Be Kind to One Another

Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things people need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.  .: Ephesians 4:29-32 :.

Ephesians 4:29-32

Be kind to one another!

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Shine Like Stars

I came across this beautiful photograph by Millita Photography and it brought to mind this quote and Philippians 2, verses 14 and 15:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

It also reminds me of the little song, “This Little Light of Mine” – I have wonderful memories of singing it in Vacation Bible School, many, many (many, many) years ago.  Recently, I heard a version of the song by Addison Road, with additional lyrics that really speak to the  importance of not forgetting whose child you are:

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love, treasure the time
And for those who are gone, keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams, don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget, don’t forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

Meditate on These Things

Philippians 4:8 is one of my very favorite Bible verses:

Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report–if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy … meditate on these things.

I was inspired to create this image to complement a song written by Stephanie Sharp Hickman:

Philippians 4:8 :: Meditate on these things...

In these times of economic insecurity – both domestic and international – and the wars and strife all around the globe, together with the day to day irritants of life (not the least of which being all the in-your-face political drama), it’s all too easy to get hung up on worldly stuff and forget to focus of the things that really matter. I often meditate on this scripture when I find myself developing a negative attitude. It really helps me to return my focus to what is of true importance: the pursuit of God and sharing his love with others.

It is my prayer that this image might be a blessing to you; please feel free to download it as a desktop wallpaper image and otherwise share as you wish!

Radiate Love

One of my favorite scripture verses – and a reminder of what we, as children of God, are called to do – is Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven….

This morning, I received a devotional from a friend that included this quote by Wilford Peterson:

Light, Strength, Courage, Wisdom, Love

Inspired by Matthew 5:16

As I read this, I was immediately reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew, which inspired me to create this for sharing. May it remind us to be obedient to His word and remember that even in the most difficult of circumstances, we are empowered to do all these things in Christ, who strengthens us.

God’s Waiting Room

This is one of my favorite graphics, created to complement a sermon by Rev. John Frey. Even though the chair is far from perfect, with its tattered arms and well-worn upholstery, it’s still able to fulfill its purpose, beckoning, “Come, sit, take in the beauty of God’s creation.” I can see myself sitting there, still, listening, waiting on God.

Matthew 5:43-48

Matthew 5:43-48 :: Perfect Isn't Perfection

Oftentimes, when I do “be still and listen”, I hear what I call “God whispers” – nudges to reach out to someone or to pray for them.  So, to me, this chair serves as a reminder to be still, listen and pray.

John’s sermon, “Perfect Isn’t Perfection”, was based on Matthew 5:43-48. I encourage you to give it a listen, as it was a very thought-provoking message about Jesus’ call for us to love our enemies. What really caught my attention, though, was John’s explanation of verse 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

John explained that the Greek word translated as “perfect” isn’t talking about the pursuit of “perfection”, but rather, the concept being described is to “live fully into your purpose, to perfectly be what God placed you on this earth to be”.

We, like the chair, don’t have to be perfect to live fully into our purpose, which, at least in part, is to love others as he loves us. Let’s be honest…. we don’t always like everyone we meet and in fact there are people in our lives that we just do not like – because of wildly different viewpoints, past hurts, perceived transgressions or whatever – and it’s more than a little difficult to feel, much less demonstrate love to them. Thankfully, though, prayer is a form of love, and when we love those we don’t particularly like by praying for them, we are living into God’s purpose for our life. We are loving others as he loves us.

This week, I will concentrate on loving an ‘enemy’ by lifting them in prayer each day.  Will you join me?

Walk in the Light of His Love

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

This design based on 1 John 1:7 came to mind this morning as I walked around at a local farmers market, selecting luscious veggies and enjoying the cool crisp air and warm sunshine. My sister accompanied me and it was so good to spend some time together, catching up. With her new grandchildren to dote on and my new job, we haven’t been able to connect as much as we’d like and I’ve really missed our ‘sister time’.

God made us for fellowship – with him and with others. When we fellowship with other believers and nurture those relationships, we also experience fellowship with God, walking in the light of His love. When circumstances result in our being isolated from one another, we develop a yearning that can only be resolved through such fellowship. As the scriptures tell us, we are ‘wonderfully made’, complete with pre-programmed yearnings that nudge us to seek that which really matters.  Thank you, God, for yearnings, nudges and luscious veggies!

1 John 1:7

1 John 1:7 :: Walk in the Light of His love