End Well – Live Well: New Year’s Reflections

I first wrote the title to be “Live Well – End Well:  New Year’s Reflections” but realized we shouldn’t be seeking to END, we should be continually striving to LIVE!  As we close the chapter of a current year and head into a new year very soon many thoughts and ideas are swirling about how we can make the next year even better than the last.  Some of our goals might be to listen more attentively to the people we interact with, get more focused with our work, make new friends, become a better friend to those we already have, be present with our loved ones, be a more compassionate mom… Eat better, exercise more, stop stressing over the house being clean and tidy all of the time.

Whatever your list might look like it occurred to me that each day we awake we are given a new day, a second chance, at doing this thing called “life”.  Every day, every moment in every day, is a fresh start and a new opportunity to change the way we do life.  Therefore, let’s continually look ahead and consider what’s behind the Ending Well so that each new moment we can Live Well.  There is no better day than today to start!

As I sit and have early morning quiet time I came across Luke 12:15, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed.  Life is not measured by how much you own”.  Whoa!  Does that cause anybody else to see through the glass crystal clear or is it just me?!  This reminds me that it’s not what we own, or how much we own, but what is it we do with what we own?  And as we head into a new year, what will we do differently with what we’ve been given?

So I really sat and pondered on this verse.  It started to sink deep into my marrow this morning and suddenly I began to journal:

Man does not live by bread alone.

Life is not measured by how much you own.

God sits upon the throne.

In us the Holy Spirit makes His home.

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Every good and perfect gift is from above.

The only command we have is to LOVE.

When the Holy Spirit descends like a dove,

Every knee will bow at the feet of the Beloved.

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I thank you God for the marvelous gift you give,

of your son, Jesus the Christ, who came to forgive.

Each of these lines are straight out of scripture.  The words started to pour into me and wash over me so clearly this morning that I had to share them with you too.  This is exactly what I needed as reminders for heading into this new year.  If I can’t think of anything else I’d rather try to work on or improve, let these simple reminders be etched into my heart for safe keeping.

Friends, our callings may not be directly related to church work.  We are each called individually into our fields of expertise.  Wherever you are placed remember that it’s “Not how well you End – but how well did you Live”?

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Energy + Fire = Burning Desire

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“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. …. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.”  Eph. 5: 21-22, 25-26

These biblical principals can evoke negative thoughts or feelings if taken at face value.  However, there is much to be learned in this and with greater knowledge will bring more clarity as to what this really means.

For husbands to be instructed to love their wives would have been a radical thought to the Jews.  Wives were viewed as property, being passed down from father to husband.  Paul taught this radical shift in perspective by using one of the few and only examples, that of Christ’s love for the church [as bride].  As Christ so loved the church husbands are to love their wives.

Marriage is like a three-legged stool.  With one leg being the wife, the second the husband, and third God.  Oftentimes wives are taking it upon themselves to balance the stool with only one leg.  Wives must also be careful not to abuse their husband’s exhortation to sacrifice.  A husband may carry multiple jobs in order to provide for his family.  Most importantly, if Christ is not the head of the marriage, the stool falls indeed (Paul, 90 Days on his journey of faith, by Beth Moore).  All three must be in place for marriage to work.  I wonder if this is where we get the saying “You don’t even have a leg to stand on!”?

Pray that your husband would love you out of his devotion to Christ.  In full circle, your husband will know Christ by his bride (that’s you!).  Use your words and deeds to build up not tear down.  Build your husband up and love him as commanded.  In return he is seeing God at work.  It’s important to pray for those we love to have the scales removed from their eyes to see God.  Welcome God into their hearts, souls, and minds.  Open the blind eyes!  Unlock the deaf ears!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I have nothing.  If I give all I posses to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”  1 Cor. 13: 1-3

Father God, I pray for the energy to be motivated to act out in love.  Not only kept in my mind’s thoughts but in deeds unto others.  Stir up this fire in me to grow and consume into a burning desire for more.  More love to show, to give, to do, to act.  Help me to share this formula with others. For as we are instructed, go! Make disciples of all nations!  In your son Jesus’ name we humbly pray – Amen.

