Is your family wounded or broken today?

I have a certain routine to my day, especially my morning routine. I wake up, spend time with my husband before he leaves for work, have my cup of coffee, read posts and post on FaceBook, then at 7:00 or 7:30 am I always watch Joyce Meyer on tv. She always inspires me and stirs me up. I take notes of her great messages then post them on FB. After that I read 2-3 chapters in the Old Testement and one chapter of the New Testement in my Bible. Next I open my prayer notebook and pray for my friends and my loved ones. Then I get dressed go for my outdoor walk with the dogs and feed my birds. And then continue with the rest of my day.

Well today I joined WordPress.com and I want to start blogging. The more I read, the more excited I got. I have so many painful and joyful and life changing experiences in my life that I would love to share with people. I love to write and I especially want to help people that are hurting. I think God could really us me. I was so engrossed in reading about blogging and readiing people’s blogs that I totally lost track of time.

Then a dear friend called who I have not spoken with in a long time and we chatted and she shared her prayer requests with me. By that time it was time to take my dogs out for a walk- I had not taken them out since 4:30 am and it was already 9:15.

And then it happened. This black cloud settled over me. I did NOT want to read my Bible. I could think of a lot of things I would rather do because I really really did not want to read my Bible. I called one of my best friends. We usually chat on the phone for a while. I explained all of this to her and she prayed a 2 sentence prayer that God would speak to my heart and I would open my Women of Faith Study Bible. I literally had to force myself.

As soon as I started reading the Word of God I was instantly glad I did. I love to read the old familiar stories in Genesis and I read the study notes and I always learn something, I am always comforted or encouraged or inspired or convicted of my sin or just be reminded of the woman God wants me to be.

This morning Genesis chapter 33 spoke especially personally to me. It concerned family relationships. Jacob and Esau were brothers- they never liked each other, they never got along and to make matters worse the mother favored one son and the father favored the other. While the father was on his deathbed his wife and her favorite son tricked the father into giving the birthright and a full blessing to the younger son. ( The custom was the oldest child had the birthright and got his father’s full blessing and the younger brothers would serve the older brother and the older brother would gain all the land and be blessed by God and be prosperous.) Esau, the older son hated Jacob and planned to kill him after his father died. The mother sent Joseph away. Jacob was gone for 14 years- he served seven years working for one wife and another 7 years working for the second wife.

Now we come to Genesis 33. My chapter for today. I understand now why the devil did NOT want me to read this chapter…Jacob is returning home. He fears that his brother, who is approaching with a great army of men will kill him, his family, his servants and all his livestock. Jacob sends his servants ahead to his brother with gifts of livestock. The brother refuses the gifts but instead Esau runs to his brother and embraces his brother and they wept. Their hard hearts were softened and they felt love and mercy and forgiveness for each other.

Does your family live in perfect harmony with each other or is there conflict and strife?My 4 children did not have a happy childhood- they each grew up in different homes- 3 of them were in numerous different foster homes. Each one says they have forgiven me 25 years later but our family is still wounded and broken. One of my adult children visited me on Christmas Eve and we had a great time before he drove back to D.C. Two of my other children drove together from New York and New England to surprise me with a visit. I got to see my granddaughter who I have not seen for 3 years. My child who lives in Michigan was there also with my other two grandchildren… I live in Michigan. We had the happiest 4 days that we have had in many many years. It was a joy to see my children and grandchildren bond with each other. I was filled with joy. Then Friday night words were said in anger- cruel unkind words that left all of us hurt, devastated and angry. My son and my daughter left two days later and two of my children are not speaking to me, I cannot see my grandchildren- they want nothing to do with me and one of my children wants nothing to do with anyone in our family. So, as you can imagine, I am deeply hurt and dissappointed. But I have chosen to focus on the happy times we did share together and now my focus is on God, my loving husband, the two children that do love me and want to be their mother, my dogs, my cat and my birds.

