Those who are closest to you can be the greatest offenders because they matter most to you. Forgive them!
Do you remember where you were at? What you were doing when America was invaded on 9-11-01?
I was at our home readying my family for the day. The news was on, I came around the corner and dropped to me knees and cried. I was so many emotions at the same time. I sobbed… I do not remember much of the rest of my day. I remember some snippets here & there. I think the kids asked me what was wrong, maybe they went to school. I remember the images of the field and pentagon… I prayed.
It is my brother’s birthday! How do you celebrate your life on a day so many mourn? I do celebrate life amongst death… Happy Birthday Brother with great love I will celebrate!
Later, I found out that my dad had just finished a job there 3 days before. They were his friends that died. I will celebrate life amongst death.
Reflecting on this stirs up so much. I realize so much more needs to be done for true world peace and to know the importance of celebrating life amongst death.
The American Flag represents “We thePeople” as a collective and as individuals. It represents our freedoms.
When we say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United State of America, we are pledging our loyalty and lives to something better. It is the opportunity for something better for ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors, our community, our state, our country, our world and it starts with one person. One person’s decision to be better, to do better that leads to being better. Our flag represents our freedom to choose and without that freedom we are void as a country. We are the only country on the earth that was created for God and those who came before us were willing to give their lives for the future to have the freedom of choice. Without the freedom to choose, we nullify all of the sacrifices of those who choose to make the United State of America a unique country. Our flag is flying strong and loyal for everyone in the world to have hope in something better. We need to use our voices to continue to protect our foundational freedoms, just as we use our voices to pledge our loyalties and lives to continue our existence as “One nation, under God”. May God protect and bless our country and may our flag fly continually representing our freedoms.
Over the last few years, I have been been contemplating the question, “What would my legacy be?”
Have you ever thought about what would your legacy be? What would people think and say about you when you die?
At first, I want them to be thinking and saying that I was a loving person, which ended up being way too vague… Next, I wanted them to remember me as kind.
Yes, that’s it! Kindness.
So, I set out to be kind to everyone and that was an epic failure for me. Well, that lasted until just now… When I woke up this morning, I realized that the 2 things I was missing for me was being nurturing and kind to God, others and myself consistently.
Yes, on occasion I can be nurturing and kind, yet when it came to the day to day I definitely was not. I could be down right ruthless. Ugh! That was the exact opposite of nurturing and kindness. I was destroying people with my every thoughts, not like superheroes and not for a good cause. This was poisoning my heart, leaving me unproductive and taking my further away from my God and all who matter to me.
A verse from Ephesians keeps coming to my mind thanks to my youngest consistently singing… Ephesians 4:32, Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” These words inspire me to be nurturing and kind while forgiveness is added for good measure. If I am quick to forgive, then that forgiveness motivates me to be nurturing and kind to others and reminds me of God’s consistent forgiveness of us all.
Be quick to forgive, so that you can be quick to be pleased. That joy in our heart will be contagious and we will have world peace!
There is always 52 weeks in a year. What does your “year” look like? Do you really have 52 weeks to save the amount of money you need? Is it really 100 days to your deadline? Identify what you need and when you need it.
Start with 52$ into savings and each week take away 1$ each week and at the end year you will have saved 1,378.00$.
Now compound that by figuring out what is your goal and what is your timeline. It’s an easy way to reach your goal.
No Brainer Living
There are many things that we will be able to do again soon; the greatest tragedy is those things will never be able to do again. These are the times to press into forgiveness and grace; to let go and be free from the burdens of fear, guilt, shame.
Our God is an awesome God!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5–6
As I am reading the Bible these days, I’ve already read through Genesis and Exodus and I’ve come to an understanding of why it is important not to cut corners. Take a moment to read the first two books of the Bible to gain a better understanding of where we’re at living in the world of White Lies.
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves or in simpler terms “do onto others as you would have them do you onto you. ” (The Golden Rule) As a nation we have the “Good Samaritan” law to protect those doing good for their neighbors or strangers.
Why during this time of such advances to help so many, do we choose to hate and destroy? It is our selfish ways and our narcissistic desires that come between our nature to help, nurture, and love.
We need to make every effort to forgive and then forgive again. Oh wait! Who are we forgiving? The offender of course. Is that the only one who needs forgiveness? What about God? You need to forgive Him to release yourself from your anger; it can be/become a deep seething anger that will separate you from God. Then there is yourself; we are the hardest critics of ourselves. Take a deep breath, reflect on all of those offenses, quick judgments and growing bitterness and release them through your forgiveness. This is how we have a metamorphic transformation from hate to love.
What harm will it do? I am called to do no harm, yet I do. All I have to do is open my mouth or send a look to reveal my heart; my frail, weak, ugly heart. See, do you understand how easy it is to hate? I went from positive information to self negativity. This is not about me. This is not about you. This is love, in spite of hate…
Love is deeply satisfying on so many levels. It always brings us to have genuine joy, peace and rest. This is not a fleeting happiness, a quick accomplishment or lacksadazical slumber. God gives us genuine love, joy, peace and rest.
Psalm 23 shares this so beautifully…
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou Art with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
This promise is a great gift of love. In the end, politicians don’t care for you like this, nor your community. This comes to us through God, our family and ourselves.
May I be the door You walk through.
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