 

You Are a Snowflake Meant to Water the Earth

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William Bentley took one of the first photographs of snowflakes.  He first tried by using an old microscope from his mother, but it was hard to capture them before they melted.  He then got the brilliant idea to attach a camera to the microscope, catch the snowflakes on black velvet, and was able to capture these amazing photographs!  Please take a moment to look at each circle, the details that accompany each one, and ask yourself how “common is each one”?  Not a chance!

We are very much similar to these ice flowers.  Even though we are all people moving about the earth, working, serving, living our daily lives, we are still unique and nobody is like the other.  God’s word tells us that “the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Cor. 12:7)  One person may receive the gift of wisdom and another knowledge.  Some are given the gift of healing and others of prophesying.  “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Cor. 12:11)  One spirit, each unique gifts.  He distributes them just as He determines… We ought to rejoice and give thanks to God for the gift he has given us and embrace our uniqueness.  Embrace who YOU are and that there is no need to be like the person next to you or the friend, who’s gifts you wish also possessed.  God has given you the gifts exactly as you need them to accomplish His work.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55: 10-11)  How much more are we than snowflakes?!  We too are scattered throughout the earth, however will not return to heaven void.  Before we enter God’s kingdom and kneel at the throne we are on this earth to water it, make it bud and flourish. This means we are to work for the One and Only boss above.  Everything we do, every job we work, is for Him.  Let the words from your mouth not return void, for everything you say and do does not die on the vine but keeps going.  Will it be to build each other up or tear each other down?  What you put out there lasts forever.  Make sure you are putting out the best.  Put out positive!  It returns to you, make it worth it precious snowflakes!

Just as each snowflake is unique yet makes up the same white snow covering the earth, so are we, the body of Christ.  Each very much unique but making up the one whole body of Christ.  Being made up of just an arm does not allow you to function as a whole person, so it is with each member of God’s church.  Each of our parts come together for the common good.  May we always be working towards the goal together focusing, not on what is behind, but what is ahead so that we can attain the ultimate prize.  (Phil. 3:14)

 

The Blessings of Affliction

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“It is not happy people who are thankful.  It is thankful people who are happy.”

What do you do during times of affliction?  Is it “woe is me”, “this isn’t fair”, “why would a loving God allow this to happen”?  The Lord already knows our beginning from our end.  “But He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold”. (Job 23:10)  He already knows our path!  He is, however, fully aware of our afflictions.  Since we are given free will the test comes with how we will respond when times are tough.  God would not get any glory out of making us His puppets.  It’s when we choose ourselves to respond to him, cling to him, and trust in him that his glory shines!

Take an ugly jagged rock.  On the outside it’s not much at all.  Frankly, what worth would this thing hold?  Put that ugly rock into an extreme heat of fire and out comes brilliant, smooth, valuable gold.  On the inside there is a brilliance and all it took was the refining fire to work and mold to expose the true value inside.  When affliction is upon us we are being refined by the heat and fire.  God is working on within us, smoothing and polishing us, and when we come out of hardship we will shine like gold!

Focusing on our obstacles distorts our vision.  Recall when the Israelites were sent by Moses and Aaron to check out the land the Lord was giving to them, the one flowing with “milk and honey”.  When the team came back to report on what they saw they focused on how strong the people were.  They would overtake them, there is no way they would conquer and inhabit that land!  (Num. 13:26-33)  After 40 years roaming the land and all of the provisions the Lord provided during their journey they still doubted.  Unfortunately, we do the same.  As many times we are blessed and lifted high we still doubt.  We continually rest on our own control and struggle to relinquish that over.  Do we really think that [in the end] we will have had full control?  God has already devised the plan for us to come out of it, do you trust Him to get you through it?

Jesus, your name alone holds power.  You say that all we need to do is ask in your will and it will be done.  Search us Lord.  Search our whole being and cleanse us from any unrighteousness.  Any fears we have are not from you.  You did not come to condemn us (John 3:17), but to save.  Save us from ourselves!  Our tongues are strong weapons, with it so quickly we can destroy somebody.  Let us use our words to lift others up.  Let us focus on those things that are pure and lovely and for giving praise.  We seek an attitude of gratitude as we walk in footsteps alongside yours.  Thank you for your leading and guiding, Jesus your name we pray… Bless & Amen.