I can see now why not he devil did his very best to keep me from reading the story of Jacob and Esau. If there was hope for these two there is hope for my family- and for yours. Whatever your family situation is God can heal it if we turn to Jesus, ask him to forgive our sin, be our Lord and Savior and put all of our faith in his death on the cross, burial and resurrection. Once we do this we are born again, we become a child of God and we can pray to him and give him all of our worries and cares and burdens and ask him to help us to patiently wait until his timing is perfect. He does not always promise us we will get what we want and we need to ask him to help us accept the things we cannot change… but he hears our every prayer, he loves us, he loves our children and our family members and He knows what is best for us. All I know is that if he could soften the hearts of Jacob and Esau he can soften the hearts of anyone if we pray and trust him and patiently wait.

# Daily Inspirational

Daily Inspiration

MY BROTHER DAVE

I stopped writing my blog. I lost all of my confidence. There are so many other writers who write so beautifully- much better than I do. And I say the same things over and over. I post my blog on FaceBook; I send my blogs in emails and only a handful of people ever make a comment.

But today I am writing for myself. I could write it in a journal- I have, in fact, numerous journals that I have started and never finished. I didn’t even make it halfway through. A family member suggested I write journals for my children (four) and for my grandchildren ( four) so I wrote their names on 8 journals but writing in 8 journals was too overwhelming. Maybe someone, somewhere out there will be blessed by what I have written here in this blog. I am not going to spend over an hour editing, cutting, rewriting my blog as I usually do. I will correct my typos and leave it as is.

I looked up the date. I just had to know the exact date and write it on my calendar. I cannot believe I did not write it on the calendar that day but I was so overwhelmed with sorrow. My brother Dave died three weeks ago on September 20. He lived in New York and I lived in Michigan. I had not seen him in years. But I dearly loved him. We were total opposites; I was super emotional and he was one of the most easygoing people I have ever known. We talked on the phone. He had a very hard life, which I will not get into, and never complained. He had terrible pain from head to toe. But he still worked part time. He was a great carpenter. He put in a new bathtub for my sister. He was a hunter. He loved his children and grandchildren. He went to their games, their graduations, their special events, and he taught his granddaughter how to drive. Like my dad, he looked for bargains, he blamed women drivers, and he loved candy. He liked to fly kites with his grandson. Whenever my kids drove me a little crazy or hurt me I would call him and he would always tell me (a control freak) not to tell my kids what to do. He was a calming influence on me.

If we back up even further my teen years were quite tumultuous. My Dad and I did not get along. So I would hang out with Dave and his friends. It was the 70’s. His window was painted black, he had a purple light, so it was a really dark room with purple light. While he and his friends sat on one side of the room smoking pot I would sit in this really big, really comfy chair and listen to music. I felt so safe there. He had great music- a long shelf full of 70’s music. Oh how I loved hanging out with him.

Dave had battled leukemia last year and the beginning of this year. He had a bone marrow transplant and had survived his 60 days and then some. But his immunity was lowered. I wish I had thought of that. We had just talked the phone a few weeks before that and he said he was feeling sick but I thought he was going to get better. We all did. I wish I had known that was the last time I would ever talk to him again in this life. I would have talked less and listened more.

We all hope he went to heaven. I was so worried about that since he recently said that God is a myth and there is no such thing as heaven or hell. I wish I could no for sure. My sisters think he had become a Christian years ago. Once you become a child of God, God will never kick you out of his family. I have to trust God that he is with other family members having a great reunion and he is happy, healthy and free of pain. We cannot imagine how beautiful heaven is. I have seen the Rocky Mountains, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. and four of the Great Lakes. The same God that created those created heaven.

Chuck and I have received so much love from friends, family and our church family. Flowers, sympathy cards, a gift card to a local restaurant, text messages and emails were such a comfort to us. I mentioned a sympathy card to my son and he did not even know what that meant. He said only our generation knew what sympathy cards are. Parents, grandparents we need to teach the next generations that when somebody dies you comfort them and show love to them by sending a card. It shows that you really care about them. My cards and flowers really made me feel loved abd cared for.

Well for the last three weeks I have watched tv all day and all night during my sleepless nights. I have Netflix. I love Heartland and Ann with an E. When I am watching tv I am not thinking. On Friday I decided to make my bed and clean my house. I faced all of my sadness and grief. I wanted to call my brother Dave so badly. My brother Scott has blocked me from emails, text messages abd phone calls. It feels like I have lost both of my big brothers and the pain feels like more than I can bear. The tears flowed as I made my bed and felt my feelings. I cried and cried.

