I said the words without thinking, but as soon as they were out of my mouth I wanted to take them back. Worse were the seconds after, watching her face fall and the hurt flash in the eyes of my friend from those thoughtless words. I could practically hear the thud as they landed heavy and hard against her heart.
My apology came out quickly and oh how I meant it! But the damage was already written all over my friend. She graciously accepted my apology, but we both knew my words were still stinging.
Saying our goodbyes for the evening I offered another sincere apology, as if by saying the word “sorry” enough times I could erase the words from earlier, but I parted my friend’s company that night with a heaviness in my own heart.
Continue reading “Receiving Forgiveness”
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” – 2 Peter 3:8
Having our spring in East Tennessee start in February this year has been quite unusual. But God has been teaching me that His timing, although it can be unusual, always has a purpose. It’s easy to think that we know what is best for our lives and that if things turn out how we hope, then life would be perfect. But God works in His own timing. He knows what is best for our lives. And like a good Father, He intentionally wants the best for us. It isn’t always easy to trust the unknown to Him…but He gives us the faith to step out and give Him our plans and watch as He works and the beauty unfolds with our best interest in mind.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
“And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.” – 1 John 4:17
“…because we live like Jesus here in this world.” A good reminder for today to live our lives the way Jesus did. He loved the people in the world differently because He was not trying to be like those here in this world. I am confident that with His power, we can love others like this. But if we immerse ourselves in the ways of the world instead of the things of God, we won’t be able to. Our jealousy, anger, greed, bitterness, entitlement, hurt and selfishness are too strong when we don’t put Christ first in our lives. So while others may hurt, slander, persecute or treat others unfairly…let’s learn to live like Jesus and love as He loves.
“Do you ponder the things God has said to you?”
The question from a friend startled me. Truthfully, I’ve been doing a lot more worrying than pondering lately.
Several weeks ago, God asked me to obey Him in making a life-altering decision. It was so freeing, and it’s been awesome to see God work in ways that can only be credited to Him.
But I still don’t have any guarantees of how things will turn out, and there are days when the path of obedience feels lonely and hard. Making the decision was one thing; what follows after is another.
I spend time worrying about how things are going to turn out rather than pondering what’s coming.
What’s the difference? Continue reading ““Do You Ponder?””
So, I was an only child and grandchild until I was 10. Life was good! Then, one day my mom walks in smiling and asks, “Do you want a brother?” I barely took my eyes off the tv just long enough to respond, “No.” (And what would have made her assume otherwise?)
Needless to say, a few months later this baby made his arrival, and everybody gushed and oohed and awed over him…even MY friends! (The nerve!) I was not happy, everything had changed for me, and it was hard.
Continue reading “I Didn’t Like Him…”
Have you ever bought a car that you thought was uncommon, only to then start noticing that every other car on the road is just like yours? Or just learned a new word that you’d never heard before, and then you start hearing it everywhere? Well that is happening to me right now with the word “intentional.” I have of course used this word much of my life, but usually when I hauled off and hit my brother and would then tell Mom, “It wasn’t intentional.”
Today, the meaning of intentional seems to have grown in stature. Suddenly, I am hearing that I should be living intentionally. Be more intentional. Embrace intentionality (is that even a real word?). Set intentionality goals and resolutions. It’s everywhere, and it’s foreign to me. Continue reading “Unintentionally Intentional”
I did a double take as I looked at the calendar a few days ago. “Are we really in February?” I thought. We’ve all cried the old adages, “Time flies” – “the older I get,” “when you’re having fun” or fill in the blank. The reality is time doesn’t stand still, and if we are not careful life will blow by us.
Continue reading “Time Flies: How To Set & Keep Goals To Live With Intention”
“…we will have many trials and sorrows…” John 16:33
Brokenness is a part of life. God said in John 16:33 that “we will have many trials and sorrows…” As I read through the New Testament, it is laced with the honor of suffering for Christ and what those valleys produce. I have seen a lot of brokenness in my life and in the lives of those I love. But I have also seen God work to make beauty from the brokenness. It may look different than how we would have chosen it to look, but His redemptive hand rebuilds our lives when we let Him. Like clay in the Potters hands, He doesn’t throw it away when there is a problem. No, He starts over from the beginning and reshapes and rebuilds until it is what He desires it to look like. I’m thankful today for His heart to make beauty out of the brokenness in my life and in the lives of those I love.
His redemptive hand rebuilds our lives when we let Him.