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We must always remember to cast ALL our cares upon the LORD!! Sharing thoughts from Rev. Debra Aiken. One of my favorite blog writers.
1 Peter 5:7 – 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Cast = to throw away with force.
Are you worried? Are you burdened down? Is your heart heavy with fear and anxiety? Are you still trying to carry your heavy load?
In a world of many cares, what is important to you? When all is said and done, in whom do you believe? In whom do you trust? Do you trust God enough to believe that He is able to carry your burdens? Do you believe in the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Do you believe what the Word of God says concerning you?
If you could only believe, I have good news for you. You can rest assured on today from your heavy load because God is saying to you “cast all your cares on Me for I careth for you”…
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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
This afternoon, Jim and I took a little ride through the back roads of our community. As we rode and enjoyed the scenery, we noticed that the Seasons are changing from Summer to Fall. The air is turning crisp. The trees are beginning to show signs that their leaves will be turning soon. Before too long, the leaves will fall. Fall will soon be fading out just as Summer did and Winter will set in. However, we anticipate the newness that next Spring and Summer will bring us.
As we go through life, we go through our own personal seasons. Some seasons are brighter than others. Yet, when we have Christ in our lives, no matter how rough a season, we have the affirmation that Christ is with us. We also know that there is a Season more beautiful than we can imagine promised to us. It is the season where we enter into our eternal home.
If you are reading this and have not given your life to Christ, why don’t you receive him this moment. Lay all the old life and all that burdens you at the feet of Jesus. Then, ask Christ to come into your life and make ALL things new. After all, as I read in my bible today, it clearly reminds me that Christ is the doorway to a beautiful season.
May we walk in the light of truth and embrace the newness of Christ.
Have a blessed Fall.
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“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Any time you enter a Chick fil A restaurant, you will be greeted by a server behind the counter with them saying; it’s a great day to eat at Chick Fil A, how may I help you? Once your order is filled and the server hands you your tray, they will say; it was my pleasure. If you should go back to the counter for a refill or some other need, that need will be taken care of with a smile and the words; my pleasure.
Each day opportunities present themselves for us to serve others. However, there are times when we don’t acknowledge those opportunities. We have an excuse for not answering the call to help others.
- I really don’t have the time.
- I don’t know…
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I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but
only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the
man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded
according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers;
you are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
ONE is a powerful number. I can think of many things that started with one. One person stepped out in faith. One person responding to a yearning in their heart. One person wanting to make a dream come true. One person listening to the voice of God. Yet, at the end of the day, the outcome was more than one.
This morning as I was watching the Today Show they did an interview with Janine Stange. As of this evening, she will have sung the Star Spangled Banner in all fifty states. She started this journey as a way of showing her respect and gratitude to our service men and women who have taken that one step forward to protect what the Star Spangled Banner stands for. As they were wrapping up the interview with Janine, these words she shared struck a chord in my heart. She noted that when the Star Spangled Banner is sung no matter the venue that it is a time when everyone is one.
As I reflect on that statement of how everyone is one as we gather at a venue to sing the National Anthem, I think of many things that started with one. One person with a dream and/or nudge from God. For example, Martin Luther King, Jr. He had a dream. His dream was that all men and women were to be treated equal. He stepped out in faith and as he stepped out others came along and joined in with his mission. At the end of the day, his one voice became many voices working to make his dream a reality.
Then of recent, there was the famous ice bucket challenge. It took one person saying they would have ice water poured over them and issuing a challenge to others to do likewise to raise awareness and money for ALS. Out of that one challenge, social media was full of ice bucket challenges and challengers. The outcome of one person extending the challenge resulted in not only bringing awareness to ALS but also money was raised for ALS research.
When I think of One, I not only think of the National Anthem when everyone is one, Martin Luther King, Jr. with his one dream, or the ALS challenge, but I think of this scripture from 1 Corinthians 3:6-9. When it comes to the Kingdom of God it only takes one person to sow a seed of faith, hope and grace. Then, someone else comes along and waters it. As time goes on there is more than one in helping a pilgrim on their faith journey. As a result the Kingdom of God grows and flourishes.
You see, we are all one. As Christians we have been called to invite others into the Kingdom of God. It only takes us listening to that ONE voice and stepping out in faith and sharing God’s grace, light, and love. As we listen to that ONE voice , there are others who are also listening to that ONE voice that are also stepping out in faith. The end result we have a multitude of voices sharing the light of Christ. Just as Janine Stange, expressed what it is like for everyone to be as one as the National Anthem is sung, we are ALL ONE IN CHRIST!
One. A powerful number. “All it takes is one voice. Then, when you look around there is more than one voice singing.” May we be willing to step out in faith in sharing the Good News of our risen Savior. I won’t challenge you to pouring a cold bucket of ice water over your head to get the message across. However, I challenge you to respond to that ONE voice. Step out in faith in response to the call that has been placed in your heart. Just like the ice bucket challenge I know without a doubt there will be more than just your one voice. There will be others that will step out to join and support you on the journey of which you have been called.
” I see the moon and the moon sees me. God bless the moon and God bless me.” Each evening when Mom would be putting the supper dishes away, I would sit on the sofa in the sitting area by the kitchen looking out the window at the moon. As the sun would set, the moon would become even brighter. Mom would remind me that the man who made the moon made me.
“I see the moon and the moon sees me” is a reminder that God is watching over me and sees all that I do. Not only does he see me but he sees my heart. It also reminds me that in all that I see around me I am seeing God, hearing God and experiencing God in all things.
