Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What Will The New Year Bring

Don't you love the anticipation of a brand new year? It is so exciting. An opportunity to start fresh. What should you do? What do you want to accomplish? Will all my dreams come true?

Did you write your plan for 2010? You've got to start somewhere. Come on now you can do it. I know you can. Let's do it together. What's something you would really like to accomplish this year? Write down at least one thing and then write at least one step that will get you going in that direction.

Don't hide any longer. Don't draw back in fear. I know there is something that you have been wanting to do ever since you can remember. Like an internal photograph in the album of your heart that you just keep closing and storing away. You say things like, "I don't have the time." "I don't have the money." "I'm just being silly, I could never do that." "I'm not smart enough." "I wouldn't even know where to begin." "I'm too old, maybe if I was younger." Honey, I've said them all but at the end of the day, they are all excuses. "YOU CAN DO IT"

Think about it. What do you have to lose. I would rather go out trying then not have been in the game at all. Once you begin it's like a roller coaster ride. You may seem to be creeping at first but watch out! Once you have reached that first hill. Whoa! You are in for the ride of your life.

God has great plans for you this year. I wish I could express all that I know he wants you to discover about yourself, about Him. You know that old saying, "It takes a Village to raise a child, " well, it takes you stepping out following your path to connect the world. To make everything fit. You have a responsibility. It is not being self centered. I believe if you step out this year with God, amazing things are going to happen. It won't be a ripple affect it will be a tidal wave. God has opened doors, angels have been dispatched on your behalf. It is like an army of invisible and mighty power ready to move at His command. This is the year to believe like you have never believed before. All of this is not coming, it is here, right now, just waiting for you.

So what do you say? "Are you with me?" I can hardly wait to see what God does for you this year.

Until we meet again, God Bless.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Open Up Your Heart

I've been thinking a lot about love and broken hearts. How sometimes once we are hurt so badly we find it difficult to allow anyone close. How we build walls to protect ourselves so as not to go through that terrible pain again. It is certainly human to wall ourselves up after such pain but then I remember Jesus. No one was hurt as badly as Jesus. Not one of us will ever experience the pain he went through because of love.

He came from heaven and was born in a lowly manger. The mighty son of God chose to come to earth because of love. He knew he was our only salvation. Our only way back to God. With out him we would be lost forever. Living in our sin and our fear exiled from our loving Heavenly Father.

Love made God give his only son. Love made Jesus die on the cross and supreme love allowed him to rise again. It's that love that sets us free and unites us with the Father once again. So no matter what life throws at us we must not close off our heart. As we celebrate this wondrous time of his birth let us remember how much love surrounded it.

You are loved for who you are not for where you were born or what you may have in this life. You are loved for you. If you had been the only one in all the generations past and all the generations to come that would see the supreme sacrifice that Jesus made and accept him he would still have been born. He would still have went through the pain and agony of his death and been broken for you. You are loved that much.

Never doubt your importance. Never doubt the significance of your birth. Whether you have been told you are loved all your life or whether you have not. You are loved. I don't care what others may have told you or what things you have done or what has happened to you in the past. You are loved. Jesus is waiting for you to see it, for you to realize it. Let this Christmas be your rebirth. Allow the love of Jesus to flood your heart. Accept all that he is waiting to give you. He did it all for you.

Out of the brokenness rose up a fragrance and a divine covering that can not ever be washed away. Soaked in the love of Jesus our brokenness will be like a beautiful Mosaic penetrating the very realm of heaven itself. This Christmas soak up the love that Christ is pouring down to you. A healing balm that will dry all your tears and restore you to wholeness. Such a love that can only come from God.

Have a blessed Christmas. Until we meet again, God Bless.

Friday, December 18, 2009

You Are Loved

All my adult life I have said, "That with God all things are possible." I believed it but didn't have it embedded deep in my soul. Now, I can honestly say I do. It's like a thick warm blanket on a cold night. It cradles me. It covers the words I write to you. Life can change in an instant. There is no such thing as the impossible. I've been thinking a lot about the journey I have started. I believe I can reach it if I just stop to incorporate the things in my life that need to be there and place them in proper order. Of course that means God is number one and you are number two. Each time I step out to share with you my path gets a little brighter and my load gets a little lighter.

