Beauty in the Light…

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A kiss in the wind… a wave goodbye

Words of love, a smile, a grin

Look up in the sky… remember it all

The happy flutters, the cloud covers… rolling by

Sweet songs

Beautiful flowers

Dreary dark days

Full of showers…

Turn left, turn right… look up, look down

Each day, each moment

Never lose sight…

Behind the clouds the sun will always peek through

Sadness and doubt eventually come with peace and joy too…

Are You Following Your Calling…?

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How do you know exactly what you are supposed to do in life? You have certain interests, certain skills, certain experiences… those things mold and shape you into the person you think you should be…

THE PERSON YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BE…

IS THIS REALLY WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE???

Ultimately, only GOD knows the answer to the question… are you following your calling? GOD created you and me and well, HE knows your ultimate destiny.

BUT…

How do you know what HE has designed you for? How do you know what you are truly supposed to do with your life???

I think, through prayer and a relationship with GOD the Father who created you and me… we learn what HE wants us to do.

We are equipped, through experiences in our lives, with the tools to do what we were designed to do. The coolest thing is that as we go though our lives, that calling changes. GOD equips us in new and challenging ways. Ways, where we often find ourselves in a place we have NEVER been. A place where only THE LORD could have led us!

Are you ready to be in whatever place GOD is putting you? Are you ready to do whatever HE asks? Would you be an Ester, an Amos, a Moses, a Noah, a David, a Mary, a Paul??? be a willing vessel… and then watch HIM use you in AMAZING ways for the GLORY of the KINGDOM of GOD!!!

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Don’t Turn Away, But STAY…

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You say I have an attitude today                                                                                                           but ignoring me won’t make it go away

Acting like I am not even here                                                                                                           giving me the cold shoulder

You get so mad at me                                                                                                                                    and then, turn away completely…

It hurts so much inside                                                                                                                                that I really want to HIDE

I want to smile at you                                                                                                                                   but I need you to smile back too

Let me know you still care                                                                                                                    and I will continue to be there

The look I get on my face                                                                                                                              can often be so hard to replace…

Especially when it seems so real                                                                                                               and invisible is how I feel.

There’s nothing you have to say                                                                                                      when you to look my way

Just smile at me please                                                                                                                                 and everything will be at ease

Because you are the one who stayed                                                                                                          even when all the others went away…

You understand who I am                                                                                                                            and that I can love you as a man

So don’t forget me as I sit beside you                                                                                                       I am the one who will be there through and through

Wherever we go or whatever we do…                                                                                                              I will NEVER stop loving you!

 

Keep Your Clothes On.

My beautiful daughter wrote this and how profound! Decided to share it on my page!!!

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We live in a world where sex sells, and celibacy is out of style.

Who knew purity came in and out of style like hand bags and high heels. Why is that? Why do we as women think that our purity is a fair trade for a man to stay in our lives. Even bigger than that, why do we compromise our morals and feelings so we can gain some self worth from a man, who does not even respect who you are?

It’s sickeningly normal to have sex on the first or second date, IF you even get to the first date. So many people have lost sight of what a true relationship looks like. We are stuck in this virtual world of social media, and we literally use it for everything. We turn likes into self worth, and we take retweets a a sign of respect. If a…

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HOPE

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Sometimes I feel so light…                                                                                                               other times the heavy feeling smothers me.

I wonder if I’ll ever get past it all?                                                                                                       Can I be happy no matter what?

Fighting these feelings inside of me,                                                                                                    it is a constant battle I try to win.

It sneaks up on me and takes me by surprise,                                                                         knocking me off my feet…                                                                                                                 daring me to fight.

I want to run away                                                                                                                                       I want to hide…

Don’t come find me,                                                                                                                                  it will only make me cry.

I have two choices…                                                                                                                             give in and let it overwhelm                                                                                                                   or I can stand up and do my best to push it away.

It can be so hard…

I know I can be free                                                                                                                                and no longer be controlled.

I just have to be strong                                                                                                                         and let it all go.

State of Mind or Feeling of the Heart?

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Happiness is a state of mind. Sadness is the same. These two emotions, like all the emotions we feel as humans, are felt in the heart but can be controlled in the mind.

Events in life can affect our emotions. These include both happy events and sad events. Sometimes those memories are the easiest to control. Once the memory fades we no longer feel sad or angry or depressed even. Sometimes that is a true blessing, so we can move on with our lives.

Our mind and our heart often collide when feelings threaten to take us over. Our heart feels whatever the emotion is and the mind, well, the mind often battles the heart to protect both from possible vulnerability. Vulnerability can open the heart up to pain and sadness. Conversely, closing that off can also prevent true intimacy within a relationship and ultimately, true feeling.

Control the mind and what it thinks and control the feelings of the heart… truth? 

Thoughts filter through our minds. They float around like leaves blowing in the breeze. The key is to catch the negative thoughts, the one that will cause sadness, and destroy them. Those thoughts cannot be allowed to float around free since they can threaten the heart’s happiness. The positive thoughts should be capitalized on and expounded upon if possible, that way happiness will flow through the body into the heart.