If your parents, grandparents, siblings, spouse, children, or other special people are still in your life tell them that you love them. Even better, show them that you love them. Send a card, a gift, a gift card, call them, tell them about your life and ask about their life, visit them, spend time with them, be there when they need you, even if they don’t ask. I could be gone tomorrow. So could any one of you, or any one of your family members. Death is often totally unexpected. Once they are gone, it is too late to tell them, or show them that you love them.

Dave’s legacy are his three children: Jen, Cyn and Joe, and all of his grandchildren. He loved them so much and I as really proud of them. They all turned out to be great kids and great grandchildren. We each have different memories Dave. He will be missed. There will be a hole in our hearts forever.

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HE WIPES MY TEARS AWAY

My brother Dave died four days ago. His children, grandchildren, brother and sisters and I dearly loved him. We are heartbroken. Our hope is in Jesus. We hope that Dave is in heaven with our parents and stepmom. We hope that one day we will see him again. God cares about Dave. God cares about those who love him and have a hole in our heart that he used to fill. God cares about hurting people.

I was sure by now,

God, You would have reached down

And wiped our tears away

Stepped in and saved the day

And once again I say, “A-men”

and it’s still rainin’…

But as the thunder rolls

barely hear Your whisper through the rain “I’m with you”

And as Your mercy falls

I’ll raise my hands

and praise the God who gives

And takes away…

And I’ll praise You in this storm

And I will lift my hands

For You are who You are

No matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried

You hold in Your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm…

I remember when

I stumbled in the wind

You heard my cry,

You raised me up again

But my strength is almost gone

How can I carry on

If I can’t find You?…

But as the thunder rolls

I barely hear Your whisper through the rain

“I’m with you”

And as Your mercy falls

I’ll raise my hands and praise the God who gives

And takes away…

And I’ll praise You in this storm

And I will lift my hands

For You are who You are

No matter where I am

And every tear I’ve cried

You hold in Your hand

You never left my side

And though my heart is torn

I will praise You in this storm…

I lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord

The maker of heaven and earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LordThe maker of heaven and earth

I lift my eyes unto the hills

Where does my help come from?

Casting Crowns

My friend Matthew Willis posted this song on Facebook. I loved it! I read it twice and I cried both times. This song was meant for me today, and it was meant for you too. Whatever you are going through, God knows. He cares about you and those you love. He sees each tear that falls. He hears your prayers, spoken and unspoken. Cling to Jesus and let Him comfort your hurting heart today. You are not alone. He is with you. He loves you. Pour out your heart to Jesus. He is a good listener.
❤️Terri

UPDATE: Chuck and I appreciate your prayers for Dave’s three children: Jen, Cyn, Joe, their spouses and his grandchildren, my brother, two sisters and me. Thank you so much my friends.

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ARE YOU FEELING OLD AND TIRED?

MY CHRONOLOGICAL AGE

I am 60 years old. To some, that may seem old. To others, that may seem young. Your perspective is based on a comparison between my age and your age. I am younger than my sister, as she likes to point out. She works part time with inner city youth and on her days off, she babysits her grandchildren. She is often outside in the summer heat, usually in her swimming pool. I, on the other hand, an a couch potato who spends my days in an air conditioned house.

YESTERDAY

Yesterday, when we went to the Renaissance Festival with our grandchildren, their dad, my sister and brother in law., we had a great time! Unfortunately, we could not stay the entire day as we would have liked to. It was only 78° but it felt much hotter to me. After standing, walking and sitting in the heat for five hours, I was hot, tired, hungry and ready to leave. (There were great some really good shows in the shade in between). The jousting show was too long and too hot for me. I was hungry but I would estimate twenty people in each line for food. I was not going to wait in the hot sun to order my food. So we said goodbye to everyone, and headed home at 3:00 pm. My sister and her husband probably stayed until closing time. I felt so old and tired.

ARE YOU FEELING OLD AND TIRED?

What about you? Are you feeling old and tired or youthful and energetic? I was once young. I spent hours outside riding my bike or swimming in our swimming pool. I went for very long walks to my grandfather’s house in the other part of town. When I had kids and even when my own grandchildren were younger I was so much more physically active and energetic. My hearing and vision were good. I was not overweight. I was not tired all of the time. I slept well at night. I did not need naps.

