A Life of Intention

New LifeThis was a line in a movie I watched recently….

“If you don’t make time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be spending a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.”

What’s your heart’s answer to these questions:

Who or what’s most important to you?

Who do you want to spend the rest of your life with?

What do you want to spend the rest of your life doing?

Are you crossing things off your “bucket list?”

I wish you the courage to make the decisions and changes you may need to, and the determination to make the rest of your life what you intend it to be.

“Good morning, God. What have you got planned for me today?”

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I don’t recall what radio station I was listening to today when I heard a young woman saying that this was her prayer every morning as she started her day.

In fact, I had forgotten I’d heard it at all until it came back to me as I was praying tonight.

But… what a great way to begin every morning!  With the anticipation and belief that sometime during each day you will be placed in situations that are clear opportunities to help someone, serve someone, witness to someone, or just show the love of Jesus Christ to someone.

As Christians, these oportunities come to us every day; but if we start our day off believing that these opportunities will happen, we’ll look for them all day, no matter what we’re doing — at our workplace, the gas station, the grocery store, the library, the recycling center, walking down the street, our kid’s after school activity, or wherever you find yourself during the day.  There’s opportunities to partner with God to do something great and truly meaningful.

So, maybe tomorrow start your day by asking, “What have you got planned for me today, God?” and let him take your day where He wants it to go.

Don’t Give God Instructions… Just Show Up For Duty

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I’ve had a lot going on in my life lately. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’ve said “Yes” to quite a few projects that have demanded a lot of time and energy lately. And there’s more projects looming on the horizon, so the end is not yet in sight.

One of the latest things I’ve said “Yes” to lately, was to spend seven hours a couple of Saturdays ago to promote our monthly stamping and card-making class in our church’s booth at the Delta Apple Dumpling Festival.

I had mixed feelings about it because I kept thinking…   What if I run out of supplies that day?  What if dozens of people show up for my class and I’m not prepared?  What if it rains?  What if it’s too hot?  What if nobody comes to our booth?  What if…? What if…?  WHAT IF..!?!?

Well… as it turns out, the weather was great, and the day went fine. Lots of kids (yes, KIDS) came and did the little Make-And-Take stamping project I had planned, while their moms stood behind them watching. So, while the kids were happily stamping, I told their mom about the class and gave her an informational handout about it.

While I was stamping with the kids, our Prayer Ministry Team was sharing with people about Delta Church of Christ, was entertaining other kids with a couple of fun games, and was taking prayer requests. They also had some small business-card-sized inspirational handouts to give away. I saw one that I just had to keep – partly as a reminder of the day, and as a reminder of what our incredibly simple obligation is as a Christian and follower of Jesus.

It said “Don’t give God instructions, just show up for duty.”

The stamping “Make-And-Take” that I’d planned and worked so hard on didn’t go the way I thought it would; but it went the way God wanted it to. I showed up for duty and did my best to sow some seeds.

I’m praying.  I’m trusting.  And I’m leaving the harvest up to Him.

Statute of Limitations?

 State laws limit the time within which someone can prosecute or sue someone for offenses.  I was going to try to list some of the time limitations for filing lawsuits for various offenses in the State of Ohio, but even the most concise texts on the subject were pretty lengthy. 

Apparently, though, there’s no “statute of limitations” on the length of time someone can hold a grudge against someone else.   We can keep bringing up the offense over, and over, and over again as long as we want.  I was talking with someone recently that shared an incident that happened almost 50 years ago.  Someone had treated them badly and they still have hard feelings about it today — 50 years later!!!  That’s a long time to keep remembering exactly what someone else did that hurt your feelings.

Thankfully, God doesn’t hold grudges against us for our offenses (which in my case are many).  His promises and love for us are “new every morning!” His “statute of limitations” runs out the instant that we regret our offense and ask his forgiveness.

Connectedness

I don’t know if anyone will read this… but I just wanted to share a thought.

With all the ways we can keep in touch with our friends and family…   Facebook, e-mail, texting, cell phones, Linked in, etc., etc.   Do we really reach out and help our friends and family with what they really need?  Like…  cooking a meal?  Running some errands for them?   Picking up some dry cleaning for them?  Taking their kids to soccer or band practice?  Picking up some groceries?

We all know and  communicate with a lot of people that have “a lot” going on in their lives right now.  They won’t ask for help, but they’d appreciate it if you do help.

Anyway… just a thought.

Star Light, Star Bright…

I was outside tonight just before dark, and looking up into the sky, I heard a chant in my head from many years ago… “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight.  I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.”

When I was 13, whispering those words into the night sky, my wish was for a boyfriend.  Imagine that.  As I looked up into the sky tonight and echoed those words from years ago… I thought, “What would I wish for today?”

My question to you is… If you could… what would you wish for today?

Preview Of Coming Attractions

Here’s a peek at part of my card for the next SWAT Team swap.

Our challenge is to use bugs (in honor of June Bugs) and twine.

I haven’t figured out where to include the twine, but at least I have my overall idea finally.

The finished card will be posted after June 15th along with the ones from the rest of the team.  See ya!