023 I will be doing a new thing as I follow God’s lead in returning to a healthy weight in the life role He has me in with students and whatever roles He has in store for me in 2023.

What is God asking us to do in 2023 that scares us or is something we just don’t want to do? Let’s do it anyway and watch God work!

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Rest

December 25, 2022 at 7:00 am | Posted in Christmas, God is Enough, God's Schedule, Rest, Thanks | 3 Comments

Two days a week I am involved with Bible Study Fellowship. For three weeks we are off for winter break. My prayer for my winter break was for rest on those two days. It has only been a week and God has given me rest on days I did not ask for.

Those two days have been spent with sleeping in and time with friends. Then God used a snow storm that blew through most of the country to give me two more days. Rain, flash freezing temperatures, wind, and snow cancelled student drives, hikes, and walks on December 23rd and 24th.

On December 23rd we slept in and ate breakfast close to the lunch hour. It was like we were on vacation but at home. If it weren’t for the familiar home surroundings and blinding white outside I would have thought we had jumped on a plane and flown away from our state. Reading, playing games, baking buttermilk biscuits, telephone calls to family and friends filled this snowbound day.

On December 24th, Christmas Eve, we had another late arising and late breakfast. Reading, writing, preparing dough for rolls to rise, baking yellow corn bread for stuffing, wrapping presents, watching Christmas movies, and telephone calls to family were my tasks. Most of these would have been done on this same day. But they happened earlier in the day instead of late so that I could rest the evening away.

Today He gives me rest with my family as we feast on tasty foods, laughter, and conversation as we celebrate His Son’s birthday.

May we all rest in Him during this special time of year, the birth of His Son. Let us cherish His gift of eternal life with Him.

Happy Birthday Jesus and Merry Christmas to you all!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Behind the Wheel

December 11, 2022 at 7:00 am | Posted in Change, Finances, God is Enough, God's Schedule, Holy Spirit, Relationships, Thanks | Leave a comment

“You would make a great driver instructor.” Sandy said randomly.

“What? Where did that come from?” Sandy and I had completed a volunteer experience in the Cleveland Metroparks at a parkrun.

“My sister has a driver’s ed business and is always looking for instructors.”

Lord, what is she talking about? I thought you told me not to look for a job.

“Here is her telephone number; call her.”

“OK, do the instructors use their own cars or the company’s cars?” No way I am going to use my car!

“The company’s car, but some do use their car.”

Lord is this what you want me to do?

OK, Lord if this is what you want me to do I am going to text her instead of calling her. If she doesn’t answer than I will not pursue it further. (Such an unprofessional approach.)

Within two days I was sitting in her office just having a conversation about being a driving instructor in cars and in the classroom. It wasn’t an interview, merely an exchange of information about the requirements needed to become a driving instructor. OK, Lord if this is what you what you want me to do make it clear.

The Lord made it clear in the following ways:

  • Clean background check – can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be
  • Cleared driving record – had a prior speeding violation and it was no longer there – alleluia!
  • Excellent physical fitness report from my doctor
  • Passed maneuverability test without ever practicing it – Holy Spirit told me while I was taking the test – “just do it, you do this all the time”. I realized I do I backup in my driveway and into perpendicular parking spots every day.
  • Passed the driving test even with forty-four years of not quite correct driving
  • Passed the 80-question instructor test before I had a chance to take the course for the test – miracle!

When the instructor test, driving test, and maneuverability test on the same day, which was not in my schedule, I knew the Lord wanted me to do this. When He gives me an answer in threes, I know it is His will.

This is the best job God has ever placed in my lap. It has been a year ago today when I had that conversation with Sandy. During this year I have had so much fun teaching in the classroom and riding in cars with students. I love doing both, but I love being in the car the most. So many deep or humorous conversations happen in the car. Even when I have to grab the wheel or apply the brake and I tremble in fear, God always works it out for that student to become a better driver by the end of the course. Many of them text me to let me know they have passed the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle test. Those victories warm my heart and encourage me to continue doing God’s will teaching teens a valuable life skill.

Sometimes if feels like I am doing volunteer work, until I get that weekly paycheck. I have never had a job where I got paid every week! I don’t know how long God wants to on this journey but I am enjoying the ride while I am on it.

