Over the last two weeks several people in my life have passed away. Whether expected or suddenly, death is so very final. There are no more conversations. There are no more connections.
You never know the time that you or another will pass away. Pettiness, anger, resentment, bitterness and the like are such a waste of your time. They are a detriment to your heart (and it is always a heart issue). If you have any unsettled issues with someone, do your best, within reason, to bring resolution. If that is not possible person to person then clear your own
For those of you who are not on certain Social Media sites, I publish short takes every day. Below are the takes for August. I pray they bless you and keep you striving toward a full Kingdom walk ‘for such a time as this!’
Have a blessed Labor Day!
There is an open heaven over some people right now. Walk in it!
Consider your choices wisely for out of them will unfold the rest of your life.
There is power in the simplicity of kindness, however small it may appear. For the recipient it could
The change in your life begins with you. Take an inventory. Release what no longer serves your God given vision. Add what will enhance and grow your life in a positive direction. You only pass this way but once. Be quite selective about whom you invite to make this journey with you. Not everyone can go forward with you to where God is taking you now.
Let the old fall away as He directs. Some are in your life simply for a season. Do not hold tight to what or whom He may be releasing from your journey. Move forward.
God redeems the time. It is really amazing! Just as a new mother forgets the long wait and the travail of birth when she first holds her baby, so it is in many life situations. All the waiting, the long hard journey and the travail of birthing a vision gives way to such promise that the time that could appear wasted or lost is redeemed to become a time of joy. There is then little remembrance of the pain that went before.
If God has given you a vision, especially if it seems impossible in the natural, hold fast to
In this microwave society we can think that if something does not happen in a nano-second God must be saying no. He may be, but often He is just saying ‘wait.’ He may be working out something in your heart (for it is always a heart issue), the heart of another or in the situation. He may have something far better in store for you than what you can think or imagine.
It is not always all about you. Things happen in life…some good…some not so good. Often what is perceived as a personal slight has no personal intention behind it. You could never know what another is dealing with in their life. A careless word or action could be just that. Forgive often. Pray for the person and move on with your life.
For it is written:
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Life is truly such an awesome gift from God every single moment! How do you open your gift? Do you tear through it haphazardly and miss the beauty of the wrapping? Do you miss the layers of “tissue” moments it affords? Do you really see the preciousness or do you wish for something else or something more? Do you discard life moments like used paper and bows?
Really look at how you are spending your life. It is exquisite if you have eyes wide open. It is magnificent if you listen carefully. It is priceless if you spend each minute
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and something said, maybe just one word, shifts everything? It is as if a key opens the door to something you may have long forgotten or may have never even seen before. That key may bring you to a totally different place in your heart (for it is always a heart issue).
God often uses people to orchestrate His plan for your life. Despise not seemingly small beginnings. Pay attention. Listen. Do not judge. He is always working in your life. Do not miss it!
Life is a series of choices. Each choice, not matter how seemingly insignificant, builds on others and sets in motion those to come. Consider your choices carefully for from them will unfold the rest of your life.
If you commit to something, choose to follow through even if you do not feel like it. That is integrity. If you are in a challenging situation, choose the high road even if you would rather not. That is character. If you have been wronged, whether