Check out my guest post with Sandra Allen Lovelace. There’s a life outside “the box” and that life has a purpose and is quite beautiful. You can rely on that. And also rely on God’s love and desire to fill your days with peace and joy.
Embrace who you are … you’re pretty awesome.
And don’t forget to sign up to receive posts from Sandra’s website.
Are you setting goals for the new year? Ready to get “that monkey” off your back?
If you’re in ministry, or if you need to be ministered, I have the perfect book for you.
Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances, by Jonathan Daugherty is a must. You will read how a man kept a secret—a secret that shaped his view of life and relationships—for over ten years and how that secret almost ruined his life. It’s a dark story—yet illuminated with the power found in God’s love and grace. Secrets offers an example of no matter how far you are from your purpose, Jesus will reach down—into the depths of hell if need be—and redeem you.
Last Thursday was supposed to be the season where families got together; celebrated their special closeness.
How’d you do?
Know it wasn’t an accident you were placed with your family. God’s plan put you there. With that in mind, let me ask again. How’d you do?
Did you hang on to your old mantra:
“I don’t want to be hurt anymore.” “You don’t know what they did to me.” “We have nothing in common; it’s best we just keep our distance and live our lives apart.”
Sorry, I think God calls shenanigans.
Turkey and stuffing. Mashed potatoes and gravy. And don’t forget the pumpkin pie!
If you’re spending time with friends and family this Thanksgiving, enjoy your feast. Enjoy the company surrounding you. Maybe even watch a football game or two.
But remember to be thankful.
Thankful for wins as well as losses. Planned events as well as shocking surprises. And always thankful that God sees you. Celebrates you. Loves you.
I never tire of reading Brandon J. Adams’ posts. As a baby boomer, I am encouraged by his fresh insight. Sharing Brandon’s posts is an honor.
Are you following him yet? If not, do yourself a favor and sign up … see what he has to say. Take a chance and listen to a millennial who may have an insight you’re not expecting to see.
His latest, Was Your Mind Made Up? holds not only millennials accountable, but the rest of us as well.
Way to go, Brandon. I felt my toes appropriately stepped on … in a good way.
Some blogs are so profound they touch your heart. Other blogs stay with you because of their simplicity and honesty.
Cory Lebovitz’s post falls into the category of the latter when writing about serving others.
Thank you, Cory, for reminding us that service isn’t for the lofty. It’s for us all.
Check out Cory’s post.
Acceptance. It’s what we want, but do we offer it? Instead, we tend to exasperate those who see life differently than we do.
We’re all different. It may not seem like it, but none of us share the exact experiences that would make us the same. Some came from a comfortable home life and solid family of origin, while others struggled with empty bellies and absentee parents.
We may look the same, go to the same schools or even read the same books. But a time comes … something happens … then POW out of nowhere, differences appear.
Our feelings get hurt, or we hurt someone else’s feelings. It’s sad, really. Because we are not the same and inevitably, diversity in how we think or see the world appear.
The answer: Celebrate differences! Learn from one another. Because really, who else do we learn from than those who are different than us?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NIV
Never has a phase brought more comfort.
Try to think of something not included. Fear of not having enough money? Covered.
Upset with what others are saying about you? Don’t let it get between you and your Heavenly Father. That’s covered, too.
Maybe you’re fretting over (yes, I’m going there) the political climate of the day. While it may hurt your heart and make you sad to see people fighting over commentaries on either side of the aisle, know for a fact that all their chest-pounding or fear-mongering does not have the power to separate you from God’s love. So take a deep breath and know God’s already fought your battle and won!
If you’re not feeling all that confident, drop me a note at email@example.com and let’s talk about it.
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.
As I watch 2017 fill the rearview mirror, I couldn’t let the year end without thanking you all—each one of you—for all your likes, comments and follows. A blogger isn’t a blogger unless their words are read.
You’ve encouraged me, challenged me and consoled me when Life didn’t go as planned.
I appreciate each of you and look forward to continuing our chats in the new year. May God’s blessings fill your life beyond measure.