Different Just Because…

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Today, I thank God for all that He is and I can’t even comprehend all that He is with my finite abilities. I am so thankful for all that encompasses who we are because of who He is. I was reading Psalm 139 this week and the concept of “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” just resonated within me. This culture is obsessed with individuality and doing things differently so that you stand out. Have you ever considered that we will always be different because we are individuals? Five people can do the same thing and there will always be a difference because five different people did it. Whether that difference is large or small, it is different.

I have spent a great portion of my life passing on opportunities because I couldn’t figure out how to be different. Well, duh. Just because I am doing it makes it different. Being in a culture so consumed with doing things differently, looking for the next big thing on the market, are we passing up the joy and pleasures of just enjoying creativity, whether similar or different?

you-are-different_3I am not sure who I am speaking to today. I just know the words are flowing and someone needs to know that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” just because God made you. He knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. He counted your days before you had any. In the flow of learning how to love yourself, you must begin with appreciating the fact that you are an individual, you are special and that God in His greatness believed you were meant to be here as you because He gave you life. Not as someone else, not an imitation of someone else but Y.O.U. It is said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Flattery is fine in the shallowness that it is but who you are as an individual is greater than any form of flattery you can give someone else.

Psalm 139:14 – “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” (NKJV)

you-are-different_2With a tendency to listen to the outside voices of the world – the ads, the suggestions, the constant barrage of doing it better than the next person – we forget that we are individually wrapped for God’s purpose for our lives. He knows you better than anyone including yourself. He created you. Whether you are making a difference in a small circle or a large one, you are making a difference. Measuring ourselves by standards that are unrealistic and unfeasible to boot, we miss the joy and the pleasure of truly living. Enjoy who you are today because “you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Praise should go forth just because of this one Scripture.

The New Year is Coming

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It seems like just yesterday I committed to my writing. Going strong for a while and a windstorm hit. I was knocked down but not out. Tossed about but still standing. Trusting God no matter what and even when I was missing in action for a few weeks, I knew that I would be back. The commitment was real. This year has passed swiftly with all its challenges.

Romans 8:35-39 – 35What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? 36As it is written: “For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As I sit and reflect on decisions now made, I am still looking forward to each day and the new year. Not going to make a bunch of resolutions to try and stick to. I am going to continue living in the now, even when the going gets rough. I have to say that writing has been a help and a comfort. I am truly grateful for all the friends that I have met along the way. Reading the posts from other bloggers has been strengthening and encouraging. You never know what an impact you make on someone else’s life just by sharing yours. Not talking about dirty laundry or anything like that. I am talking about the realness of this journey. The truth about how hard it can be sometimes. But also about the resilience that exists in us to get up and keep going. One might just call it faith.

Precious_HeartI have faith in God and know that others do as well. I also know that we are to help each other. I say a big heartfelt thank you to all those that have helped me. We may abide in different places (cities, states, and countries), but the written word has blessed me from near and afar. I would like to say to my blogger friends, keep writing. Even when it takes a follower a while to get to your post, know that when the writing comes from the heart, you never know whose life is impacted. Sometimes the like isn’t there, doesn’t mean it wasn’t read. There was an online discussion about clicking like and it doesn’t appear time was taken to even read the post. I personally love responding because I love reading. I have resolved in my spirit not to get caught up in the likes. I appreciate them, of course. But as I move forward on this writing journey and prepare to add photography, I am excited. I share because it is who I am.

Reading...I have always loved to read and write. I am still partial to the hard copies of books and writing in my journals. The computer is fine and I type pretty fast but each method has an endearing quality that makes me appreciate both. There are times when reading on the computer or the phone is appropriate. The phone is needed especially when you are waiting in some type of line (DMV, grocery, etc.). The hard copy is appreciated in downtime and curled up in a blanket with thoughts on appreciating the different things life has given us.

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As we welcome the new year, let us end this one with a bang. Gratitude for still being here. Gratitude for God being who He is in our lives and giving thanks to Him for His mercy and grace because of His Son Jesus Christ. We cannot out give God anyway. Thanksgiving Day can’t be the only day we give thanks. Of course, it is a different atmosphere with great food, family, and friends. There is a different level of appreciation in me now to put first things first and truly live.

Praise God!

cropped-20160801_201250.jpegI would like to give God praise today. He shows up when we need Him. He is always with us but there are times when you know that you know God made an appearance for you and for the others around you. Today was such a day for me. I didn’t realize how much I truly needed Him today but He did. He was there. The Word of God says that He inhabits the praises of His saints. He does. Nothing is impossible when you trust and believe in Him.

I just want to bless you, Lord.

I just want to bless you, Lord.

I just want to bless you, Lord, Praise your holy name.

I just want to thank you, Lord.

I just want to thank you, Lord.

I just want to thank you, Lord, Praise your holy name.

I just want to praise you, Lord.

I just want to praise you, Lord.

I just want to praise you, Lord, Praise your holy name.

This is my song I sing to the Lord (if I could really sing) and would make a record for worship. Hopefully, my sister will one day make this for me and all those who want a simple song of worship for Him. I do recognize that even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, God does recognize our worship and it is music to His ears. He desires our hearts and today God moved my heart towards Him even more.

I love you, Lord. And I lift my voice just to worship thee. Oh, my soul rejoice. Take joy, my King, in what you hear and let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.

Unexpected Clouds Can’t Remove the Son Shine

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Images of Life

All she ever wanted was to belong. She sat on the monkey bars, her heart beating thunderously, waiting for what would come next. The atmosphere had changed but she couldn’t put her finger on it. Something was amiss. The other girls were treating her differently. The whispers and snickering made her uncomfortable. She didn’t know how to broach the subject. It didn’t matter. Nona knew that something bad was going to happen soon.

Nona was very nervous at school the next day. She still had the unnerving feeling that drama was coming. Focus in class was challenging at best. Cynthia kept eyeing her in class and she didn’t know why. What did I do? Did I say something wrong to her? Her last encounter with Cynthia was when she and the girls were on the playground the day before she started having the nervous feeling. She finally settled that what was going to happen was going to happen.

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Thoughts on Today_Monday, November 13, 2016

The weather has been so perfect. I have noticed the small things. Fall and spring are my favorite seasons. Winter and summer are necessary, but I am in love with spring and fall. Spring shows the new beginnings and the harvests are manifest in the fall. The beauty of each season blesses me in different ways.

moving-forwardEnough with my ramblings. I feel renewed. With the depth of the challenges I have been faced with, I have come to some conclusions. I know that God loves me and is with me. No question or doubt. I know that I have had to make some decisions in order for God to bless me. Waiting patiently (or even with anxiety) is different from being in limbo. My limbo was of my own accord, recognized as such or not.

I have made some decisions and am stepping out in faith. I have been waiting on God to move but He won’t move in a situation where I cannot make up my mind. I have to stay focused on the thing that leads me to walk in His purpose for my life. I have been so much in my own head and trying to make sure that everything is perfect that I forgot about living it out. No, I am not talking about doing what the world does, but more importantly really letting go.

Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

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Yes, I am still waiting on doors to open but I understand what door I am at now. Although things are not manifest yet, I am hopeful, excited and looking forward.

 

Philippians 3:12-15 – “12 It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ [Jesus]. 13Brothers, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. 15Let us, then, who are “perfectly mature” adopt this attitude. And if you have a different attitude, this too God will reveal to you.”