They chose to take the path of least resistance. They chose to sin.
God’s Grace is Sufficient
The landscape that is around the heart is withering away, just like the green grass dying by the hot sun beating down with no water to moisten the soil. The branches of a tree break, no life, no root to hold onto. The death of nature.
Blemishes. No Defects. Perfect. Weaknesses. No Mistakes. Shortcomings.
You’re probably thinking, why the negative and positive words that are pointed out above. Blemishes. No Defects. Perfect. Weaknesses. No Mistakes. Shortcomings. As we consider the world of social media and the way we are to “appear” to the world, some find themselves flawed and less than enough. Why? Because we compare ourselves to others on social media and what they “appear” to have or look like. We all do it. Each of these words represents a piece of our thought process at one time or another, the good and the bad.
Let us change our focus in the new year. As we begin to look at the beauty within our hearts, the beauty that God created within you, think of yourself as flawless, a beautiful you!
HE SENDS A MESSAGE …WE MIRROR IT
I moved to Florida in April 2012, and it’s been an awesome journey. My spare room is what I use as my craft room, office and well the “catch all room.” I started purging things today, just as most of us do at the start of a new year. Start fresh, clean slate, organized and ready to take on the next chapter, right?
As I am going through papers and old stuff, I have this soft nudge in my heart telling me to stop working and look in the mirror. God, what am I supposed to be looking for when I look in the mirror, I wonder. A couple of questions come to mind, “What does my next chapter, my next 364 days’ look like?” “What is it that God desires for me to learn in this chapter?”
Jesus, David, and John, they all had something in common. They all felt abandoned. How about you? Have you ever felt abandoned? By God? By a friend, mentor, family member? I think we all have felt this way at one time or another. As I reflect on 2016, I find myself seeing all the abandonment that happened in the last 365 days. I honestly feel that God abandoned me.
When I consider all that God blessed me with in 2016, I am amazed. He was by my side the entire year. Sometimes when I didn’t even think He was there, He showed me through another set of eyes. He never gave up on me.
Even though another year has gone by with struggle, pain, with a path of not knowing, many blessings, joy, and laughter, I will remember Twenty Sixteen with a grateful heart.
My desire is to follow Christ, to be a better version of who God created me to be while here on earth. People have come and gone in my life. As I reflect on those that touched my heart, for that I am grateful. Some taught me what I don’t want in my life, some taught me to be more humbled, some gave me a new set of eyes to see that I am worthy and deserving of better.
Twenty Sixteen brought me a special friend that will never leave my soul. I miss him beyond words. My mentor, my friend, my “go-to” person who was honest, genuinely caring and gave more to others than anyone I have ever met. He was never first in his world, he wanted everyone to find their passion, follow their gifting, and he loved the Lord so much. A man after God’s heart. “If I could see you just one more time” is what I’ve asked for the last two days. Knowing that isn’t going to happen, I look to the heavens saying, “Thank you for believing in me.”
All the glory is to my Heavenly Father for Twenty Sixteen.
Twenty Seventeen is just around the corner, with a refreshed spirit, a renewed and more determined mindset, with God, ALL things are possible, HE and I together are focused and unstoppable!
❤ HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! ❤
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hugs and Love,
Let your guard down. Let go and let God. It’s in God’s hands. It’ll be okay. Have faith. God’s got this.
Haven’t we all heard our friends and family say this to us? I am first to admit, I have even shared these same short blurbs to my very own friends and family. While each one is a very true short and to the point statement, personally, I struggle with each of them. Now, I am a firm follower of Christ, and I do have Faith, the reality is, I am of the flesh as is everyone on earth. The golden question, “how do you know when to…?”