Godwinks for my daughter

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wink smilyOur song played on the radio,
after I had talked to you.
A simple prayer for help,
has increased revenue.

Thinking about your grandma,
a penny just appeared.
A shooting star reminded me
of the memories we shared.

And what about that rainbow,
on the day that you turned nine?
And bumping in to Uncle Chris
while in the grocery line.

Whenever these things happen,
I ask, “What are the odds”?
Is it merely a coincidence?
Could it be a wink from God?

You are more

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I haven’t posted here in quite a while, but I have been writing.
Today I wrote something and felt like it needed to be shared.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

YOU ARE MORE

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Darkness disappears when light appears.
Battles are won by taking consistent steps in the direction of your goal.
Plan the life you want.
Love the life you have.
Trust that God will lead you.
So you will know when to surrender,
and when to forge ahead full speed.

A new day dawns, with new possibilities.
A new beginning,
A new start,
Never too late,
Never too soon,
Right now is the time to move,
to shake things up,
To become,
to design your life,
and be,
and live,
and face your struggles head on,
and know that you are more.

More than your problems,
More than your body,
More than your finances,
More than your relationships,
More than your illness.

You are more!
Your day has come,
and it is now.
This is the only day you have.
So learn,
and love,
and quit complaining.
and do,
and be the person on the inside,
that is screaming to live life.
that is desperately desiring to burst forward
into the world.

You were meant to conquer.
Struggles are everywhere you look.
Problems arise at the most inopportune time,
but you are more.
Do not say, “woe is me”.
Today there is no time for a pity party.
Today you can shine your light,
and face the darkness,
because you have a powerful force within your grasp.
You possess light of God’s grace,
And the light of love,
And the light of kindness.

So show up today,
Conquer the world,
You are,
I am,
a child of God.
and we are more.

Isaiah 43:18-19
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

God shaped hole

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God inside a heartThere is a Christian song on the radio that says:  ‘There is a God shaped hole in all of us” I believe that’s true, and the key to filling it, is staying connected to God.  However, sometimes we get caught up in all the things we need to do on a daily basis, all the work that needs to be done, all the shopping we need to do, all the television we need to watch and games we need to play.  And you know we have to check our face book page and tweet!  … Oftentimes we get sidetracked and we stop looking for God.  We are so busy and fill our days with so much noise, that we don’t have any time to pray, we forget to be thankful, and we are too tired to read our bible… and that God shaped hole inside of us remains empty.  Then we come to church seeking new ways to fill the hole. Searching for answers, knowing that we should walk with God but not knowing what to do and in some cases we believe that we are not good enough or not worthy of that closeness with him.

Every month we hear about celebrities who turn to drugs or alcohol because even though they are talented, have money & fame – they don’t believe they are worthy, they believe that they need more money and stuff to make them happy,  but don’t feel connected to anything, and that god shaped hole remains empty.  We see people going in for surgery to fix this or change that.  Plastic surgery is a multi-million dollar business.  The doctors will tell you that they can make you look just like the guy or girl in the magazine.  Have this operation, and you will look like everyone else!  The problem with that is that you are one of a kind!  God made you that way.  I wish I could hammer that into the heads of our younger generation.  We need to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else.  I know that’s difficult in today’s society.  We watch television shows, commercials, games and even songs telling us that in order to be happy we need to be thin, to have perfect hair, to wear designer clothes and have a lot of money, and then once that happens – you will finally be happy and successful.  They’re telling you that if you look like everyone else, if you act like everyone else, and if you do what everyone else is doing then you will be happy.smiley faces

But, it’s the person who breaks away and discovers their hidden talents, the person who tests their capabilities by doing activities they didn’t believe they would ever be able to do that finds true joy.  It’s the person who stops trying so hard to be someone they’re not and who stops trying to please everyone else and says… ‘this is me, this is who god created me to be, and I am going to live my life in a way that feels natural and comfortable and not worry about what others think or say. It’s simple, but not easy.

You have the power to create the life that God designed for you. It is not too late.  You see, you need God, and God needs you.  You have talents and skills that no one else has.  You matter, you’re important, and you are a vital piece of God’s grand plan.

In the end, we decide to take that action and move closer to God… We read the bible, praise him, live a life of gratitude, pray and meditate, take care of our mind, body and spirit, take care of others, learn change and grow.  When we do that, we will come to a place where we will not only find happiness, but discover a true sense of joy that will surpasses all our expectations and fill up that God shaped hole inside of us.  It’s that simple, and it’s that easy.

Ask Seek Knock

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In life, we go through periods of rough patches and like the weather we will have days of sunshine and days of rain.  And like the weather- neither of these lasts forever.  The one thing that is constant is change.  What is important is how we react to the change in our life.  This passage of scripture in Luke – Jesus shows us what to do, how to react, how to get through the ups and downs, twists and turns in life.

We can rely on the spirit of God to be there for us when we need to, to comfort us when we grieve and to celebrate with us when things are going well.  So how do we call on God’s grace? We pray… We ask, we seek, we knock.  Jesus even gives us the words to say when we pray – in the Lord’s Prayer.  With prayer and meditation we call on God to move in us.

You see living requires action, we can stop and rest for a while; we can do nothing for a little while.  But eventually we need to get up, brush ourselves off and carry on.  There are times when we go through a difficult situation and when it’s over we don’t know what to do next.  Here Jesus tells us. –

Ask – Ask good questions, this is no time for a pity party – so stay away from the ‘why me’ questions.  Instead ask ‘how can I help others? Who can help me? What good has come from this situation? What can I do, that will make me happy?

Seek – Get active and do something.  Don’t just ask questions and stop, get out there and move.Lords Prayer

And finally Knock – calling on friends and neighbors.  Finding opportunities, knocking on God’s door, Whose door will you knock on? What knowledge will you seek? What questions are you asking? Because Jesus tells us that when we ask, we will receive.  When we seek, we will find.  When we knock, the door will be answered.

There are people in your life that can help you, Throughout the bible, Jesus tells us to love one another. Having people in our life that lift us up, that support us, that help us in difficult times is paramount.  We love others, we rely on them, and lean on them when we need to and in return we allow them to lean on us when they need it.

You can overcome anything. You can rise above the ashes, scars and all … because you are a child of God.  You have the tools right here in the bible to help you get through anything.  God is with you even when you feel all alone.

I encourage you to take the Lord ’s Prayer with you today, saying it throughout your day, praying it out loud or to yourself.  Saying it when things look good and when things go wrong because … there is something powerful in saying that prayer.

Sunrise Dreams

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by Sally Green

I saw God in clouds today,
In quiet peace, a world away.
Worries and fears around me flee,
Sunrise dreams surrounding me.

I heard God at work today,
As hurried chaos stormed my way.
Inhaling sweetly, breath divine,
Heard:  ‘Everything will be just fine”.

I felt God at home today,
as sun swept skies began to gray.
friendly smiles from loved ones dear,
Reminding me that God is near.

I saw God in sleepy haze,
From sunrise dreams to moonlit praise.
In gratitude and peaceful rest,
Joyous for a life that’s blessed.

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