Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Step One

One step on the dance floor and you could be the next Fred Astaire.  

While our steps can lead us to wonderful opportunities we must be careful where we are stepping.

One step in the wrong direction can lead to utter darkness.

To be sure this doesn’t happen all we need to do is follow in Jesus’ steps. Do what He does. Go where He goes. Love as He loves. Pray as He prays.

“Faith and fear can’t live in the same place.
It's eventually got to be one or the other.
The Lord has put me here, and it’s up to me to go where He wants in the way He wants.”

Bishop Joseph W. Estabrook wrote these words after he discovered he had terminal cancer. He passed away in 2012, but his message of faith lives on in a very powerful way.

Imagine faith and fear trying to get along. How ridiculous would that be?

One will dominate the other.

Which will rule your life?

If you chose faith you will have the courage to go wherever God directs you. Even if it isn’t what you had planned for.

Keep in step with Jesus.

Know Jesus. No fear.

“I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Never in a Million Years

“Never say never,” right?

I never know what my future will look like until it gets here.

Looking back, I would have never imagined I’d have such an easy life. Just like I would have never thought I’d have had to go through some of the hardships I’ve faced, and never in a million years would have I thought I’d end up blogging for a better life over the Internet!

Just goes to show you that you just never know what might happen.

So, don’t give up just yet.

“Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

It takes a great person to never give in no matter what.

It takes an even greater person to give in when it comes to reasons of honor and good sense.

So, never let your honor go. Hold on tight to that honor that gives you your confidence, and your dignity. Your reputation and trust are a result of your honor that precedes you.

Never give in to anything great or small when it comes to your honor.

In the end it is all you will have to take with you.

Always choose the honorable thing to do.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Good News, Bad News

The good news is that today is a brand new day. The slate is clean. You have a fresh start. Nothing is hindering you.

The bad news is that we forget this and often start each day with our past. The past that is no longer who we are, but still bringing us down.

Christian author and speaker, Joyce Meyer, ever so eloquently lets us know with these words how our past can take over our life if we don’t put a stop to it.

“Don’t waste the rest of your life feeling bad about the part that you already wasted. It’s never too late to begin again.”

With the rising of the sun, God says here is a new day, go out and live and love according to my commands. He doesn’t complicate our lives with hundreds of commandments; just ten basic rules that are easy to follow and if one could muster up the courage to follow these on a daily basis, yesterday’s shortcomings and failures would fall to the wayside.

We all have ways we need to improve and the Christian life is an everlasting exchange with a God who loves and provides.

As I sit here the sun is rising, and a new day is about to begin. I can feel and see the presence of God surrounding me.

I hear these words, “It’s never too late to begin again.”

Enjoy your day with God!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Inside Out

That’s the state of many jeans that I would pull out of our laundry hamper as I sorted the soiled clothes into color piles.

I won’t name the culprit, but getting tired of this extra chore thrown into the task of laundering our dirty clothes I decided to use reverse psychology, and returned the washed denim as it was received…inside out.

This act got my point across, and after discussing the dos and don’ts of laundry etiquette, it has been decided that a certain someone will try to remember to not throw their jeans in the hamper inside out, and me the laundress will have some laundry compassion and rectify the situation if by mistake a pair of jeans or other clothing item was to arrive inside out in our pile of dirty laundry.

Life continues to flow happily here in our humble abode, and I realize I’m not a perfect being just because I take time to make sure my clothes are right side when I toss them into the hamper.

One stop at my dinner table that displays some of the crazy concoctions I tend to serve masked as meals, will tell you the mercy my family extends to me each and every week.

Any hoot all this is meaningless compared to real issues.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

What sort of person are you on the inside?

Have you ever taken time to think about this? How would you describe your heart and soul?

I would hope that when God sees my heart He would see some compassion, some tenderness, some kindness, some mercy, some softness, and some yearning for love.

My soul, which dictates who I am, I hope gives off the aura of a being created in the likeness of our Creator. A soul who worships God and all that He is, a soul who prays to be forgiven for missteps, a soul who takes time to be thankful and grateful for a God who gives life.

All the other tiny matters, are just that…tiny matters, they are not what lies within us.

Ask this of any soul who prays, and I’m sure they will tell you the same.

It is what is found in our heart and soul that really matter in life.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Age-Old Advice

“Compare yourself to yourself.”

Believe it or not, I came up with this all on my own.

It came to me when I was thinking about the aging of our bodies. In truth, it partly came to me as I looked at the two feet, the ones sitting there peering out of my sandals, wondering exactly when did my toes start to curl towards each other.

Did it happen overnight? Or was this a gradual process that I hadn’t noticed because I had other aging issues going on that needed to be concealed, disguised, and covered up?

We should be thankful that we get to see our bodies mature and age. Getting old is a privilege that not everyone gets to venture through.

When I look at these not so perfect feet, I now think of how many different size sandals, shoes, and boots they have worn. I marvel at the places they have taken me, shake my head in bewilderment at the trouble they have gotten me into and out of.

My wrinkled hands show their wear and tear of hard work, a few scars prove my feeble attempts at trying to copy Julia Child’s art of cooking.

And, this old heart that beats to a different drummer than that of my youth, now has a firm connection with faith. I have hope. I am in love with life and with God.  

So, no more comparing myself to anyone but myself. Furthermore, no more comparing myself to my (old) young self.

I’ve earned these stars and stripes, which to some look like defects, and I’m so very thankful for the life I have, and hope to become much more than this body that houses me.

Age-Old advice – don’t spend your days trying to preserve your body to its past form. Let it be used.

Love the age you are.

All the dings, dents, scars, and wrinkles, they are a testimony of a life lived to the fullest.

Trust me on this!