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Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

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Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son’s yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you’ve ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I’m not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can’t seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but…well…let’s not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don’t we?  Just when you think you can’t take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God’s beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever…The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  The ‘Word of our God stands forever’. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!

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Be a Good You

goodyouI love this quote by Abraham Lincoln.  In today’s world many people are so busy trying to be like someone else that they forget God made them unique. We are all different.  I’m glad about that, aren’t you?

When my kids were little they would get so put out when someone “copied” them.  Of course, I would tell them that imitation is the highest form of flattery.  That only worked for so long. We all cherish our individuality, but yet we so want to be accepted and blend in too.

Less and less is it okay to blend in.  To live honorably with integrity is to stand out.  We are called as believers to be blameless – holy because our God is holy.  That makes for standing out in this day and time.

The quote from Abe isn’t necessarily about standing out, it’s about being the best you can.  Whatever you are- be a good one; male, female, husband, wife, business man, homemaker, father, mother, president, nanny, truck driver, nurse; and the list goes on.

If we are going to be “a good one”, we need to remember…

 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17

I think that’s what Abe was talking about.  If we live according to Jesus’ teachings we will be our best self because we’ll be doing everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father!

Blessings ~ W

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Every Gesture Matters

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I often find that my intentions never reach the point of action.  Do you?  I saw the above clip and was reminded that no one knows our intentions, but the action of that intention turned into a gesture can go a long way.

I am a “touchy feely” person by nature.  That’s not always a good thing.  But, I’m always happy about that when I see a widow or widower because many people who live alone are seldom touched. That may not seem like a big deal to those of us who are still married or have children that live at home or near us.  But I have had elderly people tell me the impact a single touch can have because they are rarely touched.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I was about to…. and then…”?  Maybe it was “end it all and then I heard this song” or “give up and then he/she told me I could get through this”.  You know what I’m talking about.

Be reminded that every act of kindness, whether it was intentional or not, has an impact on the person for which it was given and often on someone who saw it. You never know if your word of encouragement reached a person in a deep way that you had no idea.  You  don’t know if that handshake, pat or hug warmed the heart of someone who misses physical touch.

Sometimes I think if I don’t do something “big”, then I might as well not do anything at all.  That is so wrong.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I say to you, to the extend you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

Don’t underestimate the power you have in a person’s life with a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness.

Blessings ~ W

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Set My Soul on Fire, Lord

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What sets your soul on fire?  What are you passionate about?  What do you long to be passionate about?

We all pursue something.  Jesus said the greatest commandment is to …”love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength”.  Now that’s a great pursuit.

Scripture also teaches us to ask and we will receive.  I’m pretty sure if we ask God to kindle a flame in our heart for Him, His people and the lost, He will do just that!

We used to sing a song in Church titled “Set My Soul on Fire”.  It talks about asking God to burn His Word deep within me. Isn’t that what we are to do? Don’t you know that what is in the heart comes out?

We should be fearless in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire – Jesus!  If we fearlessly pursue Him we will love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength AND we will love others.  We will express that love by sharing our faith with those who don’t know our Lord and we will encourage those who do.

Join me in fearlessly pursuing Jesus!  We only have one life so live that life of purpose.  Choose this day Whom you will serve.

Be fearless!

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What Are You Waiting For?

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I think it was Jeff Foxworthy with the joke “here’s your sign” or maybe it was an old song.  I can’t recall for sure, but we are all familiar with the adage “here’s your sign.”

If you’re like me, sometimes we know what we need to do but we put off doing it until we are absolutely, positively, completely and beyond sure.  Well, if that’s you – HERE’S YOUR SIGN.

“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;”  Ecclesiastes 3:12

What is it the Lord is calling you to do? Is it a service in some way?  Is it to let go of something that you’ve been holding on to …a habit …a relationship …bitterness? Is it to start something new? I know it may seem easy for me to write this when I have no clue what you are going through, but trust me when I say “here’s your sign” applies to me ALL THE TIME!

Sometimes we use that phrase when something funny happens and it just fits.  But sometimes I wonder what we’re really waiting for?  What am I waiting for?  I actually have a couple of things that I’m pretty confident I am being called to do.  Do you think God keeps putting people, suggestions and outright signs in my path telling me, yet again, “here’s your sign”? I think He does, but He shouldn’t have to.  All of us get trapped in fear at times.  Afraid to fail. Afraid of what others will say. Afraid of success…

To  you and me, “If you’re waiting for a sign-THIS is IT!”

Blessings!