All posts by Kay Dennis

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, student and professional career woman juggling life's many demands and depending on God to see me through.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday

We all are unique and in our uniqueness have special God given gifts.  Often we don’t even know what our gifts are.  Today, look deep within your soul and discover what your unique gifts are and use them to make the world a better place.

Every week I try to do something new, but today I’m inviting someone, a person who has recently moved into the community, to my prayer shawl group that makes and gives handmade shawls to people who are sick.  It’s like giving a hug to someone suffering.  Not only will it help our group reach out to more people, but it will help a newcomer to feel welcome in the community.  What will you do?  God bless you all.

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Tell Me Something Good Monday – Look for God’s Miracles in Your Life!

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It’s a new work week and a time to celebrate God’s work in your life.  There are no coincidences.  God is always at work. Today I’m thankful for God’s help with my finances.  During the holiday season sometimes money is tight, but some how things work out.  This weekend I was so grateful for an extra discount on some purchases.  If that wasn’t enough, last night I tried to pay a bill on line.  The website stated nothing was due for the month of December.  Wow! I was so happy.  That was just enough relief to help my family this month.  I tried to pay less than the usual amount only to find the website would not allow me to pay anything.  Thank you God!

I look forward to hearing your stories of God’s work in your life.  May God continue to bless you.

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Comfort and Joy

The Christmas season is a joyous time.  It’s a time for reverence and a time for giving.  As Christians we give of ourselves completely to our churches, families, friends and coworkers.  We take part in all types of programs where we give to the needy.  We celebrate at gatherings and parties. All of this is wonderful, but it creates a little chaos and stress in our already busy lives.

This year I challenge you to add a few more types of giving that will not take much time, but will be good for your soul and health.  Remember to give a little time to yourself everyday.  Try to find a few minutes everyday to talk to God and meditate on a bible verse. Count your blessings everyday.  See if you can count at least twenty blessings everyday.  Finally, when you are feeling extra stressed in traffic, at the checkout in the grocery store or other places, take a deep breath and be giving to those people. Remember Matthew 6:21.  Jesus said “[f]or where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

May God Continue to Bless You!

Spread the Love Friday- Make Every Moment Count

To often we get caught up in looking forward.  How many times have you heard or said “I can’t wait until Friday” or “I only have two months until my vacation” or “I can’t wait until I retire”?  This type of forward thinking  helps us to stay focused and gives us a goal to work towards, but be careful not to wish your life away!  Enjoy every moment of your life and all of your blessings!

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Forgiveness Thursday

It is unhealthy to hold grudges and hold onto pain.  For me forgiveness has not always been quick and easy.  There have been times when it took me years to forgive because the pain was deep.  One day I read Proverbs 25:21-22, “[i] your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.”  We reap what we sow.  If the love you sow is unconditional, then don’t allow the actions of others to determine how you portray it.  Christ offers the greatest gift of forgiveness for us, but we must be willing to forgive others the way he forgives us.  I once heard someone say that holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.  You may wonder what to say. Look to Exodus 4:12 “[n]ow therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”  Just as important is to remember to forgive yourself.  God’s Blessings to all!

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Trust God to Take Care of Your Needs

As the years have gone by, our family has grown. Like many families, it is difficult to arrange so many schedules, or for one family to host holiday festivities.  This year my sister and I decided to rent a building and celebrate Thanksgiving the weekend before Thanksgiving. The idea certainly was exciting because we could invite as many family members and friends as we wanted.  We just asked guests to bring a covered dish.

I invited all my family and close friends.  One family member was overly concerned about not having enough food.  The scenario reminded me of Jesus and fish and loaves of bread.  A special friend reminded me that she had never been to a covered dish church social where there wasn’t enough food.  She was so right!  There was so much food left over that we sent food home with the guests and ate leftovers for a week.

When your heart is pure and you want to share with others, trust our sweet Lord God.  He will take care of you.

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Reflecting

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we find ourselves entering the Christmas Season.  There are so many things to be happy about, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of the season, along with memories of loss or images of sadness and dread leave us feeling a little bit drained.  This is a great time for reflection.

At first you might think that I’m referring to refelections of Christmases gone by, and there certainly is nothing wrong with starting there.  Today, I challenge you to take this exercise a little further.

Think about where you were 10, 20, 30 or more years ago.   Did you see your life unfolding as it has?  Did you imagine yourself with your partner and family?  Did you see yourself in your current career, children and life?  Do you think it all happened haphazardly?

About 40 years ago I had dreams of being a music teacher with four children living on a beautiful river.  My life went in a different direction as I made daily choices and had to learn God’s many lessons along the way.  Today, I’m a city municipal development director with two children living in a suburban neighborhood.

Of course, I’m not finished yet  Recently I decided to go back to school for my PhD in theology.  Why?  People ask me every day and all I can say is “I don’t know, but I feel like this is what I’m supposed to do.”  As I read my bible daily, I receive messages from God and I have faith that he will lead the way.

I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect andhave Faith in God to lead you.

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