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Enthusiasm

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It’s the last Friday of 2016…

What’s your outlook into 2017?  I hope you are as enthusiastic as this little girl is!

In just 2 days we will usher in 2017 – ready or not!  I am looking forward to making this my best year ever!  Aren’t you? Yes I know there are things that are outside my control, but I am enthusiastically ready to put 100% of effort into the things I can control: attitude and effort.

  •  Attitude
    • outlook on life
    • how I react to others
  • Effort
    • giving 100%
    • choosing where to put my efforts

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing,”  Philippians 2:14

I believe 2017 CAN be our best year ever if we ENTHUSIASTICALLY embrace what we can control, let go of the things we can’t control and are wise enough to discern the difference!
Emerson said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
So, get your “enthusiasm” on and make it a great 2017!
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Merry Christmas to our KING

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As we celebrate Christmas this weekend, we will remember Christ coming to earth as the infant.  Our Savior who came as a child to live a perfect life so He could be our atoning sacrifice – THE LAMB OF GOD!

Oh, how grateful I am that the God of the universe made a way for sinful man to be in right relationship with Him so He could be our Father and we could be His children. Hallelujah!

Read the Christmas story with you family.  You can find it in Luke chapter 2 of the Holy Bible. This scripture is precious to believers because you can feel the love of God toward mankind.

But do not forget that our Savior, our King is the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.  When He returns AND HE WILL, He will return as the LION OF JUDAH.  Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ as LORD.

His very presence is holy and righteous and all mankind will quake when we see Him.  John walked with Him on earth and yet, when John saw Him this was John’s reaction to our coming King:

“13 … someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead…” Revelation 1:13-17

As we celebrate Christmas this weekend, I will be looking forward to the day that I see Him face to face – the coming King – THE LION OF JUDAH! …Hallelujah!

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To Faith or To Worry

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“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.

Worry is mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated : anxiety.

I confess, I have struggled with worry and find myself there again from time to time. But I read a book that put God’s command to trust Him in a very clear perspective. You see throughout the Bible, God’s love letter to us, He reminds us that He loves us more that we can imagine. And He proved it by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay our debt to Him on the cross.

When I finally understood that God, my Savior, Jesus loves us so much that He took our place; I realized there is nothing He would do to hurt us.  Now, understand, He never said He would take away all our troubles or sufferings.  He said He would go through them with us – He would never leave nor forsake us.

Therefore, if we trust His love for us, then we do not have to fear anything He may call us to do.  Even if trouble or suffering comes our way in our obedience, He will never leave us. He will go through the storm with us.  And if we do not obey Him, trouble and suffering will come anyway (but with added consequences for our disobedience) because the Word of God says “in this life you will have trouble.”

So the bad news is that if you are alive, you will have trouble.  But the good news is if you trust in Jesus, He will be with you through all of it! So have faith.  Don’t worry!

Trust in His love and do not fear.

Blessings, Wendy <><

Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 5:5

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Reality vs. Perception

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I’ll never forget the first time I heard Chuck Swindoll say, “Life is 10% what happens to you  and 90% how you react to it.”  At first, I thought ‘no way!’ But the more life I have experienced the more I tend to agree with him.

You see, we react to what we perceive reality to be. Case and point…several years ago I worked as a COO of a company.  We were getting ready to shoot a commercial and in passing my boss told me to wear my blue dress for the shoot.  I immediately got angry! Who is he telling me what to wear! And just what does he mean by wanting me to wear my blue dress!

I wrestled with that as I thought things like, “Does he think that is the only thing I look professional in?”  “Does he want me to stand out or fade away?” And the nonsense continued until I couldn’t stand it.  So in anger I asked my husband what he thought my boss meant by that.  My husband said, “I just think he wants you to wear the blue dress.”

Well, I did wear the blue dress. And my boss wore a blue suit.  And we complemented our blue logo when it was all said and done.  I totally understood, “Life is 10% what happens to you  and 90% how you react to it.” You see I reacted based on a flawed perception.  Too funny, right?

Well, don’t we do that all the time?  Trust me when I say that today if someone slings an innuendo at me I let it keep going.  If you want to make a point with me, make it. Otherwise, I will assume the nicest – I react better that way.  And I have found that more often than not, people weren’t trying to be mean. (If they were, this makes my life so much more wonderful to think the best!)  I learned a valuable lesson that day and my life is different today because of it.

Jesus said we are to treat others the way we want to be treated.  We know this as the “Golden Rule”. If we live by this we make our lives and the lives of those around us so much better.  Not only do we treat others better, we let petty differences go.  Yes, sometimes people hurt us, intentionally and unintentionally, but we can choose how we react and certainly how we treat others.

The next time you feel that “rise” within you, remember my blue dress and laugh a little; then act on the “golden rule”.  You’ll be glad you did!

“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you,” Matthew 7:12

Blessings,

Wendy<><

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You Were Made for More!

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We’re just over a week away from Christmas.  Where are you, emotionally, right now?

Some of us are bustling with excitement and busyness of the holidays anticipating the festivities with family and friends as we celebrate Christmas.  And some of us are caught in the throws of sadness as we are missing loved ones even more poignantly during the holidays.  Trust me when I tell you that I have been in both places…and sometimes vacillate between them time and again.

No matter where you are, I want you to know that you were made for more. MORE! Christmas is about the Creator of the world coming to this earth to be the SAVIOR of the world. Why would He do that?  Because He loved you so much He would do the unthinkable to have a relationship with you…because you were made for more.  You were made to walk hand in hand with THE Holy God of the universe, Jesus Christ.

If you are busy with excitement or if you find yourself melancholic, stop and take a moment to remember, or realize for the first time, just how much Jesus loves you – you were made for more.

Christmas is about Jesus coming down from heaven to make a way for you and I to have a relationship with God.  He didn’t stay a baby in the manger.  He grew up, lived a perfect life, died on the cross for the sins of the world and rose again to be the Savior of the world.  He did that for you. Because, “You were made for more.”

Merry Christmas and blessings to you ~ Wendy

For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. John 6:38

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Happy First Friday…in December

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The count down is on…only 23 more shopping days until Christmas! Are you ready? I am, other than an “angel” that I am shopping for.  My “angel” is a four-year old little girl that I do not know who would not have gifts if someone didn’t choose to purchase them for her.

I say that to say this, Christmas is NOT about the shopping and merchandising, but it’s about the love of Christ.  So why would I even mention shopping?  Well, sometime shopping for someone who is in need IS showing the love of Christ.

This year, join me in thinking outside the box for Christmas.  Maybe we can help someone in need or give to the food bank or serve the homeless or reach out to a neighbor.  There are many ways to show the love of Christ.  We may have to think outside the box, but we don’t have to go far to see an opportunity.

Merry Christmas!