Action For The Day

We must remember that we are not the sum of our intentions but of our actions.
-Brendon Burchard – The Motivation Manifesto

Whatever positive intention comes to mind today, act on it.

*A card to someone who is having a rough time or not feeling well.
*A phone call to someone who lives alone and may just need a little talk-time.
*Coffee with a friend to relax and talk about fun times of the past.
*A $5 gift card for ice cream to someone going through chemo treatments.
*A hug to your child.
*Cookies to your spouse.
*Flowers to the receptionist.
*A smile to the cashier.
*A cart to the corral.
*Let someone go in front of you.
*Pay for the person’s meal behind you.
*Share a good book with a friend.
*Post a positive comment on someone’s blog.
*Pray when you said you would.
*Dinner to your parents.
*Chocolate for yourself.

Today is the day of action….not intentions!  Have fun putting positive action behind good intentions!

Post a comment or send me an email of something positive you did for someone or someone did for you.  (email: Deanna@DeannaDayYoung.com)   #makeadifferenceeveryday

Fire Extinguisher Frenzy.

You walked out of the kitchen for just two minutes!  You return and flames have engulfed the wall above the counter.  You turn on the faucet and point the water sprayer to the fire.  It doesn’t do much of anything.  You remember reading something about baking soda so you run over and find the baking soda in the corner cabinet and randomly throw the ingredient on the blaze putting out a portion of the fire but the now box is empty.

You remember learning in school something about smothering the fire with a towel so you grab the kitchen towel and smother a portion of the fire but the remaining portion seems to continue to grow along the wall.  The fire extinguisher!  Where is the fire extinguisher?! Oh wait… it’s under the sink in the back left-hand corner behind the tub of cleaners.  You finally get a hold of it, follow the 1,2,3 step process, aim the extinguisher at the fire and POOF!  It’s out.

WHEW!!  Reminds me of the problems we have in our lives.  We know what we are doing or how we are living or how we are treating others isn’t right.  We know we have a “roaring fire of sin” and we think we can deal with it on our own.  We try one thing after another and it just isn’t working.

Then we remember that we haven’t really talked to God for a while.  Will He even remember who we are?  We kind of put him on the back shelf, behind our job, our Sundays of fun, our friends, our money, our idols.

Everything we’ve been doing to try to ignore our sin and this awful pit in our stomach of who we’ve wronged or what we need to change isn’t working – just like all the things we tried to put out the kitchen fire.  Then we remember the true “sin extinguisher”.  We cry out to Him and ask Him to help us and with one call upon His name, He’s there.  He’s been waiting in the corner, behind the things of the world, just waiting to be called upon.

He’s there in an instant.  He may continue to allow us to experience some of that fire for a bit longer until we are refined to exactly where He wants to use us, but He is there immediately when we call on Him bringing peace to the wild fire.  Let’s pull out the fire extinguisher today and ask God to put out the flaming arrows of the devil so that we can live a peaceful life for Him every day.

Ephesians 6:16 – In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

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A Palm Reader’s Delight!

Have you ever gone to a palm reader?  I don’t know enough about it but years ago you would see them everywhere, especially in tourist towns.  People pay money for someone with a scarf on their head in a dimly lit room with a few candles and some incense burning to tell you your future by looking at the lines on your hand.

I remember when I was younger, people said that if you had lines on the palm of your hand that formed an M you would get married one day.  I’m pretty sure most everyone can make those lines on your palms create an M.

Palm readers would predict the future of the customer and that person would walk out feeling excited and look for ways to show that prediction was true.   If the prediction was that they were going to have good fortune, they may work harder looking for quick money or play the lottery having full confidence it was their turn for fortune.

If the palm reading showed there was trouble brewing in the future, that person walked away sad and worried and was on the lookout for trouble – maybe even creating an issue out of something small thinking the prediction of the palm reader was their fate.

I’m here to tell you that there is only one palm reading we need to concern ourselves with and that is the palm of the Master’s hand.  Isaiah 49:16 says, “See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”  I believe this was a prophecy of what was to come with Jesus’s death.

Thomas was the doubter.  He said he would not believe that Jesus was alive unless he could “see the nail marks in his hands and put [my] finger where the nails were.” (John 20:25)

Thomas refused to believe Jesus was alive unless he had proof himself.  When Jesus appeared to the disciples and told Thomas to “put your finger here; see my hands” and Thomas did so and exclaimed “My Lord and my God!”  (John 20:27-28)

Jesus went on to tell Thomas in verse 29, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  That’s us!!  We don’t get to be palm readers and physically hold the hand of Jesus and feel those nail scars on his hands.  But we get to put our hand in His hand by trusting fully and having the Holy Spirit with us each day in our soul reminding us that His palms are the only ones worth reading!

Lighter Side of Things.

Last night my husband and I were sitting on the patio watching all of the lightning bugs.  It was like a fireworks display.  There were thousands of lightning bugs.  At every second there were lightning bugs flashing in all areas of the darkness.  As we looked across the field it was beautiful, and amazing at the same time, how many tiny little lights were scattered across the way.

Our world today is so dark.  There is so much hatred, sadness, and evil everywhere.  There is corruption and lies and conniving that I just can’t take it anymore.  I want to do something about it but how do we stop corruption?  How do we stop evil acts and liars?  How do we stop hatred and sadness and murders?

We light up our dark world, that’s how!  We may only be a small light like the tiny yellowish green light that is put off by the lightning bugs but when all Christians work together for the good of the Lord, we can be millions of tiny lights that can light up the darkness.  We can be like all of those lightning bugs last night that no matter where we looked there were little lights popping up everywhere!

I was very down yesterday and I think the Lord used those tiny little yellowish lit bugs to teach me a lesson.  All hope is NOT lost.  When there is darkness, don’t settle for sitting in the dark.  Do something to shine your light and light will always penetrate the darkness.

We must work together to shine our light in this dark world.  Who’s with me?

John 8:12 – Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

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