Faith

Let’s Keep Our Hearts Lit. Our Bread~

Would you agree that Jesus was a man that loved unconditionally?  That he was a man of peace, intelligence, patience, generosity?  So far from selfishness…always maintaining composure…always keeping “his cool”…always finding delight in helping others…a beautiful soul, for sure.

We are so blessed to have Jesus’ energy surround us…day in and day out.  Because of this Majestic light, our hearts, too, can remain sparkly and full of love…for everyone and everything, which then leads to having a peace of mind (knowing that having a strong relationship with Jesus will lead to solutions to problems, a.k.a. miracles)  God is pretty cool like that!  ;P

When it’s all said and done, isn’t life about fulfilling your basic needs and the relationships we have with people?…Are they unselfish, helpful, patient, kind?  Can we testify to living a life accepting others as they are (for it’s hard enough for each individual to live this in this crazy world and do themselves)?  At the end of every day can we say that we loved unconditionally, just the way Jesus did?

This is my challenge to all of us…

Let’s have our hearts evolve.  Let’s open our hearts to allow for more opportunities to present themselves that lend themselves to being that shoulder to cry on, a healing touch, a helping hand.  Feeling loved and cared for is always euphoric.  We all want to be seen and feel connected, don’t we?

Jesus’ mighty strength and love makes it easy to love one another.

Thank you, Jesus.

Here’s to forever loving and honoring You,

Lisa

P.S.

Sweet dreams.

 

Exodus 32:21 – 32     Please forgive their sin – but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.

“Father in heaven, thank You for reminding us how much it is like You to be willing to live – and die – for those who have not yet seen how much You love them.

 

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Faith

Our Bread…

It is so easy to fill up our days with routines and maintain that steady pace.  When, before you know it, it’s nighty night time, the eight or so hours are put in for rest and, then, we “press repeat”.  Sound familiar?  Mm.  Hm.

The thought of deviating from the norm brings on a bit of an anxious feeling, huh?…such as, when someone needs a hand with something or a friend needs someone to bounce off ideas, or, share a story.  Whatever the need is, we have to stop what we are doing and, be of assistance, a guide, a mentor, a friend.

The fact that we’re helping in some of kind way immediately causes the feeling of anxiousness to vanish.  Instead, the immediate feelings of calm, peace and fulfillment flood through our bodies.

When we are there for someone, through having a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, we are creating sparks of light…sparks of love…just what matters…during this ONE life that we live.

This afternoon, while standing out on our driveway, keeping an eye on our guinea kids, the thought came to mind about what if we all just did more of the fun, youthful things that we THINK we don’t have time to do or, is even worth doing…such as, taking off our shoes and running around in the grass for at least twenty minutes or laying out a blanket in the yard and looking up at the clouds.

Do you think that maybe if we “indulge” in childlike behaviors more often, we’ll feel more internally fulfilled, leading to manifesting more opportunities to help others in whatever way, big or small, leading to reaping rewards for being a good samaritan?

Yes!  For sure!

So.  Let’s remember to be internally strong…emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally so we can be available to all (and, with a smile) when these beautiful moments come our way…OKAY?!

Love you, gazillions,

Lisa

xxoo

Mark 10:42 – 52     For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

“Lord Jesus, we honor You as the Son of God and Lord of glory who died for all.  Help us to demonstrate Your love to others today.”

Faith

Our Bread…

There’s going to be times where we win some and lose some…but, don’t you think the most important thing to remember is, that whatever the case may be, someone will be feeling happiness?

This should bring on a feeling of peace.  And, calmness.  And, grace.

We may feel disappointed because it wasn’t us that excelled or wasn’t publicly acknowledged for a job well done.  But, that’s o.k.

How we react when we feel disappointed is what counts.  What I believe is best? Acceptance and unconditional loveSmile to those that come out victorious…while our light may be temporarily dim, someone else’s isn’t…and, this, alone, should bring us joy.

Remember the saying, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it at all?”  Well, I believe this holds so much weight.  This doesn’t mean we have to be a door mat and agree with everything, but, our words and how they are expressed is hUgE!

