TODAY I went out to lunch at restaurant I’ve never been to. I was by myself and really just wanted time to be still. A very sweet young lady came by to take my order. She was very attentive but I could feel she was in so much pain. After several times at the table, I asked her if she was ok and she got big tears in her eyes. She said she was a single mom of a five year old and just having an overwhelming day. She went on to say she was trying to work enough to go back to school and get her 2 year degree. The manager came over and I shared what a great waitress she was and the manager shared this was her first day. She was really good. I took today as again a reminder that ministry is NOT inside the walls of the church but where ever God sends us during our daily journey. All this young lady needed was a word of encouragement. It’s free and it’s easy! Let’s start speaking life instead of trying to kill people’s spirits with words that certainly are not from God!
Relationships are so important, especially with our youth. I had a very unnerving experience when I took a young person to the Health Dept. They filled out the paperwork and when it came to the part that said who can the dr share information with, they wrote no one. When I told them that their parent would probably want to understand any meds or challenges they had, they said no way. Apparently if a medical facility is federally or state funded a young person even if they are 10 years old has the right to go to the Health dept and get treated without parental permission or knowledge. This seems very scarey. Just makes it more and more important that as parents we are approachable when our youth have challenges.
EVERYthing you do has a direct effect on someone else. Love, hate, giving, selfish, focused or distracted, clean or addicted, truthful or a liar. Before you speak, before you act, take a deep breath and know there are always paybacks – good and bad!
IT’S INTERESTING how when we go through very difficult situations, God uses the time so show us our strengths and our weaknesses. When things are troubling, our passions seem to rise to the top. This week I have seen how much ” Philly” I still have in me, some old resentments I thought I was rid of, and yet a gratitude for knowing something different and knowing where my Love and Strength my come from. Tonight I’m celebrating God’s Love, His Trust, His Strength, His Clarity and His conviction to keep me on the path. What a Mighty God we Serve!
GOD CREATED YOU to be a problem solver and not one to create a problem. God told Joshua to possess the land. He told them there would be all kinds of challenges and battles BUT that they were already won. Joshua could have stirred up all kinds of doubt but instead showed the strength and faith of God to get the people to the land. The same is for you. Be the strength, the hope, and the Love that God created you to be and show others how our God works.
Self doubt and low self esteem are the biggest hurdles to overcome. God created us in perfection and yes, we all have messed up at some time or another BUT God forgave us and we need to forgive ourselves and get ALL of the negative talk out of our ears. YOU ARE, Because HE IS!!
You drop God’s name to sound important, You go to church to be seen but when a challenge comes you are the first to fall apart. God is not just a name, or thing. God IS the creator, protector, healer, supplier, and lover of all. You HAVE to have relationship in order to bring ALL of his blessings. God does not honor a good actor. He will expose you quickly. Stop the fake. Stop trying to get attention. Truly get to know HIM!!
JUST BECAUSE a friend or family member is overwhelmed with stuff, doesn’t mean it’s you or your fault. Each person chooses how to handle things and if they get stuck on certain issues that is their choice and should not be taken out on you. Family is supposed to be about Love and not judgement. True Friends, look over the broken fences and concentrate on the flowers. Love you, know you were created uniquely with a God given purpose. Don’t let others choices of how they see you, define who you are. You were created perfectly in the image of God. Walk in boldness that you Are worthy of the best. Step out, surround yourself with others who are seeking the good, and watch God work
Today I was counseling a young person about an unfortunate incident that happened. I told them that I knew that I knew they would be ok but they had a choice to look at it as destruction and feed that OR see it as a God breakthrough. I explained that in every situation, GOd allows us to go through to become even stronger and to be immensely blessed!! Now don’t you know I came home and had to go through myself. The nurse that was to stay with dad tomorrow is having challenges with her car. NO fault of hers. Just circumstances. I know she felt badly and I wanted to cry as I had big plans with some of my children for mother’s day and one of their birthdays. I had to remind myself of what I had ministered to this young person this morning that was I going to breakdown or was I going to see it as a breakthrough. After an hour or so I got to see the blessing. God was showing me that each day, our plans need to be His and not ours. That was my breakthrough!! Definitely a GO GOD!!