Eternity

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
Ecclesiastes 3:11‭-‬12 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/ecc.3.11-12.NIV

I have been awe-sruck by this verse lately. God has set eternity in the human heart.

As a child, I believed in Jesus. I may not have trusted him then, but I often sought him. I was comfortable at church. Felt as though I belonged…I dont know that I felt that anywhere else…

I didn’t have others to talk to, so thought I was weird, and had an overactive imagination. But today, I count these thoughts and ideas, as young a 5 years old… as part of the threads of my story.

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Listen love repeat…

Third, we need to live with eyes and ears wide open. No dull shuffling through the duties of life. No sleepwalking through our schedule. Fourth, we need to focus on the face in front of us. The email in our inbox. The appointment on our calendar. The name that rises unbidden in our thoughts. Even the all-too-familiar form that sits and sleeps near us every day. What are they thinking? What are they feeling? Can you climb behind their eyeballs and see the world from their eyes, if only for a moment? Living our lives prayerfully, preparedly, purposely, and perceptively will help us to tune our ears to the heart drops of others, so we can respond to their deepest needs in a meaningful, Spirit-centered way. On this Earth we may not even be aware of the effects of our words and actions. But we will have brought joy to listen love, repeat.

A small excerpt of this amazing book. I do not want to sleepwalk through life. I want to love well, and pray others will feel loved.

A few weeks ago, I prayed that God would show me who to love. Some people atte easier to love than others. Last week, during my residency, I met a few people that God placed on my heart. And by placed on my heart, he put them in my path at random times. There are so many lonely, hurting people out there.

I believe God is using me. Sometimes the title of my position impresses people. I dont want my title to impress. I want my love and transparency to draw people to Jesus. (While continuing to be someone people can relate too). After a trying time in class, at the end, I was very transparent, in that I cried. Something clicked when I admitted that… maybe more for me…. maybe not. The next day, God also showed me the pain and loneliness of a person, and again, something clicked. Instead of being annoyed, I could show love.

Lord, I want to be your light. I want to listen, with my heart, I. Order to understand others and to show them your love.

Ehman, K (2016). Listen, love, repeat. Zondervan publishing.

5 Habits

By Nicki Koziarz (2016)

There are some great quotes in this book…

Anytime we something that has the potential for opposition, it is always a time for God to reveal himself. (Pg 11)

Pg 12

When we walk through difficult situations, our natural instinct is to flee to the familiar.

Pg. 13

Victory is often found in the most unfamiliar and uncomfortable places

As I started reading this book, I was on the treadmill. The author starts with a story about her husband getting ready to do a fundraiser for an African missions trip.. (Hey!! I want to go to Africa!!) She shared that he accused her of not being someone he could rely on, because she was busy with Mom stuff on Sat., and didn’t tell him she would help. Of course, I was quite smug when I read this, I tend to keep my commitments, and follow through when I say I will do something. And then, guess what happened? Here I am, trying to get my steps in so I can go make this gourmet dinner for Craig, and he happily comes in, gives me a kiss (which can be quite dangerous while on the tradmill), and asks if I am ready to go get the tractor…..

huh? It is raining outside….it is 6 pm…. I had a crappy day…. instead of saying any of that, I smiled and said SURE!! LETS GO!

I am thankful that I had picked this book up, when I did…. wonder what other gems I will find hidden in the pages?

 

Things will happen

I thought of you when I read this quote from “The Power of Positive Leadership: How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World” by Jon Gordon –

“As a leader you must remember that events are going to happen. Challenges are going to come your way. Your job is not to get stuck in the mud. Don’t sink to a lower level. Keep your head up. Look for the opportunity and the good that is coming your way.”

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Same story

Funny, some days, it seems that you keep seeing the same story. This is when you know that God is speaking to you.

The next step is to understand what HE wants you to do with it.

On a personal level, it is kind of simple. I say kind of, because it is evident, but doing it isn’t always easy. Controlling your thoughts, moods, and tongue, is a difficult task.

On a professional level, it is even harder. People are sometimes a bit more reserved in what they say around me. But even adults, are unkind to each other, dwell and the negative, form cliques, and are just mean.

We can invoke blessings in the land we live. I am claiming Valley Life, my house, and my family, as the land God has given me and am going to claim blessings, and victory by God. That He will also hide the previous problems from our hearts….

I know this won’t be easy, strongholds need to be broken. Previous issues need to be dealt with. I will need strength, and can only do this if God goes before us.

began taking “thank you” walks to practice gratitude, enjoy the outdoors, and feel grateful instead of stressed. This was a life-changing practice that not only energized me physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but also provided time for many profound insights and ideas to come to me.

(Gordon, J)