Sunday, June 23, 2013

Take What You Need...Yubw8n?

 ~gaining knowledge~
 ~accepting help~
~lifting another's spirits~
~giving an encouraging word~
You are not alone...

When you are learning to ride a two- wheeler for the first time, having someone there to support the bike as you are attempting to maintain balance provides assurance that you are not alone.

A parent teaches their child how to balance themselves on a two wheel bike while running alongside them as they accomplish their goal. Encouragement is a great form of exercise.

When you are trying to carry something that is too large for you it is wise to ask for another person to lend you a hand. Having someone on the other side adds balance to the process. Share the weight of a burden with another...

Have you have ever found yourself without a way to get to where you are trying to go? Maybe a wall is too high to scale or a valley to wide to cross. Yet having a kind soul offer to give you a lift is a welcomed gesture. Knowing that for the time of your travels you are not alone on that journey or left to fend for yourself in the elements of the moment can bring peace of mind to a tired body & a weary soul.

Feelings are the emotions reasoning of what is actually happening. When you feel down, discouraged, distraught, or disillusioned by what you are facing in a situation that seems far too big to handle, having a friend give you an encouraging word can clear your mind of worry.

Knowing you are not alone; that another person has been where you are, has felt as you feel, & has fought the temptations you are waging war against...helps you to reconfirm & maybe readjust your ability to get a handle on reality. 
Invest the time &
reach out to others...
let them know you care.
You can be the difference !


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lost & Found

If you have ever lost someone or something that you care about you will understand the following.
Lost has many faces; many names.
Lost... as in misplaced?
Lost... as in gone?
Lost... as in searching? And so on...

We have lost loved ones, friendships, occupations, &
'things' - like our keys, our car in a parking lot, our cell phones, our kids, our minds...Ok so maybe not the kids or our minds but now you get the idea. We no longer claim to have lost our train of thought. Yet, it is when we are lost emotionally that we find ourselves seeking advice, solace, confirmation & general assurance.  We have a tendency to wander about looking inward as we categorize, analyze, & rationalize the areas of ourselves that we believe need to be readjusted in order to be found acceptable. But ask yourself this: by whose standard of measure are you comparing yourself? Have your guidelines become blurred on the pages of society's status quo? 
May I introduce Grace. As I go about my day, Grace & I communicate. I like to share things with her; areas of life that have me perplexed & times of celebration that have me celebrating the understanding my purpose. Grace always listens. She is my heart's guide. She always assures me of my Father's love. Grace is my companion on the path I travel.

Who is Grace?
When we spoke of losing things, you naturally presumed
that we had eventually found them. How would you feel
if the lost were never found?

When we spoke of decisions that face us daily how many of us realize we are responsible for the choices we make. There is a better way.  For it is by Grace that we are able to see clearly that which is given to us - when we walk through life by Faith. While it is true that all have been lost & fall short of the glory of God, it is just as true that all can be found. No exceptions. It is your gift to accept...or not.
Once you know & accept the the 'Grace' of God, you are on the road to your Divine Destiny.
American Standard Bible (Ephesians 2:8)'For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God...'
When you find yourself lost for answers, questioning yourself, your reason for being & what comes next, simply ask the Guide of your Heart for help.
God will give you Grace. And Grace will lead you home....

The hymn Amazing Grace was penned by John Newton.
To learn more about Amazing Grace...

Definition of GRACE
a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
a: approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
barchaic: mercy, pardon
c: a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption : reprieve
a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
b: a pleasing appearance or effect : charm <all the grace of youth — John Buchan>
c: ease and suppleness of movement or bearing
—used as a title of address or reference for a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop
: a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
pluralcapitalized: three sister goddesses in Greek mythology who are the givers of charm and beauty
: a musical trill, turn, or appoggiatura
a: sense of propriety or right <had the grace not to run for elective office — Calvin Trillin>
b: the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful