Truth is that it gets dark sometimes. What do I mean? You’re not sure. It could be hazy. You think you know but along the way you wonder. Listen, just because you have to face the dark doesn’t mean you are not on the right track. There will be light again. Don’t give up my friend, it may be right around the bend. Let the fear go. Your God is in the know. One other possibility is that – maybe – just maybe – you need to turn the light switch on? Or use an app on your phone? Do what you gotta do to be focused as you move forward. See you – out there – I’ll leave the light on for you- love, d
On the road to life we can get caught up in the to do list or we can organize our time to care for what’s most important for the long run. Do you have a grandparent who needs a hug? Do you have a kid you need to take to the park?What about a young adult child who needs a pat on the back?
“LOVE without God is just works (work),” said Craig. The challenge is loving intentionally requires effort. Frankly I find myself fascinated by a lazy society who wants a drive in take out kind of love. Instead of a love worth dying for, we are faced with love that’s short and sweet – kind of like a text. The effort of a face to face moment looking into the eyes of another person has been dumbed down to an effortless minuscule moment created in between reading a tweet or post. Have we forgotten what it means to hold the hand of someone whose spouse is dying? Hug the woman who miscarried again? Sit beside the elderly man or woman who raised you? What IS love? If you think love is showing up for an hour service then you are probably famished for a real relationship. If you call church your family but find them mysteriously absent from your life when pain and heartbreak appear then it’s probably more your hiding place instead of family. Love is beyond meetings and money. If your family is Facebook then chances are you are a shut in or have chosen isolation with your computer as your life partner. A computer only requires updates – not a face to face. If you truly have no other way to get out and know others then it’s understandable that you live in front of your computer. However if you are able to physically step out among the living then I challenge you to love – on purpose. Start with you. Look yourself in the mirror and hear the words from your Creator – I LOVE YOU AND I’M FOR YOU AND I’VE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU. Then, say that to someone else. With purpose step out today to love God’s way. God’s way is encouraging, without condemnation, and will leave you stronger than you started. Gods LOVE will take you from your comfort zone into a zone of trust and inner peace. God’s love will allow you to like you while drawing you into changing to be more LOVEly, LOVEable and LOVEing.GOD’S LOVE devastates you with MISSION POSSIBILITIES!!! When face to face with Him, you find loving is not work – it’s who you are and who you will become.
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Today is a new day isn’t it? A whole new matter indeed. Are you comfortable in you? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I do not mind the quiet of my mind or the stillness in my thoughts. How about you? I enjoy my own company and I have learned to schedule my time because I value it and do not want to squander my remaining days on planet earth. My identity is much more secure today than it was 30 years ago. My desire to listen and hear from others is greater than it was when I was young and filled with insecurity and fears. Then, I needed no one to give me instructions and now??? WOW!! DO I NEED HELP!! While here on planet earth, I want to love and be loved and I want to be pleasing to the One Who fills my thoughts. What about you?
I want to encourage you to not fear the quiet. As a matter of fact, let the stillness take a journey into your heart and soul. Quiet and still does not necessarily mean dark despair. Often times the quiet offers colors of the rainbow that the noise and busyness of days miss. #BEBRAVER and face the fear of the quiet. It is highly possible you will make a new friend if you faint not…and you may even find yourself becoming a friend to the Silence and a friend with you.
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I encourage today to take a long look at your today and your priorities. Spend time with God – I mean – really – spend some time with Him. Let Him love you. Then, instead of going about your normal routine of ignoring and avoiding eye contact with those who love you and want to spend time with you – call them on the phone and set up a time to actually visit.
#BEBRAVER and don’t cancel either. Re-prioritize your living life and remember that memories are made day by day – not just on holidays when you find that one day a year to honor or pay that obligatory visit to the nursing home or to your aging family member’s home. Life is short. One day you might be the one who wished you had a family member visit you. One day it could be you who sits alone in need of someone to help you up or clean you up or hold your hand or just listen to you tell wild and crazy stories that make zero sense….but you just need someone to talk to and so you make it up as you go along. Maybe you need to decide NOW to make lemonade out of lemons!
