It’s that time of year when we celebrate fathers. We give honor to our dads and show much appreciation for their love. I thank God for my earthly father who I call daddy. People often say we look just alike if they see us together. I hope the same is true of me and my Heavenly Father too. I want to look just like Him. I want to show signs of His character, walk like Him and talk like Him. I want others to say she’s a daddy’s girl and she has a good Father!
Chris Tomlin sings a song I love called Good Father. It always reminds me of how much God loves and cares for me. God is a good Father and I am proud to be one of His daughters. Do you have a good Father in knowing Christ personally today? Are you a daddy’s girl? Let’s celebrate our Heavenly Father today and everyday.
Have you ever heard the words “that’s a wrap?” The year 2016 is almost a wrap. The holiday season is over, the new year is approaching. As I begin to look back and reflect on my life I wonder did I make a difference, did I give my all? Did I let things that went viral cause me to spiral? I’ve had some viral moments of internal thoughts in my head blowing things out of proportion, I’ve made mistakes and poor decisions, I’ve spoken words that I can’t take back. I’ve had some distractions and disappointed myself and others. I have had successes and failures for sure this year. I have fallen down and gotten back up. I have lived both on and off pitch. I trust God and I know all too well that living purposefully on pitch for Him has everything to do with trusting and believing. He is in every moment with me and still in control even when I am spiraling out of control. To stay in tune with the Master I must keep going, keep trying, keep believing. I pray that God will allow me another chance next year to do better and keep living purposefully on pitch because I certainly want to. How are you wrapping up the year? What are some of your takeaways?
I started decorating for Christmas over the weekend. I pulled out boxes of table decor, Christmas tree bulbs, ribbons and garland, and of course lights. As my nephews and I worked together on the lights outside, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus. We’d just sang Jesus the Light of the World in our corporate worship services and I was still humming that tune in my head. The street was completely dark right in front of the house because the street light has been out for a few months. No one on the end of our block had turned on their Christmas lights. We were so excited to light up the end of the block just a little bit with our Christmas lights. As we checked some of our lights worked others did not. Strings of lights came on and other stringed lights remained off. There were all sort of lights in the box, old and new some were barely shining while others were brightly shining. A few neighbors began to come outside and see what was going on and some even watched as we hung the lights. It was amazing to see how a twinkle of a light drew people out, made them smile and take notice. I felt like it was just like God to allow us to show the gift of light to our little part of the neighborhood. Now even if that one street light doesn’t come back on I was reminded that God’s light is always shining on us. Sometime our lives can be just like a string of lights in a Christmas box. Life can get tangled and untangled. Life can be dim at times or shine brightly. We can have missing pieces and still work, live and play. Jesus is the Light of the World and Scripture reminds us, to let our light shine so God may be glorified in Matthew 5:16. I hope to be a light this Christmas, how about you? I’d like to hear from you, in what ways will you be a light in a dark world or even a dark street?
I love to watch fireworks shows. The bursts, the colors, the music excites me and I anxiously await how the next one will be bigger or better than the last. Watching fireworks is fun. I realized in the Bible there is evidence of fireworks also. Did you know that? Just ask Moses who saw fireworks in a burning bush in Exodus 3 or Elijah who witnessed the fire of God in 1 Kings 18. The evidence speaks for itself that the fire of God works. The prophet Jeremiah declared the word of God was like fire in his bones and three men named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of an overheated furnace unharmed, with God walking in the midst of them. Talk about a fireworks show. The Bible says in Hebrews 12:29 that our God is a consuming fire. If you want to see a good fireworks show just look in the Bible. Scripture displays the best examples of fire that works. It gets bigger and better each time I read about the fire of God consuming and guiding our footsteps despite difficulties. I pray that God will allow me to see and experience fireworks in my daily life. I’m asking God to burn up, turn up and show up just like He did for so many others I’ve read about in scripture. I pray that others will see God’s fire working in me because I want to be a beautiful display of His grace and mercy.
It’s Memorial Day weekend. Everyone is gearing up for their summer vacations, relaxing by the pool, and cooking outdoors. As I take a minute to reflect and remember loved ones gone to soon, soldiers and officers, workers in the military, emergency workers, medical professionals working to save lives everyday, and those who fight for our country and our freedom, I can’t forget about God’s army of missionaries, pastors, Bible and Sunday School teachers, ministers and the entire host of foot soldiers on the battlefield sharing the good news of God’s love, grace and His mercy. We honor and salute all of you today. John 3:16 (ESV) says for God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. I had to let that sink in for a minute. God did not forget about us. He gave so that we could live. God’s love saved my life and I can never forget that.
May is a busy month for me. I’m marking up my calendar with events for the summer months and plans for the weekends ahead. The month of May brings a few holidays with it also such as Mother’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. It’s also Older Americans Month according to my health calendar. I took a look at my church calendar which is usually full of reminders, events, services and rehearsal dates and noticed the Annual National Day of Prayer is coming soon. It’s on May 5, 2016 for this year’s observance. I will be sure to mark, circle and highlight it on all of my calendars. National Day of Prayer is not promoted or marketed like the other days. There are no ads, sales events, parties or special promotions and announcements with this one. It’s a pure and simple invitation for everyone to take some time out to pray and reverence God’s name. We all need prayer, not just for one day, but everyday.