Scattered

Scattered

Lord.. Why can’t I seem to focus? I always feel like I am forgetting things and never seem to get anything done.

Today I’m going to…

Pray for the wisdom to get me through today

That my mind is focused and that  my directions will not stray

Photo by Easter Ellen
Photo by Easter Ellen

 

Feeling as if our tasks for the day, which we think are all planned out nicely in the morning, are just all over the place by the afternoon… scattered, as if you are fumbling through your day is very frustrating.

Often we spend time worrying about what is going on in the many circumstances that we struggle through. These thoughts distract us. God is the perfect planner. When we give God our trust and faith, we can believe that our day will accomplish what it is supposed to.

Jesus taught us that we are to only carry today’s burden for yesterday is gone and worrying about tomorrow is too much for us. When we trust in God, the worry falls, even if we have to keep reminding ourselves several times throughout each day. I know that I do. It is easy for my thoughts to stray, but I try to bring myself back to God. This is when I start to see things getting done and I have peace of mind and spirit.

Matthew  6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has trouble enough of its own.

Cheated

Cheated

Lord.. I feel like I’ve been robbed, cheated and taken advantage of. Why is it, when I try so hard, I end up feeling cheated?

Today I’m going to…

Pray Oh Lord that you show me Your truth

You will open up my eyes to bring love I can only find in You

My little Blakey
My little Blakey

 

So many times, life has left me and many of us feeling as if we’ve been cheated of what we deserve. Or worse, gotten all the bad that we didn’t deserve. Our dreams for our lives don’t work out and we question God.

Many times, it comes down to free will. A string of choices of others’ and your own that add up to something that leaves you feeling as if you should have been better off by now. That you should be in a better place in life.

Humanity, sadly, is inherently evil from the time of the first sin. We are however, at the same time, inherently good through the voice of God within us. When we, or others make bad choices, even evil choices, the effects of those choices ring sadly through time. The effect ripples out touching you, then touching everyone you touch and so on. Free will can be used for good or bad, and sometimes someone else’s free will in bad choices can leave us completely defeated.

When we look at feeling cheated, we are measuring what we feel has been taken to us according to what the world sees. We want success in our career, a comfortable life, a happy partnership, love, family, health, etc. When God looks at us, he looks at our hearts; where have we given love, where have we touched a life, where have we made even a small difference in someone else’s life?

These are the things that cannot be taken from us. These are the things that are eternal and ours. We cannot be robbed of our faith, we cannot be robbed of God’s love, we cannot be robbed of God’s tenderness towards us, we cannot be robbed of the power of prayer, we cannot be robbed of giving love where we can.

So I suggest, when you are feeling cheated, that you give. A smile, a donation, a kind word, a thoughtful deed, a prayer lifted for someone. You will start to feel the change in your outlook.

John 14:27

Peace I leave you, peace I give, not as the world knows peace. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid.

How Can We?

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Victoria, so precious as a baby Victoria, so precious as a baby

How Can We 

How can the years pass so slowly when moments pass so fast?

How can we take the precious moments and bottle them to last?

How can we live in the moment when we waste our days?

How can we teach the young to learn is much more than to play?

How can we look a baby in the eye and not say a prayer?

How can we pass the homeless on the street and not give a care?

Why don’t we listen when we know that in helping others we help the Lord?

How can we live in indulgence when the needy are so ignored?

How can we know of the broken hearted and not lift a hand to pray?

How can we change the way we live our lives, starting from today?

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Shattered Heart

Shattered Heart

Lord.. I cannot take the pain anymore. Why, when I’ve tried so hard, is my heart so broken?

Today I’m going to…

Give my heart to Your tender, loving hands,

Only You can put the pieces back, as only You can understand 

Photo by Easter Ellen

 

A broken heart. Sattered, bereft, lying in pieces at the loss of love.

Why must we endure such pain? Why do we have to go through this? It feels like it will never end, as we are so deeply hurt that the feeling is physically painful to us, choking our spirits and bodies.

When we look to God to heal our pain, we must trust that He will. We must believe that He is the loving, tender Father that cares about all of our burdens, all of our woes, all of our grief. He promises us that He will restore us in all that has been robbed of us in life. He promises to heal our hearts and spirits.

Our job is to just believe and keep believing. Know that going through the pain of losing love, whether from a break-up or a death, God; tender and merciful, is holding us in the palm of His hands.

Luke 4:18

The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has sent me to heal the broken-hearted.

For all Mothers on this world

The Passion Dew

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Her love is like

an island in life’s ocean,

vast and wide

A peaceful, quiet shelter

From the wind, the rain, the tide

‘ Tis bound on the north by Hope,

By patience on the West,

By tender Counsel on the South

And on the East by Rest

Above it like a beacon light,

Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer,

And thro’ the changing scenes of life

I find a haven there

Mother’s Love ©Unknown

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Lord, Help Us…

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I received this in an e-mail recently and thought it worth sharing:

Help Us Remember

Heavenly Father,

Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly…

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The Majesty of God

Do you ever wonder at the Majesty and Greatness of God… Here is a short video that put things into perspective for me.

Hope you enjoy!

 

Helpless to Help

Helpless to Help

Lord.. I want so much to help, but nothing I do is making a difference. What can I do to help this person?

Today I’m going to…

Ask You Lord to show me how to pray

I ‘ll know Your love is stronger than mine, and Your plan is the way

photo by Easter Ellen

 

There are times in life where a friend, family member or loved one chooses a path of self-destruction. This is not only difficult to watch, but often we dedicate ourselves to saving this person, trying in multiple ways, sometimes for years, to help this person.

 

God tells us again and again that He is the creator of our days and plans our lives down to the last second and hair on our head. When we see a loved one drowning in self destruction, Jesus tells us to love them, despite how frustrating it can be to watch them. To love them unconditionally. Through our love, we speak more volumes than all of the help they are resisting can, as they resist it.

When we reach out and continue to stand by in their lives with love, they are given the rope to the anchor of God’s love, which will heal them when they are ready. Yours is to plant the seeds and nurture with love, God’s is to transform the seed, in its time, into a towering oak tree that will loom in majesty blessing others.

 

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.