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Foggles

Originally posted on Living Better 50 magazine.

My husband recently got his private pilot’s license. During his training, he had to fly wearing something called foggles. Foggles are glasses that have been made to simulate foggy conditions, low ceiling clouds, and night to the pilot who is wearing them. They are frosted on the top half to limit the pilot’s field of vision and force them to use only the flight instruments. While wearing foggles, pilots must fly IFR, Instrument Flight Rules, rather than visually, which is known as VFR, Visual Flight Rules.

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My first flight with my husband. We are flying over Priest Lake Idaho.

This training equips the pilot to be ready for real-life situations when there is little to no visibility. In a situation of low to no visibility, the pilot must rely on two things, his/her instruments to navigate and the air traffic controller. This takes many hours of practice to be ready for unexpected weather. A pilot who isn’t knowledgeable in instrument reading can find himself/herself in a very dangerous situation.

Many times life can be hard for us to navigate. It can leave us standing in what feels like a fog. Like a pilot, we too, need to train. Setting aside time to study God’s word prepares us for those times we find ourselves in turbulence. Pilots rely on their instruments and we can rely on God’s instrument, His word, the Bible.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

God’s word can guide us step by step. Take a look at what Psalm 119:105 says,

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV)

The word of God can guide you step-by-step when you feel like you are not sure what’s in front of you.

Just as a pilot counts on the air traffic controller, we can count on God. Prayer gives us a direct line to God. No need to find the correct frequency for prayer, we just need to speak and God is waiting to hear us.

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Psalm 107:28-30 (ESV)

In a time of distress they called upon the Lord in Psalm 107. God wants to be more than the “Mayday, Mayday” call that you make in your time of need. He wants us to be in prayer to Him daily, about everything, so that when the turbulences of life come at us we can ride them out in the security of His presence. God wants us to pray always and do it with thanksgiving.

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Life is going to get bumpy. At times, you are going to feel like you are wearing foggles but when you study the Bible regularly and have a strong prayer life you can navigate your way safely through whatever lies ahead of you. If you have never done any study of the Bible and you are not sure where to start here are a few ideas.

  1. Some basic steps in studying the Bible: http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestudyresources/ss/biblestudy.htm
  2. Reading the Bible in a year: http://www.ewordtoday.com/year/
  3. There are many studies you can purchase. These are a few I have enjoyed.
  • The Purple Book by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell
  • Breaking Free by Beth Moore
  • Freedom in Christ by Neil T. Anderson
  • Altar’d by Jennifer Kennedy Dean

No matter what you choose to study it is important to pray before you start your study. Ask God to give you a deeper understanding of His word. Also, don’t forget to pray daily about all things. Pray with boldness and don’t forget to give thanks. Remember, God wants to hear from you daily not just when you have a “Mayday, Mayday” prayer.

I believe that you wouldn’t want to be in a plane with a pilot that doesn’t know how to read his/her instruments. How scary it would be to have the pilot frantically looking through the pages of the flight-training book to get you through the fog. Please don’t wait until you are in the middle of the fog to grab your Bible.

Blessings,

Kim

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I was ready for my first flight with my husband. Sometimes I just can’t help myself 🙂

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GPS (God’s Positioning Satellite)

I wrote this post for the  “The Whatever Girls” ministry and it ran on their site today. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

One night while visiting family in the Seattle area my mother-in-law offered to watch the kids so we could go out to dinner with my husbands brother and his wife.  A night out, a nice dinner, good company and, a chance to wear pretty shoes put a smile on my face.   We had the best dinner at the restaurant where my husband’s youngest brother worked.

My husband and his older brother thought it would be entertaining to program in their parents address and see if they could confuse the GPS.  Frick and Frack are the names I choose to call them because of this goofy idea.

What us ladies thought would be a nice ride home became a series of twists and turns in neighborhoods that Frick and Frack had never been in and they are from the area. Recalculating, in so many feet take a U-turn, Left turn ahead, turn right, and dead end ahead began to block out the sound of the music as our GPS tried to navigate the way home.  gps

With every turn I came one-step closer to loosing my amazing dinner as carsickness began to creep in.  They spun the car this way and that way thinking they could get the GPS confused.  My sister in law fell asleep and I worried with each left turn her head would hit the window.  I kept asking the guys how much longer? I was not finding the same humor in this.  I told them I hoped the GPS would say, “Listen to me dummies and do what I tell you!” I had to go to the bathroom, I was carsick and I was tired. Thankfully they eventually grew tired of choosing their own course, listened to the GPS and, we found our way to where we were going.  What should have been a 15-20 min drive lasted over an hour.

Life can be a series of twist and turns, it is full of hills to climb, unknowns to navigate our way through and dead ends.  Sometimes it seems like a guessing game when it comes to which path we should choose to go down.  What may look good just might take us to a place we should have never been and we find ourselves throwing it into reverse and high tailing it out of there.  Sometime we get so lost we are not even sure how to find our way back to where we started.

Gods word is a lamp to your feet and light for your path (Psalm 119:105 NIV).  It is like the GPS of our lives.  I listened to Richelle Opland speak to a group of young ladies at the “Whatever girls” meeting in November and she used this analogy of God’s word lighting our path.  She said, “think of God’s word as a lantern and as you hold it up depending on how dark it is you may only have enough light to see one step at time but it guides you safely to where you need to go”.

No matter where we are in life at times we are faced with choice of which direction should I take? For you teens that are reading this, you are faced with often overwhelming choices about what direction your life is to go.  Where should I go to school, what kind of carrier do I want, or how will I know who is the right person for me someday?  Your teenage years are some the best years of your life but they can also be the hardest as you find yourself at cross roads not knowing which way to turn.  One thing always remains the same when you are faced with which direction to go.  God’s word will guide you every time.  If I had known this as a teen my life would have been a much smoother ride.   If you follow God’s word, the bible (God’s Positioning Satellite) and listen to the turn by turn directions of the Holy Spirit you won’t find yourself making a series of wrong turns as God tries to recalculate your direction and put you back on the right course.

If you have not checked out “The Whatever Girls” Please do so.  It is a wonderful ministry for Mom’s and Teens.  We would love to have you join us in Spokane at the Whatever Girls Live event April 25-27th.  I encourage all mom’s and their teenage girls to come for this awesome weekend.

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