There are times and seasons in our lives where we, unbeknownst to ourselves, remove our focus from our Creator and start focusing on those things and people that are not godly or maybe I should say it more directly that they are not GOD. We MUST resist the practice of IDOLATRY…false GODs. Continue reading Mountain Monday→
Listen, O heavens, and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the LORD, Oh, praise the greatness of our God!!
On this 3rd day of the 2015th year of the Lord, I have come to know and encounter many who have come into this year feeling lost and just beaten down by life. People who, actually, need a spiritual refreshment. There are feelings of being lost and void of hope. But, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is always hope in life. As long as we are living and breathing, there is hope for change. We need to just cling to the idea that we’ve not been forsaken by the Almighty. That there is a plan for us. If we stop and ask, “What lesson is in this for me? ” And I know how hard self-reflection can be, especially, when life is beaten us down. Continue reading SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT→
Yesterday, my husband and I joined three other phenomenal couples in a presentation to our Marriage Ministry on the Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman. It was truly an eye-opening experience as we shared on the season of fall. According to Dr. Chapman, in the fall season of marriage, couples undergo a period of change, just as the leaves change during that season, so does the marriage. It is so important for both, husband and wife, to look at marriage as not just being or giving a percentage of 50/50 of themselves, but 100/100. You have to truly give your all and then some. It’s important to remember that trials may come, however, they don’t last always. But it’s what you do with it that matters. How you grow from it. Or, do you continue doing the same thing expecting a different result? Continue reading SEASONS OF MARRIAGE→
“O Captain, my Captain. Who knows where that comes from? Anybody? Not a clue? It’s from a poem by Walt Whitman about Mr. Abraham Lincoln. Now in this class you can either call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain.”
“But for the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
It has been a while since last I blogged. Much has transpired in that time for which I’ve not been able to be here. It was my initial intent to blog 2-3 times a week, but when that became like a chore and not something I was looking forward to doing, I decided not to. The joy of blogging had left me. I allowed outside circumstances to syphon my joy. My dad’s illness, my job (not my passion), my relationships, LIFE in general. So, I QUIT…or so it would seem. Continue reading MY JOY→
We meet people everyday, who unbeknownst to themselves makes a huge impact on our lives. It may be as subtle as offering us a good word, a smile, a simple touch. These people I consider to be Angels sent from above. They are there to give us exactly what we need at the time they’re needed most. Continue reading Role Models→
Have you ever had to choose between yourself and somebody else? This act is probably all so familiar for most parents? We, on a daily basis, may have had to choose between our kids and ourselves. It may be as simple as deciding if we can wait to buy a new pair of badly needed shoes and giving our kids some money to join their friends in an activity. Who will win out? Especially, when you’re hearing the ol’ “…but, everybody is going to be there!” whine. We, of course, want to give our kids everything, just like our Father.
Why do we say we love God; he has blessed me and doing great things for me! In the same breath complain about what we need: I can’t wait to get a new car, I need a new job and make some more money, I need a new place to live, I need someone special in my life and the list goes on. We get so impatient that we start doing things on our own and not consult God.
“The Ego is not who you really are. The ego is your self-image; it is your social mask; it is the role you are playing. Your social mask thrives on approval. It wants control, and it is sustained by power, because it lives in fear.”
– Deepak Chopra
This morning, I was speaking with a very good friend of mine about the ego. She was telling me about a situation she was going through with a friend of hers; How it appeared that he was more concerned with being correct, than he was about relinquishing any power to her. So, as the conversation went on, she seemed to believe that this behavior is more prevalent in men than it is in women. I disagreed. I believe that men and women are, both, capable of displaying an enormous ego.