Spread the Love Friday – Sometimes Everyone Wins!

Act justly, Love mercy, Walk humbly.      Micah 6-8

Woohoo it’s Friday and time to spread the love!  Spring is in the air despite some rainfall and it’s hard to think about anything at work. While you are out and about today, take time to make someone’s day special.

Today, I’m excited to report that after buying too many Girl Scout cookies to count, that I won a drawing!  Sometimes everyone wins.  I have a new coffee mug.  The cookies I won I’m donating to our church youth, and the Girl Scouts are going to Disney World.

I hope your Friday is wonderful!  God bless you!

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As Promised — The Intro Video to Dat God Chat

Forgiveness Thursday – New Surprises Ahead!

Before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace..         Galatians 1:15

It’s Forgiveness Thursday already.  I can hardly believe how fast this week is flying by.

With Easter approaching I am more aware of Christ’s sacrifices for us.   It is hard to grasp the pain and suffering that Jesus went through during his Crucifixion.  His sacrifices changed the way we worship today.  It also means that each new day brings with it new opportunities to be forgiven and to forgive others.  So, we should remember every day that we are loved, and when we repent and have faith, we can be forgiven.  On the other hand, every day we should wake up with a forgiving heart letting go of pain and grudges.

Coming Soon!  There are some new surprises coming to this blog.  I’m partnering with Kelsey Escoriaza, who has the YouTube video series called ESCORIAZACLAN.  Her series is about her journey to conceive and have a baby.  You can watch Kelsey at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn8yQ5y1NfWCdnDD6V1rj5w.  Our video series will be about Bible Stories, lessons, trivia, and application in our lives in 2017.   It’s a light-hearted educational series for everyone, especially teens.  Our plans are to release the videos this week or next.  Once released on You Tube, I will include the videos on the blog.  So be looking out for:

 

I hope you have a wonderful day.  God bless you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Lift Them Up!

Be still.    Psalm 46:10

Happy Wednesday! It’s a good day to use your gifts to make our world a better place.

Bad things happen to good people.  Has something bad happened to you?  Are you wondering if you did something to deserve it?  Are you wondering if God is using a bad incident to teach you a lesson?  Bad things have happened to me too, and I have pondered these questions.  The answer is bad things sometimes happen to good people because there is evil in the world.  It’s not God’s way of punishing you or teaching you a lesson.  You are loved so much by God and he wants you to be happy and to have a wonderful life.  All you have to do is have faith.  The process is simple to understand, but not always so easy to do, depending on where you are in your faith and what happened to you.  However, you can make the world a better place by using your situation to help others.  When we help others, a healing process takes place on both sides.  If you have not ever had anything bad happen, then use your gifts to comfort others.

Regardless of where you are, always remember that your life is more valuable than you will ever know, and you never know whose life you are helping just by being you.  God bless you!

 

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Try Something New Tuesday – Let God Work Through You!

When the time is right, I, the Lord will make it happen.    Isaiah 60:22

Happy Tuesday!  One problem that is prevalent in our society and  depending upon where you live, may not be addressed adequately, is mental illness.  Mental anguish can be just as painful, if not more painful, than physical pain.  Some of the nicest people I have known have committed suicide, thinking whatever they were facing was too difficult to handle.  In addition, there are people living in deplorable conditions due to the need to collect and hoard trash from dumpsters.  I see it every day with my work.  There are others who don’t have proper hygiene. Finally, just about everyone I know has suffered from depression from time-to-time.  While there may not be much you can do, and if you are not a professional, you have to be careful in how you deal with these people, you can let them know that they are loved by God.  You can also email your representatives and let them know that there needs to be more funding for mental health in the future.  Finally, let them know you care, and try to help them to obtain the professional care they need.

So, today I challenge you to let God work through you.  Join me in making a difference for those suffering from mental illness.  God bless you.

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Tell Me Something Good Monday – the Rest of the Story

Your pain has a purpose.  Philipians 1:29

It’s Monday and a great time to count and share blessings.  As you know my weekend had a few unexpected challenges.  What I didn’t share yesterday was our washing machine motor burned up.  While enjoying our family evening, we heard a loud pop and then a crazy beeping sound.  We found our clothes locked inside the washer.  Once the clothes were retrieved, they were saturated with a burnt smell.  Yesterday, we were able to install a new washing machine.  Funny, this one seems to work so much better and sings a song at the of the cycle.

My good news this week is no fires and a tune to brighten the laundry experience.  Purchasing a new machine is a small price to pay for our lives.  God is good all the time.  Share your story.  God bless you.

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Praise the Lord Sunday – Obstacles Occur Every Day, But We Are Never Alone!

If God is all you have, you have all you need.     John 14:8

Praise God it’s Sunday!

Ever feel like you have everything planned out, and suddenly a monkey wrench is thrown in and everything is a mess?  Me too.  In the middle of a family dinner last night, our washing machine went kaput.  This wasn’t something we were expecting.  This particular model was only a few years old, but apparently is now on back order at our local store until August. Funny today, but last night I felt my heart racing and I could hardly breathe.  You know that feeling like you are suffocating.  So, with God’s help we finished our family dinner.  The highlight for me was at the end of the evening my sweet grandson, hugging me limp and trusting as I carried him to the door, shook his head because he didn’t want to go home.  Walking him to the car he turned around and said “I love you BeBaws” and kissed me.  In the scheme of things that washing machine is not that big of deal.

