Recently I was reading a book and came across a simple yet, to me, a profound statement: “Pay It Forward”. When was the last time you hit “pause” and took a moment to reflect on how you got to where you are? The people in your life that helped mold you into the person you are? Now, I realize that this may open a can of worms, maybe stir up bad memories for some. Maybe you think there is no way you are going down that path. I get that. I used to think of myself as a survivor and having survived no way would I go down that path again. But I came to realize that I am more than a survivor, I am an overcomer, and you can be one too. Consider this, every person that has ever crossed paths with you, has helped to shape you in some small way.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
The Artist studies the blank canvas, rubbing His chin, deep in thought. How will it turn out? As one who likes to doodle and sketch, I imagine the Father looking from the night sky to the blank canvas before the start of a new day. The night sky twinkling with shining stars give way to the colors that streak across the the morning sky as the sun rises escorting in a bright and beautiful day. Have you ever looked at the sky and thought “wow” what an amazing view. The awesome sunrise or sunset and the brilliant colors weaved throughout. Even a thunderstorm with its whipping winds, heavy rains, and claps of thunder and lightning. The beauty of the storm as the sky grows dark and then just as quickly as the storm arose its over with and the sky grows light once more. The water dripping from the trees and the dew on the grass sparkling like diamonds reminds me of His grace and mercy.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
His grace is more than enough for us. His strength perfected in our weaknesses. At the start of a new day, I am reminded of His grace and mercy. In our weaknesses, He is strong. In His strength, we are made whole. Ever stop to wonder about the intricate details that go in to create an amazing masterpiece? The love brimming to overflowing, if you only stop to really see what is before you? When I think about the Master and what He has created, I imagine a parent waiting to share and teach a child. The Father patiently showing us what He created and why or how it works.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
We are His workmanship created for good works. I used to see the world in darkness, living in the dregs of the underbelly of the world. Unable to see beyond the darkness until one day, a pinpoint of light pierced through and a hand reached out drawing me back into the light. When I see God’s beauty all around, from beautiful blue skies, to a sunrise or sunset bursting with color, to the vibrant colors in the plants all around, to the people I come in contact with on a daily basis; I am in awe of all that He did for me. What He does for each of us when we let Him. When we invite Him in. Spend time with the Master and explore all that He has for you. God bless! 💗
Another year passes and still I miss her every day. It’s will be four years in November since mom passed away. I find myself occasionally asking the Lord to tell mom hi and I miss her. Its only natural I guess to ask. I’m blessed to have a wonderful mother-in-law who loves me the way my mom once did. I’ve heard about mother-in-laws who could and would make life miserable for their son or daughter-in-laws. I’m very thankful my mine makes me feel loved and welcomes me with open arms.
Remember to give your mom the best gift of all…your time. If you live with or live close to your mom, make her feel special by spending time with her. If you don’t live nearby, call her and tell her how much you love her. My son asked me what I wanted for Mother’s day. I said “Come have lunch with us and let me win at Risk”. He said, “I’ll come have lunch with you guys but I won’t let you ‘win’ at Risk”. In other words, I have to earn the win. Makes sense. A win isn’t a win unless it’s earned. My husband asked me what I wanted. Honestly? I didn’t have an answer. Spending time with my family is the best gift of all. (Still it would be nice to win at Risk. 😉)
TO MOM’S EVERYWHERE…HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! 🤗💐
I leave you with a few encouraging scriptures …
First – Be Thankful..
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Second – Honor Your Mother
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
Third – A Mother’s Wisdom
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
God bless! Thank you Father for blessing me with an awesome and loving family.
Father, I thank You for pouring out Your many blessings over mothers around the world as they celebrate Mother’s Day with their families. Be with those who may not be as fortunate to have loved ones to remember them on this day, may they feel Your love and presence in their lives. For those who are burdened I pray You will comfort them. For those who are forgotten, I pray they will feel Your love and joy. For loved ones who lost their moms too soon, comfort and fill them with Your peace. I thank You for Your blessings and the reminder that we are all loved by You. In Jesus precious name, amen.
When you see the homeless person on the side of the road, do you look away for fear of them knocking on the window and asking for help? Or do you buy them a meal? What about the person in the parking lot struggling to load their vehicle, do you stop and offer to help? I am reminded of how people come from many walks of life and yet we are all the same. We may have different skin tones, hair and eye color, our height and weight may vary, and yet we are all the same. We were created by God in His image. His image.
And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
So, are you the person who tries to ignore the homeless because they make you uncomfortable? Or do you buy them a meal? One look at their tattered, ragged, dirty clothes and maybe you hope they won’t come up to you asking for help.
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.
What about the person in the parking lot that you stopped and offered to help? When you look at these two people can you see beyond their appearance and realize that though they are different, yet they are indeed the same?
If there is one good thing that has come out of this pandemic it’s seeing people come together and help out their fellow man. Will it continue after the restrictions are lifted and life returns to normal? I pray so. There are so many people who sacrificed so much to keep the public safe, informed, protected, and fed. When your life comes to a standstill you begin to realize just how much you rely on people, who on the surface may seem insignificant but in reality they are important. Did you ever stop to think about the grocery clerk stocking the shelves or ringing up your purchases? Or the gas station attendant who stayed open so people could buy gas to get to work?
When life returns to normal… the real normal with a sprinkle of the new normal…remember all of the silent workers who helped to keep you fed by keeping their drive-thru open. The gas station that remained open so you could buy fuel for your vehicle. The countless grocery stores that worked hard to keep the shelves stocked so you could buy food while maintaining social distancing. Say a prayer for them, for their families and remember – we are all different, yet the same. God bless! 💗
You’ve heard the saying “God’s Country”. It can be anywhere. But you know it when you see it. When I think about God’s country, I tend to think about the mountains and how beautiful they are in the spring and fall. I remember living in the Carolina mountains for a season and it was both heaven and hell. The beauty and majesty all around was a sight indeed to behold and I could see why it would be called God’s country. I would soon learn that in the midst of the beauty there was a hell. I didn’t see it coming; it was so subtle that it when it finally registered I couldn’t believe I missed it.
You see, the enemy will insert himself into every situation that he can. He will turn beauty into ashes. Trample all over that gorgeous scenery just to get inside your head. To let you know he can get to you anytime he wants. The enemy wants you to think there is no hope. He wants you to know despair, to fear the unknown. If he can make you believe that the unknown is a terrifying place then he can control you like a puppet.