Are you groaning over that title? Have you been struggling with a needed forgiveness? Refuse to forgive ‘your enemy’ in the usual ways? Step out of the box and try anyone of the many ways offered by Wes Daughenbaugh in his new book, 21 ways to Forgive.
Stop clinging to the traditional family feud and do as God asks you. Forgive. Stop listing reasons why not and start doing it. Oh and by the way, the book includes nine reasons we must forgive. Whew. I have said a mouthful now, haven’t I? To top it all off the book is illustrated s well!
Here are a few of the chapter outlines.
Forgive so we won’t go to Hell.
Forgive so the devil doesn’t get a foothold in our lives.
Forgive so we don’t die of stress related illnesses.
Forgive so that we can be like Jesus.
This book is for every one. Even a child will easily understand the illustrations. Be brave. Face the truth about your way of living. Forgive where you need to forgive. If you aren’t sure, ask God. He will tell you quite quickly where your forgiveness needs lie; that is, if you will be bold enough to ask.
Why don’t women tell? Because no one listens; because you get blamed; because almost all of us have been there; because people in power think they have the right; because when you tell people they don’t want to face their own truth.
My book, Meeting Myself, Snippets from a binging and bulging mind addresses what happened to me and the aftermath effects in my life. The latest news on this topic affects me all over again. This heinous crime harasses for a moment of time and then lingers for ever.
We make choices every day. A choice is defined as a decision to choose one thing, person, or course of action in preference to others. We know in our hearts the right thing to do. Yes we do, but it is so tempting to do the opposite because it sounds like so much more fun.
Ice-cream and waffle thought they’d never connect. Oh they saw one another from a distance. They swooned and made googly eyes when the owners weren’t looking, but they thought their love affair was doomed. Their owners had concession booths next to one another at the 1904 St Louis World’s fair but the distance between them was just too great.
Then a miracle happened. The ice-cream man ran out of dishes and the waffle man rolled his waffles into a cone shape and the love affair began after all. It travelled all over the world and you might even find it at your local mall!
You see, you never know how the world will change when you help one another out, like those two concession stand owners did.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV)
Prayer – Lord, help us to be kind to and encourage one another, just because we can. Amen
It’s hard to pull a meal together when the oven is taken up with a big old fat turkey, isn’t it? I’m giving you this saving grace recipe now. Print it off and save it in case I forget to repeat it for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Cook the turkey the day before.
Carve the turkey into serving size slices.
Separate Romaine lettuce leaves.
Wash them and pat them dry.
Put a layer of Romaine lettuce in an aluminium pan or large roast pan.
Add a layer of turkey.
Repeat steps 5 and 6, ending with a layer of Romaine leaves.
Cover tightly with foil and put in fridge.
To heat the turkey, add about ¼ cup water to the pan.
Heat in 250ºF oven till turkey is at the desired serving temperature.
P.S. Here is God’s recipe for lettuce: Let Us Love One Another.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35, NIV)
Prayer – Lord we pray that you give us the strength to do just that. Amen
The doctor asked me not to drive until after some tests were completed. The tests were expected to take anywhere from two weeks to two months. It wasn’t the doctor’s fault, really. It is a government guideline, but that didn’t help my head much. I gave myself the Peter disease.
UGH!! Not drive? What was she thinking? How would I get to where I needed to go? How would I get to the grocery store or a doctor appointment? I’d have to beg the kids for a ride. I’d have to sell my home and go live in my kids’ basement. What about my car? What would I do with it?
In minutes, I’d worked myself into hysteria. Then I called friends and family and shared the disease. Some of them refused to take it on. They offered calm; they offered rides; they offered compassion… BUT I DIDN’T WANT ANY OF IT! I WANTED TO DRIVE MY OWN SELF IN MY OWN CAR!!!
But I had no choice, or so I thought.
I forgot to remember Peter, who forgot to remember Jesus
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (Matthew 11:28a, AMP)
Prayer – Father, forgive us for forgetting, rePETERly, again and again, what you tell us. Amen