Reaching Out

connect-316638_640Connected In order to be connected to anything, you have to reach out to someone at some point. We were not created to be disconnected humans, with no emotions or thoughts. We were created to love one another and be a light in this dark world.

Making connections, whether personally or professionally, takes courage-at times, determination and persistence. If you are a person that never meets a stranger; you are able to strike up a conversation in a line at the local store and can talk with ease with anyone, than it is most likely, easy for you to make connections.  However, if you are introverted or very shy, or you might suffer from social anxiety as my youngest daughter does, than doing simple every day tasks, such as going to your job or school, may be a little daunting.

Trying to make the right connections, is like trying to put a puzzle together, but you aren’t privy enough to have all the pieces.  That’s where connections comes in.  Depending on what you are searching for, connections and getting connected are easier today than they have ever been.  With all the social media and social networking sites, blogs, online articles and search engines, it seems much easier than days gone by of the U.S. Postal Service, now commonly referred to as “snail mail”.  Although, there are times when I delight to find a card or note in the mail from a dear friend, that still values taking the time to pen a letter; that’s truly being connected.

My favorite community of all, where I thrive and truly feel like my pieces fit, is with my church family.  I can be who I am – don’t have to put on airs or pretend to be someone I am not and they accept me with all my faults and flaws. All of us, and I don’t care who you are, need others. Being connected through family, we learn past history. Being part of a bigger group of people, we learn teamwork.

If you have a technical problem, mostly likely you will have to reach out to a support team. They will guide you through the troubleshooting process or repair process and help you fix your problem. If you have a spiritual problem, you only need to reach out to Jesus.  If you are having problems connecting or getting connected, reach out to friends, a school counselor, a doctor, a pastor, but always talk with Jesus first.

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He wants so much for his children to get “connected” to him. He wants you to know that you are loved. He wants you to know that no matter where you are in this journey called life, He is always available. He can turn any mess into a message of hope.

It is my prayer, that all your pieces fit together.  Many blessings!

 

 

 

 

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Different Sheepfolds

THE RIVER WALK

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I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also.
They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Read: 2 Kings 19:1-37, 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Isaiah 37:1-38

Relate: “What religion are you?” I get that question a lot when talking to people. My immediate answer is always, “I’m Christian.” There is nothing more annoying than hearing over and over “I don’t have a religion. I have a relationship.” One of these days I am going to respond to that, “No, you have an identity crisis.” The Bible describes religion as caring for the needy in their distress and keeping oneself from being defiled by the world. Mr Webster defines religion as: 1. the service and worship of God, 2. a personal set of religious attitudes, beliefs and practices, 3. commitment or devotion to religious faith…

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Sorry for the Confusion

UPDATE(06/08/2016)

I have successfully merged both blogs into one blog now.  All my content will now be found @jesuslovemercyandme.com (jesuslovemercyandme.wordpress.com).

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On my other Word Press account (gr8mom65.wordpress.com), My Title Page is Jesus, Love, Mercy & Me-His Grace is enough.

Originally, I had thought about leaving Word Press and trying out other website creator sites that would give me more freedom in designing my layout and such, but after several attempts at other sites, I have determined that Word Press works the best for me.  Now the one thing I haven’t quite figured out yet is how to merge my two accounts into one seamless site.

Such as it is, you will see an Archive box at the bottom of the post for this new page that you are on now (jesuslovemercyandme.wordpress.com) and you will also see blog post links in the bottom right hand corner from Jesus, Love, Mercy  & Me.

Although the Customizer and Editor options are fairly flawless to use, my brain has a difficult time processing some of the information.  As I learn how to do more on this site, I will work on merging the two accounts into one.

I would really like to thank all of you that have followed my blog on gr8mom65 site since 2014 and I look forward to making new friends here as well.

Jesus Loves You! Blessings to you today!

 

 

 

 

Stages

All of us go through various stages in our lives. We start out as babies, move on to toddling, creep into adolescence and teen-dom (also known as the I know everything stage), jump feet first into a new world as an adult and at some point, if we’re lucky, we become empty nesters.

 

Then there are stages of employment: probationary period; part-time or full time employee; clerk; sales associate; customer service representative; manager; executive; administrator; CEO. (And too many more to list).

And the one thing all of these stages have in common is God knows exactly what each of us will face in our various stage of life. He knows what obstacles we will face, what successes we will have, because we are all part of His grand plan.  He promises us in His Word that he has plans for all of us. Plans not to harm us, but to prosper us and give us hope and a future.  (see Jeremiah 29:11)

It becomes a little tricky for us though, if we don’t follow His lead. If we go out on our own, without His protecting and Spirit, we are much like a sandstorm billowing out of control

We need to be in the Word of God daily, pray to Him, seek his guidance and wisdom and the biggest test is we have to trust him.

God will never take you on a journey, without equipping you to face the stages along the way.

Romans 8:31 New International Version (NIV)

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us?

Jesus Loves You! Blessings to you today!