“So, as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts'” Hebrews 3:7-8 (NIV).

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (NIV).

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Count Down

December 5, 2022 at 8:36 am | Posted in Confession, COVID-19, Emotion, Family, God is Enough, Relationships, Spiritual Battle, Thanks | 1 Comment

It is twenty days before Christmas and I have not purchased a single gift. I am not anxious or concerned about it either.

According to Gary Chapman the five love languages are: acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, quality time, and words of affirmation. Years ago I took a love language test and discovered my number one love language is: quality time. I retook a test today and the results were:

    Quality Time33%
    Acts of Service30%
    Physical Touch23%
    Words of Affirmation10%
    Receiving Gifts3%

    Receiving and giving gifts has not been my love language. This is not to say I don’t like receiving gifts, but it is not important that I do. I would rather spent time with people traveling, walking, talking, or just being in the room with them is good enough for me. Therefore, when Christmas time comes I love spending time in the presence of family and friends.

    Christmas time for me is about celebrating Jesus’ birth and spending time with the people He gave me to interact with. So, every year I have this dilemma. Family loves receiving and giving gifts at Christmas. For me gift giving to children is fun; but all our children are adults and our oldest granddaughter is twenty-two years old. However, giving books and toys to our eight-year grandson remains enjoyable for me. But I do that anytime of the year not just on Christmas or on his birthday.

    So, I kinda cringe when this time of year comes, I have to do this gift-giving thing which is not my love language, but do it because it is someone else’s love language. I don’t like to shop either, especially in crowds. When Covid-19 became another virus in our lives, shopping online became the perfect tool for me.

    Thanks only to my Lord can I do what prefer not to do, shopping, and accept the gifts I would rather have in quality time.

    God gave this commandment to His disciples in John 13:34-35 (NIV): “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We are also to give love to others who are not in His family of believers as well because He first loved us. How are we making every effort to do that?

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    Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

    These are her four blogs:

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    Reason Twenty-five: He Gives Me Life

    November 30, 2022 at 6:38 am | Posted in 25 Reasons, Body of Christ, Change, God is Enough, Holy Spirit, Thanks | Leave a comment

    Reason Twenty-five: He Gives Me Life

    Today I celebrate twenty-five years as a baptized disciple of Christ. I was dumped in a baptismal tub in a church member’s basement and came out with all my sins washed away. I was given new life with Christ. The Holy Spirit moved into me and became my personal confidant as He leads me in the ways I should go. On earth I was given life to the full as I am directed into the ways of God’s purpose for my existence on this planet. In addition to this glorious life on earth walking hand in hand with my Lord, I get to live with Him eternally when His son Jesus returns for me. I look forward to walking miles around the new Jerusalem without pain or need to recovery from a long walk. I look forward to dwelling with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit face-to-face for all of my days. I look forward to no more sorrow and no more life drama.

    Thank you for taking this twenty-five day journey with me as I celebrate twenty-five years walking with the Lord who knows, loves, and guides me. I celebrated by expressing the twenty-five reasons why I live in God’s kingdom and why I stay. Those reasons are as follows:

    Reason One: The EncountersReason Fourteen: He Moves Me
    Reason Two: In The Right Place!Reason Fifteen: He Forgives Me
    Reason Three: Long Marriage – 48 Years!Reason Sixteen: He Is My Friend
    Reason Four: Where I Am He IsReason Seventeen: He Gives Me Peace
    Reason Five: He Made Me A Steward of His MoneyReason Eighteen: I Am Wonderfully Made
    Reason Six: He Heals MeReason Nineteen: Uses Me To Glorify Him
    Reason Seven: He Comforts MeReason Twenty: Fills Me with Gratitude
    Reason Eight: He Protects MeReason Twenty-one: Renewed Every Morning
    Reason Nine: Seeing Him In NatureReason Twenty-two: He Gives Me Patience
    Reason Ten: Living on His ScheduleReason Twenty-three: He Gives Me Compassion
    Reason Eleven: He Equips MeReason Twenty-four: Loved By Him First
    Reason Twelve: He Gave Me FamilyReason Twenty-five: He Gives Me Life
    Reason Thirteen: Freed From Weight

    May we have many more reasons why we walk and stay with our Lord.

     And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)

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    Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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