Circumstances in life can make it
easy for us to become discouraged. It’s easy to give up, but it takes courage
and determination to stick with something when you feel challenged. Above is
one stanza from the popular poem Don’t Quit. I like the line that says, “rest
if you must, but don’t quit.”
When you feel overwhelmed, stressed,
or just plain tired…pause…rest, and find something that encourages you. It can
be difficult to focus on success with work, school, or anything else, when
situations are less than ideal. Below are three scriptures that encourage
your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” – Proverbs 16:3 ESV
yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 ESV
build time into your schedule to pause, rest, meditate. Think about the
direction you want your life to take, pray about it. Believe it and you will achieve
Red, White, and Blue illuminate the sky. Sparkles of light sizzle, fizzle, and
pop into the night sky. Fireworks are mesmerizing. We should have faith like
fireworks, exploding with joy, about our faith.
than ever, with our country in a crisis, we need a stable foundation of faith.
While it may be comfortable to keep our faith to ourselves, we need to let it
bubble to the surface, then burst from our bodies with joy. Be on the lookout
for opportunities where you can share your faith.
experience challenges at some point in life. It doesn’t feel good when going
through “a rough patch” as my grandfather would say. You may wonder how you
will make I through. Somehow you make it through your struggle, you make it to
the light at the end of the tunnel and you burst with joy. That’s faith.
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ever been so excited about something, that you couldn’t wait to tell someone?
Go ahead, let it out, share your faith. Someone needs to hear your story. Some
things you experience are not for you, but for you to be a light to someone
faith sizzle, fizzle, and ignite someone else’s sparkle. Get excited. Be
faithful. And shine.
the front porch, sunshine warming everything it touches, and me, biting into an
apple, squirting juice everywhere. Not far away are my sidekicks – a book of
some kind and my laptop. It’s one of my favorite kind of summertime days. I
love fresh fruit on relaxed summer days. As I read a magazine article, I was
reminded of a different kind of fruit – Fruit of the Spirit.
The fruit of
the Spirit include – love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You can share this fruit with those
around you. Here are three ways you can share faith and fun.
1.Pause and enjoy your surroundings
July is celebrated as National Parks & Recreation Month. Take a
morning or evening stroll through your local park. Stop and observe God’s
creation all around you. What do you see, hear, smell? If you enjoy writing,
take a journal, and record your thoughts.
2.Spend time with friends and family
Spending time with friends may look different than it used to. While the
stay-home order was in effect in my area, a few friends and I dressed for our
virtual church service, as though we were going somewhere. We took pictures at
our individual homes and posted them on social media. It was good to see their
3.Work in a garden
If you have young children, encourage them to play in the dirt with you
(older kids welcome too). Plant flowers and hold a casual conversation about, “In
the beginning, God created…” As a reward
for the fruits of your labor, slurp on an ice-cold popsicle or go out for ice
As a bonus…
What pictures have you seen, or statements you’ve heard, that caused
you smile? Below is something my young adult son shared with me – a child’s
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combine faith and fun, you can also exhibit qualities from the fruit of the Spirit
– love, joy, patience, kindness.
a summertime filled with living in an overflow of all things good.
your family special, unique, or quirky? Think of a story, one situation with the
kids, your parents, an aunt, or uncle, what happened that made you smile? Now
share that story with another family member and let them experience your smile.
Did you know
that in the “olden days” our ancestors used storytelling as a way of sharing
family history. Today, with technology all around us, there are a variety of
ways to share our family history. There’s blogging, vlogging, creating videos,
picture collages, and poetry slams, to name a handful.
my sons provide fodder for my blog posts, it may be a funny statement they make
or something off the wall that they do. Allow me to share a recent story.
I hopped in
my car, flipped the sun visor down, turned the radio on and the air conditioner,
and got on the expressway. I was ready for my 35 minutes excursion; except I drove
right into bumper to bumper traffic. Construction. It took 25 minutes to drive
five miles. An hour after I began driving, I finally reached my mom’s house.
It was an
enjoyable day with mom, we had lunch, and chatted until about 9pm. It was close
to 9:30pm as I packed away my laptop and headed for home. As I was backing out
of my mom’s driveway, I heard my phone ding. I shifter the car into park and read
the message. It was from my son.
some laundry detergent from the store on your way home.”
my face and talked back to the screen – laundry detergent?!I called my son.
really going to wash clothes tonight? I am NOT stopping at a store. I may have
to fight through construction on the way home.”
really believe I was going to stop at the store, in the middle of the night (it
may as well have been midnight in my eyes)? My son and I agreed that he didn’t
have anything so dirty that it couldn’t wait until the next day. Besides, if he
hadn’t used an overflowing cup of detergent each time he washed a small load,
there would have been some left.
By the time
I made it home, my son and I shared a few minutes of laughter about his request.
Then it was off to a quiet spot for me and video games for him. Our day ended
with a smile. It doesn’t always happen this way, but when it does, it’s
Below is a
collection of our family memories.
ties have you created lately? Go out and create a few smiles.