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Spread the Love Friday – Never Stop Fighting!

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

Happy Friday my friends! Some weeks are tough and this one has been especially tough for me trying to race the clock and meet deadlines. Yet, I have a sense of accomplishment this morning. I feel like I made a difference. At the end of the day, that can be a game changer.

Have you ever fought for someone else? Most of us do it every day without thinking twice. Maybe it was for your children or your parents. You might have fought for an employee. Maybe you stood up for someone who seemed less that acceptable to others. Whenever we take these types of actions in our lives, we automatically feel the rewards. We don’t have to toot our horn or brag. God rewards us.

Have you ever had a heavy heart or maybe felt depressed? Depression is real. Society tells us that we are doing too much and should withdraw from helping others to take care of ourselves. This type of self-medicating often leads to alcoholism, drug abuse and isolation. While we should make time for ourselves, when we help others, God heals our hearts. In fact, the more we give of ourselves to help others, the happier we become. The grace of Jesus is the healing we need.

You might wonder what you can do. A very wise friend of mine once said that she listens closely to what others are saying, so that she is able to understand what is not being vocalized. That struck me and I have never forgotten. It means watching the person’s body language. It means really listening and not just waiting to make your point. I started doing this and found that the majority of the time I forget what I was going to say. Yet, it helps me to understand the needs of others. Once you know what someone needs, you can help them, and the process continues.

Today I urge you to reach out to others and help them. Your heart will be full! God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – Perfect Strength in Weakness

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV

Happy Thursday and happy 2019! In the panhandle of Florida, as in many places, the new year provides hope: hope for new opportunities; hope for answers to difficult questions; hope for forgiveness for past mistakes; and hope for the return of our pre-Hurricane Michael world. While our city will not be the same and our hearts are broken, there is always hope when we place our faith in God.

Sunday I was studying my Bible and a verse jumped out at me. The Apostle Paul explained to the Corinthians that he had been taunted by Satan and asked three times for Satan’s torment to be removed from him. Jesus explained that Paul’s strength was mad perfect in weakness. Therefore, Paul should be pleased to experience illnesses, persecutions and distress.

God always knows what we need and when we need it. Of course, these verses were not new to me, but still spoke to me. Every time we are tempted, sick and/or distressed, we become stronger with God when we resist. We pass the test and are stronger every time. These verses bring back a children’s song we all know, “Jesus Loves Me”. The song s ays “in our weakness He is strong”.

When things get tough, we don’t have to turn to partying, drugs, alcohol, or affairs. All we need to do is study our Bibles, praise God in songs, and pray. Trust me when I say, you will be stronger. It’s hard to be mad when you are doing these things.

Have a wonderful Thursday! God bless you.

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Spread the Love Friday – How Deep Is Your Faith and What is Holding You Back?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Friday!  This morning I’m reflecting on all the ways God has  worked in my life this week.  I’m suddenly aware of how our faith can be at different levels. When I was younger, I read the Bible and questioned whether the stories were true.  I felt something, but my faith was very low.  I only had enough faith to want to believe.  Later, I accepted Christ.  I believed what I read and knew God was working in my life, but I justified actions that were not acceptable.  I was like a baby Christian Learning how to walk in faith, still crawling most of the time.  Over time, I turned more and more to prayer, but I didn’t see my own faults.  I just couldn’t figure out what was wrong in my life.  I began studying the Bible more and listening to ministers.  I was walking in faith and seeing my faults more clearly.  I strived to be better and began taking classes.  The more I studied, the more God showed me.

Now, don’t misunderstand me.  I’m still growing in faith.  If I had to guess, I’d say all Christians are learning at one level or another.  We’re not in the same place.  So, we must be patient with others and ourselves.  As we walk closer with God, we will see and understand more clearly.  It is important to study and listen, but also be open to the gifts of the Spirit.  This has led me to seeing transformations in certain areas of my life.

Last night I listened to two ministers.  One spoke about sins in our bloodline affecting us, and the other spoke about our emotions being a way to feel God.  I prayed with the ministers.  The Holy Spirit spoke to me with both sermons.  How often have I cried and felt someone else’s pain?  This is a blessing God has bestowed on me.  He allows me to empathize by feeling the pain another person is going through.  For years I’ve tried to avoid this blessing, but I realize now it is a gift.  Then, I thought of some of the sins in my family bloodline that could have been affecting me.  I don’t feel hard hearted or unforgiving about their sin, but I feel free from the burden today.  This is a burden I didn’t realize was dragging me down.

How deep is your faith?  Are you willing to trust God and grow?  What’s holding you back?  As you study, and pray, be patient for God’s answers come in His perfect timing.  God bless you!

Try Something New Tuesday – The Use of Gentle Language

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:26‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a great time to try something new!

