Month: February 2016

Reading the bible to see peace and power and trust

The more I read and digest this verse, the more amazed I become. Anger breeds anger. High stress is a study all in itself. There are a lot of ways it can really hurt us. 

Here is a verse that opens up the world of God’s peace, and power, and how we can learn to trust Him more and more. Amazing.
Matthew 5:43–45

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

Is there peace through the pain?

I used to think that my emotions and thoughts were snapshots of time. Then I discovered …

I can choose to focus on the pain, but all I will see is the pain. But,  I thought …

God gave me the skills.

God gave me the emotions.

God knew me before the beginning of time.

God has a great plan for me.

Shouldn’t that make a difference?

Then I looked through the pain!

God is always … there … here … inside of me … I asked Him in … I follow His steps …

I may know my skills and emotions, but God is inside of me providing leadership for how to use them. There is that still small voice that is always helping me to choose the right path.

I looked through the pain and I found Psalm 23.

Then I chose to trust the person that I chose to follow. 

Now through the pain, there is peace.

So … Why not this?

When it rains, I dance.

When it’s sunny, I warm my face.

When it snows, I go skiing.

When it hails, get the steal drums out and let the music play!

I used to think that my emotions and thoughts were snapshots of time. Then I discovered while I have been gifted with skills and emotions, God provides the wisdom and leadership for how to use them. It is my choice for what to do!

Through the pain there is peace.

Through the peace there is love.

And love conquers all.

God is good.

Loving till it hurts …

“I have found the paradox, that if you love till it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~ Mother Theressa

Some days I would really prefer to find a place to hide from the flood of life that is threatening to drown me. Some days I just tell myself that it’s someone else’s turn to love me. Some days, it just doesn’t work.

During those times I look to fill the void with tv or music or games – something where I don’t have to think.

Then that still, quiet voice reaches out to me and asks if we could talk. 

I really don’t want to listen. I really don’t want to do anything. Still, I have been a follower of Jesus long enough to know that I want and need to listen. So, relunctly, I go to my quiet spot and pray.

No matter how I feel, I always praise Him first. I thank the Father for the river of life that flows from Him. I thank the Son for loving me and paying the price for my sins. Then I sit quietly and enjoy His presence.

Somewhere along the way I learned the secret that I have to re-learn every day. The secret to life is to enjoy God. I enjoy God by glorifying His name. Then I re-learn how amazing a plan he has for my life. I revel in the amazing fact that God speaks unique wisdom to each and every one of his children, that He has unbelievable plans for all of us. Then I realize that I’m having a bad day because I’m focusing on me alone. 

After I leave my quiet place, I feel God coming with me. It feels good. And, suddenly, the day isn’t so bad.

When I love the people that God loves, when I love till it hurts, then the pain goes away. Then I see, feel, and experience the love that God gives to me – the love that I do not deserve. 

How can you love till it hurts today?

Thank you Mother Theressa for sharing God’s wisdom with us. We all are the better for it.

Only God …

The twists and turns of life take me to many places of wonder, and other places that i’d rather not go.

Life never claimed to be fair. 

Life never claimed to be just.

Life never claimed to be free of the aggregous pain.

I can still hear the voices of people who have been slammed to the ground.

“I’ve been laid off multiple times. Now I can’t find work.”

“She took me to court for a crime I did not commit. Now I may lose my kids forever.”

“Bankruptcy is my only choice.”

“Next week, I will lose my house.”

The voices don’t stop there, but I cannot bare to repeat any more.

Does that mean I should give up the hope during my painful times? Give up during the times when no matter which way I turn, all I see is despair and death and destruction? Is hopelessness my only path?

Only God can turn a mess into a message!

Only God can turn a test into a testimony!

Only God can turn a trial into a triumph!

Only God can turn a victim into a victory!

During the darkest of times, I do not pray for love or faith or even great riches. Those things hold no value to a broken heart and a broken life. 

During the darkest of times when light is just a fading memory, I pray for hope. Simple, pure hope.

Hope lets me see to the end of my strength, and past that point to where i can see the hand of my Lord and Savior working. 

Hope lets me see that my struggles are not in vain because I have the opportunity to help another be freed from the blackness.

Hope lets me know that I am NOT alone. That I am NEVER alone. That there is always another who has trod the same path as me and has conquered it.

Hopes lets me see and know and experience the depth of love for one who hung on a cross to pay for my sins. One who knows first hand my pain. One who has promised to take care of me.

Hope plus trust is faith.

Faith is choice I can make every good day and ever bad day.

On this day where we celebrate love. 

I celebrate the gift of choice. 

I celebrate the gift of faith.

I celebrate the gift of hope.

Only God … 

Tenacity

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Louis Pasteur

I’ve seen it over and over. It’s not the person with the most talent. 

It’s not the person who sits on the couch waiting for God to give it to him or her for free.

It’s the person with tenacity. 

Failures are there to help us go in the right direction.

Our family and friends are there to encourage us.

God provides wisdom for us to follow.

However, It’s the tenacity of our choices that determines our successes.