Tenacious Tuesday – Upward Call – we each have one…not striving to do something but a decision to be in relationship with Someone. You can go to church and not be in relationship with Jesus. Religion is not the same as relationship.
Listen – you can identify yourself as a Hindu, Buddhist, Mormon, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness or even a Christian. You can go to the temple, personal floor mat, fellowship hall or church. You can engage in religious activities that you are comfortable doing. But if your religious actions define you then more than likely you are a very lonely person.
But when you see Jesus is the Way to the Father…and that Jesus is the Truth sent by the Father and that Jesus is the Life sent by the Father …then you have discovered the more excellent way. You have made contact with The One Who chose you- not just some religious work. You have stepped into Who gave you relationship with the Father.
Born again. Born from heaven. It’s not religion. It’s your destiny. Supernatural access. Guilt free. Wisdom. Purpose. Life.
Tenacious Tuesday – one of my deepest pursuits has not been happiness. Instead it has been trust. My whole life. It’s been trusting not just God but me. Once I committed myself into His care, I found Him faithful and trustworthy. However, it’s not tested until you trust Him to live through you. Making the transition from the God in the Bible to Christ in me actually being the hope of glory??? Now THATS been difficult….hence the new direction I’m soon to take as I move into the real me – the brave new me…if you decide to come along then…
We will discover Him inside of us – his bravery – and we will learn how to lean into Holy Spirit in a more consistent manner. I hope you will join me and as I move forward…I invite you to step forward with me. Did you know that the word hope means expectancy and boldness and confidence? Christ in you! So, let me introduce you to The Brave New You.
It is a decision to get back on the road – it’s not easy. But that doesn’t mean you are not capable. Today make it a decision – to get on the road again. Be fearless my friend. Have no regrets. See you on the road. Again. Love, d
The strength with you is enough to finish what you started. So get moving. Again. Put the new shoes on. Again. Do it. Again. Rule yourself. Again. Govern your atmosphere. Again. Overcome. Again. Let diligence and dedication be your strategy. One day it will all make sense. Until then – do it again.
You can sit in the lobby of waiting or be obedient and go through the door of what’s next which takes you to the unknown. As long as He is with us, then we WILL reach our destination while on the way to fulfilling our destiny. So, get out of your chair and come with me on a journey in the light of what’s next.
What a day! What a season! What on earth is happening! It is an interesting season to say the least. Look to the left and you have change and challenge and chaos and look to the right and you find the same – change, challenge and chaos. How do you respond in a season of such strong dynamics? We still must move forward right? So, we probably need some strategy to do it….check this out and see if it encourages you to go from the old into the new.
Pray with me –.Help me move with maturity and grace into the new from the old. I need bravery to go onward.
Send this to friends who would relate to Moving from the OLD into the NEW.
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!!
Today is a different kind of encouragement and it fits whether you are young or old or in between. You can be single, married, divorced, widowed or single with kids. Honestly, I believe it is pertinent to you and your life regardless of age. I encourage you to read this today. Maybe you at times feel you will either yell or cry or drink a shot of whiskey.
What do you do when your life is out of your hands? You seem to be a victim of circumstance? You wonder if anyone hears you crying inside. But the truth is no one knows you’re alive.
These are my thoughts today. I just finished wiping up poop from the floor, carpet and wall. Wow. Really? Yes – really. Actually, I almost called this Poop on the Floor but decided that was a great title for another time. It did not disturb me or cause me to think poorly of the person whose bowels released in my home. I can clean up the poop. Instead, it has caused me to get quiet and consider life and how we respond to people (not circumstances). My precious friend is staying with us for a season and we eat a tad different than she is accustomed and so that being said, a vegetables only diet moves through her body pretty fast. My choices are to yell, cry or drink a shot of whiskey.
I decided to do none of the above – instead, I chose to write. She was humiliated already so there was no need for me to point out that there was poop on the floor. I chose not to yell. I mean really? What would that accomplish other than make her feel squashed like a bug. She had not even had time to tell me. She slipped into the bathroom to clean her body and I found the debris hiding on the hallway floor. Obviously it was there and her cleaning it was not an option as I did not want to have to pick HER up from the floor if she lost her balance which would have totally made me cry. She kept saying that she could clean it up and all I could say was that its okay and I did not mind in the slightest bit. I mean, what if it were me who had loose bowels? How would I want to be treated? Granted, if this happened daily, it would probably test every fiber of the fruit of the spirit inside me and I would need to step away to find that peace. As a matter of fact….side note….the person she lives with has had every nerve in her being tested and it is a battle really because when you are a 24/7 caregiver – its a whole new ballgame of responsibility and need for rest. I have seen this care giver learn how to walk out life with kindness, love and loyalty. She knows how to love you even unto death and you just cannot say that about every person you know. Truth is that I’m more of a relief pitcher so my arm is not as tired in this area. Caring for someone all the time who cannot work, drive, cook, remember to eat or drink or what day it is…well…that’s a whole new level of pressure and pain. I have such incredible respect for the woman who loves the lady I’m looking after and know for certain she faces the same choices – to yell, cry or drink a shot of whiskey.
Shot of Whiskey
Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Gentleness. Faithfulness. Self Control. Yes, these are the ways we are supposed to treat OURSELVES AND OTHERS. Don’t just be good to you and then shoot the finger at your neighbor just because their trash can ended up in your driveway. The wind could blow yours into their way next time. Truth is that what comes out of you and me already lives inside you and me. So, when it does come to the surface, look at it….why are you unkind to you? To others? Enough of the soul search. Back to my point and yes, I do have one. So, if you have stuck with me this far – some of you have already dropped off because you either think this is irrelevant to you or its too close to home so you want to avoid going there…but IF you are still with me, then I encourage you to consider all of this as if you were drinking a straight up shot of whiskey for a horrible cold or taking a shot that will save your life or….you get the picture. It may burn going down or hurt as it moves through the tissue but in the end it might just be good for you.
Pray With Me
God, I feel completely clueless. I see that life is precious and honestly, I’m unsure how to walk it out day by day. I can barely take care of me much less someone else. Help me know how to be kind to those around me and kind to me. Help me make room to love with touch and words and not just washing dishes or picking up the trash. I love you. Help me be love for those around me. Help me run this race so that when the day is over You say well done.
I love you – it is time to #BEBRAVER. Get a new attitude. Your life does not belong to you. You gave it up when you said I do to Him. Have some mercy. Mercy toward you and mercy toward others. Stop controlling all your circumstances and just love where you are and find out just how amazing God is to give peace.
Send this to friends who need encouragement to love their family while it is still called today.
“Some people only look up when something has knocked them flat on their back.
Our problems can seem overwhelming when we allow the things of the present to loom larger in our gaze than the things of eternity.
Life works better when we learn how to glance at the things of the world but gaze at God. #LiveRestored
And let us gaze at Yeshua, Him who is The Author and The Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was His, endured the cross and ignored the shame, and He sits upon the right side of the throne of God.~ Hebrews 12:2 Aramaic Bible in Plain English”