I haven’t always been a runner, but I have started running lately since I really haven’t felt like joining a gym and I live in a place with beautiful weather.
I am not really an outgoing person and some of my favorite days and nights are just sitting home with my family playing, working on my projects, listening to some music, or watching a good movie. However I do need people and I have noticed that when I run if someone waves at me or smiles I get a jolt for a few min and forget that I was tired or out of breath and run with renewed strength.
After noticing this I have started waving at everyone I run by (drivers, runners, walkers) and for the runners and walkers I take the extra step of taking off my headphones to say good morning as I run by. This morning one of the walkers I said good morning to, waved back and said, “Good morning my friend!”. He is living Our Best Life even if he doesn’t call it this and I was overjoyed to meet him if only for a moment!
Jesus thank you for my new friend! Please help me be a friend to everyone I encounter just as you are a friend to all of us!
My friends, It is Our Best life… someday we will all be friends!
I heard the song His Kind of Love by Group 1 Crew today on KSBJ in Houston (my favorite station)! I am sure I have heard it many times, but I was planning to run today and the great beat struck me. I drove home from dropping the girls off, bought it for my i-pod, put it on repeat, and ran out the door.
The song got me really pumped up for a run, and as I running I was really listening to the words and feeling His love, praying for understanding His love, and wanting to share His love. I made it home and as I was stepping into the house I was listening to the line in the song, “Is reckless for us” and do you know who I thought of? I thought of women in abusive relationships and marriages.
I thought to myself these women understand reckless love. They stay with their partner or husband through the beatings, through the verbal abuse, through the humiliation. They love their partners and they wait out the bad times and hope for the good times to return. They haven’t forgotten the glimmer of Jesus that they saw in their spouses eyes when they first met and they probably see Jesus again every morning after the storm in the apologies, hugs, kisses and promises that it will never happen again. They lose friends and family who don’t understand why they won’t leave. In the end others give up on them or even start to hate them for their weakness for staying… just as Jesus was despised by so many. The bruises, scars, and pain are their battles wounds showing us that they know a lot about loving as Jesus loves. They know about Reckless Love.
I am in no way suggesting these women stay in these relationships or continue to put up with abuse. I don’t want that for them or anyone!
However since realizing this, I will never again look upon these women with pity. I will see them as Warriors of Love! I will want to kiss their battle wounds and pray for a quick recovery. I will want to ask how to help them and not take the assumption that I know how to help them. I will want to thank them for showing me that it is possible in our world to love recklessly as Jesus loves us. I will want to ask them how they do it (not as a put down or to embarrass them, but as a student would ask a teacher) so that I can humbly try to spread the love that they are spreading through this one lost individual that they have been appointed to care for, teach and love!
Jesus please help us to love as these women love and help us to change our perspective and see these women as You want them to be seen, as Your Warriors of Love!
I just heard the song I Believe by Chris August! This is the first time I have heard it and I love it and wanted to share it with you!
At one point in the song he sings…
If you had some heartache that made you cry a thousand tears
Then let me tell you now I know just how you feel
When I heard this I thought, I have never experienced this heartache and would not be able to tell someone that I know how they feel, but I then thought of a dear friend who has experienced this heartache. I had this image for a moment of how treasured, loved and special she is and that we are so blessed that Jesus has been carrying her through these difficult times.
I believe and carry a hope in my heart that she is nearing the end of these trials. Every now and then I think I see Jesus put her down for a day or two so that she can begin taking her baby steps while still holding His hand.
Thank you Jesus for loving my dear, sweet friend so much and carrying her through so many difficult times!
I believe it is Our Best Life!
My youngest daughter now goes to school two days a week. A few weeks ago as I was driving home from dropping everyone off at school I was listing all of the things I wanted to get done in my head and all of the sudden I decided to push everything back by 45 min and I started looking for a place to get a pedicure. Just down the street from my house I drove by a place with it’s doors wide open. I walked in and although they didn’t open until 9 am, the pedicurist said she would be happy to take me early.
The pedicure was awesome! I have very dry and rough feet and I was so thankful to have someone else scrub them down. As I was sitting there feeling blessed, I thought of Jesus washing our feet and what a blessing it was that this woman chose to wash my feet as her profession. For the rest of the pedicure I thought about how much I loved this woman! I am so thankful to have glimpsed Jesus in her that morning.
Thank you Jesus and Sydney for washing my feet! Jesus please help me to open my eyes to see You in everyone and to see the opportunities You set before me everyday to serve You and wash Your feet.
It’s Our Best Life… Believe it, Live it and it will be!
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if
– Eve had tasted the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but had refused to let Adam taste the fruit as a declaration of love for Adam and an unwillingness to let harm come to him and had been willing to take on the full punishment herself?
– What if then Adam with full knowledge of what he was doing tasted the fruit himself as a declaration of love for Eve and an unwillingness to let her fall alone and an unwillingness to be separated from his partner, the bone of his bone, the flesh of his flesh?
This would be a true keeper of thy brother, of thy partner, a willingness to fall in order to protect another.
Isn’t this what Jesus did for us? He fell to protect us, to declare his love for us and to teach us to do the same for each other.
Thank you Jesus for falling for us! Help us to fearlessly fall for others, and help us to know through faith, in the end you will extend your hand to catch us as we fall!
