It’s FunFriday 😊

Seriously, we have so much to be happy about…we made it to the end of another week. We have survived everything that we were scared about and there’s a good chance we will survive whatever is next.

It’s Day #74 after today there’s 292 days remaining in the year…don’t wait to laugh.

Let’s kick the weekend off with some smiles. Please be kind and share a smile with someone else today.

Thanks for sharing your week with me. Without YOU…there’s NO ME!

Take some time and enjoy the views from wherever you may be.

See you on Monday!

Some People Can’t Be Helped by Bob and Debbie Gass

You cannot help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves. At some point you will realize that you have done so much for them, and the only thing left is to stop. No matter how much you love someone, everyone has a limit when they begin to feel unappreciated.

I’m sharing a daily devotional today that helped me to accept the fact that not everyone wants to be helped and that’s really okay.

“Some People Can’t Be Helped”

‘They refused to pay attention…and would not listen.’ Zechariah 7:11-12 NIV

Accept it – some people simply aren’t ready to change! They’ll demand your time and energy, but when you get right down to it, they won’t pay the price for progress.

Who are they?

1) People who want to talk but not listen. James speaks about two kinds of people – hearers and doers. ‘Be…doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves’ (James 1:22 KJV). Instead of striving endlessly to meet other people’s needs, try to connect them to the One who can. They should be dependent on the Lord, not you.

2) People who don’t think you’re qualified to help them. Jesus wasn’t respected in His home town, yet He was the very person they needed (see John 1:11-12). Opportunity doesn’t always knock; sometimes it stands by, waiting to be recognised! When people are unwilling to accept your help and advice, chances are they may not be ready to grow and deal with their problems.

3) People who want what you have, but not what you know. These folks want to be rescued but not instructed; comforted but not corrected. And when you keep bailing them out instead of teaching them how to live, you’re not really helping them.

David said, ‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes’ (Psalm 119:71 KJV).

Often people have to experience the pain of what’s wrong before they appreciate the wisdom of what’s right. So when it comes to helping people – be discerning.

This devotional is The UCB Word For Today. It is written by Bob and Debby Gass.

*** Quotes were not included. J.D.

Don’t Compete…Just Run To Win

Recently I began reflecting on my life and the many obstacle courses it took to get me to where I am today. I had flashbacks of my childhood and I remembered vividly missing many school days because I was sickly. I was never a confident person and would not speak up in front of the class. I was the least of the least and someone not many expected much of.

Then I took another walk through my life and thought to myself, the race is not always in favor to the swiftest, but it is designed in such a way for those who will simply remain persistent to the end. Some people are built to last and I am thankful that God saw the best in me when most folks didn’t think much of me.

No one can predict someone’s future… it is God who has determined in advance His will for our lives and we must purpose in our heart to work along with God.

There’s a beginning and an ending to everything that is alive on earth. You may have been birthed in pain and branded with a name that didn’t look especially bright, but once you are determined to win, nothing prevent God from accomplishing His perfect plan for your life. God never made a duplicate of a human being …we are all originals so there’s no need for competition. Just get comfortable being yourself.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 TLB “Again I looked throughout the earth and saw that the swiftest person does not always win the race, nor the strongest man the battle, and that wise men are often poor, and skillful men are not necessarily famous; but it is all by chance, by happening to be at the right place at the right time.”

The tortoise and the hare moral: The hare is very confident of winning the race, so it stops during the race and falls asleep. The tortoise continues to move very slowly but without stopping and finally it wins the race. The moral of the story is that you can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by rushing around doing things carelessly.

I came across the following and it pretty much summarize my main points…hope it helps someone:
If you keep comparing yourself to others and judging others you will always feel like others are competition, it takes a certain level of maturity and growth to finally realise you don’t have any competition.

You are unique, your life purpose is unique and your gifts and talents are unique to you and if you’re being true to yourself you’ll come to a point in your life when you finally work out that your only competition is YOU!

We are all on a journey to become the best versions of ourselves and no one can judge you or try to compete with you for that trophy!
Stop competing and start living your life on your own terms and start living the life you were born to live!”
Inspired by my good friend Tim @dailydose

Go out and conquer your world.

When Enough is Enough

C.S Lewis says, “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

Letting go of a painful experience is the fastest way to give birth to something bigger and better. You’ve got to let go sometime in order to move on or you can choose to stay stagnant and watch others pass you by. Holding on to a painful experience is like sitting on a plane and refusing to get off at your destination. Satan’s greatest joy is keeping us attached to pain. He has fun playing with our thoughts and reading our handwritten diaries… the ones we keep under lock and key.  He controls everything that we keep hidden in our minds too. Satan is the biggest con-artist that tricks us into believing that life is not worth living after a traumatic encounter.

