THANKS LIVING DAY 26

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PRAYER OF THANKS FOR TEA

Have you ever felt stressed out? Stop laughing, I’m serious. It’s common knowledge that stress manifests itself physically. Migraine headaches, high blood pressure and even cardiac problems are all stress-related symptoms. We hear a lot these days about finding balance or finding our center.

I have an anchor. I have a rock. He is my main go-to source for peace and tranquility. He provides blessed assurance of protection in His Word, The Bible. His Name is Jesus and His Father is my Father too. I pray to God, through His Son, Jesus, Who died on a cross to save me from my sins. Prayer is speaking with God. It means I talk, but I also need to listen. God’s voice is not audible, and I’ve heard it described as a “still, small voice.” Some call it conscience. I call it God’s Holy Spirit speaking to me.

It takes faith – the size of a tiny mustard seed – allow God’s Holy Spirit to enter and abundant life begins. The stress at home becomes a soft answer, because The Bible tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath. The issues that seemed so large before become matters that are taken to God in prayer – and left with Him. The Bible tells us that we should not worry about anything, but pray about everything. Tell God your needs and be sure to thank Him for His answers.

I thank You God, for letting me come before You to be still and know that You are God. You are in control. That gives me peace.

Shalom. Peace be with you. Not the peace this world promises, but the peace of GOD. ❤

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LIGHTHOUSE DAY

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Today we celebrate LIGHTHOUSE DAY!!! To be honest, I’ve never seen a lighthouse, except in photographs, of course. I’ve hosted parties with a lighthouse theme and I’ve read books and seen movies with lighthouses in them – but I’ve not seen a lighthouse – yet.

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I would love to say that I’m going to celebrate by traveling to the East coast somewhere to visit but that’s not going to happen. I’ll be here in Kansas – smack dab in the middle of the United States for the rest of the day. I’ll be doing laundry and dusting furniture – but my mind will be elsewhere and I’ll be dreaming of crashing waves and imagining myself sauntering along a sandy beach in flip-flops. It all sounds just lovely.

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. – Charles Simic

Of course, Jesus Christ is the lighthouse and may His light shine on me…  and you.

 

Have you ever heard the recordings that mix music with the sounds of nature? I have one that has the sound of the ocean with beautiful music. Maybe I will listen to that CD while I’m doing my chores today. I can escape Kansas just for a little while in my mind. But one day – it will be real. I will scratch that off my bucket list one day soon. ❤

MEMORIAL DAY

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Memorial Day is a day of reflection. It’s a day to remember those who were once here with us but now are not. We loved them and they loved us. We know we will be reunited one day, but until then, there is a void. What would my family urge me to do? God is love and love covers a multitude of mistakes. I think they would tell me to love. Just love.

As we begin our stroll through my peaceful, serene labyrinth of love, let me ask you a question. What is the source of love? Where does it come from originally? Most of you know what my answer is. I believe that God is the true source of love, and apart from Him, you are not really able to love at all. Know God – know love. No God – no love. If you know God, then I hope you enjoy this little stroll through the labyrinth. If you do not know God, perhaps you can sit down on one of the simple wooden benches when you finish the walk to rest and get to know God. Can you hear the birds singing? The gardens surrounding this labyrinth are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and there is not a more quiet place of solace to do a little soul-searching.

It’s such a perfect day to take a leisurely stroll. There are people on the outside who are running, but we are not. We are not going to hurry, but be deliberate with each step. There is nothing scheduled in your day that is of any importance. You won’t need a watch. Take your time and seek. Seek God and find the love He wants you to have.

Read just one section at a time. When you have read the scripture, close your eyes and think about what you just read. Let the thought of it sink in and talk to God about it. You can talk to Him out loud or just think a prayer – He hears your prayer either way. Imagine you are walking, reading, pondering and praying. Let’s begin.

Love comes from God:

1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God proved His love for us:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Some couples seem to be real soul mates and some are polar opposites trying to find some common ground. No matter which class your marriage falls in, we are taught what love should look like in our Christian marriages. I laughingly refer to these as the “bite your tongue” verses! There are times when love in marriage is a real bear! But for the sake of unity, peace and joy with your mate, you really do have to bite your tongue!

Love in Marriage:

Ephesians 4:2-3 “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Philippians 2:2 “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”

There is sure victory because of love:

Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We are definitely instructed to love other people:

1 John 4:9-11 “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

“Love each other deeply with all your heart.” – 1 Peter 1:22b

And finally, we are told that we are to walk the walk of love and not just talk the talk.

Make sure the love you show is genuine:

1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

Have a blessed day! ❤

GARDEN MEDITATION DAY

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Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.   – Samuel M. Shoemaker

Stress is a very real part of this life.  This comes as no surprise to anyone, does it?  People have all sorts of ways to combat stress and some of those ways are not the most healthy.  My coping mechanism used to be food.  Junk food.  Evil, wicked, gross, disgusting junk food.  Let me tell you – there is a better way to cope with stress and keep up the wellness and peace of mind you deserve!

There are few things in this world that I appreciate more than a beautiful garden.  I do not (by any stretch of the imagination) claim to be a gardener, but I do admire those who have a green thumb.

Today is GARDEN MEDITATION DAY!!!  We do not have a garden at our house, but we do have a small area in front of our house with shrubs and assorted landscaping accents.  There is a bench to the side where I sit and read devotionals in the morning.  A garden can set a mood for meditation faster than any atmosphere.  So calm and serene, it makes my blood pressure lower and suddenly all of my cares and worries disappear.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.  – Psalm 19:14

While I’m reading devotions, hymns come to mind and I sing them.  It’s as though I’m joining nature in a chorus to God.  Of course, my voice pales next to that of a bird.

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.  – Psalm 104:34

How many times have you began singing “Count Your Blessings” and ended up literally adding up all the benefits from the Lord’s hand?  It makes a soul more grateful than ever to do that.  The old hymns of the church are not merely words to be muttered with half-witted understanding.  They are timeless truths that we need to embrace and live our lives with.

Enjoy a garden meditation today.  It’s good for your soul🙂