Tag: #kindnessmatters

The Unity Wall.

As I entered the store with wall-to-wall people,  I was prepared to scan the merchandise and get out before claustrophobia overtook me.   It was a very unique store with a very intriguing name.

Philanthropy Fashions greeted me with earthy décor and colors including wadded paper bags used in the most adorable advertising.  Antique shoes held shelves of books.  Old suitcases cuddled comfy sweaters and tree branches adorned hanging scarves.  It was just adorable and relaxing all at the same time!

Then I heard it….Christian music.

Then I felt it….the peace throughout the store.

Then I understood it….PHILANTHROPY FASHIONS.  The store was a faith-based organization that gives 10% of its proceeds to non-profit organizations domestically and internationally.

Then I saw it.

Right there in the middle of the most crowded store on the strip was the wall that warmed my heart and opened the floodgate of tears all at the same time.

The prayer wall.  Yes, a wall full of hanging tags of prayer requests.  The guests were encouraged to leave a prayer request on a tag and to take a request from the wall and commit to pray.

The prayer wall.  To me, it was a unity wall.  The symbol that brings us all together – hurt and hope and healing.  All right there for us to unite under one God – the one and ONLY God.

The wall that says we are still one nation – actually one big ole world – under God.  The wall that reminds me to stand firm on my foundation and kneel only in prayer to the One who can heal our nation.

The Unity Wall.  The Prayer Wall.  The Wall that can knock down all other walls.  In Jesus Name.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

Tug-of-War

Recently it seems as though our world, our morals, our values are all playing tug-of-war with the devil. When we watch movies or cartoons where the villain turns people against each other and then sits in the corner and laughs, we automatically hate the villain.

Even Hallmark movies have villains who try to cause problems and stir up trouble disguised as good guys, but we viewers always dislike that troublemaker and cheer on the good guy to win the designated race or get the business or get the girl!

As I watch all the division and destruction and outright disrespect of people in this country, I can’t help but visualize the devil sitting in the corner, arms folded behind his head, propped back all cocky with a devious grin on his face.

He loves the tug-of-war this world is playing. This one pulls hard to the right.  Then this one pulls hard to the left.  Each side tries to get the strongest and biggest people on their side in order to pull harder.  I’m not just talking politics and I am NOT writing blogs of any political content.  I am talking about the tug-of-war of good versus evil.

I’m talking about how we have lost of sight of people and love and showing respect to others. Jesus tells us that we only have two jobs in this whole world and that is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself.  (Matthew 22:37-39).

Yes because of these two commands we have a lot of other jobs to do but everything in life should be based around these two things and the love of Christ would permeate this world beyond belief and this tug-of-war would end.

If people choose to continue on this tug-of-war and not to love one another, not to put Christ first and to continue with this evil game, then I can tell you right now who wins.   Revelations 19:1(b) – “Hallelujah!  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.”

I beg you today to be the one to lay down your end of the rope and walk away from the tug-of-war with evil. Instead love your neighbor, help your co-worker, kiss your kids, have dinner with your spouse and look for ways to show kindness and the love of Christ around the world.  Just start with one act of love and watch it grow.

Yes, I would rather play “hug-of-war” than tug-of-war any ole day!

Encouragement During The Storm.

WOW!  There is so much going on in this world.  Yesterday was a special day of remembrance on the anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in our country.  I saw firefighters and police officers standing on decorated overpasses as I drove home from Indianapolis with signs that said “Remember 911” and “Honk for Remembrance of 911”.

We have the storms and hurricanes in Texas  and Florida that have gone up into the Carolinas and Georgia and still causing devastation as they move into other states.

There are wildfires blazing in Montana and spreading to surrounding states with the smoke and ash damages traveling hundreds of miles to wreak havoc on other locations.

There are many other “storms” going on in our land and around this world today that need our prayer and many people who need our encouragement.  Today is National Day of Encouragement and I urge you to find someone who needs a word or a note of encouragement today.  Cards, text messages, emails, phone calls, flowers, prayers and gifts are all good outlets to show encouragement.

In Matthew 14:22-33 we see the story of Jesus walking on the water.  What a great story of encouragement!  Jesus was praying on a mountainside and the disciples were out in a boat sailing farther away from his location.  A storm had brewed up on the water and the wind and waves were slamming against the boat causing fear for the disciples.  Verse 25 says “during the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them walking on the lake.”

Now obviously, they were scared.  But verse 27 says that Jesus encouraged them.  He yelled out, “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

Jesus is saying that to us today.  We are in the midst of all of these storms of rain, flood, and fire but also in the midst of discouragement, anger, fear, murder, war, adultery, bitterness, rage and backstabbing.  The wars of the evil one are worse than we can even imagine.  But Jesus is coming right at us, arm extended saying, “Take courage.  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

Be encouraged today on National Day of Encouragement that Jesus is in control.  And then share that encouragement with those who are struggling.  We can’t fix everything but we can encourage people to know the One who can!

Picture courtesy of a friend from outside her house.