I haven’t written this week. I’ve been sulking and mourning the loss of my friend and coworker. My days of sorrow have now ended, much thanks to the beautiful “homecoming ceremony” I attended yesterday for Tammy. We were reminded by her Pastor of Tammy’s infectious smile and told that each smile we receive or give is a blessing from God. It brings happiness to both the giver and the recipient. Tammy had one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen and that’s exactly how I’ll remember her.
I was blessed to know Tammy for a few minutes in this lifetime. I’ve become more aware this week of the other friendships I’ve been blessed with since I started my job in September. God truly does put the right people in your life right when you need them. The women I work with are all very strong in their faith, which helps me stay strong in my own faith when I have difficult days. I have been blessed with friendships based on the love of God, a shared faith that He will provide exactly what we need when we need it, and a respect for the blessing of discernment.
My family has expanded since I married my husband last year. I have been blessed with new cousins on his side of the family, one in particular. We share the same name (I like to call us “Team Lisa”) and we share the same belief in the Power of God in our lives. We are blessed to share the same church family as well as our married family. We even got hired with the same company at the same time. God has shown me on more than one occasion that He put Lisa in my life for a reason. We support each other and love each other, not because we have to due to church, work, or familial obligations, but because it’s just natural. I know that God put us together, just like He put my husband and me together, at just the right time. He made my family bigger and stronger, through our faith in Him.
Today I am thankful for my friendships, each and every one of them. I have many; I am blessed in that way. I am thankful for God giving me discernment so I will know a true Christian from a false witness. I am thankful for the blessing that is God’s love through friendship and family.
If you have someone in your life that has touched your heart in a way that you know could only happen through God, let them know how much you appreciate them. We aren’t promised a tomorrow, but we’re blessed with today. Take a minute today to thank the people in your life for their love and kindness, give them a smile… a blessing in turn for being a blessing to you.
I pray today that we all have a minute to acknowledge the love and favor God has blessed us with. I pray for my friends and family that we all can appreciate each other and give credit where credit is due: to God. I pray that He keeps us all in his grace and favor and that He strengthens our bonds, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
It’s the day before Thanksgiving. We’re all excited about our dinners tomorrow, making last minute preparations and traveling to destinations near and far. We’re reminded to give thanks for all of our blessings. All of them. That’s why I’m writing today.
I am thankful for all of my blessings. I’m thankful for everyone who has ever prayed for me and with me. I am thankful for the lessons I’m learning as my faith grows. Here’s my lesson learned today: There is a difference between blessing someone because you can and letting yourself be taken advantage of because someone sees your kindness as weakness.
Not everyone who preaches about God has it right. After all, we’re all human, we make mistakes. (We all know I’ve made many, which is what has led me to right here, and I’ll make more, which leads me to later posts) What I’ve come up against lately is me being preached to about the Word of God from someone who claims to be a Christian. However, what I’ve learned is that this person takes advantage of people because of their Christian beliefs and kindness. This has been a hard lesson for me; I want to believe that people are good at heart, just misdirected at times.
What I’ve learned is that I can be kind and generous with people in need, but I don’t have to be a pushover. I have a backbone and I feel it strengthening. God wants us to help each other, but the intention is not to take advantage of people, their kindness and giving gestures. It’s ok to say “No” when you’ve given everything you can and feel in your heart that the person asking so much of you isn’t doing it out of actual need, but out of greed. There is a difference. When you do a favor for someone out of the kindness of your heart and because you know it’s what Jesus wants you to do, you don’t expect anything in return. You especially don’t expect to have the recipient speak ill words about you or your favor to other people in an attempt to gain more sympathy, and in turn, more gifts.
Be thankful today for ALL of your blessings, your lessons, and the ability to tell the difference between a giving soul, an honest soul, and one that is selfish and not pure of heart. I pray that we all are protected by God against this kind of hurtfulness, that he blesses us with the ability to see the difference between a blessing and a burden, and lets us know that it’s ok to say “no” when your burden becomes too much. It is not a lack in your faith, it is strength in knowing that God will provide in all cases. In Jesus’ name I praise and thank Him, Amen!
I say it to my favorite little ones: You have to give good to get good. When you give goodness to people, a smile, a listening ear, a prayer… you get goodness in return. It all comes back eventually, but think about it: when you smile at someone, most times they’ll smile back. My point with the little ones is geared more towards their behavior: when you give good, when you act good, you get good in return, you ARE good for your actions.
Simply put, give good – give thanks for today, give yourself a pep talk about the blessings in your life, smile at someone that’s having a bad day (or just a bad attitude in general). What can it hurt? What you give is what you get… so give good, you’ll “get good”, especially in the eyes of God.
Have a blessed day – I am! 🙂 I pray for all of us today that we all can keep in mind that everyone deserves a little kindness, and for it to spread like wildfire. Amen!
I typed this above entry at 6:30 this morning. Here’s my testimony of proof that when you spread goodness, it comes back.
By 7:00 my husband was the winner of 2 tickets to see Marty Stewart in concert tomorrow night, won a coffee mug and was entered to win a grand prize of some kind of hunting gear. By 7:30 I won the same radio contest, winning 2 more tickets to the concert and I was entered to win a grand prize drawing of a diamond ring and gift certificates from local stores. I gave the tickets back so someone else could win, but asked to be kept in the grand prize drawing.
