How is Your Attitude?

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m not feeling very grateful today”? I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another.

Our attitudes of gratitude should not be dictated by our moods or circumstances. We need to periodically check our attitudes. It is easy to fall prey to Satan and be consumed with the grumpy, gloomy world around us.  We need to be armed against emotional warfare with joy, praise and thankfulness that comes from walking with Jesus.

There is something to be thankful for in every situation of every day. Look for the joy in every thing. Even if Satan puts evil in our paths, we can be thankful that God is there to call on and pull us through.

When we obey God’s commands to rejoice, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything, we begin to view circumstances and other people with a new perspective: an attitude of gratitude!

Life is better with Jesus!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Love Them through Their Blue Christmas

Love Them through Their Blue Christmas

“Tis the season to be jolly, fala lala lala lala lala!”

Some reading this may actually disagree with my first sentence. While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for Christians, as we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, many people find the Christmas season to be emotionally brutal.

Christmas can bring feelings of sadness and gloom for people who have lost loved ones and are facing an empty chair on Christmas Day. Some have experienced financial losses due to health reasons, job losses or recent storm damages. Others are facing serious health conditions.  And there are so many other reasons out there causing sadness at Christmas time.

Let’s all try to remember to be a little bit more patient with others this Christmas season. If you know someone is hurting this Christmas, take an extra moment and reach out to that person.  Let’s also remember, everyone we meet has a story. And some of those stories are sad. So what ever moods we are greeted with in our hustle and bustle, let’s be patient.  Let’s be kind. Let’s show the love of Jesus.

If you are hurting this Christmas, I am so sorry for your pain.  I pray for your healing and  that you will be restored to the peace that passes all understanding.  Remember, you are loved.

Let’s pray for each other every day and especially for those who are hurting this Christmas.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

Our Keeper

Our Keeper

Oh no! My vehicle wouldn’t start!

Fortunately, I was in my driveway. This was just four months into me becoming a full-time, stay-at-home wife and Nana. What timing, right?

My husband called a local dealership to come tow it in for repair. They did.

The next day, they called with the diagnosis and projected cost. Whoa! For the cost quoted, we could make two down payments on another vehicle!

At this point, I became very upset. I cried to my husband, “what are we going to do?!”

And then, the Holy Spirit nudged me. I hushed and began praying for an affordable plan. A few minutes later, we were both reminded of a local family-owned car repair shop that might specialize in this type of repair.

So my husband called and told them the problem. They said they could repair our car for over half of what the dealership quoted! AND, they would even go get the vehicle and move it to their shop!

Thank you, Father for an answered prayer!

Our end result could have been so much more disappointing had I not reacted to the nudge. Jesus told us to seek and you shall find when we seek him we find him. When we seek his plans and provisions, we find them.(Matthew 7:7,8) God is all caring. He is our keeper.

I must remember not to give into self-pity during stressful times but remain focused on God for directions to his plan for my life. He does have a plan for every detail of my life.

When I’m disappointed by a plan’s outcome, it’s usually because it was my plan, not His.

Seasons

Seasons

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

My favorite season has always been summer! Long days, warm evenings, and blue skies are just perfect for me. But seasons change and soon fall is here.

I never enjoyed fall because I dreaded the ushering in of cooler temperatures, shorter days, and…..winter on its heels. That’s right, I wouldn’t enjoy fall because of my dread of cold, bleak-looking winter!

Finally, I realized my silliness.  Now, I try hard to enjoy the many facets of the fall season AND early winter: beautiful foliage, pumpkin patch, fall festivals, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving,  and Christmas. (But honestly, here in the south, we are usually having a heat wave around Christmas!)

God gives nature the fours seasons to plant, nurture, harvest, and renew just as He gives us four seasons of life: birth, growth, harvest, and death. And within those major seasons are many small experiences that He gives us ( and nature)with specific timing and purpose. While we may not like the season we are in, faith in God will enable us to peacefully embrace the season, accepting His timing and purpose.

If we rebel against God’s timing, we miss out on so many precious joys. Our seasons change but God does not. HE is the same yesterday today, and forever.

Today, I pray for God to give you the strength, patience and joy needed to embrace your current season.