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.
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.
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!
Nothing can stop God’s Plan for your life. Isaiah 14:27
Have you ever felt like no matter what you did, no one ever noticed the good in you? Have you been falsely accused repeatedly? Have rumors been spread about you that broke your heart? I have felt this way, too. However, today I was reminded by people outside the area where I live that my gifts are noticed. Yours are too! You see, your true nature will always shine through regardless of what people say or do. This can be good, and this can be bad. Someone is always watching you and forming an opinion. They may never say a word, but you are being watched, just as you watch others. That doesn’t mean we should go around judging people. However, if your true nature and gifts are good, others will notice and eventually, good will come out of the situation. So, keep using your gifts to make a difference in the world.
I’m working on a paper for a class I’m taking and was hoping to get some feedback on your ideas. My paper is going to evaluate the probability of Mary Magdaline being Martha and Lazarus’s sister. Do you have any ideas about this possibility? I would love to use your responses as research interviews, but mostly would just like to hear your ideas about this topic.
This morning I awoke to the sounds of my husbands dressing for work. I can hardly believe that today is Christmas Eve. This morning the preparations begin. Cleaning house and baking. The scents are already dancing in my head. My children, parents and grandson will be here tomorrow, which warms my heart. However, tonight is what I am looking forward to the most. My husband and I will attend midnight services to celebrate the birth of our Savior. As Christians we celebrate daily, but this one night of the year our minds quiet to consider the miracle. Thanks be to God!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! May God bless you.
Holiday treats and parties have sure taken a toll on my waistline. Over indulgence is a problem for me throughout the year, especially with my low levels of exercise due to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. It seems to catch me off guard. Every day my pants grow a little tighter until one night I have a dream my pajamas are too tight. I don’t feel good about myself and don’t want to go out to parties or social functions.
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we need to treat them as such. For me, it is starting today with forgiveness of my behavior and acceptance of who I am. As a child of God I know that today is a new day, and there is time for change. So each week I will begin making small changes, until I see the results I want. I have a lot of work left to accomplish and I need a strong healthy body with a great self image to make the progress I need.
This week I will drink at least 8 glasses of water every day, and at meal times when I give thanks for my food, I will ask God to help me be mindful of what I am eating. Join me in this challenge and let me know how you are doing. God bless you.