(A quick note to the followers of this Blog…always press the heading of each post before you read it, as there is a hidden picture behind each story that will give you a special blessing of it’s own….a little humor to share with you, all my friends.)
I am sitting here in my joyful little writing spot in our guest room, pictures all over the walls and of places I’ve never been but want to visit one day. There are pictures of my son and his family with the words above it, “Be Strong and of Good Courage, Joshua 1:9. It takes strength to choose to live here in Phoenix, 900 miles away, so that we can continue to enjoy the healthy environment and keep improving our health and strength. I also know, that I am a short flight away, if they ever need my help.
The Lord knows I am sad, missing my sweet little family so far away, so he has opened my heart to strangers and I can almost immediately tell if someone has something to say, and to see the warm and welcoming hug they are ready to give me. I have met so many wonderful new friends during the past few weeks, including a few from today, “Frank” at the Christian Bookstore, “Michelle” at the Southern Rail Restaurant, and “Mike and Dawn” at Sprouts. These people are comfortable talking about Christianity, my newfound joy, but some of those closest to me act as if I lost my mind, that it was a very stupid idea to have the surgery, wondering if the voices I hear are inside my head or on the outside. All, because I have found my voice and refuse to be concerned about being an “offensive” Christian. One person recently asked me if I had to choose between The Lord and one of my family members, who would I choose. That seemed rather insensitive and mean-spirited. My response was “The Lord of course, then he would look over both of us. If I choose the family member, we would be lost at sea, That clearly was not the answer, according to this person.
Christians face a lot of challenges in our lives today, but the Lord provides a friendly face around each corner. Look for the goodness of Grace in all those people around you; family, friends and strangers. If we find our inner peace, we will help the world find peace one step at time.
I would like to share some scripture with you, the day before Sunday or Sabbath. It is from Corinthians:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It does not demand it’s own way. It is not irritable or resentful.
The Goodness of Grace! May your Day of Worship be blessed in every way.