Something to think about.
I read two things yesterday and then had a dream. This is why the blog question has been written for us all to ponder.
If our lives are forming a picture – no matter our age or our circumstances and parts are to slot in like a jig-saw to make a composite WHOLE – then what pieces may be missing? What pieces are we trying to force in that don’t really belong….for example ………hurts, disappointments and anger.
Yes indeed Grace can shape the pieces to fit perfectly but there must be forgiveness and peace to make this possible.
What if we have a piece that doesn’t belong to us – we know in our hearts it is not ours to keep……give it back….Don’t hold on to someone else’s triumphs or ‘agro’
What about the piece you absolutely reject…..I don’t want that sorrow, that tragedy, that illness. How could that piece possibly slot into my beautiful life……
All of our lives are indeed going to reveal a tapestry or picture of great difference and variety but it is the experiences that challenge us a human beings that make us truly human. For people of faith we live with the Hope that God indeed will make all things beautiful in His Time. In the struggles character is formed. The potential of what can be achieved in, after, and through the heartache make the jigsaw piece when it has been softened and redefined by GRACE truly incredible.
My challenge this week may be different to yours but I will pray through the thought that if any pieces of the slotting jigsaw of my life need to be reached, oiled by Divine Grace, and then connected where they should be I will hear and respond. This is not necessarily about heritage or family connections but letting go of what is impossible but embracing and nurturing what must be redeemed.
Hope you have an astonishing week! Peace and Grace to you.!
A md-week point to think about. I found the quote below on a date pad. After a day of feeling inadequate and slowing down with age and other distractions and problems, I post it in simplicity in the hope it encourages you as it did me.
In this life we are made to reach out beyond our natural grasp.
Live, knowing the possibilities remain endless.
BE A LIGHT FOR OTHERS! LIVE!
Good Morning! A new week thoughts to ponder.
Is this image beautiful? All things often are seen through the life focus of individual circumstances. Some folk may see it as uncomfortable or even unsafe. Beautiful or dangerous it evokes an emotion.
I was thinking about beauty in the midst of sorrow yesterday. The following quotation did not answer my question but it says a lot about potential.
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one’s self to a situation, to leave the world a little better by a healthy child, a garden patch, a redeemed social condition, to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, to have sung with exultation, to know even one life has breathed a little easier because you have lived and loved. This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whatever is in your heart to achieve or live in this coming week KNOW that with love for others, and love for HIM……….. prayer and a heart yearning for the beautiful and the hopeful……… you will make a difference.
LOVE! LIVE! SHARE JOY!
Good morning! A mid week message of encouragement and love. Something to think about.
You may feel you have very little to give to someone today. I heard a scientific-based radio talk show yesterday which gave the scientific data about the confirmed therapeutic benefits of a HUG. It was astonishing!
Healing, restoring, comforting, loving certainly not sexual in power a hug releases something that can change the whole ‘outlook’ and hopelessness of someone’s day. It is vital for babies and little children but equally beneficial in every stage of HUMAN LIFE.
Many of us have known this without truly KNOWING. When God’s Love flows through us when we HUG it can be more electric than a jolt from the power box.
Go out this week and BE Love in the midst of it all but, also with sensitivity …………..Listen to the prompting inside…….. WHO in this day will you encounter who NEEDs your hug.
LIVE PASSIONATELY AND JOYFULLY.
Today if you are a mother, grandmother, sister, Aunt or even friend. If you are parent or a care giver or a nurturer in any way. Stop, Breath!
A Prayer. This day which is just a date on a calendar and often over commercialised. Take the time to reflect for just a moment. What a privilege to be able to CARE and LOVE.
If you have not been fully functioning in your nurturing role it is neve too late. This day determine that .:
Today I will make a CHOICE.
I will from this day forward fulfill whatever role I have on this earth been asked to live.
May you be flooded with LOVE, JOY, PEACE and HOPE in doing so.
Something to think about today and in this new week.
What are the two most priceless gifts you can give to someone you love? Think here about family, friends, animals, etc. Ponder on the bigger question…..Do you Love God?
WHO DO YOU LOVE?
