A Timeless Message Framed in Song

Nativity scene and star

May God give you peace and quiet in your soul.

Do not allow difficult circumstances to upset and disturb you. Instead, draw close to God.

Celebrate this day with joy because it marks the day that Christ, our Savior, was born.

Enter into God’s rest, knowing that He loves you and sent His Son as the ultimate gift to a sin-bound world.

Even though we have all fallen short of God’s standard of holiness, fear not, for Jesus has destroyed Satan’s power to hold us captive.

Take comfort in knowing that His sacrifice has set you free.

Receive it with joy! Again I say, let God comfort you and fill you with His joy!

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Savior
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, English Christmas Carol published by William B. Sandys in 1833

Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!

Focus on the Good

When we focus on the failings of others, we fail to focus on what God has called us to do. Instead of replaying, rehashing and rehearsing actual or perceived offenses, we should pray, look to God and refuse to dwell on the negative. It is a distraction the enemy uses to keep us from being effective in God’s Kingdom.

Focus on the good

Blessing and have a great week!

More time, less stuff

Insight can happen at the darndest times. Take this afternoon for example. I was doing what I often do: gathering clothes so I can start a load laundry.

 It is a never-ending cycle of separate, wash, dry, fold, put up, wear, wear one more time (if possible), toss in a hamper, separate, wash, dry, fold, etc., etc., etc…

 I have a family of 5, so this is an everyday occurrence unless I want the clothes, sheets and towels to pile up and overtake our living space. There has been some relief as my children have learned to do their own laundry, but we still have a lot of clothes to clean.

 It’s all a lot of stuff!

laundry-pile

Stuff has to be maintained, so the more stuff you have, the more time you have to put toward maintaining it. If you have a sufficient amount of extra $$$, you can always pay someone else to maintain your stuff for you, but do you really want all your extra $$$ going toward maintenance?

Several years ago my husband and I started praying and asking for more time for the things that matter, like time with family and friends, time alone with God in prayer and in study, time for exercise and healthy recreation. As we prayed and sought God, He would show us areas where we were over-committed or making poor choices with time, resources or finances. So we started lightening up our load; we started saying no to things that took us away from our goals and began saying yes to things that count. We made progress but there is always room for improvement.

I have longed for a simpler life. One with less stress and pressure. A life with quality, meaning and purpose rather than one that simply exists. I know there will always be stress or pressure in some form or another because that is life. It is the self-made pressure, the decisions that are within our control that help to determine our quality of life.

So- do I really need all these clothes I have? No, probably not. Do I like them? Yes, I do. I like the variety and options I have. It’s a blessing. However, at some point I have to decide which I want more: time or a bunch of clothes. By God’s grace I am open to His leading in this area…I need more grace to obey and let go…

Food for thought…

Have a peaceful, blessed day.

Wednesday Blessing

Happy, blessed Wednesday! This is my prayer for you today:

“The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you;

 The Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you;

 The Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).”

Numbers 6:24-26 Amplified Bible

Sunshine

A Fresh Start

Good Morning!

It’s a new day, which means fresh mercy from God.

Did you mess up yesterday? Were your good intentions just good intentions?

Did you fall back into old ways and bad habits?

Did you open your mouth and sin? Or did you keep your mouth shut when you should have spoken up?

Thank God that He gives us the opportunity to wake up and try again!

Each new morning is a gift. It doesn’t have to be a repeat of the day before.

Groundhog Day Quote

If you messed up- own up to it.

Confess it, ask for forgiveness and then shake it off.

Yesterday’s failures and mistakes will only hold you down if you dwell on them.

God promises to forgive you and give you the grace you need to live a fruitful, blessed life.

Thank God for new days and fresh mercy!

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
 Great is his faithfulness;
    His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 New Living Translation