Give it to God!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:6-8 NLT

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Delish!

One of my delightful joys in life!

Carrots, apples, and a hint of ginger. Pineapple, oranges, kiwi, apples! Blackberries, oranges, carrots, etc. and the list goes on……

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There is a Place

There is a place of safety, refuge, peace, wholeness, wellness, healing, grace, mercy, understanding, forgiveness, guidance, renewal, faithfulness, kindness, hope and love. That place is in the overwhelming precious love of Jesus Christ. I dare you to come and not just visit, but stay and rest.

What’s Your Story?

Everything and everyone has a story. Look at this tree for instance. I am sure that it stood tall and stately once upon a time. How did it get to this point? Perhaps it was planted by a grandfather and his grandson on a beautiful piece of land upstream of the mighty Mississippi River. Through many seasons it grew and flourished. Once upon a time squirrels played in its branches, birds built their homes and cared for their little ones in the shade of the leaves and worms crawled beneath the maze of roots. The tree stood tall and strong. It even held a tire swing or two and adored the playful climb of little boys among its limbs. However, days eventually turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and months turned into years.

A little neglect along the way weakened the tree’s ability to remain tall and strong. Finally a strong wind and much rain unearthed the roots of the mighty tree and it came tumbling down with a thunderous crack. Many of the branches shattered but the whole of the tree looked unscathed. But the truth is that the roots were no longer grounded. The foundation that once firmly held the tree had given way and the tree lost its balance and fell into the mighty Mississippi River. The river carried the tree many miles from home and this is where it came to rest. Broken, lonely, and in need a attention. End of story.

Well, maybe not. This tree’s story does not have to end here. If the right person comes along, they can see the beauty of the tree even in this state. A lovely piece of furniture, firewood for a family, or even a momentary place of rest for the weary soul. The point is everything and everyone has a story, but what really matters is how the story ends. What’s your story?

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God’s Goodness

Have you ever taken the time to reminisce about the absolute goodness and love of God? His goodness is so complete and His love encompasses every area of our lives. Even though I realize how good God is and how much He loves me, I embrace little reminders every now and again of the whole of His goodness and love and just how far it extends. A few years ago I watched and listened to two little girls confidently sing along with one of their favorite songs on the radio while in the car on their way to the grocery store with me.

It did not matter that at times one or both of them were a little off key, mispronounced many of the words, and were sometimes way too loud, they just kept on singing. My heart almost melted as I thought, wow, this is the third generation of my family giving God praise. As they continued to sing almost every song that played, I quietly thanked God in my heart for his goodness and love.

I recalled when my dad did not know Jesus Christ as his personal savior.  He never hindered my mom from making sure that his children were taught and reared in the knowledge of Christ. Her diligence and faithfulness to God has yielded a harvest of ripe fruit. Today, I know and love Jesus Christ as my personal savior along with my dad, my siblings and our spouses. Now, our children are following in our footsteps as we follow Christ. God is good and his love is everlasting.  His goodness and love embraces my whole family, I am truly blessed.  The two little girls were my nieces. When we have the opportunity to spend time together we turn up the radio in the car and we sing, sing, and sing. When they were younger, in their own mispronounced words, “God has skoken, let the church say Amen.”

Contemplation

Well here goes. I have finally reached the point of NO MORE contemplation. I have this plan or great idea and that is about the size of it. In most cases it is written out, somewhat researched and ready to launch and then I give myself a reality check. Or rather a, well, what if check. I am done with the what ifs. I know what I have to do, so here goes. Whew, I feel much better or do I.

Okay, enough already. What’s with contemplation? I will tell you that is has its place. Contemplation is of course to give thoughtful inspection or study and also an expectation. However, at some point we have to go beyond the inspection, the study, and the expectation and move forward into the revelation or manifestation of our contemplation. Otherwise our contemplation can lead to procrastination and ultimately no destination. Wow, that can be a quote if I do say so myself. Really, the fact is we all find ourselves stuck in the same cycle sometimes.  I have places to go, things to do beyond contemplation. It is my time for manifestation. Let’s journey forward.