It's that time of year again...are we preparing for festivities, parties, gift-buying, wrapping, and giving, sending out cards, going to parties, or preparing for our Savior to reside in our hearts? How do you best spend this time? What feels the best for you? It is often said it is a time to "WAKE-UP!" and get ready, feel alive, and put into action the feeling of peace, joy, love, and giving! How can we do less, to feel more? Does this make sense? Do less to feel more? When we are so busy and consumed with all the holday happenings, we tend to feel stressed, tired, crabby, and maybe even numb. Doing less and saying no to all the hustle and bustle can actually allow us to feel more, or at least feel what we want to feel-joyful, charitable, kinder, and calmer. How do you choose to feel this holiday season?
The Season of Fall...
Many people view fall as a time to shed what is old before it dies. This can be true, but instead of looking at it as a time of death, how would it be it we looked at it as a time of renewal? When you think of the beauty of renewal, like to beauty in the colorful foliage, one can see the whole process of letting go and being renewed as a beautiful process as well. It takes time, just like being patient for all the leaves to fall. Often there are one or two leaves hanging on 'til the bitter end of the season. This can be compared to us having a difficult time letting go of unsupportive habits, or being challenged in making an uncomfortable decision and deciding to take action. Although, the tree looks bare once all the leaves have fallen, we too might feel vulnerable, abandoned, or alone once we have decided to do something that perhaps others don't agree with. What is amazing with this process is that after this period of regret, or desolation, is the birth of a new you ready to bud and grow in a way that seemed almost impossible. Just remember the beauty of the spring flowers that bring about hope for many. Be patient with yourself, believe that after this difficulty, the you that you want to be is in bloom sooner than you think! Are you ready to shed what is holding you back?
"God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do."
What does this mean for us? God, our ultimate designer had an extraordinary purpose for creating us. He planned a mission so unique, that no one else can take ownership of it. Who are we to judge our own selves? God intended us and only us to serve Him in the way He prepared the world to receive us. He already knows the path we are to follow so that we can grow, thrive, find peace and abundance. God has given us His son Jesus to save us for when we stray from our path. God has laid the foundation of our life before us and reassures us that He is ever present in a world where only few promises are kept. He knows where and how we will falter, but we need to remember that through His light, goodness, and mercy, His love will forward us back to the direction of where we need to be in order to live good lives not only for ourselves, but others as well. Can you imagine a world where we all live up to our potential, are happy and living in abundance, where the seeds of peace can grow and spread, and where joy and compassion meet when someone is in despair? What you feel when you think about this? How can you play a role in the quest that each of us has been given to live out? You can do this, for it His dream for you has been breathed in your life at creation!
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You answered me when I called to you; with your strength you strengthened me.
How often do I know to turn to my Friend, my Lord? Our lives can be difficult, busy, and hectic. In our human nature, we can easily become swayed by our challenges rather than remembering to look unto Him for encouragement, strength, wisdom, acceptance, and love. It is in Him, through Him, and by Him that we are restored to who we were originally meant to be in order to live in abundance. Only from Him can we be strengthened; by His Goodness, we are healed. For more information on how to live in abundance, visit www.findinggodspeace.com and look at life with a fresh set of eyes.
It is very hard to imagine that we are made perfect when there is so much in our world telling us we are not! From media, posts, magazines, advertisements, etc., it is easy to understand why we are always second guessing ourselves. We doubt our strengths, goals, dreams, abilities- even our daily lives. We are made perfect - each on a unique journey that is driving us to our final destination...where God wants us to live in abundance. He loves us with a fervent passion and desires love, peace, joy, and happiness for us. Remember when you feel in doubt, know that you are a child of God and that His love is more than enough to overcome any shadow of trepidation!
Corinthians 4:1 "Thus should one regard us as servants of Christ" What does this look like? If we are to serve Christ and Christ lives in all of us, then doesn't this mean we serve one another? We are to help those in need of comfort, need of a prayer, need of acceptance, etc. We are to be there for one another in times of need and desperation. This might mean we move out our comfort zone, be in a time of inconvenience because it doesn't fit into our schedule, or going above and beyond the usual efforts with a joyful and loving heart. We will let the love we are filled with pervade to those around us. What then, does service to Christ look like to you?
Saying goodnight means saying it is okay to let go of all the things from the day that held you back, didn't work in your favor, that turned out to be mistakes, things you should have done, from prayers unsaid, smiles not shared, and judgements of yourself. It is time to rest your mind, body, and spirit. It is time to capture the freedom and peace you desire. Say goodnight for now and be hopeful for another chance to try again tomorrow- you are more than worth it!