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Shine Today

Many years ago while vacationing in Maine I happened to drive to the city of Portsmouth,New Hampshire. I took a lovely boat trip that day and also browsed some shops.

But that is not what remained in my heart all this time. No, it was something else that I saw.

I was riding in the backseat of the car as I road through the city on our way back to York Beach,Maine. That part of the city was run down and dirty. My eyes scanned the buildings and I ached at the signs of poverty on every side. Laundry hanging. Trash. Once in a while I saw a child’s face and wondered how in the world it must be to live there.

As I reflected on my many blessings my eyes were pulled as it were up to the color red.

There on someone’s balcony way up high were some planters with bright red geraniums.

I had to smile.

It was the most unlikely sight.

A touch of beauty in the midst of poverty and gloom.

Someone had the heart to see what they could do to beautify their place rather than focusing on the less than ideal environment.

That’s it, I thought at the time.

Everyone doing what they can. Being a positive influence.

One touch of beauty at a time. One candle lit. One kind word spoken.

Yes, it is easy to focus on how bad things are. There is no question that we live in a hurting world.

But the answer seems to lie in these words. “Walk in the light.”

“Let your light so shine….”

Be t he difference you want to see. Be filled to overflowing with His Love and pour that out wherever you go.

Yes, one step at a time, plant some red geraniums and in so doing you change everything.

Well today I am planning to plant some seeds of kindness and care.

I am not blind to the darkness. But shining our lights changes everything.

How about you?

Things difficult where you are?
Plant some colorful geraniums. Instead of curing the darkness, praise the One Who keeps loving each and every one of us.

Change comes one step at a time.

Walk in the light today.

Dare To Be Different

From the moment I stepped outside today I knew the weather was not typical for January. Temperatures rose quickly. Warm breezes softly blew.  The green tips of my new flowers pushed their heads out of  the hard, cold soil. It became so warm outside I opened my windows and drank in the fresh air.

 But usually January is cold. Possible snow. Oftentimes sleet or ice.

A spring like day in January?! How crazy is that.

 Healing and hope often have similar result. The unexpected happens. A miracle occurs.

The patient lives. The one considered too far gone, revives.

The child chosen as the least possible to succeed not only does that but breaks all barriers. The one who stutters, gives a flawless speech.

You’ve heard stories of success and so have I.

 But did you realize that you are writing the story of your life every day. You can write your story as one that is filled with problems overcomes, giants defeated and victory claimed

Or you can write your story as one of defeat, discouragement and disappointment.

The choice is yours.

No matter what you experience, you choose how to take it.

You choose your attitude.

You choose to place your hand in God’s or to go it on your own.

Dare to be different.  In a world that is filled with negativity and gloom, make the choice

to live with  confidence in God.

Then, like an unusually warm day in January, your life will shine with unexpected joy sending out ripples of hope and encouragement to all.