As we communicate with grace, our positivity, love and encouragement will spread like wildfire…exactly what we want…

Do you ever feel more like an introvert when walking amongst strangers?  It’s only natural, I suppose.  I used to.  I suppose I still do, sometimes.  But, why?…if this isn’t how we normally are?  I think, if we approach everyone as our equal (with love, and, as our brothers and sisters and, without judgment), God will “grant” us opportunities to connect with people as we pass people on the sidewalk or through the mall, in our cars, wherever and whenever, through a smile or wave…this is when little sparkles of light are created!

And, whom doesn’t like glitter?  Some “bling, bling” in their life?!

Let’s all try and feel connected and loved with as many people as possible while we live our ONE life, okay?!

🙂  Love you, bunches,

Lisa

‘Colossians 4:2 – 6     Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.’

“Dear Lord, help me by Your Spirit to be gracious and kind to others and to represent You well.”

 

Faith

We’re Building Our Endurance and Strength! – Our Bread –

If you’re anything like me (;P), then you have probably gone through your fair share of relationships that didn’t make it through the “finish line”.  Nope.  Instead, we experienced heartache, pain, confusion, isolation, frustration…:(

But, we pulled through, didn’t we?  And, we all know the cliche “Whatever doesn’t kill ya, only makes you stronger.”  Well, although I’m not a huge fan of cliches, they do serve a purpose to quickly get out the jest of our message, and…they do hold true

Cliche or no cliche, God has us experience these “tests” to lead us to a ‘place of great abundance.  Perhaps the more “tests we pass”, the faster we’ll get to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  ???

We can’t beat ourselves up, though, if we don’t always pass His tests…you know, those times that we fall into temptation or fall apart and go to a darker place.  We always have another chance to bounce back and create a better life for ourselves.  Papa loves purifying us as we evolve.  Thank Heaven’s for that!  🙂

Do you think resiliency is the key?…having the ability to bounce back regardless of how dark the situation may be?  My answer is a big fat YES!

Life gets tricky at times, so, we ought to give a big thank you to Mr. Universe ;P for providing us with the energy NEEDED to get through.  My two biggest “fall backs” for when I’m feeling blue and that do get me through are talking out loud to God and only putting my energy towards things that are in my control.  Otherwise, ride on Papa!  I’m in for Your wild ride!

Does this make sense?

‘As we go through testing, we can rely on God for strength and perseverance.  He is refining us through our toughest moments.’

Psalm 66:8 – 12     For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

“Lord, I know that You allow me to go through trials so that I will be strengthened and purified.  Teach me to keep relying on You for Your strength to endure.”

Faith

‘Peace and Trust’ – Our Bread for Today

Life sure throws us curve balls, doesn’t it?  And, essentially, it is Papa “testing” us, or karma’s way of keeping us in check…oh…when these curve balls come at us in full force!

Questions come up, such as, “Why?”  “What do I do?”  “Will you please give me some answers, God?”

And, sometimes our questions go left unanswered for awhile, causing us to feel a little stir-crazy (if you will).  🙂

So, while our minds are playing tricks on us, were in limbo, wondering what is going to happen in the future, I think it’s best, then, to say to ourselves, “Hey, let me try to put a lot of attention on being the best I know I can be.  And, one way to do that, and, is top priority, is to get strong…mentally and physically.”

I think that if we’re mentally and physically sound, we’ll feel focused, driven to achieve more goals and confident in our every day activities, with the desire to stay lit and light other people’s fires!  🙂

Here are a few things I have done in the past to help me get focused, re-energized, healthier and stronger…

  • cleanseseasonally is ideal; I have used Smooth Move chocolate tea (can be found at Wal-Mart; please get organic and be prepared for a lot of flushing ;P)
  • exercise – whatever exercise that will get you strong and feeling like you pushed yourself; let’s stay consistent!  start with 3x/week and build, perhaps, over time; a walk/run is good, but, be sure to push yourself – work up that heart rate!  🙂
  • listen to good music! – this is huge for me!  I take advantage of times that I’m not driving with my kids and turn up the music and sing really loud.  Fun, isn’t it?!  😛

The peace our Savior gives us as we turn to Him “transcends all understanding“…”God, thank you for clarity (even though it sometimes takes forever to get it ;)).  Love you!”

Have a wonderful night,

Lisa

Isaiah 26:1 – 9     Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

“Lord, help me to trust in You so that I may live in peace.”