Hold Lightly

Have you ever lost something of value? Perhaps it was a piece of jewelry, an expensive electronics gadget, or maybe even your wallet or purse?

I recently lost an expensive necklace. Now, I don’t usually lose or misplace things, but perhaps I’m getting to that age when things start to happen, ya know what I mean? I thought I put it in my purse, but when I went to get it out, it was no where to be found. I searched high and low. Called several establishments I had visited and emptied my purse at least twice. All to no avail.

Dejected, disappointed, and disheartened, I resigned myself to its mysterious disappearance.

“Lord, if it be your will, please help me find my necklace,” I prayed and decided to not give it anymore thought or let the incident steal any more of my joy.

Hold lightly the things of this world,” I heard the Lord whisper in my ear.

Yes, Lord, I know.

Two days later, as I approached my car, I noticed something shiny on the ground outside the driver’s door.

It can’t be. Is it?

As I stooped to pick up the shiny gold chain, I saw that it was indeed my necklace. My heart quickened momentarily until I saw that the precious opal was shattered. Slowly and sadly, I gathered up the iridescent remains and contemplated the meaning of the whole incident.

Fret not,” I heard the Lord whisper again. “I will give you something better.”

Well, my prayer was answered. I did find the necklace. Too bad it was after I ran over it with the car, though.

My question for you, dear one, is what are you holding on to too tightly these days? Is it a necklace, a ring, a job, or perhaps a relationship? Hold lightly to it, for we never know when something will be taken from us. Let us in this season of Lent focus instead on the true things of value and appreciate those loved ones in our lives while they are still with us.

“So do not worry about what you shall eat or what you shall drink or wear. For the pagans run after these things and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)

Hold Lightly

Have you ever lost something of value? Perhaps it was a piece of jewelry, an expensive electronics gadget, or maybe even your wallet or purse?

I recently lost an expensive necklace. Now, I don’t usually lose or misplace things, but perhaps I’m getting to that age when things start to happen, ya know what I mean? I thought I put it in my purse, but when I went to get it out, it was no where to be found. I searched high and low. Called several establishments I had visited and emptied my purse at least twice. All to no avail.

Dejected, disappointed, and disheartened, I resigned myself to its mysterious disappearance.

“Lord, if it be your will, please help me find my necklace,” I prayed and decided to not give it anymore thought or let the incident steal any more of my joy.

Hold lightly the things of this world,” I heard the Lord whisper in my ear.

Yes, Lord, I know.

Two days later, as I approached my car, I noticed something shiny on the ground outside the driver’s door.

It can’t be. Is it?

As I stooped to pick up the shiny gold chain, I saw that it was indeed my necklace. My heart quickened momentarily until I saw that the precious opal was shattered. Slowly and sadly, I gathered up the iridescent remains and contemplated the meaning of the whole incident.

Fret not,” I heard the Lord whisper again. “I will give you something better.”

Well, my prayer was answered. I did find the necklace. Too bad it was after I ran over it with the car, though.

My question for you, dear one, is what are you holding on to too tightly these days? Is it a necklace, a ring, a job, or perhaps a relationship? Hold lightly to it, for we never know when something will be taken from us. Let us in this season of Lent focus instead on the true things of value and appreciate those loved ones in our lives while they are still with us.

“So do not worry about what you shall eat or what you shall drink or wear. For the pagans run after these things and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)

Speaking of Joy

How are you holding up these days? Seems to me many of us are going through some tough times especially with all this snow we’ve been getting and the economy being in a slump. Or maybe you’ve picked up a few pounds since the holidays, or as in my case, you’ve got this annoying cough and headache that just won’t quit. Whatever it is, we’ve all got something that irritates us, don’t we?

I keep repeating to myself, “Patricia, this is a test. Don’t let the enemy catch you off guard. Keep your peace.” It’s like I want to run away and hibernate from the rest of world until spring comes. People are so grouchy these days.

