Sometimes we need to gaze upon something beautiful.
We need to be reminded that in the midst of trials and sickness, heartache and loss - there is HOPE.
Mistakes do not have to define us.
The world does not have to appreciate us.
Friends and family do not have to understand us.
Our passions and our desires are unique to how God made us, and how He wants to use us.
Our burdens and our sorrows are not meant to be carried alone, but shared.
Everyone will not agree with us, support us, empathize, or rejoice with us.
We are rarely able to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes," but we should sure try because hearing about something is not the same as LIVING it.
We need to ask people to let us into their story - because everyone has a story - and they need someone to read theirs. Then hopefully, each reader will add a sentence, a paragraph or a chapter that will enhance the story and bring joy to the writer.
We need to remember that everything is not about 'us.' People have struggles, sadness, trauma, and deep hurts ... and sometimes their actions, words, and responses flow from their pain and have nothing to do with who we are or what we do. They are hurting - and they need our compassion.
There is never enough encouragement, kindness, thoughtfulness, or grace ... but it is needed and DESIRED. By everyone.
We need to act like what we do matters - because it does.
Forgiveness is necessary - and healing. Both in the offering and the acceptance.
Words have the power to build up or destroy, so we need to think more - and speak less.
Kindness is what leads people to repentance - not arguments, harsh words, or wagging fingers.
Speaking truth is good. Speaking truth in LOVE is godly.
Scripture must be our standard for everything.
Prayer is essential. It cannot be neglected.
We need to gaze on something beautiful every day.
Colorful flowers, a smiling child, a beautiful piece of art, a star-studded sky ...
because beauty can always be found. Even in the ashes.
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!