 

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Adventure Discovery

The thought of an unplanned adventure of any kind has always immobilized me with fear. If I am going to do anything at all, than I need a plan. What is it? When is it? How long will it last? What will the cost be? You get the idea.  I would love to think that I am a spontaneous person, but that has never been the case for me.

Growing up in a family of six, being the oldest, any type of adventure as a child, was met with the worry of what if something goes wrong? And so, I played it safe. I did what I was told, and that was about it.

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As I grew up, I realized that I led a pretty boring, predictable life.  Until December of last year. I injured my knee and started missing more work than I would have liked and as a believer in Jesus Christ, prayer became my great adventure.  Asking the Lord for direction on how I should proceed with what was in front of me.  Due to the many positions, I held in my job, I wasn’t always capable of performing them to the degree I needed to or wanted to.

As I begin to pray and seek God and his wisdom, I felt a tug in my spirit to retire early from my job of 16 years and start writing more than just a blog, for fun.  I didn’t give in right away.  I had always been the non adventurous type.  How was this going to work? And then I received such Peace in my heart that I knew it was time.   After several months of physical therapy for a knee injury that would most likely remain a chronic condition; prayer and counseling from friends and family, I retired with no plan except to trust in the Lord and that he would lead me on the correct path.

Since retiring, I have written and self published a book, started building a website to share encouragement and hope through testimony of how God has always worked in my life and has always been my guiding light.

When I would see the word “Adventure” prior to this experience, I would always think of skydiving out of a plane (which I can’t find any reason to do that) or climbing Mt. Everest or doing some “death defying” act.  Now, I realize that anytime, we step out of our comfort zones of  what we consider “our normal”, that is an adventure.  I know that God has used this experience in my life to remind me that when we are too comfortable where we are, He will take us on a journey we will soon, not likely forget.

I am waiting to see what big adventure he has in store for me next; so far it has been very life changing for me.

Blessings to all!

 

 

Assurance

Hebrews 11:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

When we live by Faith, we know that God will hear our prayer and answer in His way that is best for us. We know that even if we can’t see the outcome, because it comes from God it will be bigger and better than we could ever have imagined.

God knows the desires of our hearts, because He places them there and even when our faith isn’t sure how it’s all gonna work out, we trust Him because He loves us and only wants what is best for us.

I know how easy it is for the enemy to place doubt in us, and that is when we must hold that thought captive, not speak it, not think on it and definitely, not dwell on, because we are given the assurance in his word that our faith, no matter how small, is enough.

I have found that whenever I share my love for Jesus and His unfailing faithfulness with others, that’s when the enemy is on the prowl. He doesn’t want us to share Jesus with others because, once again, he loses. Stand strong in your faith. Trust our Almighty Savior. If you are walking through a valley right now and feel like you are in the pits and there is no way out, pray, cry out to the Lord, ask him to strengthen you and your faith.  Share with him your concerns, let him carry the burden.  The most amazing thing to me, is that we all try to fix everything and it’s not our job to fix anything or anyone, it’s his.

As I walk in this new journey of learning a new way of doing life, I often wonder how long of a time it took me to realize that Jesus is always with me, He will never leave me, He is my peace and he is the finisher of my faith.

Often times, we place more value on what other’s think, than what God thinks.  That’s part of our flesh nature.  But when we came to Jesus Christ and accepted him, as our Lord and Savior, we should throw out that way of thinking and realize that the only one that matters is Him.

It’s easy to get off track sometimes, when you don’t see the light and the end of the tunnel, but then I realize that the light lives within me. I can choose to be the hands and feet of Jesus and embrace all that I  am thanks to him, or I can wallow in self pity and try to do things on my own.  That never works.

I think I had to write this more for me, than for all of you, but I hope that you know how much Jesus Loves you-right where you are.

Lord Jesus,

I pray today that as I struggle to see where you are taking me, that you will strengthen my faith, and forgive my doubt and unbelief. I pray that those that read this will know that you are with them every second of the day and that you hear every prayer, spoken or unspoken and that you will pour out your peace upon them.  Thank you Jesus for everything you have done in me, my life and through me. I love you Lord.

In your Holy name,

Amen

Blessings on your journey called life!coast-1342646_640

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Beauty Beyond Bones has hit the nail on the head with this post. We all need to be reminded of what she has to say. Love, Love, Love it! Thanks.

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I was recently babysitting on a Friday night.

It was late. Midnight. And the apartment has these beautiful bay windows with plush window seats. Perfect to peer down onto the streets below. The cobblestone street, dotted with cafes, where people dine alfresco on the sidewalks outside. Or you look across the street at various rooftop parties, bustling underneath twinkle lights — NYC’s stand in for the stars we cannot see amid the bright city lights.


This spot is a people watcher’s paradise.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea. I am not some creeper.

I’m not some Pee-Wee Herman, fun house wacko.

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But I frankly love to just watch the lights twinkle in the buildings and the waiters pop from table to table delivering drinks, friends gathering to celebrate birthdays, toast with margaritas, chat, laugh, and just be with one another.

In community.

In relationship.

And as I was watching all the…

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