“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalms 37:4 KJV
It’s Use Your Gifts to Change Your World Wednesday! What will you do? Making a difference doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money. It can be something as simple as a hug.
Today, a lady I worked with shared how she took her mother to the hospital late last night, because her mom was very ill. On the way home after her mother was discharged, she met up with her niece and the niece’s friend. They asked for a ride home. After my colleague agreed, she wound up driving to another town to take the niece’s friend home. Rather than becoming angry, she made conversation with the young man, who was 17 and supporting his entire family. The young man was working and attending high school. He was excited to share that he will be the first person in his family to graduate from high school. While my colleague was tired, she made a difference in this young man’s life, as well as, providing help to her mother and an example for her children.
I’m hurt and in pain; Give me space for healing, and mountain air.
Psalm 69:29 MSG
Happy Thursday. Remember to forgive others and yourself.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking before a local civic organization and a very nice lady spoke out about how our City, in this case meaning me, should do more to hold on to new businesses just starting out. I explained that I have featured the new businesses on our city’s website, and before I could continue she cut in and said “who reads a website, you need to send flyers home with the children at the schools”. While this is a good idea that I have not disregarded, with summer upon us God led me in a different direction.
After selling my boss on my God inspired idea, which is in addition to my other duties, I called the newspaper and asked if I could interview new business owners and submit articles for publication. It was almost too easy to get the official yes. So, three weeks ago, my first three articles appeared. Since then, I have had six more articles published. This week the competing newspaper requested I send my articles to them as well. I was excited that they would be interested. Along the way, I realized how much I enjoy this new assignment added to my already long list of duties. I’ve been staying later than usual and enjoying listening to the stories and helping the business owners.
Over the past six months the enemy has been using Rheumatoid Arthritis to beat me up. While I know I am healed by Jesus’ stripes, I am still tackling the physical and emotional symptoms. My biologic treatment that was working in the past doesn’t work anymore. It lowers my white count too low. So, I’ve tried a couple of different treatments. The one I’m taking now requires a daily injection, and it is the last available treatment option. Most of the time people can’t see my symptoms, but lately it has been obvious. My eyes look like they are bleeding and I’m not able to physically do what others are doing. It’s so embarrassing, and I want to keep up physically. The more good I do, the more I feel like the enemy attacks me. However, the more I’m busy helping other people, the less I notice.
I share this for my readers who are tackling physical and emotional pain. Don’t give up. We all have a lot of work to do. So, don’t let anything stop you from your calling. Every person can and does make a difference.
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
Good morning! It’s still cold and raining in Florida.
I woke up early today to take my grandson, Landon to school only to learn I had mixed up the days. Add to that, my cold now includes a sore throat. So, as I was sitting here aggravated with myself, I received a clear message from God. “Take them warm hot chocolate. They are working in the cold and rain.” At first I thought . . . What? I’m sick. I told myself that I would work on my blog post since I had extra time. Then I heard it again. “Take them something warm. They are cold.” Okay, this time I hear and understand clearly, but who? Who is cold? So, I said “no problem God, but show me who.” I began pulling up my blog and I heard it again. I know this sounds a little nuts to some of you, but I feel like I’m supposed to share this. If it is cold this morning where you are, join me in taking a thermos of hot chocolate or coffee with you when you go out. Someone will need it today, and we will know who it is when we see them. Hmmm. Maybe it wasn’t a mistake that I woke up early. As I have been typing this post, my sore throat has eased up.
Today, I challenge you to take something to warm to at least one person who is out in the cold. I can’t wait to hear what you have to share about this experience. I will share as well. Stay blessed.
It’s already Tuesday and time to try something new. Last week I started a new weight loss program, Noom Coach. I love it! So, now I have been on the plan a week and a half. I have lost 10 pounds. Woohoo! I’m eating healthier and smaller meals. I’m not hungry and I’m walking more. All these things together slowly add up to success. You may be asking yourself, what’s the problem then? There isn’t a problem yet, but what will sustain me when I get stressed, bored, don’t want to exercise or ready to eat everything that I see? Noom Coach has some helpful hints that I’m taking advantage of, but when all else fails, God will be there. I need to train myself to go to him when I face weight loss temptations along the way, just as I do with temptations in life in general.
