Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Beginnings

I’m not a big Dr. Seuss fan, but I like this quote.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Life is a constant moving forward from one thing to another.

You’re only sixteen for a year, and then one fine day you wake up, and boom, you are forty something.

It happened. You grew up. You lived through your days and you can’t get them back.

Don’t be sad.

Be happy.

Forty will lead to fifty and on from there. Take the advice from Dr. Seuss, and smile because it happened. Time marched on and you were a part of it.

Be thankful for all the days you’ve lived.

Life is all about living in the present moment. So, when you’re nineteen don’t wish for twenty-one, or if your fifty don’t wish for thirty again.

Live today.

Because today is it, this moment is where the action is, don’t just put in your hours, live your life.

One way to do that is to stay open and dependent on God. 

How often do we forget that God will provide all that we need?

Isaiah 58:1-9a reads, “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer, you shall cry for help, and He will say:  Here I am!”

A new beginning with God awaits all who hear His voice.

There is no reason to be sad. With God life never ends.

Be happy.

God loves you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Right Direction

How does one know if they are going in the right direction?

My husband learned long ago that when giving me directions to a certain location he couldn’t just say “go south about three miles and then head east.” He has to be specific and must say things like “turn left at the second stoplight,” or “when you get off the exit you must turn right.”

And, another thing I don’t always follow directions like I should.

It is easy for me to get lost.

A compass mixes things up for me, and I’ll admit that I can’t read a road map to save my life, I’m always wondering which way to hold it, do I view it facing directly up or sideways?

MapQuest is a friend, but one I can’t always count on, if it is raining or I’m in a place with no service I’m totally lost.

Life is a big place; I need direction.

I turn to God.

He is always around. Never out of service. Gives great advice. Won’t leave me stranded, ever.

He’s God. He’s everything.

And, He created the world and knows every nook and cranny.

Next time when nothing is going right…maybe go left.

That’s where I usually find God.


Ready to help me.

“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever.” (Psalm 16:11)

He gives me the right direction I so need in life.

I know He’ll do the same for you!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

God's Band-Aids

Not so long ago, I was in dire need of a Band-Aid.

It happened while I was attempting to speed walk.

In my haste of trying to burn calories in a short time frame, and not paying attention to the uneven sidewalks I was traveling on, I literally tripped over my own two feet, landing on my knees.

The concrete did not give. I went through two boxes of Band-Aids, and have the scars to prove it.

Although the Band-Aids helped, I’m pretty sure my knees will be scarred for life.

The gentle way my husband cleaned, and nursed my sore, bleeding knees brought comfort alongside the pain I was experiencing.

I’m ok. I’ve learned to slow down; watch where I’m going, and I’ve learned how a little TLC goes a long way.

When someone you love dies, it hurts deep in your heart; it can hurt so much it feels like your heart is bleeding and won’t ever stop.

Then someone enters your life and they become a much-needed Band-Aid. They will never be a replica of your beloved, deceased spouse, or mother, or brother, or friend, but they can bring some TLC back into your life.

Are they the Band-Aids God uses to help us when we can’t stop hurting?

God’s Band-Aids bring comfort where sorrow has been growing; they can provide friendship and love in times of deep sadness.

They come to us, maybe by chance, or through a mutual acquaintance, ready to help us mend our shattered, broken heart.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been a Band-Aid, but I know quite a few beautiful souls who have become much-needed Band-Aids to me and others.

I know they are sent from God simply because they don’t try to cover up the holes in our hearts. They never try to take over the place in our hearts reserved for those we are mourning for.

They fill a void for sure, and help ease the pain, and continually encourage us to carry within our hearts the cherished memories we have for our loved ones who have died before us.

God’s Band-Aids come when least expected, and most needed.


It happens.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Here Comes the Sun

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.”  (Persian Poet - Hafez – 14th Century)

I love the sun.

When the sun is out everyone is in a better mood. People smile more. Gardening is fun in the sun. Kids don’t want to come inside till the sun goes down. Even our homes seem more welcoming with the sunlight beaming in through windows and doors.

The sun is important to us earthly beings.

What about the Son of God?

Is He vital to your life, is He first and foremost before all else?

When Jesus is present everyone is in a better mood. People smile more. Anything is possible with Jesus. Like kids we don’t want to leave His presence. Even if hidden deep in our hearts His love shines out for all to see.

Surely, the Son of God is important to us earthly beings.

How else would we be saved?

Our Lord says, “I have called you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1) Never are we to think we are isolated from the love of Jesus. There is nothing that can separate us from His love. He reaches out becoming involved in the smallest of our circumstances.

He touches hearts, speaks loud and clear. He says, “I can never forget you! I have written your name on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:16)

“Even after all this time, the Son of God never says to us on earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole world on fire!” (Unknown Wishful Writer – Rose – 21st Century)

Here comes the Son.


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)