We should not be afraid or surprised at the current events. People hating each other, calling those who used to be good friends terrible names. Everywhere we look we see abuse. First, it was politicians, then Hollywood businessmen and entertainers. The self-importance that once held them apart has now turned to ugliness. And today I read a prominent Christian college president was fired due to his handling of a sex abuse allegation.
It’s not pretty out there. But we shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve been warned.
Make sure you’re prepared for the fallout.
If you find humility difficult, ponder on these prize-winning quotes. Thanks, Mitch, for bringing them to our attention.
And to my blog followers who are not following Mitch Teemley, what’s stopping you?
Stories of people with broken spirits are threaded throughout the scriptures. Elijah wanted to die (1 Kings 19). The widow with the last of her olive oil (2 Kings 4). Another woman with the issue of blood (Luke 8:40-47). Even Jesus wept, asking His Heavenly Father to take the cup He needed to drink from him (Luke 22:39-45).
In each example, turning to God for help made the difference. And it can make the difference for us. Here’s a short poll for those who have a favorite go-to scripture to get them through dark times. I know I have my own. But I want to hear yours! If yours isn’t listed, share what makes a difference for you.
It’s human nature to want to be all we can be. The United States Army tapped into that personal need in 1980 and came up with a catchy slogan and ad campaign:
We’re exposed to lots of choices as we begin our lives. We learn to set goals, beginning with walking, coloring in the lines and even going from eating “ba-sketti” with our hands to mastering “spaghetti” with a fork. As we grow older, we plot, plan, and strive to hit newer, more advanced marks of success. We strive to be all we can be.
It’s mid-week. How’s it been so far? What do you see in your future? I pray it’s all good, filled with love and laughter. If not, don’t let discouragement or shame rob you of the Joy that’s waiting.
Christine Caine’s devotion, Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word offers daily power-packed quick reads to get each day off on the right foot.
Realize we all listen to the opinions of others. Our responsibility is to make the opinions that you listen to count. Focus on God’s perspective. Because really, are any others better?
Celebrate today and get ready to finish the week in an outstanding manner!
What have you done today to show someone you loved them? It’s not too late to give it a try.
Maybe open a door for a busy mom. That could be the nicest gesture anyone offered them today.
Let the panicked driver cut in front of you. Those few seconds may be important to them.
Wave at your neighbors. We often see the same people every day. Let’s show them they’re important.
Actions don’t have to be huge to be life changers. Do something nice. Come back and tell me and the other followers about it. Let’s try and make this a better place … just for a moment.
If you’re anything like me you occasionally battle the feeling of insignificance. You watch as others excel with ease in projects you sometimes struggle. Maybe it’s parenting. Your best friend’s kids seem sweeter and kinder than yours do. And how can it be that every time you go over for coffee her house is spotless?
It can be enough to send you to bed and pull the covers over your head. But know your significance counts in ways you may never know. Continue reading
Happy Anniversary to me!
It was eight years ago today—April 11, 2011—when my life’s journey took a turn. This was the day when I had brain surgery to remove a ginormous tumor from the front-top quadrant of my brain.
Recently I wrote about an experience I had at the Florida Christian Writers Conference that reminded me that God’s purpose is bigger than my own. Check it out …
It’s easy to become weary when we focus on our sadness. Jesus warned us about these times in John 16:33, “… Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows …”
Taking these words to heart, what could happen if we shifted our focus? If we have seasons of sadness, then, that means we must also have seasons when we aren’t sad. What would happen if we realized we’ve been restored—even if it’s just for a short period of time.
Did you come from a broken home?
Have you gone through a painful divorce?
Has life seemed so dark that suicide was a viable option? Continue reading