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Sunday, June 23, 2019
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
I’m sure the disciples worried about how in the world they had enough food to feed all the crowds. They continued, feeding them, doing the next right thing. And as they fed, the food multiplied. There was food left over when everyone was stuffed.
I had one child. Another child was on the way and I wonder if I can love another child like I can the first. That child is born and love multiplies. We love the second, third, fourth children the same as the first because our love multiplies just like the food did in the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.
I love hard. If I love you then you know it. There has never been a day in my life that I thought to myself “Self, you are all out of love. If anyone walks up here to you then you can’t love them because you are all full here and can’t love any more.” It doesn’t happen.
Give love away. Spread it around like confetti. Like glitter. When there is a party and confetti was involved, you will find that stuff years later. Let us all be spreaders of love. Let us spread it so thoroughly and so often that our love can still be found years later under a chair or in a corner. You may be long gone but your love you left is still there. Love isn’t meant to be finite. It is infinite. Go out this week with your infinite love and spread it around like confetti. Throw it on everyone-the lovable and the unloveable. I guarantee that you will be the one who is blessed because when we try to bless others it always ends up coming back to us multiplied.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Sunday, April 14, 2019
…19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Monday, April 8, 2019
Sometimes I think we leave the key to our happiness in someone else's pocket. Our happiness is not dependent upon someone else. If we love ourselves, we are joyful within and do not need an outside source to generate happiness. We should never let anyone have enough control over our emotions, our feelings, our schedules, or our lives that they make us feel less than fabulous. When we let someone else or something else have that much control over us, we have left the key to our happiness in someone else's pocket. Other people or things should be an enhancement to our lives. We should never hinge our decisions or opportunities upon other's opinions, what others will think, or what others are doing.
Take a job for example. As valuable as I may be to my company, I would be replaced quickly if I left. So take the vacation. Use up the personal time off. Don't be storing those off days up. Use them. If you turn down opportunities to take time off because of something going on at work, you have left the key to your happiness in your work desk. Don't leave that key laying around because anyone or anything is willing to pick up that key to YOUR happiness and keep it. Then what are you left with? Anger, worn down feelings, exhaustion, unhappiness, aggravation, tempers, etc.
Take people's opinions for example. Everyone has an opinion. They are like noses, everyone has one. If you let other people's opinions influence your decisions, then you have left the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket. Take that key back. Don't leave it laying around because there is always someone or something that is waiting in the wings to take that key from you.
Put the key to happiness on the key ring of your heart and keep it there safely so that no one or nothing can take it away and put it in their pocket. When you do this, you take back your control. You feel in charge of your life again. You feel empowered. You feel joyful. People and things in this life are enhancements. They are not here to make you happy. If they were, we would all be miserable all the time because people are human and we live in a fallen world. And things, well, they are inanimate objects that were never intended to make people happy. They are fleeting moments of fun, but not true happiness. Take your key back. Put it on the key ring of your heart and take your control back.
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