WHAT DOES GOD WANT?

Well no matter what your chronological age is, you are not a victim. God can help us. We can make changes if we want to. It is not too late. First, God wants us to worship Him at every age. God wants us to spend time getting to know Him more in church, prayer, and Bible study. God also wants us to spend our days wisely, eat right, take care of our bodies and to enjoy life. That is another way to glorify God.

TODAY

So today I will start riding that stationary bike, go for a long walk with my Labrador or do my online cardio class with Silver Sneakers. I will set up my class schedule for the week. I will focus on God, and not on my gray hair, wrinkles and weight. I will ask God to help me to make better choices on the food I eat, in how active I am, and how I spend my time. And I will read Bible verses on the topic of old age and physical fitness.

Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable worship. Romans 12:1

Dear God,

Please forgive me for watching too much tv, reading too many emails and Facebook posts, writing too many emails and posts, by not spending more time with you than I do and for not taking care of my body. Lord please help me with my seeing, my declining hearing, my eating, and my exercise. I am so very tired Lord and I really don’t feel like exercising and I crave chocolate, cookies, salty foods, chips. I need your help, Jesus. Please help me. On those days I am feeling tired give me the strength to get moving. Restore to me the health and some of the energy that I once had. Help me to give You the credit and all the glory. In Your name I pray, amen.

THE PERFECT DAY

A CHOICE

We have three really pretty lakes in different areas, each one about 30 minutes from our house. There are cheap rustic campgrounds for $15-$20 a night. Lake Michigan has a nicer campground. I love Lake Michigan. I love the sandy beaches, the waves, the water that goes on forever, the big blue sky with fluffy white clouds and seagulls that all remind me of Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island. It is very crowded however, and the water is freezing cold because it is one of the Great Lakes- one of the largest lakes in our country.

OUR CHOICE

We chose a rustic campground near our favorite lake. For the second time, our tent was broken and we could not put it up. We had a choice to make. We could cancel the entire weekend and go home like we had done the previous time, or we could spend a day at the lake, go home, have a barbecue with Mom and spend another day at the lake. We have only been to the lake once the entire summer and it was the end of August.

OUR FOCUS

Joyce Meyer says we lose our joy because we focus on our problems and not on our blessings. That is so true. When we could not get the tent fixed the first time, we went home. We could have had the blessing of two days at the lake driving home in between to sleep in our own beds. This time, we decided to spend two days at the lake, and drive home to sleep in between the two days.

OUR PERFECT DAY

My husband and me spent a perfect day together (except for the broken tent). We chose a small, pretty lake with a just a few families there. It had been hot all week, so the water was only slightly cool. It felt good to cool off on a hot day. Motorboats raced by with people behind them on tubes and floats creating little waves. I loved the waves. My weightless body floated up and down and up and down…. it was wonderful. They had a big open grassy area with trees, picnic tables and barbecue grills scattered around. I enjoyed watching the children laugh and play, looking at the beautiful babies and cute little dogs.

OUR DISAPPOINTMENT

This weekend, we were planning a wonderful weekend getaway at a motel with an indoor swimming pool, a bathroom, tv, wi- fi and partial breakfast. We had to cancel our motel. We still have great plans for Sunday. I was really looking forward to going for the entire weekend and I told my husband I did not want to go anywhere on Sunday either. I focused on the problem and not on the blessing of a really great day on Sunday., My little sister told me I was thinking all or nothing. She told me to go to the event. We are going to the event on Sunday. Even a one day getaway is still a getaway.

OUR ADVICE

Spending time on vacation is important whether it is a week, a day or even a few hours. Lakes, ponds, rivers, parks, hiking trails, gardens are so beautiful, peaceful and soothing to the soul. Do I wish we could get motel rooms instead of going to cheap campgrounds? Yes and no. The point is, spend some time alone with your spouse, your children, the person you love or alone with God. Summer is over, but you can go on vacation anytime. Have that perfect weekend, day, or hour. And if your tent breaks, or something does go wrong, focus on your blessings and not on the problem.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice. “ Philippians 4:4

Dear Jesus,

The truth is, there are no perfect days. I know things go wrong every day. I know Satan is going to attack me through circumstances, through people, through anyway he can. Help me to realize that greater are You, in me, then he that is in the world. Help me to rebuke Satan, and tell him know when he fills my mind with all those negative thoughts. Help me to focus on the blessings and not on the problems. Strengthen me, help me, use me, mold me, and make me pleasing in your sight. Help me to enjoy life and not just endure life. Help me to rejoice always. I think you for last weekend and for the weekend to come. Please bless us on Sunday. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

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WHEN IS ENOUGH?

