No One Expected Me

 

Surprise in Heaven

I dreamt death came the other night
And Heaven’s gate swung wide.
An angel with a halo bright
Ushered me inside.

And there! To my astonishment
Stood folks I’d judged and labelled
As “quite unfit”, “of little worth”,
And “spiritually disabled”.

Indignant words rose to my lips
But never were set free,
For every face showed stunned surprise —
Not one expected me!

(Anonymous)

Wounded

 

There was a wounded gal standing on the sidelines, covered in loneliness, poor self-image and fear. She was surrounded by great people who all said “Hi, how are you” before moving on to their friends. They had no time to listen to her answers.

One lady told her to stop moping around, get her act together and join the crowd. Another invited her to the mall but the gal couldn’t keep up with the money, the crowds and the noises.

Finally another woman gave her a hug and asked, “How are you really doing?” She sat down with her and listened, really listened as she shared her loneliness, heartache and assorted other troubles. They spent a quiet hour together. “Don’t worry,” said her new friend. ‘We will get through this together. You can count on me.’

“A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, and ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill—I’ll pay you on my way back.’ (Luke 10:33-35, MSG)

The Worst Day Ever (by Chanie Gorkin)

 

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
Because
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

Since this is our truth, why should any day be a bad day?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, we choose today to experience everything that happens to us through your eyes. Amen

How Honest Are You?

 

What do you do when someone else makes a mistake in your favor? Do you blindly accept it or do the right thing and speak up? That’s the choice I had to make when ten (yes; TEN!) food processors arrived at my door.

A clerical error on someone’s part sent me ten food processors instead of the one I had requested. I had no problem sending them back. What boggled my mind was the number of people who told me that they would keep them and sell them for a personal profit.

Yes I sent them back. What would you have done?

Which one are you

 

One person likes to think that lightning flashes indicate God is taking her picture.

Another believes the noise is only angels bowling. Still another one hides under the bed at a roll of thunder. Which one are you?

The Bible says that is the Lord, thundering from heaven! (Psalm 18:13, NIV)

One person is grateful when a friend brings over a bowl of homemade soup. Another sees an interfering busybody. Which one are you?

The Bible says-Cynics look high and low for wisdom—and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep! (Proverbs 14:6, MSG)

Some people immediately think that a person who forgets a name must have Alzheimer’s while current studies suggest our brains are just too full and like an overwrought computer, it just takes longer to find stuff in there. (Sarah Knapton, Dr. Michael Ramscar)

God knew that all along.

They will still bear fruit in old age; they will stay fresh and green. (Psalm 92:14, NIV)

 

Driving Advice

EVERYDAY CHRISTIAN

We often hear the phrase that God is our co-pilot.

Seriously, I would rather God was driving and I was only a passenger.

Sidecar Living
I’m riding in God’s side car and the turns are pretty wild.
I scream when turning corners, but all He does is smile.
He sees where we are going and takes turns that we must,
But down here on this dirty road, all I can see is dust.

I’m riding in God’s side car and close my eyes in fright,
But I know that He is leading on the path that’s safe and right.
When I can’t see the road ahead, and the way ahead seems dim,
He says, “Commit the map to me and only follow Him.”

When I did not know Him and traveled on alone,
So many turns were blunders that led away from home.
But now that I am with Him, the path ahead is true.
His vantage point is higher and He knows what I should do.

I’m riding in God’s side car and the devil knows I’m there.
Escorted through all evil, I remain in Jesus’ care.
I’m riding in God’s side car and I’ve often felt alarmed,
But I’m safely in His keeping, in the everlasting arms.
by Linda Smith, used by permission

Prayer- Lord, give us the courage to let you drive. Amen.

You? Sleeping Beauty

 

Sleeping Beauty slept undisturbed for years and all you want to do is get one good night’s rest! Do you ever envy her?

Are you plagued with insomnia, a snoring partner, or a sleep apnea problem? What about leg cramps or restless leg syndrome? Do you have nightmares or maybe even walk in your sleep?

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2,  KJV)

God says he gives us sleep; so how do we get it? A few simple things include going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. That means no sleeping in, even on weekends, and no napping during the day.

Avoid screen time before bed—no not the window netting but all those electronic gadgets we are addicted to.

Exercise early in the day. Avoid caffeine and don’t drink too much liquid. Your mother was right when she limited your milk intake by 8 pm! Some people need a light snack; others find that causes indigestion. Do what works for you.

 

21 Ways to Forgive

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.

Me Too

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.