Show a little kindness🎶👏

I overheard my si♥️ ask our grands questions about kindness. It seems that such a simple word could be overlooked in life because of all the offenses that come our way. We feel ignored, teased, disrespected, condemned, hopeless, helpless, shunned, outsmarted, dumbed down, overshadowed, or insignificant.

True kindness is filled with genuine love from above that gives us the ability to overlook others’ transgressions and be the righteousness of Christ in obedience to God’s Holy Spirit. Kindness allows us to step out in faith with a helping hand and Truth that sets others free or a word of encouragement that could carry someone to the pinnacle of their potential.

#wordsfromthe♥️ #practicemadeperfect #alwaystime #lookingforopportunities #faithfulFather #truthtested

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FOG

What if you’re looking at a fog on the road to your next destination? What if you don’t even know what that next destination is? What if you don’t even know why you’re on the road in the first place?

I listened to a devotional this morning that instructed me to pray when I don’t have clarity. The author plainly stated that God delights to answer prayers that are prayed with God’s will in mind.

Since God is not the author of confusion, I’ve decided that I have placed too many things on my plate that don’t reflect His plan. Self-inflicted busyness of mind, of heart, of soul, and of body often brings discouragement and can paralyze me. What’s my answer?

I’m writing down the 5 most important tasks that really matter to God and me by trusting in His Word, and asking Him to empower me to stay focused on His activity in each challenge or task. #Hispromise #Promisekeeper #faithfulandtrue #ordermydays #nogreaterlove

My Dad

Happy Birthday to my Dad who was born 98 years ago today. He left a legacy to each of my three siblings and me—love, faith, and hope. ♥️☝️🤗👏

My mom believed with all of her heart that Dad was praying for each of us kids as he was circling the spot before he unsuccessfully tried to land his plane in a farmer’s field during a Midwest February snowstorm in 1961.

If so, some of those prayers have been answered, and others are still in the works by a Heavenly Father Who never forgets to bless His children with answers from His heart of mercy, love, wisdom, and impeccable timing. #grateful #blessed #thanksdad #heavenlysonshine #caredfor #imperfectpeople #perfectedbyGod posted March 13, 2019

BELIEF GIVES COURAGE

Very recently I heard a speaker use fear as a doorway rather than as a barrier to tear down or face. It was eye-opening, because fears are real. Rather than avoiding them or imagining them to be unscalable mountains, or attempting to face them head on for a fight, I can look for what’s on the other side of that fear. Is the fear of public speaking something I can walk through? Yes, by intentionally walking through the very thing I fear, I’m disabling it. If I fear rejection because of the length of time between conversations with my grown children, I can call them and tell them that I love them, and ask if they have a few minutes to catch me up. Walking through that door 👏takes action🏃‍♀️with courage, and allows for discovery, growth, health, and happiness🤗

This conversation reminds me that Jesus said, “I am the door,” in John 10:7. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. I’m so grateful that Jesus IS the door to LIFE EVERLASTING that began for me personally at age 15, when I heard and believed that His finished work—His full payment for sin when He gave up His life on the cross for all—was done for me, as the risen Savior. Jesus is the door of God’s perfect love and grace. He empowers me to walk over the threshold of fear, because He knows what is good for His design and purpose for me.

WHAT SALVATION?

What a great exhortation against fear! This reflects a promise to all who are believing God for their unsaved loved ones!

Just as Moses believed God to save Israel from Egyptian slavery, torment, and death, so Jesus came to give His life to save us from the enslavement of sin and death.

Jesus, greater than Moses, makes a declaration and a promise to ALL for salvation from sin and death:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

JOURNALING 1,000 GOOD CHOICES…

Today is my first day of journaling 1,000 good choices. Though I faithfully take my health supplements that have helped me feel like I’m aging backwards, daily choices fall like rain on a sunny day—Surprise! Will I exercise 20 minutes a day? Will I replenish daily with half my weight in ounces of water? Will I choose comfort food over nutrition? Will I use my time to build up others or waste it? Will I engage in life-building activities or…? #choicesareopportunities #success #habitbuilding #ourbodyisnotourtemple #togetherchoose #loveoneanother #nocondemnation

MY STORY: SEVEN DECADES OF GOD’S GRACE

Seven decades ago I took my first glorious breath, and today I am breathing in the wonderful love of God.

My thoughts often linger on my youth when I lost my dad in a private plane crash. And it was in my youth that I was introduced to the love of my heavenly Abba Father and believed in His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness of my sins.

My dear mother played a huge role in God‘s amazing plan of establishing a closer walk with my Savior. She made sure I had fellowship with other believers and she helped me break off a friendship that could have taken me down a very different path.

Bible college led me to my husband of 48 1/2 years, for whom I continue to praise God. Our marriage gets sweeter by the day because Jesus has been our strength and peace in the storms of life. Through the years, knowing we were bathed in daily prayers by parents, family, and friends has been a continual comfort.

God has blessed us with 10 children – one in heaven through miscarriage – and 8 additional children who are parents of our 18 grands, including a foster baby. Knowing that Jesus Christ intercedes with the Father on our family’s behalf day and night gives such an intimate connection with the Father and such an amazing sense of His love. I am so grateful that Steve and I and our children and some of their children, as sheep in the fold, know the voice of the Great Shepherd. He watches over his “flock” by night and guides us by day.

I love that God loves ALL men! Satan, the power of the air, would like us to believe that God‘s love is limited and selective, the Creator of heaven and earth and all the angels, Jesus Christ, loved the world so much that He took it upon Himself to be born of a virgin and to die a sinner’s death for you and for me, to give us eternal life in Him through His resurrection from the dead.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.” Acts 16:31

“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death…”

Romans 8:1-2

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

🎶“What a day that will be when my Savior I shall see…

When I look upon His face and see the wonders of His grace…”

Oh, Glorious day!