We allow our illusions to crush our hopes. Isn’t it time we reversed the equation? Where does YOUR hope come from- Martha L Shaw 8-7-17 #mondayramble
All too often I find this word to be avoided, to be considered negative, to be considered “here comes trouble!” My response to this truth was “here comes another positive word gone NEGATIVE, what a pity!”
I looked acceptance up in the dictionary and found that a primary defining word was “favor.” WOW!
The following blessing has been bestowed upon me many times, and I quote it from the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER:
“The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor
and give you peace. AMEN“
My friends, acceptance is a REALLY BIG DEAL and I am sorry to say we as a culture are not very good at it. We need to do better!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:14,16
Wow, what a day yesterday was! So much going on in my life! How about you? Ever feel like “all at once” and wonder “how am I going to . . . ” fill in the blanks. Some good, some “I can’t fix this” and some “Lord, what’s up with this?”
Know what? He’s in it! It sure is too heavy to carry . . . alone! Hey, I wasn’t meant to do that!!! Jesus wants me to lighten up! Hey, in more ways than one! I only need to carry my part and the heavier part is HIS – so I’m working hard on handing things over. Guess what? The more He and I work closely together, the lighter I feel! Know what else? His radiance reflects on me and through me onto those in darkness!
Isn’t that our purpose? To reflect Him in all we do? The good stuff is easy to smile about. The things in life that are held together with DUCT TAPE? NO problem! We will be just fine – Jesus has it covered! In all things, let your light shine, people!
Lead on, Lord! I’m ready!
This song never fails to stir up that inner longing in me and make me more hungry for Him than ever! Come, sing and praise with me!
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” – Robert Kennedy
There have been so many times life has brought me “why” situations and admittedly they are often expressed in the tone of a whine. Sometimes, though, the Lord has led me in directions where I have felt surprised and unable and thought “but why?” in a fearful yet “could it really be?” sort of way. When I have moved ahead in faith, I have been enabled and blessed.
Of late there have been a lot of both going on. The former and the latter have both grown MUCH LARGER. Am I being tested in a new season? Am I being blessed in a wonderful way? The impossible challenges sure can be a “never were” and the fear can be staggering, but with faith and trust in Him, no matter how many tell me “you’re crazy!” I don’t have to listen. I can say “and why not?” knowing He’ll be there EVERY TIME.
We live in a world where we, yes we, make life complicated when it should not be. We listen, yet we do not hear. We are quick to assume, quick to argue, and a simple act of kindness can cause some to wonder “what she did” or “what did he do now” assuming a love gift is an act of contrition instead! Here’s a simple message: