Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 24th day I’ve been thinking about negative people. I know we are all negative at times but honestly…if we all stopped & thought about how blessed we are, we would never complain again. The communities that we complain about living in, are the same communities that come to our aid when we lose a loved one or suffer a tragedy. The jobs that we complain about, are the jobs that pay our mortgages, car payments, food and clothing. The groceries that we complain are too expensive are readily available, while there are countries where entire communities could live for a year on what we waste in a week. We are given everything that we need by the grace of God but we complain because we WANT more. We don’t need it but we want it. We are all guilty. What we need to remember is that we have to trust and thank God for allowing us to have what we do and realize that when we complain, what we are actually doing is criticizing HIS blessings. We need to humble ourselves before God and praise HIM in the sunshine and in the rain. And when we do that, flowers if faith will bloom!
There have always been bullies in the world. I’ve been trying to figure out how the cruel, mean, hateful actions of others seem to have much more devastating results more often these days than they did years ago. Part of me wonders if it’s because everything is headline news now whereas before social media, it was confined to word of mouth gossip or nasty note passing campaigns. Or maybe the results were as horrible then as they are now but we didn’t learn of suicides and mass shootings for such things because news didn’t travel as fast. Or maybe…just maybe…there wasn’t as much bullying because more kids were raised in church with biblical principles and parents were less likely to spare the rod when they misbehaved. And maybe the victims of bullying didn’t feel like they were all alone in a world full of people that hated them because they knew that no matter what, God was with them and would never leave them or forsake them because they accepted Him. Perhaps the world had more love in it back then because it allowed more God in it. Perhaps marriages succeeded more often because they were based on biblical principles rather than worldly desires. Maybe…just maybe…if we would let God back into families…back into our children…back into our government…back into our schools…back into our work….back into every portion of our lives…then maybe there would be so much love in the world that evil would cease to exist. Because evil is the absence of God and cannot exist when God is present.
I made homemade chocolate chip cookies yesterday. I’ve baked them dozens of times but I still look at the recipe so I don’t forget anything or measure wrong. Life is full of steps and measurements. There are ingredients that benefit our life and some that leave a bad taste. You can go through life not following a recipe and in turn make a lot of bad cookies or you can follow the recipe that Jesus left for you. The bible has everything you need to know. It has the recipe for a perfect life within its pages. But you have to follow it. Problem is, too often if we decide we don’t necessarily like one of the ingredients…or we think it’s gonna be too hard or too much trouble to get…so we decide to leave it out. But for an abundant life, you must follow the recipe of God’s word…just like you follow a recipe to make a good homemade chocolate chip cookie. Complete and in full.
Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 18th day of May, I’ve been thinking about people’s perception of one another. Basically it boils down to this: If you want people to have a certain perception of you, then you have to live your life that way. Actions speak louder than words. You can shout to the heavens all day long that you are a good Christian & whine til the cows come home about being wrongly judged but if you ain’t livin’ it…you’re not portraying it. So…my flower of faith to you is that if you want your light to shine, you’re gonna have to step out of the darkness to let it!
I just watched a video that a school did to support someone with cancer. It was really touching & I bawled like a baby. We are so very fortunate that we live in this community. We rally together to support those with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We pray long and hard for friends and loved ones who are fighting for their lives. We collect donations, run marathons, sell chili, have pie auctions, add them to prayer lists…anything and everything we can to support them and try to extend their earthly life. And all of these things are wonderful! But what are we doing about their eternal life? Do we pray as hard for the healing of their soul as we do the healing of their body? Do we invite them to come to church with us? Do we tell them about Jesus? The one thing that they need to have life more abundant and we fail to discuss that with them. So maybe in addition to all the wonderful acts of kindness that we do….maybe we could offer them a drink of water.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” John 4:9-11 NKJV
Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 13th day I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. We want so badly to be everything for everybody that we end up exhausted with no time for “us”. So my flower of faith to you is, “Let God guide you to do what you can but listen to Him when He tells you to stop and glory in His beautiful creations & smell the roses.”
Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 12th day of May, I was thinking how I was not as prayerful last week as I should have been and how my “excuse” was that it was such a rough week between kids, activities, and not feeling well, that I was just trying to survive it. Then it occurred to me that perhaps if I had been as prayerful as I should have been then just maybe my week wouldn’t have been so rough. So my flower of faith today is that when it’s hardest to pray, that’s when we need to pray the hardest.