Do You Believe?

I believe. Do you?

Magic is everywhere. Sometimes it’s hidden behind the everyday pile of laundry, discovering that single sock missing it’s other half. But if you look hard enough and, believe with all your heart, you just might see that ordinary life is a beautiful fairytale – missing socks and all.

Cheers!

❤️

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Salted Grace

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6 ESV

I sometimes struggle with saying the things that need saying. The clear, succinct words in my brain tumble in fragments and split into mixed up letters making strange, incoherent sentences that make absolutely no sense. And then other times, out pops just the right thing, at just the right time with just the right meaning. That’s GRACE. And, you know what, I’m usually never aware of when that happens.

The crazy thing is, the Spirit works in ways that we aren’t aware of. He uses us, our mixed up words, our imperfect perfect actions and creates amazing, unknowing impacts on others. I remember a time when I was walking through the airport in my own little bubble when a man approached me. I didn’t recognize him. But he beamed at me, thanking me for something I had said during one of many training sessions I had held a year ago. I don’t remember what I had said or the words used. But I’ll never forget the happiness and enthusiasm of this man in the middle of the airport. And I still can’t remember what I had said to leave a lasting impression.

Words have impact.

Let Grace sprinkle them with just the right seasoning.

Cheers.

❤️

Different Ways

God speaks in different ways, and we don’t always recognize his voice. Job 33:14 CEV

Today is the day to step into the new morning as happy as a bird with a French fry. I’m challenging myself and you to share a little bit of that happiness with the big, wide world.

Pause and listen, what small act of kindness can you materialize in the world? Listen to the whispers that stirs your heart…and then act. You never know how the Spirit will use you to bring light to others.

Cheers!

❤️

Healing for Cracked Hearts

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV

Snap, snap, there goes another crack, spidering lines along an already scared heart silently. Broken hearts are funny things because when they break there is no crash, no clatter just silence. And a pain so deep that breath stops for a moment.

But in that paralyzingly silence, the Spirit steps in with a balm to the broken. What can feel like forever and a day of invisible brokenness, is slowly soothed and each crack, each fissure deep across your heart mended.

It’ll never be a perfectly smooth untouched heart. Who wants that? For each snap is a story, a lesson, a love so deep that to wipe it away ruins the story of your life. All those little snaps and great big cracks are all about being open to life and trusting that when the pain gets too big to breathe that the Universe is the ultimate Healer.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:26 KJV

Impossibilities Made Possible

Take a good look at God’s wonders- they’ll take your breath away. He converted sea to dry land; travelers crossed the river on foot. Now isn’t that cause for song! Psalm 66:5-6 MSG

Whenever you feel the storms of life know that you are not alone. Trust that the Highest Power has your back ready to turn the impossible into the possible.

Cheers!

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Prayer Is A Powerful Weapon

He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them. Hebrews 7:25 AMP

“Prayer, at its most basic level, was surrender. Like Jesus in the garden, saying, “Not My will, but Yours, be done.” The ironic thing was, when a person surrendered their will, they got God’s, and then they received what they were really looking for all along. This was what she believed.”

Chris Fabry, War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon

Last night I rented The War Room. My aunt said it was one of her favorite movies and she always watches it when she needed to be lifted up. And, like always, she was right. As I watched the movie, I could almost feel the message of prayer sink into my heart, its powerful light illuminating all the dark corners of my soul. I don’t like to look into those shadows because they are filled with cobweb memories of hurt, anger, pride, fear, neglect, shame. The list could go on and on. After all I’ve had 50 years of collecting and stuffing all of life’s negativity into the darkest corners. I’ve become an expert at stuffing the hurt and ugliness of life into boxes, locking them up tightly, then shutting them away in those dark places in my heart.

But here’s the deal. I don’t think I have room for another 50, or even 10, years to store boxes of grief. Because that’s exactly what each box contains when you get right down to it – grief.

“Wrap your heart around that the next time you go through a struggle,” Clara said. “The goal of prayer is not to change God’s mind about what you want. The goal of prayer is to change your own heart, to want what He wants, to the glory of God.”

Chris Fabry, War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon

Prayer is a powerful weapon.

Prayer is a powerful healing balm.

I went to bed thinking about prayer. I thought about it’s influence on my own life. I imagined if we all had a war room how different this world might be. But to be fair, a war room isn’t necessary – maybe a nice-to-have but definitely not a must. Prayer doesn’t need a room or an alter. It doesn’t have to fancy or wrapped up in fancy language. The Spirit hears the simplest prayers and those heartfelt, simple prayers in times of need tend to be the most powerful.

Cheers!

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