The truth is there are more troubles in my life than the washing machine.  Like with you, some are heart breaking.  That washing machine was just the icing on the cake, so to speak.  In times of trouble, regardless of the type, take a breather and notice all God’s blessings. If you will have faith and seek him out, he is always there. Sometimes I look back on my life and wonder how I survived, but down deep I know he was with me all the time.  Praise God!  God bless you.

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The Benefits of Physical Labor

Whatever you do, work at it with your whole heart.  Corinthians 3:25

It’s finally Saturday and after a long week at work, I look around and there is so much that needs to be done.  Where do I start? Laundry, housework, gardening, home improvements . . . and  the list goes on and on and on.  I have to admit that I’m not jumping up and down with excitement.  I would like to read a good book or watch a movie.  However, I have learned that all work was not created equal.

I recently watched the movie The Shack and was reminded of how beneficial and therapeutic work with your hands can be.  God gave the main character physical work to accomplish while he was working through his troubles.

When I was a child my family would visit my grandmother’s farm frequently, where we would all work together.  During the summer months especially, everyone’s help was needed to ensure fruits and vegetables were picked and prepared for freezing and canning. This included many hours of shelling butterbeans and peas, and many hours in the hot field picking.  If you have never worked on a farm, when the produce is ready you have to drop everything.  There is a short period of time that much work has to be done.  My father always planted extra, so if there was anything left after the family had finished harvesting, then we would pick vegetables and sell them to others.  This allowed us to have a vacation at the end of the summer.  During times we were watching television and enjoying each other’s company in the evening, we made Christmas gifts for family and friends.I never appreciated this lesson in life until I was much older.

My husband has a job where he works with his hands, but I have a desk job.  While I don’t sit all day, I have a different type of work with a different type of stress.  About 20 years ago my husband and I bought our house and began what has been a long list of home improvements.  Wanting to save money, we worked side by side completing many of the tasks.  When we were tiling our floor, I began to realize the benefits of hard work with your hands.  First, when the job has been completed, you can see the product and its benefits.  Second, while you are physically working, you can work through your mental and emotional problems.  Third, according to Sarah Agin in her article The Health Benefits Of Working with Your Hands, research indicates that work with our hands wards off depression (Govexe.com).  I know I usually sing when I’m working, which has the benefits of boosting immunity and releasing stress.  Fourth, neuroscientists have proven that working with your hands forges new neuron pathways in our brains (monster.com).  Finally, there are current studies underway that seem to indicate working with your hands leads to a longer life.  These benefits are the same or very similar to creating crafts by hand.

The Bible addresses laziness and the importance of hard work in many places.  King Solomon taught about laziness throughout the Book of Proverbs, but the New Testament also addresses hard work.  For me hard work is a time to be close to God.  It’s a time to thank God for all your blessings, and trust him with your troubles.  It’s a time to admire his wonderful creations.  Sometimes it’s hard to see a way out of the problems of our lives, But he is always there ready to work beside us.  So, today as you gaze upon unfinished hard work, think about the blessings you have been given.  Work side by side with your Heavenly Father.  God bless you.

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Spread the Love Friday – for the Broken-Hearted

Greater is he that is in me.   – 1 John 4:4

I can hardly believe it’s Friday already.  It’s time to spread the Love.

Have you ever been broken-hearted or do you know someone who is broken-hearted?  Have you ever had so much intense emotional pain and longing that you were physically ill? It’s a scientific fact that people can actually die from  Broken Heart Syndrome or Stress Induced Cardiomyopathy  (American Heart Association website). What happens is the heart grows larger for a period of time and does not pump as effectively.  The symptoms mimic a heart attack, and usually start with chest pain and shortness of breath.

If you are feeling broken-hearted, first turn to Jesus.  Pray to the one who is always there and understands.  Then, know that others may not completely understand, but do care.  Seek out support groups and never give up.  If you know someone who is broken-hearted, it can be very frustrating, but never give up on them  Be a sounding board for them.  Look for ways to cheer them.  Spend time with them and seek out professional help if needed.

On this beautiful Friday, I challenge you to bring cheer to the broken-hearted.  God bless you!

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Forgiveness Thursday – Do We Have to Forget?

Cling to what is good.                                                                                                          Romans 12:9

Happy Thursday.  Ever wonder whether when we forgive, we also have to forget?  Most of us know that we are commanded to forgive, just as we have been forgiven.  Yet, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “I just can’t forget . . .”  Ever feel forgetting is preventing you from forgiving?

Forgiveness is a conscience, voluntary process of letting go of blame and negative attitudes toward yourself and others.  Forgiveness helps you.  However, we sometimes find that we must guard or protect ourselves from being a repeated victim, whether of a crime or a simple social situation.  Sometimes we might also be afraid that we might repeat past actions that have caused us pain, even when we did not necessarily make a mistake or do wrong. This is why we cannot forget.  Remembering is a protection mechanism to prevent future pain.  So, you can forgive and remember to protect yourself from being in the situation again.

The important thing is to forgive and let go of any bitterness.  We all make mistakes and are so blessed to be forgiven.  God bless you!

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