Amazing Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Forget all the things that tripped you up this week and choose to have a great weekend.

Make the weekend count by doing small things with great love.

It’s time to smile.

Thank God it’s Friday! A happy heart is a thankful heart.

Thank you for being a part of my life. Without YOU there will be no ME! See you on Monday when I get to share my thoughts with you.

Stay safe! Stay happy! Stay free!

What Will You Do?

Someone sent me the following story:

Several years ago, a Pastor from out-of-town accepted a call to a town to propagate Christianity. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride a bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him 50 cents above his normal change.

As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give this money back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then another thought occurs to him, “Oh, forget it, it’s only 50 cents who would worry about this little amount?” Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.

“When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the 50 cents to the driver and said, ‘Hear, you gave me too much change.’ The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new Pastor in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied. ‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about accepting Jesus. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you in the Church this Sunday.

When the Pastor stepped off the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold Christianity for 50 cents.’

Our lives are the Holy Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians and will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — We carry the name of Christ on our shoulders when we call ourselves ‘Christians.’

THINGS WE HEARD GROWING UP:

  • What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
  • Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
  • Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
  • Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in the right time we will reap, if we do not give up.
  • When we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone.
  • Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.
  • Integrity is keeping your word.
  • Doing what is right we all know … but doing the right thing makes a big difference
  • When we do the right thing people notice, and it’s worth it.
  • Stand up for what you believe is right, even if you are standing alone.
  • Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

A December to Remember

There are 27 more days left this year, until December 31, 2019. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were writing our plans and declaring that we were moving fearlessly into 2019. For many of us were talking about working out more at the gym, caring less about people’s opinions, finishing school, only wanting to be around positive people, never wanting to fall as low as we did last year etc.

Looking back at the last three hundred and thirty-eight days with 27 more days to bring 2019 to a close … I wonder how we did? At one second past midnight on December 31, the day and month will change, and another new year will begin. For some of us our names are already on a New Year’s party list, and we know exactly where we would be and what we will be doing.

As we reflect, look back, take stock, see how we did … will we be happy with our choices and progress for 2019 … or will we be living with regrets and repeating the same old quote ‘Next Year 2020 is my year?’ Sadly, time, days, months, and year cannot be delayed because someone either missed the bus or even fell off the bus.

Everyone of us has purpose and that’s the reason our eyes are opened every day. Will we fulfill that purpose before our life is expired? Time is constantly passing and waiting to get to a ripe old age to take care of what really matters is never guaranteed to anyone. The clock cannot be controlled by anyone.

Most things we do are usually done out of routine … whether you are a stay at home parent, or you own your own enterprise. For some of us it’s kind of painful to see how we wait so late to give thought to the most important thing in our lives and it”s our last day on earth.

Suddenly when we realize that it’s our last day, or last hour we make a rush to do the things we should have given much more thought to when we had the strength and the time to do it. I’ve lived to see many, many, many good people live to regret that they didn’t have enough time to forgive, to love, to appreciate life and to prepare for death and what comes after death.

WE MUST BE PURPOSEFUL IN HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVES!

I’m sharing a poem that I first heard at a friend’s funeral over fifteen years ago and it has never lost the impact it had on me from the first time I heard it. I trust it will help to put things in perspective as we bring the year 2019 to a close.

THE DASH

the poem by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke of the following date with tears, but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own, the cars… the house… the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard; are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left that still can be rearranged.

To be less quick to anger and show appreciation more and love the people in our lives like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect and more often wear a smile… remembering that this special dash might only last a little while.

So when your eulogy is being read, with your life’s actions to rehash, would you be proud of the things they say about how you lived your dash?

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Linda Ellis’ poem, ”The Dash,” uses a metaphor, comparing life to the dash between the birth date and date of death on a person’s tombstone.

Don’t Bury Your Head in the Sand

Sometimes it’s easier for some of us to bury our heads in the sand than to hear a diagnosis, or to be the receiver of bad news, or face an awkward situation. We at times avoid unpleasant situations by burying our heads in the sand rather than face the ugly realities of life. We prefer to stay in bed hoping that seasons like these will quickly pass by while we are lying low.