I love the smell of freshly cut wood, sawdust and cedar. When I was little I loved to smell these things and whenever I did I always thought that it meant I must have been a termite in a previous life.
My sweet husband just started a project to build a bench for our breakfast nook this evening. I stepped into the garage and was enveloped by my favorite smell, but this time the first thought that came to my mind was that Jesus was a carpenter and He probably smelled this smell for the first 30 years of His life on a daily basis.
I am not sure why I love this smell so much, but it makes me smile to think that our sweet Jesus was surrounded by this smell daily and that I share a love for this smell with Him.
I probably wasn’t a termite in a previous life, but maybe I was close to a carpenter in a previous life… I hope so!
It’s Our Best Life!
Imagine that someone close to you (Jay) took the blame for something that a friend of his did (Evan). Imagine that Jay got into big trouble at school and Evan took none of the blame.
If you were Jay’s parent or guardian would Evan be welcome in your house after this?
- Would your answer change if you could see that Jay truly loved Evan regardless of how Evan felt?
- Would your answer change if you could see that Jay truly loved Evan and you could see that Evan truly loved Jay?
- Would your answer change if Evan apologized to both you and Jay for what he had done?
- Would your answer change if Evan confessed his guilt at school and was give the same punishment that Jay already received?
How far must Evan go in order to be welcomed back into your house?
Thinking about this scenario really helps me put into perspective why I think we are only welcome in God the Father’s house through Jesus. Jesus loves us, but God loves Jesus so much that he is willing to open His door only to those who truly love His Son.
Maybe our own personal answers to the above questions will help us see what God’s answer would be for us to enter His house?
Thank you Jesus for taking all of the blame and loving us so much!
I watched the PBS documentary, The Mystery of Love, this evening.
At one point the documentary was discussing loving the whole world and it was mentioned that the Buddhists all say that during their wedding ceremonies the bride and the groom should marry the whole world, through this one person, and that rabbis have a similar expression that the whole world is a huppa or the whole world is a wedding canopy.
On the morning of his wedding, Ketsu Norman Fisher, a Zen master wrote this poem.
Of all the women in all the world
Delicate in their various encasings of body, of mind;
This one, bent asleep before me, in the bed,
Is the one through whom all must be loved,
As I have promised.
I thought this was beautiful and I had this moment of truly feeling loved and honored by this man who I have never met, but knows that I am delicate. What a blessing!!!
In Our Best Life I know that I truly love all of you and since I want to live Our Best Life now, I am going to begin intentionally trying to love the whole world! I pray to be able to truly love everyone who is put in my path and I pray to send YOU my love by loving everyone who is put in my path.
Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself. It is Our Best Life, let’s LIVE it!
My girls love rainbows! They talk about them a lot and love to color rainbows. I have always loved rainbows too, and have always loved to stop and look around for a rainbow at the end of a storm.
My girls love to look for rainbows too, but they don’t just look for them at the end of a storm. They are always looking for rainbows on sunny days, overcast days, rainy days, snowy days and the amazing thing is that they almost always find one regardless of the weather! They found the rainbow on the back of a CD/DVD, they found the rainbow on the blank TV screen caused by the sun reflecting off of it at a certain angle, and today we were on a boat and they found the rainbow caused by the sun reflecting through the water spray along the sides of the boat as it sped through the lake.
The more rainbows they have shown to me, the more I have begun to wonder if my girls really see what I see when we look at the world? At the park when I hold their hands and tell them to step over a log, do they see the brown log that I see or do they see something else? I am starting to think that we see things very differently and I want to see their world, I want to jump over a rainbow, see magic caterpillars, and see the Care Bears peeking down from the clouds.
I think children truly see with the eyes of love! I want to take off my dark and dingy glasses and see with the eyes of love too and I think listening to what my girls see rather than telling them what I see is a good place to start!
Look for a rainbow in an unexpected place and I bet you will find it because it is Our Best Life!!! My friend, I wish you true joy in your heart when you find your hidden rainbow today!
I just finished reading all four gospels for the first time. Even though I grew up attending mass weekly, this is the first time (at least in my flawed memory) that I have heard of the disciple whom Jesus loved or the beloved disciple.
Who is this disciple? I didn’t realize until I did a few internet searches last night that the question of the identity of this disciple has been under discussion for quite some time, but I always love a good mystery so I have decided to join the scholars in their discussion despite my lack of in depth knowledge. Below are my initial thoughts.
Jesus gives the most love where the most love is needed. Jesus will leave 99 sheep grazing in order to search for 1 lost sheep.
Jesus chose his disciples and he knew all of their fates. He knew they would be hated, despised, persecuted for following Him. He knew most of them would be killed for spreading His message. Jesus loved them all, but of the twelve who needed the most love?
Matthew 26:24 – “The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
I think Judas Iscariot needed the most love from Jesus in order to survive the self hatred that he would inflict on himself following the betrayal and to survive the centuries of hatred and persecution aimed at him from people all over the world.
Jesus thank you for loving Judas Iscariot so much. I have a feeling that he may be Your beloved disciple. Please help us to remember that we do not know the whole story and that we do not need to know the whole story, but we must love as You love.
Please help me to love Judas Iscariot as you love him.