“God bless the moon. God bless me”, reminds me that God has given me blessings throughout the day. It is also a gentle reminder that God has more blessings planned for me. All I have to do is be thankful for the ones given and keep my heart open and prepared for God’s blessings in the days ahead.
Each night I look up and see the moon and all the stars in the night sky. I still recite the simple little rhyme my mom taught me as a small child. It is a gentle reminder for me that the one who created the moon and hangs the stars is taking care of me. There isn’t anything in life that I can’t handle as long as I have faith in the one ‘who made the moon.’ As I said in a previous post, ‘we are not promised perfect days but we are promised A PERFECT DAY in his time.”
It is on that PERFECT DAY where I will meet the one ‘who made the moon’. Until that day comes, I will continue to share thoughts and words in hopes to encourage others and show others the marvelous wonders and love of the one created the moon and created us. And, each night I will continue to count my blessings and continue to look up at the sky and say:
I see the moon.
The moon sees me.
God bless the moon.
God bless me.
May you see the moon and know the moon sees you. The creator of the moon has many blessings waiting for you to receive. This evening look up at the sky and soak in the amazing beauty of our wonderful creator.
What really matters?
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“How can a game have such an effect on a man’s soul?”
Seven Days in Utopia
“You will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way.”Follow it whether it turns to the right or to the left.”
Seven Days In Utopia is a movie that has been on my Netflix list for quite sometime. Saturday evening, Jim and I made time to just sit down, sit still and watch this movie. From the opening to the ending we were pausing and rewinding back to hear a line. It was an excellent movie about life, our purpose in life, God’s purpose for our lives and what really matters in life. Needless to say, I had my notebook in hand and was taking notes!
In the beginning of the movie, Luke is a pro-golfer who is at the last hole and has a melt down…
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Keep loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers,
for by so doing some people have entertained angels without know it.”
In the last month, Smokey and I have begun volunteering at our local hospital. When I adopted Smokey I didn’t dream at the time that there would be a ministry for me with this pup that has become joined at the hip with me. This past January, we had him certified as an Emotional Support Assist dog. We primarily had him certified for me. However, over the last couple of years, he has shown us the gift he has in bringing comfort to other people. Thus, my adopting him has evolved in to a ministry of sorts.
This morning as Smokey and I finished up our visits at the hospital, we encountered a couple of the family members sitting outside that we had encountered earlier in one of the family waiting areas. I stopped once again to say hello and let them love on Smokey one more time. The conversation progressed and this one particular family member began to share her story and journey. The more she shared the more her story resonated in my heart and mind. I heard the echoes of events that have taken place on my faith journey. This past week had been a week of emotion and my spiritual wellness being drained. Tears welled up in my eyes because I was not only listening to her story but through her sharing she was ministering to me.
In our conversation, we shared how important it is to count our blessings especially in times of trials. I told her that the first blessing we receive every morning is that God wakes us up. She went on with that thought and said; “you are right.”And; ” if God wakes you up in the mornings he has a plan and purpose for you for the day.” This lady went on to say that it is important to not only count your blessings every day but because we are blessed to do at least one kind thing for someone during the day. We both agreed that among the trials in life there is hope and there are blessings.
As I wrapped up my conversation with her, God placed the following words on my heart to share with this sweet lady. The words were; God doesn’t promise us perfect days but he promises us A Perfect Day in his time.”
Earlier this week, I was struggling with exhaustion, with hurt and the yearning to be lifted and healed emotionally and spiritually. And, here I was at a hospital for where the sick go to be treated and hopefully healed. Yet, I was being healed by someone right outside the hospital doors by a sweet lady with kindness and love in her eyes and voice as she talked to me. Needless to say, I walked to my car feeling wrapped up in the Holy Spirit’s arms with tears of healing streaming down my face.
I truly believe God has his angels walking among us. This morning, I was blessed by an angel. This person may not realize the impact they made on my life in those few briefs moments but she was my angel with the words I needed to hear.
God is good!
All the time!
May you be showered with blessings in the days ahead.
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
It was Labor Day Weekend of 1983 when I first pulled into this driveway with Jim. I had flown up from Atlanta to spend the weekend with Jim and to see where he grew up. As soon as we pulled up into the driveway, the door flew open with his mom and dad running out to greet us. This particular weekend was only the beginning of many years of experiencing a home with doors that were open to all. A home that was full of laughter and love.
This past week Jim and I walked through this home and the yard one more time. The rooms that were once full of furniture are now empty. Jim’s dad passed away earlier this year and his mom has moved to a condo. The house is in the process of being sold. As we walked into each room, tears filled our eyes. In the kitchen, we recalled the aromas of many meals Jim’s mom had prepared not only for the family but for friends and strangers who soon became dear friends. Throughout the house there were echoes of children playing, people laughing and you sensed the walls were saying: loved was lived out here.
Before leaving, we walked out to the barn and to his dad’s garden spot. Although Jim’s dad did not feel well, he had planted a garden last year. Jim and I reflected on how much we enjoyed the tomatoes his dad had grown and how they tasted even better last year because we knew his dad had to crawl on his hands and knees to pick them for us. All around us we saw nothing but love and the labor of love put into action.
Jim and I slowly got in the truck. As we pulled out of the driveway one last time with tears in our eyes. We took each other’s hand and looked at one another knowing that his dad would want us to press on toward the goal and continue to share this legacy of love and grace with others.
All of us experience the ending of one chapter and the task of beginning a new one. These transitions are not always easy. However, we must know that it is all a part of God’s plan and it is all a part of our journey to our eternal home. May we press toward the goal of Christ Jesus.
Re-posting this for all of those who are sending out their children to school whether it be elementary, middle or high school or college…Pray for a blessed and safe year for all!
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