Tuesday, March 26, 2013

~Love Is An Action~

1 John 4:7  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

If you say that you love someone and yet talk about them behind their back then your actions do not show love at all. A red flag should go up anytime we hear someone being critical of someone else. That is what they do to us when we are not around.

A lot of us think that we are good people because we don't break the commandments. I find that most people don't even know the 10 commandments. Some of us could recite them but do we really understand what they mean. The two most important commandments are Love God and Love Others. If we are not able to grasp those two then what makes us think we are okay with the rest of the list?

It's easy to love those that are lovable and difficult to love those that are not so lovable. Don't go by your feelings but instead by your actions. If you have someone in your life who is not so lovable are you being critical of them to others with your words? Are you just tolerating them because you have to? Those are actions that have more to do with hate than love. What actions can you do to show love to those who you find unlovable? God will provide a way for you to do this in their life if you will just ask Him. Don't miss out on a great blessing by doing what God has done for all of us on the cross. †

  I took this picture at sunrise in the mountains of Spain in 2007.

Monday, March 25, 2013

~Strength In Weakness~

2 Corinthians 12:9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

It's okay to be weak because God is strong ~ It's okay not to have all the answers because God knows it all ~ It's okay to be wrong because God makes all things right!  Know that God has allowed it for His purpose and for His kingdom. It's not personal even when everyone around us seems to be against us. It is God who can work through us in our darkest hour. 

We can do ALL things through Christ 
who will strengthen us!

This picture was taken when I visited the country of Spain in 2007.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

~Practice Makes Perfect~

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

written during Hurricane Season 2006:
When tropical storm Alberto formed in 2006, I thought it would be a good time for a practice drill to be sure we have our hurricane preparedness plan at home working. I asked Jim to show me how to work our new shutters which all we needed to do was close, pack and leave. I like the sound of that, don’t you? Anyways, we pulled the shutters together, easy, easy, easy and then I asked, why is there a lock on the handles? He said, because you need a key and then I asked, where is the key? He looked at me as if to say, I thought you had it. When you have been married as many years as we have, you don’t have to speak because a “look” speaks volumes. I looked back at him and I said, "No, I don’t have the key so where do you think it might be?" Oh brother, we failed miserably our first hurricane practice drill and a few weeks later when the next tropical storm formed we still had no key.

My life is a lot like this story, I can have a plan on how I think it should be but if the main "key" is missing then I am left feeling stressed instead. I personally always make the mistake of trying to plan my own life because I become so wise in my own eyes. Then I realize when I can’t get it right that I just need to stop looking to myself but instead look to my Heavenly Father.

We had to have new keys made for our shutters so hopefully the next practice drill will be smoother.....

This picture was taken at "Vizcaya" when we visited in 2012.