Nothing stays the same, everything is constantly changing. So don't despair if this time in your life is almost more then you can handle. It won't always be this way. I promise. The impossible will become the possible. Keep your eyes wide open and look for it everywhere. Seek it out like a priceless jewel. It is there my friend.

Don't let life get you down. You are special. Sometimes we all get to thinking that we have nothing to contribute but there couldn't be anything further from the truth. There is no one else like you in the world. You have your own unique voice that no one else can duplicate. Let your light shine. You have a special purpose. God gave you gifts and talents to be used in a way that no other person can. God placed Himself deep with in you. You are like a treasure chest filled with endless possiblities. Take a look inside. I think you will be pleased at what you find.

We are all born into different circumstances but we are all only limited by our attitude. Some of us may have to work a little harder to get there but remember the only thing that is stopping you from being you, is you.

Don't be afraid to step out and let the world see you. Bless us with you, so we can see one more piece of God. For you are made in His image and the delight of His heart.

Until next time remember you are loved beyond measure. God Bless.

Monday, December 14, 2009

You Are My First Step

Guess what? The first step in my Quest to find me is that I reach out to you. Not that I didn't always know that, let's just say it has become clearer. Like the cobwebs have been removed, the sheets have been taken off the furniture and I am now washing the windows. I'm getting there. You get the picture. I do love to ramble on.

This time of year always gets me thinking. I reflect back over the previous months and contemplate the new year that is fast approaching. Last year I made a one year plan, five year plan and ten year plan. After reviewing it I actually didn't do too bad this year. I'm a little off the mark in a few areas but over all it could be a lot worse. There will be some revisions but that's to be expected. Since life is always throwing us off balance and for me being off balance is extremely easy.

Life is exciting. Every day is an adventure even the bad days. Some of my bad days lately have been like being stuck in the middle of the jungle in a pit of quicksand with the cannibals surrounding me and a set of twin pythons hanging from the tree behind me. Whew!!! I know what a run on sentence. Yep, that feeling that no matter what you try to do they are going to get you. Of course sometimes it's just like being at the bottom of a compost pile. But the important thing is I have survived them. Yes sir, by the grace of God, I have survived and you will too. Every stinkin' one of them. Yes you will make it. I promise.

Somehow all those rotten days make us stronger. I know, I know, I don't want to hear that when I'm going through them either. So if your having a bad day just ignore that thought for now and store it for future reference.

I have a secret to share, I am the type of person who thrives on turmoil. I get bored out of my mind when life is just chugging along and nothing is happening. Of course it would be nice if I could choose the turmoil. I have some great ideas! I might tick a few people off but that's life. Hey, "THEY WOULD BE STRONGER ."

Seriously, I know this time of year is hard. If you are having a good day, "Praise The Lord." If you are having a bad day, "Praise The Lord." Whatever you day is like you are not going through it alone. God loves you and He is always with you. Sometimes it's hard to have faith. We all go through those times so don't beat yourself up on the days your faith seems weak. God understands. You are loved beyond measure.

So hang in there my friends. Until next time, God Bless.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Back to The Beginning

I've decided to start this blog because I have a lot to say and no one to say it to in the wee hours of the morning. Sounds silly but it's true. In February I turn sixty. Yes the big 60. I know age is just a frame of mind but someone should have told my body.

After 41 years of marriage, 4 children and 11 grandchildren, I've lost me. I believe it is time to reclaim the territory. I ask God one thing before I die, "I would like to meet me." Not the person everyone expects me to be but the person He created me to be. I told a friend that I don't even know if I would know me if I saw me.

You know that question people like to ask, "What would you do if you could do anything in the world you wanted to do?" I want to complete the journey I was put here to complete. I want clearer vision. I want to scrape away all the build up and get down to the original finish. I don't want to be the burnt part of the stew, I want to be the seasoning. So today starts my Quest. Wish me luck. I know if I find me I can be a better person to you. God Bless.