There is so much unrest in our nation. It started with Covid19 and and only five months into 2020, the world is once again fighting an invisible enemy. Racism and police brutality. There is a lot of opinion, but on this page, today, I’m not sharing mine. Instead I’m making some suggestions to change the narrative and how we, as believers can support hurting people.
1. Educate yourself on a particular movement.
2. Work on your own habits and beliefs.
3. Research the local presence.
4. Take action in your community.
5. Go to a protest or demonstration.
6. Use social media.
7. Volunteer your time.
Lastly, choose to have conversation in a calm manner. Many social injustices bring out anger and hostility in people. Pray first, maybe even ask to pray before the conversation begins. Show your faith, not your emotions. Be a guiding light. Keep it real.
In many parts of the world, it’s already 2019, but where I live – there is still 5 hours left. I will probably be sleeping when the new year arrives!
Instead of resolutions, let’s make specific promises to work along side the Word of God. To be more open and hungry for knowledge, to learn about the His grace and love. To walk the path of righteousness. These promises are between you and God only.
What will you achieve in 2019? All God’s greatness I hope!
I found my first “Pieces Journal,” dated January 22, 2014. It seems so long ago, but it also shows me the walk I’ve taken along Jesus; is just a moment a time, and my faith has continued to grow; year after year. I’d like to share with you some of the earlier “scraps of paper, devotions and musings” from my journal. May you find your own special “pieces.”
It’s in the act of faith that courage becomes reality and the Lord’s grace rushes in to supply divine power.
Dear God, I want to be gracious and lovely in Your sight. Open to receiving. Take me away from the things that waste my time and rob me of meditative time with You.
I am encouraged by the mighty works of God. “Prayer” has become a powerful word in my vocabulary, and one that gives meaning to my life. I pray for HOPE, what a beautiful gift; and, it is free!!! He walks with me in the garden of my life. We talk, I learn, I am blessed to know Him as my Father, and Friend.
Keep your defense strong, trust in God. Pray when anxiety seeps in.
Take it to God. When you are low or upset, even when it feels contrary to do so; tell Him, share your heart.
I see so many parallels in my past and current life; except now I am grateful for all of it – the hard, hurtful times along with the peaceful. I believe it’s more than ‘equal parts,’ rather how Jesus wants to live in me; “Grateful for all of the pieces.” In this way, everything is a subject for witnessing.
Impossible situations are opportunities for the Lord to teach us valuable lessons that we’d never learn any other way.
There are many variations of loss. Of life, love, a health diagnosis, home, job, and whatever it is, is the most important thing to you at the time. No one could possibly understand, even if they can relate – it’s not the same. Sometimes we don’t want empathy as much as we want someone to listen. We want someone to put up with our bad days — the days when we feel deeply alone in our grief.
In time of grief that is so incredibly overwhelming, where do you go for peace?
The Lord has appeared to him from afar, saying: Indeed, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
Today, I found a two sided piece of paper; it fluttered from somewhere and landed behind my desk. There are a few scribblings and a date of 12/4/2013.
These exact kind of notes were the reason behind “The Pieces” book. I wanted to share what God had shown me, inspired revelations that carried me from bad and sorrowful moments in time, to joy filled and peaceful days.
A few of my ramblings:
2 Peter 3:18 SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Read scripture, apply the truth. Admit and assume responsibility for failure. Commit to change.
Philippians: Joy, is a calm delight from God. The worldview of joy is “happiness is based on what happens,” but joy, in reality – is the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Paul was in jail during this time, he remembers people in his prayers; he thanks God for his situation, he encourages others.
Ephesians 2:15 (my take): It’s a harsh world for those who are not believers in Christ. I was under a terrible impression or just didn’t want to see – that the most noble and good people are still not of God. They are still on the wrong side. It’s not my place to judge, but do I have responsibility of those I love to save their soul? You bet!
What an incredible time of year; the celebration of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Our King, born into humble circumstances, who would walk this earth as a man, human in every sense, to bring light to a dark world.Kings brought their finest gifts, sheep and cows stood near their shepherds, a heavenly host sang Hallelujah, the brightest star shone in the sky, and the baby Jesus was held by his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. What a day it must’ve been for his heavenly Father, knowing all his son would accomplish, and give up.
Another holiday has passed, but the message of His birth, and the sanctity of his love, never leaves the heart.
May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. HendricksLove came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
~Christina RossettiChristmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love. ~Lucinda Franks
Oh! lovely voices of the sky
Which hymned the Saviour’s birth,
Are ye not singing still on high,
Ye that sang, “Peace on earth”?
While exploring the various celebrations of Thanksgiving in the U.S., I discovered I didn’t know actual facts. If you are interested in the true meaning, read on: Why we celebrate Thanksgiving
Tomorrow many people will sit down with family and friends and share in the gifts of food, laughter and conversation. Some are serving our country, working in public service, or it’s just their regularly scheduled shift and will have a warmed up plate at home.
Whatever and wherever you find yourself, the gift (meaning) of thanksgiving is much more than pumpkin pie and turkey. The word “thanksgiving” is used 29 times in the bible, and over 156 times in conjunction with other words: “thankful” “thankfulness,” etc.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
I held off and didn’t post this right away; to see if the world would calm down in the aftermath of the U.S. election for President. I do think on social media, 1/2 of the people are still searching to answers “why” and the other 1/2 have gotten back to work, home, their daily life. I fall into the latter camp.
Back in biblical times I imagine there were similar elections, their rulers and kings holding the highest office in the world, being voted in – or perhaps there was just a lot of mayhem and then someone said I AM KING.
And then there is this 8 year old kid!
Our voting process is probably MUCH more civil than in biblical times. So if that helps with your angst, yay!!
Genesis 31:44 Come now and we will sign a peace pact, you and I, and will live by its terms.
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 34:1 I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace.
Psalm 84:11For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
1 Corinthians 1:7 Now you have every grace and blessing; every spiritual gift and power for doing his will are yours during this time of waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s grace is unmerited favor. What does that really mean? For me, it’s that no matter what I do, or don’t do or even overdo, God’s grace forgives, accepts and continues to love me.
It does not require perfection from me (as if!!!) it only requires an open and accepting heart.
We can turn away from God (I did — for many years), we can shake our fists at him (I did!), we can say we do not believe that Jesus died for the sins of many (including mine), but even with all of that garbage, that lack of grace in my life — God never gave up. Never. He was always here. And now I live substantially with that grace, the forgiveness, most of all — the love.