Posted in Building Relationships, Connection, Goals

Pour A Little More

Happy Monday, friends! I trust that you spent your weekend filling your cup. I certainly did, and now I can pour into others with confidence. It’s a great feeling to know that you have something to offer anyone who might be thirsty or hungry.

Today I’m going to set a few goals for the week, and I hope you’ll join me. Scroll down to the comments and tell me what your plans are. Here’s my list:

How I Pour A Little More

  1. Carve out quiet time three times each day to listen for God’s voice and do what he says.
  2. Make a short to-do list with things that I know I can accomplish. Number one on the list? Create a to-do list.
  3. Sing to someone and brighten his/her day. Keep your fingers crossed that it’s a joyful noise.
  4.  Call someone just to hear his/her voice rather than texting.
  5. Greet everyone I meet. You may think you do this, but there are some folks that we inadvertently overlook.

That’s plenty for this week. All these goals are simple and realistic, and they have the potential to brighten someone’s day. Don’t forget to scroll down to the comments to share how you plan to pour into others today. If your cup is empty, make sure you fill up first. No one can pour from an empty cup. May blessings abound! ❤

Before you leave today, take a few minutes to worship. I hope you enjoy my Music Monday selection by Casey J entitled “Fill Me Up.”

 

Posted in Building Relationships

What Fills Your Cup?

One of my favorite beverages to drink on a hot day is sweet tea, and I especially like flavored teas — peach and raspberry reign supreme. I’m not a fan of hot tea though, but I really enjoy drinking coffee each day after my morning prayers. For me, it’s a great way to start the day — filling my cup with something warm and flavorful. It just sets the tone for the rest of the day when I begin it this way.

Something else that fills my cup is spending time with family and friends — an activity I admittedly don’t do enough of, but that, too, sets the tone for my day or even my week. Last month, I had the pleasure of spending two consecutive weeks with family and friends, and I was amazed at my sudden attitude adjustment. I attended a few parties, family celebrations, and had a few one-on-one outings with friends who flew in or drove out to see me. Everything about me changed. My posture was better, my sleep was more restful, my appetite was better, and my emotional health was ideal. I knew instantly that my cup was full. If only I could package that formula and place a drop or two in my coffee or tea each week, my life would be balanced.

What I’ve learned is that the formula for achieving this balance I alluded to doesn’t come in a bottle. It’s really a matter of assessing yourself regularly and knowing when your cup is nearly empty. Having the good sense to fill it up before it’s completely empty is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. ~Psalm 34:17

Our Creator is creative in how he chooses to deliver us from our troubles. In my case, stress was the source of my trouble, and God answered my prayers by sending in his troops. They were armed with hugs, jokes, and food, but most importantly, they came armed with those intangible things like unconditional love and generous hearts. God knows what you need when you need it, so take advantage of that second cup when he starts pouring out his goodness. You’re worthy to receive his bounty, and he longs to love you unconditionally.

Today, I am especially grateful to all those who poured into me these past few weeks, and I hope that I’ve done the same for you. Finding your balance is not always easy, but it’s necessary to keep you functioning at your optimal levels. So do me a favor this week, and do whatever fills your cup. Perhaps a long run will fill your cup or a yoga date with your BFF. An afternoon of kayaking, or maybe even a lazy morning drinking coffee on the porch will soothe you. Take a little time to figure out what fills your cup, and fill it to the brim. Never let your cup run dry; fill it with all the things that money can’t buy. May blessings abound! ❤

NOTE – Remember to scroll down to the comments, and tell me what fills your cup. Comments, likes, and reblogs fill my cup as well. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

 

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Posted in Building Relationships, Journey

May Blessings Abound

Good Monday  morning, friends! What a privilege it is to wake up this morning and to greet the day with thanksgiving, repentance, and a will to love and serve the Lord. Let’s make the best of this day by doing something that isn’t on the agenda — something that will leave an imprint on the hearts of others. What are your plans, hopes, and dreams for this day? Does it include service? I’d love to join you in praying for God’s help and trusting that he will be with us through it all.

Personally, I’m expecting good things today — not because I deserve it, but because God longs to bless those who love and serve him. In fact, I know he will send someone to make me smile. Maybe I’ll get a treat of some kind. Perhaps one of my longstanding prayers will be answered today. Whatever he decides to do, I trust that it will be good. The same holds true for you, dear friends. Remember, blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. When we allow the distractions of the day to simply pass by and return our focus to God alone, we will start to see our blessings far more than those annoying hiccups that sometimes get us off track. I can hardly wait to hear about your good news. When it happens, please stop by and scroll down to the comments to share it with me. I trust that your day will be as amazing as mine.

Before you leave today, please take a few minutes to raise your hands to worship. I hope you enjoy Anthony Brown’s song entitled “Trust in You.” May blessings abound! ❤

Posted in Acceptance, Choices, Connection, Journey, Prayer

Sunrise Sermon: Roots

Two years ago my friend Desiree invited me to read the bible in one year (along with several other sweet sisters). It was the continuation of something good that God had started in my life a few years earlier, so I jumped at the chance to delve into scripture with a group of ladies who were just as hungry as I. It was a great experience. Some of us really got to know each other on a deeper level — all because Desiree allowed God to use her.

