Happy Mother’s Day ❤️

I am blessed to have a mother who loves me beyond measure, oftentimes puts my needs above her own, and sacrifices without having to be asked. 

Thank you mom for all that you have done, are doing, and will do. I do not deserve you and I could never be worthy of you.

You are a tangible representation of God’s heart and I will cherish you always. #lovebythedrop

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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

Today’s Gem of Insight #98

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Today’s insight journey led me to the idea that families may not be chosen, but they are given to us for a purpose. Some of us have families that we love, with which we have an impenetrable and loyal connection. Others of us have families that we would likely not have chosen had we had a choice in the matter, and because of those feelings we simply tolerate them. I am blessed to be a person who loves and appreciates the family that I have, a family that I would not trade for anything or anyone else in the world. I know, it sounds a bit cliched, but it’s true.

However, my goal for this particular blog entry is not to tell those of you who find it to be a challenge to connect with and appreciate your families, for reasons that I am sure are important because they are yours, what to do. But rather, my goal is to remind all of us that we have been given the families that we have for a reason, whether we know what that reason is or not. So, though we may not have any control over who comprises our families, we do have control over how we choose to view our families. And who knows, if we take the time to evaluate our families, the lessons that we have learned via them, and contemplate their purpose in our lives, we will likely come to the realization that a blessing can come out of any situation as long as we are open to receive it. #lovebythedrop