Good morning….

It’s been a while since writing, but I’m in the middle of taking a break from social media for a little while.  I thinks it’s funny that even though I feel like I need a break … I can’t get you to read my blog unless I’m online….  

So let’s get this going….

What can I say to you today that is inspiring and encouraging?

I think, what I want to say is ….

Look up!

First of all, my reason for taking a break from socializing online is obvious.    

I need to ‘look up’ from my phone. I need to readjust my perspective.   

Looking up from my phone, helps me to notice the people and things right here where I am.

I’ve been a little surprised that it is also bringing some order back into my life.

I’ve been surprised that I feel like I can slow down a little and think about what I really need to do.  

I’ve been surprised that I’m worrying less about whether or not my life measures up to those around me.

And I’ve been a little surprised at how God is choosing to speak.  I’ve been on such a quest to seek Him out for so many years.   There joy in the adventure of seeking out to learn something new about an all knowing God, to learn more about Jesus.   I’ve been on an intense quest and thirst for his knowledge for so long….

But now… It’s wonderful, to know that wherever I am … He finds me.  I had a brief encounter recently in Panera bread…it was one of those God moments.   Where He found me.   He spoke to me.   He poured out of someone else into my life.  It was refreshing, it was life giving.  He looked down, and saw me.

So Look up today ..with great anticipation and expectancy, that when you look up…He will see your face.  He will find you in the vast sea of all those faces looking down at their screens.  He will say … “There they are … I want to do something good for them today … I want to give them a little nod, a smile, and a wink of the eye to let them know they are loved, and I am carefully watching over all things they are concerned with.”  

Look up.

Abraham got a vision for his life when he looked up…..Genesis 5:5.   “Then the Lord took Abraham outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can.  That’s how many descendants you will have!”

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the.rest.of.the.story

Sometimes being strong and courageous starts with accepting the beauty that…

You are … Enough

You are … Unique by design

Nobody can be “You”

And God, your creator, is with You.

one.side.of.the.story

I was taking a break one day during the summer when I stumbled up on this little guy.   Yes, this photo is original and he let me get that close to him without flinching.   He was a little thing, probably no longer than my finger.  I was able to snap a few shots of him without him jumping around.  

But this little guy here…well, he’s a special fellow.  His photo doesn’t tell the whole story.  At least not from this angle.

You see, it’s a rare occasion that you get to snap that one photo …. that tells a tale all by itself,  no words needed.  That’s certainly the case with this brave little guy.   Today I’ll give you one side of the story…but you’ll have to check back to get the whole picture!   

one.God

So I squirreled away a few minutes to read and write today…and in my reading, the author made a point that went some thing like this….what Jesus did on this earth, he did in a manner that was quiet.  If he  performed miracles…he requested that the person with the miracle….keep quite and keep it to themselves.  I’m paraphrasing of course.

This is so unlike the world we live in today….everybody “knows” everything.  A little discretion could go a long way in our favor.

My thought is this… When Jesus was on earth, He was on mission to do the Father’s will. He was trying to keep on mission and stay on point…..So that we might be saved.

The more people who knew He could work miracles…the more people would want him to just work miracles.  He would have been known as just a prophet who could work miracles.  Because even the prophets worked miracles.  Jesus’ mission was one thing that HE  alone could do….Save us!   His mission was salvation.   He wasn’t just about teaching, or prophecying or working miracles.  He came to save us.  And his Father set Him up to be the one and only one that could Save.  There is only one that can save.

The bible states that there are other gods…lesser gods.  The difference is this  … they cannot ‘save you for an eternity in heaven.’

They can lead you into eternity.  That’s right.  But where?  You have to ask yourself, if I follow you (lesser.god) what does the future look like….and what does eternity look like?

I assure you I’m not trying to be as smart as the serious bible scholars of today about the big topics like heaven and hell… I don’t have all the answers. And remember …. I’m just ‘working  out my salvation”.   I’m just thinking things through today …. about this one God that we have and his Son.

So I’ll wrap it up quickly….

My point today is this……

I’m glad HE stayed on point!

HE accomplished something, no one else can…. salvation. #john3:16

My disclaimer….and my reason for staying quiet is this….I still may be a very poor testimony of all the goodness that Christ has done and continues to do in my life.  He is awesome.  (Words don’t do Him justice)

Ouch.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.

Ouch….that hurts….but it sure does explain alot.  If I can just remember …. Silence speaks volumes.  Silence in a room is so much louder than just a noisey room.

what’s.in.your.diffuser

Is your diffuser on?  Do you own one?  If so, what scent does it spray into the air?  The more I use mine, the more I notice that diffusers are a lot like people.

Have you ever been in a room and someone walked in with a not so great attitude and really stunk up the place?  Have you ever been that stinking person? (Humor me, Because I have).   That’s why the diffuser industry sales are over one billion dollars and expected to double in the next few years.  That tells me there are some Stinkers in this world.  And as it stands … the industry is counting on the number of Stinkers to double!

Maybe I should have invested in two.  

So, the question for today is…if you were a diffuser, what scent do you think you would “put off”?  Would it be bold?  Would it be clean? Would it be pungent?  Would it be light?  Would it be airy?  Would it be lovely?   Would it be pure?    Would it be humorous?   Would it be quite?   Would it be loud?   Would it be obnoxious?   Would it be clamorous?  Would it be rude?  Would it be gentle?  

Would you be cleaning up the air…or stinking up the air?

Just something to think about today.  I’m sure we’ve all given off our share of aromas at different times in our life.   No need to shame you, we’re all human.  So I guess I’ll have to keep my diffuser going, to help me keep calm, cool and collective.