Christmas smile

I remember I year on Christmas Eve I was all alone , my family all separated in different places. We had always been together and the circumstances where strained to say the least. It would have been so easy to feel sorry for my -self but I knew in my heart that serving was the answer . I was in a new town and did not know very many people, and the ones I did know I did not want to intrude on there family Christmas. I am an avid reader and I knew my favorite book store would be a perfect place to share a little Christmas cheer. I bundled up because it was very cold and a bit blustery out side. The store had two doors so I stood outside the first door holding it open for everyone coming in or going out. As I held the door I wished everyone a Merry Christmas and made small talk with many. After a while a police officer came by watching me with suspicious eyes , wondering why I was there I suppose. Many of the people I spoke with said they where sure I was getting paid a pretty penny for doing this job and I laughed when I shared that I did not work for the store, rather I just wanted to be a blessing. One of the customers thanked the store manager for placing me out side to greet them with pleasant gestures about the holiday. I spent five hours there and received many blessings of thanksgiving by passersbyer’s. For me I will never know the fruit of such random acts of kindness, but I do know outside of being with family, it was a great gift to myself.  Crystallowe.blogspot.com

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This could be love.

In my younger years when that rush would go through my head and down into my stomach, I thought it could be love. When someone spoke those flattering words, that made you feel special, that made you want to be better, that made you smile , I thought it could be love. As time moved on the allure became a bit tainted by the desires that draw men and women together. Our sense of self awakened to the false belief that this could be love. As life reaches in and brings forth the unexpected we are stretched in our view of what love really is. The illusion of a   life that is promised in our story book fantasy becomes distorted by the reality of every day living. Perhaps this could be love. What becomes of the couple who grows together and then apart and then chooses to stand and push through the mistakes and the hard feelings, and the struggles of a comeback. Could this be love. One sacrificial gift given from the heart to another who will never be able to repay the giver, could this be love. Or if all of heaven sang praises to the lost soul who was found , yes this could be love. But of all the ways we can express it, all the ways we could define it , there is no greater love than the love of the father to his creation through the gift of his son Jesus Christ. Yes I believe this could be love.

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There is no time frame on answered prayer

Living in this instant gratification age where we seem to need everything at the drop of a hat, we can give up hope when it comes to waiting on the Lord to answer our prayers. A cry in the night, and a whimper from the depths of our soul are sent out in belief that our heavenly father will hear and answer our prayers. As young believers God often allows us to receive answers quickly to build trust and encourage us to continue to grow in Christ. The Lord designed life to be a circle that produces results , and we learn and grow in the middle of this system. If we always received answer to prayer instantly , I think we would miss out on the valuable character building that takes place while we wait upon the Lord. Often as we pray we want to be relieved of pain , but we can get sidetracked from what we really need. I have often prayed for something in the moment and realized later that I needed to walk through my experience in order to strengthen my spirit and my faith. I have come to a place where I can say it is well with my soul, not because life is perfected , but because I have an understanding of who God is, who I am in Christ and what God is trying to do in my life. I am thankful that God hears my prayers and that his wisdom allows me to receive exactly the amount of grace I need to push through. God’s timing is perfect and if we relax and stop trying to fix everything, and stop trying to control the out come in order to avoid pain, then we can rest in the peace that Jesus died to give to us. I am so grateful that God is in control and I can rest in his arms. Praising  the Father for open ended prayers.

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Excuses

Excuses are a door that holds back opportunity, and can keep you in a stuck place for life. For many people we look at life through a lens of past experience and what others tell us is possible. Our fear of the unknown can cripple us to a place where we will not consider moving forward to bring about needed change. Have you ever ask yourself why we give in so easily to our excuses? We are very good at measuring and evaluating things in life but for most people we never take the time to evaluate ourselv’es . By simply asking yourself a few questions you can discover if what you are thinking is true or not. Imagine holding yourself back from something great because your thinking was skewed. I wonder where your perception of reality came from. Did you learn what you believe from someone else, or did you come up with it based from your own values and perception of your reality? I remember knowing truth and choosing to stay the same because it was easier to deal with the familiar than to change, and learn something new or face a fear. If we are to move forward we must come up with a reason that motivates us , often the pain of staying where you are has to excel to a place where you can no longer tolerate staying the same. Pain is a good prompter but being proactive and knowing who you are and what you believe and having a plan is a much better way to go.Seeking help from God through prayer and the reading and the application of his word is a great place to start . Surrounding yourself with people who support you, will help you to stay the course. Journaling your progress helps you see the improvements and the areas that need tweaked. Whatever excuse you have for staying the same, challenge your thinking and see if what you think lines up with who you are and where you are heading. Do life one moment at a time with the end in mind. Remember that change takes time and celebrate your daily efforts. There really are no excuses in life, there are only obstacles in your own thinking that will hold you back. Change your thinking daily and you will see life change before you. God bless you on this path to removing your excuses.

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In Honor Of Tim

Today I would like to celebrate the life of Tim Caudill. It is rare to find a man that has learned the value of being a Godly father and husband, but that is exactly what Tim was. In sickness and in health Tim displayed his faith in God and kept his spirit full of life even as his earthly body was departing. Tim you inspire me to want to be better, to laugh the way you did, to smile and hug each person along your path. The way you love your wife and daughters,was an example to everyone of how living for the Lord can create a life of purpose and great reward. I honor you today Tim Caudill, for you added gratness to the world around you, and your legacy lives on in that beautiful family of yours. All of heaven sings with you today, and I sing in my sorrow as well. You are a shinning example of a Godly man.Thank You.

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crystallowe.blogspot.com

This is my first attempt at writting other than my blog. I have found great joy in sharing truth and wisdom, encouragement, andexceptance with my firends. I am looking forward to trying my hand at writting for this sight. I have always been a writter just for my own purposes. I am thinking of putting together a book and this sight looks like a great place to start. My blog sight is full of writtings, I hope you enjoy. I would love to hear your comments. Thanks for sharing this sight. crystallowe.blogspot.com

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