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.



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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In the quiet...

This is one of those times where I wonder why it can seem so hard to be quiet at other times.  I am alone in a hotel room, deep in my own thoughts.  It brought me to a place I rarely have time for on a regular day.  The quiet.  There is no TV on, no computer noise and no radio.  Just the sound of the air conditioning unit (yes, it's 70 degrees outside in January, it's raining and the AC is on for the humidity!) 
So I thought for a moment...do I want to watch TV, surf the net or play a game?  All I could really think of was sharing my day.  My husband is miles away and my deepest desire was to share my day with him.  Wow.  Then, I thought, maybe I will go down to the lobby and people watch with my book in hand.  But that wasn't really grabbing my creative mind either. 
I let out a deep sigh and asked the Lord for a moment.  Then I realized that I wasn't really considering any of these activities without first thinking about the source of my life.  Wow.  This was what really struck me tonight.  I think even for me it was a shock of sorts...that I was asking God what shall I spend my time doing tonight.  I knew I was a little strange, but I think that took the cake.
Seriously, do you ever do that?  Well, this is really not a first for me.  I tend to call upon the Lord in the strangest times.  I saw a group of young men in the lobby and said a breath prayer for them. Thought about the challenges of their lives and how they will handle the strain on their lives.  I thanked God for the receptionist at the front desk and her willingness to help me with a billing issue.  I asked the Lord to bless those who had a day filled with grief in this hotel.
Yes, I may take it a bit far, but I really think it's normal.  I know that there is a book filled with other people's stories and prayers, and they went further than I do...so who am I to actually do less than those who have gone before me? 
Please join me in praying for the people you cross paths with on a daily basis, whether they are in a car, in a plane, in a hotel or just in the grocery store.  There is so much pain and suffering in this world.  Can you imagine what a difference one smile could make?  I can.  I know.  I have been in the depths of depression and had that one smile that brought me joy for an entire day.
Be the light in the midst of the darkness.  Be the joy of someone else's life.  Be the hope of eternal life that passes all understanding by living your faith. What if each person genuinely cared about the other?  What would our world look like?  I dare you to try to find out...see what a difference you can make!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Beginning Again...

The beginning of the New Year is always a fun time.  I think everyone enjoys celebrating and making plans to embark on a new journey leaving the old behind and embracing the new.

This is a concept that we many times do not understand completely.  In order to bring a new habit or new idea to the forefront of our mind on a daily basis, it can take up to 21 consecutive days of repeating the new behavior.  Now, this isn't a catchall.  Not everyone can do this - but it has become the standard acceptable model. 

Last summer, we started walking in our house.  It was so hot.  We dripped with sweat after 5 feet out the door here in Florida, but we did it.  The winter brought cold (this is the coldest winter in 100 years!) but we bundled up and wore scarves and hats and gloves. 

Then we got a cold.  We abandoned our walk for two days.  It has now been over a week and it seemed like it was 'just not walking today'.  Then the new habit begins.  The habit of not walking.  We decided today that no matter what, we need to keep our exercise up.  So, back to building our habit again. 

I began a new job.  It's been 3 weeks.  Now, I have to get up early each day and drive to an office and stay there until the end of the day.  Different for me.  I haven't had an office job in 8 years.  Definitely an adjustment, but I'm creating a new habit.  A new lifestyle.  It's a positive change, but any change is difficult until you master it.

I look upon these challenges and think about the model I live - seeking righteousness.  I know that above all, I must be true to myself and to my Lord.  I am not afraid to be out loud about it. I am not nervous that someone will see me enjoy myself in public.  I am not worried that people are looking at me or listening to me.  Really, I hope they are and I pray that I am a good vessel for the Light of the Lord.  In doing so, I will not hide my light under a bushel, I will share my talent and my energy, and I will share the reason for my joy and hope that comes from the love of Jesus Christ and the unmatched love that our Creator has for us to bring us back to Him by giving us a free choice to do so.  I am grateful that I have the choice - that God loves me soooo much that He wants me to come home because I want to be there, not because I have to.  I want to spend eternity with others who seek righteousness and love God.  I pray that this year allows me to share my thoughts and feelings in a great and powerful way...beginning again what I have done before.

Take a chance...live out loud for the Lord who gives us life and breath and a reason for being.

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A quiet moment of reflection