Category Archives: Inspirational

Let’s Be Honest

It’s not always easy.

No, sometimes it’s very, very difficult

to have patience with others.

I don’t care if you’re driving and suddenly cut off by an angry driver

or buying groceries at the local store when someone pushes in front of you

or even in church where you experience the frustrations of another

 when you accidentally sit in their seat.

We all experience impatient people.

So what do you do?

How do you handle difficult moments like these?

I think it begins with each one of us.

First, let’s have patience with ourselves.

Yes, take a deep breath and accept your immediate reaction of frustration

and then give yourself understanding.

Yes, first give yourself patience.

And then look at that one

who rattled you so unexpectedly

and give them grace. Yes, grace.

Life is tough.

Pressures abound on every side.

We never know the difficulties another is facing

so give them grace

and whisper a prayer for that frustrated soul.

Again and again when I do that

I find that peace returns and once more I am able to move forward.

 

I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world. John 16:33 Message

 

 

Help, Lord! I’m Going Crazy!

It’s funny how just an overload of tough things can cause you to feel over your head.

Water pipes burst.

 Baby with an ear infection.

Washer breaks down and a check bounces.

And at that moment….at that particular moment

you feel completely overwhelmed.

Too much. It’s all just too much.

At least that’s how it feels at that moment.

But can we trust out feelings?

Honestly, my feelings have proved to be wrong again and again and again.

The Lord says “Do not fear for I am with you.

Do not be dismayed for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10

Upheld by Him?

The Lord of all Creation.

King of Kings.

The Everlasting One.

He is the One Who promises to be with and help

those who call out to Him.

Every mishap, every overload is another opportunity

to come to Him in your need

and find Him faithful.

So when faced with a crisis

take a moment to breathe

and to lift your thoughts to Him.

Call out your need;

Cry out your petition;

Come to Him with those crazy feelings.

He will help you.

This is His promise and He cares for you.

 

 

 

 

The Power Of A Smile

It was an ordinary day.

Rise early. Jog a few miles. Breathing in the great outdoors.

Then home. Shower. Dress and out to door for a day of teaching.

But always.

Yes always. I stopped at the local 7 – 11 for a hot cup of coffee.

Something about that fresh cup of coffee just started my day off right.

So on this particular day I walked into the store.

And there he stood. Off to the corner of the store.

Close enough to watch people scurrying in and out.

But not in anyone’s way.

Yes, I saw him.

And went on my way grapping the styrofoam cup

and filling it with my favorite brew.

Then as I turned and walked towards the counter

I glanced at him again.

Baggy pants, shabby oversized shirt. Big floppy hat.

But honestly that’s not what

captured my attention that morning.

No, there he stood.

A simple man. With obviously little means.

But a big smile on his face.

It hit me. Truth.

I quickly paid for my coffee and turned to walk out of the store.

My eyes met his

and for a second-

a brief short second

we smiled at each other.

It was seemingly that simple.  But for days and weeks and now years later

I remember that encounter.

See I, the busy school teacher, on her way to school that day

was so focused on what I had to do that day – my responsibilities-

that I almost missed it.

I almost missed an opportunity.

And this man who is no longer with us

gave me a gift that morning.

A smile.

A smile that drew from me a smile of my own.

A smile that lasted well into that day and for days after.

A truth.

That it takes so little to smile.

But a smile is a gift you give another.

A smile draws us together in care.

No matter where you live —a smile is the same in every language.

A smile connects people and builds a bridge.

Yes, I’ll never forget that moment

when I saw him standing off to the side.

He gave me a gift that day. A gift that will last for a lifetime.

My heart was uplifted. My burdens lighter. My day changed.

And I was reminded of what is most important.

People. You and I. God. Love. Together.

A smile.

 

 

Proverbs 15:30 “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”