This morning I am very mindful of the events of September 11th, 2001.  Most Americans remember what they were doing when targets in the United States came under attack by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group known as al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out a suicide mission.  It is estimated that 2,996 people were killed that day.  I remember watching in shock and horror.  Last year I had the opportunity to visit the 9-11 Memorial in New York City.  It was an experience I will never forget.  The day was real again for me and many others.  I sat near a lady who was crying uncontrollably.  While it is never good to  dwell heavily on these types of events, it is important to remember.

This morning I am also conscious of how many wars and fights have been fought brother against brother.  Is it really worth it?  Do we need to see bloodshed to prove a point?  Most of the time we find out that it was just a simple misunderstanding that led to loss of life.  How many times have you been upset or upset someone else over a simple misunderstanding?

James 1:26 warns us about keeping a rein on our tongues.  When we think of bridles with horses, steering and stopping comes to mind.  Pausing before speaking is a good habit to have.  Yet, I think there is much more here.  We should be gentle in our language.  I’m referring to words and tones.  Even in correction of subordinates and children, we can use language that is loving.  Every person is different which complicates the matter, so try to consider individual personalities and speak gentleness with all  you meet.  Of course, none of us are perfect.  Whenever you make a mistake, be quick to ask for forgiveness.  However, some things cannot be undone easily.  I heard a lady say that when you squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube, it’s not as easy to put it back in.  The damage is done. So, try to learn from your mistakes and avoid repeating them as much as possible.  Change begins with individuals.  Each person makes a difference.

I hope your Tuesday is wonderful.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Lift Others Up

WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves.    Romans 15:1

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a glorious day in  northwest Florida.  There is crisp fall chill in the air, but the sun is shining bright.  Every Tuesday we try something new.  Today, I encourage you to help someone.  There are people around us all day long who need help.  The smallest gestures can make the biggest difference.  So throughout the day, look for someone you can help and follow through.

Are you a gossip?  Do you find it hard to keep your mouth shut?  Have you ever felt the effects of gossip?  Did you know that gossip is a sin?  Yes,  gossip is a sin.  How could we believe otherwise, when we know Jesus taught that the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 19:19).  That means love others as much as you love yourself.  Treat others how you would like to be treated, and zip your lip.  Leviticus 19:16 tells us that we “shall not go up and down as a dispenser of gossip and scandal among” . . . [our] “people, nor shall” . . . [we secure ourself by false testimony or by silence and] “endanger the life” of our neighbors.  The phrase “dispenser of gossip” makes me laugh a little, but it’s true.  We have all done it, at least once, and we have all experienced it.  Gossiping is very hurtful.  I don’t know why it’s so hard to tame the tongue.  Often, I think no harm is intended.  We are just talking to each other and trying to sort things out.  Yesterday, I heard a story about someone at work that made me want to warn and protect the others around me.  Fortunately, before I said anything, I stopped.  The ones I wanted to protect heard the same information.  There was no need for me to say more.

Gossip occurs in families too.  It is much easier to promote yourself in the eyes of a loved one, if you are making someone else look bad.  Don’t stoop to these levels out of jealousy or any other motive.  You are a child of God who is loved.  The smallest talk can cause the most pain and disfunction in families.  When you stand before God, do you want to see how you hurt people or how you lifted them up with your words?

Join me in lifting others up with words of love and helping the needy.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Optimism and Truth

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically as something done for the Lord.  Colossians 3:2

It’s tell me something good Monday, and the church shooting in Texas is heavy on my mind.  I ask you to remember these families and the entire church congregation in your prayers, as I will.

So, how do we maintain optimism in a world where there are terrorist attacks every day?  I heard Billy Graham preaching on Serius XM this morning (Ch 145).  The time of his sermon seemed to be in the late 1970s or early 1980s, but the message was similar.  He referred to a failing economy, terrorist attacks, and a search for truth.  He even said he’d heard some say it might be the end of days.  Does any of this sound familiar?  Jesus said in John 8:32 “you will know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.”  Jesus also said “I am the way, and the Truth and the light.  No man comes unto the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Jesus is the Truth.  We can be optimistic in a world full of evil when we know Jesus is with us.  We don’t have to be fearful.  That’s today’s Good News.

As you go through the day, have no fear.  Jesus is with you.  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Let God Shine the Way

The Lord is my light and my salvation.  Psalm 27:1

I can’t believe it’s November already!  It’s Wednesday and a great time to use your gifts to help others.

Have you ever felt confident God was answering a prayer, when suddenly something happens that brings doubt to your mind?  I have too.  Months ago I asked God to cure my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Over the past few months I have been feeling better. Funny, the more I do for God, the better I feel. Yesterday, I had an appointment with my Rheumatologist.  If I haven’t mentioned it before, God has sent the nicest, most caring doctors to me.  Well, I had some inflammation, my white count was low and there were some concerns over my eyes.  My mind went to working in overdrive.  What now?  Oh no, what if. . .?

