Life is full of complexities. Those who don’t know that yet have not truly lived or loved. And just when you believe you have a little handle on some of it, something unique happens that hits you with the realization that you misunderstood completely. Up and down our fragile emotions go. They take us here lovingly and then shoot us away hatefully moments later. In a world so full of people so full of hormones, complex is really just how life is. I do not have a solution as yet, but I am very hopeful that it will sort itself out and life will regain simplicity. But until then, I have accepted complex as a valid life flavor. It will be complex until God gives me clarity, which He always eventually does. He is the only One who can. Oh how I love him for it.

Real Monsters Don’t Scare Me

No, monsters don’t scare me. They do exist, they are just not what people visualize. Real monsters are people, looking like someone we know maybe. These monsters have decided to turn their back on goodness and embrace their own selfish desires above the good of anyone or everyone else. These, folks are the real monsters. But even those we do not need to fear because these monsters are never as powerful as goodness. God is bigger. So, what on earth do we need to fear? Nothing. That which we need to pay careful respect to is our relationship with God. Our fear of displeasing Him should trump our desire to be pleased or we become the monsters. But this can be done. It requires a focus on good, a focus on and many conversations with God, a regular reading time in the Bible and positive friends with encouraging words. With these tools of salvation under our belts, there is never a reason to fear. Even monsters have to leave when you tell them to in Jesus’ name. Never fear. Do not be afraid. God is bigger than anything or anyone who decides to act like a monster. That being said, Halloween is still my least favorite day of the year. Not because I am afraid but because the world is dark enough and I think we need a day of light to counteract it and not embrace this morbidity. Just saying. Think positive and think light, my friends. 🙂

1 Peter 5:8-9

“Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to him, by standing strong in your faith. You know that your Christian family all over the world is having the same kinds of suffering.” – 1 Peter 5:8 – 9

The Power of Praise

Praise is a fantastic discovery. It is powerful. It can be directed to people when they are caught doing something good. It can be directed to God because He is always good. It can be directed to plants you want to grow better and healthier. It is amazing. The power is in the positive push of desirable sound waves entering the eardrum or cells of another individual. When these words enter the brain or cells of the receiver, they are accepted as positive validation and verification which releases chemicals that are beneficial to the receiver. These chemicals make the receiver feel good as well as aid to the overall health of that receiver. There is power for the person giving the gift of praise. That person temporarily at least has chosen to do a good thing. This humbles the person and says that someone else deserves attention rather than myself for that moment. The power is the knowledge and good feeling that comes from helping someone or giving them a valuable gift. It is a free gift except for the energy it takes and brief humility to produce the words. So, for very little cost, here is a mutually beneficial gift of praise. The act of seeing the good in someone and sharing that with them is praise. Praise is never wasted. Our words have immense power and our positive words have immense we positive power for the giver and receiver. So do not neglect to praise. You can praise God for just being Who He is. You can praise people who do good things. When you do, you and they will be blessed. Every. Time.

The Encouraging Word

My mind explodes with happiness when I receive encouragement. It is as tie between affirmative words and quality time as my main love languages. I know this about myself. However, the encouragement is somehow trumping the time as late and I find myself very thankful and appreciative for every single word that encourages. Not just any good word does this, invokes this happy response but only those meaningful words from people I respect and love. From other people, it is nice, but from people who know me best, my flaws (which are numerous), my passions and delights, my imperfect ideas, these people complimenting me or sharing truth with me means more than someone who barely knows me and just sees the tidy well presented me on stage. My friends’ encouraging words are breath to me. They infuse oxygen to my soul and make me feel lighter and amazingly special. I believe God puts these blessing friends together when they need each other most. When feeling really down and out and run over by many, God gifts me with one or two angel friends who encourage and renew my spirit with encouragement. It is beautiful and I thank God for these friends (family or adopted) in my life. And when I am stronger and even now, I strive to return the favor and be a source of valuable encouragement in return. What a treasure we can be to each other! Long live the good word!