Archives For Character

At midnight, I was wide awake.  As I scanned the TV for something to put me to sleep, I noticed the variety of things that a person can get to help shape up their body parts.  If you need to be perkier or flatter or tighter there’s something you can buy to help you along.  But the underlying message is, “If yours isn’t, it should be.”

I have a saying that’s all my own.  It’s, “No matter where you go, there you are.”  Sounds pretty simple, but take a deeper look.  It means that regardless of where you go, what you look like, or who you’re with, the you that only you and God know is still there.  The you that suffers from temper issues.  The you that can’t be satisfied because you think you’re ugly or unworthy.  In other words, you can’t make a fresh start anywhere with the old you still in tow – no matter what you do!

Some years ago, Robert S. McGee wrote a fantastic book called The Search for Significance.  Here’s the blurb: WE CAN BUILD OUR SELF-WORTH ON OUR ABILITY TO PLEASE OTHERS, OR ON THE LOVE AND FORGIVENESS OF JESUS CHRIST.  He hits the nail squarely on the head.  The book/workbook is available at www.amazon.com and is definitely worth reading.  Check it out.

Love Heart, let God do your extreme makeover from the inside out.  Flabby and saggy are only temporary.  One day you will lay your “tent” down and the real you will either be joined with the Father or eternally separated from Him forever depending on what you’ve decided about Jesus.  But while you’re earth bound, be all He created you to be.  Base your significance on who you are in Christ, not how flat your abs are!  Gwen~

Counting the Days~

April 6, 2017 — Leave a comment

                Dr. Mary Neal has written a book called To Heaven and Back. She died in a drowning accident, went to heaven, and returned. Of the things she said of her adventure, the one that struck a chord with me is, “Every day really does matter.”

I have lived approximately 23,474 days (including some leap year days!). If God should graciously give me another 20 years, that will be about 7,305 more days.

Now, there is nothing I can do to reclaim any of the 23,474. Not a single day of my wayward years can be recaptured. Not a day spent in sin and rebellion can be changed. However, of the 7,000 or so that might be left, each one of them can be lived to the fullest, but only if my focus is on God.

People have a hard time following after a god that holds them accountable for their lives.  The One True and Living God does just that.  He gives you all you need, and He holds you responsible for what He has given to you.  You are responsible for your actions!

With the world as crazy as it is today, don’t be swayed in your love for and devotion to Him.  Fix your eyes on Him, the One who is the author and finisher of your faith!

Love Heart, if you only have one day left, live it for the One who created you. You won’t be disappointed! Gwen~

Magician

March 7, 2017 — Leave a comment

A little girl whom I love very much had some question concerning God as we drove home one afternoon.

She was asking questions about how the earth was made; where everything came from.  I shared with her from Genesis:

Then she says…God uses magic!

I almost had a stroke…I very calmly explained to her that God does NOT use magic.

Magic is a trick that is played on us to make us believe that the magician has done something fabulous!  Understand that I’m trying to explain this to a 5 year old. 

Love Heart, God actually has the power to do the miraculous!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, NIV)

Check out the book of Genesis for the rest of the story and know that our God is not a magician …He is the creator! ~Debra

Business consultant was training more than 3000 employees of a mid-western grocery chain to approach their jobs with a goal of creating a memory for their customers. She stated that “this is what will distinguish your store from all others.”

Johnny was a 19-year old bag boy that had down-syndrome. His first response to the consultant’s suggestion was “I’m just a ‘bag boy.'” Nevertheless, he went home and shared what the consultant said with his mother.

They began to ponder the consultant’s words about how he could create a memory for his customers. Johnny had a habit of collecting inspirational thoughts that he would often read. He decided he would begin printing these sayings and place one in each of the bags of his customers.

When customers came through the line he would place the sayings in their bag and say, “I’ve included some of my favorite sayings in your bag in hopes it will encourage you today. Thanks for shopping with us.”

After just a few weeks, an amazing thing began to happen. One day the store manager noticed that all the customers were lined up at only one cashier station when there were other stations open. He began to panic, thinking the other stations were broken. After further investigation he found this was not the case. Actually, customers wanted to come through Johnny’s line in order to get his saying of the day.    

One woman came up to the manager and said, “I used to come to the store only once a week, but now I come everyday!” Johnny’s example spread to other departments in the store.

The florist began giving a flower to each florist customer. The meat department put Snoopy stickers on each meat order with a special greeting. This one act by a bag boy changed the entire climate of the store.*

How can you create a memory for someone in your workplace today? Jesus was all about creating memories.

*Ken Blanchard, presentation made at 2004 His Presence in the Workplace conference, San Antonio,TX, 2005

You never know what kind of light you are bringing into someone’s world.

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5: 14-16, NIV)

 

Shine wherever you are…not matter the circumstances! Deb~

Bind Us Together

February 10, 2017 — Leave a comment

                 I read a great book called Daughter of Joy by Kathleen Morgan.  The setting is on a Colorado ranch in 1895.  Conor MacKay and Abby Stanton are the main characters.

Here is a great line that I found fascinating.  “As physically attractive as she may find him, she would never consider marrying Conor MacKay.  It was one thing to care about him and wish to ease his pain.  It was quite another to wish to bind her life to his.”

Wow!  What insight.  Have you ever considered marriage in those terms?  Have you ever thought about binding your life to someone?  I believe that’s exactly what happens.

When you take those vows, you bind your life to someone else.  Scripture describes it as becoming one flesh.  Marriage is not you and me; it’s us…our lives bound together.  And if our lives are bound together, do you not want the very best for the other part that is you?

When we get busy “doing our own thing” it’s easy to concentrate on our own feelings, our own happiness, our own needs.  But what about the one who is bound to us?

Love Heart, before you take that giant step into marriage, consider the binding of another life to yours.  Are you willing to be bound to them for a lifetime?  Their habits that drive you crazy today probably won’t change.  They are who they are.

Here’s a word of sage advice.  If you have any doubts at all, DON’T DO IT!  It doesn’t matter how many plans have been made or how much money has been spent.  The magnitude of a mistake like that is enormous.  Seek God from the start and listen to Him.  He’s never wrong!  Gwen~