While I was in the doctors’ office, the nurse who was assisting me was talking about mammograms.  That was another appointment I had yesterday.  Her best friend had recently undergone total mastectomy surgery.  I explained that our group Crafty Ladies at Work (CLAW) makes knitted knockers and crocheted tatas, as well as prayer shawls.  Quickly I began texting my group so we could get to work making tatas for this lady.  It occurred to me later in the evening that nothing has changed.  I’m still healed.  God was just slowing me down to give the nurse time to tell me about her friend.  I have too much work yet to do for God to let the evil one slow me down.  As long as God needs me to do his work, I will never give up.

Today, when you go out into the world, focus on helping God and he will show you the way.  God bless you.

Praise the Lord Sunday – What About Your Neighbor?

And Jesus replied to him, “‘Y OU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.”
‭‭MATTHEW‬ ‭22:37-40‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Praise the Lord it’s Sunday!  Take time out of your day today to show God how much you love him.

Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors, but have you ever felt this commandment is easy to say, but hard to do?  Have you wondered if it is even possible to love everyone?  I came across this poem by D. H.  Lawrence that sums up how we feel sometimes.

Love Thy Neighbour

I love my neighbour

but

are these things my neighbours?

these two-legged things that walk and talk and eat and cachinnate*,

and even seem to smile, seem to smile, ye gods!

Am I told that these things are my neighbours?

All I can say then is Nay! nay! nay! nay! nay!

D. H. Lawrence

This poem is  a little humorous, but you get the point.  I have heard people say, “how can we have world peace if we can’t even love our neighbors.”  Interesting point!  The first step to loving your neighbor is loving God.  When we love God, we want to do what is pleasing to him.  Plus, we can ask him for help.  The second step is to allow yourself to mentally walk in the shoes of the other person.  We don’t all look the same or have the same experiences.  So, we don’t think alike.  That’s good.  Can you imagine how boring it would be if we all thought alike.  Third step is to love yourself without putting all the emphasis on yourself.  Don’t hang on everyone’s last word.  Finally, pray for help, walk with God and practice.  So, in case you’re wondering who your neighbor is, Edith Stein says it well.  “Whoever is near us and needing us must be our ‘neighbor’; it does not matter whether he is related to us or not, whether he is morally worthy of our help or not. The love of Christ knows no limits. It never ends; it does not shrink from ugliness and filth.”

As you praise God today, remember to love everyone around you.  God bless you!

 

D.H. Lawrence, “Love Thy Neighbor” from The Complete Poems of D. H. Lawrence, edited by Vivian de Sola Pinto and F. Warren Roberts. Copyright © 1964, 1971 by Angelo Ravagli and C. M. Weekley, Executors of the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli. Used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

 

Spread the Love Friday – Be One

Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us console and delight ourselves with love.
‭‭PROVERBS‬ ‭7:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Friday!  It’s Spread the Love Friday!  What will you do to make someone’s day special?  Sometimes the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference. Lending an ear, giving a hug, and leaving a note are just a few ways.  I know a couple of people who pay the order for the car behind them in the fast food drive-through lane.  Take someone to lunch or for coffee.  Watch a movie with a friend.  There are so many ways.  I can’t wait to read what you did to make the world a better place.  Have a great Friday!  God bless you.

 

Forgiveness Thursday – Amazing Grace

bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive.
‭‭COLOSSIANS‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭AMP‬‬

It’s Forgiveness Thursday.  Do you ever think “how could so much go wrong in such a short period of time?”  Have you ever wondered why people seem to be challenging you or why everyone just can’t get along?  Do you ever question yourself about why you have said something or done something that was obviously wrong?   Have you ever wished you could go back in time and redo a few moments, because maybe it would’ve made a difference?

By this time in the week I have done many things that require forgiveness.  One of my professors told me that if you have done someone wrong or if someone has done you wrong, stop everything you are doing and ask for forgiveness.  He said that if he’s driving down the road, he pulls over and takes care of whatever it is at that very moment.  At first I thought that was a little humorous.  I mean, if you are driving to work and you’re running late, are you going to pull over for five minutes and get right with God?  Trust me when I say that your boss and coworkers will thankful if you do.  It’s true.  When I’m harboring ill feelings, anger, anxiety or resentment, driving is the last thing I need to do, and if I don’t get right with God, everyone pays, because things just seem to keep going downhill from there.

On a deeper level, keeping our hearts free of these types of emotions keeps us in the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  I know when I’m not in the right place, because I don’t see signs in my life of his presence.  So, I’m constantly thinking about what I’m doing.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t say and do things that are wrong.  It happens all the time.

Jesus taught forgiveness.  When I think of all the things I’ve done in my life and how I am forgiven, I don’t have any problem forgiving others.  Grace is truly amazing!

Today, stop what you are doing and forgive yourself and others, as your Heavenly Father has forgiven you.  Then, let it go.  Have a wonderful day and God bless you!