No Longer Do I Live, But That Christ Now Lives In Me

Your story.  Do you have one?  Of course we all do.  Some may have had a dramatic turn of events so vivid and poignant that it’s no hard question when they saw the light.  Others have always been somewhere around and in the faith but over the course of time slowly began to grasp the light.  Neither is the best experience nor is either right or wrong.  The determining factor is not how exciting your conversion was but how excited you are now about your conversion.  Amen?!

My story is fairly uneventful.  My faith journey has been a gradual process over many years.  Starting with a lot of wonder and testing the waters, but going back and forth between a new self and the old self.  Much of the beginning was focused on “doing things” the right way, by following “rules” and mimicking a certain “image” of what it meant to follow Christ.  We can still fall into these traps today!  We often establish our own set of values, which is wonderful for ourselves.  We have our own convictions based on our relationship with Christ. However, where we fall into danger is when we assume to apply those same values onto others.  What is right for us does not mean it should be right for everyone.  Please be careful when judging a friend.  Only the Lord God knows their heart, not you.  (Rom. 14: 13-23)

Also know that there are no manmade laws and rules for which will save us.  There is only One.  That we accept who Jesus is and what he did by dying on the cross to shed blood for our sins once and for all.  That is it!  All of those other rituals and devotions are great for keeping us in the Word and in the faith but they are not requirements for getting us into the Lord’s kingdom.  If we have accepted Jesus and have confessed to him we are immediately cleansed from unrighteousness and have a room in the kingdom of heaven.  We are forever marked and belong to the Almighty.

I used to be a very insecure individual.  Always doubting, never trusting, because I would place my hopes in other people.  I would mark my value based on earthly surroundings.  Whether people liked me or didn’t, what possessions I had acquired.  Pride becomes your root.  I had the sense of control over situations and my environment.  As my faith walk has grown I realize I do not have control at all.  I now trust that God guides and will lead me where He wants me to be.  I accept what comes my way and put my trust in Him, not others.  Know that people WILL fail you.  This is not a maybe or perhaps, it’s a promise.  (Psalm 146:3) The heart is deceptive.  (Jer. 17:9)  God will not.  He promises to never leave nor forsake us.  (Deut. 31:6)  And that brother/sister is something you can TRUST. Amen!

I can now accept that my testimony isn’t big and glamorous.  It’s exactly what you had in store for me.  You make me a member of the body of Christ.  Each one of us is a vital piece in the kingdom.  Together we make up the body.  There will be a day when our heavenly bodies will be made glorious in the image of Jesus. (Phil. 13:21)  Until then, we strive to become like Jesus on earth.  Our human flesh submits to God’s will.  We continually seek and knock and the Holy Spirit, who lives in us, guides us into a deeper understanding.  We no longer live, but you live in us.  For this we are forever grateful.  

Father God, I started this blog in hopes that these words find somebody who needs to read them.  They are not of me but of you working through me.  I myself don’t always know if it makes sense in writing but I pray that somebody needs to hear those words and “strike a cord” with them.  Thank you Lord for giving me the knowledge and courage to pour it out here.  To continue learning and growing about you until the day you call us back home into your kingdom.  Where we are true prince and princesses in your castle.  We are so excited!

Tuning In: Singing “Good Vibrations”

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“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Ps. 103: 11-12

The cross, going vertically up and horizontally across.  Our transgressions are all of the mess in the middle which was covered by the one true sacrifice, Jesus.  Picture it, hear the sounds, Jesus nailed to the cross… the pounding of the nails, the one true sacrifice, an unblemished lamb, taken to the slaughter to cover us. Us!  Our sins, past, present, and future already covered on that cross.  When the Lord looks upon us He sees His one and only son.  Jesus is our intercessor.  He is the “vine, you are the branches” John 15:5 We need only to remain in Him, He’s got us.

What does it mean for “as high as the heaves are above the earth”?  High, above… Ever notice the Psalms are written in praises and often “to the tune of”.  A tune, a frequency.  To tune in means to be on the same frequency, all on the same page, to be one, in unison.  When we are praising, lifting up our voices, we are one in the body together.  We are “tuning in”.  In reading of the Psalms, of praising the Lord, we are tuning our spirits.  Soaking in the praises and reflecting on them is putting us on the same vibration as heaven.  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN”. Matt. 6:10  As it is in heaven, it’s already done in heaven!  I hope that resonates, that what is already created in the heavenlies comes down into this earth.  God’s will supersedes anything we think we have control over.

