A Beautiful Morning

All mornings are beautiful when you wake up with a clear conscious, count your blessings and focus on God. (In fact, you sleep better when those things are true of uour night too. Come to think of it, days are better if that is also true of tour day. Lol) But this morning was particularly beautiful. The sun was just as bright but hidden a tad behind a thin veil of clouds. There was a refreshing breeze that tickled my hair to fly around a bit. The birds were singing their morning praise and breakfast songs. Walking was sweet in conversation with the Lord, like walking with my best friend and Savior. I realized something exquisite, a new truth I had never fully embraced and indeed embraced it (sorry, that is between my Lord and I). And the walk was refreshing in every way. Getting back to the house, everyone was still asleep so I sat and rested on the porch swing, enjoying the mockingbird in our bistro vines searching out their breakfast. God is peace and joy. And if you walk with Him, you are too. I am ready for the day. I love you. Have a beautiful day! ❤ 

God is Love

We can see God’s love in everything He made and can feel it everywhere. Wherever God is, love is. Wherever we are, God is. God is responsible for every loving and good thing. There is no real, pure love that God is not responsible for. There is no to act of love He does not see as an extension of Himself for His good and He rewards this worship. God is love!❤❤❤ 

Love Stays

If he or she left and threw you out like garbage, that was not love. If they are gone, it was not love. Love stays. Love protects. Love looms after the interests of the lover and not themselves. Love is patient. If they were impatient, it was not love. Love is kind. If they were unkind, it was not love. Love does not make an account of wrongs. If they lord mistakes over you, it was not love. Love forgives freely and generously. How do I know all this? What makes me so sure? I have been loved like this real true love I am talking about. And let me assure you, you will never find all this in a person apart from them walking first with the source of this love. This is God’s description of love, who He is naturally. God is love. God’s love is true and pure like this. Love stays. And if it is real love, it stays, protects, serves, among the other characteristics mentioned and found in 1 Corinthians 13. I have loved with this pure love but been loved back by only one or two in my lifetime. Sometimes you are close enough to the Lord to understand and love someone and they simply are not spiritually in the same arena and cannot love you beyond their own comfort. This is not love, you must understand. This is something else mismatched. It cannot last, will not stay, lies to you both. Do not fall for it. Fall for God, love Jesus for He is the only One who can love you. Of course a spouse can but God definitely has to be involved in the relationship. There is no other way. Love stays. 

Elderly Contributions

The elder people of my life are my foundation, my backbone, my sweet spot. My grandmother was an amazing nurse and missionary. She told me later she struggled with school, she was not naturally intelligent that way. Nor did she know tons of stuff about tons of stuff. I never knew that his at all n until she had that his old me much later in life. What do I remember about my invaluable time with her? She loved Jesus. And she knew old songs from Texas I did not otherwise learn. She loved art and music and learning and she sure loved her family and me. That is my memory of her. Not her brilliance but her love and passion for Jesus and family. My other grandma was also hard working but a farmer’s wife. From her, I remember etiquette, good posture, cleanliness, work ethic, warmth, love of family and God, composure, respect, natural remedies to about anything. I do not ever remember what she was not but truly appreciated all that she was. From Beulah Barnett, an elderly widow I sat with sometimes, I learned shading and art for she had been an artist. I remember affirming smiles and encouragement from older people from the church. From both grandpas, I learned laughter and music and love of God. As my dad aged, I learned the importance of time spent just talking. The elderly people of my life made my life rich. I was so blessed to a have them. I would not be who I am without them. So if you feel you have little to offer tech-addicted people, think again and just offer who you are. You are invaluable as an elder. And those who are not elders, get off your worthless tech and take some time with an elder person today. It is much more important and truly invaluable to your character development. 

How Great His Love

How great is God’s love for us! It is so great that grace extends to us for salvation until the day we breathe our last breath. He gives us every moment possible to humbly pray for salvation and eternity with Him. He wants us saved. He longs for relationship with all of us He lovingly made on purpose. God loves us more than we can imagine, more than any person is capable, deeper than anything or anyone can go and satisfy permanently. And the gifts He give us when we finally humbly come to Him are beautiful and eternal, amazing things like love, joy, peace, patirnce, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and HOPE. Drawing close to God is drinking deep eternal satisfaction and contentment and richness of appreciation, a life of worship comes naturally and easily. Oh how He loves us and oh how I love Him!!

When People Threaten your Peace

The undeniable truth is that God Almighty is the giver of peace. Jesus Christ led the greatest revolt against evil the world had ever known or seen by His love agenda. He showed the way of love. He was attacked and detested for it but the love remains and He is our very best example of how to retain your peace when other people want war with you because they do not have your peace and think that fighting you they can take it or punish you for having something they want. Long sentence but worth rereading and very important. Evil is never peaceful. It may disguise itself from time to time but God is good and is the giver of peace, the only source of peace there is. You may get a temporary calm without Him now and again but not lasting, eternal, content no matter what happens to you because I am secure in the Lord peace. But I digress, regardless their reason for picking a fight, the fight remains and what do you do? How do b ypu maintain your peace when attacked (especially if the person claims to also follow God)? Here is where Jesus showed His internal power. He did not get lured into the battlefield. He did not fight. He left and went off and prayed. They forced boxing gloves on and put Him in a ring and He took them off and left the arena and prayed. He kept His peace not by running away but by controlling Himself and valuing peace and a relationship with God, who is peace, and value the peace they shared so much He would not allow it to be infringed upon until it was time for Him to die for us on purpose. But He maintained His peace even then. Peace is a fruit/result/evidence of God being there. It is ours in relationship with God through Jesus and it is assurance that no matter what happens, we have eternity secure in God through our loving relationship with Him. Wow! So we have to value Him more than acknowledge the attack. Don’t even acknowledge it or give it credence and certainly don’t argue or throw a punch as you leave or retaliate with gossip or slander (ouch!) or bad feelings. Instantly forgive them and humbly leave. Not because they won BUT BECAUSE GOD WON! Nothing is capable of harming your peace unless you let it. Love truly conquers all. Truly it is the most powerful force on earth because God is love! ❤

Morning Comes too Soon 

The alarm went off this morning to go out walking before the day got hot enough to be an excuse not to walk. Lol And it went off way too soon. Morning came way too soon. Now this morning, I had a little boost. My son wanted me to wake him to walk with me. So, knowing I had the company of someone I love who also doesn’t enjoy early mornings but also wants to be healthier, it was easier (still unpleasant but easier) to get up and go. Yes, misery loves company lol, but also there is a verse in Proverbs that says something like blessed is he who walks and someone is there to pick you up is you fall but woe to the person who falls and no one is there to pick them up. Now there are no mud pits or cliffs in my neighborhood, but it is easier to do life with someone you love, be it a spouse, a friend, family, a pet. There is someone to share and talk with, an accountability partner, a fun emphasizer, a helper or someone just to serve and consider. It is lovely. I had another friend who decided she didn’t need anyone but her kids. Well, that is a whole lot of pressure on her kids and people need to adult sometime. Lol We need people. We are responsible not created to live in a vacuum. God is very social and made us so. Morning comes too early but all unpleasant things are easier with help. Be a friend, make a friend. Love you!