When I lay my head down on the pillow in bed a new adventure starts.
Why does it seem like I live two lives-one when I’m awake and one in my dreams . I turn into a person that’s more fun and exciting, more daring and free. The fearless one ready to take on the world. A crusader minus the cape. No Reason!
Why can I take on the world and solve its pressing problems by night? But I can’t solve a simple puzzle by light.
No Reason! No Reason! No Reason!
Why is my future bright in the night but dim in the light? I don’t have to fuss, cuss or fight in the night. Everything is laid out just right.
Maybe it’s a reprieve from the light when everything seems to be going wrong – not in the dark but in the light. For No Reason!
I’ll just continue to live my lives – one by day and one by night. Striving to be all I can be. Whether asleep or awake in the day or the night.
Let me come together and Be!
For A Reason!
The moment I laid eyes on you
I knew you were my forever love
My heart skipped gleefully
To rest upon your heart
That was the beginning
A fresh exciting start
Of love intertwining
Two young hearts.
Years have come and gone
My heart still beats for you
The bond is stronger now
Than when I first laid eyes on you.
No one on earth
Can tear us apart
Because what we share
Is one connected heart.
C. S. Lewis 1942
Satan: “I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shutdown business, schools, places of worship and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.”
Jesus: ” I will bring together neighbors, restore the family unit, I will bring dinner back to the kitchen table. I will help people slow down their lives and appreciate what really matters. I will teach my children to rely on me and not the world. I will teach my children to trust me and not their money and material resources,”
I saw the above piece on my FaceBook Page. Not knowing much about what C. S. Lewis writings I shared it. A friend messaged me and told me he didn’t write it. Kudos to the person writing this because they hit the nail on the head-so to speak.
Many people feel anxiety, fear and panic. They are in a situation that they do not have control of. Their daily schedule has been shut down and they don’t know what to do with themselves. Many parents are overwhelmed staying home with their children – they don’t know what to do with them outside their preplanned daily schedule of outside activities.
Jesus brings calmness and a new perspective of the changes to make our lives better across the board. Just maybe the majority of folks won’t want to return to the rat race they were participating in. Reflecting on past lifestyles could open up a new revelation of how this down time is for our betterment.
When we get so rattled we blame God for this terrible mess we’re in just remember these two scriptures. They could bring comfort, peace and rest.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. (NLT)
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (NKJ)
God knew about this before we did because He is all knowing and knows how this will end. His plan for us is good and not evil.
We have been inundated with the Coronavirus and have been limited to where we can go. One place we can still go is to the grocery store. At first it was a mad dash to stockpile disinfectants such as wipes, hand sanitizers and Clorox sprays. Oh let’s not forget toilet paper. The shelves were emptied along with every type of meat.
Finally the mad rush has ended per se. I was able to purchase toilet paper and didn’t have to fight for it. Meat and vegetables have returned. Some shelves are still not fully stocked but that seems to be okay. The shelf that stays empty is hand sanitizer shelves. As long as you have soap and water at home, you are good and gloves will be your defense when you’re out and about.
I can’t dispense medication to cure people of the virus but the Lord showed me what I can do considering the only place to go is the grocery store. Whenever I go to the store and have to stay at least six feet away from others I can speak to people or just smile at them. Also if they want to talk take time to listen. We can’t begin to imagine how that just might be a calming gesture. A little kindness can go a long way.
I know some days the situation we are in seems hopeless but take heart God is still in control. There is probably more going on than any of us know that could be more detrimental to us than the COVID-19. Be encouraged.
The pandemic situation we are surrounded by has taken my prayer life to a higher dimension than ever before.
On the way to work I was praying for churches and church leaders when all of a sudden I saw mega churches and their leaders (no one in particular) and then heard the following scripture: Luke 12:16-21. The most earthshaking to me was verse 21. “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God”. (NIV) Are the mega churches built for God or the man building them? I’m not saying mega churches are wrong but what is the motive behind them.
Maybe during this time of shutting in we all can reassess our relationship with the Lord and have a willingness to repent and change what he reveals to us so we can be who he created us to be – a fierce army – when this is over.
Our work is not done but in a sense it’s just beginning. There’s a lot of afraid people in the world – saved and unsaved alike that need a reassuring word from God. That’s what God’s army is here to do – to share the truth.
Yesterday my day was very trying for me from morning until evening. I started the morning eating a piece of cake-nothing I should have been eating for breakfast. The cake didn’t make my stomach happy. Along with the cake I ate a piece of candy. Mistake number two. There was no nutrition for my body in anything I ate.
Chaos overtook my desk. It was as if someone would shuffle the papers and put them in disarray throughout the day. I spent more time trying to reorganize than I did accomplishing my goals.
Another concern of mine was my piano lessons I hadn’t prepared for. Was my instructor going to be able to tell I didn’t practice? Just maybe he’d give me a pass.
At the end of my work day I stayed and talked to my friend. When I looked at my watch I realized I wouldn’t be able to go home before lessons. It was a good thing I brought my books with me. By the time I got to my car and on the freeway I had less than twenty minutes to go quite a ways before 4:00.
I made it to piano lessons with a couple minutes to spare. I had true confession with my instructor and admitted I hadn’t practiced and he said it was alright. An amazing thing happened. I played like I knew what I was doing. I was pretty satisfied and so was he. We even played a duet.
On the way home a friend called to check if I had gotten home safely because the weather was somewhat messy. We talked about other things that were concerns on my mind. He offered comfort and encouragement-just what I needed. It took me to a restful, peaceful place that cleared my mind and I could have a good sleep when I went to bed.
The chaos was gone.
Sometimes our days will go down a path we didn’t plan for it to. It’s usually a path that we have to walk through because it is the only way to come out. But in those moments instead of freaking out wringing our hands helplessly take a deep breath and search for the good that is embedded in the bad. As we recognize the good we will receive a fresh wind to continue down the path to the end. Never fear. Our ever present help is here.
Today is the second month of the new era 2020. How did you start out in the new? Did you make New Years resolutions as you may have done in years past. If so how’s that working out for you in this new era. Have you implemented the changes you’ve written in your new journal for 2020?
There’s a lot of noise buzzing around in the air. Distraction is everywhere taking you off track and preventing the new you from being presented. I have to be careful or else I’m derailed and distracted and I don’t even realize it.
I decided I would live my life differently this decade. I think I got a little rambunctious and overloaded my life and schedule. When I got a revelation I stopped and took another look at what I was doing. Wisdom told me that I needed to step back from such a full schedule and add some down time.
The first few days were hard to get use to but I finally fell in step and everything is working out fine.
I’m keeping track of my activities on my phone and in my calendar book so I won’t miss anything. That is working out great because the beginning of every week and throughout the week I check to see if my schedule is ok or if I need to make changes.
I’m excited about how this new era has started out and have great expectations for the outcome of the rest of the year.
I hope yours is as exciting for you as mine is for me.