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.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Ready, Set, Woah!

Today, I resumed some work.  I have been on vacation for the last few weeks - a well deserved one!  We have been working so many hours every week calling, faxing, computing, hosting, and all other manner of sharing information about Florida Christian College, that I really needed to unplug a bit and rest.  God does ask us to rest one day a week, and I have been neglectful of my rest and recover mode.  Burning the candle at both ends burns you out.  So, I thought that since we came home early from vacation yesterday that I would log on and do a bit of email review and get a bit caught up.

Well, I thought I was ready - have pen, paper, computer, phone and all other manner of magnifying glasses and water glass.  I have business cards and books and papers on the desk at the ready!  I'm all set, I think.  Ready to go! 

Then, the email loads and I had to yell, WOAH!  This I was not ready for!  Yikes!  Do I really get this many emails every day?!  Crazy!  So, 4 hours later, I have sifted through half of my emails in my work computer and 1/3 of the emails in my home computer and now it is past dinner time already and I have to start rolling!

As I was thinking all these thoughts, I realized that the problem was that I thought I was ready, but I wasn't.  You see, each morning, I have a conversation with God before I begin my workday.  This afternoon, I did not do that - my day had already begun.  I was starting in the middle.  My pattern was not the same as always. 

My suggestion - always start at the beginning.  Wow.  Lord, you created the world and all that is in it including the emails and phone calls that need to be handled.  Lord, please give me time to do what must be done and allow me to finish the work you have created for me this day so that you are glorified and I am obedient to your call.  Thank you for all you give me - the skills, the intelligence and the attitude to be a success in your sight.  Bring me closer to you as I speak and respond to others - allow me to be the vessel that shares the image of you!  I am grateful and honored to do your will this day - in Jesus' name, Amen.

So, once that is done, it is easier to handle what comes - at least that is my experience, and I'm stickin' to it...
Be blessed and be a blessing!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Enriching Others...

Hmmm.  I was thinking today about how much of an impact we have on the lives of others without knowing.  I happened upon a post of a friend and commented on it.  An uplifting comment, but a thought from my heart.  Evidently, it made an impact.  I was just sharing my heart.  I am sure you would have shared yours, wouldn't you?

So, that is the question for today for you to answer to yourself: If you see or hear of a friend (even an acquantaince) who is in need, what do you do?  How do you respond?  What is the correct response? 

In this culture we live in, it can be difficult to know.  We can share a little or a lot depending on our relationship - is this an acquaintance who knows something about us? 

In my relationships, I try very hard to be honest with people from the outset.  Most people know that I lead with my faith.  Some people lead with their heart.  Some people lead with their head.  I tend to see someone in distress or need and immediately pray and ask for guidance.  After this, I generally feel comfortable with whatever action I take after that - whether it is to pray for the person, offer a meal, a ride, some funds, a connection to someone else...or just love. 

I realized today, that I actually do this.  Before this moment, I was unsure.  Today, it was clarified for me.  I am appreciative of this revelation in my life.  Wow.  I am humbled.  Thanks to all of you who seek God first and then act.  I know that it is hard to do, because I always want to, but I'm not sure I always do...check...I'm sure I don't always do.  Hmmm...I'm hearing Paul in my head about doing what I don't want to do when I want to not do it...hmmm. 

Yikes.  Take a moment next time you see or hear of a friend (or neighbor) in need.  Check in with God for a minute, then act.  You might be surprised in what you feel like doing.  I bet it's not what you think...tell me about it.


A quiet moment of reflection