Reckless Love

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Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

Oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found,

Leaves the ninety-nine.

I couldn’t earn it,

I don’t deserve it,

Still you give yourself away.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God!

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THE MESS IN THE MIDDLE

 

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Ever feel like you’ve made a mess of things? 

You’ve made a choice in your life and it turned out all wrong.  Truthfully, big life decisions can be difficult to make, especially because we don’t know the outcome.  Sure, we can speculate on how things may turn out, but we will never know with certainty.

And so, we make a choice and go for it, only to discover shortly thereafter, that maybe, just maybe that wasn’t the best decision after all.  Our head becomes filled with questions.  “Did I rush into this too quickly?”  “Maybe I should’ve asked for some additional advice?”  Or, worse yet, you start to question your own judgment upon realizing you have officially created a mess for yourself.

As times passes the mess grows and things become more difficult.  Now you’re in over your head with seemingly nowhere to go. You begin to feel stuck, stressed, and disappointed.

Then one day, out of the blue, things begin to shift. Something unexpected happens providing a window of opportunity to turn things around.  Whether you turn right, turn left, or make a U turn, doesn’t matter.  All you know is you’re finally moving forward and on your way out of this mess you’ve created.

Months later you reflect on what happened.  Now you’ve not only made it through the mess, but things turned out completely different!  As a matter of fact, much better than you ever thought possible! And although your mess in the middle was one of the most difficult experiences in your life, you feel a sense of gratitude knowing this was all part of a bigger plan.

 

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Oftentimes we must go through a messy middle to arrive to an “alternate” ending. Because God will always redirect you and take you from where you are to where he wants you to be.

 

 

 

 

What It Takes To Give

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To give forgiveness takes humility,

To give empathy takes understanding,

To give thanks takes gratefulness,

To give advice takes sincerity,

To give love takes vulnerability,

To give of your time takes patience,

To give joy takes peace,

To give of yourself takes trust,

Learn to give more than you take,

For your life is measured not by what you take, but by what you are willing to give.

 

YOUR STRENGTH

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STRENGTH does not come from winning!

Your STRUGGLES develop your STRENGTHS.

When you go through HARDSHIPS and decide NOT to surrender,

THAT IS STRENGTH!

 

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

Thank You For Following!

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I would like to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my followers!

THANK YOU for allowing me to do what I love most . . . WRITING.

THANK YOU for reading what I have to say.

THANK YOU for your comments and thoughtful, encouraging words.

THANK YOU for your support!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

Have You Checked Your Thankfulness Gauge?

How’s your thankfulness gauge?

Be honest, is thankfulness a daily practice for you?  Are you living with a grateful heart?  Some of us pick and choose when to be thankful. We feel thankful some of the time, or only when things seem to be going “right.”

 

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If this is you, I can tell you that you are missing out.  Being thankful should not be stashed away on a shelf like your elegant china dishes, only to be taken out on holidays. Feeling thankful is a state of being.  It is a daily practice of gratitude for all that God has provided. When you are thankful, joy follows.

Don’t just casually glance at your blessings with a small lens, but instead use a MAGNIFYING GLASS.   I believe we can all find at least one thing to be thankful for each day. Once you make this a daily practice, I can assure you that your blessing’s list will begin to grow.

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Today, in honor of Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to share some of the blessings in my life that I am thankful for Every Day . . .

A roof over my head and food in my fridge

My family’s love, even when I’m unlovable

Friends that always choose to see the good in me

My dogs, for they are the epitome of unconditional love.

For prayers, both answered and unanswered

My trials, for they showed me that I am stronger than I ever thought

Living with hope and a thankful heart

The breath inside my lungs

Being alive today!

What are you thankful for?