Happy Saturday! Weekends are a great time to relax and enjoy life after a long work week. In our busy lives we often find it difficult to get everything accomplished, and weekends are a good time to catch up on life tasks. Be sure to make spending time with those you love a priority, because none of us are promised tomorrow. Many times we are not afforded second opportunities to learn and share family stores, and lessons of faith. Often the smallest of gestures can be the most life changing for others. God bless you!
Happy Friday! This week has passed so quickly. I hope your week was good!
In an effort to spread the love, today why not reach out to someone new. Invite someone with whom you are casually aquatinted to go to lunch, a movie or for a walk, and make a new friend. To make this a little extra challenging and more rewarding, choose someone with whom you are a little bit at odds, or just can’t seem to agree with in casual conversation. You might make a friend for life. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences! God bless you.
Happy Thursday! Do ever feel like you are doing everything you are supposed to do, but you have a target on your back? I’m talking about the type of target that somehow says to others “here I am the reason for everything wrong with your life – let me have it”. I feel that way sometimes. I’m reminded of all the people in the Bible who were persecuted, and Ephesians 4:31-32. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead be kind to each other, tender hearted, and forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
It’s important to take the high road. Whether you see it or not, it will be noticed by the person aiming their frustration at you and others. Then, forgive them, even if this happens repeatedly. You never know what is behind their rage. It could be depression, sickness, anxiety or something else. So, after you forgive them, pray for them. God bless you on your forgiveness journey.
Happy Wednesday! Sometimes one of the most beautiful things we can do is surprise someone we love. This happened to me yesterday when my daughter sent me a text. It was a simple “I love you”. It wasn’t during a conversation and she wasn’t asking for anything. I thought something might be wrong, but she said “no”. Funny, it couldn’t have arrived at a better time after a stressful day at work. Many times we take the people closest to us for granted. Today, join me in changing their world. God bless you.
It’s Tuesday and a great day to try something new. I’m glad to report a weight loss of six pounds. It wasn’t too hard, but slow. This week I’m going to eliminate second helpings and in-between snacks. This will be a challenge for me, but now I have more incentive. I am preparing to go on a business trip in May and would like to be comfortable on the airplane and feel fit. I anticipate a lot of walking. Since I learned of my trip, I have stepped up my game. So if you are also on a weight loss journey, I encourage you to have a goal to work towards.
Today, I will also be praying for God to lead my husband and me into a lay ministry at church, one that is a perfect fit for our energy levels and lifestyle. There are so many ways to serve in your church. I look forward to hearing what you do to serve or how God is leading you. God bless you!
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Dr. King once said “[f]aith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” I have found this to be true. I spent many years unhappy trying to figure out how everything in my life could be so hard. I even had others indicate to me that they had seen the same. Although I was a Christian, I just didn’t have enough faith in what God wanted for me. Little by little I turned my life around, stepping out slowly in faith. The more time I spent with God and studying his word, the more I felt him working in my life. I also stopped worrying. I prayed for help when I needed it and then put it in God’s hands. I spent years without a “good” day. Last week I had so many good things happen that I cannot count them all. Here are a few highlights. I prepared a package to help our community, and it was one of a handful chosen nationally. I made friends with my counterpart in another agency, and now we are planning an exciting business trip together. My husband and I danced under the moon in our yard. Our children and grandson came to visit for my son-in-law’s birthday. My husband was able to rearrange his schedule at work yesterday so that he could go to church with me. The list goes on and on.
Just like Dr. King, God has a dream. God’s dream requires you to choose faith and happiness. Start today! God bless you!
I hope your weekend is off to a good start! Weekends are the perfect time to give thanks to God for all our blessings, catch up on weekend chores and enjoy family. As you go through the weekend, take a break from electronics and enjoy God’s beautiful creations, environment and people. The more I spend time with God and study his word, the more I feel his presence in my life and those around me. The blessings are beyond measure. God bless you.
It’s Friday and time to share the love. In an effort to encourage a new way to see Friday the 13th, today I will provide 13 ways to spread the love of Christ.
First, let me share a little trivia. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin paid it forward? Franklin, like many of the founding fathers of the United States of America, would from time to time help others and accept repayment in the form of paying it forward (Founders Bible). The idea was to advocate individuals help others, rather than the government. So, for example, if Ben helped you to pay your electric bill, you would pay him back by helping someone else. What a great idea!
A couple of weeks ago a coworker shared a story with me about being in the drive through lane at a fast food restaurant. Whenever my coworker was ready to pay for her food, the cashier explained that the bill was paid by the occupants of the car ahead of her. What a great surprise! I remember how excited she was to pay it forward. Similarly someone could pay a road toll for the vehicle behind them.
Paying it forward doesn’t have to be with money. Have you ever considered helping your neighbors clean up their yard? (Please make sure the neighbor doesn’t mind.) I have known people who were overwhelmed from work and trying to care for a sick or dying relative to the point of being unable to take care of yard maintenance. Why not help them and allow them to help others in the future when they are at a better place? This is much easier and more rewarding than complaining.
From a grandmothether’s perspective, I like to read to and play with little children. Sometimes young families live away from the grandparents. Why not help the young families out in your neighborhood by being foster grandparents? Do special things for the children. It will be rewarding for you, the children and the parents.
How about spreading smiles by paying it forward? Don’t wait. Greet everyone you meet with a warm and friendly smile and attitude. This is easy to do everyday.
Putting shopping carts away isn’t difficult, but can be aggravating when you are in a hurry. Why not offer to put away a shopping cart for someone? It only takes a couple of minutes.
Have you ever thought of adding change to a parking meter for the next person? It doesn’t have to be much. It’s the thought.
Why not leave a copy of a really great book or the newspaper in the cafe for someone else to enjoy?
Something we all should do is take a deep breath and forgive a driver directing road rage at us. It doesn’t help to react, and it is better for your health.
Next time you see a homeless person, buy them lunch.
Have you ever complimented a stranger? It is wonderful to see someone light up from a simple unexpected compliment.
Send a box of donuts to a construction site, or offer a cool drink to the FedEx or UPS delivery person on a hot day.
Let someone cut in front of you in the grocery store or in busy traffic.
My favorite is to give someone the benefit of a doubt.
I’m sure you can think of many more ways to spread the love today. Join me in making the world a better place to live. God bless you.
It’s Forgiveness Thursday. Forgiveness can be one of the most difficult tasks to complete. However, I have found that it will free your soul and open the door to happiness.
There are many misunderstandings about forgiveness. First, many think forgivenesses means reconciliation is necessary. That is not necessarily true. Sometimes reconciliation requires an act on the part of another person. Reconciliation sometimes never happens even when we want it to. At one time I struggled with the belief that forgiveness was an act of condoning what had been done. To me it seemed that forgiving might publicly indicate that nothing happened. God never condones a wrong and neither should we. Forgiveness never means that you condone anything. One of the more popular beliefs is we should forgive and forget. Usually we don’t forget a wrong because of a protective mechanism within us. Still others believe forgiveness should be quick. Forgiveness is a process that takes varying amounts of time. However, the quicker we are able to move through this process the better we will be.
Forgiveness is a way of releasing a heavy burden that will drag you down overtime. Join me today in forgiving yourself and others. It’s a process that is worth celebration. God bless you!