Scripture says the “enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour”(1Peter 5:8). We must be especially on guard when we’re feeling rough not to let our negative feelings cause us to react to others in a hurtful or retaliatory way. It is easy to love those who are kind, but the challenge is to love those who are unkind to us, right?

The enemy’s goal is to steal our joy and our peace because if we are not joyful and at peace, we cannot be a witness for the Lord. A simple test is to ask myself “Am I walking around with a frown on my face or a smile?” Today, let the joy of the Lord show in your face and remember “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Speaking of Joy

How are you holding up these days? Seems to me many of us are going through some tough times especially with all this snow we’ve been getting and the economy being in a slump. Or maybe you’ve picked up a few pounds since the holidays, or as in my case, you’ve got this annoying cough and headache that just won’t quit. Whatever it is, we’ve all got something that irritates us, don’t we?

I keep repeating to myself, “Patricia, this is a test. Don’t let the enemy catch you off guard. Keep your peace.” It’s like I want to run away and hibernate from the rest of world until spring comes. People are so grouchy these days.

Scripture says the “enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour”(1Peter 5:8). We must be especially on guard when we’re feeling rough not to let our negative feelings cause us to react to others in a hurtful or retaliatory way. It is easy to love those who are kind, but the challenge is to love those who are unkind to us, right?

The enemy’s goal is to steal our joy and our peace because if we are not joyful and at peace, we cannot be a witness for the Lord. A simple test is to ask myself “Am I walking around with a frown on my face or a smile?” Today, let the joy of the Lord show in your face and remember “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

Is it Sunny?

What’s the weather going to be like today? Are you ready for the next snow? These are some of the questions I have been asked quite frequently lately. Very understandable as we have had history and record breaking snow fall so far this year in Baltimore, last I heard over 80 inches.

Today the sun is out and the snow is white and beautiful. The roads are pretty much clear and everyone is going about their business as usual.

So, my question today is how does the weather affect your mood, disposition, and outlook? Do you get up, take one look at the snow, rain, clouds, whatever and get depressed? Does the weather set your tone for your entire day or week?

I agree, it is nice to see the sun. Something about the sunshine energizes me. I like to believe it’s God’s power shining down on His children.

However, I don’t use the fact that the sun is not out as an excuse to waste my day. Each day is a gift, that’s why they call it “the present”. Life is too short to waste one minute of it as far as I’m concerned. We are called to be good stewards of our time. In fact, hanging in my office is a framed photo of a sunrise over the beach shoreline with the verse from Psalm 118:24 that says “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” as a reminder to choose to rejoice each and every day that the Lord gives me.

There is always something positive we can rejoice about, so next time the weather starts to get you down and out, let the joy of the Lord be your strength and go out and have a great day!

Is it Sunny?

What’s the weather going to be like today? Are you ready for the next snow? These are some of the questions I have been asked quite frequently lately. Very understandable as we have had history and record breaking snow fall so far this year in Baltimore, last I heard over 80 inches.

Today the sun is out and the snow is white and beautiful. The roads are pretty much clear and everyone is going about their business as usual.

So, my question today is how does the weather affect your mood, disposition, and outlook? Do you get up, take one look at the snow, rain, clouds, whatever and get depressed? Does the weather set your tone for your entire day or week?

I agree, it is nice to see the sun. Something about the sunshine energizes me. I like to believe it’s God’s power shining down on His children.

However, I don’t use the fact that the sun is not out as an excuse to waste my day. Each day is a gift, that’s why they call it “the present”. Life is too short to waste one minute of it as far as I’m concerned. We are called to be good stewards of our time. In fact, hanging in my office is a framed photo of a sunrise over the beach shoreline with the verse from Psalm 118:24 that says “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” as a reminder to choose to rejoice each and every day that the Lord gives me.

There is always something positive we can rejoice about, so next time the weather starts to get you down and out, let the joy of the Lord be your strength and go out and have a great day!

What Will You Give Up?

