He’s Holding The Whole Thing!

“He’s got the whole world in His hands.
He’s got the whole wide world in His hands.
He’s got the whole world in His hands.
He’s got the whole world in His hands. ”

I woke up singing this song and couldn’t get it out of my head.

So I started singing “Frosty, the snowman was a jolly happy soul.”

Now I have two songs stuck in my head and sometimes I sing that “Frosty has the whole world in his corn-cob pipe!”  haha

Why did I wake up singing this song?  Is it because I feel like I have the whole world on my shoulders?  That’s my own fault.  I am no more in control of the things of this world as I am how much snow we get this winter.

But I know the One who is and He’s got the whole entire thing in His hands.

He’s got the gal who just heard the cancer diagnosis.
He’s got the baby who can’t stop crying from unsolicited drug addiction.
He’s got the guy who is in rehab wanting to do it right this time.
He’s got the family who lost their home to fire.
He’s got the momma who doesn’t know where the next meal will come from.
He’s got the wife who is running for safety from the abuser.
He’s got the one who seems to have it all together on the outside but is falling apart on the inside.
He’s got the preacher and the teacher and the engineer and the doctor and the nurse and the stay-at-home mom and the unemployed and the rich and the famous and the poor and the weak.

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

Give Him yours so you can rest.

Lessons from The Bucket List

What’s a bucket list?
Things you want to do “before you kick the bucket”?
Things you want to do before a certain age?
Things you want to do while in a certain location?

The answer to me is:  all of the above.

I love writing down goals and working towards accomplishing them.  My bucket list is just a list of things that I want to do that are far enough out of reach that I have to work for them but close enough that I can accomplish them by putting forth some effort.

 

A bucket list, to me, resonates HOPE.
Goals and to-do lists.
Things that I will enjoy working towards.

I watched the movie, The Bucket List, last night.   It stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.  Two polar-opposite terminal cancer patients who create a bucket list and set out to accomplish them, together, before they leave this earth.

And although there are many tears in the movie, the moral of the story is what draws me in every time.  (Not to mention they show the Hill-Rom hospital bed logo many times – for which I am responsible to maintain in my every day work life  🙂 ).

What are the lessons I learned from The Bucket List?
1.   Love while you can.
2.   Forgive – life’s too short to stay mad.
3.   Laugh until you cry.
4.   Witness something majestic.
5.   Travel and see something you have always wanted to see.
6.   Do something you are scared to do.
7.   Treasure friendships.
8.   Don’t be selfish.
9.   Money can’t buy happiness.
10.  It doesn’t matter who you are but WHOSE you are.  (Faith in Jesus)

Do you have a bucket list?  Things you would love to accomplish that will allow you to enjoy the journey as well as the summit?

Start small but love the life God has given you to live.

I’m enjoying one of my bucket list items as I write…..and thank YOU FOR reading it!

Misplaced Anger

Have you ever been mad at something or someone but when you calm down you realize it wasn’t really them you were mad at but you took it out on them?
 
Let me explain – like when you’re at the BMV and you don’t have the right papers required to get your new license, you get mad at the lady waiting on you. That’s really not her fault but rather the higher agency that set the rules.
 
Or your meal comes out overcooked at the restaurant and you don’t leave the waitress a tip. The waitress didn’t cook the food. It’s probably not her fault but rather the cook in the kitchen.
 
We have to remember not to misplace anger in other areas of our lives when people act out in evil ways. We have a big duty to fight against the devil and the evils in the spiritual realm rather than the physical people doing the acting out. The devil is crafty and this world’s crazy. We need to be on our knees praying against the devil’s wicked schemes every day and putting on our own armor so he can’t get at us.
 
Read Ephesians 6:10-18 to find out how we should dress each day to fight the real enemy. He will not win because I’ve read the end of the Book…Jesus and his followers win!
 
Take that Satan!

God’s Strong and Steady Beats The Devil’s Weak and Wobbly!

She stood tall and sturdy as if she was the boss of the parking lot.
Always steady and dependable.
Blooming where she was planted.
Flourishing in the summer sun.
Showing off her colors at the change of the season.
And brushing snowflakes on her branches to captivate her beauty.

But the weight of the winter vapor was too heavy for her.
Different from other years, this year her leaves had stayed longer than usual.
This must have been the cause – the heavy liquid turning to ice and weighing down her branches.

And then sometime in the middle of the night, it became overwhelming.
The weight of the winter world on her shoulders.
She twisted and bent until the pressure was too much.
Snap.
And all the years of shade, breeze and beauty she provided and hopes for a repeated future were wiped away by one heavy storm.  It was unbelievable what too much weight can do to trees.

Sometimes our lives can feel that way.

We provide hope, dependability, comfort and love to those around us.

We give and give.  But the weight of the world is just too much; the storm has lasted what seems like eternity.  Until one day we think we are going to break.

But I’m here to tell you…. DON’T GIVE IN.  Don’t let the weight of the world split your life, your marriage, your friendships, your relationships or your faith.

No matter what is thrown your way, God promises that He will never give us more than we can handle.

I Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

With this in mind, let me encourage you today to stand tall like the original pear tree and keep your roots planted in the solid foundation of Truth of the Bible.  Never let the stress of the devil or the evils of the world cause you to break your trust in the Lord.  Fight back.

Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the devil and the evils of this world.  (Ephesians 6:12)

It can be tough some days but remember God is tougher.  Let Him prune you, shape you and protect you with His mighty hand.  And then stand firm in faith and show the world the colors of His promises!