Let’s talk about Love ….

I was traveling with the radio on and day. (Music is definitely one of my love languages – which is where my heart led me as I listened with a different set of ears to a new meaning of this song). Foreigner began singing “I’ve gotta take a little time, time to think things over“. (open link after reading blog; think about the song in reflection of what I’ve mentioned. I’d LOVE to hear your response! (side note: 93Million+ views of this song -crazy)!

As many times as I have listened to this song, that day I heard it as if the Holy Spirit was talking to me. Line by line in this song. My heart began to sing. Then resonated through my voice, in the car (alone – thankfully! :-)).

Sweet bird, taking time to stop. ©Photos By Design 2020

The idea that Foreigner sang the song, reminded me that we are indeed, foreigners in this land/on this earth. This is NOT our destination. Romans 12 tells us that we aren’t to be conformed to this world but to renew our mind to what God tells us on how to live. Like the sweet bird perched on the porch, relaxed, only for a moment, I imagine she was ready to recalculate what her next flight might be.

We too can pause. Reflect. Change. Recalculate our life. What does love mean? Who is God, and what is he doing in me right now?

This world, it is not our destination. It’s temporary. In the midst of a cray cray whirlwind of hostility, new virus, shut downs, loss of jobs, people in hospitals alone, funerals wrapped up tighter than a drum- that we can’t say our final farewell to the people we care about, and SO much more. I am GLAD this world is not the only thing to live for.

Does that twist your emotions? Put a zing in your brain?

Think about it. We are not guaranteed a long life. My husband was 37 when he suddenly died. I know many who died in their 50’s. Our destination needs some planning. some thought. Is heaven yours? It could be. Keep reading.

Getting back to the song. Thinking things over. He says I better think things over. Read between the lines.

I say …..no! Read the Scriptures (I’ll attach links to some appropriate scriptures in this story). When we read the Bible we have so so so soooooo much that God tells us. ALL things pertaining to the crazy world – and God offers instruction for ALL OF IT.

This mountain, I must climb“. (maybe this reminds you of The Sound of Music – climb every mountain… ?? Okay.. getting back on track! lol. But God says, lay down in green pastures. Even though we do have mountain tops to climb, we know that the valley is just over that difficult time. Rest. It’s imperative .

“It feels like the world is on my shoulders“. Phew. How many times have I carried that weight. But no more. I learned years ago… I can’t fix all things. You can’t either. We can do our best to help, guide, teach and share. Then we pray. Let God and the Holy Spirit do the WORK and carry whatever weight you bear. Let it go. Let God do the hard thing.

Love shines. Yes it does. Don’t you feel so much better, brighter and valued when people you love are around? God’s the same. Even better! His love never fails. “I want you to show me”. Oh, listening to this lyric, I changed it to: LORD, I WANT YOU TO SHOW ME. Show me YOUR Love Lord. The perfect love that casts out fear, pain, hurt and negative doubt.

Oh, there is nothing that can hide God’s love from us. Allow him to show you HIS pure amazing wonderful love. It gets rid of all things unhappy. ALL THINGS. Simply TRUST and BELIEVE!

We all want to know what love is. God is the only way. He is true and never leaves us. Even to those who seem to be unlovable… he loves them WAY BIG !!!

I’ve traveled so far to change this lonely life“…. do you ever feel that way? Oh, each verse in this song is like the Bible – precept upon precept… line upon line. Filled with HOPE that God gives. Truth. Light. Freedom. Say YES YES YES!!!!

“I want to know what Love is… I want YOU Lord to show me. It may take a little time.. but there’s nowhere left to hide. Love has finally found me“.

If you are reading this today, please know, God loves you so much. He searches for you, and patiently waits for you to run to HIM. Offer your life to him. Ask him to live in you. Ask him to forgive you for running from him. Accept Jesus if you have not yet, as your Savior. Oh, how he loves you so. there is SUCH freedom in Jesus.

As we just celebrated the wonder of Easter, it’s a beautiful way to end the month with this Foreigner song, on wanting to know true love. TRUE LOVE. God – he is our Maker. He knows you. He wants you in eternity – Heaven – oh, it’s gonna be so beautiful to live there one day. It can be your destination too.

