Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Do you ever have one of those days?  I have to admit, I wish I didn't.  But I do.  In the face of that day that you wish had started differently or where your choices were not exactly what you think they should be, take a moment.  This is where the rubber meets the road.  This is where the wheat and the chaff are separated.  I was having one of those days and in the space of an instant, it changed.  Why?  Because I saw my reflection in the mirror and realized that I didn't see a reflection that I would want to come into contact with.

Yikes.  That is the moment.  The moment when I look, see, view, take in, reflect and shatter myself.  I came upon a book on the shelf a few minutes ago.  It is a 3 inch by 4 inch book.  A tiny little thing.  It's called, In All Things Give Thanks - it's a little pocket book.  It came in a basket my parents gave me for my birthday.  Inside the front cover, my mother wrote, To Our Dearest Lori, from Mom and Dad, Happy Birthday 2002.  She went through each page in the book and made little notes for me to share with me why she gave this particular little book to me.  My absolute favorite note in there is "Praise God for the love you show others." And she drew a little heart.  It still makes me cry thinking of my mother spending time writing these notes in a little book for my birthday when she was battling recovery from cancer and running a 40 unit retirement facility with a staff of 3.  She loved her ministry to the Lord, and she came out of retirement to take on that position.  This was her gift. 

So today, when my eyes lit onto that book and saw my face in the mirror, I shattered inside and recognized myself.  I took a few minutes, prayed and asked for a new view of myself.  I want to reflect the glory of the Lord - the special pieces that I am, not the broken parts that live in my yesterday.  I thank God for my parents - for the amazing gift of teaching the Word to my sister and me.  I am thankful in so many ways, but today, especially, I am thankful for the gift of my mother's careful hand...leaving me a legacy in a note penned in a cute little book. 

Taking those small steps for our children, our friends, our co-workers, just taking the time to comment on a facebook post - these are important and can change someone's view of who they are.  My view is changed because I saw myself through my mother's eyes for a moment.  Is your view of yourself encouraged by the positive attributes someone noticed about you?  Of Course It Is!  You can make a HUGE difference in other people's lives by just telling them something wonderful about themselves today.  Hold the standard higher by telling them how wonderful they are...this is a great and wonderful principle!  "So we, Your people..., will give You thanks forever; we will show forth Your praise to all generations." Psalm 79:13

Give thanks and share God's praise for others through you, the vessel of the Most High...

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