Tag: Jesus

It’s Gonna Be OK.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

This old French saying seems like someone talking out of both sides of their mouth.  Someone who is confused and not making sense.  Changing but staying the same.  What does that even mean?

As election day is upon us, I can tell you what I think that means.  History will be made today no matter who wins the Presidential election.  Either someone with no formal government experience will be president or the first female president will be elected.   The sentiment across America seems to be one of fear for whoever will be in charge.  Things are changing in America.

But Isaiah 41:10 says “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

No matter who is elected President of this great country or elected to any office in this country, God is still in control.  He continues to show Himself to us everywhere – in the big things and in the little things.  No matter if your choice of candidate wins or not, don’t give up on America.  Don’t give up on God.  He has a plan.  Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm  you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

But God doesn’t stop at verse 11.  He continues in verse 12 calling us to action.  “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

It doesn’t mean we will always get our way, but God will listen and no matter what, His plans are not to harm us, but to give us hope and a future. He will make good out of anything.  He WILL be glorified in it all.  Look around today and see His mighty hand at work.  Hebrews 13:8 declares “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

God is on the throne, folks.  The more things change, the more GOD stays the same. And when we all realize that, this country will be great again.

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Whack-A-Mole

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Have you ever played this game?  Whack-a-Mole?  You seriously just keep pounding these moles back down into their hole with a big ole hammer and they keep popping their ugly heads up and you have to keep on pounding them back down.  It can be intense, frustrating and a continuous nag until the game time is over and you start a new game!

This reminds me of the devil.  He just keeps popping up in all different directions and from all kinds of places and I don’t know which one he is coming into next and I just keep trying to smack him down and be on the lookout and try to stay one step ahead of him.  It gets intense.  It gets frustrating and he just keeps popping his ugly head up all over the place.  I try to take care of him by myself and then I remember……I HAVE THE BIGGEST HAMMER IN THE WORLD!

Jesus is right there waiting for you to come over and pick Him up and let Him help you “whack the mole” right down into the depths of hell.

Don’t try to handle problems on your own.  Grab the big ole hammer and WHACK A MOLE right down in the hole he came from.  Because in the end…………you win!!

*Reprinted from Bucket Buddies Mission blog from October, 2014.

F-I-I-I-R-R-R-E!!!

ALARMS.

We have all kinds of alarms that signal something specific to us.

Fire alarms are sounded when smoke or fire is suspected.
Alarm clocks signal it’s time to get up and get moving.
Alarms on our phone may go off signaling a reminder to do something.
Bell alarms ring at school signaling time to end one class and go to another.
A horn may be used as an alarm to bring kids in from recess.
A long alarm sounds in a community to warn of a potential tornado.
Car alarms blare indicating someone may be touching a vehicle without permission.
Burglar alarms sound when someone is taking something that is not theirs to take.

We hear these alarms constantly.  At first we are scared and our adrenaline pumps forcing us into action to go to safety, get out of the way or move on.  We may even jump and then move quickly or find someone to help.

But after a while we become immune to alarms and may choose to ignore them or worse yet, not even hear them.  We hear car alarms all the time and they just become annoying.  Statistics show that people don’t heed the warning of fire alarms because they think it’s a false alarm and it’s not likely a fire would be in the place where they are.  People think tornado alarms are just being tested so they tend to ignore the real ones.  People think “it wouldn’t happen to me.”

When our alarm of temptation goes off, don’t ignore it.  When your conscience tells you that this is a bad thing, don’t stay put or ignore the warning signs.  If you feel your temptation alarm go off, get out quickly.  Step into action and head straight to safety into the arms of the One who can help you – Jesus.  Maybe it’s the temptation of gossip, food, alcohol, drugs or adultery.  Whatever the temptation, RUN when the alarm sounds.

Get as far away from the fire of  temptation as you can.  Physically move.  Open your Bible and read.  Get on your knees and pray.  But for heaven’s sake, don’t ignore it!!!  The alarm of temptation is the devil in disguise.  And heeding to the devil is ignoring the biggest FIRE ALARM of eternity.  Don’t ignore it.  Get to safety .  Get to the One who can save your life!

