Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Without a sound...

You know the feeling when you stand on a beach next to the ocean?  Or on a mountain top with the world at your feet?  Or looking up at a star-filled night sky?  

You feel small, yet somehow powerful - all at once.  You find yourself in awe of the vastness of it.  Struck by the beauty.  A little bit overwhelmed.  

The heavens and earth are able to speak without sound.  They display the greatness and glory of God every single day and night just by being.

I want my life to be like that. 

Even when I don't talk about God, I want my actions to speak loudly of Him.  I want  my choices to display the influence He has on me.  I want the way I treat others to shout of His Love.  

I want to share God with others.  Loudly... without words.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Inspiration: Just The Way You Are

Friday, January 19, 2018

Laughing at Myself

Wednesday morning started snowy and cold.  Which is always the weather that seems to bring an extra large crowd of birds to the feeder hanging outside my kitchen window.  This day was no exception.

After watching a flock of chickadees and their tag-along titmouse, a pair of cardinals, and an assortment of other feathered friends, I suddenly found myself singing...

"My feeder brings all the birds to the yard.  And they're like... it's better than yours"

You know, like that milkshake song by Kelis from the early 2000's.  You don't?  Well, look it up.  On second thought - don't do that to yourself.

 I thought I was pretty funny.  Based on the look the male offspring gave me, I'm guessing he did not agree.  When he said, "Please stop." that left little room for doubt. 

Oh well... at least one of us thinks I'm funny.

With Love,
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Spirit of Gratitude: January 18

This week has been a weather roller coaster.  A few days ago it was almost 60 degrees.  As I write this, it is 20 degrees (with a wind chill of 4) and snowy.  But that's winter here in western North Carolina.  And I'm thankful for ALL of it.  I love snowy days, but I wouldn't want to have them all of the time.  Those almost spring-like days are a nice break between the chill of winter.

I Am Thankful For:
New bathroom scales
Getting coffee with the female offspring
A pretty new measuring cup (that was FREE!)
A sleepy kitty

The male offspring making pizza for dinner
Lazy evening watching football playoff games
Going with the Man of the House to get his haircut
Exciting last minute wins
Snuggles on the couch
Dozens of birds in the pear tree waiting their turn at the feeder
Silvery light sunrise
The male offspring making me laugh
A trip to Hobby Lobby
A black and white mocha at Starbucks
Watching season 2 of The Crown
Snowy mornings
Seeing this outside my back door:

What are you thankful for this week?

With Love,
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

No Excuses. Unless...

Something I have been thinking about a lot recently is how much time many of us spend looking for the "Unless".  

We know the Bible is full of things we should be doing to follow the commandment of loving others as yourself.  (Mark 12:31)  Which is difficult to do sometimes.  Really difficult.  This leads to us trying to make excuses and justify our failure to love on others. 

I'll be honest.  Sometimes I wish it was there.  The unless.  

Love your neighbor as yourself. (Mark 12:31 NLT) 
Unless... your neighbor is really annoying 

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44 NIV)
Unless... they were really mean or hateful and just don't deserve it

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. (Matthew 5:42 ESV) 
Unless...  you really want or need it for yourself. 

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 31:8 NIV)
Unless... you are too busy to get involved

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4 ESV)
Unless...  you believe no one is going to look out for you unless you think of yourself first.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 ESV) 
Unless... what they did was so terrible that they don't deserve to be forgiven.

But you know what?  It's just not there.  No where does Jesus ever say it's OK to be selfish, or jealous, or prideful, or hurtful.  No circumstances that make it alright or that justify it.  

Only...  Love your neighbor.  Love your enemies.  Love others

Just... Love.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Spirit of Gratitude: January 11

This past week has been one of those which proves that no matter how stressful things get - there is always something to be thankful for!

I Am Thankful For:
The Male Offspring buying me lunch
The Man of the House enjoying his new VR headset
Sparkling water
Being out of the wind
Tomato basil soup
Snow flurries
Watching Trolls with the grand kid
My dad finally feeling better
Skilled doctors
The Man of the House bringing me coffee
The Man of the House doing the grocery shopping
Being OK with the Panthers losing in the playoffs
The Man of the House making yummy cheese dip to snack on during the game
A quiet evening crocheting and watching Victoria
New schedules
Meatless Monday
Going to bed early

What are you thankful for this week?  Share in the comments!

With Love,

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