Courage

Courage roars.  Does it?  Sometimes it’s the still, small voice inside of us that wants to roar like a lion, but instead meows! 

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2 Chronicles 32:7  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.
In the last four weeks I’ve witnessed a beautiful soul make some very hard decisions.  She stepped WAY out of her comfort zone to face her challenges head on.  She was courageous; scared, anxious, fearful, afraid of failure, but she was courageous.  As long as the beginning and end of your feelings include a positive — you’ll come out on top!
God asks us to walk in faith.  WALK COMPLETELY IN FAITH.  Not to waiver, not to say — “not today, Lord, I’ve got a lot on my plate.”  He wants it 100%, fearless, courageous, adamant!  He wants us strong and brave – because He is THERE.  All the time, He is never not there.  It’s usually us — trying to do it all on our own, that pushes Him away.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
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This is the day!

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What do you rejoice most about when it comes to your love of Mother Earth?  In Springtime, I’m thankful for the beautiful buds and blooms, the sunshine, birds chirping and blue skies.  Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  I missed it because I was traveling, so today am spreading my gratitude around like the wisps of a dandelion.

What does the Lord say about nature?

Isaiah 40:8   ……….The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

1 Kings 6:18  The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Personally, I think God is disappointed that we’ve cared so little for the earth the past 75 years, but glad that we have found ways to heal her.  Love your Mother Earth is not a hippy saying, it’s a way of life.
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By loving the earth, you are loving your Father.
Matthew 22:37   Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

 

Holy Week

What does the word “Easter” mean and does it have the same significance as “The Resurrection”?

According to Merriam-Webster:  Easter is a feast that commemorates Christ’s resurrection and is observed with variations of date due to different calendars on the first Sunday after the paschal full moon.

I’ve answered my own question!  Still, I think the word “Easter” in the minds of many, means bunny rabbits and baskets filled with candy, patent leather shoes, white gloves, floral dresses, and a big meal after church.

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From Palm Sunday until a week later, there is much to be mindful of.  In a period of seven days, Jesus goes from being hero-like, a big parade complete with palm fronds, children waving and smiling — to Crucifixion, death, burial and then the big TA DA day; the big reveal you might say; roll the stone away and Jesus is gone.  He Has Risen!  Hallelujah!  But do we miss the “in-between”?

There is no exact way; it is what you believe and what is comfortable for you.  The following link is common throughout Catholic and Christian faiths.

How to observe Holy Week

Holy Month

April is just around the corner and our holy month begins; Palm Sunday, Passover, Good Friday and Easter.  The death, burial and resurrection — the miracle that saved our life.

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Do you believe?  That is all that is asked of us, to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins.

People don’t like to see the image of Jesus nailed to the cross, or the crown of thorns on his head; but this is the reality.  Jesus was nailed to a cross, hands and feet, his sides were pierced and a crown of sharp thorns was not “placed” on his head, it was jammed into it.  Imagine the physical pain and anguish.  He made this awful sacrifice for us; to heal our wounds, forgive our sins and give us a life that is free and an end that is eternal. 

Image result for nails and a crossHe was despised, and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering; as one from whom men hide their face, and we despised him and we did not value him. Surely he has borne our sufferings, and carried our pains; yet we considered him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.  ~Isaiah 53:3-5 (NHEB)

 

 

What we gain by giving up

During this Lenten season, some are giving up sugar or Facebook or something else that bogs down their time or life.  Some; instead of giving up, are giving.  They are volunteering or adding more bible study to their routine.  Whatever path you choose, make it prayerful, make it important.  You are in essence, to deny yourself, carry your cross and follow Jesus.

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For me, as a young child, Easter was about decorating hard boiled eggs, shopping for a pretty outfit with new shiny shoes, a basket filled with lots of candy and a plush rabbit, a very touching church service, complete with palms for waving and a big dinner at home after church.

Now, as a ‘grownup’ …. I find that being as mindful as possible about the significance of this time is all I need to draw closer to Jesus.

When it comes right down to it, we are sorrowful for the death of Jesus, celebratory for the resurrection and grateful for the life ever after.

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Pieces of Compassion

Image result for compassionThe word “compassion” is as hard to define as it is – understanding its importance.

  • empathy; not knowing — but attempting to understand.
  • help
  • love
  • care
  • concern
  • prayer

Is it not the most important path we walk as believers – to love and support those who are in need, whatever that need may be?

Isaiah 49:13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
This post is personal, as I have several women friends battling cancer.  They are in varying stages, but all are fighting to live.  What can I do to ease any of the pain?  Bring a meal, pray intentionally and listen.

Lazy Pieces

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This is a touchy subject for people of all faiths.  Getting complacent, lazy and expectant can lead to disappointment and further laziness.

I’m very guilty of this. 

I realized today, I hadn’t written in this blog since Christmas!!  Why had I decided it was no longer important?  Laziness.

I forget to pray.  In the morning with my coffee, or when I hit the pillow at night.  FORGET?  How about lazy?

I talk to God in a hurry, no longer like He is the best friend I have in this world.

How can we become/or get back to — healthy Christian living?

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I learned an important lesson last year, a Godly woman shared with me her thoughts – and wow, they were right on!  I explained the trouble I had “managing” God in my life.  That in my “life pie” there were too many pieces, and God was one of them.

She simply said:  “GOD IS THE ENTIRE PIE, NOT A PIECE.”  What?  Of course, that makes perfect sense!  I had been treating God as if He were a sliver in my life, with all the other “important” pieces (family, work, health, money, etc.).  What a realization!  God is the pie, God is the pie!  I kept turning this over in my mind.  How foolish I had been for so many years.

I was so good after learning this fact.  I prayed daily, twice even!  I regularly attended church and other community activities, I soaked up God’s Word like I had never read before, I bought & read inspirational books, I talked about my faith….etc.  And then, reality set in.  This is the part I want you to really embrace.  WE ARE NOT FAILURES, we are just lazy at times. 

Life gets in the way, oh yes it does.  But the moment we realize how far we have strayed from that “good feeling”..the faster we need to correct and get back to what we can manage.  Maybe not twice daily prayers, but for sure time in the Word.  Coffee with a like-minded believer to share how the busyness of life does get in the way.  Give yourself a break.  God is always there, it is us – who have not made the time.