We were created for praise.  “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits”. Ps. 103:2  Praising gives life to our souls.  It’s life for our bodies.  Gratefulness and joy enter in.  Holy Spirit comes and feeds us.  We thirst for this.  When we don’t know what we are looking for, when confusion sets in and we don’t know where to turn, praise.  With a heart of gratitude praise your Father.  You will begin to sense a change inside.  Positive gratitude produces a chemical reaction that quite literally attaches itself to the cells in your body.  Pick that up!  Yesterday we talked about not picking up those burdensome rocks, not to weigh ourselves down.  Today, this my friends, you want to pick up!  Our spirit connects us to the Lord.  Music calls to us, we resonate with music.  Our vibrations go on a different plane, when we worship, music helps us tune into heaven.

Dear Jesus, we want to be in tune with you.  Tune us Lord.  Tune us into you and help us tune into the people that surround us.  To be of one body and one mind for you.  In unison we lift up our praises.  High above this earth is our Lord. We thank you for the knowledge and wisdom you provide.  Speak to us Lord Jesus, feed our souls.  Amen

Relationships: Turn Skepticism Into Prayer

Happy New Year 2016 all!!  Hip hip hooray it’s a new day!  I always tell people, “Every day is a second chance.”  A new beginning, a fresh start.  Isn’t it great?  Are we ready for a new year?  “According to the Lord’s word (thank you Father for your word)… we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.” – 1 Thes. 4:15.  Lord, if we are not yet asleep, I want to be alive for you!  Let’s start this year making it better than the last for He will not fail us, ever.

We are called to love.  Love God and love others as God loves us.  This is the greatest commandment.  If we are seeking obedience to God this is by far the first and foremost single key to our success.  So how do you do this?

God will acknowledge your willingness.  He knows your heart!  We can all learn a thing or two from the apostle Paul.  “Becoming all things to all people.” – 1 Cor. 9:22  Take a self evaluation for a moment.  How do you relate to others?  What are your thoughts when you look upon other people, those you know and don’t know?  As you go through your day and interact with the waitress at the restaurant or the attendant behind the gas station counter, bumping into carts at the grocery store, what goes through your mind?  When your eyes see what does your heart feel and your head tell you?  Hint:  Jesus did not shy away from sinners.  Keeping in flow of Paul’s advice, we too should not be shunning people we don’t agree with or push our legalistic viewpoints.  Instead, we ought to have compassion and extend grace to others.  In doing so they will be seeing our light and seeds will be planted.

Find common ground with people.  You can still listen without giving up your Christian values and beliefs.  Therefore, do not become discouraged (or worse yet) defensive with others. This does not show the light and does not help the world to know our God, Lord bless us.

So what about the “arrows that fly (at us) by day…” (emphasis added) – Ps. 91:5  Our focus is to be true to God and leave how others are/or how they treat us up to Him to judge and avenge.  Take Jesus’ yoke for the burden is light.  The heavy burdens we carry should be left in God’s hands, not ours.  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Matt. 7:1-2  I like to ask people, “Is that a stone you want to pick up and put in your backpack?  Because all of those stones we pick up and keep are weighing us down.”  Burden.

Trust is tough.  I, too, am skeptical of my leaders.  Skeptical of others and their intentions.  Instead of worry turn your skepticism into prayer.  Pray for your leadership in making sound decisions for the people, the company, and the customers.  Let the Lord know you are struggling to trust and believe, then lift the burden up to Him.  Every person is imperfect and fallen.  Not one person is free of sin.  Nor is any one person on a pedastal  greater than another.  When we put our hope and focus into other people they will fail us because of these things.  Put your hope into the Lord, He will not fail you and His promises remain.

Kind David was known as a “man after God’s own heart”. – Acts 13:22  What do you want your epitaph to be?  What should people read about you in one sentence?  Perhaps there are thoughts, activities, actions that need to be removed, or what things need to be added in order for you to become a man or woman after God’s own heart?

