Perspective

I took these today while I was supposed to be walking.

I like to take multiple pictures from different angles and distances for one reason – perspective.

I used the same edit feature to brighten these pictures up yet they all have a slightly different look and even drastic look depending which one you look at.

The only difference – my position.

And that’s how life is.

You and I could be standing side by side and looking at the exact same image or listening to the exact same speaker and see or hear something completely different because of our lifestyle and our past experiences.

We could even see the complete opposites of each other.

What one sees as good another sees as bad.

And you know what – in that moment – it’s okay.

We all process and work through things differently. It might take me longer to trudge through the muck and mire than it does you.

And that’s okay.

We all have a story to tell. My path and my story won’t look like yours and yours won’t look like mine.

Be encouraging of the person working their way to wellness. Even if their path looks different than yours.

A Permanent Respite

For the first time today God showed me a beatitude in Matthew 11:28-30.

I love how He sprinkles the Beatitudes throughout scripture.

He also showed me a permanent respite we can have in Him and it isn’t done by works or anything of self.

And He isn’t speaking of the physical rest.

The rest He is speaking of is to eliminate spiritual bankruptcy.

He is in the stillness y’all.

The Nineteenth Verse

You would think with all the spare time I have on my hands my house would be in order and immaculate.

But it is the exact opposite.

The truth is I spend much more time sprawled out on my front porch reading, taking pictures, talking with the Lord, and just being still; therefore nothing is really getting accomplished. At least not the way I would like. But I can’t seem to pull myself away . . .

I am going to have to invest in an inexpensive iron bistro set so I will have a place to sit and not sprawl out on the ground and kill my back leaning over.

But while sitting sprawled out I noticed my first dragonfly – it is a horrible picture but he is just so beautifully perched on the gladiola about to bloom that I had to try and get a picture. I am pretty far away so the zoom was extended full depth – I’m sure he will be back before I leave my post this morning and I will try for better images.

I shared several weeks ago about the spiritual meaning behind the number nineteen.

The Lord has continued to hone in on that number.

Last week the Lord prompted me to start reading all the 19th verses in scripture. I knew IF He was prompting me THEN there was a reason.

And there has been.

It doesn’t matter where you start, but I want to challenge you as you are reading God’s Word every day to pause and look at the 19th verse of every chapter(s) you are reading in. If you are like me and don’t know a lot of history to understand what events are occurring before or after the 19th verse you are reading, then don’t be afraid to use a reputable commentary or study Bible. I have been amazed at what the Lord has shown me, how He has encouraged me, and just how relevant those verses are to today.

I am praying for you.

Stacey

Diverted Eyes

I just left Winn Dixie. I wore my mask and gloves as did many others. Everyone respected one another’s space.

But one thing broke my heart.

Diverted eyes.

It’s like we (and I’m included in that) think if we look at someone in the eyes we can get the cooties.

And that makes me sad.

That makes me sad.

I realized just how fearful we are all.

And even though we can’t see someone’s smile doesn’t mean we can’t smile underneath our mask. And that’s not for the other person as much as it is for those of us behind the mask.

Something I see missing because we aren’t making that eye contact – small conversations.

My heart hurts.

As I head to one more store today 😬 I will be intentional on making eye contact with others.

No more diverted eyes.

Service During Uncertainty

Someone I have never met just dropped off four masks and left them on my front porch.

Just yesterday she heard through a friend of the need and brought them by today. I offered to pick them up, even offered to pay for them . . . but she insisted there was no charge and wanted to drop them off.

Ministry appears in various acts of service. What ministry looks like to me is going to be different to others. For me, praying for others, encouraging them, and preparing meals for families is how the Lord uses me to touch lives. But to this person . . . sewing is therapy for her and she says she is able to use it to bless others.

How encouraging to my soul.

During this pandemic we are able to use our gifts and talents to touch others . . . even while social distancing.

So let me encourage you . . . be an encouragement to someone today.

Yes the blue in my hair is fading and I desperately need a haircut. But I just love that my mask has birds on it . . . AND . . . it’s blue.
She made four but my son claimed his and won’t let me share his picture.

He Loves You.

It has been an interesting month to say the least. But this particular week has been hard on me.

One day this week I cried. Oh nothing specific was wrong . . . except the unknown . . . but for the first time I felt scared.

I have been countering fear and fighting that demon for weeks, even ignoring it and stuffing it . . . but that is what a coward does. They stuff it and pretend it isn’t real. But this particular morning I looked it straight on and faced it.

It was hard.

But it was good.

A few days ago the Lord was prompting me to begin researching some verses. This morning He began to unfold the reason why and in my time walking through Genesis this card fell out.

One of the Charis House ladies gave it to me. She had been memorizing it and during one of our classes she reached in her Bible and handed it to me. It has stayed in my large study Bible ever since then. I would see it from time to time but this particular morning it fell out of my Bible.

Not only had God reminded me through this card that had my life verse on it that He is able to use bad things for His glory but He also reminded me I am loved by many because of a note she had written on the back of the card.

It is easy to remember the good coming out of tragedies when good is happening. But it is often hard to remember the good and His promises when things aren’t so certain.

So today, even if you are scared or maybe you are so wounded from pains of the past and you feel you can’t keep going – I need you to do two things . . . 1- Remember His faithfulness in previous times of darkness and uncertainty and 2- I just need you to know it is completely okay to not be okay – just don’t let yourself stay there too long.

He loves you.

A Not So Quiet, Quiet Time

My quiet time has been a little different this morning. My mind is kind of cloudy from a a bad night of sleep and headache today so instead of trying to reread and dissect to grasp something and force a “quiet time”, I turned to music as my not so quiet – quiet time.

A time of worship.

Here’s a small portion of my playlist this morning. These songs of worship helped prepare my heart and mind a little better to be in His presence.

I saw this quote on Tauren Wells video below and wanted to point it out –

“If God answered the prayers you’ve been praying, would it change anyone else’s world but your own?”

That smacked me right in the gut. While I consider myself a prayer warrior and intercessor for others I can definitely see where my prayers for my family have been more fear driven in recent weeks. I am so thankful for this morning’s time of worship and how the Lord uses music to prepare my heart for more of Him.

 

 

 

*I do not own the rights to any of the music played in this post.*