By 8:30 I was blessed 3-fold in a monetary gift (I gave $20 to a friend in need a few weeks ago – it came back to me today from another friend, but was multiplied to $60). At first I refused to take the money – the friend was offering it to me because I’ve missed so much work lately and she wanted to help. When I asked her not to give it to me she told me that her mother always told her that when you bless someone else it comes back to you, and that I wasn’t to take away her blessing. I understood and I respected her request to help me. I continue to give many thanks for her and her kindness, and I’ve asked God to bless her in return. Because of her gift I was able to buy my family’s Thanksgiving turkey and tuck away a bit. (I am so thankful!!)
It didn’t end there. Unexpectedly I was given a “new” desk today (it’s not brand new, but it’s new to me). I had no idea it was coming and it gives me more room to accommodate my work needs. I was also blessed at work by a loving parent that thanked me for always being a happy face when she comes and goes, and she gave me a heartfelt hug.
I passed that hug along to a work-family member that needed a little extra support… I didn’t know why at the time, but she just looked like she didn’t feel good and needed a hug. I also gave her the scarf I knitted to keep her neck warm while she was getting her class off of the bus. It matched her blouse perfectly today and she looked beautiful with it. It turns out she lost her mother a year ago and it really hit her hard this morning. She told me this afternoon that my hug really touched her. You see, her mother was a hugger too, and I prayed softly in her ear when I hugged her this morning that Jesus would be with her today and lift whatever was hurting her. She kept the scarf on all day and wore it home… and I was happy that I made her day better.
I could go on, but you get it… at least I hope you do. This is solid proof that when you GIVE GOOD you really do GET GOOD. Pass the Word. I am, and I am blessed for it. Thank you, God, for ALL of my blessings, physical and spiritual, and please bless each reader of my words. In Jesus’ name I pray in thanks, AMEN!!! 😀
This morning I woke up, said my thanks for my day, and prayed really hard that God would lift the anxiety that was punching me right in the stomach. I’ve been away from work for over a week thanks to a slight case of pneumonia and an infection with my ileostomy. I was nervous about going back today, and I almost blogged about it this morning, but I got the message to wait. I wasn’t sure why, but I listened… and I’m so glad I did.
When I arrived at work this morning I found a beautiful bouquet of flowers with a card from all of the people I work with waiting for me on my desk. It was my first sign that I had, in fact, been missed. Then my fellow coworkers started filing in, one by one, and almost all of them greeted me with a heart-felt hug telling me they had missed me. What they didn’t know is how much I had missed them. My anxiety melted right away, and when people asked me how I was feeling all I could reply was “Great!”… because I DID feel great!
God answered my prayers, as always, by putting me right at my desk, ready to receive the love that was given to me. Not only was I given love from the people I already work with and the children I missed so much, but I was graced with the presence of someone I instantly recognized as being a Child of God.
Patricia and I got to talk a bit, she shared with me about the obstacles she’s faced in her life and how dedicated she is to her Savior, Jesus. We shared a love of Joel Osteen and we both start our days with saying “Thank You”. She was my blessing today. She made my heart smile. She made a difference. Even though we had just met, we hugged before she left today and she gave me her phone number. God has blessed me with a new friend.
If I had let my anxiety get the best of me this morning, if I had let my health issues continue to be a problem, if I hadn’t prayed as hard as I did, I would have missed out on a whole lot of wonderful blessings in my day. I am so thankful that God has put me right where I’m supposed to be, and I have a new appreciation for answered prayers. It never ceases to amaze me how God works through me and for me. Each day contains an epiphany.
Whatever you’re going through, as difficult as it may seem, know that your cross isn’t too heavy to bear. God has put you right where you’re supposed to be – we may not know His reasoning at the moment, but His path will be revealed in His time. I am more thankful than ever to have been given the gift of today, for loving friends, my work family, my home family, and my God! In Jesus’ name, I praise Him, Amen!
As of late I’ve had lots of reasons to have panic attacks. I’m dealing with them through prayer and have found great comfort in giving my worries over to God. Human nature makes this easier said than done, but you know that already. It’s so easy to let the words and actions of others hurt your feelings and take a toll on your mind. Especially when someone attacks your character, judges you without knowing the true “you” that no one knows behind closed doors, but through prayer you can alleviate some of the stress that comes along with that.
Gossip, words of hatred, malicious emails and actions taken by your peers or family can devastate you. Don’t let it. These things are generated by their own insecurities. “Out of guilty consciences come wicked tongues.” Think about how many times you’ve said or done something that hurts someone else. When you sit back and look at the true reasoning behind your actions, deep down something is bothering you on a different level, most likely subconsciously, causing you to lash out at the recipient of your anger.
What I’m asking of you today is to turn a deaf ear to the people who criticize you. Turn your fears and insecurities over to God and he will reward your faith with the release of this stress that burdens you. When you feel attacked, don’t hate the haters, pray instead that God touches them in a way that shows His power and fills their hearts with joy, that they may find their own path to Him and keep their tongues silent against you.
Today I pray for protection against myself and my family as I give to you my words. I pray that those who find it necessary to criticize my new endeavor to share my walk with God…I pray that their hearts will turn and find understanding and acceptance so that they may grow closer to God themselves. I pray for joy for each of us, happiness to fill our hearts and souls, and that we start this day knowing that today is destined for greatness – no one can keep you down when you have your faith in our most High God, Jesus Christ, Our Savior. For these things and more, I pray for all of you reading and for myself. In Jesus’ name, Amen!