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Living A Disappointment Free 2018

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Here we go. Two thousand eighteen!

With a few days under our belts already, you can still sense the excitement and anticipation for what will unfold in the coming months.

After all, with the New Year comes fresh hope and a much welcomed chance to start all over.

Everything and everyone around us pumps up our hearts with positivity, so much so that we’re just oozing with confidence that this year will finally be OUR year:

Our year to meet and marry our prince charming.

Our year to start a family.

Our year to see our business boom.

Our year when all our dreams become our picture perfect reality.

Something We Can All Share With The World

In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Isaiah 12:4-5 (NIV)

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and that can only mean one thing. Get ready to have your taste buds salivating all day (and night) as your family and friends share snapshots of their dinner and desserts up and down your news feeds.

There’ll be pictures. Videos. Memes. All showcasing the turkey, trimmings, and treats that will fill homes and stomachs all across America today.

We’ll see and read all about what’s happening in places near and far. It’s part of the delight of living in the age of social media.

But instead of only sharing what’s on our dinner plates, this year, why don’t we share something more meaningful with our networks.

Like specific ways on how God has been good to us.

And how many times in the past year we’ve experienced His goodness with unexpected blessings.

Yes, let’s do as instructed by the prophet Isaiah in our key verse today:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” (Isaiah 12-4-5)

Your year may not have been perfect.  Some things may have unfolded the way you least expected.

Yet here you are, still alive. Still able to provide for yourself and your family. Still healthy. Still with a song in your heart and peace in your soul. Still blessed.

Thanksgiving Day is a great time to share the beauty of the Lord with the world, even those in your virtual lives.

So today, as we invite others to explore our culinary creations, let us also proudly proclaim how good our God is.

Let’s push the focus off of us and back on the One who deserves all the praise and the glory.

Let’s spread the message about Jesus and all He has done for us. Let’s tell people all across the country and the nations that God is real. He’s alive. And He’s the real reason why we all can be thankful.

That’s something worth sharing as well!

Dear Lord, help me to keep things in the right perspective today and everyday.  I can get so distracted and put my attention and focus into the wrong things. But in those moments, I pray that your Holy Spirit will help me to remember You Lord is what matters the most. Not popularity. Not fame. Not anything this world can offer. Help me to bring glory to Your Name as I share Your love and goodness to all those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Maintaining Your Salvation When Life Stresses You Out

Have you ever seen the Snickers commercials?  You know the ones from the “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” campaign? Well, that’s exactly how I am when life gets stressful and I am feeling completely overwhelmed.

When things in my world get too chaotic, I’m no where near to being a sweetly saved, compassionate, and caring person.

Family, friends, co-workers, even strangers – they all get my I just want to be left alone, passive aggressive cold shoulder. 

That is until the Holy Spirit pulls me back from morphing into someone I am not proud of.

The Downright Dreadful and Difficult “S” Word

Wives, obey your own husbands. In doing this, you obey the Lord.  For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church…As the church is to obey Christ, wives are to obey their own husbands in everything. Ephesians 5:22-24 (NLV)

I’ve always been an independent, do things my own way kind of girl.

My family and close friends, they’d probably say I’m stubborn or hardheaded. But I like independent better, don’t you?

It’s a much more pleasant spin on what can be a downright dreadful and difficult topic, submission.

Being the good Christian girl I am, I’ve heard all the scriptures and sermons about submitting many, many times.

But that does nothing to stop the automatic eye rolls or slow the “ain’t nobody going to tell me what to do” chorus that quickly arises in my heart and my head.

Prayers for My Child – Back to School Edition

Oh Lord…here we go!

Back to homework assignments.

Back to special projects.

Back to state exams. Packing lunch bags. Fussing over outfit choices, or why the uniform is “boring”. And my all time favorite, back to the daily dash to make it out the house on time.

Sweet Jesus, it’s back to school time!

Would you excuse me for a moment while I take a deep breath. Feel free to take one too. I  promise, I won’t judge!