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Truth in Love

Truth in Love…..such an amazing biblical concept!  For some of us, it is a very difficult thing to do.  We want to be honest and direct, but, how do we do it without hurting someone???

Truth is an amazing gift we can give to people we care about.  Without it, the chance of growth and change is almost impossible, not only for our own lives, but for the people around us.  Yes, it is true, it takes a mature person to listen and ponder what is said to them.  I know for myself, there have been a few people that have been strong enough to be honest with me, giving me a chance to see an area of my life that I was blinded to.  Thank goodness I did not “shoot the messenger”, but decided to listen without becoming defensive. (must have caught me on a good day!)  Whatever the reason that I decided to listen and not react on impulse, it was life changing for me.  What I believe I ended up feeling, was that this person thought I was valuable enough to share how my actions made him feel, allowing me to consider the possibility that he was right and I was wrong.  That change needed to happen on my end.  The interaction was not done in a condemning or condescending way, just open and honest.

It challenged me and helped me to grow, thus becoming more effective and happy, personally and professionally! God will never steer us wrong.  When we put his principles into action, the outcome is always good.

Live in the Moment

Something that has been on my mind for a while is the phrase “live in the moment”. It seems as though I have wished so much of my life away wanting…….waiting……..hoping………instead of seizing the moment that is now. Whether that means working through the pain of a situation, instead of avoiding it. Accepting things the way they are and basing decisions and choices on reality, rather than a Cinderella dream of a perfect life, or simply trying our very best to “stay” in the moment and look for God there. We can so easily get caught up in negative thoughts that pretty soon we cannot see or feel beyond them.
As I have pondered this in my own life, I have come to the realization that I am incredibly blessed. I have so much to be thankful for. I have had much loss and pain in my life, but God many times through the help I have received from other people, has always been my strength.
We will have many opportunities in life to square our shoulders and tell ourselves “this too shall pass”. What is it that God wants me to know or do or learn from this moment? God never-ever wastes a hurt. Somehow, in some way he can make something beautiful out of it. With that in mind I want to encourage you to live in your moments, stay close to God, and pray for His will to come to pass in your life.

“After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10

Change of Seasons

I am always sad to say good by to summer. This past year my husband and I moved to the lake. It has always been our dream. So, with that being said, this years’ good by to warm weather was especially difficult.
As I watched the leaves changing color and feeling the briskness in the air, I began to make peace with the fact that indeed winter is coming. Once that happened, I started to get a little excited about the things that come along with this change in season. After all the most wonderful holiday of all is right around the corner, and then there are winter sports…..snowmobiling, cross country skiing. Not to mention Thanksgiving and Valentines day!!!
So it is with our lives. Change is hard and not always comfortable, but once we make peace with the change and adapt to a positive way of thinking, great blessings are in store.
Be open to those opportunities that God may bring. Look for the Silverlining in each situation. Sometimes we don’t see it until it is behind us.
The God of the universe knows every challenge we will face and the outcome. He ALWAYS has our back. As we do our part, He meets us and helps us through each difficulty we face.

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Psalm 105:4