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Whatcha Goin’ Through?

We are all going through something.
 
Every. single. person. you. meet. is going through something.
 
But we can’t let our circumstances overtake our joy!
 
Today let’s kick anxiety and joy-stealing thoughts to the curb and reclaim JOY.
 
In Psalm 94, David cries out in thankfulness to the Lord. And we can do the same.
 
“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought JOY to my soul.” Psalm 94:19.
 
God is here to console us. Jesus is here to be our friend. The Holy Spirit is here to overcome our anxious thoughts.
 
I can’t let the circumstances of my world became greater than my trust in Jesus. Therefore, today, I reclaim my JOY.
 
I hope you will join me. Start with one minute at a time. A few times today. Then a few more tomorrow. And before long it will become a new habit.
 
No more devil downer. We’ve got JOY on our side!

Celebrate Two Different Colored Shoes.

It’s True!

Today really is National Two Different Colored Shoes Day. Who comes up with these fun days? hahahaIthaha

I know I could celebrate this holiday for a couple months putting various combos from my closet together! Not only different colors but different styles: heels, flats, wedges, tennis shoes, boots and sandals.

We have all kinds of reasons to wear shoes: work, weddings, church, exercise, play in the snow, and wander on down to the beach – just to name a few.

But have you ever thought about the Shoes of Peace? They are part of the armor of God that Paul talks about in Ephesians 6.  When we put on our shoes of peace, we are trusting that God is in control and handling our situations – even when it seems like things aren’t going the way we want or moving as fast as we would like.

In Michael W. Smith’s song, WayMaker, he sings the words:
“Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I can’t feel it, You’re working”.

That’s Peace.

Trusting even when we don’t see it.  Even when we don’t feel it.

Just wearing those Shoes of Peace knowing God has it all under control does something to my whole being. I feel more relaxed when I intentionally wear those shoes.

So as we celebrate the day with our different colored shoes, let us not forget to include the spiritual ones that give us peace.

And when you do, I promise your heart will be filled with much more brightness and sunshine than just the color on your feet.

 

Forward Thinking…And Acting…

Today is National Pay It Forward Day!
 
No kidding. There’s a national holiday designated for every single day of the year and today is a great one to celebrate!
 
I am writing this late on National Pay It Forward Day so I am hoping you will still allow yourself to celebrate tomorrow and maybe the next day or even into next month.
 
Think about something that someone has done for you over the years that really sticks out in your mind. Maybe it was buying your meal at a drive-thru or buying you a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Perhaps you got flowers unexpectedly from a friend or your spouse made your favorite dinner and dessert to celebrate an ordinary day.
 
Whatever comes to mind, I challenge you to do that for someone else. Pay it forward. Find someone that you can bless by doing a random act of kindness.
 
*Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
*Visit an elderly neighbor or friend.
*Send a bright colored bouquet of flowers to your sibling.
*Make cookies for the babysitter.
*Send a gift card for dinner-out to a single mom.
 
And I also want you to think a step further.
 
Have you ever asked for someone to pray for you and you know they did? Why don’t you pay that forward by PRAYING it forward?
 
Think of someone who could really use prayers and take just a few minutes to ask God to help them, to bless them, to protect them.
 
Pay It Forward.
Pray It Forward.
 
May God bless you as you show His love by making a difference in your corner of the world.

What If?

What If……

As children, and I must admit even as an adult, I sometimes dream about “what if’s”. Maybe you do as well.

Maybe your what if’s are as grandeur as living in a mansion on a beautiful hillside to as small as reorganizing your living room.

I dare say that maybe if we’re honest, we even what-if our responses in a conversation that caused relationship riffs.

Or maybe we wonder what it would be like if we all went back to the Little House on the Prairie days where we could live simpler.

Today I would like for us to think about “What if we all treated each other with kindness and love and forgave others even if they didn’t ask or deserve it.”

What?!!

I know. Even as I was typing I was asking myself that same question. I was thinking of those in higher authority that would be hard to show kindness when our views are so polar opposite.

But as Christians, we are reminded by Peter in the book of I Peter that we need to stop thinking about the what if’s of life and start implementing them!

I Peter 3:8-9 – All of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers [and sisters], be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

The words still ring true today.

I challenge us – you and me – to do just one of those today. Show patience with someone who is insulting you rather than return an insult. Be compassionate and kind to someone who is a big ole grouch.

It’s going to be hard, but we can do it. We can make our what-if’s about living in harmony come to reality. And when we do, the Lord will bless our kindness with some outstanding what-if’s of His own.     🥰