MY HEART

I have had a pretty hard life and it has made me the person I am today. I have a tender heart for people in need. Jesus told us to have mercy on the poor, give them our clothing, feed them, give them a glass of water, care for the sick, visit them in prison- when we are giving to others who are in need we are giving to Jesus. We are to love others in prayer, in words and in our actions.

MY GIVING

I do not have a lot of money. My friends do not have a lot of money. Every year we do a big fundraiser for Women At Risk. The money raises money for safe shelter, food, clothing, job training, learning about Jesus – going into the red lights districts, befriending prostitutes and rescuing them, their children and their babies. all over the world. I give monthly to Alpha men’s and women’s center supporting new moms and dads and giving them other options besides abortion. They are supported before during and after pregnancy and childbirth. I give to other things. Recently I gave money for people in Haiti and to rescue people in Afghanistan. Now in a few weeks my husband and I are walking to raise money to prevent suicide.

MY QUESTIONS

Where does it all end? I cannot keep up with all the requests: the American cancer society, the veterans, conservative leaders, Trump, children’s hospitals, missionaries and so many others. There are earthquakes, fires and floods in our country and all ove the world. When my friends are raising money I try to support them, especially those who have supported me. I try to keep up but I just can’t do it all. I do a few friends and family members who still give to my charities. I have three people and myself why gave to support my walk in September for the American Prevention of Suicide Foundation. I understand. Some have no money. Others are giving to their own charities. Some are tired of me always asking them for money for someone…. So do I stop giving? Do I asking my friends for donations? Do I try to narrow it down to one or two a year? There are so many needs.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY?

What about you? How do you handle all the requests from friends, family and in the mail? What charities are near and dear to your heart? Remember we are to put God first. That means giving 10% or more to your local church (more if you want to support missionaries). And of course we are to pay our bills and make payments and eliminate our debts. I think we can give to God, pay our bills and our debts, and give a little to those in need. What do you think?

“When you have done it into the least of my brothers you have done it unto me.”

Dear Father,

Please help the widows, the orphans, the drug addicts, the alcoholics, the prostitutes, those who are pregnant and don’t want a baby, children who are sick, servicemen and women, our veterans, the homeless and those who are in need. Help us to realize that could be us- that could be our child. Help us to have hearts of compassion and give sacrificially to show your love to others. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

THE BREAD OF LIFE

I have the Abide app on my iphone. This morning’s short meditation really touched my heart. I hope it will touch yours also.

❤️Terri

https://abide.co/prayer/j5p2th

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A NEW DAY

I wake up at 4:00 am every morning but today was different. It is Monday, a brand new day in a brand new week. I got out of bed at 4:00 am and my back was not in pain. Normally I wake up at 4:00 and the pain in my back is excruciating- for about an hour or two. I am so thankful to wake up with no pain today.

PRAYER AND PRAISE

I started my morning with prayer and praise. I have not done that for a long time. I have not been thankful for all that God has blessed me with. I got out of bed and I thanked God for being alive, waking up without having any pain, having a husband who loves me, my dogs and several other things.

WORSHIP

I had recently found an old songbook full of praise and worship music. I got that out and sang praises to God. I had forgotten the tunes to the songs, so I looked them up on YouTube. It was wonderful to worship God in music.

ENCOURAGING MY HUBBY

I called my husband. I prayed for him and read Psalm 71 to him. After that I read a devotional in my Joyce Meyer Bible and Commentary about being thankful. We are to be thankful to God and thankful to others- the waitress who refills our coffee or the bus driver who arrived on time today. We should thank our spouse for the daily things we do for each other. I thanked Chuck for working long hours, paying the bills and buying good food at the grocery store. He thanked me for taking care of things at home (the dogs, the cooking, cleaning and laundry). It really did release joy both giving and receiving a simple thank you.