I’m confident, I will see you on the other side one day. Rejoice. And thank you, Foreigner, for singing this song. Reminding me of God’s faithful and pure love.

I’m attaching a list of scriptures you can journal, write out in a notebook, as you walk this journey of LOVE.

Enjoy this Journal page…. let me know how this has blessed your life by leaving a comment!

I want to know what Love IS… Scripture journaling

For times like this

So, today is a monumental day. For many reasons.

I am going to take a little different writing approach, as I share today. 

Broken into Beautiful. 
From Mourning and Sadness into JOY. 

 

Just two weeks ago, we celebrated Easter; 

Our biggest celebration of LIFE – everlasting life because of what Jesus did for us. 
(if you are unaware of those details, PM me, and I’d be glad to share, otherwise, I do believe most know what Salvation is, and what Christ came to do for the WORLD). 

In my studying this morning, I was reading about Saul / Paul. A Jew that persecuted those who followed Jesus, was blinded for a few days. The Lord sent Ananias (who very well may have been afraid to confront Saul because of his distaste for the Lord and his followers, and was willingly ready to kill them). But God in his amazing and most wonderful might, power and knowledge, knew Saul would turn from his wicked ways and serve Christ with ZEAL as he was filled with the Holy Spirit. 

Paul suffered much; the scourging and persecution once he became vocal as he shared who Jesus was. 
God showed him what to do, what would happen, all for the sake of sharing HIS story with US today, through the Bible. Paul was a great example for us. 

The shadow of life bring darkness, but behind it all, there is LIGHT. Be the Light in a dark world

Imagine, scales fell off of Paul’s eyes after being blinded. A representation of the old turned to new. Scales like a fish skin, is what I imagine it to be like. maybe even similar to an eye that the cataract has gone bad. Take the old lens off, to put a new lens on. (Acts 9). 

Saul’s(Paul’s) conversion was huge when he left his worldly view point to serve the Living Christ. HUGE. The terrible things he did – murder, aggression, he was educated to the max, too smart for school, if you will.  
He was a fool. He admits to being a fool. He was simply bad to the bone. 

Yet, let’s take a moment to define foolish thinking in the worlds view, vs. being a fool for the Lord. (Yes, the Bible talks about bein’ a fool – quite a few times). Paul talks about his own life in Philippians 3:1-9, and 1 Tim. 1:12-17. When we place our trust and faith in our education to get us through life, or our spouse, family members, friends, or our job, type of home we live in, the brand of car and clothing we utilize – we loose. 

——> We are lost. The stuff we accomplished becomes prideful and boastful to ourselves to say ‘LOOK WHAT I HAVE DONE. look what I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED’… me me me mememememmemeemmemememememmemeME!!!!!! (insert shaking head). 

When we (and yes, it is OK to get a degree, have a nice house and things, as long as they are not our PURPOSE to define us, it is a fine line!); loosen those ‘things’ from your soul, and simply use them as a tool, too trust God with ALL our being, it is THEN faith grows. 

When we LIVE in God, his direction, are guided by HIS word, His love, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, then we GAIN the world. Because it does NOT have a hold on us. 
Because when we can loose our stuff to not hold us down, we become vulnerable. 

Let’s be honest, WHO LIKES being vulnerable? N.o.b.o.d.y.!!!!!!!

Paul began to BOAST in his weaknesses; guys and girls, WE ALLLLLLL HAVE WEAKNESSES!!!!!!!!!!! Yes we do.  
But, God! He tells us in the Scriptures, that through suffering, through trials, through the junk we live through, IF WE LET God HELP IS, we can boast of what HE DID IN us and through us. 
When we live through tough stuff, and we run into the wisdom and care of our Father, through Jesus and being guided by the Holy Spirit, we win. We become fools for Christ because the WORLD lives in an economy of achievement and goals. In spite of the shipwreck, stoning etc, Paul’s faith did not waiver. 
Get that —— HE DID NOT WAIVER – he boasted with ZEAL of all God did for him. It is not what we do, but what God does in and through us, God GETS THE GLORY for OTHERS TO SEE! 

In spite of the bad God turns the junk to GOOD! 

Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!

Folks, I come to you today, on this 23rd anniversary of the sudden death of my husband who was only 38 when he died from the affects of a drunk driver. 

The month of April is still a solemn one, yet a joyful one. yes, it can be both. It is both. 

It’s a time of reflection. Hope. Tears. Smiles. Happiness and remembrances of how God in his mercy did the same for me, as he did for SAUL-PAUL. 

Just like LIFE. 

Life has GOOD AND BAD. Ups and downs. Joy and sorrow. Difficulties and easiness. 

We are living in this time of Coronna virus. A new thing that happened – supposedly quickly to our whole world. 

Lots of speculations and weariness happening to people.

I see tons of anger, denial, frustration, despair, worry, depression, confusion etc, as we live in a lock down which has been forced upon the healthy so as not to get sick. 

The world economy has stopped by maybe, 75% ish. People want to work. People want to be with family and do their thing. 

But it is an awakening. A shifting if you will.

The why questions are many. One big question I hear often is why would a good God let this happen to us? 

Why? 

Why did Jesus get scourged, beat, spit on, screamed at, accused, etc – HE WAS THE INNOCENT LAMB !!!!!! Why did HE HAVE TO feel the pain he did for YOU ?????? WHY? 

What did I do that He would love ME so much he would die for me? 
#perspective

I say all of this to come to these points: 

This situation we are in today, is a time to pull away, take the free time you have and pray. Seek God. Ask forgiveness so you have salvation, and the opportunity to become whole. A time to learn the Bible and what it says for your life. 
Change is needed. 

let me say that again. C.h.a.n.g.e is NEEDED within each of us. Including me. Yes, in you too! We all are weak, but by God’s grace, we can live like Paul with zeal for Christ. 

Guys and Gals: here is the bottom line: 

As I “celebrate” my husbands HOME GOING anniversary, I miss him, as I do my Liz, and others who have left this earth. I do NOT want them to come back to earth. This earth has NOTHING for us. they enjoy heaven and ALL it’s glory vs the ugliness in this world. 

This life, guess what: It is TEMPORARY.

Put it in your mind, one day we ALL die. 

Whether it be from a virus, disease, drunk driver, cancer or __________. 

You and I will die one day. 

Grief is real. 
When you love much you grieve much. 

Grief never goes away, it just simply shifts your life as you (hopefully) will appreciate and rejoice in the good things you shared with the loved ones. You can reflect and talk about memories, and even shed tears. It’s all OK! 

So, wherever you are today, in your pride, accomplishment’s or in your humble spirit, every day, I, you, all of us, have to wake up, as God to forgive us of our yesterday’s junk in the trunk. May the bad be washed and cleansed as we begin today, whole, forgiven, living in peace with NO fear of any virus, government, lack or any other thing. God is with us, whom shall we fear? No one. 

Let the zeal of the Lord live in each of us, even on days like today, where we think of loved ones who have gone before us. 

#AuntGeri #Brian #Liz #Loren #Doris #Cindy #Mom #Dad and all others ….. they rest in His care. Praise you Jesus. 

May we live strong, wise and bold for Christ. Amen!

New Year State of Mind~ 2016 Style

Here we are. The last day of 2015, and how did you do this year?

Was it a fun year?

Did you grow, learn or stretch? 

Were you laden with hardship or difficulties?

For me, this year is a year I would like to have disappear off the calendar history. Although I know when Christians pass away, they go onto GLORY, to be with Jesus. Being widowed for over 18 years now, I have been through the journey on a very personal level, more than once.  This one has hit me hardest. Liz, my sister by choice, best friend since a wee child,  we stood up to each others wedding, and were God-mother to each others  children, and truly soul sisters.

There have never been two travel buddies as perfect as the two of us!  We always commented how well fit together as vacation companions,  we  could loung on the beach, quietly for long periods of time and not talk.  Always finding creative things to observe, nothing ever passed us up, we saw everything!  We could People-watch like none other. A cup of coffee together,  (of which I did not share in that indulgent beverage until 40!), and we could conquer the world. We balanced each other better than  anyone I have ever met in my life. We spoke often how blessed we were to have each other. Both being “only children”, we had that very special bond, which I do believe helped us to relate to each other, as we appreciated our sisterhood.

