Life's Trials

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. I am reminded everyday of all the hurt and pain all of us experience and face in this journey of life. Life's tests, temptations and painful experiences are challenging to say the least and non of us like to go through difficult times. When things seem to difficult to handle or to hard to face we are tempted to pull away, shut down, or just want to give up. But there is another way, a better way of looking at these things. Are we going to let them destroy us or are we going to learn from them and let our disappointments and failures work for good in our lives. Charles Swindoll addresses this in such a wonderful way.   

Charles Swindoll says it like this, (Quote) ..By accepting life's tests and temptations as friends—by allowing them to enter our private world and produce the rare quality of endurance—we become people "of mature character." There is no shortcut. The idea of instant endurance is nonsense. The pain brought on by interruptions and disappointments, by loss and failure, by accidents and disease, by changes and surprises, is the long and arduous road to maturity. There is no other. One thing bumps up against another, which in turn bumps another, and during the process, endurance helps us mature. Periodically, however, we will find ourselves at a loss to know what to do or how to respond—that's when we ask for help. At those junctures, God delivers more than intelligence . . . much more than clever ideas and good ol' common sense. He dips into His well of wisdom and allows us to drink from His bucket.

Have a great Day, Dee

 

The Power of Kindness

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts.' Thank you for your responses back I love hearing from you. This morning I am reminded of how far a 'kind word' goes. The power ofjust being kind to one another. Do you know it takes more energy to speak harsh words than it does to say a kind word?

Kindness, what is it? We know of it, hear of it, but how do we show it? Being kind, here is the meaning of it. Taken from the American Dictionary Of The English Language it says; it is that disposition which delights in contributing to the happiness of others, which is exercised cheerfully in gratifying their wishes, supplying their wants or alleviating their distresses.

Kindness always expresses Love! Contributing to the happiness of others, which means we play a role and have an obligation to those around us to try and help them reach their goals and comfort them when they are in distress. Charity, hospitality and focused attention to the wants and desires of others are deemed as acts of kindness.

‘We cannot love without kindness and we cannot be kind unless we love’. Forgiving one another covers a multitude of sins. Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:18-19. May we forgive and show kindness to others as God forgives and shows kindness towards us.  Reach out to someone today who needs a kind word or encouragement you will more blessed than they are.

Have a wonderful day, Dee

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other side of the fence

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. Have you every wondered what your life would have looked like different from the one you have now? I think we have all thought about that at one time or another, especially when we see others seemly being successful, happy and financially sound when we are struggling day to day. Well let me tell you a story about a 'certain cow'. 

Growing up on a farm it was a common sight to see cattle grazing in the distance enjoying a pasture of green grass. You would think they would be content with what they had wouldn’t you? The key word here being “green grass” .

But, as I watched them grazing, sure enough, there would be a single cow with her head through the fence trying to get at the grass on the other side of the fence. Now that grass on the other side did not necessarily look better, in fact, it really looked worse. So why was the cow working so hard to get to the grass on the other side of the fence? For some reason the cow believed that  grass would bebetter eating than what it already had. So, here is our thought for the day, “Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence”?

It is easy isn’t it for us to believe that what someone else has is better than what we have. Their life is better than mine, their house is better than mine and before you know it I am coveting their things. Suddenly, my things and my life are not good enough anymore. Doesn’t this sound like the cow at the fence? I once heard that if you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, spend some time watering your own grass!

Let us not forget that more often than not, How we view the color of grass is only in our perception of it. We can be deceived thinking it looks good on the outside where in reality it is worse than what we have. We sometimes go to great lengths looking for something betterstraining our necks through a small hole in a fence trying to get to the other side (to something better) only to find the other side is not so good after all. 

But, If we are not careful, in our efforts to get to the other side, we ignore the barbed wire and the thickets that are in our way and In the end, all we find on the other side are brown weeds. We have all we need in Jesus! And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Blessings, Dee

Are You Finding What Your Looking For?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's thoughts. How many of you have heard of Henry Hudson. His name is attached to many important landmarks in North America (the Hudson River, Hudson Bay). But the facts tell a different story. In many ways, he was seen as a failure. Little is known about Hudson outside of four voyages that he captained.

 It wasn't until his third voyage that he discovered important landmarks. It was on this day in 1610, during his fourth voyage, that Hudson, then forty-five, entered the Canadian bay that bears his name, hoping to find a water passage to the Orient. But, finding no passage, he eventually steered his ship, the “Discovery,” south, where they came to a dead end.

