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Transitions: When Little Becomes Much

A little hug

A little caress

A little assurance

In the middle of despair

Will greatly calm the weary soul.

A little love

A little smile

A little hope

In a little while

Will lift a heavy burden.

A little joy

A little faith

A little encouagement

In the very moment when need is great

Will replace hopelessness with great peace.

A little flower

A little song

A little mercy

In the crush of defeat

Will turn the shame into great relief.

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In a little while…..

1 Peter 5:10

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You’re Qualified by Love

In my dream during the night I was at a school banquet with different people I have known through the past thirty years. I was very glad to see them, but they all seem to have something they were holding on to that kept them from enjoying the banquet set before them. As I woke up and meditated on the dream, the Lord helped me see that the people had caged themselves in. They’ve built their own cages that are keeping them from walking in freedom.

I believe the Lord wants many of you to know that divorce does not disqualify you, nor do your mistakes and failures. He knows the plans He has for you and no plan of His will be thwarted (Job 42:2) by your behavior. Just like our children cannot thwart our plans to love them and care for them, so God is with us. We didn’t just walk away and leave our children in the store when they had tantrums because they couldn’t have what they wanted. No, we picked them up and took them home. We still love them and desire the best for them. We see that they attend school, they eat until they are satisfied, and they have clothes to wear in every season.

Our heavenly Father will not leave us nor forsake us. He loves us with a perfect love. Our mistakes and failures do not disqualify us from being His children. He will correct us because He LOVES US! He will guide us if we will listen. All is not lost. Our destiny is still decided. He is waiting for us to step out onto the path He has set before us. He will guide us.

Scripture reading for today. (Daniel 9: 1 – 19 & Romans 12:1 – 2).

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The Path to Destiny by Ci Mosley
You are not disqualified
Because you fail.
You are not fogotten
Because you leave the trail.

You are not unwanted
Because you slip and fall.
I AM here to lift you up
Because I love you through it all.
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14 Days of Blessings: Day 7

Today I wish you resurrection.

The beauty of this season is the hope that the end of something is approaching and we have something new to look forward to. That is resurrection.

This year may have been extremely challenging for you, but we have this hope…He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it at the coming of Jesus (Philippians 1:6).

Jesus has come. He brought goodness, mercy, love, and grace with Him. He raised our hopelessness from the dead. His birth was the beginning of a resurrected life for us.

He came to give us access to the One who is able to do more than we could ever ask or think. He is the creator of heaven and earth and nothing is impossible with Him. Let Him resurrect your hope, your joy, your peace, and your love. Today is a new day…a new beginning.

Rise Blessing

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Uncluttered Part 13: Rest, Reflect, & Refresh

My favorite thing about the weekend is I get to rest, reflect, and refresh. When Monday comes I am ready to start again. This weekend during my reflections, I was reminded of conversations with several people who want to see changes in their life but they don’t know how to start.

I believe that we can apply my 3R’s for a great weekend to making changes that we desire in our lives.

Rest

The process for change requires us to rest.  We need to rest from worry, stress, self recrimination, unforgiveness, and the pressures we place on ourselves to be perfect. Resting helps us quiet our minds and gain new perspective.

What is causing us stress? What makes us doubtful of our worthiness to have something better, to dream for a higher call? What grudges are we clinging to that stifles our personal growth? Who are we comparing ourselves to that makes us feel we don’t measure up?

Choosing to rest and let go of everything can help us discover God’s plan for our lives. God intended us to rest. He even gave an commandment for it (Exodus 23:12). Jesus says we can come to Him and He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28 – 30).  Meditating on these words places us in the position to get a fresh look at ourselves and opens the door for reflection.

Reflect

Reflection is a proven strategy to winning battles, learning new skills, and creating something new. There are numerous studies on reflective practices. Experts tell us to use reflection in business, education, and our personal lives when success is our goal. Reflection is also essential for our personal and spiritual growth. Throop (Christianity Today) encourages a reflective approach to learning what the bible says about our lives, our faith, and our purpose.

When we reflect about what we have accomplished, where we’ve been, and our hopes for the future, we can begin setting goals for what comes next. This leads us to a greater sense of purpose and helps us face what lies ahead refreshed and ready to make the changes we want to see.

Refresh

Refreshed doesn’t always mean completely rested, it means we have a new perspective on our lives, our plans, and our dreams. Dictionary.com defines refresh as providing vigor and new energy, stimulating, making fresh again, or refreshing appearance. I really love that they have added this computer definition:

  1. to access (the most recent version of a webpage) from the Internet instead of from the cache:
  2. to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
  3. to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.

I believe the computer definition applies to this message. Do you know the world longs to have access to the latest version of you? You refreshed can bless the world around you. You refreshed can display the love of Christ in your own unique way. You refreshed know when you need to return to the states of rest and reflection so that you don’t lose momentum. You refreshed can see yourself in a new light and appreciate the process of change.

Remember the 3R’s for a great weekend can be applied to  your personal relationships, your work life, and your dreams. Everyone has the power to change. We are never without hope for something better when we intentionally look at where we are and set our minds to making things different.

As this weekend comes to an end, I pray that you have rest, that your reflections lead you to the life Christ paid the price for you to have, and that you face the future refreshed with vigor and new energy.

Step Into a New Life

2 Corinthians 5:17  
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.