If you were to write a Valentine to Jesus, what would it say?
Would it be short and sweet or would it take up sheets and sheets?
It doesn’t’ matter if you have a Valentine or not, there is One who pursues you with His unrelenting love today. Everyday.
He doesn’t need flowers, chocolate, or gems. He already made them.
All He wants is you. Your heart. Your devotion. Your love. Your surrender. He invites you in with the whisper, “Follow Me.”
Beloved if you haven’t said yes to Jesus yet, let me share His Valentine with you:
For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
I encourage you today or by the end of this week, to take time to reflect on your love for God. Write him a Valentine in your own hand, the old-fashioned way. Yes, with pen and paper. Simple, elaborate. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s authentic. Then offer it. As a sacrifice of praise.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Beloved.
Tyler is a gifted athlete.
He’s fast and agile.
He’s strong and aggressive.
And he’s competitive. Very competitive.
All his life he’s been able to excel using the simple formula of combining his familiarity with that sport and his natural talent. Whenever he tries a new sport, he thrives after only a few practices. Granted, techniques and skills need to be refined and improved, but that usually happens seamlessly. Easily. With little effort.
Then he joined wrestling. Continue reading “Attitude. Part 4. Tyler’s Choice.”
I am so very sorry for my silence. I ask for your forgiveness.
As you know, last month was a doozy for me. I fought to keep a positive attitude. Willed it is more accurate. But the truth is, I was wearier than I have been–well since I can remember. These last few weeks, I didn’t have the energy, strength, or mental capacity to write or read much of anything. I journaled, I prayed, I rested.
I needed a break. I needed to take some time to be refreshed. I needed to get my head and heart right. And I needed to catch up on my other responsibilities–you know those ones you push off to the side saying, I’ll get to that later when the dust settles a little. Yeah, those. Unfortunately, I had a month’s accumulation of “those.” But hey, who needs clean socks and underwear anyway?
But I’ve missed you and I’m thrilled to have the strength to write again! My heart is filled with joy and anticipation as I prepare the things God has laid on my heart this past month. To take the mound of notes, ideas, and jottings written on scraps of paper collecting on my desk and formulate them into something intelligible and worthy of sharing. To discover God’s Vibrant Relevance in our daily lives.
What did you learn in January?
From many people I’ve talked to, January didn’t go as we planned. Every effort to stay on track, keep going, or get started seemed to throw us backward rather than propel us forward. Unforeseen challenges got in the way. Circumstances beyond our control kept us from pursuing the goals we’ve laid out and broken down.
So now what?
Rather than feeling discouraged and giving up, what options do we have?
After I finish writing Tyler’s story, I’m going to tackle this. But I would love to hear what you’ve learned and incorporate your lessons into that post. You’re welcome to comment on this post or via email if you wish to remain anonymous. I believe learning from each other makes us better and gives us more information to make wise choices and readjustments when needed.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN JANUARY?
One more thing.
Meet Chloe, the newest member of our family. You can bet she will be featured in several posts in the near future. The inspiration she offers is bountiful! Look at that mischievous face–good things she’s cute. HA!
Warrior or Wimp?
“Adversity is an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, and a stepping stone on the journey of the strong minded!” (Tim Hartung, wrestling coach—see part 2)
We choose our journey.
We choose our perspective.
Obstacle or stepping stone?
I wonder if this is what James had in mind when he penned, Dear Brothers and Sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (1:2-4, NLT emphasis mine)
What!?! Isn’t adversity supposed to evil?
According to James, no.
Adversity is something to look forward to. It’s to be met with GREAT joy because it grows us and develops our endurance—spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, social, psychological—until we’re complete, perfect, lacking nothing.
I confess I’ve been struggling to choose a positive attitude lately—okay, more like all month.
But do you want to hear something interesting? Continue reading “Attitude. Part 3. Warrior or Wimp?”
Attitude. It’s a choice. Your choice. And it takes grit.
Did you know we’re commanded to have the same attitude Jesus Christ, The Lion of Judah, had (Philippians 2:5)?
In part 1, I identified where our crappy, sour, negative attitudes come from and the eternal consequences they can have. Then I stated, to have the same attitude as Christ, we need to repent of our selfishness and pride and “let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23).
As I was preparing for this series, one of Tyler’s wrestling coaches, Tim Hartung, sent out one of his motivational writings. As I read it, I was tickled by how his words perfectly aligned with my outline and with his permission, I get to share some of his thoughts with you. Continue reading “Attitude, Part 2–Nuts, Guts, Heart, and Mind”
There’s a myriad of literature out there about the importance of a positive attitude and its correlation to your success.
This is not one of them. Continue reading “Attitude. Part 1”
I love Sunday mornings.
I get up before most of my family, start the coffee, and take a long hot shower. Then I go down and grab a beautiful, intoxicatingly large mug of thick, black, strong brew and head back upstairs to finish getting ready for church.
Last Sunday was no different. Well, mostly no different. Continue reading “When Crap Spews”
What dreams are burning inside of you, ready to become reality?
What unmet goals do you still have because you don’t know where to start?
I know where you are; I’ve been there.
Unable to move.
And then I learned how to break down goals into bite-sized pieces. Continue reading “I Resolve To…(Part 3, Breaking It Down)”
New Year’s Resolutions.
Did you make any?
I didn’t. I’m not a fan of making resolutions. Especially at New Years. Not to sound cliché, but they rarely ever last.
In the past, most of my New Year’s Resolutions started with little to no conviction and fell as soon as The Ball dropped. Others had the yearning to change behind them, but no commitment to make them happen. Others were Goliath-sized goals with no plans on how to achieve them, so I gave up shortly after I started.
Know what I’m saying? Continue reading “I Resolve To…Part 1”