Clothe Yourself in Kindness

20150517_SundayScripture_Colossians-3-Graphic-Image-SMALLThe Lord has been speaking to my heart about kindness. He has gotten my attention by showering me with more kindness than usual lately. It is amazing how an act of kindness can change a person’s day or even complete outlook on life. There is power in the act of being kind to one another and even more so is the power of a prayer.

Simply said, kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It is far reaching and can be accomplished in countless ways. I enjoy trail running and am fortunate to live in an area where I can easily access mountain trails.  It is the norm for me to be running along in my zone when all of a sudden I am face to face with a guy whizzing towards me on his mountain bike. I usually jump off the trail out of harm’s way or stop running so he can fly by me on the single track trail.  However, the other day, a guy who was approaching me on his mountain bike completely stopped. He got off his bike and moved to the side of the trail, then waited for me to run on by.  As I did, he was smiling and cheerfully greeted me and wished me a good day! This never happens so when it did, I felt like I was being treated as a lady of honor and with great respect. It was almost as if he took a knee for me! This random act of kindness was very courteous and polite and left me feeling flattered and even a bit smitten!

The act of pay it forward is always such a blessing. This happened to me twice this month. The first was when I was in a drive-thru at Star Bucks and a complete stranger in the car ahead of me bought my hot latte and morning inspiration. What a surprise that was! I left that drive-thru in shock and a bit beside myself that a random person would reach out to me when I did nothing at all to deserve it. I was so caught off guard and touched by the kindness of this stranger. It made my day and I felt like screaming it out to everyone on social media! Just a couple weeks later my neighbor was in the Taco Bell drive-thru and guess what she did? Yep, you guessed it. She bought the tacos and burritos the kids and I had ordered. I was blown away! I was filled with gratitude, which caused me to want to bless her back. So, the next day she got brownies and a bouquet of flowers from me to brighten her day. When someone is kind, it is contagious and can inspire us to be tender-hearted in return. It’s a win win. The giver is blessed by the act of giving, as it is a very rewarding experience. The one receiving the kind act is pleasantly surprised and ever so grateful.

When my dad passed away unexpectedly, my Aunt reached out. She provided nutritious homemade food that could be ready to eat with minimal effort on my part. She had my favorite comfort soup, fresh bread, prepackaged salad, a roasted chicken, and delicious pumpkin bread made from scratch. As if that wasn’t enough, she included a fresh bouquet of flowers to brighten our home. Having her reach out to me encouraged my grieving heart. She made a hard time more bearable. I was able to easily sustain myself and my kids over that next week. Her act of kindness was far reaching into both my heart and home.

It was during this same period of time while I was grieving the death of my dad that I became completely overwhelmed and depressed. It was one of those complete meltdown moments in life. I had gone to my quiet place in my home where I could be alone with the Lord to pray. I had my Bible, my journal, and had also been texting a friend who was concerned about me. The tears began to flow and quickly turned into loud sobbing. It was not only the pain of the loss of my dad I was feeling, but other hurt that I had been carrying, which all came tumbling out. It was in the middle of all this pain and crying that my phone rang. It was a long-time Christian friend of mine who rarely called. But, call me she did and it was all I could do to say “hello”. This friend went right to prayer, speaking loudly and with authority, as I cried into the phone. She continued in prayer for me until the sobs quieted and completely stopped. We then discussed why my heart was so troubled. As she listened, the heaviness of my heart lifted. By the end of our conversation she had me laughing and planning a girl’s getaway together with her! Her phone call and intercessory prayer changed me, for good. Her timely call and prayer lifted my spirit and broke the bondage of past hurt that was burdening my soul. I am so thankful for my friend who cared enough to reach out to me during a painful time in my life. Because of her prayer covering, listening ear, and encouraging words I was able to pull out of what overwhelmed my heart and soul. I thank the Lord for my praying friend!

