Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day By Day

“Everyday is a gift” - my wall words shout out to me every time I enter our kitchen. 

As I age I’m learning something more about time as the minutes turn to hours, the hours turn to days, the days turn to months, the months turn to years, the years turn to decades, the decades turn into the start of a half century. (I’m shell shocked, where did the time go?)

Anyhow, at this stage in my life, what I’m discovering is that day-by-day I can persevere and withstand whatever life throws my way.

Now it is a different story if I were to try to tackle a year’s worth of problems in one day. I couldn’t do it; I’d have a complete meltdown.

A painter can become overpowered with a whole three-story house to paint. But, day-by-day it becomes feasible. One room at a time, one day the ceiling and two walls, the next day the remaining walls and the closet, and so forth till that final day when the brushes and rollers are washed for the last time, and the whole house has color.

Day-by-day is the way to go to pull off life. Today you can’t run a marathon, but maybe you can walk two miles and with that you have started your training. Your goal to write that book seems overwhelming, but chapter one can be created easily in a day. 

Planting that hundred-acre field seems like too much land, too much manual labor unless the farmer breaks it down into steps. One day of using a disc to prepare the ground, then removing the rocks. Clearing out rock-by-rock, day-by-day, till one day in the future lo and behold harvest comes, and as in most cases, here you really do reap what you sow in life.

The examples could continue, but the message doesn’t change. Every day is a gift. 

 “Thanks be to You, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits You have given me, for all the pains and insults which You have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may I know You more clearly, love You more dearly, follow You more nearly, day by day. Amen.”  
–St. Richard of Chichester

Yep, every day is a gift…best to simply live day-by-day…go ahead and shout out an Amen!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Beg to Differ

There’s a big difference between stepping over the line and staying put.

Right now is the time to step over, step up, and get moving in an upward direction.

Yep, this is it, its high time to begin the transformation of your life into a true disciple of Christ.

A few points to ponder:

First off, your past is redeemed. With that knowledge there is no looking back, slowing down, or backing away because of what happened or didn’t happen way back when. You’re now a Christian, one who is not ashamed to speak up for our Lord, and one who lives by faith.

Secondly, your present makes sense. Power and popularity are insignificant compared to what awaits.  Praise and rewards will come at another time from our Savior, Jesus Christ. Being a firm believer in Jesus the narrow road that once seemed impossible can now be crossed. As a Christian, one who is not ashamed to speak up for our Lord, and one who lives by faith, you are here to serve our Lord.

Lastly, your future is secure. You know your path well and walk in victory as you continue to serve our Lord. No sacrifice is too much, and no one can lure you away with empty promises. Your mission is clear and your love is deep. For you are a true Christian, one who is not ashamed to speak up for our Lord, and one who lives by faith, you have served our Lord, and there is no hesitation because you won’t give up.

There’s a big difference between growing in faith and being stuck in a rut of doubts and disbelief. 

One brings life.

Which will you choose? Will you let the love of God come into your life and be transformed?

Will you call yourself a Christian? One who is not ashamed to speak up for our Lord, one who lives by faith, one who serves, one who won’t ever give up?

Live the difference…it involves a commitment to Christ and a willingness to serve.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  –John 3:16

Monday, April 7, 2014

One Moment Please

Sometimes I just need one moment. One moment of peace and quiet, one moment to gather myself together, one moment to take a deep breath in and then out as I say a prayer to get me through to the next moment in life.

Most of the moments in our lives are everyday, ordinary, commonplace moments. They are moments that would never make the evening news or break any world records, but they are moments that mold and define us into the beings God created out of His own likeness.

It doesn’t have to be a magical moment for us to experience God. God shows up whether our disposition is cloudy or sunny.    

God has a purpose for each of us. How many moments are we willing to share with God? 

Sometimes I just need one moment. One moment to thank God for all He has provided for me, one moment of being grateful for all the beautiful things I’ve experienced in life, one moment to take a deep breath in and then out as I pray that I will remain on the path God has planned all along for me.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”  -Anonymous

One moment to realize how fragile life really is. One moment to realize how important prayer is.

Take a moment today to find God. 

You’ll be pleased!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Check Your Sources

Where does your information come from? Do you believe everything you hear? 

Are you relying on the latest gossip floating around as being the honest to God truth? 

Do you ever find that you have a few words to add to the gossip; then pretend to think this is ok because you were just trying to keep the conversation flowing? Hate to admit it, but I’ve been there, done that!

Honestly, sometimes I wonder what has happened to the truth, I’m referring to the real honest to God truth.

In searching for God’s truth I turn to this verse in the Bible:

“May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in Him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

It helps me to put things back in to perspective as I focus back on God “the source of hope.” 

The kind of hope that will bring out the truth, the sort of hope that lets me know in the long haul of life all will be right. The type of hope that leads me to greater faith and stronger love as I go about my days knowing God is at my side.

“Everyone who knows what is the right thing to do and does not do it commits a sin.”  (James 4:17)

Every now and then I need to check my sources. Do a double check on what I’m paying attention to; what I’m letting enter into my thoughts; examine what is occupying my soul; making sure the facts are true and bearing in mind that what I voice will not hurt or harm the well being of others.

May God, the source of hope, fill your days with joy and peace.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

My husband and I happen to have the same taste in art. We both can’t believe our eyes when we stare at a canvas that looks like someone knocked over a bunch of paint cans, and then put it in a gold frame where it hangs in a prestigious art gallery. 

We are floored when we find out it is worth several million dollars. 

To us, our son’s elementary paint shirt looks more artistic! 


I recently saw a picture that really is worth a thousand words.

It is a picture of the Pope kneeling down for confession. 

To me this is a perfect and pleasing picture. It says a thousand words and more. 

It shows us how to be humble, how to live righteously, how to trust, how to grow in light, how to lead with devotion, how to gain truth, how to believe without doubt, and so much more.

A picture is worth a thousand words, if that picture captures love.

I love our Pope and I love this picture of him.