Beloved single mom, I am the God of abundance, and I will never run out of resources. Your beauty is inscribed on the palm of My hands. Your deepest wound leads you to the discovery that I alone complete you. You are not alone. I love you. – Jesus 🌹
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Many times we don’t think what effect a small word may have on another person.
With the ability to bless also comes the ability to offend. Many times we’re not conscious of how we may effect others.
As we become more and more like Jesus, and we know that God is love, we see our lives becoming conformed to our Father’s nature of love and, in so doing, our words and our actions reflect more of our Savior. Although we’ll never be perfect this side of heaven, He is perfecting us nonetheless through the power of the Holy Spirit…
Although we live in a world of trouble, take heart: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NLT
1 Peter 3:4
Some of the best moments have been when on an adventure with one of my children. This was one of our trips to Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
Beautiful beaches, cute shops, awesome aquarium at the Atlantis, but who would have thought there would be this beautiful waterfront park on the island. The Versailles Gardens and French Cloister. Riding bikes there was a fun afternoon. And after that – the beach!
My God and I
We walk beside quiet waters, I hear music from the gentle stream, I sense His presence.
He gives me my mountaintop where the air is pure, the streams are crystal, all of my senses are awakened and I’m aware of His greatness. In that moment, He prepares me for the times when I will plod down the path from the mountain, though my foot may slip on loose ground only to be caught by a rock strategically placed to break my fall.
I don’t slide injured down the mountainside but rather, cautiously, I step through the rough terrain until I reach the next place He has for me. But I remember the times we walked on the mountaintop from where I could see the grand panorama of His plan, from where I could smell the freshness and taste the pureness of the water. And it upholds me until my next destination and in that destination, I can be a witness that there is a mountaintop, that there is a place of rest, rejuvenation, healing and beauty.
So onward to my next season and in that season He is beside me, as He has been before, and He comforts me and gives me strength.
While there’s many notions about freedom and it seems that what it means varies from person to person. One common thread is the ability to come and to go unrestricted. When we lose our freedom we are restricted physically by set boundaries either man-made or self-made. Part of the reason that travel is so intriguing is that it allows for unrestricted movement and therefore an experience of that region. It is time set apart for us to experience something new and connect with people in another locale.
Sometimes we build our own little prisons. Limiting ourselves physically, limiting ourselves mentally. That is why the verse, “whom the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:36, – If we are changed by our faith in Jesus Christ, we are no longer imprisoned by sin in our lives. We are free. We are given our spiritual self back by the power of the Holy Spirit and we have a relationship with God. We will have times of struggle, but we will not fall, because He walks beside us and leads us. (Psalm 23) Wherever we may go.
Flying home one night over ATL, I saw as I approached all the shining lights surrounded by deep darkness. The darkness was offset by the shining lights. First small , then larger and larger until we reached a bright and shining city. And as I wondered about how God has sent each little believer out into the world I thought if this is not how it must appear. The light that we carry with us when we are together in one place and then slowly moving out in small groups or one by one out into the darkness until within the expanse there is one small light or small cluster guiding and sharing precious light out into the world. And the yearning heart is drawn to the light. We are drawn to the light as our heart breaks for the beauty and the familiarity of welcoming light home.
We are believers and bearers of His light in this world. And when the light is taken out of the world how very dark it is. Light is a gift and we are drawn to it. The light calls to us. It calls to what goodness in our heart there is and wants to be. Jesus is the Light of the world. We are privileged to carry His light out into the darkness until He comes again.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2: 3-4 NKJV
“For all of the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” Galatians 5:14 NKJV
We thought we were past this. But the events in Virginia in August 2017 bring to our minds again, even though we thought we didn’t need to revisit this, we thought we had finally moved past, as a nation, to see people as people and not their ethnicity. Crazy to think of people hating people just because of their skin color, physical features, ethnic background, culture or status. Let’s call it what it is: it is ignorance of how God made people and it is hate. This is 2017 after all, we’ve been through all of this before in the 60s and it was settled, right? As a Christ follower, it is heart breaking.
We don’t realize how the enemy uses thoughts of hatred to enter into a person to subtly work to tear others down. Break apart families. Destroy relationships. And prevent people from seeing their own purpose, beauty and identity. To experience all God has for them.
I personally have been on the receiving end of some of this type of bigotry. From an inter-racial marriage to the unspoken communication felt from a certain look or avoidance of a look which signaled someone’s uncomfortableness that you are who you are, and they think less of you because of it.
These are the things that I didn’t want to let affect me. Because I knew there was more to life than any superficial level of looks or categorizing due to color of one’s skin. People of a different ethnicity or race are the same as me. We share the same interests, ambitions, humor and faith. We can laugh together, cry together – the very things that affect my life also affect theirs. We have more in common than we do apart. I am made better by my relationships with people, including people who may look a little different than me but our heart is still the same.
“Let each esteem others better than himself” “Love your neighbor”