If you hear that temptation alarm today, take action.  It could seriously save your life.

Day #5 – Thankful Journey – I am thankful for beautiful weather, green grass and some down time.

Day #5 – Kindness Journey – Give a treat to a furry friend today.  If you don’t have a pet, consider donating to the local Humane Society.  A list of needed items is probably on their website.

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 11

For today’s kindness gift,
You need not look too far
To give a neighbor, friend or student
A gift of gasoline for their car.

Vehicles are now the way to go,
No horse and buggy do we need.
But gasoline can cost a lot.
So give a gas card for your good deed.

One more day to complete the task
Of the kindness journey we have been doing.
I pray as you wind down the fun
You will remember to keep the kindness going.

Be sure to read tomorrow
As we come down to the end.
For tomorrow may be the kindness act
That could find you a brand new friend.

Enjoy the day before Christmas Eve!!

 

 

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 8

Online shopping is all the rage these days!!
“Cyber Monday”.
“Extra 25% off online orders.”
“Free Shipping on all orders over $50.”
“Order now and it will be there by December 24th.”

Shoppers count on the shipping magicians to make it happen!  If the vendor says it will be here on time, then by George it will be here on time.

But do the vendors and the shoppers realize that their packages are not the only ones promised to be delivered on time?   Do people realize that UPS, Fed Ex, US Postal Service and Elf Express are working as many hours with as many vehicles as humanly possible?

A friend told me the other day that she saw the mailman driving his car that was so packed down with packages he could hardly see!!   It’s not safe!  hahhaha  And have you ever seen a delivery driver speeding to the next house with the long-awaited packages?  He might as well have a red light flashing on top of the vehicle so everyone can pull over and let the “emergency personnel” drive by.  hahhaa

Today’s Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness Challenge is to show a little love to your postal worker or delivery person.   It’s a hard time of year for these folks and showing a little extra kindness will brighten their day.  Some ideas may include a gift card for lunch somewhere, a WalMart or Target gift card, a coffee mug with candy, a water bottle, a batch of homemade fudge, tools for a male driver or fingernail polish and lotion for a female driver, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

I know it’s Sunday, but get prepared today, and leave it for them tomorrow.  It’s just a little Pick-Me-Up for the people who do the heavy lifting!

 

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 6

Cards. Cards. And More Cards.

Christmas cards used to flood our home.  I have a little metal Christmas tree that has slots in it to hold cards.  Growing up we would tape our Christmas cards around the door frame for decorations.  They were simple cards that just had a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” greeting with a brief update on what was going on with the family at the moment.  My sister and I loved going to the mailbox to see how many cards we would get.  We looked at the front and read the verse on the inside and took the time to tape them up next to yesterday’s cards.

I am getting fewer cards in the mail these days.  It’s okay because I don’t send many.  Postage is ridiculously expensive.  Then you have the decision as to where you draw the line on recipients; “do I send to those I see every day”; “do I wait and send one to those who send me one”; “do I keep last year’s cards and send to only those who sent them out last year”?

Then the “keeping-up-with-the-Joneses” mind-set creeps in.  Should I have premade cards or regular cards?  Should I have a newsletter capturing all the good things we did this past year?  But I didn’t keep good notes on what I did!  Should I write the newsletter by month?  Or should I write it by family member?  Should I get a card that has our picture ON it or should I enclose a picture?

Who would have ever thought that the art of sending a card could have become so tedious and full of so much pressure!

Your Christmas Kindness challenge today is to go back to the old-school way of thinking and pull out a plain old Christmas card.  Nothing fancy.  Pictures or newsletters do not need to be included.  Instead think of someone who has had a rough year; someone who has lost a loved one and will have sadness during the season; someone who has been sick or had cancer or surgery.  Someone who needs to know people care……someone who needs to know YOU care.  Tell them in the card you are thinking of them this season and then as you seal the envelope say a silent prayer for the Lord to give them peace during this Christmas season.

Merry Writing!

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 4

Remember the commercial for Coca Cola years ago that had a kid giving Mean Joe Green a Coke and the phrase was “Have a Coke and a Smile?”  The kid smiled at the massive football player, gave him a Coke and then the man, who never smiled, smiled back!

