I have never been one to place value on things over people. I have always believed that the greater treasures lie in the relationships we make and the people we meet along the way. How happy can one be if they have everything they ever wanted, but no one to share it? How content can one be to have everything and be too paranoid that someone will steal it to share it with others?
Jesus, through the gospel of Luke, teaches us that being greedy isn’t in God’s plan. Being generous with ones heart and possessions is far more rewarding in the long run, both in this world and the next. Riches cannot be measured in dollars and possessions, not for me anyway.
To me, true riches are measured in the love you give to others and the love that others have for you. It is measured in the friends you have, and in the smile of a person who has no home that smiles with true gratitude at the food that you bring them to eat. True riches is the blessing of life that God allows us to experience every morning when we wake. True riches is the beauty in nature that He has created for us to enjoy, not the latest app, computer gadget, or the newest car.
2 So once more the people complained against Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded.
“Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you complaining against me? And why are you testing the Lord?”
Everyday the world tries our patience, stretches our kindness to the limits, and hits that stress button. Everything from being stuck in traffic to dealing with lay-offs, illnesses, and you-name-it test us everyday. What do most of us do? We complain. We complain when we are ill or when one of our loved ones is ill. We complain about not having enough time in the day to spend with family and friends. What should we be doing? Praying. Praying? Yup, praying.
The Lord is there to hear our prayers and help us through all the trials that life and He puts us through. He is there to give us the strength to make it through another day. He blesses us with the ability to talk to Him when we are feeling overwhelmed.
Instead of complaining, taking time out to pray allows us to slow down, and calm ourselves. It makes us relax, and take time to put our thoughts together. This helps us relieve stress, and handle situations better; so, next time you want to complain, pray!
In this world where everything seems to be coming apart at the seems and chaos seems to be winning, it’s nice to know that you have someone in your corner that can make life worth living. For me, it’s God first, my son second, and my love, Henry.
11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
This makes me think all of the people out there that say,”I’ll see it when I believe it.” You don’t need to see air to know you’re breathing it. You don’t need to see love to know you’re feeling it; so, why do you need to see God to know he exists? Faith means knowing and believing that He is watching over us, and that He has a plan for each of us. Faith is knowing that He is patient, benevolent, and that He understands that we all fall short, but He loves us anyway.
Having faith means that you know He will not put more on you than you are capable of handling. He will not forsake you, even when you are your lowest. He is always there to lift you up. You need only to reach out to Him. He is there.
Have faith through the dark times, and never lose faith, because God has something in store for all of us when we go to His kingdom.
but do you really? We have all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but we tend to do it anyway. We avoid people that are grotesquely big, bone-thin, have large moles in visible places, as well as people with tattoos and piercings.
1 Samuel 16
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Having worked at different venues and traveled to sell my my stuff at flea markets, gatherings and pow-wows, I have had the pleasure to meet a lot of different people. I make it a point to say hello as they pass my booth or tent and wave. It is amazing how many people just come in to look when you do that. I have never not said hello because I thought they looked funny, weird or off in one way or another.
I have also had the pleasure of meeting some of the funniest and compassionate people because I took the time to say hello. I have found gems in my son’s friends by making myself accessible and not being that parent. You know, the one that goes and hides when the friends come over? Yeah, that one.
There is one thing to consider. When you say hello someone, and I don’t mean just a head bob or wave, really say it, you might brighten that person’s day. They may be having one of the worst days of their week, be depressed or what have you, and just by acknowledging that they exist, you may have made their day.
It takes a while to get over things. I know this. It takes lots of prayer, support, family and friends, but most of all it takes God’s grace. Loss is the toughest thing to get over. As I sit here, I am trying to keep my mind from wondering what the baby I lost would have looked like. Some days it’s easier to fill my hours with manipulating pictures for my blog; go on Facebook, and help my most wonderful friend with her three children, but the thoughts still creep into my mind.
Would you have had your father’s eyes and my hair? How long would it have taken you to smile up at us? How long until we would have heard that infectious smile all infants have. You know the one that makes you laugh even when you don’t think you can? Would have taken to walking like a fish to water, or wobbled around a bit first?
I know I shouldn’t torture myself with it, but I just can’t help it some mornings.
10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts.
16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.
19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
to their labor until evening.
24 How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
With all this wonder and beauty, how can one possibly say that God does not exist? When you see an acorn and realize it will give way to a mighty oak, how can you say there is no God? When you see the miracle of birth, how can you fathom a world with no God? When every sunrise is God blessing you with a new start, how can you say He does not love you? When He tells you goodnight with every sunset, how can you say that He doesn’t watch over you?
I can imagine many things, but I cannot imagine a life with out God or Jesus Christ, can you?
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Then that is where I want to be, in His light. I want to be where He is. I want to receive His love and compassion. Don’t we all? We want to be in God’s light, warm, protective, caring, compassionate, but too many of us lie to ourselves and think that we are already there.
6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
Here we are again. Same as yesterday, striving to be a perfect person. We worship him. We pray to Him for guidance, strength through the tough times, and thank Him for our blessings, the many He gives us, but do we stop to think about how many times we have committed a sin? Do we think about how many times we have judged others, thought us better than others, or even thought we were more righteous than the person next to us? Do you know that when you do that you’re walking in darkness but saying you’re having fellowship with God?
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we truly acknowledge our shortcomings and recognize our sins, I mean really look at ourselves, and then speak with others, openly about our sins and our love for Jesus, we will be cleansed of all sin. It is hard for us to admit that we have done wrong, wrong in our thinking and our actions, but we, at one time or another, have done wrong, whether to ourselves or others. Being human, we need interaction with others. We need people to talk to, however hard it may be to bear one’s soul to another. I have been guilty of this myself. I tend to lock away feelings and instances that have hurt me, therefore hurting myself; I have sinned. God does not want you to be alone. He wants you to seek others to talk to and lean on in times of trouble. You are not alone.
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
I had to read this one more than once. Everyone has sin. No one is pure in thought and action. To say that we are without sin is lying. It is easy to fall into bad habits. It is even easier to size-up another individual and list all the ways we are better than them. This is a sin. We are not better than our neighbor. The seven deadlies have a way of sneaking up on us in our daily lives, and if we let any one of them sneak in, we are lying when we say that we are without sin. No one is perfect. We all fight and struggle to be better people, and through situations, illnesses, and hardships, we often fall short.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin,we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
There is good news! Jesus is there to intercede for us when we fall short! He is there, on our behalf. We just have to be honest with ourselves. After all, if we are not honest with ourselves, who will be?