Saturday, January 15, 2022
Saturday, January 1, 2022
AS we welcome another new year, I am in awe of how quickly this life is passing by. Where have the days gone? Have I accomplished anything in 2021? Was I alive or just living? What can I do better going forward?
NEVER one to make new years resolutions, after being cooped up for the past two years, this may be the year I make a few. This should be the year I navigate daily life with more purpose.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Earlier this spring, our pink rose bush went wild! It had runners and buds shooting out in every direction. Those tiny, wispy branches barely held up the buds, let alone a full bloom rose!
But I was hopeful...until the buds opened, revealing dozens of wild red roses, with a couple pinkish ones in the mix.
While the red and pink display was pretty...it wasn't what I expected. So, armed with a pair of clippers, I took the flowering mess in hand. Covered in scratches, thorns, pricks, and sweat, I prayed that the bush wouldn't die.
This morning, on my way to the garden, I stopped to admire the pretty pink roses and noticed that my pruning efforts not only saved the pink rose, but had encouraged the coral and red bushes to pick up their game as well!
LIFE LESSON: Pruning is a necessity.
When God prunes us, He does so not only for our benefit - but for the benefit of those around us, too. On the surface, we look a little worse for wear, but if our soul has gotten stronger, more resilient, more dependent on Him...that's what really matters.
Have a blessed Friday Y'all -
Monday, December 14, 2020
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Friday, December 4, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Just like most of the world, I'm still waiting impatiently. Throughout the day, I would work a little, watch the news a little; then I'd pray a little, complain a little and start all over again.
We are certainly living in uncertain times. And as scary as the corona virus is - also because of the randomness of its attacks and severity - I'm honestly more 'afraid' to go shopping.
There are no limits to what can or will offend - and that's what scares me.
But ya know what? According to the Bible, its not my place to worry about something way out of my hands.
I can't possibly understand why an American flag would offend a fellow American; I can just do my best to show that individual what respect for our county looks like.
I can't possibly understand why the name of JESUS brings on a slanderous assault - while profanity is spewed without repercussion.
I can't possibly understand why some people seem to have it all together and others struggle their way through life.
There are so many things I can't possibly understand. And that's okay; we were not created to understand every nut and bolt of humanity; that's God's job.
Earlier this week, I went against my own tradition and put up a Thankful for November Tree (which will later double as a Christmas tree). Until then, my goal is to have a visual of the blessings we've received so far this year and years before.
My plan is that every time I look at this tree, I will remind myself that 'to this point, the Lord has led us' (1 Samuel 7:12b) and I will remember:
We are not alone
We have a spirit of power and of a sound mind - not fear
We have access to the armor of God to protect us from head to toe
This does not mean we will not get hurt, be deceived, or feel lost at times - but it does mean that we can draw upon the promises of God for comfort and peace of mind.
And that's something to be thankful for this November.
|It is not perfect - its a little messy to tell the truth;|
but perfection is overrated and impossible to achieve.
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