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What’s The Use?

Some days.

How about you?  Are there just some days you feel like throwing in the towel and screaming “what’s the use?”

Over the years, I’ve felt that way with picking up toddler toys, getting teenagers to stop rolling their eyes, making to-do lists for what turns out to be a multi-interruption Saturday and fighting the crashing waves of corporate in my job and every day events of life.

But I must admit, “this too shall pass” came to fruition.  My kids overcame the eye rolling and leaving their belongings on the floor.  Now I miss it.  I long to have them back home in the innocent stages.  Now my Saturdays are much free-er and I sorta crave the drop-by visits of friends to interrupt the long list of hopeful to dos.  I learned a lot during the frustrating days of my job and have grown to really use those lessons to be a better employee.  And I intentionally look for joy in the crazy events of each day.

But the one that seems to be getting worse is the ways of this world.  Every day it seems the devil shows himself deeper and deeper and starts to infiltrate himself into every aspect of life.  He thinks he is winning by causing chaos in the church, the schools, the government, the family and the freedom of our country.  But I am here to assure you that Jesus says, “I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33).

This world certainly has trouble.  All the chaos the devil is causing seems impossible to overcome but when we know Jesus, we have peace.

Revelations 17:14 says:  “They [the enemy] will make war against the Lamb [Jesus], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”

We are HIS FOLLOWERS.  If you know Jesus, you are His followers.  We are chosen.  Jesus is going to overcome evil and all the devil’s chaos in this world.

Today, my heart is aching for those who don’t know Jesus.  I don’t want anyone to live in chaos and turmoil.  No matter what this world brings.  No matter what the media tells us.  No matter what evil people do and what the devil sneaks into the corners of our world, he will not win.  He will spend eternity in hell; in fire and burning and torture forever and ever and ever.  There will be no end.  We must know Jesus in order to avoid that eternal torture as well.

I try to always be positive in my writing.  And God has laid this writing on my heart today.  I find so much comfort in this Peace.  I want all people to have this Peace.  I want the world to have this Peace.  I want chaos exchanged for this Peace.

Jesus is that Peace.

What’s the use?

Jesus.

Don’t give in.  Don’t give up.  Know Jesus.  Know Peace.

Because if we do, we win in the end!

What Have I Done?

I did a thing.

A big thing.

A hard thing.

A brave thing.

I threw away some M&M’s.  Yes I did!

You see, I love M&M’s.  I love most anything chocolate.  But I’ve been feeling this pull to eat less.  I desperately want to lose weight before a big trip in the fall and these M&M’s aren’t helping my cause.

So I decided it was a goodwill symbolic act to actually throw them away.  So I said goodbye not only to the M&M’s but to the hold they have on me.  To this temptation the devil uses to control me.

I”m not sure how long it will last but it’s a start.  And I said it out loud, to the devil, that he no longer controls me.  How about you?

What is holding you hostage?

What do you need to let go of?

Do the hard thing!  You’ll be glad you did.

Because life’s too short to be controlled by little, oval, big-eyed, talking pieces of chocolate.   🙂

Today we celebrate two very important groups of people who must have big hearts and tough skin to do their jobs.
They are both equally tough positions, and they both require loving children.
To all the teachers and all the foster parents, we appreciate you!
Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day!
Happy National Foster Care Day!

Let’s Fly!

Cars lined up.
Engines revving with every pump of the gas pedal.
His hands are gripped to the leather of the steering wheel; sweat seeping between his fingers.

The announcer comes over the loud speaker.
“Ready. Set.”
And then the sound of the starter pistol.

They’re off.  At speeds so fast it vibrates the cheeks of the drivers.

But not his.
He believes he has the slow car.  He didn’t realize his car had a super power under the hood.  He was playing it safe.  “Driving 35 with a rocket inside because he didn’t know what he had.”

That’s a line from Mercy Me’s newest song “Say I Won’t”.  It’s basically about not living life to the fullest because the devil makes us believe we can’t when really we can.  He makes us believe we aren’t enough when Jesus says we are enough!  He makes us think we can only go 35 when in reality we’ve got the rocket Spirit of God inside helping us live life to the fullest.

The song goes on to say, “While I’ve been waiting to live, My life’s been waiting on me.”
I don’t want to wait to live life anymore.  I’m tired of worrying about tomorrow and wondering what could have been yesterday.  I’m taking this song to heart.

 

Chorus:  “I’m gonna run
No, I’m gonna fly
I’m gonna know what it means to live
And not just be alive
The world’s gonna hear
‘Cause I’m gonna shout
And I will be dancing when circumstances drown the music out
Say I won’t.”

I dare you, devil.  Say I won’t.  Because I will!

Let today be the day we start to live for Jesus.  Look for JOY.  Look for blessings.  Look for ways to share what He has done for you.  Don’t mope.  Don’t pout.  Don’t be lazy.  LIVE.

It’s time.  Don’t let anyone say you won’t.  Kick the devil to the curb and let’s start living life with purpose.  No reason to worry when we let God lead the way!

I’m going to.  What about you?

Come on.  Get in.  We’re gonna fly!