Trapped with few supplies in frigid temperatures, tensions among the crew increased. By the next June, conditions had improved. But a mutiny broke out. Hudson and others were set adrift in a small boat. It is believed that they died of exposure near what we know of as “Hudson Bay.”

 While he never found his way to Asia, Hudson is still remembered because of his pioneering voyages. Yet, describing his life, one historian commented that he “never actually found what he was looking for.”

 Sometimes in life, we may not reach the goals we think are important. This is part of the journey of faith. The Bible describes how some never experience the specific thing they seek. Yet we might accomplish things that we never anticipated and God can use us in unexpected ways. These are reasons why we need to stay faithful, and trust God. His perspective is perfect. His plans lay out every detail we need to know. And He promises to be with us every step of the way. The most important part of our Spiritual Journey is not just reaching a specific goal but rather the journey itself. Enjoy the trip! 

Be Blessed, Dee

A Person of 'Mature Character'

Good Morning and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. Do we really know just how important it is to be a person of 'good character?  More than likely, you don't wake up in the morning having that thought on your mind. But how we conduct ourselves in all situations is watched by everyone, our families, friends, and even those who don't know us at all. How we act, respond and conduct ourselves is the most important thing we do every day and it impact's others either in a good way or a bad way.  

What is 'Mature Character'? Think of it in this way, we all identify with fruit, it is very good and most of us like to eat the wide variety of fruits. But Fruit just doesn't mature to it's eating level without a growing process that needs to take place first and it is made up of more than one substance. it has juice, pulp, seeds, and is held together by a skin or rind and attached to a tree or vine where it is given life through its branches. 

Such it is with us in regard to developing character, we need time to grow and mature it is a process.  So it is with all of us, maturing (growth) requires tending over time and pruning (cutting back) getting rid of the old stuff if we are to develop good character. Be encouraged today if you feel like you are not where you should be don't give up it is a process. Keep walking, learning and changing with the tide of life. Many of us can be to hard on ourselves and get discouraged. If this is the case pick yourself up and keep pressing on the blessings come after the trials.

Have a Great Day, Dee

 

 

Giving in or Giving up?

Good Morning and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. Have you ever wondered what kind of a person you are? Who we are takes in many aspects of our life I know, but let's look at this particular one. Am I a person who always gives in and if so is it for the right reasons? Some of us give in so as not to upset others even if we need to set a healthy boundary with them, others of us just give up and stop trying. Neither of these is a good place to be wouldn't you agree? 

There is a big difference isn't there, giving in for the wrong reasons or giving up leading us to a place of  hopelessness, but be encouraged there is another way. Giving in can take on a whole new meaning with the word'surrender'.  Surrender from a Biblical perspective is "us letting go of the control of our lives" surrendering it all to the Lordship of Christ. One brings death and hopelessness the other brings 'life'. Choose life you won't be disappointed I guarantee it!

Have a Great Day. Dee

change is hard

Good Morning welcome to Dee's Thoughts. I don't know about you but I don't always like the notion of change. Change means things are not going to be the same as they are. We don't like change because it may mean we will have to do or be someone we may not want to be. Change challenges any resistance we may have in our hearts.

Change is never easy but necessary if we are to grow and mature. It takes us out of our comfort zones and places us in the realm of uncertainty. If we feel the need to protect our surroundings we will have a difficult time conforming to new changes. Change bumps our "control of life" and affects each and every one of us on a personal level. Change requires flexibility on our part and the ability to bend with the circumstances of life. Resistance hold us back from being flexible.

So, even though we may fine it difficultperhaps and a little scary to let change have its way in out life it is worth it in the long run and most rewarding. James 4:7-8 says Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you...

Be Blessed, Dee

 

Free Will -the good and bad of it

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Love hearing from you so keep the chatter coming. Free will is not something we normally think about everyday but it is a major part of our lives. Most of the time we go about our daily business making decisions every day and not giving it any thought about where we get the power to make those decisions.

Quote: A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against' not with the wind. With free will we can choose or not choose. The negative side of free will is 'we are responsible for the choices we make'. With choice we can do what we want which is wonderful, yet at the same time our choices if not rightly intended hurt others. We have the choice to love or hate, give or take.

 God gave us a free will so that we could experience true love. He wanted us to Love Him freely and willingly. Free will allows us to love God willingly or not to. That is why God gave us a free will, that we would want to choose Him. Love does not come through force it comes through love .

Be blessed today Dee