How long is too long to hold on to painful experiences? When it becomes part of who we are. When we take subtle pride in being a victim and wearing the badge to prove it. When we own the rights to repeating those sad stories that make others cry…coupled with the fact that we unintentionally enjoy the sympathy and attention that comes along with it.

Reliving bad experiences is like drinking from a poisonous substance first and last thing every day of your life. You are slowly killing yourself while thinking you are pouring the deadly substance down the other person’s throat. 

Ecclesiastes 10:8 says,”When you are too lazy to repair your roof, it will leak, and the house will fall in.” Lazy means unwilling to work or use energy. If you think that you don’t have the energy to rebuild again … sadness and remorse will move right in and take up permanent residence. You will become an abandoned building. The lights are on but no one is living there. We must be ready to put in the work to live, laugh and love again.

God likes us to be real because He knows that we are humans — we are weak, we get angry and we become tired of holding on. He certainly isn’t impressed with a flawless performance either … but in our weaknesses … He comes along and strengthens us if we are willing to get up and build again. He sees us for who we can become…not for who we are when we are wounded.

If we ask God for a fresh wind in our sails…He steps right in ready to assist in building our dream life. Shattered lives are the lives that are ready to be loved by a compassionate and caring Heavenly Father. He gives us permission to ask Him our toughest questions…but it’s important to read the answers that are written in His Word. Without one doubt, we will laugh again.if only we would believe. 

Dear God, I know that there is nothing too difficult for you to do. You can do anything but fail. Your gentle hand has held me many times when I was broken. I ask you to strengthen my fellow human beings who have fallen below the weight of pain and unforgiveness. With us everything looks impossible, but with you all things are possible. Please give us the strength to build again.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

The Struggle is Real

It’s not a surprise that in life we will have enemies. We all know people who have a hard time loving us and we ourselves have a hard time loving some people. It comes naturally without any formal invitations as human beings. It’s unpleasant but it’s unavoidable. It’s easy for us to want to push back on our enemies…the struggle is real especially if the hatred stems out of jealousy, immaturity or insecurities. I’ve found that difficult people are lonely people and lonely people are easily misunderstood because of their insecurities.

Don’t block your blessings by trying to do people how they do you. It takes a lot of negative energy to respond to someone in a rude way. The struggle is real but peace of mind outweighs losing sleep because of someone else’s insecurities. Choose your battles. If the issue at hand is not that important …then it feels powerful to walk away from the issue at hand with your peace tucked away in your heart. Our daily goal should be to let our enemies bring out the best in us and not the worse…the struggle is real but the result is worth the fight.

Proverbs 4:23-27 teaches us some deep truth:

  1. Keep vigilant watch over your heart, that’s where life starts
  2. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth
  3. Avoid careless wisecracks, white lies and gossip
  4. Keep your eyes straight ahead and ignore sideshow distractions
  5. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you
  6. Look neither to the right nor the left
  7. Leave evil thoughts and plans behind

Monday morning prayer:

Dear Lord,

Make a fresh start in me and let me keep a careful watch over anything that will cause me to lose focus. Make me alert in my mind, body and spirit so that I will not become distracted with sideshows. Let me watch my step and let the road ahead of me be stretched out smoothly. Let me not look to the right nor to the left leaving all forms of evil behind. My mind is alert and this week is going to be the beginning of a new season of perfect peace in my life . In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Happy Monday! May surely GOODNESS and MERCY follow YOU all the days of YOUR life!

Hey Weekend!

Friday is here – have no fear. Admit it – the week would be boring WITHOUT the weekend.

Let’s share a smile – it will make someone’s day. Make someone smile today.

A huge thank you to all my followers. Without you, there will be no me.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

Who is in Control?

“But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going.” Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 MSG

No one gets the luxury of controlling the events in their life. It’s only determined by God. Our future is in God’s hands whether you are an atheist or a bible believing person…no one knows what God is up to, whether He is coming or going.

Caution — Fortune Tellers and Psychics who claim to be able to tell you what your future holds in a record breaking time of ten minutes ….are all liars/fakes. They live their life in fear, disarray and confusion just like the rest of us. No one can predict what tomorrow holds.

This is what the Word of God says,

“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” Leviticus 20:6

“Don’t dabble in the occult or traffic with mediums; you’ll pollute your souls. I am God, your God.” Leviticus 19:31

“Don’t you dare sacrifice your son or daughter in the fire. Don’t practice divination, sorcery, fortunetelling, witchery, casting spells, holding séances, or channeling with the dead. People who do these things are an abomination to God…Be completely loyal to God, your God. These nations that you’re about to run out of the country consort with sorcerers and witches. But not you. God, your God, forbids it.” Deuteronomy 10-14

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.” Matthew 6:25-34 MSG

True peace comes from knowing that God is always in control.