The Twelve Days of Kindness challenge today is simple.  SMILE at someone!

It may seem a little awkward or a little weird at first, but make eye contact with someone you meet and SMILE.  You can say “Good Morning” or “Merry Christmas” or “Have a good day”!  But just watch people’s reaction change into a SMILE.

And if you do this all day…………you won’t be able to wipe the SMILE off your face!

Have a great sunshiney day!  Emoji

Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 3

Today is Tasty Tuesday!!  So for Day 3 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness challenge, I encourage you to make or purchase a treat for someone that needs a little encouragement.

Buy coffee for a friend.
Make cookies and take to your neighbor.
Make fudge and deliver to the local firehouse or police department.
Pick up some donuts for coworkers.
Make some peppermint hot chocolate for someone special.

When you are feeling down or stressed, take the focus off yourself and show a little kindness to someone else.  Trust me……..it will warm your heart!!  Just like the peppermint hot chocolate!!

Merry Twelve Days of Kindness!!

Twelve Days of Christmas

We sing about it.
We write about it.
We countdown to Christmas by it.

What is it?  The Twelve Days of Christmas.

So………why don’t we DO SOMETHING with it.  Every day for the next 12 days, I will put a challenge out for you as part of  Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness.  I encourage you to see if you can make a difference to someone each day through Christmas.  Maybe you will enjoy it so much, you will want to continue kindness acts throughout the new year!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season, and He is the greatest gift of all.  He came into the world as a baby who was not born in a hospital, but rather was born in a barn with no monitors; no sterilization; no bottles.   He was perfect.  No flaws.  No colds.  No cancer.

But there are a lot of children in this world with serious medical issues.  Many are fighting for their life at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.   When children go to St. Jude’s, all services are free.  It takes a lot of money to run a research hospital like this but due to this research, there have been breakthroughs for cancer cures.  Unfortunately the journey to finding all cures is very long.

I have visited St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  As a matter of a fact, they were the first hospital to where Bucket Buddies Mission delivered buckets. It is a cause close to my heart.

Today, as Day 1 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness, I encourage you to donate to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to be a part of a cure.  Christmas started with a gift OF a child.  Let’s start our kindness journey with a gift FOR a child.

Merry Christmas!

 

When Is Enough Enough?

I really like the movie Last Holiday with Queen Latifah.  It’s about a gal who worked as a clerk in a retail store and lived in a very poor part of town.  She was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and found out she had 3 weeks to live.  She quit her job, cashed in all her stocks and bonds and went to live the life she had dreamed of living.  She traveled to Prague and ran into the greedy CEO of her retail company but didn’t tell him she worked for his company.  Of course as the story goes, he learns from her and becomes a better person just as …………(wait for it)……..she was misdiagnosed with a faulty CT Scan machine.  She has met the love of her life in the meantime and opens a restaurant she had always dreamed of opening.

During the movie she says to the CEO, “when is enough enough?”  and his response is “enough is never enough.”  But as the movie goes on he realizes money can’t buy his happiness and he needs to change his attitude and the way he treats people.  He realizes that whatever he has really is enough.

How many gifts are enough at Christmas time?  How much money is enough to spend on each person on our list?  When do we stop racing around and trying to keep up with what the world expects us to do?  Cards, Christmas letters, gifts, cookies, fudge, parties, trees, lights, toys, gingerbread houses, concerts.

My question for you today is this:  When is “enough enough” for us?

God sent His Son as the perfect gift.  He was not born with trees and lights and gingerbread houses.  He was born in a barn with cow poop and sheep slobber and smelly straw.   It was enough.  So if God sent Jesus into this world in this way and it was enough, then He is enough for us.

Keep your focus on the reason for the season and realize when enough is enough.  Stop before it gets TOO MUCH.  Trees, lights, gingerbread houses, cards, and gifts are all good things……….but don’t let that take over your Christmas.  Don’t get so exhausted that you don’t enjoy the season.  Remember no matter what you do or what you have, Jesus is ENOUGH!