Can you believe that January is FINISHED??? Didn’t we just wish each other “Happy New Year”?
So what do you have to show for the last four weeks? Did you make any progress toward your goals? Remember, the months are all going to fly by just like this one did, so make the most of every moment. Don’t waste a day worrying about anything you cannot change or over which you have no control.
We still have eleven months to make a difference!!! Let’s do it!
I sense a change in my life-situation now. People are drawing close, others are drifting away and things are definitely changing. Changing for the good, is what I believe. It may not FEEL good, but I know it is for my good.
As fear leaves (because fear hinders growth), I feel myself stretching to attain what others dare to say I cannot do. I know I need to press forward in the areas that need development. I won’t list them here, but I know everyone can relate to this.
More on this later……
Today we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a man who dared to believe that non-violent protests against the segregation and mistreatment of Negros (now called African-Americans) would change the way they were treated. I began to reflect on what Martin Luther King Day means to me.
My reflections started when my son asked me a question earlier: “Mommy, why do you always care so much about what others do or what happens to others? To me that’s like minding someone else’s business.” So Mommy (that’s me) thought hard about what my son said. “Is it really so? Is it really someone else’s business?” I had to ask myself the question before I answered him.
Continue reading “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”
Hebrews 12: 1 & 2 (NIV): “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Continue reading “Life Moves On”
I am noticing a few things: Time seems to be speeding up at an alarming rate. As the days fly by I feel a growing sense of uneasiness/restlessness, which indicates that a seismic shift is about to take place in my life!
Continue reading “Growing Pains: An Introspection”
For many years I have struggled with loving who I am and fully embracing my unique personality. I have heard many descriptive words, but being misunderstood (or misinterpreted) must be ranked first on the list.
Today as I prepared to go to church I realized this:
1. Wishing you were someone else means you are assuming that God made a mistake when He created you.
2. When you see others’ lives and wish yours were something like theirs, you would need to see the entire story first. You may not want what they have after learning the entire story.
3. If you are just like everyone else, that would make your existence unnecessary.
4. God created all of us to fill in a niche that no-one else can. That fact was demonstrated clearly to me when I attended a cafe spot recently. As various audience participants walked up to advertise whatever show/event/initiative they were promoting, it was interesting to note that no-one’s event was exactly the same as the other person’s. Each had a different angle; each person was tapping into the gifts and passionate pursuits that God had placed within them. For example, if 2 people did poetry, one was more thought-penetrating or funnier than the other. If 3 groups sang, all had a different sound.
If I am so different that many people shake their head in wonderment as I pass by, then God must have very interesting plans up ahead – just for me!
Thank you GOD!
I am available.
Like a cup, I contain life, joy, peace, many other gifts and selfless giving. As the Owner of this vessel picks me up from the shelf, may His gifts that He poured generously into me spill on the saucer and on all other areas. May people’s lives be touched and changed permanently by His outpouring into and on me.
If I develop a fissure (or crack) on the side from my tripping and falling here and there, my marred existence will still receive the outpouring from its Owner. The fissure on the side could have caused Him to discard me, but in His mercy, forgiveness and unfailing love He has chosen to use me anyway!
As He pours, and as I leak from the fissure on the side and eventually overflow, may lives reap from the shaping, developing and regenerating of me – all for His glory.
I am available.