In many ways Christian life is like a diet. We learn how to behave and what to do from reading God’s word. If we follow Biblical teachings, slowly we will grow and see the benefits. What happens when we want to do something that we know we shouldn’t do (i.e. lie, cheat, steal, have affairs, gossip, hurt others, etc.)? What happens when we are tempted? Everyone is tempted. Everyone! Well, we simply ask for forgiveness, ask God to sustain us, and strive to do better. When we rely on God to sustain us, and we try to avoid temptations, we grow as Christians.
Today, try something new. Ask God to sustain you. God bless you.
But let every man prove his own work, and then he shall be rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. Galatians 6:4
It’s Monday and time to share something good. I was a little down over the weekend, but I was still able to play with my grandson, spend time with my husband, clean my house, get to know my kitten a little better and write half a word study paper on judging. I will share more on the paper later. On top of all of that, I made two new friends. One is from Holland and the other from Georgia. Meeting these two ladies reminded me that when we think we have it bad, there is always someone who has it worse. I’m glad God brought these ladies into my life and I hope that I can be a comfort to them.
For many people Monday’s mean we “have to” go to work and do what we don’t want to do for a long week. This type of thinking leads to a bad attitude. Have you ever considered what a privilege it is to work? There are many people who are not able to work. Have you ever considered that when we work we are pleasing God? Work is mentioned many times in the Bible, and Galatians 6:4 states that when we prove our own work, we can rejoice in what we have done. Have you ever thought maybe this is the week you can help your boss in a new way that will make his/her work be easier, better and less time consuming? If you want blessings from God, you must submit to authority. That means doing your job the best you can when you are at work and trying to help your supervisor. The attitude you adopt when you approach Monday or the first day of your business week can make a huge difference. Yes, there will be those who are gloom and doom and who will try to bring you down today, but you can choose a different attitude. Try it. You will be so much happier.
God’s Name Is a Place of Protection. Proverbs 18:10
Praise be the name of the Lord! I’m moving slowly at home this morning, but I’m still moving. Praise God!
One week go today we picked up our little bundle of joy, Baron Dominic. Dominic has been quite a handful. We love him. I can’t believe how much the little guy eats and how quickly he gets into trouble.
The only one I know who can get into trouble as quickly as Dominic is me. Yet, no matter what I’ve done or how hopeless life seemed at the time, God still had me. Joel 2:25 says when we have faith “God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing.” I have found this to be true countless times in my life.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you.
Once again its Forgiveness Thursday. Isn’t it great to know we can always turn to God and he will forgive us!
Yesterday morning I had a talk with myself about only letting what I did or said reflect God. I intended to keep this promise. I worked on it all day long, but at the end of the day, I fell short. So, today’s a new day. I will ask for forgiveness and try again.
So, what about people who ask for forgiveness repeatedly and do not try to improve? By the way, isn’t that what I’m doing with my diet? I know what it means to eat healthy. I ask for help, yet I repeatedly fail and ask for forgiveness for overindulgence. Yet, even still, I’m only hurting me, or am I? If my health is bad because of my weight, others are affected, like my family, other tax payers and people with the same insurance. How does that compare to a serial killer, who repeatedly kills other people? I don’t know. I’ve thought about this many times. We may have a role in prosecution to prevent the criminal from hurting more people, but beyond that I think the answer is we are not supposed to judge others. That’s God’s job. We should be thankful that God has taken care of us and focus on our own shortcomings. This is something I struggle with, but I’m always trying to improve. I look forward to reading your thoughts.
Today, forgive yourself and others as Christ has forgiven us all. God bless you.
Above all love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Happy Wednesday! How are you using your gifts to change the world?
