Blessing pieces

2 Peter 3 reminds us that all happens in God’s time; not ours.

Paul was in jail during this time, he remembers people in his prayers, he thanks God for his situation (do we EVER do that???) and he encourages others.

Until recently I haven’t grasped the concept of thanking God for the hard times.  However, I see that gratitude isn’t just for the “good stuff,” if that were true, we’d only be happy when life was happy.  Even in our deepest sorrow or pain, God is there, his desire is that we lean on him.  By doing so, a small piece inside our heart grows; pushing the sorrow and pain out.  How can we possibly have room for love and happiness if our heart is stone cold and black?  We can’t.  That’s where being grateful for all of it, comes into play.

It’s not easy to be grateful for the pain. I know.  But if it brings us out of something harsh and cold into the loving arms of Jesus, what better path to love?

Be a blessing.  Be blessed.

PS “The Pieces” is not currently available, it is going through a 2nd editing.  It will be back on the shelves at Amazon by November 5, 2015.

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Pieces of Support

Oftentimes (usually) we are unaware of those who pray for us, or our loved ones – due to the many prayer circles we belong to and friendships we have (and those of the people we know and don’t know).

I received in my email today, a note from someone I don’t know – that encouraged me with this scripture:  “I have loved you, with an everlasting love and I am constant in my affection for you.” Jeremiah 31: 3

The timing of this beautiful quote couldn’t have come at a better time, the irony (although this begs to God’s timing, not ours) is that it had been sitting in my email box since September 11th.

Do not be glib when you say you will pray for someone; make an effort.  Pray with intention.  You may not know what they need (and probably you don’t!), but God does.  Let prayer become as natural to you as breathing.

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Pieces of Contentment

Are we ever really content?  Do we go from one thing to the next?  Is our calendar perpetually filled? Do we believe that tomorrow will be better instead of focusing on what is good today?

Psalm 39:5-6  My life is no longer than my hand! My whole lifetime is but a moment to you. Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend.
Psalm 17:15 But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.
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Pieces of Childhood

If you grew up in a family that attended church every Sunday, you will recall in your childhood, having to memorize bible verses.  Granted, they start you out with very short sentences when you are small, but by the time junior high rolls around, you are memorizing paragraphs plus having to remember all the verses you’ve already memorized.

Now at age 51, I realize that my memory is pretty much shot and were it not for the scraps of paper I keep, I wouldn’t know any bible verses!

Zechariah 1:5-6  Your fathers and their prophets are now long dead, but remember the lesson they learned, that God’s Word endures!
Hebrews 5:14 You will never be able to eat solid spiritual food and understand the deeper things of God’s Word until you become better Christians and learn right from wrong by practicing doing right.
We can adhere to God’s word without having to memorize scripture, but it sure comes in handy in times of need.

Questioning Pieces

Moments create life.  Some are harsh realities, others are joyful attributes, but all consume our living spaces, the air we breathe, our thoughts and feelings, actions and attempts, whether we succeed or fail – all depends on the foundation on which we stand.  Is yours on sand or concrete?

We are not hopeless. 

We deserve grace.