Tag Archives: Blessings

The Golden Spoon

We all know the type, those that have everything handed to them and yet they don’t appreciate what they have. They’re always the first to criticize, the person that looks down on others, and they always have to best of everything.

As I sat in a meeting the other day with a group of men and women, I had to hold the laughter in as I listened to a small group as they spent time trying to best each other. It was comical to say the least; they weren’t hearing what the other said.

Their conversation was quite interesting as they spoke loud enough for everyone to hear. Each trying to out do the other with the stories of their summer excursions, shopping trips, purchases and future plans of how to spend their wealth. As I listened, I noticed that several others in the room had also tuned in. This added another element to the situation. As the focus turned toward their conversation, the volume began to rise. The show became quite comical.

Many people spend their lives working and saving for what they have. Taking the time to plan, save and truly appreciate the fruits of their labors, while others have had their good fortune handed to them. Wealth does buy a lot, but it doesn’t buy happiness.

Ecclesiastes 5:10:  Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

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Why are they so difficult?

We all know that person, the one we find “difficult” in one way or another. Have you ever wondered why you’re the one that deals with that person? Whether they’re selfish, argumentative, condescending or just simply rude, somehow they know how to create chaos, and drama surrounds them. They drain a person and their actions become tiring.

Why are we the one that deals with that person?  Is He asking us to handle something, is this an exercise to learn something, but what? It’s easy to respond, and not in a kind manner.

1 Peter 3:9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

 

The Threat…

Everyday I hear it… it’s real, not just words being thrown around. I’m never really sure if I should respond or just listen. How does it happen that one person has the audacity to subtly hint to others of the peril they face, and not because of their own actions, but due to those by others.

It’s baffling, and frustrating to hold on so tight as everything begins to fall apart. There isn’t a safety net. No one will pick up the pieces. No one will know about the threat. No one will stop the person doing wrong.

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

Don’t give in…

It’s difficult to not react, to not repay the wrong that is done to you, even when the attacks continue to come. For months I feel as if I’ve been in a battle, alone on the front facing many who believe that it’s their right to attack an innocent person as they cause harm to not only myself but so many others. Every day is a new battle, it’s tiring and it chips away at the strength it takes to champion and defend those that are innocent.

Prayer helps, it really does; however, the battle continues. I’ve asked numerous times why I’m subject to this, what is it that I’ve done or what am I supposed to learn… I don’t have an answer, I only know that I’ve suffered, my family has suffered as well others. But, seeking revenge or even the thought of retaliation isn’t an option; I’d suffer and not come through this as I must stay strong and move forward with good, not evil.

Romans 12:17-21: 17 If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. 18 Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. 19 Never take revenge, my friends, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.” 20 Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink; for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” 21 Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

We all have a to-do list, whether it’s daily, weekly or monthly, we all know what needs taken care of in our lives. It’s easy to flow through your life making sure the dishes are done, groceries are bought, bills are paid, and so on; however, what do you really want to accomplish… think about that!

Years ago, too many to count, I became the person tasked with writing and writing and writing… it didn’t matter what the piece was, I was called upon to put together press releases, the monthly newsletter, copy for collateral, emails to clients, letters of recommendation, and more. What was disheartening was that no one appreciated my ability to research, understand my topic and assignment and how I could let the words gracefully flow resulting in works of art. Ok, not works of art, but amazing pieces that benefitted my employer, and with the types of projects I was assigned, I knew my work was top notch.

During my time of writing for everyone else I found that my love and enjoyment for writing would lead me down a different path, one that wasn’t going to be easy, one that I would put on hold time and time again, one that would take years to accomplish. It’s easy to go to work and know what you need to work on, add projects to your daily tasks and accomplish the work within the assigned timeframe. It’s not difficult to go home at the end of the work day and know what you’ve accomplished for your employer.

The day I began to pen my novel series, well, I didn’t realize what a long road it would be. I’m sure I’m not the only writer that gets excited when they have what they believe is the bomb of an idea for a story and can’t wait to let the thoughts in their head spill out for all to read. It’s a good feeling to know that once you’ve written, and rewritten, and tweaked, and started over, and stopped, and started again, and again, and again, that when you feel your work is finally ready for the next step someone will jump at the chance to represent your work… oh wait, now the difficult part begins, correct?!

It’s exciting to read about others who have made it, and you know their road was filled with bumps too. You can just hear their joy in the words they write as they proudly announce they’ve signed with an agent and their book is one step closer for the world to read or how they’re book is ready for all to read and they’re off to their first book signing.. how sweet that is! That’s motivation for us dreamers, knowing that one day too we will be there, that we will be an inspiration for others to not give up on their dream of being a best selling author, of inspiring someone to write, of inspiring someone to read…

2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

Always Brightens My Day

Each day I look forward to a visit from a very dear friend… someone who always brightens my day with his smile and a story that he shares. My dear friend has lived a life that I will never truly understand. At a young age he served our country, has worked hard his entire life, he’s an honest man, and he’s thankful for all of God’s blessings.

Today my friend greeted me with his cheerful hello and asked if I was working hard, followed by a chuckle. My laugh preceded my daily answer of ‘don’t I always?’ This makes him laugh more as he steps into my office. I stop what I’m doing to spend some time with him. I never know what he’s going to share with me, it doesn’t matter; I’m always excited to hear what he has to say.

He asks if I have ever been to Belgium. I haven’t and inquire about his time there. As I listen, I try to picture him as a young soldier during World War II as he traveled to a foreign land to serve his country. Unfortunately for me, the only visual I can put together doesn’t truly depict what he experienced. I can see in his eyes that his memories are clear and he talks as if he was still there. He’s gracious enough to only share the good with me. On occasion he’ll talk about someone he served with and share a story or two about their time together.

Even though his visits are brief, I cherish each one as I thank God for bringing this amazing man into my life.

John 15:13 Great love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

What makes us happy?

If I was rich I would be happy, correct? If I had a rewarding career I would be happy, correct? If I had a nicer vehicle I would be happy, correct? And the list goes on and on…

What defines happiness? Have you thought about what really makes you happy?

The other day as I ran along the trail I was focused on the view. It was serene… the sunlight filtered through the trees and danced along the ground, the crunch of the fallen leaves beneath my shoes was hypnotic and with each breath crisp cool air tickled my nose. It was peaceful, just me and Mother Nature.

I began to think about my life, my family and how good I feel about myself. Without hesitation, I thanked God for His many blessings and realized how happy I am with what He provides and how He answers my prayers even when it’s not what I expected.

Psalms 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you shall be fed.