Today is day four with a new baby in the house. Yes, as silly as it sounds, at our house bringing a kitten home is like having a new baby. I have the jealous sibling, my Great Dane, Singer, and the baby who is adjusting, Dominic. When there is too much stimuli, like when visitors stop by to meet him, he gets overwhelmed. He never sleeps. In fact, he stalks and tries to kill us in our bedroom, his jungle, all night. I have the battle wounds to prove it. He needs me to stay with him while he eats. Yet, I have to be careful because Singer gets jealous and cries. When Dominic can’t find me, he cries. Then, there is the third pet in the equation, my aging Shih Tzu, Freckles, who wanders around trying not to be attacked. Last night it took me about two and half hours to get everyone settled down.
Reading this you are probably wondering why I would want such chaos. Well, like with any new addition in your family, there is great joy. Dominic makes us laugh and feel younger. The joy overrides the aggravation. We love him. Also like other babies, Dominic will one day grow up. With my children it was too soon. No matter what I did, I couldn’t slow time down. Also like with people, pets will age and die. I suspect my beloved Freckles will be next and probably not too far in the future.
Family is like that. We never know how long our loved ones will be around. So, today I challenge you to use your gifts to Change the World at home. Remember to spend time with and love your family. Have a great day. God bless you.
Thank you Grace Over Pain for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I’m honored to be considered. Efua created her site to provide a platform for Christian girls. If you haven’t visited her blog, I encourage you to go to Grace Over Pain today. It will change your life and how you see the world.
I would like to nominate the following bloggers for this award.
Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 blogs
Notify those blogs of the nomination.
Give them 11 questions to answer.
My 11 Questions to Answer:
1. What is your favorite worship song? This is hard for me because there aren’t that many worship songs that I don’t like. My favorite song to hear at church is Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing. I’m always changing favorite worship songs on the radio. I love 10,000 Reasons, but one of my new favorites is Even If (Mercy Me). Others I love include: Feel it (Tobymac), Oh My Soul (Casting Crowns), and Thy Will (Hillary Scott). Oh my, I better leave this question because I keep thinking of more.
2. What is that thing you cannot do without and why? My Sweet Lord. I can’t imagine enduring one day without him. He is my friend, my Heavenly Father, the one who I can turn to who always knows and understands, and he makes life worth living. I’m so blessed.
3. If you were to eat one food for the rest of your life, what will that food be? Yikes. I like variety. I guess if there was one food that I could eat the rest of my life with other foods, it would be bread. If I could only eat one food and nothing else for the rest of my life, I would eat fish.
4. Outdoorsy or Indoorsy? I like to spend more time indoors. I’m not a fan of bugs, snakes and heat. I do spend some time outside because it is healthy and God’s world is beautiful.
5. What made you give your life to God? I gave my life to God when I was eight years old. It’s hard for me to remember the exact reason, but I do remember feeling something inside that I’d never felt before. I knew it was the right thing. To me the more important question might be why did I remain a Christian throughout my life, even though I could have easily said I was too young to understand at eight years old. The reason is not one day have I been alone. He’s been with me helping me through every day of my life. When I was abused as a child, he helped me endure the suffering until I could do better. When my first husband did everything in his power to kill me and later left me for another woman without a dime to my name, I cried to God to take me. Instead he gave me a cat (Buttermilk) to take care of and even later he brought a good man into my life, who changed the way my life was spiraling. When my family disowned me for telling the truth and protecting a child, God was there to hold me up and he brought a Christian counselor into my life. When my daughter was a baby and we didn’t know if she would live, God healed her. When our children were teenagers, he brought them home safely every night. I could keep going for hours. The bottom line is, no matter what was happening God was always there by my side, and I will never forsake him. If you haven’t needed him yet, the day will come when you humble yourself, fall on your knees and pray for help. He will be there.
