Heavy Hearts

So much tragedy. So much uncertainty. So much chaos. This world that we live in…this world. I know that the Bible speaks of the last days…the days in which we are living, describing in detail the very types of events that we are unfortunately experiencing and to which we are bearing witness. 

Yet, even with the Bible shedding such clear light on the reality of what it is to live in this fallen world, at this time, it is still immensely shocking when these types of tragic events come to pass.

Through it all I still pray for peace, harmony, and togetherness, and my focus is still on Christ. There is so much that is unable to be understood, unable to be grasped, and unable to be logically processed. But through it all God is still with us and He is still Love. Love and peace to us all #lovebythedrop

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A Little Encouragement 

Lately I have sensed that a lot of people are going through some things – big things, small things, and maybe things that are so uncertain that it’s not even clear how big or small they actually are. 

None of us is immune to experiencing the challenges of life, and none of us has devised a way to completely avoid or eradicate them. And, in part, that is one of the many things that connects us all – our sheer inability to avoid the things that we wish to avoid the most.

So, I just wanted to encourage all of us who are going through something, no matter the size, depth, and width of that something, to keep going. To give to God what is only meant for Him to shoulder. To handle only what we are meant to handle. To keep putting one foot in front of the other and to determine to see the journey all the way through to the end, no matter what.

And may we receive hugs when we need hugs, a kind word when a kind word is needed, and the time to breathe when when we wonder if the next breath will come. 

Be encouraged and know that challenges are temporary. This too shall pass. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Insight #159

Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that today is the perfect day to make God smile. We spend enough time doing things our own way, with ourselves and our loved ones in mind. Is what we are doing going to benefit us? Our families? Our friends? The companies for which we work? Our church? And is what we are doing going to make us happy?

And those are only some of the hundreds, even thousands of questions that flood our minds on a daily basis. But in all of that thinking, do we ever think about how what we are doing is going to affect God? Sure, sometimes we do, especially when we do something that we know displeases Him. As a matter of fact, it’s probably in those situations that we are the most aware of how our behavior affects Him. We realize that we have messed up, and somehow our messing up puts our focus squarely on Him, if only for a few moments sadly.

Yet, we tend to often go throughout the majority of our days with our focus devastatingly fractured despite lifting a prayer here and there.

And really, I can’t speak for you. But I can speak for myself. Though I do think of God more throughout the day than I used to – taking moments to thank Him, to pray for others or myself, to talk to Him about whatever is on my mind – I don’t usually think about whether or not what I am saying, thinking, or doing is bringing a smile to His face.

I  mean, after all, He created all of the emotions, and He created us, knowing full and well what bumbling, stumbling, creatures we would become as a result of our own choices, which I must admit, probably does cause Him to shake His head sometimes, because even though He knows all, part of Him still thinks “wow, they really did do that…they did.”

And given the way that some of the things that we say, think, and do crack us up, I find it hard to believe that He doesn’t crack a smile at least once in a while. And the thought of that excites me. And it makes me wonder. If. I. Make. Him. Smile. I hope that I do. And on That Day, when I stand before Him and the evidence of my life is reviewed and weighed, may there be remnants of gentle moments when He smiled and thought “Yep, she is mine.” #lovebythedrop