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As children we were very opposite. Her parents came over from Holland, in the 50’s, with what was on their back & some basics,  with a few dollars in pocket. Brave souls they were, to venture over to the Americas, where they would begin their “good life”. That they did. “Pa”, worked his own company in shipping and did very well for himself.  They were a handsome and well like family. Strong and full of energy, which taught me well as a child.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, my parents divorced at a year old. They loved each other, yet just could not live together very well.  Mom and I lived with my grandparents, and a  very low budget.

Financially we were in different worlds.

I was more quiet, and insecure, as Liz was a pretty bold one. But we balanced each other like a teeter-tawter.  The commonalities we shared, were  that we were very compliant to our parents. Neither of us got into  trouble, nor did we want to.

She valued my patience, and I grew stronger and bolder, learning from her confidence.

There were so many other life occasions we shared, from the simple to the grand. Yet, I will miss the things in the future that we won’t share  while on this earth; becoming Grandma’s, she’ll never see my  kids get married; and  the closeness we shared, I will miss immensely, the unconditional love is and was a blessing from God. So grateful for her life…

We had a full lifetime of time together, which I value as a priceless gift, just as I do my kids.

Liz and I, dinner cruising Eastern way
Liz and I, dinner cruising – –  in 2004

Hug your friends,  and appreciate them by spending time together. Never take life for granted! That is my New Years gift to you!  Be strong and bold, withholding nothing.

Father, as we enter into a new year, we are thankful for your mercies that are new each morning. Thank you for bringing families together, friendships that last a lifetime; May we honor you with our lives each day this year. I hope everyone will find someone to befriend and share life together.

God’s Promises…

       

God’s Promises…..

 In Patience

2013. It’s now OVER!  Phew! What a year. Started out with the passing of my Uncle and Mom – in Jan/ March respectively. They both had health struggles, in the end there is some relief that the pain was over for them. Still tough for those left behind on this earth. Then moving forward into the days without them, trying to celebrate life’s events, with the void of them not being there with us. Had a few others whose spouse, child passed as well. Oh, the heart aches at the many losses we’ve endured this year. Year ended with a friend suddenly passing, and my sister in law as well. Just before Christmas. Rough few weeks in December.
Then there were the days in between those life-altering events, the daily struggles of many unknown and unforeseen problems. Just life in general not working out as hoped, never seeming to get that break that was much needed, and trying to stay “positive” and in faith. I will admit it was not easy  – too many days I struggled with doubt, bits of depression, fear, wondering why life was not moving accordingly.
But God.
He never gives up on me! Good thing. I cannot imagine doing life without Jesus. The LIFE GIVER. Through the day to day routines, he still protects, guides, listens, and wants me to lean on Him ever the more.  He offers patience to endure through the good times and bad times, teaching along the way. I will learn, change, adapt to His way, since it’s just easier and so much more rewarding as I take the  hand of my Daddy. He never steers me wrong. It’s a new year, with  fresh horizons. I can see the Son rising over my life as well as IN my life. Its’ a new season, fresh anointing,  good things are about to happen. Doors that were locked will be swung wide open. Goodness and mercy follows me all the days of my life! Praising my Jesus all the day long! This is my story!
 
Let us pray: 
Father God, you love me so. I thank you that you never give up on me! Praising you for your mercy, which is new each morning. As the roller coaster of life brings us up and down, and all around, leading me to you, days may be joyful but also rough, tiring and often exhausting.  Yet, you are my/our firm foundation that brings peace and wisdom. I pray you guide me so that I will show patience and love to those I come in contact with. Even those who are rough and tough, those who stretch my patience to the max, I need you Holy Spirit to live through me, extending love and grace to everyone. Let my life shine with all your attributes so many will come to know the evidence of who you are.  Love you so much Jesus.
Verses to Guide us in the journey:
My soul still remembers, and sinks within me.
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.
 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.  Lamentations 3:20-26 NKJV
I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,and heard my cry.
 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,and set my feet upon a rock,
and established my steps.
 He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord
Psalm 40:1-3

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law.  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.   If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-25