Friday, March 24, 2017

clean your ears

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a Voice behind you saying, "'This is the way; walk in it.'" Isaiah 30:21

Three times i sounded the warning, "only 5 minutes left to check out...", then 2 minutes, and 1.  Right on time, Mrs. Fields returned to collect her class from library.  Jill popped up from the computer to look for a book, only to be told she'd miss the opportunity to check out.  Her class had another activity to attend, and she'd have to return later.

Missed opportunities... we all have them.  At times we become so wrapped up in our own agenda, we miss wonderful opportunities God has sprinkled around us.  If only we'd stop and listen.

Father, please pass me a Q-tip; i want to always hear You. Life is a mission field, and we are surrounded by others in need... in need of a gentle touch, a smile, a caring voice, a helping hand. I don't want to miss the chance to make a difference in someone's life for You.


we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal

Thursday, March 23, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ Friend

"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24

Father, may no one stick closer to me than You.  True, trustworthy, honest, devoted -- You are the kind of friend i want to have and to be for others.
Thank You for always being there for me... no matter what.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

am i the only one??

Elijah cried out, "I am the only one left..." 1 King 19:10

Panic hit.  I drove up to school, and everyone looked normal. My mind was rushing.  Did i misread the email?  I thought it was crazy sock day in support of World Down Syndrome Day... BUT the only crazy socks i saw were on my feet.  Embarrassed and running late, i had no choice but to keep moving. So, i quickly crossed (and stopped) school traffic in my glowing socks.
Once in school, i finally spotted some fellow crazy-socks people.  I felt sweet relief, for my crazy feet.

Isn't that the way life is? Sometimes when following directions, we wonder if we got the message confused. There is no one coming up along beside us for support, and we feel like we are on a deserted island. 

We can be doing what's right in the eyes of our Father, yet worldly attacks can shred our faith and plant seeds of doubt and fear. It is then we have a desperate need to hear God shout out words of encouragement.  But as the story in 1 Kings remind us, God's  assurance sometimes come in a whisper.

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
 
We are not alone on this journey.  It is bumpy, full of sharp turns and at times questionable.  As we keep moving, listening, looking up and trusting God Peace happens. God hears us, leads us and carries us forward, surrounding us with the right people in His perfect time.  

Stand strong in the LORD, we might be found wearing crazy socks some days, but because of Him we are not alone.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ dance

"Praise the LORD.  Sing to the LORD a new song... Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp. For the LORD takes delight in His people..." Psalm 149:1, 3-4

Going to the big dance? Got something to celebrate?  Save your best song and dance for the One who never stops pursuing you, devises a plan for your future,  and loves you unconditionally. 
Thank You, Father.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal

Monday, March 20, 2017

at a lost

God said...
"See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:16


2 years, 3 months and 22 days... and she still remembers.

"Did you ever find your bracelet?"  she asked.
"No, i didn't."
"I still look for it when i'm straightening up the store."

To say i was surprised by her question and remark is an understatement.  I don't even know her name. I only know her as a sales lady at the store that i revisited when searching for my lost bracelet. Yet, she has not forgotten me nor my painful ordeal.

Feeling overwhelmed, isolated, rejected, misplaced or lost?  Don't worry, God has you and knows all your heartaches and pain. He has not forgotten you or your situation. He is working things out for your best and His glory. 

My lost charm bracelet is not forgotten, but more importantly, God's lost or hurt children are not forgotten either As my children's names are engraved on my charms, so we are engraved on the palms of God... forever.

Father, even when we don't feel at peace or see it, may we have just enough faith to know it because we know you.  Year-by-year, day-by-day, minute-by-minute... You are our Peace.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal

Friday, March 17, 2017

faith of gold

"In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:6-9
May your faith of gold flow freely and continually even as it traverses through difficult decisions and circumstances in life.  As you boldly stand in your faith, i pray His glory shines through you for others to see and be filled with His love, peace and comfort too.

In the words of an old Irish Blessing--

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 
we are loved and chosen by God,
may we love like we believe it!
veneal

Thursday, March 16, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ kindness

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:23
I believe the roads in heaven are paved in gold, reflecting the kindness of His children poured out on others. 
Thank you for being the hands and the feet of our Father.  In all you do, He shines through.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal