Focus on the positive

Focus on the positive.

Sometimes we can be so consumed with what’s left to be done that we miss opportunities to celebrate what we actually have accomplished.

In the process of creating the earth, God took a moment to reflect on each day’s work; He did not overwhelm Himself with what was to come. He honored the work that was completed before Him on each day.

In our day-to-day, we must approach and reflect on things in the manner that God did in His creative process. Honor and celebrate the tasks that you have made progress on, and do not condemn yourself for not yet arriving at what lies ahead.

This was my lesson for today. As I work through God’s designed process of my gaining new strength each day, I am able to complete what is set before me – and today I did just that.

So when things present themselves to confuse you or to disrupt the positive reflections of what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish, remember that today’s accomplishments are enough. Allow God to orchestrate the morrow’s process as you honor and reflect upon what was accomplished today.

– P.S., Kaye –

On Resurrection Sunday and more

So I have three days’ worth of stuff to share since I did not share anything yesterday and the day prior.

On Jesus’ Resurrection

Yesterday’s Resurrection Sunday was quite and adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed. These days I am trying to push myself a little farther and learn to take in the experience along the way.

I was worried about the sequence of days’ work set before me and the amount of time required for me to be engaged in it and with others. I didn’t want to push my limits and end up exhausted with lingering “episodes.”

But I found that with the rains of Good Friday came a swing of peace, an ease that God gave for me to experience with pure joy, adventure, and unobstruction.

Saturday morning was peaceful and was blessed by God. Winds of His cool, breezy radiance swirled round about us throughout the day.

Sunday, we experienced the opportunity to share in food, fellowship, and self with others from our church community which brought me joy in so much fellowship. Sometimes you can see that in your giving and sharing that you are really sharing the love of Christ which extends to all. The day was a great one.

Today, Monday, went slightly different than I’d planned or even imagined; but you get to a point of understanding that no matter your own concerns, acts of preparation, or plans to ensure perfection, that God has placed you in a place to be effective, to be sincerely understanding and selfless to those around you, and to demonstrate the love of Christ in only the way that he has designed and given to you to do. Today was a good one, too, and I look forward to experiencing life in this way with my husband, Seneca.

– P.S., I love YOU

Kaye

A Storm for Good Friday

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. (50)

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (51)

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, (52)

And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (53)

– Matthew 27:50-53

How perfectly fitting that, on this Good Friday, skies across our Eastern lands were filled with dark clouds, rains, and stormy winds, all reminiscent of and a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death that shook the earth and gave way for the removal and washing away of our sins.

When I heard that today was going to be a stormy day, I actually looked forward to it, expecting and seeking to find peace and rest in the quiet and calm that a storm can bring.

The storm began a little later than I’d imagined, but by 11:30am, the wind had blown our trash can all the way from our curb to our front door. As the rains came down, our front yard began to host small puddles of overflowing water. The retention pond began to fill.

It was a peaceful day, even among the storm. I realized that several businesses had closed because of the inclement weather and that officials had closed the Skyway Bridge.

As our town and local Southeastern communities made adjustments to the day, my mind could not help but think of how fitting it was – a dark, yet beautiful storm on Good Friday, the day of our Lord’s death. That on this day, God had chosen to speak and to reveal Himself to the world through the voice of the storm so that people would come to know Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross so that the world through Him might be saved.

Are you looking to find peace? Are you looking for sweet relief in your life?

If you’re looking for a positive change – a new thing amid the storm – then I assure you that you can find it in the Lord.

If you’re searching, just say these words with me:

Lord, I’m looking for something new and refreshing, and I believe in your Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to save me from my sins. I repent for my sins and I ask for your forgiveness and grace. Please come into my heart and release me from the bondage of sin. Thank you for this new life and for the removal of all things old. Thank you for your peace – I believe that I have new joy and can live life anew with you. In you I have found a friend. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

After today’s storm, the skies took a moment’s rest and showed promises of “more to come.” After a few more showers and light winds and what seemed like could be a second round, the sun burst through the clouds so loudly and so brightly that it was nearly hard to look at with your eyes. I had to cover my eyes like a visor in order to be able to grab this photo:

You see, there really is a blessing in the presence of a storm. And it is something so great… something that will give so much vibrance and light and that will add so much value to your life. That is what Jesus’ dying on the cross did for all of us. In the midst of the unimaginable, in the midst of a shaking darkness, God fulfilled His promise – one of new life, miraculous light, and abundance to all of the earth.

– P.S., Kaye –

Letting a clear mind lead you

Distraction sometimes comes easy.

And it’s easy to let a cluttered mind lead the way.

But in pursuit of where we are going, we must remind ourselves of and stick to the plan that God has called us to. Seek for God’s wisdom to fill your mind and thoughts with His purpose and with His standard.

Walk in peace, and be responsive to the Lord’s Will, and you will surely find success.

– P.S., Kaye –

It IS Something GREAT!

Tonight I reflected on a few recent blog posts. I realized that the path that God has set our feet to is one that leads to true victory, true favor, the blessings and riches of the Lord, and much, much more.

I excitedly look to this new place and prayerfully approach the new season.

May the blessings of the Lord abide with you all, Amen.

– P.S., Kaye –

Excited for “what’s next”

These past couple of days (Sunday & Monday) have given me an incredible sense of peace and a readiness to experience the new spaces that God has designated at this point in our lives.

I’ve felt an overwhelming and ever so present presence of calm – a just peaceful place of knowing – just knowing – that I am totally ready to begin and receive that “what’s next.”

Spending and experiencing this phase of transition with my husband makes me even more exited about what God has planned for our future.

And I just know it will be something great.

– P.S., Kaye –

Finishing up and starting fresh

Where one thing ends, another begins.

That is just what God wants to do in our lives – lead us on to fresh new spaces.

“He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul.” – Psalm 23:2b-3a

When God calls you to complete one chapter in your life in order to move on to the next, trust that He’s already got the next chapter all worked out and ready for you to walk through.

God is ready to do a new thing. Let Him close out the old while you begin to look forward to and walk in the new.

Oh, Lamb of God, the restorer of our faith.

Finding strength for the journey ahead and the peace to overwhelm you

After a few days of fighting a little infection – I am now just feeling overwhelmed with the peace of the Lord and with looking forward to what’s next in His plan and process for me.

Last month, I completed a very important phase in my life – when I completed it, I felt such a sense of closure, yet anticipation for the next steps God wanted me to take.

As you work toward your goals, fulfill life’s accomplishments, get things done, and cross “To Dos” off of your lists, trust and know that God will make things new for you. He will reveal new opportunities along the way and will carefully lead you to new waters – day-by-day, step-by-step.

Look forward to all the things that the Lord has in store for you. While there may be some pit stops along the way, in His way is where you will find strength for your journey ahead and a peace that surpasses it all.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:7

Trust in the Lord will eliminate fear

When you put your faith in God, you can trust and know that He will take care of it all. You will not have to worry, and faith will elevate itself over fear.

5Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

– Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV

God will always reveal to you which path is best take. Wait on Him, and He will renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31).

In Chris’s love…

Living in God’s Moment

Today I found #success in living in the moment. In my life now, “living in the moment” simply means enjoying and taking everything in that is right before me. It means don’t stress, don’t worry, and to be happy with what’s in your hand to accomplish today.

Take no thought for tomorrow, and place your cares into God’s hands, for He cares deeply for all of us.

– P.S., Kaye –