We’re reading the bible in a year again, but I admit that I fell behind. Though I was reading most days, I just somehow forgot to read the “scheduled” scriptures on the weekend. For me, every routine thing stops on the weekend. I don’t get up early, don’t make coffee or breakfast, don’t walk the dog, and don’t do my hair or make up. Eventually, I get around to all those things, but there’s no sense of urgency on my part because it’s the weekend.  I still read the word of God each day and journal as well, but I’m not actively reading with a group right now. It’s just hard to juggle one more commitment — especially on the weekend. That mindset is what put me behind, but what I really think was at play was God’s plan. He had been gently pushing me in a couple different directions down unfamiliar paths — one that I was eager to go down and the other was (and still is) a little scary. The more I try to quell my fear with scripture, the scarier it becomes. Knowing that God didn’t give me a spirit of fear, I did everything I could to shake it, but it was still there. Finally, I heard the Spirit say You don’t trust God enough, and He revealed today’s scripture.

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
    and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
    with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
    or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
    and they never stop producing fruit.   ~Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

God knows that I visualize everything that I read. I imagined the strength of those old Cypress trees in the swamps of Louisiana and the Redwoods of California. Aaaah, to have roots that deep — to have hope and confidence in the Lord that is so strong that no change in life’s journey will frighten me. So, now that I have a picture of my spiritual goal firmly planted in my mind, I’ve chosen to lean in, delve deeper, and listen more intently. This fear is temporary. It has come and gone before, but this time I have a plan — one that is rooted firmly in God’s word. Some battles seem like child’s play when your roots are deep or when your faith is new and untested. What I’ve learned through this experience is that even when your roots are deep, the enemy will still do his best to uproot you. To him I say, I see you, but I shall not be moved. I have a good plan, and my Father has a perfect plan. He’s sneaky, friends. He wants to uproot you, but don’t let him. Dig deeper, pray often, and though the seasons in your life may change, never stop producing fruit.  May blessings abound! ❤

 

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You Are Here — Better Twogether, LLC

Have you ever been at an unfamiliar mall and tried looking for a map? Once you get there, you look for the spot on the map that reads You are here. By looking around at your surroundings, you can see what’s near you and what’s a little further away. What you can’t see are all…

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Posted in Building Relationships, Christian, Love

Who Do You See?

Good morning, friends!  Happy Monday! For all those who are preparing to go to work, may your day be filled with wonderful surprises. For those who have the day off, are retired, or are enjoying a nice summer break, do whatever brings you joy today.  Whether you’re going to work or not, we all have a job to do. I hope you take some time to discover what it is — your purpose for being here.

We all have a purpose — even those we sometimes ignore at intersections or outside stores, hoping to meet your eyes to ask for a hand out or a hand up. We’ve all had those encounters where we try to block out their seemingly urgent pleas for help. If they’re young and strong, we wonder why they’re not working. If they appear fragile and defeated, we wonder how they got that way. I know it’s hard to tell who really needs your help. Ultimately, you have options. You can offer them something or nothing at all.

If it were me, I’m not sure what would be more satisfying — a few bucks or a kind word, but a deaf ear and a blind eye tells me that I’m invisible to you. Some people feel invisible and they’re not asking for a hand out or a hand up. God says we’re fearfully and wonderfully made. Is that what you see? My prayer is that we could all see those we meet through God’s eyes today. Do yourself a favor and look at the man or the woman in the mirror through his eyes too. Now, tell me what do you see? May blessings abound! ❤

My Music Monday selection for today is entitled “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. Enjoy!

Posted in Building Relationships, Dreams, Forgiveness, Journey

Sunrise Sermon: Wake Up

Some dreams are so real. Until a few nights ago, I had never had one (at least I don’t recall having one) that had a beginning, middle, and an end. It played out like a movie, and several of my dearly departed friends and family were in it.  The theme? Forgiveness and speaking the truth in love. When I woke up, I sat there for a minute to process what had just happened, and I thanked God for a peaceful resolution and closure. I was at peace. It may seem silly to some to thank God for a dream or to even believe that God was at work in this dream, but I did, and I do.

All too often we are faced with incredible hardships in our lives that can last for long periods of time. At some point, though, God gives us rest whether we ask for it or not. Oft times, we continue the struggle rather than accepting the rest. It’s like you’re on autopilot or cruise control — it’s just easier to continue going with the flow, even though it’s hard.

A few nights ago, I finally had a chance to watch The Shack. When I say there weren’t enough tissues in this house to wipe away my tears, I’m not even exaggerating. It conjured up feelings that I had long since put to rest and reminded me of those I had forgiven. I recalled how hard it was to forgive as I judged them for years for what they had done. I’m sure this movie is what prompted that dream from a few  nights ago. My take away from the movie came in the form of a quote.

When all you see is your pain, you lose sight of God. ~The Shack

What a powerful message! It is my prayer that someone reading this message today will acknowledge her pain but know that God is bigger than that. My prayer is that someone will acknowledge that feelings aren’t facts, and that sometimes the truth is hard to handle, but God is omniscient and omnipresent and omnipotent. He knows the truth. He sees it all. He can rescue you from it all.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18

Call on him today, ask for forgiveness, and ask him to show you a new path that isn’t pocked with suffering. It’s not too late to surrender these burdens to him and confess your sins. Draw close to him, and he will draw close to you. Let today be the day that you finally wake up and stay woke. May blessings abound! ❤