Faith

What’s Really Important? – Today’s Bread

I don’t know about you, but, what helps me stay humble is to think about what this one man endured…one of the most ultimate sacrifices of all time.  And, in the midst of his last moments, his heart was still “telling” him to act…asking God to forgive those responsible for his death.  He wanted to pass on his healing energy for the sake of everyone, even those responsible for his death.  That’s love right there…for the sake of others…despite

Now, let’s bring it to present-day terms…how can we connect our lives to the one Jesus lived?

Couldn’t we look beyond each other’s flaws or quirks or annoyances and, apply The Golden Rule…despite…wasn’t this Jesus’ rule of thumb?

I mean, we have the capability to choose how we react to situations that don’t always work in our favor.  For one, don’t you think it’s wise to accept what has happened and, focus on the solution, rather than spending countless minutes focusing our energy on the problem?  And, two, there’s only so much that we can control.

Would you agree?…That some of our best memories were made through spontaneous actions?  Either relationships were made or strengthened, or both…ah…that’s love, right there.

Hardships in our relationships, or little “bucks off the bull” are inevitable.  What matters is how we react when things just don’t. go. our. own. way.

I’d like to stay “lit”, if at all possible, but, we’re human so…

But, it’s the brighter way to live, don’tcha think?  The more luminescent, sparkly, heated way to live…Maybe our “lit candle head” can “light up” someone else’s, and, eventually, make one big fire that roars so loudly with love!

It’s like we can be little “warriors of love”…we shall not be defeated by those love-sucking varmints.  ;P May peace be with you.

You’re lighting my fire.  Am I, yours?

Lisa

P.S.

More good things are to come…it’s just that I’m an amateur with a lot of learning to do!  🙂

Determined…

 

 

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1 John 3:11 – 18     This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

“Father, we are so prone to look down on each other.  Please forgive us.  Give us the heart of love Your Son showed to us.”

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Faith

We All Have Hidden Gems. Pretty cool. Today’s Bread ~

This is good right here.  Coming straight from “Our Daily Bread”…read repeatedly, if needed…(like me :P).  It’s good to let it sink in…;)

‘In New Testament times, it was customary to hide valuables in the unlikely vessels of simple clay pots.  Paul describes how the treasure of the gospel is contained in the human frailty of followers of Christ: jars of clay.  He suggests that the meager – and even at times broken – vessels of our lives actually can reveal God’s power in contrast to our imperfections.’

This is a fancy way of saying that (as I take it) when we’re thinking about how some of the imperfections of our lives seem/appear to be working against us, it’s rather the opposite…Papa is presenting Himself to us, pushing us to demonstrate our strength despite any predicaments/ mishaps/ “unfortunates” in that in which we embark.

And, then, there’s this part…

‘When God inhabits the imperfect and broken pieces in our lives, the healing hope of His power is often more visible to others.  Yes, His repair work in our hearts often leaves the scars of cracks.  But perhaps those lives from our learning are the etchings in our beings that make His character more visible to others.’

Again, a fancy way of saying, “Thank you, God, for healing me when I was broken. Because of you, I am now stronger.  Add me to your long ass list of only-positive testimonies about Yourself so I can be read over and over, spreading hope and faith.”

You betcha bottom dolla!

Love,

Lisa

2 Corinthians 4:7 – 18     We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

“Dear God, please show others Your power as I share the treasure of Your gospel in my broken, but beautiful life.”

Faith

Evolution – Today’s Bread ~

When I say evolution, I’m referring to reflecting, learning, changing and growing as individuals…becoming better versions of our “former selves” through applying what we learn along the way, a.k.a. our wisdom gained…that the experiences that we’ve had were presents that have shaped us into the individuals we are today.  We are microcosms, after all (but, together, we can be a huUgE shining star and make miracles happen.)  So, do we add light and sparkle into the world or lie dim and still (when capable of more)?

And, everyone’s “plan”/”turn of events” is different from one another…so…it’s what makes up our quality world that will hopefully bring little acts of joy/light/love. Whom and what are in our life that we place a lot of value?  Do they awaken our “happy hormones”?

It’s when we feel like we’re “riding the wave” (some of the biggest, yet) that the need to take action to make the situation(s) the best that it can be is essential.  We have to be bound and determined to “pass His test”, as crummy as it gets, sometimes.  Things happen in our life that stir up a mix of emotions, resulting in “trips of the mind”, but, that also includes solutions to the “problems”.  The moments of solitude are presents, as well, for sure!…they allow for the occurrence of connectiveness with the universe…our souls get recharged, our energy gets replenished…

It’s when we take the time to connect, that we resolve our conflicts, our guilt, our sorrow.  This, my friend, is what makes life so magical.  Truly.

Live.  Goof.  Learn.  Grow.  Repeat.

xoxo,

Lisa

Colossians 1:3 – 14     Continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

“Lord, thank You for the new life we have in Jesus Christ.  Help us to share the hope of that new life with others so they can be made new as well.”