I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks. I’ve been sick, but I’ve also felt a little uninspired. When I miss going to church and Sunday school I really notice a difference in my mood. It’s so uplifting to be around my fellow Christians and to learn from each other. When I lack that, I lack inspiration.
In the past week I’ve learned a very valuable lesson, which prompted me to write today. Without going into great detail, I succumbed to negativity at the hand of a peer. I was made to feel selfish in an unselfish situation and it brought out the worst in me in several ways. My mood changed. I told other people about the experience. My words did not help anyone, but they did hurt myself.
As I spoke the words of my experience with this negative person to my friends and family, I began to believe that I was selfish. Anyone who knows me knows that’s not true. I am a very giving and loving person. I gave away my joy and in return, made myself miserable. I can’t blame anyone but myself. I chose to give my joy away. I allowed someone else to change how I felt and acted.
My lesson was to not let the actions of others affect how I react. I don’t have to let anyone else affect how I feel about myself. I don’t have to let anyone else steal my happiness and I surely don’t have to give it away so freely. After a talk with my close friend, she forwarded me a verse from the Bible… she is such a great friend. It says:
23 When he was insulted, he did not answer back with an insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but placed his hopes in God, the righteous Judge. 24 Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed. 25 You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the shepherd and Keeper of your souls
I am so blessed to have a friend that inspires me. I am so blessed to have God speak to me through others. I am blessed to have discernment over what is Godly and what is not. What I ask of you is to not let other people or situations affect how you act and feel. It’s hard to do, but if we remember to turn the other cheek and not to insult when we’re insulted, God will give us more favor and mercy. He sees what we need and he gives us his message clearly when we listen.
Thank you, God, for teaching me to turn my cheek. Thank you for forgiving me of my transgressions. Thank you for giving me today to meditate on what has happened and to turn it around into something positive. In Jesus’ name, I praise and thank YOU, Amen!
Happy New Year to everyone! We rang in 2013 in style, snoozing away until 5 minutes before the ball dropped, waking up just in time to wish each other “Happy New Year” and steal that oh-so-anticipated New Year’s kiss that seals the deal of a bright year ahead, then back to la-la land to dream our way into the early morning. I hope yours was just as happy in your own ways!
As I type this, my lights are flickering, which is not a common occurrence in our house. I can’t help but wonder if there’s a storm brewing for the day or if this is a warning of what’s to come for the new year as I’m typing. When I asked what to type about today the words “Start with your seed” came to me. The premise would be, of course, that every new sprout begins with a seed. As I discussed with a longtime friend on my birthday last Saturday, sometimes we plant seeds of goodness, whether we realize it or not. Sometimes they sprout right away because the climate and conditions are just right. Sometimes, as in my case, it took 20 years for the seeds that were planted in me to start to sprout. Nevertheless, they’re sprouting, and growing wildly towards God and the path He has paved for me.
Seeds of all kinds can be planted, however, as I’m reminded with the flickering of my lights. Just as easily as we can plant seeds of goodness, favor, and kindness, there are equal amounts of bad seeds being planted as well: Jealousy, hatred, contempt, ignorance… And depending on how receptive your soil is, it’s easy to breed both kinds of seeds.
The good news is that we have a choice. We can use our “weed killers” at any given moment, and without having to look back on the ugliness that grew before because we are blessed with forgiveness. We can choose to further our growth by planting seeds in our friends, family, even strangers. A smile is a great seed to plant… and it’s contagious in such a good way! Start this new year off by planting a seed of goodness: Smile at someone today, even if you don’t feel like it, even if you don’t think they deserve it… because you never know what anyone else has going on in their lives, you never know how that smile will affect someone else’s day, you never know when that seed of goodness will sprout into a beautiful flower that will continue to bloom for years to come… all because you took the time today to spend one minute giving someone an act of kindness, a smile.
It takes a village to raise a child, but it only takes a seed to start something beautiful. It may not sprout in your time, but it will sprout in God’s time. Believe in yourself, in the power you have to be kind and understanding of other people and their situations, and the power that God has put in you to plant His seeds all around you. You never know when they’ll take off and flourish.
Today I give thanks for a full year of hope ahead. I give thanks for the friends and family that have supported me and had faith in me when I didn’t have faith in myself, let alone, my God. I give thanks for forgiveness of my sins and transgressions, that I can help spread the Word to anyone who is ready to receive it, and I pray that these seeds I am planting take root and spread from generation to generation. I 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!