As Christians we hope that God would call on us and give us a task or a mission to complete. I have learned lately that most of the time these “missions” show up at impromptu dinner meetings, in check out lines, and grocery stores (when you aren’t wearing makeup.) These “missions” aren’t earth shattering or groundbreaking by any means, however they are just as important a the big moments and big events in life.
I find myself asking God to “use” me. Though when I pray this prayer I don’t really know what I am saying. Honestly, God uses each one of us, every single day to do or say something to
someone. We have the opportunity each day to be great and do great –
But do we?
Just being open to an opportunity or a conversation can turn a life around. Jesus did it. Why can’t we? Afterall, aren’t we the body of Christ?
Have you heard of laughing yoga? I was recently introduced to the idea of making yourself laugh to make yourself feel better, and get more “limber” during exercise classes. I must say that because I am a creature that is drawn to human quirks, I looked up LAUGHING YOGA on the internet. Bahahahaha! Wow…
You watch closely at first.. intrigued at the idea, then you think.. these people are crazy. Then, once you find yourself laughing at them making themselves laugh…You – well…. End up feeling incredibly well and laughing to boot…
My hat is off to this unconventional method of “feeling better” through laughter. Didn’t they used to say “laughter is the best medicine?”
It’s been a rough day.
I am too drained to quote scripture.
too lazy to copy and paste.
and frankly, I’m ready for a nap after laughing ’til my side hurt..
Hope this finds you well today. I hope you have a reason to laugh..or atleast laugh at someone else…
I was driving today and started thinking about all the things I am grateful for. What better way to start off the day than to make a list and show gratitude on Grati-Tuesday!
I am grateful for my 2nd chance in Christ. I was saved at 18 years old in my grandmothers church. Though I had heard Gods call on my life- I ignored it for years. I am grateful that he grabbed me on the collar and made me walk a straighter line. With that, I am grateful for the newness within me and the love of Christ that I never truly experienced before.
I want to show gratitude for my sweetie also. To the man that wakes up every morning with a smile on his face and a song on his lips for me. The man who makes the worlds best cup of coffee and hands it to me with a hug and a kiss and a simple “I love you”. Coffee will never taste the same if it’s not prepared by that man.
I am grateful for family. Thankful that they will stand by you and beside you when need be. Extremely grateful to still have my family still with me on this Earth. I can still call mom and dad, my sisters and niece, and hear their voices and laughter on the other line.
I am grateful for the heart of flesh within me. I had been so hardened for so many years, I now understand the difference. I cry when I see things wrong, I have empathy and compassion where there was none. I feel extremely, uncontrollably, human again – and that is a dying breed here.
I am grateful for work. Just to have a job in this downed economy would be enough, but God gave me a job that I love, where I can really make a difference and feel fulfilled.
I am grateful for friends. Not just the many acquaintances I have come to know through work, but true friends. The friends that I would trust my life with. Im thankful to the friends I get to share my walk with God with. Those friends that knew me before and after, and who understand and appreciate who I am today.
I am thankful and grateful that my priority list was assigned and designated by God. That I have marching orders and if I obey, I have the promise of Gods blessing on my life. I am so grateful to be where I am at this point in my life. I feel as though I am a rocketship on a landing pad just waiting for blastoff!
I am grateful for every breathe I take. I pray I never forget how precious the breathe of life really is.
Praise God that there are no trials, there are no troubles, and there will be no burdens there. Amen to that! I can’t wait to get to that other side! I am feeling blessed to know that divine truth. This world has a way of getting us deep down and low. clinging to God’s truths that I won’t be here forever is a relief. I’ll fly away. Amen to that! Thank God I am spiritual being having a temporary human experience. It is hard for some to have the zeal and excitement that I do for death and the afterlife at 28. I have experienced Gods presence, and I can’t wait to go back into that wonderous place again. God truly will catch all my worldly worries, and he will be in control long after I am gone – so why should I worry about minute things of this world? It’s easy to express when life is going good, but it’s hard to feel that way when the burdens are so heavy you can’t breathe. Good news ahead people.. Our life on earth will be short no doubt, and God will be waiting for us in heaven. Those pearly gates never shined so bright as they do in the forefront of my mind this morning. I just thought that we all could use a little good news about the gospel. We have heard enough about death and destruction, and judgement and hells fire and brimstone. Lets celebrate the afterlife. Let’s celebrate those promises that will no doubt be fulfilled. Thank you God. thank you.
Anyone else out there an incessant check-list checker off-er? You know what I mean.. We make a list and can’t wait to check that task off as done. It gives us a sense of pride and purpose once we see how todays list is checked off and tomorrows is halfway done already. Anyone else? C’mon…..admit it!
How about the new thing now-a-days where churches give out sermon notes with that bullet list of the songs they will sing, the message of the day, guest speakers- Et cetera… Dang those things, I have to check those off too to make sure everyone is in line with the pamphlet. It’s a problem, I know, its my crazy- I will deal with it. Good or bad, it’s who I am, and some others will brave forward and say “omg, me too!” (or not… )
MOVING ON TO WHY I AM BLOGGING THIS…….
Can you imagine God’s checklist?! I can’t even fathom his to do list. I do however know that I am on that list – luckily I’m not checked off yet. I do sit and ponder all my family members in heaven that have been God’s finished project and checked off to go home. I was thinking how they got called to heaven once they are completed by God. A project that was beautifully created, and wonderfully made, and the beauty God must see in the incomplete works he has. Could a checkbox that’s not complete be a beautiful thing??
Knowing that we are the miry clay and he is the potter that cannot wait to shape that ‘mess-o’-mud’ into a beautiful piece of art with our fathers name engraved on it. How nice is it when you complete a project and you can’t wait to sign your name to it?Something that you can be proud of and have pride in…
God has a few of my family members in heaven that have been checked off. A work in progress, that finally completed the task, the growth, the mission if you will. I can only imagine how one checkmark can lead to several other ‘to do’ tasks for God. Go with me here for a moment. If it werent for my grandparents checkmark – my parents wouldn’t be to-do’s. And if it weren’t for my parents – I wouldnt be a to-do..and so on down the line….IMAGINE..
New International Version (NIV)
God isn’t finished with me yet.