Please remember to pray. Pray for our country, our President and those working for us, for our enemies, our church, our friends, our families, ourselves. This is a long hall we walk to heaven, wrought with obstacles and distractions, but keep focused on Jesus. Pray diligently. Read the Bible to fill up on truth. Keep doing it. We got this! ❤
Take time to read your Bible
Remember that with God you are never alone or unloved
Drink hot chocolate
Watch a good movie
Listen to or play music you love
Remember that you never have to match someone else’s stress level
Bask in God’s peace and envision the sweet baby born in a stable that came to allow internal, eternal peace❤
When we are busiest, it seems we are made busier with bad news. My friend’s son was in a car accident, nothing broken and not critical but sore and hospitalized for observation. And of course I want to be there for her and would were my commitments not so pressing today and tomorrow. But this is how the devil worka, y’all. When working hard, he attacks. So please pray for special comfort for her and healing for him and I place them soundly in God’s hands and must keep moving. God bless us all. ❤
Thrown away, the soul dejected
Lost, alone, the heart does cry
The fit of loss is hard lifted
The burdened pain of love passed by.
And yet is hope, I hear it singing
Fading in from miles away
Call of trump and future mansion
Jesus beckons me to His day.
Never think a loss is wasted.
Never wonder at pain you bear.
Bow in prayer to One who know all
And think on Him and He is there.❤
Many can relate, I have spoken with many who get it, who feel me when I say I grew up neglected and criticized. My dad was my strongest supporter but he was rarely home. My grandmas loved me but one I did not see anywhere near enough and one was too busy and clean for me as a kid. My Aunt supported me but was married to a control freak and started her own family. I would have given anything for regular encouragement. So I got straight “A’s” for a pat on the back from school and volunteered for everything at church to feel valuable there. I cleaned the entire house, mowed the lawn, played the piano brilliantly, searched and searched for encouragement and attention, both of which I lacked. Instead I received criticism from my mom and abuse and verbal attacks from my lazy sister. And God gave me the grace to move forward. I decided at age 9 to be a doctor and poured into that goal. I wrote songs, played piano and sang. All searching for encouragement and attention. When looking for a husband, I wanted encouragement and attention and ended up with attention man who criticized and ignored me. God kept moving me forward. After divorcing him and remarrying, my current husband was great at first and now is criticizing me. And now my son is being raised with criticism. So now I know I am the problem. I must be unable to be encouraged. I must do everything wrong. I must be weird. But God keeps moving me forward. You see, I realize that God is the Maker of me. He made me strong to get this far. He made me smart to become that doctor. He made me musical to play for Him. Whether or not any other human being appreciates me or encourages me ever, I know Whose I am. I am God’s little girl. I am the girl He has forgiven and loves and has gifted to worship Him. I am God’s and He keeps moving me forward as encouragement. And if He is the only One I have, He is the only One I need and that is enough. I am content. I trust no human but I trust God. And heaven is not far off, for He will come soon for us. Then none of this unfair life will matter, it will all be forgotten, so long as we keep moving forward with God and saved by Jesus. ❤
So, we have been practicing our two Christmas songs for about a month and a half a capella because of not having a piano or keyboard in the room with us. I was going to play keys later. But I made an executive decision tonight. We have practiced all this time without music, just our voices, and the kids are doing great. So we are going to present the song the same way. I want them to be successfull and adding something now will only confuse them and potentially set them up for failure. So there you go. And I tell you all this for two reasons. 1. If something is working, support it by keeping it as is. If it needs changing, change it, but do not add a variable last minute that may throw a wrench in the system. Provide what your people need for their best result. 2. You be the flexible one. The leader must be flexible in order to lead most effectively sometimes. Asking the led to be flexible is silly. You be flexible. Remember, the success of the team/project/choir is the goal, not fulfilling what the little narcissist in you expected or demanded to happen. Lol. I find it easier to ask myself whether my decision is for the good of the goal or the good of my ego and adjust accordingly. This strategy has never failed me when applied. Hope this helps someone. God bless you as you lead! ❤
Ever think how big the tiny word “if” is? Two little letters with books of meaning built in. Millions of undocumented words implied or possible with each two letter word “if”.
If you are good, you get candy.
If the gunman had gone to church to participate in the service, he might have been saved and bound for heaven instead of already in hell.
If business owner cared for their employees as much as themselves, there would be much better customer service.
If it rains, we cancel.
If I had married him, what would life look like today.
If I had gone to med school instead of the doctorate program, where would I be today?
If, if, if. There are many more and sometimes they pop into our heads and sometimes they stay out. But that tiny word has the ability to really beat you up. It can be a mean little word.
However, that tiny word can be out of focus and out of the forefront of your mind with help from God. God can reduce that huge word “if” back down to two letters. When we focus on Jesus, the past starts to go back because the now is what matters. It is beautiful.❤