Saturday, August 26, 2017

Since my last entry...

Has it really been that long? Since May?

How incredible to know that my last entry bookmarked the end of a school year and now a new one has begun. I was thinking back...all that has gone on since May.  From the people I didn't know and would get to meet, wondering how I never knew them all my life until now; to those I've met up with for a cup of coffee or flown to see; times of celebration; abrupt loss of someone well loved; hilarious surprises; depressing disappointments; seeming failures and anticipated victories. Yet in all of those moments, each one required availability. Being available to the people within the moments and people making themselves available to me within their moments. Seasons pass filled with memorable moments, each of them rolled up like a scroll filled with lessons to be learned. If you look a little closer you can see the lessons in the midst. In the middle of life's "day to days", each of them gained our attention. Some gained our laughter and tears while others fueled our worries and fears. Yet all the while GOD made HIMSELF available at every moment beckoning us to draw near. I have been learning that what I considered a disappointment, an interruption or an attack was another opportunity for me to see abundance instead of lack. With that said, yielding one of the greatest weapons as it changes paradigms, perspectives and causes crooked things to be made straight. Do you want to know what that weapon is? It's one I talk about often, it's the beautiful weapon called GRATEFULNESS.  When we finally grab the weapon of gratefulness, it is for the purpose of being able to effortlessly praise GOD so that HE is recognized in the midst of it all. Gratefulness brings us to our knees in awe of HIM and HIS splendor and majesty. Today's Triumphant Victorious Reminder leans me into hear how Holy Spirit wants us to see how HE turns our disappointments that are on people and even ourselves; and make them into divine appointments with HIM. Divine appointments to see HIS character of unending, unparalleled EXCELLENCE that makes the most integritable human being on earth still look reckless in comparison to HIM.  Love people because HE does and it's only HIS doing through us. As Bob Goff might say, "We don't hold onto love like it was in short supply; we give it away freely like we are made of it...we're rivers not reservoirs."Scripture References: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Philippians 4:6-9; Psalm 100:4; Isaiah 64:6; Ephesians 3:20