When we bury our heads in the sand is like wanting to distance ourselves from anything that may be too painful or stressful to deal with. Having courage means we must overcome the fear and intimidation … step inside the ring … hold your head high and put up a good fight.

It’s a fact that Satan wins everytime we keep our heads buried in the sand or turn a blind eye to things that we should be confronting. It’s time for your comeback -“Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light. Micah 7:8 NIV

When we face life’s difficult problems … we live to fight another day. When we refuse to attend to matters of importance it never goes away, but it daily steal our happiness and limits our ability to move on.

Courage says, “I will be brave and bold for I’ve come too far to give up now.” Let’s take our head out of the sand and face whatever lies before us. Goliath looked bigger than God to King Saul and his powerful army … but David the shepherd boy knew his God was bigger than the giant.

Faith makes the difference in size. I love this quote that says, ‘DON’T TELL GOD HOW BIG YOUR MOUNTAIN IS. TELL YOUR MOUNTAIN HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS.”

The only time we should bow our heads is when we are praying. I’ve said this prayer so many times to God, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” God answers a sincere prayer. He knows when we are exhausted from the long fights but He hears us saying by faith, “Yet not as I will, but as You will.”

The little we know about life tells us that anything that has happened from way back then up to the present time cannot be changed … it is what it is. All we can do is to ask God for wisdom to turn our Fear into a Crown and our Fight into a Message. When you can’t stand, kneeling is a great option. God will listen! He will help!

You’ll decide what YOU want! It will HAPPEN! YOUR life will be a bright light. Job 22:28

Hillsong Worship sings a song “This is how we overcome” and it has been my comeback song on many occasions when I’m exhausted from the fights. Hope you will find a moment in your day and checkout YouTube and sing along as a confession of your stand. The lyrics are below:

“Your light BROKE through my night … RESTORED exceeding joy. Your GRACE fell like the rain … And MADE this desert live. You have TURNED my mourning into dancing. You have TURNED my sorrow into joy. Your hand LIFTED me up … I STAND on higher ground. Your praise ROSE in my heart … And made this valley SING. You have TURNED my mourning into DANCING. You have turned my sorrow into JOY. You have turned MY mourning into dancing. YOU have turned my sorrow into joy. This is HOW we overcome … This is how we OVERCOME … This is how WE overcome … THIS is how we overcome.”

When you can’t stand … DON’T bury your head in the sand. You can ALWAYS pray. God WILL listen! He will HELP!

We Will Get Through This

Here’s a story I read: “A family had put their Grandma on her first plane flight, but she hadn’t been very confident about the experience of leaving the ground on this contraption. When they met her at the airport on her return, one of the family members kidded her by asking, “Well, did the plane hold you up okay?” She grudgingly replied, “Well, yes,” and then quickly added, “But I never did put my full weight down on it!”

For many of us we are like grandma … too afraid of putting all our weighty situations down and relying on God to take full control of our safe landing. Anxiety creeps the moment we decide to hand over our cares and we have none other than Mr. and Mrs. Unbelief as our seatmates who keep the conversation going without a break.

How often do we find ourselves matching God’s ability with our own ability and as a result we are terrified to enjoy the flight? ‘What if I fall? ‘ Is the thought that comes to our minds mid flight. There are so many things we get anxious about – health, finances, children, failures, regrets, guilt and the list can go on and on.

Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will make everything plain to us when we hand over those things that keep us awake during the flight. God gives us His Peace that promises to go beyond our own understanding of the issues at hand. He never leaves us when we are scared or abandoned. So don’t be upset if the journey seems to be taking longer than we expected.

Listening to uplifting music and reading scripture are great ways to counteract anxiety, and it’s beneficial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We act in faith until faith becomes our reality. We step into the unknown even when we don’t even fully see the entire picture. Faith looks foolish to the world … but it looks exciting from God’s advantageous view.

Why would anyone consider doing life without God has been a question that has baffled me from time to time. Knowing God doesn’t mean that we escape hardships … but it makes it easier to accept that whatever the outcome maybe … it is well with our soul.

