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The Beauty of Imperfection


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As I sit and look at a picture of myself, I see all the imperfections. There are bumps, wrinkles, gray hair, eyebrows that are thinning and a mole that has been there my whole life. I see the scar under my chin that I got when I was a toddler. There is a broken spot on my front tooth and an imperfect smile.

Now I could focus on all of these things and say that I am not desirable but I choose not to do that. The imperfect broken spot on my tooth brings back the memory of when the chip came out. The scar under my chin reminds me that my parents cared for me when I mistakenly turned the rocking chair upside down and somehow ran my chin into the edge of the rocker. They lovingly held me together and took me to the doctor.

I could look see the scar that takes up most of my little finger and remember the time that I tried to force a large piece of ice into a glass and the glass broke and cut me through to the bone. I remember my daddy putting a tourniquet on me and then while he held me Mama raced me to the hospital to be sewed back together.

The wrinkles on my face remind me of the years that have gone by to put them there. I can remember when they weren’t there at all and all the years in between. And when I smile real big I see my mother in the mirror. My wrinkles once were her wrinkles.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone in the world would look at their own imperfections and see the beauty in it instead of being upset that they are not perfect? God knows we are a work in progress and I believe that scars and imperfections help keep us humble and remind of the love that has been given to us in this life. And if we understand that we are not perfect then we might just better understand the imperfect people we are around each day.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

 

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Slow


img_2906Have you ever been to the grocery store trying to quickly get what you need and get on to the many other things you would rather be doing? And when you were in that crowded store you found yourself behind someone blocking what you needed. This person was walking slowly and appearing to just ponder over everything on the shelf for what seems like forever. Only to finally walk away with nothing, leaving you wonder why.

I can offer a possible answer to the why question. On Saturday I was struggling with some unusual back and leg issues and needed to shop. I was determined that I would be able to get the groceries on my own. I was a wonderful sight. I put on my hat to cover up my hair that was out of control due to a bad hair day. I attached my Tens machine to my lower back and put on a long tee shirt to hide the machine and it’s wires. I figured if I had trouble moving I could just turn the machine on and it would help. And as usual it did help.

However my pace was very slow. I walked even slower than those electric carts. And if you have ever been stuck behind one of them you know that is slow. Due to the issues I found myself stopping and leaning on my cart and to not draw attention to myself I pretended to be interested in what was on the shelf next to my rest stop. Yes, I walked away from the area without picking anything up most of the time. I did try not to block anyone.

I found one advantage to going through the store at a much slower pace, I did not have to back track too much because I could better inspect what was on the shelves and find what I needed. The disadvantage is that it took a whole lot longer.

I think sometimes God allows us to experience not being able to go fast so that we can better appreciate things around us and realize that rushing just adds stress. I hope that I do not have to go that slow again in the store, but you never know. This experience has also shown me that people who go through stores slowly might have a really good reason and maybe the  next time I am tempted to get upset with them I should stop and pray for them.

It just goes to show you that what you see on the outside is not always what is going on in the inside. Remember to be patient.

Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Take a Stand


San Jose - Phoenix 31Psalm 53:1

The fool has said in his heart,
There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.

There is no God? How can anyone in their right mind believe this? When I look around me and see wonders  like beautiful natural landscapes, waterfalls, grass, flowers, trees, stars, the sun the moon and an amazing variety of people, I know that there has to be a God who created it all.

And yet there are some very highly educated people in this world who have turned their backs on God and believe an amazingly ridiculous theory that a random event created our universe. My question is where did the things that were part of the random event come from?

I don’t claim to know where God came from but it’s a sight easier to believe that there is a higher authority that created this world than to believe it just happened. And if God created it all then there must have been a purpose for the creation. Then I, as part of the creation, must have a purpose in this life. Now the question becomes, what is my purpose in this life? It can take a lifetime to fully understand the answer to this question.

In part I understand that I am, like all believers, destined to do all that I can to bring Glory to God. This purpose, in general, could be brought forth in many ways. I don’t have to spend each day saying, “What should I do? How should I do it?” I can live this life with the understanding that God is real and He made me, which gives me worth and purpose. I want others to understand also that God is real and He loves His creation no matter how messed up they might look on the surface.

A long time ago, just after I was saved, I broke ties with a nationally known club because of their stand on abortion. I had been President and Director of this club in past years. But I could no longer have my name associated with an organization that went against my beliefs. Some people in the club thought I was wrong because the local club did not feel like they agreed with the new national platform. For me it was a game changer, though I enjoyed my time with them I felt I could no longer continue. I had to take a stand.

I think we are all  called to take a stand for our beliefs and understanding that God is alive and cares what we do. In the final judgment He is going to want an accounting for what we have done. Have we lived our lives to show His majesty, or have we lived our lives being comfortable with what others want us to do?

I am sure I have missed opportunities to show who I am and who God is in front of unbelievers. Political correctness has stifled us as a society. Would you join me this week in taking a stand for God? I will be back next week with more.

Challenges


IMG_2878There are many things in this world that challenge us each day. Day in and day out one thing is true, there will be challenges set before us. The question is: “How will we handle these challenges?”

We have a choice. We can handle them with sadness, anger and disgust or we can take them as challenges that we can overcome and handle them with faith that we will go through and not stop here. I love how Paul handles  challenges  in his life.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)

 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I understand that I am not Paul and I am not in his circumstances. I certainly do not enjoy boasting in my infirmities. I believe that God’s grace is sufficient for me and that He is making me stronger through weakness. So if I can make my faith and trust in God foremost in my life then I can tackle any challenge presented to me.

Overcoming frustration is a challenge in itself. After working on a light exercise routine for months building strength and stamina I injured a nerve. Now I have to wait out the healing time and then start over again at an even slower pace. The key is to learn patience….I do not like this key. It challenges every bit of my being to be patient while my body slowly heals but I have no choice.

So if you are experiencing frustration today try to look at your circumstances as a challenge that you can overcome, no matter how bleak it looks. Then turn your eyes to Jesus and keep your faith on Him and you will make it through. Don’t stop in the midst of the pain or you might stay there. Faith can move mountains and help you through tough times.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

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