Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”Luke 2:8-14
This has been quite a year for so many, and some would say this has been the absolute worse year ever, others would just say it stinks. I’m not sure there’s many at all who would say it’s been the best year; yet, maybe a three year old could have this perspective.
I will say it’s not been an amazingly wonderful year; it’s certainly had it’s challenges. However, I’d have to admit, it’s not been the worst year I’ve ever experienced.
Some of the worst years of my life were the year after my grandfather passed away, or the year we lost our first child after trying to conceive for 13 months, or the year I battled depression for a good half of the year… yeah, perspective always brings sunlight into the day.
1. No matter what comes into my life, with God, I can walk through fire and I can stand in the rain…even if I have to grab the fire extinguisher and maybe a boat paddle!
2. Regardless what the days bring, you still have a choice to take another breath and move forward or clamp down on oxygen and lie down to die…I choose to breathe.
3. Despite the ugly, the tornadic, the chaos or the devastation, there is always hope, you just have to search for it…often times, it will be buried deep within.
4. Although, there may be confusion and uncertainty, if you know the right source from which to draw strength, you will have an endless supply…the Source is your key.
5. Life brings with it all kinds of ups and downs, doubts and fears, turmoil and challenges, questions and very few answers; yet, when you have a firm foundation, those specific answers may not always become easier to find, but the principles to these will be as sure anchor doe your soul.
6. Everyone needs a friend. Choosing to live out your life in isolation and avoidance is just a waste of life! … choose friends carefully, but choose them.
7. Having the courage to call out when you’re in trouble can be scary, and it definitely will make you more vulnerable than many of us like to be, but honestly, having moments of vulnerability brings humility back into our prideful flesh…and the courage it takes to ask makes us all that stronger.
8. Life has been known to bring us lemons, and sometimes, they can be the sourest ever grown, but if you’ll add a little sugar, you’ll find that lemonade to be quite refreshing… mind you, sometimes, you better add a lot!
9. No matter the clouds that brew overhead, always remember, there is a sun still shining. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but keep looking up, and it’s bound to eventually burst forth and warm up your skin.
10. If you believe there is no hope to ever be found, just stop in your tracks, take a deep breath, and place your hand to your heart to feel that beat…if there is still a rhythm, then there is always a glimmer of hope.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.1 Peter 1:13
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…Ephesians 1:18
It’s been a bit since I sat down to write, and my fingers have aches for the pen and paper (or in this case, the keys of the keyboard). It seems life has become a bit of a whirlwind, and other things take priority over the enjoyment of my blogging right now. It kind of makes me sad, but more, I’d have to admit it makes me frustrated.
Writing is when my mind relaxes and my soul pours out to become a settled peace. Taking pen to paper, or even my fingertips to the keys, has a stabilizing, relaxing effect to my mind.
My thoughts can be swirling, tossing and turning, and I will pick up my pen and journal and begin writing until my heart is content. Sometimes, that only needs to be a half hour, yet, at other times, I might linger for hours, but when it has all been spent, my head is clear, and my breathing steady.
I do believer I may have to write for my own sanity, at least, for my own tranquility. Yet, these writings have to mean something as well.
They cannot be frivolous words written in a frantic that have no meaning, no strength. They have to come from deep in the soul, and first and foremost, they must be a nod to my Creator.
For after all, He placed the desire in my heart. He buried the longing deep within the recesses of my mind, and when I start penning, He is always there, as if my writing becomes a one-on-one conversation to His heart.
So today, I say, “Thank You.” Thank you to my Creator for breath, and life and grace. Thank you for joy, and peace and hope. All the things with which You overwhelm my life.
And thank You for this longing, this unquenchable desire to send You a love letter from the depths of my being. For without You, I am nothing.
But with You, I can conquer any fear, I can scale any mountain, I can slay any giant. For You within me are a mighty force with which to be reckoned. Thank You! ❤️
I will cry to God Most High, Who accomplishes all things on my behalf [for He completes my purpose in His plan].Psalm 47:2 (AMP)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13
No matter how you slice your Turkey this year, we are wishing you a very delightful and joy filled
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 🍁🦃🍽🍁
What brings you JOY today?
What brings you JOY at Thanksgiving?