MY LOYAL COMPANIONS

The dogs decided they wanted to go out at 5:00 am. I went out in my robe and sneakers. It was still dark, it was a clear sky and the stars were so beautiful. They really do look like diamonds in the sky. I leaned back, looked up at the sky and thanked God for the beautiful stars, trees, flowers, grass, birds… I just felt so happy and peaceful and close to God.

WRITING A BLOG

I came inside, fed the dogs, read a daily devotional and now I am writing this blog. It has been a long time since I have written a blog. I am not sure if anyone but a few friends snd family members want to read my blog but I am writing it because God wants me to.

MY PLANS

I need to eat a good breakfast and take my bipolar and antidepressant medicines. They literally keep me sane and I am thankful to have them. I take a lot of vitamins as well. The house is pretty clean so I will read for a bit… I got a couple of good books from our church library. I used to love reading,. I need to get healthy. I need exercise. I will walk our dogs at 7:00 am, take my exercise class at 9:00 am then continue on with my day.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What about you? What do you do in the morning? Today is a brand new day in a brand new week. What do you want to do today? What do you want to do this week? Do you spend time with God? Do you know God? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?

THE GOSPEL

Jesus loves you, died on a cross to take your punishment for your sins, and wants to give you eternal life. Jesus said in the Bible that unless you are born again you will never enter heaven. The Almighty, Holy, Righteous God hates sin, and His punishment for sin is hell. But Jesus paid for your sins on the cross. If you repent of your sins, turn to Jesus and trust in Him, your sins will be forgiven, you will be adopted into God’s family and He will give you eternal life. Please ask Jesus to forgive your sins, choose to live for Jesus, put your faith in Him and ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, right now, today.

DEAR CHRISTIANS

If you do know Jesus as your Lord and Savior have you shared your faith with others? Have you prayed and asked God for an opportunity to share your faith? Are you thankful? Do you praise God and thank Him for all He has given you? Have you done something nice for someone without telling anyone else about it? Have you been a channel of God’s love to those around you? Today is a brand new day. Start your day with and for Jesus.

THE BIBLE SAYS

For God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16

Dear Jesus,

Please help my readers to turn to you, right now, today, to turn from their sins and trust in You. Help them to choose to live for You, right now, today. Please give me a chance to share Your love for others today. Please help me to be a blessing to someone today. I thank you that I am alive, that my cancer is gone, that I am not in pain today, thank You for dying on the cross, in agony, suffering, taking the wrath of Almighty God to pay for my sins. I thank you that by your grace I am a born again, saved, redeemed child of God and when I leave this earth I have a home in heaven. Thank you Jesus. You are so good. You have poured out Your love and blessings on me and my husband. I pray in Holy name, amen.

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FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE EARTH….

I am writing a 5 minute blog for a group called Five Minute Friday. In return, I will read other people’s 5 minute blogs. This week’s word prompt is the word “from.”

The first thing that popped into my head were the words,”From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli”… the Marine Corps song. It reminded me of our men and women in uniform, who protect us from our enemies in every corner of the earth. We are not a German country; we are not a Japanese country because young men and women came from their homes all over the country to fight to protect us in World War II. Many of these brave men and women died to protect us.

When they play the National Anthem, and the flag is displayed, as Americans from every part of this free country, we should hold our hands over our hearts and sing the national anthem with love for our country and we should thank God Almighty for the blessing of freedom we have today in this nation. We should sing and recite our allegiance to the American flag out of love and respect for those who serve, and those who have died to protect our country from those that hate us.

if we do not know the words to pledge allegiance to our flag or sing the National Anthem we need only to look on Youtube. We should learn them and teach our children and grandchildren to love our country, and teach them the words to both the National Anthem and the pledge of Allegiance.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm33:12 KJV

Lord, we humble ourselves before you, ask You to forgive the sinfulness that flows in our country and we thank you for the freedom we have today, when so many countries are enslaved by evil dictators and corrupt governments. Please bless America once again and help us as a nation to turn our hearts back to you. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

THREE SHORT STORIES FROM JOYCE MEYER AND A LITTLE MORE FROM TERRI

A WEIRD WOMAN

Joyce was at a restaurant, waiting to be seated and she felt uncomfortable. The hostess looked really weird. She had hair going in five different directions, in five different colors, and piercings all over her body. Joyce’s wall went up. The evangelist who was with her said, “I LOVE your hair! How do you get it to do that?” Do you see the difference. The evangelist was so comfortable with someone that did not look like her, dress like her, wear her hair like hers. This is how you start a conversation with someone. Jesus loved people that were not religious, not accepted by religious people, not like Him, were despised by religious people.

