When I first began writing this blog, I didn’t realize I was searching for Jesus, but now that I have found Him (through His infinite Mercy and Grace alone) how I long to take EVERYONE by the hand and say,
“Come, come and see…”
And then in His infinite kindness and gentleness He whispers – patience my love, they are coming, they will see, they too will find me… theirs is a different path, just as painfully beautiful as yours, but different. Keep praying, keep loving, and keep listening so that you know when the time is ripe for you to take someone by the hand and say ever so gently and full of My love,
“Come, come and see!!!”
Since I first thought, prayed and wrote about Our Best Life, I have changed, I am different… I think I am becoming new. I have told friends that I don’t know why this change has come about, but I am starting to realize that I do know why… it is because of Him, and only Him.
When I first starting praying for Our Best Life, someone very close to me was going through two very difficult and life changing events. Her suffering and pain finally opened my eyes to my own selfishness and allowed me to step outside of myself for a moment and begin thinking of and praying for others by praying for Our Best Life.
This changed my direction, but He in His infinite humility still didn’t step in until I invited Him in through a prayer to be the seed that has been sown on good soil.
He heard my prayer and came running to help me. Regardless of how much work there is to do in me, He pushed up His sleeves and began working to make me new! Anything kind, loving, patient, thoughtful, considerate, generous that I do is because of Him… it is NOT me! There is still so much to be done, but He is here and my thoughts run to Him as I talk with my husband and my children, work on homework and play with my children, read, listen to music, wash dishes, fold and iron clothes, clean our home, make our dinner and even while kneeling on the floor a few weeks ago to clean up my daughters vomit.
Thank You My Love for being here with me… I do not just need You, I desire You from the depths of my heart.
This morning I saw a man stop and offer help to an older woman who was pushing her own wheel chair across a parking lot. It was a lovely scene, quiet and small and probably not noticed by many. I love seeing these small and beautiful moments of kindness and goodness in the world. They remind me that God’s tapestry is full of small and beautiful pictures that we can see even now. I like to think of these small moments of goodness as the little flowers decorating the trim of His tapestry.
I think His tapestry is also full of large scenes of which we only have the ability to see small portions. When we focus on the small parts of the large scenes, we might see what we perceive to be evil. We might notice the drops of blood, a weapon, a betrayal, a death and if we don’t have faith to trust that these things are necessary parts leading up to the overall goodness of God’s scene, His plan, His beautiful tapestry, then we lose hope in the goodness of God and His ability to use any and every action of ours to finalize His beautiful and good plan.
I know it is very cliche to say, but I must repeat what so many others have said before me.
Jesus please help us to focus on the small things, help us to seek out the little nuggets of golden goodness You have sprinkled throughout everyday, and when something bad happens help us to remember that our faith is being tested, and that we must believe in You and have faith in You and Your ability to turn anything all around and upside down.
Have you seen or heard this quote?
The way people treat you is a statement about who they are as a human being. It’s not a statement about you.
I saw this about a week ago and it didn’t sit right with me.
Have you ever been mean to someone or snapped at someone? I know I have done this. I have done it to strangers on the street as well as the ones I love the most. I know this isn’t right, and I am not condoning my actions but I am questioning whether these actions should stamp me as a mean or angry human being?
These moments of anger thrown at another are usually tied back to something else that is bothering me, something that is making me unhappy, uncomfortable. These moments usually mean I have had a rough moment, day, week or month. When I do this it means I have a lot of other things to work on personally, but I don’t think these moments should label me or anyone else as a certain type human being.
On the flip side, have you ever woken up so joyful and full of thanksgiving and gratitude that you smiled and showed extra kindness to everyone you met that day? I have had days like this too, and these are great days, but do these actions label me as a wonderful and kind human being? How could they when I have also had days full of anger and impatience with everyone?
I think these actions, regardless of which side, should label me as a human being having a certain type of moment, not as a certain type of human being.
I think changing a few words in this quote would promote a lot more empathy and compassion.
The way people treat you is a statement about what they are going through. It’s not a statement about you.
Jesus please help us to remember that it is rarely about us and please help us to see others through Your eyes… Be Thou Our Vision!