Thursday, April 17, 2014

Color and Cheer

Spring has been a long time coming this year.

Sometimes, you just need a little something to remind you to hold on, Spring is coming.

I had a beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers that I enjoyed for a week ...




but then they faded away ...

I needed something spring-like to add color and cheer to my every day environment.

So, I bought a purse in my favorite turquoise ....




It shines like a jewel


It did the trick!  Every day, when I pick it up to go out the door, I just. Feel. Better.

Anything that can do that is a wise purchase in my eyes.


Mama’s Losin’ It




This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 3.) Something you bought this month that you love.

O is for One

Today's word is one.

Who is the one that is central in your life? in your thoughts?

Do you live for you?  Or is your life based on those you love?

I know it is often a real struggle for me because, frankly, I'm self-centered.  I don't mean I'm selfish, I'm just often wrapped up in my own world. What I must do that day and what I want to accomplish are often in the forefront of my thoughts. I have to be reminded often, "It's not about me."

Instead, I want my thoughts to be on the One whom I adore.  The One who gave everything to me.  I also want to be thinking of my loved ones and those I come in contact every day.  How can I serve them?  How can I encourage?

It's a paradox, but the more love you give away, the more comes back to you.  The more you give your life, the more life you receive. Abundantly! 




This post was written in community with the April A-Z blogging challenge.  To read others' work, go here





 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Now ... or Never

I think now is a good word for thought.

Yesterday is gone.  You can make amends, you can learn from yesterday, but you can't change a thing.

As for tomorrow, you are not guaranteed that you will see it.  Anything could happen and today might be your last day.  Visit any graveyard and you will find a diverse group of ages displayed on the headstones. Old and young alike end their earthly journeys every day.

All we really have is now.

Is there something you've always been planning to do?

     ... an apology you need to make?


        ... a wrong that needs to be made right?

            .... a person or place you always meant to visit?

                 ... someone you need to forgive?

                     ... an opportunity you need to take?

                         ... someone to forgive?

                             ... give your life to Christ?

We are told in God's Word that now is the time to accept salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2)

Whatever you need to do, do it now ... before your now turns into ... never.




This post was written in community with the April A-Z blogging challenge.  To read others' work, go here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Mercy

My love for Mercy is only equal to my love for grace.  How I need both of them in my life!

Because I mess up.  A lot.  How about you?

God's Word teaches us that He serves up fresh mercy every morning.  I cannot conceive of a greater blessing than that.

He's not only the God of a second chance but of a thousand chances... IF you are sincerely repentant. He knows the thoughts of your heart.  You can't fool Him.

An honest person who truly regrets the error of his ways, and wants to change,  can always find mercy at the foot of the cross. Always.

And that makes mercy a word worth dwelling on, in my opinion.


(Check it out:  Lamentations 3:22-23 and 1 John 1:9)




This post was written in community with the April A-Z blogging challenge.  To read others' work, go here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Daybook: 04.14.14

FOR TODAY, Monday, April 14

Outside my window... cold rain and a howling wind.
I am thinking...how quick this time with our Janae is flying by!
I am thankful... to see our girl! It's awesome to see her becoming a young mom.
In the kitchen... spaghetti and garlic bread
I am wearing... navy pants and blue printed top ... with sparkly embellishments
I am going...to Colorado in June to see the babies.
I am wondering...what the twins will look like.  I'm hoping they will be healthy and happy babies. (and no colic, please.)
I am looking forward to... my next day off, Friday.
I am learning how procrastination sucks the joy out of life. It's really a sickness and I want to overcome it.
I am pondering... the sacrifice Jesus made for me.  It is incredible what He did!  I'm also thinking about how bleak it is when we think about His death on the cross.  But we can take heart when we realize Sunday's coming.  He doesn't stay in the grave!
A favorite quote for today... "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." ~ Jesus
One of my favorite things...flowering trees. It makes my heart happy!
A few plans for the rest of the week: gearing up for the baby shower on Saturday, and Easter on Sunday.
A peek into my day...


 Gorgeous flowering tree and vintage phone booth on our town square


The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her site, The Simple Woman's Daybook.

L is for Life ... and Love

I think a word everyone should spend some time reflecting  upon is Life.

Life is a precious gift.  

You only get one.  Make it count.

Don't waste your Life on selfish pursuits or in strife and bitterness.  It's not worth it!

God's Word teaches that before we were even born, the length of our days is recorded in His book.  The moment you are conceived, it is already known how long you will walk on this earth.  

Don't waste even a second. 

What's the best way to spend this incredible gift of Life you've been given?

Love.

The best way to spend your days is not to look after #1 or try to find something that makes YOU happy but to give your love away.  It's a paradox, but the more you give love away, the more it comes back to you!

A guy once asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. He was hoping to be justified thinking Jesus would name one that he was good at keeping.  But Jesus cut right to the motive and declared love was the greatest commandment.  Love God with everything that is in you, and the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.  

Everything is based on love.  If all loved as they should, there would never be any laws broken.

If you spend your Life loving, you'll have no regrets.  I never heard of anyone on their deathbed saying, "Oh, I loved too much."

Remember, if you want to be loved, you must first love.



(Check it out:  Psalm 139 and Matthew 22:36-40)


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for King



There is a praise song I love to think on and I sing it all the time:

Amazing love, how can it be?
That you, my king. would die for me
Amazing love, I know it's true
Its my joy to honor you
Amazing love how can it be?
That my king would die for me
Amazing love I know it's true
Its my joy to honor you
In all I do
I honor you


It's so unbelievable - all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him and yet He knows all about each of us.  He even knows the number of hairs on our head.

This is the season in which we honor the sacrifice of Jesus who laid His life for each one willing to accept His incredible gift.  Let us not forget that He died, but even more amazing, He raised Himself by His own power resurrecting Himself to walk in an indestructible immortal body.

If you want to change your ways and live for Him, you can be guaranteed an immortal body also.

Would you like to know more?  Study 1 Corinthians 15 - read it all the way to the end.  You'll be blessed!



I've embedded a youtube video of Chris Tomlin singing Amazing Love; You Are My King.



Enjoy!







This post was written in community with the April A-Z blogging challenge.  To read others' work, go here.