A CURSING CASHIER

In the second story, a cashier asked what they were doing that day. Joyce said she was doing a religious seminar. The cashier said, “Oh, I am spiritual too.” (A lot of people claim to be spiritual but have no relationship with Jesus.) The cashier began to curse. ( You can be a Christian and curse. I am ashamed to say I am a Christian and I curse). Anyway the cashier said, “I’m sorry about my cursing. I bet God himself curses.” Joyce had an angry looking face, looked her in the eye and sternly said “ GOD does NOT curse.” Her friend added, “But He loves people who do.” “Her friend was trying to catch a fish and Joyce was trying to clean the fish up before it had been caught.” When people do not think, talk, act or look like us we don’t need to clean them up and make them more like us. We need to share God’s love with them and lead them to Jesus. Talk to people. Be friendly, say hi, ask how they are doing today, compliment them. You might be uncomfortable doing that but if you do, after a while you will be more comfortable doing it.

THE CASHIER WITHOUT A COFFEE POT

In the third story, Joyce went to a coffee shop. She got into a short conversation with the cashier who said she really wanted a coffee pot but she could not afford one. The Holy Spirit told Joyce to buy the woman a coffee pot. Well, Joyce didn’t want to. She did not want to look weird to this girl, she did not want the girl to think she was hitting on her but she went to the mall, bought a nice coffee pot, and gave it to her. The girl started crying, and said she couldn’t take the coffee pot. Joyce told her she could. Three hours later, she was in the ladies room and the girl walked in and asked, “Could you please tell me why you are the nicest person in the world?” Joyce shared how God had blessed her, done so much in her life, changed her whole life and she wanted to bless this woman. The woman said that her mother died when she was twelve and she had been mad at her higher power ever since. God used Joyce, and a gift, to lead this person closer to Christ.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

When is the last time you bought a gift for someone else for no reason at all? God has blessed me, and right now is telling me to give something new, that I bought for myself, to a friend who has done so much for me and never asked for anything in return. When is the last time you saw a homeless person on the street, or downtown and you drove to the nearest McDonald’s, pizza parlor, or gas station and bought them some food and a station and bought food and a beverage for that person? I know some of these homeless people get a lot of money or use the money for alcohol. But God wants us to love others- even homeless people who are not homeless at all and just want money. I once bought a slice of pizza for a skinny homeless guy (after I saw my friend Jackie but a piece of pie for someone and gave me the idea). The guy told me, “Wow! You rock! Thank you so much!” Then I walked out into the street without paying attention and almost got run over but God saved me). A lot of these homeless people are veterans, or kids who were not wanted in their families, or have mental health issues, but then, a lot of them are con artists.

I MISSED MY CHANCE

After my train ride from Michigan to Oregon and on my way home, I was at a coffee shop near the train station in Chicago early in the morning and I saw three homeless people. I went to the coffee shop, took my time, drank my coffee, ate my blueberry muffin, and then bought hot coffee and muffins for the three homeless people. When I got where had been, they were gone. If I had brought them some coffee and muffins first, and then had my own coffee and food I would have been a blessing to them and I could have told them that God loves them.

A PHARMACIST IN NEED OF LOVE

I was interrupted by a woman from my pharmacist just now, and I felt God telling me to tell this woman that God loves her. I thought, she is not going to care if I tell her that but at the end of the conversation I said to the pharmacist, “I just want to tell you that God loves you. Have a bladed day.” “Thank you, that really means a lot to me,” she said. I have no idea what that woman is going through, but even a few words can really bless someone.

HOW CAN WE SHOW GOD’S LOVE FOR OTHERS?

