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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
It's been a wonderful year. Wonderful, not perfect. A perfect year would have been free of any worries or trials, full of triumphs and victories. But you can't have one without the other and I'm grateful for both.
The trials have shown me how faithful and gracious the God I serve is, without them I may not have noticed. Honestly, I felt closer to Him this past year than ever before. More times than I can count, He's washed over my soul with His peace and forgiveness.
This year has also brought me too many blessings to number; and I know exactly where they came from. He has answered many prayers, sometimes before I could ever pray them. So often this year, all I could say was "Thank You, Lord."
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Think back to something you looked forward to. The anticipated day, event or moment that seemed like it would never arrive. But it did, and all too soon, it passed. Some of the best days of your life are now a pleasant memory.
Even some of the not-so-pleasant memories you have have lost of their sting. That friendship that ended someday brings a rueful smile instead of a grimace. That hard time you thought you'd never get through eventually ended and you came out stronger for it.
But sometimes it's hard living in a world where nothing stays the same. Nothing is in your control, you have the power to do nothing that will last. Anything you accomplish will one day be destroyed, you can't make good times last forever, and try as you might, you can't make hard times nonexistent or even go away just a little more quickly.
Monday, July 28, 2014
57-0613A - God Keeps His Word
Rev. William Marrion Branham
James 3:17 KJV
I began to comfort myself by singing "He's everything to me" and thinking "it doesn't matter what anyone thinks, God loves me. " I continued thinking about how I've never heard God tell me all the things I'm doing or I've done wrong. He never writes me a note listing "everything I hate about you." Or " what Danielle does that annoys me." Sure, He gives me correction and steers me in the path when I veer off, but He's never put me down the way people have. The way God teaches me, makes me want to do the right thing.
"Are you the same way?" Was the next shocking thought that popped in my mind. "Are you slow to anger and patient when someone treats you bad or says something out of turn? Or do you immediately add it to the growing list of 'things I hate about you' ?" I might not always say what I'm thinking at the time but often my attitude and thoughts lean toward the latter.
I realized I'd received that correction I mentioned earlier; the one that makes me want to do right, and this time was no different. I don't want to keep a list on anyone anymore than I'd want God to keep a list of my shortcomings.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
What if you made something you were proud of? You took months to carefully plan and execute your project, and when you were finally satisfied with your creation, you revealed your masterpiece to the world.
Everyone revered and exclaimed over the wondrous thing you'd made. They handled it carefully, lest they break such a marvelous creation. "It's perfect!!" "The cutest thing I've ever seen!!" "Absolutely gorgeous!!" Will be all you'll hear for a while.
But after a few years, the novelty wears off and people began to notice the "flaws" in your creation. After a while, your creation realizes the flaws exist as well. You began to constantly hear comments such as "I look like a cow, I'm so fat!!!" "Look at these acne scars!!" You see your awesome, wonderful creation begin to doubt themselves or take pride in superficial things that don't matter.
I realized that God must feel this way often. I know most girls(including myself) and guys put a focus on their appearance and while I can't fault them for that, I've been wondering how it became so important and so shallow.
When did smiling become about how teeth look or if eyes become squinty and not about joy being expressed on a face? When did suntans start coming from a bottle and not from spending all summer at the beach enjoying yourself? And when did being "healthy" become a bad thing?
Paul talked about worshipping the creation instead of the Creator. And I've realized that's what I've done. Sometimes my version of getting ready for Sunday service is making sure my dress doesn't make me look like a beached whale.
I haven't suddenly become a beacon of wisdom, I still wonder what I should do to my hair or whether to bleach my teeth or lose weight. But those things don't really matter. God doesn't make any mistakes.
When He makes something He makes it perfectly, and while the outside is important to please people, the inside is even more so to please God. If anything needs changing, it'd be my heart, my attitude, and my actions.
Monday, March 3, 2014
As I was falling asleep yesterday, a random thought popped into my head, an epiphany, if you will; "you can't change someone's dish soap." At first my foggy mind smiled to itself, impressed, then I snapped to reality and thought, "well, what the heck does that mean?"
"I'm guessing dish soap is someone's mind, based on the context. Or maybe a certain way of doing something." "So, if I see someone making a big mistake, I shouldn't even try to help them?" "Dish soap isn't that serious. "
Conclusion: we all have friends and family who have a certain way of doing things. We love them anyway, but 'that thing' they do just irks us. That's their dish soap. Everyone has one, sometimes more than one. It can be as petty as the way they chew or say a certain word, but it manages to annoy someone else.
What I realized yesterday is that the same way the dish soap we use doesn't really matter as long as dishes are clean, our individual 'dish soaps' don't change the person we actually are. They're usually an extension of our personalities.
If you like a person, however irritating that habit of theirs may be, it doesn't weigh in comparison of who they are. I don't go to a restaurant and ask what brand of soap they used, I check that my dishes are clean and go on to eat my food.
While others dish soaps are annoying to me, and I know mine are annoying to others, it's important to remember that you can't change that about them and you really don't have to. If they're your family, then you're stuck with them unconditionally, and if it's your friends, then, you're friends because of the simple fact that you like the person they are.
So if you happen to see someone washing dishes with a stupid soap, build a bridge and get over it.