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It Came to Pass

31 Jan

It Came to Pass.

It Came to Pass

31 Jan

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“It Came to Pass!”

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Ecclesiastes 3 (KJV) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

In Georgia, this year, the winter seems to be exceptionally long and cold.  Normally in the South, the winters are very mild and we may have one winter event when we actually have snow or ice. I call it an event because many Georgians are thrilled to see snow; however this winter for many that I’ve talked with this winter season seems to be wearing down a lot of folks with sickness and just plain bone chilling cold! I know that compared to the Northern States that we do not have anything to complain about, but if you’re not used to the cold then it is very difficult.  I think we are definitely suffering from “Spring Fever!”

After Christmas is over I personally crave the Spring!  I can’t wait to see my crocuses peek out of the ground, which are usually followed by my Daffodils.  It’s not long before my whole yard is awakened to Spring and is splattered with brilliant colors such as yellow Wisteria bushes, vivid fuchsia and white Azaleas.  As if they are ordered, here come the pinkish white blooms of twenty-one Dogwood trees, along with a splash of deep purple Rhododendrons, red Tulips and blooming fruit trees that burst forth in all their glory!  Song birds fill the bushes and trees with their sweet melodies as the warmth of the Spring season marches in like royalty!  I love it, Spring seems to warm the soul of the weary!

What Season are You in?

The seasons are wonderful in that they are truly only supposed to last for a certain amount of time.  However, some people seemingly become stuck in a dark, dismal winter season that last way longer than a season should last.  Many feel as though their winter season will never end?

I can relate to those of you that may feel like you are stuck in a winter season! I can especially relate to those of you that may have been driven into a winter season because of a chronic sickness or maybe grief or loss of a loved one.  Sometimes things can hit our lives that absolutely knock us to our knees, but I am here to encourage you, that it is possible for you get back up! If you have ever read Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.   In this scripture, it plainly states that in everything that there are seasons, whether good or bad.  I once had a Pastor years ago preach a message that I’ve never forgotten and has encouraged me through many winter seasons in my life.  He preached “It came to pass! It did not come to stay!”  Regardless of what it looks like or feels like right now, again whether good or bad, “It came to pass! It did not come to stay!

Your Spring is waiting for you!  It’s time for you to stand upon your feet again.   Start living again and looking forward!  Yes, much easier said than done, but it starts with a made up mind.  In order for me to come out of my winter, I had to make up my mind that I was going to begin walking forward, even if it meant I took tiny little baby steps!  The great thing about being a Christian, is that my Heavenly Father, just like a natural Daddy held out his arms and encouraged me “Come on you can do it! You can make it!”  I hope that if you are a Christian that you can hear him tell you the same thing.  However, if you not a Christian, then I hope that you hear my heart and hear my cheers for you, “Come on you can do it!  If I walked out of a dark winter season, so can you!”

Welcome Spring Season!  The Winter cannot hold on forever! “It came to pass!  It did not come to stay!”

 

Resolution

22 Jan

 

Resolution-A Call to Action!

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Luke 6:45

 For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (KJV)

                       

          You may think it strange that I would have Scripture from the Bible and a trash can in the same blog, but I inserted the “pretty little purple trash can” to make a point! That although the trash can is all dressed up and looks like a designer’s special on the outside, it still holds trash! Regardless of how pretty the color, how sleek, or thin, it still holds trash.   Now that we are taking steps into a brand new year, many of us have made resolutions in hopes of changing something in our lives for the better.   We wish we could lose weight, we wish we could get that new promotion, make more money, or we wish we could be a better person etc…Well frankly we can wish all we want, but a resolution is not simply a wish, it is a call to action!  If we truly want change it must be in our hearts to want to do something to affect change!  How many times do we make the same resolution year after year but in a week or two, we have moved on because we feel hopeless that real change will come.

If you are one that makes the same resolutions year after year, obviously you have identified areas in your life that need to be changed. You have actually made the first step, which is to be brutally honest with yourself and say “yes I need a change.” In order to stop wishing to change you must on purpose resolve or began action to implement change.  No I do not have a blueprint, or a formula to implement change, I only know that nothing happens if the first step is not made, than the second, third etc.   If you do not make the first step, then you remain in the same place…You cannot get somewhere if you do not move….THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION!

Webster’s online definition of resolution:

1.The act, operation, or process of resolving.  2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation.  3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination. 4. That which is resolved or determined; a settled purpose;

I personally love the definition of resolution, because it is a close definition to how I would explain my faith !  Faith is not just a noun, but it is an action verb!  Faith is believing and then acting on that belief.  Too make a resolution is a call to action!  We must take action by first believing that we can change and then making a firm and determined decision to do things differently toward that change!

Okay, now it is my turn to be brutally honest! I am going to be very transparent.  I have been like these “pretty little trash cans.”  I am constantly doing an examination of my life to see if my motives are pure.  They have not always been pure, and my heart has not always been kind toward others! I sometimes let things fly out of my mouth and when that happens, I am surprised myself.  I have literally said, “Where in the world did that even come from?  I didn’t think that was even in my heart!” I might have dressed myself all “pretty on the outside” but on the inside there was something that I needed to deal with. According to the Bible in Luke 6:45  if we listen to what comes out of our mouths, it is a sure-fire way to see what is in our hearts!  If we are kind and speak words of encouragement and love than our hearts are in good shape, but if our words are always full of bitterness, hurtful and resentment then “trash” needs to be dragged to the curb. It only takes us to hear our own words to know what is in our hearts!

Now, maybe what you have to change in your life would not be classified as “trash”, maybe you just need to make some small adjustments to help you be better, however I would say to you that if what needs to change is constantly hindering you or causing you to not be happy, or causing hurtful, harmful things to happen, then it is time to truly make a determined life choice.  It’s time to resolve or act to implement what it takes to change!  If it is not benefitting you, then resolve to throw it out, resolve to get rid of it, drag it to the curb. I also realize that I am making it sound rather easy, which believe me, I do not mean to make our actions of change sound like a walk in the park!  There is a saying that “nothing in life worth having is free,” I have found this saying to be so true in my own life. A life full of happiest and contentment comes with a great price, but I have found that every change that I have made to obtain this kind of life has been worth it!

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Ask, Seek, and Knock!

10 Jan

Ask, Seek, and Knock!.

Ask, Seek, and Knock!

10 Jan
Ask, Seek,, and Knock!

Ask, Seek,, and Knock!

Luke 11:9

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man  who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while  daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”~ Theodore Roosevelt

There are many things I want to be or do in life, but I want to help others do and be as well!  What fun is achievement if you can’t pass it forward or share your success….I want to be spent doing what I was created by my God to do!  This quote by Theodore Roosevelt stirs my soul to shake myself and step out and try once again.  In reality I may not hear success knocking at my door…I may not even know what her knock sounds like as of yet, but by faith,  I can hear her walking up my walkway even now!

Be encouraged my friends….If you’ve asked and  you did not get an answer…Keep Asking… If you’ve sought and have not found what you’re looking for,…Keep Seeking….If you’ve knocked and the door has not been opened unto you…Keep Knocking!

 

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Three Steps to Change!

27 Oct

I do not know who it was that posted {Three Simple Rules in Life} on my facebook

Timeline, so this is not my original idea, but it really rang true to me.  If I want change in

any area, then I must be the one who moves toward or presses into what I

desire!

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Christine’s Art Gallery

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Christine’s Art Gallery

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