I’m not you. You are not me. We are different on purpose. The way we live, move and have our being will look different. We are not made from a cookie cutter. How we hear and how we see and how we approach life and we live it will be different. The process of relationship with Him, self and one another. I’m pondering our differences as a human race as I think about how He lives among us too. Setting my mind on things that are above and not on things that are on earth is a process for me personally. Learning to listen. Inclining my ear to hear His thoughts and ideas about Himself, others, myself and life. It’s been a lifelong process of relationship – leaning His way and then stopping to find Him leaning my way. I’m thankful for every moment He has granted me the honor of living, loving, being loved. It’s a journey into Him and into His continual mercy, forgiveness & grace. The journey includes the mistakes not just the successes. I love the way Paul talked about counting it all as loss just to know Him. He knew the journey. We are in union with the One Who does not condemn our wrong turns. Instead He draws us further into His definition of Love. He also doesn’t put so much emphasis on our right turns either because it’s not about the right or wrong when it is about relationship. Righteous is different many times than right. Deep inside my bones, it seems our emphasis is misguided. Love is the focus but what does that look like? I read a lot about Love. Yet, how we experience Love is a different matter. Experiencing the embrace He offers takes courage because His Love is unconditional and has no secret strings attached; it has no hidden agenda. HE already knows. Everything. Nothing is hidden from Him. Listening to Him. Listening to one another. Listening to what is said as well as what is not said. I remember listening to what my sister Mary Ann did not say. It held weight. It held depth. Loving to love. Being Loved. It’s an exchanged life. Just being. Loving. Being loved. Letting Him steer you personally as His hands, His feet and His heart in service in our private world as well as on the earth. Every person offers something different from Him and through Him while representing Him. I’m soooo thankful to Him for how He thinks outside the box to live as Love through us in our time here on the earth. What an interesting life. Sometimes I’m standing at a crossing wondering how to proceed. It’s a journey with Him. Sometimes I’m standing with a friend at their crossing while they wonder how to proceed. It’s not just you and not just me. It’s also with one another. It’s a journey into Him. It’s also a journey into one another. Being Loved by Him and Loving one another. I’m in awe of His miraculous kindness. To let us learn how to be while He leads us into becoming. Be patient with yourself. Be patient with Him. Be patient with others. Loving as well as being Loved is a process. Learning how to love and learning how to be loved is a process. It takes time. That’s ok. Working through the process IS part of the journey. The revelation of His complete unconditional love for us IS part of the journey. The revelation of His complete unconditional Love for one another through us is also part of the journey. It’s living in Him, with Him, through Him and as Him…what a journey. Love-d
Fearless Friday – as you learn to be comfortable in your own skin, you learn to be true to you. Stay True.
This is the thing though – staying true to you is still a lower place. Now, when you stay true to the Lord God Almighty and His Word then you a PERSON to stay true to…listen … You are not enough. But God???? HE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH!! His Word will encourage you to be and do all He intends….
Until soon, d
Tenacious Tuesday-COME TO ME!! This is the song I played for my sister over and over as she moved to heaven. Today I’m remembering life. Remembering my sister. Thinking of my sisters here on earth. Time with Him.Time with me.
Peace. Rest. Clarity.
Wisdom. Reassurance. Boldness. Love-d
Tenacious Tuesday- Do not surrender to your fear. Better said than done huh? It’s a real world with real problems and we gave these realities daily. However, if you live in Christ, your options are different. You have Someone Who carries your worries and overcame your fears the question is – how do we partner with Him?? Love-d
Motivated Monday-We do not take any of this earthly stuff with us…..not even the body we live in here on planet earth. What is precious to you? Where do you spend your time? Maybe – just maybe – you might need to re-prioritize your time, your efforts, your finances, your life so that you can live with you when it is all said and done.
Until soon, d
Tenacious Tuesday – We don’t always know what to do. Sometimes it’s all in a fog or haze. It’s up. It’s down. It’s all around. Turn left. Turn Right. We search for answers. Solutions seem distant. Too much at once. One minute succeeding and the next engulfed in failing. Real life offers troubles to strengthen our passionate persistence. Allow yourself the freedom to remain uncondemned as you wonder how to proceed. God knows. You’ll know soon too. Stand. Again. Stand. Persist. Persevere. In the troubles, lift up your head weary traveler. Stop to get a drink of water. Breathe. Again.
Motivated Monday -What happens when life happens and when it is all said and done, you realize looking back that you had a choice? What do YOU do when you realize you could have had control over your circumstance? You were wronged. Do you allow hatred for what occurred to consume your mind? You made the wrong choice. Do you allow what will never be to make you pessimistic? Choices. We live by them and we die by them. You know what? Sometimes we have happy times and all is well, and we are on cloud nine. Other times we may have deep sorrow and unexplainable hardship. Perhaps we lose a loved one to cancer or pre-mature death? Perhaps a child dies, and it is so painful and confusing and we wonder how something of that nature could happen. Perhaps we stopped feeling anything so long ago that we don’t know how to feel at all. Let me just tell you that if you built up walls of defense, they will keep you from being loved and from being in pain. The twist is that whatever pain you have already experienced will also be trapped within those same walls …that pain will have no way to get out if it is never addressed. We cannot go back. That is so true. But, we can forgive ourselves for the past which has determined our today. We can let go of what has held us in a stand still place in order to allow ourselves to move forward. It is time to never go back…no not ever.
Until soon and much love,