Visit people in hospitals or nursing homes. Take in foster children- don’t just take one- take all of the brothers and sisters so they can grow up together. Love them like Jesus does. Babysit for others for free. Give couples or single moms a night out and a break from the kids. Call lonely widows. Send a card to anyone who has lost a loved one in the past two years. Bake cookies for a neighbor. Buy a meal for a homeless people. Going to church for two hours once a week is a great thing to do, and we should do it but we need to go out from our churches and share God’s love in our communities- our mission field.

Even now, I am thinking- this blog is too long. Nobody wants to read this blog. This blog is not going to make anyone run out and do these things. What difference can my blog really make? I cannot make a difference in your life. But God can. God can give me the words to say to people, the words to write and God can speak to your hearts and use you inwhatever way He chooses. May God get the glory for this blog.

If this blog has been a blessing to you, please be a blessing to me by leaving a comment below. If there is something you did not like about this blog, please leave a comment. ❤️Terri

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and You gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and You gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was in prison, and You came to Me’”

“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite YOU in, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick and in prison, and come to you?’”

“The King will answer and say to them, them, I assure you, and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’”

“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); for I was a stranger and gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink;.. He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of them, you did not do it for me.’ Then these will go away into eternal punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God will go into eternal life.” Matthew 25:34-46

Dear God,

Please soften our hearts. Help us to see each person as a dry and thirsty human being, thirsting desperately for somebody to love them. We have no idea what people are going through. Please give us the desire and the courage to be friendly, to talk to people – even people who look, talk and act differently than we do and help us to love with our actions and our wallet, and not just in words. As You have loved each one of us, let us love one another. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

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I TRY HARD•A FOR EFFORT?

I woke up this morning, checked the date and sure enough, today is July 30, my husband Chuck’s birthday. I would have liked to have stayed home and made everything special for him, but I had to go grocery shopping. By the time I went grocery shopping, came home and put the groceries away it was 12:15.

But I am still going to make Chuck’s birthday a happy one. The other day when I was cleaning, organizing and decluttering I came across a big heart shaped cake pan. I made my husband a chocolate birthday cake (a la Pillsbury,) moist and great tasting. I greased and floured my pan, mixed my ingredients, but the batter was not right. It was so thick and barely covered the bottom of the pan. I looked at the box again. I had forgotten to add one cup of water. So I washed my pan again, started all over, added the water and mixed it. It was flat when it went in the oven but when it came out it looked the jiffy pop popcorn we used to make on the stove- bulging on the middle. So I got a knife, leveled the cake, got rid of the bulge and I wished that I could get rid of my bulge that easily. I hope the frosting will miraculously go on smoothly with the the top layer of the cake cut off, I wish I could turn the cake over but I have no cake plate that big.

Next, I fried my two pounds of hamburger to make lasagna for dinner- his favorite. There is only one problem. We no longer have a lasagna pan and I forgot to buy a foil one. I decided to do it in two square glass pans. I forgot to buy the lasagna ( which would not have cracked in half for two small square pans anyway) . Well I mixed my 8 cheeses, and layered the pans, sauce, cheese mixture a layer of spaghetti broken up about 3 inches long, more sauce more spaghetti topped with mozzarella cheese. I have another problem. No room in the fridge. I have to clean out the fridge, throw food away, cook chicken I thawed out for myself finish 3 loads of laundry ( I stripped the beds- we have no clean sheets) but 2 loads of laundry are already in the washer and dryer and more on the clothesline. So somehow I need to get all this done before he comes home.

I am going to have a beautiful table with my tablecloth, nice dishes and a vase of flowers. But because Chuck is putting flooring down his tiles, tools and other stuff was all over the kitchen table. I cleaned off the table. It looks great. But the kitchen sink and counters are piled high with dishes, tools, tiles, and a bunch of other junk.

For once, I hope my husband does not get out early today and surprise me.

❤️Terri

And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Dear God,

Please help me to make this day a happy day for my husband. He does so much to make me happy. Help the frosting to go smoothly on the cake, the “lasagna” to taste wonderful, the laundry and dishes to get done, the bed to be made with clean sheets and could you please give me enough time to wrap presents, sign cards, take a shower and put clean and pretty clothes on? My husband is a good man. He will be happy with his dinner and cake. Thank you Lord for giving me a good husband who loves me very much. I am truly blessed. And now, to clean out and organize the fridge…