Bottom line? Don’t waste it griping and complaining when you can be loving and making memories. What we pour our lives into is frequently how we end up living our latter days…you pour into ignoring others and guess what? You pour into humiliating others? Guess what? You pour into living alone and maybe you ditch your family and then guess what? Is it always this way? There is mercy. So, let’s makes lemonade from our lemons and not take advantage and presume I we can do whatever I we want today…because tomorrow is still coming one day. Let’s #BEBRAVER and let’s make a plan and follow through and see if we don’t make some delicious lemonade from the lemons we have in our possession.
It may take some time. Don’t be condemned. Rome was not built in a day. Relationships take time. BUT the truth is that sometimes we don’t have time anymore so let’s take some steps forward….with lemons in hand.
Until next time!!
Forward to a friend who has some lemons…..
Can’t Touch This…
A video to see if you don’t like to read OR a video to see WITH the read…
This is the deal. We have an entire generation (this is NOT age specific) of men and women who think they are impervious to aging or needing others or mishaps that take your life into another direction than what you are believing God for…you know…that million dollar job where you are care free or that dream vacation life where you have zero responsibilities…not to mention marrying this person or that person and spending all your precious time with someone who may not have the stamina to love you if your bowels loose on them. Let me just say that money does not buy you happiness and does not turn back the wheels of time. Sure, you can slow down the wrinkles, draw back the skin, remove the fat and basically redo your body from top to toe but it does not make your insides healthy. Remember that song…I think by MC Hammer???, “Can’t Touch This…”
Life happens people. Life DOES touch us…You can either yell about it and bitch and moan and complain (I know I said the B word and I’ll probably get a WHOLE lot of flack) or you can put your big girl/boy undies on and face reality and live life as it comes to you instead of avoid it like the plague. It is our response to our life that determines our futures with one another. I saw a lady at the pet store yesterday who was talking about having to care for her 85 year old mother who is still mobile but living with her. She was not bitter and I was thankful but I could tell she had not yet grabbed hold that God had entrusted her with her mom and that it is her honor to love her on this side of heaven. For those who have walked with me for a season, you may remember the passing of our sister Mary Ann who needed a great deal more than I was physically capable of providing – she lived in a nursing facility. I saw her frequently and I gotta say it was inconvenient many of the time since she was 45 minutes away. However, it truly was an honor to love her while she was on this side of heaven and now that she is no longer available to touch, call or hear, it is amazing how UN-inconvenient she really was in real time. I can’t bring her back and it never worked…this whole attitude of can’t touch this.
What are you doing with the ones who live with you or are your aging family members or aging friends? You NEED TO TOUCH THEM! I remember Dad and how he needed our love as a family and how we leaned how to honor him and how God changed ALL OF US in the process. Honor is an action word and it sooooo encouraged my dad to BE LOVED!!!! It also encouraged us to love him. Tomorrow does not always come. Aging. Do I mean someone in their 80’s? No. I’m saying look around for goodness sake. Do you have a mom or a dad? Do you have a step mom or a step dad? Do you have siblings? Do you have aunts and uncles? Do you have nieces and nephews? What about friends who you consider family? How about your neighbor? When is the last time you loved them face to face? Watched a movie with them? Had dinner? Laughed over some jokes? Held their hand? Hugged their neck? Wiped their behind? Yes, I went there…don’t worry…you will survive.
It’s time to love while it is still called today. #BEBRAVER – Love is an action word. No you cannot run all over tarnation (my mama used that word when I was a kid.) BUT you can look into your life and see one person whom you can love. She or he may be in your same house. Don’t ignore those closest to you and don’t run away from the ones you want to run from….may be that there is a strong life lesson OR a whole lot of love in that person for you…if you can look through their tone and look into their need AND IGNORE that whole feeling of can’t touch this…
We all need each other.
Might as well start now.
send to a friend………
Until next time – much love,
Such a strange day to witness the darkness closing in over the city while experiencing it in my own soul. What do you do when darkness closes in?
