It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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February 12, 2015

Ahhh Yes, I Remember It Well...

I am by no means an expert on love (currently not being in a romantic relationship).  My observation of Valentine’s Day is that it is a day where one scrambles around idiotically trying to put all the love that should be shown to someone throughout the whole year into one special day; it becomes a contest, a day of unnecessary pressure not to mention outrageous expense.  Would it not be better to remember to show love all 365 days of the year in some small form, gesture or measure rather than try to accumulate it all into one day of the year?  As a woman (and one that delights in giving) – lucky (or rather blessed) will my "last best friend" be when God brings him into my life - my recommendations would be as follows:

1.       Make something for the one you love.  What about making a coupon book full of personal love coupons that pertain only to things the two of you could understand?… When someone takes time to make something it shows a great deal of thought and consideration…

2.       Take an interest in what interests the one you love.  A relationship should be a two way street. A relationship can get stale if you do the “same ol’ same ol’, switch it up a bit. What is something that you’ve always wanted to try and never done?  Maybe sit together and plan a “bucket list.” Your special someone might surprise you with a suggestion they make.  You might discover a new hobby or interest the two of you can do together.  Make an effort, if they are not worth the effort perhaps the relationship is not worth the having…

3.       What about instead of taking each other out for dinner for Valentine’s Day, you purchase a calendar together and mark a date night once a week (or once every two weeks or whatever fits your schedules?)  Try a restaurant you’ve never been to before.  Make it fun – dress according to the ethnicity or food genre.  Decide on a fun way to eat the meal – going out for Chinese? Opt for the chopsticks instead of the utensils, or set rules for your meal – you are not allowed to feed yourselves, only each other.  If you are in Massachusetts a great restaurant to try is The Medieval Manor.  Go in character!  Be a wench or a scullery maid or a Knight!

4.       Don’t want to go out? Have a theme night date at home.  Put a bunch of ideas on pieces of paper, put them in a bowl and choose one.  It might be fun playing your favorite Bible character like Adam and Eve… J Or even making up your own Song of Solomon – only put your own name to it Song of _____________.   Be creative!
5.       It is better to give than to receive – think about doing something for someone who is *not* in a relationship.  Valentine’s Day can be a lonely time for those who aren’t with a significant other. Plan a party or fellowship where you have fun games to play – Twister never goes out of style.

Romance and love differ from couple to couple.  It’s not the same for each person.  It’s just a matter of taking time out to really think about the other person. What would bring a smile to their face? What fun can you have in setting it up? To me, there is nothing greater than the surprised look of appreciation on the face of someone I did something special for!  A good relationship is one that requires thought, appreciation, love and attention.  When you care about someone, all of those items take no effort at all because it’s worth it.   If you are with someone who you have been with for years and years, rediscover them – like opening up your favorite book.  Read the pages of them over and over and show them how much you love, treasure and appreciate them.  Not only one day, but every day of the year…


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