The two most priceless gifts you can give to a loved ones is that you give to them all the focus of your living for their time with you. . Not a dog just running beside a car…but a loved dog who knows when he is out walking the person is focussed on him not on something else even I-pads, radios, taking photographs or ‘other’ distractions.
The GIFTS ARE:
TIME and YOURSELF.
When you truly give of yourself – ie to children, animals, family, prayer life etc etc. The time is not shared time it is total TIME. ……When we give of ourselves it is often at the expense of ‘what we would prefer to be doing’. I do think it is vital in our world of hassle that we manage our time with discipline. Know WHOM we love and determine that their time will be both TIME spent in their company, and we will be totally surrendered to that time with them.
Time and the gift of YOURSELF.
Travel well this week and be a blessing to someone else!
These are mid-week thoughts to ponder.
We need to be Informed. We cannot live a life where we can hide our heads and not acknowledge the constant barrage of disquieting things happening in ALL areas of life but we do have the clear choice to be (INFORMED BUT NOT OVERLOADED).
We need to be able to sift what is media ‘over-kill’ of any event. CHOOSE what is necessary information and then take to others the gift of something ‘BETTER’.
Bring to others from the rich container of your own personal stored chosen Focus……….. Gifts of BEAUTY, JOY and HOPE.
Make a difference! Do not add to the sorrows.
Keep in your container all the beauty you have seen, experienced, and all the joy. All The HOPE. Keep drawing from it……. keep distributing it.
For yourself – make sure you keep a daily focus (in spite of surrounding sorrows etc) an item, a memory to enrich your life but to put in the storage to later spread to others.
What can you put in your container today?
To be a joy-bearer and a joy-giver says everything about your own life. If one shares this from our life resources it means that the person is not simply living for themselves but has chosen to keep focussing higher. Joy without and Joy within. All is well .
Exert from Janet Erskine Stuart.
Today, I am looking for one simple and beautiful image I can store in my container.
Have a great day! Travel well in the rest of this week. Keep looking up towards a patch of blue even in cloudy skies and LIVE HAPPILY AND WELL.
Beautiful but unclear sometimes is the journey of life.
Good Morning and welcome to a new week.
I am a firm believer in having goals…..something to aspire to in all areas of life BUT…..
sometimes I think we all need to determine why we have set the GOAL. Is it for fame, fortune, personal gratification., to make our own lives or those around us BETTER??.
Do your best! Never sacrifice character or personal faith or ‘ethics’ in what you are aiming to achieve.
What if you do not achieve a particular goal? Are you swamped by a sense of failure? Take the time to determine why?……..Is it your fault?……..Did you truly do you best KNOWING IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO and………..failed?
Sometimes these goals can be very personal. ie being the best wife, mother, friend, etc etc…….and you fail. Stuff happens. It all goes ‘belly up’? Was your goal wrong?
Was your intention selfish or an endeavour to win ‘love’ or favour? Be honest. Did you do your best?
OK – Then we need to dust ourselves off………keep going. Do we keep GOALING…..??
There is a past which is gone forever, but there is still a future which is still our own.
Starting with tomorrow my personal goal will be I will get up with the attitude…..today is not yesterday. Today I will do my best to make a positive indent on something or someone.
LIVE RADIANTLY – MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH EVEN A PIN-PRICK OF LIGHT. (maybe a smile)
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior
This comment is posted here because of a question asked by a friend who is unsure and uncertain about what lies ahead.
Often even when we have goals, dreams and ambitions the first step is the hardest. With Faith even in the first step the Promise has been made that we will not stumble into disaster when we KNOW the Presence of God with us. His Spirit will lead and guide us if the pathway is wrong, re-direct our footsteps.
The stairway that leads HOME is the essence of TRUE FAITH.
The first step is called Salvation – won at a terrible cost yet the first step to a LIFE where acceptance of Jesus Christ and all He lived and died to accomplish assures us that this stairway lead to ETERNITY.
THIS IS FAITH!
A gentle thought for you to ponder as you journey through this week. I do not know who said it but it resonated with me.
WHAT YOU ARE BECOMING IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT YOU ARE ACCOMPLISHING.
Simply be ALL it is possible to be with Love and Kindness being the hallmark of your life.
Character is being formed all life-long. LIVE WELL! LIVE JOYFULLY! LOVE EXPANSIVELY!