Today is the first day of Lent and many will decide whether to forgo television,chocolate,pizza or whatever. Denying ourself things is certainly admirable.

Then there are those who may want to consider giving up a bad habit such as drinking, smoking, gossiping, busyness, or overeating. These, too, are admirable and bring us closer to who we really are.

Think of those brave men and women dying across the globe fighting for our freedom, risking their very lives in such far away places as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. What are they giving up?

Now let’s think of what Jesus gave up for us. He gave up more than just human pleasures and I don’t think He had any bad habits. He gave the ultimate sacrifice – His blood and His life for us.

This Lenten season I plan to give up myself: to give more of myself to the Lord, more time in prayer and solitude, more time meditating on His Word. That doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun this season, it just means to put a priority on something different for a time. The rewards of seeking the Lord are great and He promises to reveal himself to us when we seek Him. “He who seeks my face shall find me.”

What Will You Give Up?

Today is the first day of Lent and many will decide whether to forgo television,chocolate,pizza or whatever. Denying ourself things is certainly admirable.

Then there are those who may want to consider giving up a bad habit such as drinking, smoking, gossiping, busyness, or overeating. These, too, are admirable and bring us closer to who we really are.

Think of those brave men and women dying across the globe fighting for our freedom, risking their very lives in such far away places as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa. What are they giving up?

Now let’s think of what Jesus gave up for us. He gave up more than just human pleasures and I don’t think He had any bad habits. He gave the ultimate sacrifice – His blood and His life for us.

This Lenten season I plan to give up myself: to give more of myself to the Lord, more time in prayer and solitude, more time meditating on His Word. That doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun this season, it just means to put a priority on something different for a time. The rewards of seeking the Lord are great and He promises to reveal himself to us when we seek Him. “He who seeks my face shall find me.”

My Valentine

Today is Valentine’s Day. Some people don’t really care about this holiday. They think it’s no big deal and just another reason to spend money on chocolate and flowers. Frivolous, they scoff.

For me, Valentine’s Day is a very special day. My first husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day many years ago. I have always given Valentine’s cards and gifts to others to let them know how much I love them. Even at work, I would drop a small Valentine off at coworkers’ cubicles. It made me smile to think of them seeing it. Doesn’t everyone need to be reminded that they are loved?

But today, as a single person, I still have a special Valentine. His name is Jesus. He loves me more than any human being ever could. He always listens, always understands, and is always to there to comfort me when I’m down. He is the lover of my soul and my protector.

So, too, beloved, Jesus is your Valentine. He loves you more than you will ever know. He knows your innermost thoughts and He knows the desires of your heart. If you are single today, fret not. Know that God is watching over you and is preparing your special someone just as He is preparing you. If you are married, show your spouse how much you love them in whatever way they need to receive it.

It’s only one day a year, but to me, Valentine’s Day should be everyday! Everybody does need to be reminded that they are loved.

My Valentine

Today is Valentine’s Day. Some people don’t really care about this holiday. They think it’s no big deal and just another reason to spend money on chocolate and flowers. Frivolous, they scoff.

For me, Valentine’s Day is a very special day. My first husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day many years ago. I have always given Valentine’s cards and gifts to others to let them know how much I love them. Even at work, I would drop a small Valentine off at coworkers’ cubicles. It made me smile to think of them seeing it. Doesn’t everyone need to be reminded that they are loved?

But today, as a single person, I still have a special Valentine. His name is Jesus. He loves me more than any human being ever could. He always listens, always understands, and is always to there to comfort me when I’m down. He is the lover of my soul and my protector.

So, too, beloved, Jesus is your Valentine. He loves you more than you will ever know. He knows your innermost thoughts and He knows the desires of your heart. If you are single today, fret not. Know that God is watching over you and is preparing your special someone just as He is preparing you. If you are married, show your spouse how much you love them in whatever way they need to receive it.

It’s only one day a year, but to me, Valentine’s Day should be everyday! Everybody does need to be reminded that they are loved.