Time is a blessing. You want to know just how much ask:
someone that has lost a dear loved one
mom who has lost a pregnancy, suffered stillbirth, or has had a premature baby
a student that has just found out they won’t graduate when expected
a serviceman on deployment and their family waiting at home
A man or women who is getting divorced after 20 years of marriage
I really could go on and on but if I didn’t stop at your door, I hope I at least have you thinking. How much time do we spend wishing and hoping. For more or for something different. Truth is some things we can’t control. But how we spend our time is definitely one. I challenge you as I challenge myself to make the most of each day. The one regret we never want to have is that we “wasted” the precious gift called time.
Love now and love hard! Work hard and build with what’s in your hand. Make a difference in someone’s life. You may have to slow down but don’t stop fulfilling your purpose. Rest purposefully but never ‘waste’ time!
I choose to give thanks today and everyday! I’m making it a point to focus on and enjoy what I have and not be overcome by what I’ve lost! I know today might not be easy for you, but find something to be thankful for (life, family, protection, provisions…) and celebrate! I know I am! #mattersoftheheart
Sometimes we overcompensate because of our pain, issues, weaknesses, sin, and imperfections. The same effort we spending covering up or trying to hide it we can spend healing it, working on it, repenting, and maturing in that area.
I’ll speak to myself today, “Lish, take the shoe off and pull up your sock!”
This weekend I had the honor to minister along with a group of amazing women out of town. Excited about the opportunity to give and receive I didn’t realize I would face a huge challenge hours before time for the conference.
Honestly, I had a good cry (which is necessary sometimes) and then I begin to continue to get dressed while having a conversation with my Father. There was no way I was going to not fulfill my assignment for the day. So I traded my weakness for His strength and I kept moving forward. As I left the hotel, I told God there was no way I would sing about Him being Father, Miracle Worker, Way Maker (I could go on and on) and not believe He would take care of my situation.
When I tell you the conference was amazing, please believe me. I poured out in worship and I received encouragement and clearer vision for the future.
Whoever you look up to may seem to always have it together, don’t think they are without trouble. They have just made a decision to not give up! They have decided to keep pressing, they have learned to activate their faith, speak to their mountains and to trust God in the midst of it all!
I met the sweetest “mature” lady in the Costco. She was tired and apologized for leaning on my basket in the line. I told her she could lean all she wanted. I asked if you wanted to cut in line. She said, “No, I’m waiting for my husband. I don’t know what he’s getting 😉. Are you married?” I said, “yes ma’am.” She said, “I’ve been married 50 years and I ‘keep my mouth shut! Or it wouldn’t have worked.” She got me to thinking.
In my relationship, I have learned when to keep my mouth shut but I also when to speak up! See, there was a time in a previous life when I kept my mouth shut and suffered in silence. I was afraid if I spoke up I would drive the man out the door. Truth is, he had one foot out since we said I do.
Ladies, I know you’ve been taught to keep your mouth shut but you need to speak up (even in marriage) or leave (if afraid) under these circumstances:
You are being disrespected, degraded, and belittled
You are uncomfortable with any acts in your sexual relationship
You feel disrespected and your trust is challenged
You are fearful of being abused because of anger or the other person ‘losing control’
You have already been abused physically, sexually, verbally, or emotionally
Using wisdom and not speaking up in certain situations is one thing. Being fearful and suffering to keep the peace or maintain the relationship is another.