What brings you JOY on the “off days” when the holidays are through, and the workweek begins anew?
Can you even describe it?
Is it too lofty to grasp, or do the words overwhelm as your tongue struggles to form a word?
JOY cannot be found in circumstances or possessions.
It cannot be obtained in people or holidays or even in feelings.
It must be held deep within one’s very soul.
It must be allowed to live and breathe, as if it is a living being inside.
JOY can overwhelm and consume…
If you will simply let it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13
You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.Psalm 16:11
Sometimes, in order to have a Friday Fun Day, you have to remember where you’ve been rather than where you find yourself today…
And you have to find the joys in the truths that exist…
Like having your son return from college to bring his piles of laundry home for you to wash…
Like having a husband who’s worked hard outside, clearing brush and a fallen tree and brought his clothes in for you to wash…
Like having your son love the outdoors so much that he gets out there as much as possible and brings his dirty, smelly clothes in for you to wash…
Laundry might not seem like a joyous celebration, and I’d much rather be on top of that majestic mountain on a beautiful day like today…
But I will make it a moment of joy as I remember this delightful date day with my man and hold the sweet love of my sons in my heart as I know they’re all safe and secure under one roof today.
Gratefulness is an attitude.
Thanksgiving is a lifestyle.
Appreciation is a perspective you choose to live out, or you find yourself missing out!
…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:18
How close to the fire do you dare to stand?
How close to the flames will you live out your life?
The closer to the Light you venture, the warmer you will remain.
But you also risk the heat from the blaze.
Is it worth it?
…their work will be shown for what it is,because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.1 Corinthians 3:13
And you said, “The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them.Deuteronomy 5:24
I know it’s Tuesday… Tuesday night even, but this might just be a good muse; so, bear with me, please… 😉
So, someone was sweet enough to give us a whole bag? bushel? bucket? … bowl full of unshelled pecans…
They sat in the bowl for several days, and I finally had to concede there was no way I’d have time to shell them…
About that same time, that day or the next, a sweet looking, older Hispanic lady walked through our church parking lot and began hunting fallen pecans from the trees that overhang the property…
I thought, “Maybe I should put those pecans back in a bag and bring them with me, in case, I see her again. She might truly appreciate those…”
So, that evening, I poured them all back into a plastic bag and had to double bag because of the weight…
That next day, I purposely peered across the property, never seeing the little lady…
The next day and the next, I watched…
Until, a whole week went by, and I had almost concluded I needed to give them to someone else or simply throw them out…
But, I hesitated as I surely wanted to not waste them…
Two days later, as I was leaving for lunch, I noticed a couple on the little hill, picking up pecans…
I stopped and asked if they’d like some pecans, but our language barriers didn’t allow for communication. He just looked at me while his wife said something from afar…
So, I pulled the big bag out of my back floorboard and handed it over to him…
Oh, how I wish I could’ve captured a snapshot of the joy on his face when he realized what was in the weighted bag!
Honestly, you’d have thought I’d given him a bag full of gold! His wife, realizing what it was as I drove on, called out, “Mucho Gracias!”
…every day is a day for Thanksgiving…
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.Proverbs 3:27
You may not have much to offer, and your gift may seem insignificant, but for that one who needs it, it will be like liquid gold that will touch their very soul.MG 11/17/20
Thankful for the opportunity to give when I’ve been more than blessed. ❤️
Sometimes, you’ve just got to be whisked away by the sun, the waves and the wind.
Even if it is only in your mind’s eye that you sail away…
Happy Friday Fun Day!
Well, we celebrated another birthday this month… we have a 15 year old. I can hardly believe it! The years seems to fly right by, even when you’re totally engaged and holding on tight!
I wouldn’t want to go back the younger years, but I sure do miss them sometimes…
Those little hands holding onto my hair.
Those little feet learning to find their place in this world.
Those little smiles that light up the room when you walk in.
And those little squeals of laughter that just sound like liquid gold.
Yes, I hold every one of them tenderly and safely within my heart.
Yet, I look with excited anticipation to the years ahead.
These little boys are quickly growing into the finest of men, and I am so proud to be called their mom.
They make my heart swell with live and adoration. ❤️
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3:14-15
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6