I’ll be honest with you – right this moment – I do not know. So, I’ve turned to my expression when the pen of a ready writer takes over. What does that mean? I write until I’ve processed and come to a conclusion that hopefully helps me and maybe even helps you when darkness closes in.
I’m in a place today where I feel nothing inside except a loneliness and seeping notion that I’m sinking. My mind knows the truth. My heart knows the truth. I know I’m not sinking… yet…it threatens to overcome my day and overcome my joy. Deep inside my bowels, could it be that I’ve not received this joy that rushes in with a steady constant when darkness lures me into captivity? So, darkness does not come because I’m strong – it comes because I’m weak in an area that it can set its hooks into me. What an ugly thought if I do say so myself. With the sinister cloud hovering around me, I ask Him what to do as the darkness closes in. Have you even raised your voice to God? I did today and I think it is the first time in 22 years. I made a new step of honesty into God today as I was worshiping Him…but what came from my mouth was not worship but frustration. I ask myself and I ask Him why it is I continually come to a place where I feel I can step no more. Why do I come to a place where I feel no presence, no past and no future. Yes, I wrote presence in place of present. Its HIM I need – HIS notions – HIS confidence – HIS ideas – HIS emotions and HIS mindset. Somehow, I find myself here…once again…wondering what have I done wrong? Why do I stumble to the place of a brick wall? Here in this place, I feel I can go no further. Will I be old and gray when it is no longer an issue and when I am no longer able to lift my head? Oh where can I find comfort when darkness closes in?
Standing in the Gap for you?
Is this you? Are you the one I’m praying for today that has found darkness to be your friend – to be your confidant and your strength? The darkness lies to you with the intent to keep you to itself. Darkness only knows the depth of not belonging…of not being wanted…of not understanding…and of feeling unloved and unlovely. BUT, this is NOT YOU…let me give you a glimpse of God’s love for you that is nestled inside some words I read many years ago. In a time of reading, God opened my eyes to see life from His perspective. HE told me that He had sanctified me and set me apart for Himself. HE told me that once I had been of darkness but because of what HE did (notice it was not me who did it)…because of what HE did – I was cleansed and free to forgive and be forgiven and to love and be loved. What is it that HE did without our help that could be so powerful as to forgive us and give us the power to forgive others?
A LIFE WE DID NOT EARN
Simply said, the Father of our planet, of the world and its inhabitants sent His only Son to live a life that we could not live so that we could have a life we did not earn…I say that to you dear friend – you are not of darkness – not because of anything you have done but because of what HE did…HE did something you and I cannot do…HE gave HIMSELF so that you and I can love and be loved first by HIM and then by one another. HE came with HIS marvelous light and shined this light into the world so that we can see the Kingdom of God! I challenge you today to come with me on a journey to love and be loved, to experience the light of the world! In the video below, I’m praying for you and anyone you may know who is struggling to be free from the dark entanglements from the unseen realm…when darkness closes in.
The scripture where God showed me His heart for me was 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? (this does not mean heaven). Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
WE WERE FREED WHEN WE WERE WRONG
Do you understand the power of this set of words from your Father? HE says HE has set you free and HE says HE has set me free by the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. Yes, He said if we continue to live in a lifestyle that opposes His freedom, that we will not possess the kingdom of God….here on planet earth…HE is saying HE paid a price for you and me to be free WHILE we were living a WRONG lifestyle. Now that’s some goodness there!! It is Good News what Jesus has done for us precious friend. Let’s pray together, shall we?
John 15:13 – Greater LOVE has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. NAS
This is what God did for us my friend – laid down HIS life for us with HIS love – HIS charity – HIS benevolence – HIS feast of LOVE. Hope you will join me as we go on a journey into HIS LOVE that freed us from our wrongs…Until next time – Love, Donna Reiners
I grimaced the first time I needed to help my sister with her private washing. I can still see the disgust on my face (she did not but I felt my face and saw my ugly heart) and I wanted to wash my hands as quickly as possible though they had been covered with gloves. Yet at the same time I heard a gentle whisper, “You are revolted – yet she is humiliated more deeply than your little disgust.” I knew this was true. I’m confident when she was 20, she never dreamed of not being able to wipe her own behind in her latter years. We must love those who cannot help themselves – this is The Cover Up.