Happiness flowing through the body is like food to the soul. A happy mind and heart is good for the body. It is healthy on so many levels…

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bone.                         Proverbs 17:22 (NASB)

We can choose to be happy and think positive thoughts. Why not be happy today… after all it’s better for the body… heart and mind.

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Blessings

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BLESSINGS…

Blessings are those little things, or big things, that make us smile. Blessings are something good… a good friend, a baby, financial provision, a smile, the smell of coffee, laughter, a HUG.

Blessings come in so many different shapes and sizes. The Bible promises blessings.

Where and to who you ask…?

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.  Luke 6:38 (NASB)

Jesus tells us to give to others and then God will bless us. We are to share the love, and then we will be filled with more love. The Father promises to give us what we need if we seek Him. In fact He even compares us to the birds and the flowers…

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? 31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.   Matthew 6:25-33 (NLT)

I love this section of scripture!!! It is such an amazing promise! God loves us so much that HE truly wants to bless us with whatever we need. What could be better? Absolutely nothing… or at least that’s what I think!

Now, the other side of this is how can you bless someone? Look at the people you pass during your day and think about them… what would Jesus do? How would He bless them? How will you bless them? Say hi, smile, ask how their day has been… and be sincere about your concern for this stranger who God has placed in your path. Be a blessing to someone else and feel the blessing.

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.   James 1:17 (NASB)

Important stuff from God sometimes comes in blessing others. Let God use you to show someone love and then let Him cover you in love. It is the most amazing feeling of all! Count your blessings and then share them with the people around you… you’ll never be in short supply!

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Dream a BIG Dream…

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Dreams are meant to be dreamed, dreams are meant to be lived. Make sure you don’t ever ignore your dreams.

What is a dream???

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A dream is something you want to do… something your heart desires. If you let go of your dream without trying to make it happen, are you really living your life?

Where do the desires of your heart come from? How does the dream given to you become a desire or vise versa?

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A desire of the heart is also a calling from the GOD. The creator of all, gives us gifts, things we do well and also desires… things He wants us to do with our gifts.

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I believe that as we follow the Lord and become close to Him in our lives, He will take care of us in many ways. One of those ways is through dreams. The dreams He gives us help define our path and our calling. In fact, I think He even dreams about us and for us… imagine that… God the Father, the Creator of all things, dreams of us…

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Dreams determine our destiny, if we choose to follow them. And if we believe that God creates and gives us our dreams, why not let Him do the impossible!

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Why not believe in your dreams and expect things, amazing things, to come out of those dreams. Your dreams might be the story of what you life is supposed to be… your adventure.

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Dream a little more. Close your eyes and ask God to show you things, ask Him for dreams. Then, get ready for the ride, hold on and LIVE!!!

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3 Day Quote Challenge:Day 3… Your Peace

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Writing can be something you do without even thinking sometimes. Others times, you have the desire to write something, but just cannot seem to get anything going.

My last blog was Friday… 4 whole days ago! I have been writing something everyday and on some days twice even! It’s amazing how writing can become a habit just like anything else and once you stop even just for a few days, it’s hard to start up again!

I even have one more day of the 3-Day Quote Challenge that erhynireh challenged me to…

So, I am killing two birds with one stone, so-to-speak. Here’s my third and final day of the quote challenge AND my first blog after 4 days so I can get that ball rolling!!!

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Great quote that effectively depicts the two schools of thought.

Mind verses Spirit.

Natural verses Supernatural.

Earth verses Heaven.

There is a choice here… which do you believe?

Are you waiting for it all to work out? Or do you believe that peace is all you need?

I know what I believe and I will share that shortly, but first I want to look at both sides.

As you follow your ego, and trust in yourself, you ultimately believe that everything you do and achieve is up to you. Only you can make things happen. And, if you work hard enough it will all work out.

I personally think that is a rough way to go. I do believe that hard work is important in life. But is it the only thing in life? And more importantly, is everything we do and everything that comes to us completely in our hands? Is our destiny, our fate determined by what we do and nothing else?

Here’s another angle to think about. What if you believe in a higher power to guide you through? Do you believe in GOD and His power? I do. In fact, I know that through Jesus Christ, I have the peace that I need. This peace gives me the ability to live life, the good and the bad. That peace is a form of strength.

We still make choices in life and sometimes the choices we make have consequences. But even the consequences are more bearable with the peace of God. As we trust in Him, He gives us what we need… PEACE.

Doesn’t that sound better? To have a GOD who loves you and wants to help you live a life of peace or to have only yourself to depend on…?

I believe that when I find peace, the peace only GOD can provide, everything in my life will fall into place as God wants it to be. I have that peace. Yes, I lose it, because I let things of the world take it away from me. When I hold onto JESUS and follow Him, His peace inside me makes everything more than bearable, and wonderful even!

So, I do believe that when I find peace, everything falls into place! It is available to everyone. Chose that peace today and experience freedom in life and the love of the FATHER!!!

Now as my final challenge… I am asking the below three fellow bloggers to to the same with 3-Day Quote Challenge

Shawn Bird

Words on Empty Ears

Dare to Seek Freedom