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SPREAD THE LOVE FRIDAy – living from Disaster to disaster Without losing your positive attitude

“Commit thy works unto Jehovah, And thy purposes shall be established.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭ASV‬‬

Happy Friday! It’s Spread the Love Friday and touching is not allowed. When we had Church services we waived the peace sign to people across the room. Do not fear. There are other ways to spread God’s love.

A year and a half after Hurricane Michael our community is slowly recovering. Just when we were beginning to see help, we found ourselves faced with COVID-19. All my book signings and travel has been cancelled and we are working inside a locked building. It seems like it would be a great time to catch up on work, but work and the emotional stress is heavier than usual. Maybe it’s the isolation, or the amount of fear that blasts through television broadcasts and social media. One of the hardest things for me to accept is the inability to have worship services.

As the week Has progressed more and more business are shutting down and limiting hours of operation. Yesterday, a friend from California shared a story about her elderly mother being sick and her inability to check on her. During the day I was in meetings discussing how to handle hurricane evacuations during COVID-19 quarantines. Then, last night I learned our son-in-law, daughter and grandchildren have been exposed to someone who tested positive. This morning I faced the tear-filled eyes of a friend, who had lost her friend unexpectedly.

How can we stay positive as we watch the world, as we know it, fall apart? Part of the problem is God created us to be social. We need interaction with other people, and let’s face it, electronic media isn’t the same. Sometimes we need a hug without fearing contamination or exposing someone else. Sometimes we need to sit together and listen to the people we love express their grief. Sometimes we need to laugh together. I feel this need strongly, despite being immune compromised. I know I might get sick and die, but cannot help but hug someone who is hurting.

Another problem is we are so bombarded with negativity and fear, that we can’t see the good. In 1999 psychologists Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris conducted the “invisible gorilla” experiment to show that when we focus hard on something, we become blind to the unexpected. (Choi; 7/11/2010; https://www.livescience.com/6727-invisible-gorilla-test-shows-notice.html). Volunteers watched a video of two teams (one dressed in black and the other in white) passing a ball. Participants were charged with counting the passes. They became so enthralled in their task that they didn’t notice a gorilla entering and walking around the room. Since that time there have been many other studies, but the point is sometimes we become so overwhelmed by what is in front of us that we fail to count our blessings. I know that I can become so focused at work that I’m easily startled. Have you ever experienced that?

We are being bombarded by news updates and images related to COVID-19 constantly. While we certainly cannot completely control our environments, we can choose to go outside for a walk, FaceTime family members and friends to check on them, send cheerful messages or funny memes to make others smile, and cry with one another. The human experience is important for everyone.

Our worship services may have been cancelled, but Isaiah 54:17 says “[n]o weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against them in judgement thou shalt condemn.” COVID-19 is not of God. We can continue to worship at home with our families. We can watch televised worship services. I have made adjustments by holding Wednesday night youth meetings and Sunday School meetings through a group chat app. Our minister is also live streaming.

In the middle of the chaos that is taking place, find your peace in God, who always understands. May God Bless You.


Forgiveness Thursday – Forgiveness Leads to Happiness

Love keeps no records of wrongs.  1 Corinthians 13:5

Good morning.  I pray today finds you well and happy.

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Last night I came home to a nice surprise.  My husband prepared a delicious ribeye steak dinner, with folded napkins and roses.  Isn’t it great to feel loved!  I’m so thankful that we have been able to go through life together, and I pray that we have many more happy years.  We have grown to a place where we finish each other’s sentences, almost before the words are said.  We also sit quietly just enjoying each other’s company.  It hasn’t always been that way.  I’m probably not the easiest person with which to live.  He has been patient and kind with me along and I’m thankful God brought Britt into my life.  Today, I ask for forgiveness from Britt and God for all the stupid mistakes I’ve made in our relationship.

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If you have mistakes from the past weighing you down, get right with the people in your life and God.  You will be so much happier.  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – Emulate Jesus

For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭6:14‬ 

Good morning!  I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.  This morning I have a little helper.

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Is there someone in your life that just drives you crazy?  Does someone’s habits get on your nerves?  Does someone speak down to you like you’re stupid?  I’d be surprised if no one in your life falls into one of these categories.  Is it their problem or yours?  It might be a little of both, but definitely yours, if you don’t forgive them and show them love.  One thing that drives me crazy is uncleanliness. I have met people who have hang-ups about food.  There are all kinds of little oddities that get under our skin.  However, it is not our place to judge others.  Jesus showed love to everyone, even those who were unclean.  Why should we let our hang-ups get in the way of God’s love.

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Also remember that everyone has bad things in their lives.  No one is exempt.  If you feel inundated with bad things that are making you sad, remember that it is how we choose to respond that makes the difference in our own happiness.

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Today, if someone is driving you crazy, take a deep breath and reflect on what Jesus would do.  Don’t forget to forgive yourself and others.  God bless you.