Faith Filled Friday
Good morning, My love.
Remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage. Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do. For love and kindness are what people remember.
You can tell them about Me all day long, but unless you are compassionate, unless you love unconditionally, people barely hear you. But when your life lines up with My Word, that is when you become most effective.
People want to be delivered from the hell they are living through now, they don't really care about the sweet by-and-by. Do you take the time to listen? Do you care about their struggle? Sometimes the best answer is to listen. Some just need to be heard. And when you take the time to just listen, oh My love, then you can shower them with love and compassion, for that is worth more than silver and gold.
People need to know they are loved. Just like I gave My life for you, I gave My life for them. Beloved, embrace those I put in your path for they need your love and My life.
Another Christmas is coming down the track…seemingly faster than the ones before. Do I stay on the same track or…What do I want to do different this year?
Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United. I hope you enjoy this poem, Gifts of the Season
THE GIFTS OF THE SEASON
It is not about the presents under the Christmas tree,
But the presence of love we feel from friends and family
It’s not about the shopping that we feel we must do
But about the gift that has been given freely to me and you
The gift is a gift that money can’t buy
The birth, death & resurrection of Christ is for you and I
Nor is it about making a list and then checking it twice
And buying countless gifts for the naughty or the nice
The reason for the season isn’t about all the debt and stress
It’s a season to offer special gifts such as patience and forgiveness
Or maybe a gift of time for one whose time is running out
A meal for a family in need to encourage hope where there is doubt
Or maybe someone needs a helping hand to accomplish a tedious chore
Yes, these are the kinds of gifts that keep on giving forever more
Oh that we would take the materialism out of this season
And in its place remember redemption is our reason
Acts of kindness come freely to and from those walking in His Spirit
They will outlive materialism though the world doesn’t want to hear it
The gifts of Love, joy, peace, patience, don’t need a reason
Nor does kindness, gentleness or self-control have to have a season! EL
May the gifts of the season guide you to and through the New Year!
Turning your day around But you’ve been drifting off to sea
When life has flipped upside down drowning in a mind filled with unease
Is much harder than it seems with thoughts that this life is not working
But that heart of yours is stronger than you think exactly how you were hoping
The knots you’re feeling Just wait and listen
The heart aching Drown out the noise
Gut wrenching The thoughts of negativity
Twisting and reeling depression, and sorrow stained dreams
It’s reeling you in This life is all that we are given, worth much more
to feel like a failure than to be driven by self-doubt and fear
leaving you wondering When you realize your time is so very near
where in the world is my Savior… Happiness will replace those tears
“Right here”, he whispers Remember this, and never forget:
Everything you are doing is right
Keep praying with all of your might
Look to the Light
Your future, darling, is more than bright
In the midst of what is meant to be a season of giving of gifts, what would it look like if we took the materialism out of it and got creative with our gift-giving? After all, the most generous, creative gift ever given was that from The Father, His only Son, that we would be able to dwell with Him in what is to be the most beautiful dwelling place that we can’t even begin to fathom: heaven!
May this poem inspire you to be creative in your gift-giving this season.
On the 1st day of Christmas, my neighbor gave to me
A homemade ornament to put on my tree
On the 2nd day of Christmas, a stranger said to me
Tis the season to be generous after buying my coffee
On the 3rd day of Christmas a friend reached out to me
In the midst of my loneliness and took me to a movie
On the 4th day of Christmas, a surprise came to me
I opened up the door to a stocking filled with goodies
On the 5th day of Christmas, a long-lost relative Facebooked me
With a real apology
By the 6th day of Christmas I was starting to recognize
That God was using others to open up my eyes
On the 7th day of Christmas my neighbor got from me
A homemade thank you for the ornament now on my tree
On the 8th day of Christmas, I turned to a stranger behind me
And said, Tis the season to be generous, let me buy your coffee
On the 9th day of Christmas, I called the friend who had reached out to me
And invited to pick them up for dinner and a movie
On the 10th day of Christmas, I stretched outside of me
And went to a stranger’s door and dropped off a bag of goodies
On the 11th day of Christmas I asked God to help me
Reach out to an old friend with a humble apology
By the 12th day of Christmas, I was able to see
That God shows His love thru strangers, friends and family.
Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United.
Thursdays’ Trench Truth
What if the pursuit of happiness was actually found in the pursuit of contentment?
Tis the season to be going crazy and getting derailed from the gift of contentment so in this season, may you stretch towards contentment that is not found in buying and doing but in being…