These different acts of kindness each had a tremendous effect upon me, each one in a completely different way. The result of each was, of course, all good! They were all uniquely different and with equally diverse outcomes. I thank the Lord for the people who touch my life with their love, kindness, respect, compassion, and most importantly, the love of Christ. When people are thoughtful and caring it brightens our day, encourages our heart, and can lift our spirit! It can also inspire us to reach out to others. And when kindness is paired with prayer… “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 Thank you Lord… Amen!

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Joy Comes in the Morning

morning sunrisePsalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” What a beautiful promise given to us by our Creator.

Why did God create day and night? I believe one important purpose is to give us an end to our day. Sometimes, this is just the mental relief we need to keep on keeping on! As we live our fast paced lives and trials challenge our faith walk, it is reassuring to know we can shut down, allow the Lord to renew our strength, and start fresh again in the morning.

How great it is at the end of a wonderful day to drift off to sleep peacefully rejoicing in the Lord for such a blessed day. On the other hand, if it has been a particularly difficult day, being able to close our eyes and end that day is also a great relief. Whether it has been a good day or bad day, it is refreshing to anticipate a new day. Instead of being overwhelmed or perplexed by an unresolved situation, we can choose to hand it over to the Lord, and trust in Him to help us. He will provide the peace we so desperately need along with new strategies of dealing with things. With each new day we are given the breath of life, we are privileged with the opportunity to do things differently and with perhaps a change of attitude and renewed hope.

Luke 1:37 says, “For nothing is impossible with God.” With our Hope in Him, we are free to live victorious lives with a fresh beginning and clean slate every single day. I am so thankful the Lord gives us new beginnings! Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.

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The High Places

valleyfloorAs I stood on the ridge that overlooked the rolling foothills, green pastures, and valley below, I was flooded with joy and gladness. I felt like I was up on the high places with the Lord, looking down into the valley I had once been a part of. It had been a long journey, and I felt peace and joy sweep over me as I took a deep breath, taking in the view before me, and remembering the past. I was so thankful I was no longer down in the valley, but up in the high places communing with my Good Shepherd. Click here to continue.

Habakkuk 3:19

Hindsfeet“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like Hind’s Feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine High Places.”   ~Habakkuk 3:19.

In order to follow our Good Shepherd, we must follow Him and His ways, not our ways. We may think a certain decision seems logical or right, but after speaking with our Heavenly Father and perhaps struggling and even stating our case, we find that we must deny ourselves and our will in order to follow our Good Shepherd. His path may not seem safe or even right, but we must Trust Him and His leading as He knows best the way in which we should go.

His path is always right even though it may seem difficult, painful, lonely, or just too steep of a climb. We must continue to trust Him and as we do, we will soon see that His way is showered with joy and blessing as we rest and trust in His unfailing love for us. When we are traveling with the Lord, He makes our paths straight. Matthew 11:30 says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I have found this to be true in my own life. When I stop fighting for myself and rely on the Lord, life is much easier. Resting in Him, when achieved, is a wonderful place to be. When we can’t make sense of life and we can’t fix what we perceive to be a bad or hurtful situation, trusting in Jesus will bring us the peace we need to continue the climb and path our Good Shepherd has set before us.

As we continue to climb with our Shepherd we will begin seeing the beauty that is all around us on our journey. We will begin to see things from His perspective, through joyful eyes. There could be no better place to be than with our Good Shepherd resting and rejoicing with Him in the High Places, safe, secure, and at peace. Look to the Good Shepherd and ask Him to take you to the High Places. “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

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Move Over Mr. Easter Bunny!

We are celebrating Christ’s resurrection! This should be the BIGGEST worldwide celebration of all! Had Christ not died for our sins and risen up out of the grave, we would be without Hope. But now, we are given the gift of spending eternity with Christ. I am so grateful we are not shut off from the Creator of the Universe. What a miserable life that would be!

I can’t image not having the Lord with me in my life journey. He is the only One who will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). My Savior, Provider, Healer, Friend, Husband, Father to my children, and even myself! Thank you Jesus for dying for all mankind and that You sent your Holy Spirit to help us through this life here on earth. Jesus is alive! Yes, He is risen… indeed. We rejoice in You! You are God and You are Great!

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