Today let your light burn brigther than ever. May it illuminate the space in which you dwell. May those that bask in your light find encouragement, peace and hope. Let others see God through you –
So let your light so shine.
We all have heard these words – on numerous occasions. All things are possible through God that strengthens you – said to a child who says I can’t when it comes to math. Tears streaming down her cheek – frustration carved across her face. Thoughts of playtime slowly disappearing – out of reach. I buckled down and helped her through the word problems – there was a test waiting for her the next day. I so wanted to give in to her puppy dog eyes – wanting to rescue her from having to endure the pain and hardwork for math problems jumping off a page. I wanted – needed her to know that she could conquer it – so I gave her a few more problems at the risk of becoming the annoying mom. She finished it and I reminded her that she indeed had more strength than she realized.
Perhaps you have something in front of you that is difficult. Maybe throwing a tantrum seems like the best feasible answer than just digging in and putting your best foot forward. Maybe you find your attempts futile and not paying off. God often steps in and remind us of who and whose we are – a soft push to stand in strength. Even when the pull to quit tugs at us – we take another step. Yes it may include tears but the power of “yes you can” trudges us forward.
Often it isn’t the difficulty that is difficult – it is our thought about the difficulty. It is our perception of who we think we are or aren’t. You are more than a conquerer – there is nothing to tough because your God is good. He will help you – he is the greatest teacher. He may not give you the answer, but he will remain by your side step by little step. he knows that you will become stronger and then when something difficult arises – you will pull from previous victories. So go ahead dig in – it will be worth it.
Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.
It is no doubt that our mouths have power – to build or tear down. We speak words from the time we wake to the time we sleep. What are we saying to ourselves and others? Are they life sustaining – peace maintaining? God calls us to mind our mouths – every thought doesnt need to be spoken. The tongue can be trained to obey. The old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt.” is the condoning of an undisciplined tongue. It is simply an untruth.
Today use your tongue for the goodness of God. Make it obey – use it to speak hope, love, unity to yourself and those around you. Use them wisely – once spoken can’t be retrieved. Build – uplift and restore in love today.
For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.
I’m sure you know what it was like to create something that you were proud of. You couldn’t wait to show it to the world. It was beautiful – created with lots of heart and love. It was perfect to you – you guarded it with everything you had. God created you with such love and kindness – that when he was done creating – he said it was good. Molding the very fabric of your being right in your mothers womb – from nothing to something. He knew everything there was to know about you. He isn’t surprised about anything concerning you.
Today embrace the uniqueness of who God created you to be. Your smile, your hair, your eyes, your walk – he loves it and so should you. You are special – you are loved. He knitted you. Nothing concerning you is foreign to him – He knows your inward parts. Your are a child of a King- so fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are perfect just the way you are. You don’t have to change to be or act like anybody else. He loves all of you. Whenever you get to feeling like less than your best – remind yourself that the potter doesn’t make mistakes. The creativity that he used on you is seamless. Everything you need to stand – walk in boldness and power- is already knitted within you. Rid yourself of anything that doesnt align to God’s truth about you. Strength, joy, love, happiness, hope, good health, mind of God, with favor, his image – he created you.
Who likes fiction? What about christian fiction? My imagination has been unleashed like a lion just let out of it’s cage. He’s roaring louder now – can you hear him? I’ve begun my first fiction novel. Im in deep – so excited to see the characters unfold. I am playing with colorful word imagery – creating their persona one click at a time – only backspacing to add a little detail – a little cinamon and spice. The funny thing is I haven’t thought of the title yet – waiting for the characters to eventually speak through their personalities. God is about to show up in Tamara’s life – first she has to do some decluttering. I’m not going to give up too much to soon. Hold tight to your ropes the excerpt is coming soon. Find yourself in the different characters and see how God can transform a life.
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The infectious smile. I recall sitting in front of the television watching Mrs Doubtfire – hilariously funny comedy of a man who would do anything to stay close and connected to his family – going as far as to turning himself into a woman to play nanny for his children. All the twist, turns and mishaps that kept you on the edge of your seat – frantically cheering him on – emphatically wanting for him what he desired. How many other times have you sat in your living room watching Robin Williams – laughing uncontrollably at his fun nature? Perhaps many that you can recall – moments moreso when you needed a good laugh – he was there to supply.
In all seriousness he was super funny – did that constitute his happiness? It did not. Rumaging through my FB timeline I was hit with the fact that Robin Williams was gone. What! It couldnt be so. Could the laughter producing bellyache of a man take his own life? The truth of the matter is that every smile you see wore on a face – doesnt paint the true picture of what is happening on the inside. Can we discuss depression for just a moment? It’s not those occasional moments of sadness – we all have those. Depression is those moments of sadness that goes from an occassional sadness to days – weeks – months of lows that don’t seem to disappear. Cloudiness that covers your days with pending storms that seem all to evident. Can we see it – or do we pass the signs as fleeting – it’s not as bad as it seems demeanor. Depression is as real as our waking and sleeping. It’s so real that often its overlooked. We have to pay attention to those that cry out in silence. We have to reconnect to people on deeper levels than those quick “how are you” moments – thats not given enough time for a true answer. The face of depression – what does it look like? Could it be you – could it be your sister, brother, friend, spouse, etcetera? If there was a familiar face would we find the urgency to intervene? Hopelessness is the state of despair – feelings of all is lost – above help. When one can’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel – darkness invades every space.
We don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch this – there is hope. As a church we have to get honest about the seriousness of this illness. Its time to take God out of the box – release the light of truth that sits – not shining on those whom truly need it. Just maybe in our shouting – praise God moments – the church can extend the hours to counsel them that need more than just a sermon and a song or two. We need a church that says my calling is much bigger than me. Just maybe one needs to be not only told that God loves them – but that we are willing to walk and talk with those who need a listening ear. That we are willing to talk and pray with them – that we also are willing to encourage professional help of counselor, psychologist, and psychiatrist. We have to be willing to pull from a multitude of resources. We don’t need a one size fits all – we need every dark place brought to light. We need to encourage people – remind them that darkness don’t last always. We have to be willing to let them bask in our light till they are able to see their own. Most of sucidal tendencies catch us off guard – because those that can go through with It – never tell a soul.
Seek help if I’m talking to someone who needs an uplift. What you are facing doesn’t have to be faced alone. Talk to people about what your feeling. You matter! You can live through it. We need one another to survive. The national suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Visit a church – speak to your families. Don’t battle alone – stay connected to people who can share hope and help you to conquer the darkness. When you cant take another step – let God carry you. God shows up in those around you. Seek his face. Life isn’t better without you – its greater with you here.
Let is draw near to the throne of grace, that we may recieve mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrew 4:16
In the face of depression – behind the perfect smiles are people who are suffering in silence. Today be a friend – give a hug – shine your light that others may be able to see their paths clearer. Take the time to listen to someone today. We will all be better for creating a better world. Each one reach one!
Robin Williams – thanks for the laughs. You will truly be remembered and missed! Rest now!