The song my Mama used to sing goes like this:

I don’t know about tomorrow. I just live from day to day. I don’t BORROW from the sunshine, cause the skies MIGHT turn to grey. And I don’t worry about the FUTURE … cause I know what Jesus said … and TODAY I’m gonna walk right beside Him … cause He’s THE ONE who knows what is ahead. There are things about tomorrow, that I DON’T seem to understand … but I KNOW who holds tomorrow … and I KNOW who holds my hand. Each step is getting BRIGHTER as the golden stairs I climb, and every burden is getting LIGHTER, and all the clouds … they’re silver lined. I’ll bet the sun it’s always shining … there no tears will ever dim the eye … and the ending of the rainbow …. Where the mountains, they touch the sky. There are MANY things about tomorrow … I don’t seem to understand

BUT I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW AND I KNOW WHO HOLDS MY HAND.

As life will sometimes have it … here’s a song I sing NOW:

I’ve had my tears and sorrows … I’ve had my questions about tomorrow … there were times when I didn’t know right from wrong … but in EVERY situation … God gave me blessed consolation … that my trials ONLY came to make me STRONG.

THROUGH IT ALL … THROUGH IT ALL … I’VE LEARNED TO TRUST IN JESUS … I’VE LEARNED TO TRUST IN GOD.

How is your flight? Knowing Jesus GUARANTEES a safe landing.

Smile it’s Friday

A thankful person is a happy person. There’s always, always, always something to be thankful for. May we never stop giving thanks.

My life is so blessed with some of the most amazing people. Thank you for being part of my journey. I trust today’s funny quotes will bring a smile to your face.

It’s FRIDAY EVERYBODY!! Time to laugh.

To all, have a thankful fabulous weekend. Don’t stop hugging your loved ones.

See you on Monday when I get to share my thoughts with you again. Without YOU, there’s no ME!

Born To Win

Sometimes good people are forced to deal with some weighty issues in life while it appears that bad people live comfortable lives. Life sometimes gives us a ‘bad hand’ – and no one has the luxury of exchanging the hand that they were given. We can either choose to look at ourselves as a victim of circumstances OR choose to prove we can overcome every impediment that was set in our pathway.

No one gets the pleasure of HANDPICKING their encounters in life; we simply get what we’ve been given WITH NO OPTIONS to exchange. Keep one goal in mind – we must be intentional to succeed. WHATEVER your portion in life may be …think of it as your passport to the world. How you use what’s in your hand will determine whether you win or lose your slice of life.

My AHA Thoughts:

Your ‘bad hand’ doesn’t have to define you. You may have to skip a day or a year due to the weighty issues of life … but never count yourself out. It’s okay to pause for a worthy cause but it’s never okay to quit.

Sometimes you must get sick to get better. All sicknesses don’t lead to death. Some sicknesses are designed to show God’s incredible powers and to give Him the glory.

Sometimes while on your journey you may have missed the exit … whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

You may have missed a few good opportunities, but you are still better than a dead lion. Be inspired.

There’s only one thing you can do about your past … make it a steppingstone and write the chapter into your book. If you forget your past, you will forget how God delivered you from past. Your past is an important part of who you are today, and who you will be tomorrow.

As you increase in confidence … your value goes up and life gets brighter … quitting will never be an option.

God places lonely people in families. He leads prisoners out of prison into productive lives, BUT REBELLIOUS people MUST LIVE in an unproductive land.

God never asks about your ability; He only asks if you are available. When you prove you’re reliable, He increases your opportunities.

Tears don’t last forever. Sometimes all you need is one good cry to put back the fight into you. For God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

Sit in the class and then walk out with Class. You cannot change what you are not willing to confront. Accept it as a credit to your future. Some lessons in life can only be learned while on the job.

Don’t let one bad year keep you stuck where you don’t belong. You rested but you didn’t quit. You are still standing. Be brave. Be kind. Dream big. Think happy thoughts. Give your current life a wink …your future depends on your next move.

Finally, Ecclesiastes 9:11 says, “I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.”