I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories – “The Potter”
Let my life speak loudly, and let it speak Truth…
I saw this picture today, and it really hit home…
I hope that my life and my actions always line up with who I say that I am. It is so disconcerting to me how easily, it seems, some people can speak good words, smile and give a look of love and concern; they that same person can turn and completely tear another to pieces. I know there are times when we have to “smile and nod,” simply because it’s not the time or place to handle a certain situation, or maybe, you’re in the public eye, and it’s best for your leadership, your reputation and your “good name” to just keep your moth shut, smile graciously and handle someone with kindness. However, when there is underlying resentment and hatred, you can be guaranteed that will come shining through your actions! I don’t care how masked you think you are!
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Don’t discount the bad times with just being bad times. Let Him teach you something, even through the storms of life…
Do you ever think about how many times God blesses us in a day??
Sometimes, it’s just as simple as receiving a sweet phone call or a little card in the mail.
Sometimes, it’s as precious as getting an extra hug from my teenage son before bedtime.
Other times, it’s getting through the yellow light when I’m running late and really should have slowed down a little more.
Other times, I realize I may have been running late; yet, there was also a wreck that might just have avoided.
Maybe it’s the “surprise” answer to a very long ago prayer.
Yet, what about those times we hold out for that answered prayer that, much later, we realize wasn’t answered for very good reasons?
What about those aches and pains which teach us to rely on Him a little more?
What about those heartwrenching seasons that help us to understand another’s…
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Thinking of so many who live their lives desperately searching and never realizing the answer is just a prayer away. He is just waiting for you to call on Him…
The day is dawning; your heart is breaking; the sun bursts through the clouds.
He is speaking your name; yet, you refuse to hear.
You begin your day with cute little answers, a quoted little word.
You try to pretend you are drawing near.
The morning is moving; your heart is aching; the children are skipping to school.
He is calling out to you; yet, you refuse to care.
You continue your way, filling every moment with worry and regret.
You try to pretend all this you can bear.
The sun is setting; your heart is longing; the families are gathering around.
He is shouting across the chasm; yet, you refuse to yield.
You allow the cares of life to consume you, supplying your fleshly desires.
You try to pretend all your dreams are fulfilled.
The night is falling; your heart is bleeding; the stars are shining through.
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Ok, so, I saw this picture the other day, and I proceeded to set this to post, and I completely forgot to finish it! Ugh. I’m so sorry to you guys who opened this this morning and thought, “Um, ok…?”
Now, I will complete this…
A movie I have watched more than five times and would watch again and again would have to be my favorite movie, While You Were Sleeping. This movie is over-the-top-romantic, and as my husband says, I am a “sucka for love;” so, I suppose it totally fits. 😊
If you haven’t seen it yet, pull it off Netflix, snuggle up to your loved one and watch it tonight…or if you have to work early in the morning, plan it for Friday night.😉 This movie is so sweet, so practical, and so realistic. The extremity of circumstances is definitely “movie worthy,” but the thought that you could actually fall in love with someone else when your ‘first love’ is a complete fantasy is totally realistic. I won’t give you the spoilers; so, you can watch and enjoy, but you’ll see what I mean when you follow the story.
I’m also a big fan of Sandra Bullock’s delightful personality and Bill Pullman’s charming smile. These two are great together on the screen. The movie has a couple of other actors who are not so small in name, and they work together to make this one of the best romantic comedies.
There are a few other movies I can watch over and over, too. These would have to include… The Lord of the Rings trilogy, White Christmas, Sleepless in Seattle, Little Women (Katherine Hepburn), Tombstone (edited 😉), El Dorado, Jeremiah Johnson, … Yeah, you could say I’m pretty much a “classic, eclectic, hopeless romantic cowgirl!” 😂😂
I’ve also seen almost every animated movie there is at least twice, and some I can even quote verbatim; however, I might have to say these lend themselves more to my sons’ choosings at various stages. Lol!
So, what about you? What’s a favorite movie of yours? Is there one you’ve seen a gazillion times and would still watch it again? Feel free to share. I’d love to know! 😊
I wasn’t able to comment on this blog, but the content is so good, I couldn’t help but reshare it. I hope it ministers to you.
Have you ever hit a low point? A point where you felt like God had abandoned you? Maybe you felt like you were praying to no one. Maybe you even doubted God’s very existence.
Those moments are so hard, especially when you’re so used to having total trust in Him.
I cannot tell you how many times I have flat-out asked God if He cared about me, or if He was even real.I’ve asked Him to prove it to me. Then I feel guilty. Guilty for asking Him to prove something to me, like He has something to even prove.
So the very fact that you don’t trust Him enough makes the low moments you’re already going through even tougher.
I’ve been trying very hard to make more time for Him. I feel like we sometimes forget that God isn’t our servant. He does not exist to…
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We had to bury a precious elder in our church today, and it made me think of this. I hope it blesses you…
Death engulfs me in its grasp
Darkness is surrounding me
I hear wailing and mourning
But the faces I cannot see.
You weep for me to return
But do you know where I am going?
I am to travel the streets of gold
I am to see His Heavenly Throne
I am sorry for your loss and sorrow
You will miss me while I am gone
But you don’t have to be without hope
You don’t have to be lost and undone
You can join me here when life is through
You can walk in this Paradise Land
You can have eternal life and happiness
If you will just ask Jesus to take your hand
Penned – MG – 2/27/01
Had a conversation with someone today about this very thing. It is so heartbreaking to know someone is going down the wrong path, and they refuse to turn around. They refuse to listen and get help out of their detriment…Be bold enough to speak truth into their lives. Care more for their soul than their approval of you.
You’ve got so much to live for; you’ve got so many days.
You’ve got so far to go; so, why toss them all away?
You think there is no harm; you think there is no mess.
You think there is no pain; so, why is there this death?
You didn’t see it coming; you didn’t see it go.
You didn’t see it hit; so, why are you so low?
You’re falling into the trap; you’re falling into my arms.
You’re falling into the hole; so, why not stay from this harm?
You’ve come to me in love; you’ve come to me in shame.
You’ve come to me in anger; so, why do they still blame?
You have to make a choice; you have to make the decision.
You have to make a change; so, why are you resisting?
You can’t wait forever; you need to get it straight.
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Shared this yesterday as a Happy Valentine’s note to God… Hope you enjoy…
Oh, Lord, how do I love thee?
Let me count not the ways
I speak of You in public grace
Yet, ignore You in the secret place
I praise You when it’s convenient
But neglect You when it’s intimate
I look to You when I remember and when I’m in need
However, forget You when my schedule is in the lead
Oh, Father, please forgive me from this wretched sin
Cleanse my heart and mind from within
Let me not be a person of works alone
And have not a single seed yet to be sown
Change me from this life of chaos and pride
Transform my soul to one in which You may abide
I give You my life, my heart and my breath
I surrender my dreams, my future, my death
Oh, my King, how do I love thee?
I pray You can count the ways
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