HE cover us. HE covers us with HIS great LOVE. Today, choose to #BEBRAVER and LOVE with your mouth and deeds. Be not quick to condemn others for their circumstances – sometimes life just happens. Be kind to them and be kind to you! Sometimes you don’t have to go to a nursing home to love someone who is a shut in. You may have someone in your apartment complex, down your street, etc… LISTEN to the Holy Spirit and let HIM guide you and show you how to love. Don’t be afraid to love people you already know…
Pray with me:
Join me in an effort of love and kindness in every day life and when life happens to you or to me, perhaps the love and kindness we gave will come back as our friends. And if you were not kind or loving in early days and now find yourself alone, it is not too late. God is faithful. HE does not condemn us or throw guilt into our hurting hearts. Just tell Him, “I’m sorry Father. I did not know. Now I know. Help me. I want to be a friend and I want a friend. One person at a time. I receive Your forgiveness for my own selfish life. I forgive myself. I release those whom I feel are to blame and I say YES to You LORD. I ask You to lead me in Jesus name. Let my love cover others as I love them into You and let me not be part of the cover up!”
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To be continued…
RESPECT for the Cover Up
Gradually, as my eyes opened to the hopeless and defeated cries of the hearts of the men and women sitting and crying and sometimes yelling aloud for help…I realized…they were just like you and me. They just want dignity. They want love. they want a friend. Is that too much to ask for? Have you ever heard that song – “R.E.S.P.E.C.T – find out what it means to me?” Just some love. Just some respect. Just some good old fashioned dignity. Isn’t that what you want? Isn’t that what I want? Love? Respect? Dignity? NOPE – I can’t fix their situations. I don’t know why each person is there. I don’t know why some have no visitors except on a major holiday and how some never have visitors- ever. Is it because we have been trapped in our busy-ness and now gauge significance and importance by what we do instead of our just be-ing? I needed to learn how to love and how to respect and how to honor – one smile at a time – one person at a time – perhaps one man will feel human again….AND maybe one woman will feel alive instead of useless and MAYBE ….just maybe that smile and that kindness will be what they remember on days when they are ignored by those who pass them by.
Cowardice is not attractive. Fear is ugly. You and I have to face head on those things that keep us from loving others as well as ourselves. We must respect them and respect their reasons for their own cover up but you have to choose to NOT be part of the cover up.
LOVE is always the answer and it always PUSHES FEAR OUT THE DOOR! THEREFORE, do yourself a favor and instead of feeling guilty or condemned for not taking action or for not knowing what to do or how to do it – #BEBRAVER in living because the truth is that LIFE HAPPENS! It happens to you. It happens to me. It happens to those around us. It happens when we least expect it.
Pray with me! Father, HELP ME push fear out the door with YOUR love in and through me in Jesus name!
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Love, d – to be continued
Shut Into The Cover Up
Admittedly, when I first began to visit, I kept my eyes forward and my ears shut because I had no idea what to do or say. Also, I had no idea what NOT to say… to these older ones who had not banked on being shut away in their latter years. Slowly it dawned on me that they didn’t have a problem. I was the problem. I was a coward. Seriously. Every color and every culture and every malady seems to exist down those lonely well lit halls. As I faced my own fears….you know like the truth that I was afraid I would fail at loving them or saying the wrong thing and yet that was a lie and it was fear filled. So, I purposefully started to make eye contact with every man and woman sitting in the hallways. Soon, you learn how you can gently touch on the shoulder and who you should only smile at and who is ready for an actual hug. Also, I began to say hello and smile at the staff that cared for these shut into the cover up.
What do you do with this? How to live??
Pray with me – God, help me to LOVE and to be loved. Help me be unafraid! I want to learn how to love. I love You LORD!
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