Jesus, help us to become better people this new year.  We desire to love others as you have loved us.  As you have commanded us to doing.  We are imperfect sinners and we thank you for the grace given in advance for this.  The greatest gift of all is given to us who are most undeserving of it.  You will never fail us, and though we ask for things because we think we know what we need, you know us from beginning to end.  Like a father knows his child, you know us better than ourselves.  Let nothing stop with just us, but that the knowledge and light we gain continue through onto others for this is how the world will know who the true God of the universe is.  We pray to not give off a false impression of who you are Lord, keep us strong and steadfast.  ~Amen

 

Send Me a Farmer

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As I am sitting, doing morning Bible devotional, I realize that I’m doing a lot of reading of words but nothing is soaking in, absorbing.  I begin to visualize my heart as soil.  Needing good nutrient soil in order for the Word to take root in me.  Not to simply fall on dry sand that shifts around by every breeze and doesn’t ever stay in place.  Picturing moist dark rich soil and I start to pray for the Lord to work the soil of my heart, of my being.  Till it up!  Make it rich!  I prayed, “Send me a farmer Lord.  I need a farmer to till this soil”, and as soon as I opened my eyes to look down at my next reading, the first thing I see is Isaiah 28:24 “When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?”.  I absolutely LOVE those moments when God speaks immediately at your request.  So, what did this mean?

Some days we are in the meadow and are expected to simply enjoy the views.  Be thankful and at peace during this time as we gaze upon lush green grass, birds flitting about, baby blue skies with white puffy clouds.  However, at other times, the farmer comes to dig up the ground, to prepare the once beautiful meadow for a harvest.  We need not be afraid of these times. This is when we are being dug up, plowed down, and stripped bare for a season.  When this occurs, the Lord is preparing for a great harvest.  A new crop will eventually begin to grow up and grow strong.  The Fall sun’s rays will shine brightly through the wheat colored tops of this new crop. It will once again be something beautiful, and at the time of harvest, will provide for many more in the world.  This is us!  We are given days of rest where we are in plenty and can simply say “Thank You Lord” for your provision.  But, we are also given days of deep despair and longing.  A sense of being lost when the rug is ripped out from under us.  In these days we shall also find comfort and peace in our Lord as this is harvest season.  Something greater is yet to come.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Wear Your Blessings Proudly

A man saw land for sale and desired to own a few acres for himself.  One day he could build a home for his family and enjoy this land.  However, the more he desired it, the more he thought that two acres might be more than what he really needs.  Perhaps that was greedy or would become too much of a showoff.  Until one day he was in an airplane, 36,000 miles high in the sky, and looking down over God’s vast country side, heard a familiar yet commanding voice inside, “Do you see the land I have created below?  See the endless miles from East to West, North to South?  Those things you desire are a mere spec in comparison to my greatness.  Accept the blessings I provide you with openness and joy.”

The man still gazing out the airplane window now realized that two acres of land would be as big as God putting one pen point of ink down on a piece of paper.  As big as these things seem to us, they are small and minor to God.  Yet, we put so much emphasis and worry into the things of this world.  We worry about impressing other people.  Or are concerned that somebody might be jealous of what we have accomplished therefore, we may hold back all of our gladness when sharing with them about those things.  If we are giving God the glory and the thanks for the things he has provided to us, then it is not bragging about what we have accomplished.  When God gets the praise those worldly desires and achievements do not become idols.

We do not need to dress poor and live simply when the Lord has blessed us with more.  Doing so does not show we are more humble, the only thing it does is show that we are poor and simple.  Wear your blessings proudly!  Give the glory and thanks to the Lord.  In doing so you are taking the spotlight off of yourself and reflecting your part in God’s kingdom which is to be a light into the world.

Do not feel ashamed when naysayers come into your life.  People are more willing to be your friends BEFORE you get promoted.  As long as others remain on the top (above you) they will be fine with you, but once you are blessed with a promotion, you will discover animosity.  The devil does not seek out the lost and downtrodden.  He wants nothing more than to prey on those who have the fiery flames of the Holy Spirit burning inside and shining God’s light.  There is more for Satan to win over by destroying one of God’s own.

Remember to keep the negative self-talk out of your mind.  Tune in to the channel of Victory!  Remind yourself daily that you are Victorious!  Chosen!  Forgiven!  Deserving!  You have royal blood running through your veins!