6. Are you a morning person or evening person? When I was younger, I was more of an evening person. However, for the past 20 years, I have been more of a morning person. I usually get up about 3:45 am. Mornings are quiet and I tend to get more accomplished early in the day.
7. Who is your favorite bible character and why? Besides God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I like John, Paul and Peter. I think John is a funny character. He claimed to be Jesus’s favorite. I also remember reading John’s account of Peter and him running to where Jesus’s body was, but John pointing out that he arrived first. I like Peter because he said he would never deny Christ, yet he did three times. I sometimes wonder the circumstances. For example, did he deny Christ in an effort to ultimately help him. No one knows, but later after the famous “feed my sheep” dialogue, Jesus tells Peter it will be okay because one day he will die by crucifixion for teaching Christianity. I like Paul because he totally did an about-face. As Saul he was against Christ, but later became a Christian named Paul who spread the Gospel through many nations despite shipwrecks and being in prison.
8. Which country would you love to visit next and why? I would love to visit the Holy Lands next. I’ve always wanted to go there, but I know there will be a great deal of walking involved. I want to go before I’m unable to keep up.
9. Would you prefer extremely cold weather or extremely hot weather? Neither, I don’t think I would physically be able to survive either.
10. If you were to pick one of these which one do you think you are mentally. Old school or new school? Old School
11. Favorite book apart from the bible. This question is like the music question. I read all the time and I love books. I’m not Jewish, but when I was studying International Affairs in college, I took a Jewish Religion class. As a part of the class I read As a Driven Leaf. I have thought of it many times over the years. When I was about 12, my Sunday School Teacher gave me a copy of The Hiding place by Corrie Ten Boon. If you haven’t read it, do. These two books touched me.
11 Random Facts about Me:
I love animals and they love me.
I grow orchids. At one time I had over 50. We actually enclosed our porch with glass for the orchids.
I started a grass-roots ministry at church over four years ago and we still meet regularly – Crafty Ladies at Work (CLAW). It provides ladies an opportunity to socialize, learn and teach a yarn craft, and provide a prayer shawl for people who are unwell. Sometimes we make tatas for women who have had a mastectomy.
I was once a music major. I play saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, and some piano.
In high school I had my own pop music band.
In high school I was student conductor of our band of 250 students. I once directed the band in front of Stone Mountain.
In high school I arranged music for the marching band. My music was played at the Blue and Grey game which was televised on Christmas Day in 1983.
My favorite Disney character is Donald Duck. When I was five I met him for the first time and he danced with me.
My favorite movie is A Walk in the Clouds.
I wrecked a car as a toddler. I was left alone in a car that was running, and I knocked it into gear while playing. I hit a tree.
I have a weak stomach. Don’t get sick near me or I’ll be joining you.
God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith. Joel 2:25
Happy Monday! It’s time to share something good. The last few weeks were more than trying for me, but last week ended with a new member in our family, which is something good. I must admit, Baby Dominic gives me some new blogging challenges. As I’m typing this post, I’m being stalked and attacked by a 4 pound kitten. It’s amazing how a baby brings new life into the house.
We were protected on our long trip to Tampa, and greeted by our new friends, Michele and John. It’s wonderful how God sends the right people into our lives at the right time. His plans are always best. Then, our long trip home with a kitten in the car was uneventful. I must admit I was surprised. I’ve never seen a cat ride so well. Once home we were both exhausted. However, Dominic had rested for five hours of travel. About the time we went to sleep, he was just waking up. I think Dominic stalked, killed and conquered our home during the night.
Sometimes it seems like everything that could go wrong has already happened. Then, something else sends us spinning. Even then, we are loved. Isn’t it great to be loved and accepted all the time! I’m never alone and my relationships are so much better. My husband and I are closer. Life is just wonderful in every possible way. I no longer have to worry. I just trust our sweet Lord.
He is there for you too. He’s ready to watch you, child of God, enjoy life and share his love with others. Trust him and enjoy your day. Don’t forget to share something good in your life, so others can witness his love. God bless you.