To find joy right here, right now

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Use your senses and allow them to lead you to faith: the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen.  Allow all you see, smell, taste, hear, feel inspire you to trust in the goodness of the Creator.

 

Children are gifts from God

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Children are gifts from God

I have learned how deep God’s love is for me

by being a mother to my own precious K. R. P.

May I always trust that God’s Grace abounds

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Today start anew

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Today start anew

Each day I must choose love, light, forgiveness, and hope or hatred, darkness, condemnation, and despair. I can not pawn my choice off on another.

loving relationships

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  • Why is it so hard to understand each other?
    Why is it so difficult to really, truly understand how we misunderstand each other?
    People whom I love deeply can so get under my skin and cause havoc in my heart.
    And there seems to be no easy way out of the dark mire.

    Where is the “peace that passes all human understanding” in those times?
    Giving in feels like giving up my personhood.
    Every part of me resists that annilation of my self!

    I wonder if that is what Christ felt in the Garden of Gethsemane?
    Might Jesus have wondered while he was sweating blood drops,
    “If I give up my life, how will these lost people figure it all out? How will I save them dead?”
    But Jesus on the cross did exclaimed “Forgive them, Father, for they do not know what they are doing” Maybe there lies the answer for me. When My husband and I or my teenaged kids and I have drawn our lines in the sand and things are turning loud and ugly, maybe if I own this truth, “I am over my head and I really do not know what I am doing! I do not know how to fix our situation. I am in the dark. I might just be trying to preserve myself at all cost.”
    But the times like this when I have humbly given up my right, things always have fallen in place and the peace that passed understanding did occur. Next time I will try not resist giving up so hard?

Having your time and using it too

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Having your time and using it too

April 26, 2013 by shariepatty | Leave a comment

Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too?
Why is it so hard to find great things to do when you have unlimited time, but when your schedule is packed there are so many activities you want to do? Do we just enjoy being miserable? Having your time and using it well -now that is life’s calling.

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This is where Grandma -Stacy’s Mom- went to church as a child and was baptized. Country Texas

Humanity’s Quandary

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How does deep, red hot anger, hatred, jealousy, scheming to hurt others, lying to look better, or fanning the flames of disagreements between brothers end? Can these powerful, dark emotions be controlled? Is it possible for those sinister traits to turn into love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control?
In Proverbs it says,

“God hates haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

In the Bible the apostle Paul, says God’s Spirit dwelling in us produces this fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. But how does this drastic transformation occur? How does a caterpillar grow into a butterfly? How does the apple blossom turn into an apple? How does a fertilized egg become an angelic baby? Each of these mysteries is beyond our human understanding and they establish the clear difference between God Creator and created human beings. We are not God. God is set apart from us. God is the Holy Giver and we are the humble receiver.
When Jesus was on earth his followers asked him to teach them how to talk to the Creator God and this is the example Jesus gave them:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

In this prayer Jesus teaches us to address the One from Whom We Came as Father, the One whose character and reputation are holy, set apart and dedicated to a special purpose. We are to ask this God’s rule to come and His will to be done everywhere -including our own hearts. We ask God to forgive all our mess ups, just as we have forgiven all who have wronged us. And then we ask God, not to test us -for we know how weak we are. And we finish the prayer by asking God, to save us from the deceptions of the evil one.

How does our hate turn into love? Jesus in total love absorbed all the hatred humanity could muster and remained filled with love for us. The transformation is a mystery that only God can accomplish in our hearts and when we want his will to be done, it will be done.

Creator of All,
Accomplish your will in our hearts. May it be just as we request and You desire.

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