“Father we thank you that your desire is for us to live life abundantly.  We need to remember that our accomplishments are not us but you.  Let us remember that you receive all of the glory and praise for the many things we are provided.  We do not have to be shy about anything because we know “whose” we are.  Our inheritance is that of a royal kingdom.  We each have our own room in the palace and that is more than we could ever have here on this earth.  Bless us Father in your son’s name, Jesus.” Amen

Do You Hear When He Speaks to You?

I am curious if you have ever heard that small voice inside telling you something?  In fact, at the end of this, I would love to hear your stories, whether they be you heard the voice and obeyed, or your heard the voice and decided not to obey.  What was your outcome?

God can speak to us in many ways.  One of those ways is the voice inside of us.  Sometimes it’s a gentle nudging, a feeling you get inside.  Rarely does he hit us over the head with a baseball bat and make it so obvious because we have the “free will” to make decisions, however he has been known to break us at our knees to fall if we don’t cause ourselves to go down on our own!

That voice isn’t something we should ignore.  We need to keep a gentle and attentive conscience.  When we ignore these nudges we become desensitized and calloused to the point where we lose that touch with God’s voice.  We go on doing something we once knew was wrong, keep doing it so much and for so long, that we’ve forgotten (or worse yet, don’t even care!) that we are still doing it.  In Acts 23 the Apostle Paul says, “I have always lived before God with a clear conscience”.  If you made a decision that wasn’t ideal please don’t hesitate to go before the Lord, tell Him!  Ask for forgiveness.  His grace is sufficient and covers you.  If you do not do this you will continue on feeling miserable.  There will be something nagging inside of you that will cause you to be unsettled.

Let me share a personal story with you, surprisingly not too long ago.  Six hours ago I checked out of a hotel room in Dallas, TX.  Seven minutes later I realized I left my coat in the room.  The front desk called a bellman to escort me back to my room and by the time I got there housekeeping was already inside going to work.  I mentioned I had left my coat in the room and the lady got big eyes and put her hand up, “I’m sorry ma’am, I’m so sorry. Hold on, stay right here. I go get it”.  She bolted through the stairwell and I waited what felt like 10 minutes, but was probably only 20 seconds.  She returned with my coat in a…shopping bag?  I truly wanted to think positive about the situation and not pass any judgement or suspicions but something inside of me felt wrong.  I had a yucky feeling inside about the situation and I blurted out, “Funny, it’s amazing how quickly my coat was removed from the room and in a shopping bag?!”, as I briskly walked back to the elevator.  It’s possible my senses were heightened because simultaneously one of our field sales reps was giving an account to a police officer due to her bag being stolen at our event the night before (in the hotel).  Again, knowing full well I needed to take a step back and keep a better outlook about the situation into perspective.  Do not pass judgement, do not blame, or assume anything.  

An hour later we were seated as a group for lunch and I proceeded to tell the story of what happened, but then something inside of me was whispering, “Do not share the story. You do not know what really happened and you’re sounding like the hotel staff was acting maliciously”.  However, once you start scratching an itch, it’s VERY hard to stop.  So I continued to tell the story to full completion.  The owner of our company was present and I knew before he even said anything what my correct response should have been (the one I didn’t obey), however in the end he declared, “We don’t know that’s the case.  They could have very well put it away someplace safe, or in storage”.  He was taking the high road and assuming the positive instead of the negative.  Which is exactly what I failed to do.

My gut still gave me a bad feeling but in the end I also knew right from wrong when deciding to share or not share what happened.  A sense of guilt washed over me immediately.  I felt horrible and regretful.  I am now on a flight back home and the first chapter I read in my book is about having a tender and clear conscience.  What timing!  So now I’m listening to the still small voice that prompted me to write this post to share.  I do hope some part of this resonated with you.  As stated earlier, please share with us your experiences.  I would love to hear about a time you either listened, or didn’t listen, to God’s nudging.

Father, thank you for the various ways you speak to us.  Help us to remember our trust in you when you physically speak to us and we can hear your promptings.  Let us not be weary of coming to you for forgiveness and allowing your love to seep in and cover what your son has already been sent here to do for us, covering our sins.  When we need to, Lord, let us have the confidence to go to others and ask for their forgiveness when we have wronged them.  Your grace and light shines through us into others when we obey your precepts.  Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge that we may do the right things.  ~Amen