Lenten Journey Day 13 – Longing for Heaven

My dearest friends and family and possible newcomers I want to tell you that as I am typing this I am also asking God to blessing you, yes each and every person reading this I am asking God to meet your needs whatever they may be at this very moment. I believe in the all-powerful, all-knowing and all loving God who created each of us and died to give us everlasting life in Heaven. The words I’m sharing may not completely line up with the scripture passages for today but God has placed some things upon my heart to share. I am abundantly blessed with wonderful friends, coworkers, mentors and family. I just want to say that each of you add value to my life simply by knowing you and learning from you. I’m a smarter and wiser person due to the character of these individuals I get the opportunity to work with every week, (coworkers, supervisors and managers) they have all taught me patience; cause, concern and control of situations and life in general, I’ve learned compromise is not the same as giving in and giving up, it’s teamwork, I’ve learned collaboration, respect and mutual admiration for one another. I am a better person because of these individuals and they have strengthen and shaped my daily walk with Christ sometimes through direct conversation but other times simply by the standards in which they live their lives. I rarely see these individuals outside of our work environment but my love and admiration for them carries over into my social life, my family life and most importantly my Christian life. I absolutely trust and believe that these individuals are in my life for a purpose, a Godly purpose. I am blessed beyond measure and I hope they know just how honored I am to have them in my life. I don’t want to start naming individuals because I would definitely forget some but I truly try to show or tell each of them that they are important to me. To my two oldest friends from College, I love you women like sisters, we have all shared very important events with one another through the years and although we do not see one another often, you are always in my heart. To old friends that have strayed away, our friendships served a purpose for a season and my life is forever changed because of you. To the individuals who have encouraged me to pursue my dreams of writing and art, thank you! I am passionate about tell my story and God’s stories and how they are combined, by the grace of God and His never-ending mercies. I cannot forget my family, you have always supported me in all my endeavors, you were always my biggest fans. I’m talking aunts, uncles, cousins, first and second cousins, grandparents and even great-grandparents. What a joy to have known my parents, parents and theirs as well. I’m thankful for the richness of growing up in rural/country America and for being a child of the ’60’s and 70’s…yep, I’m a “Baby Boomer!” That was a time of true freedom and carefree spirits, a different time and place from what youth today experience, thank you Jesus for the parents you blessed me with also for my brother, niece and nephew, and their extended families. So, grab hold of the blessings coming your way, trust in God’s Will and believe. You are loved, you are important and you absolutely matter. I like this saying, “I’m not where I want to be but thank God I’m not where I used to be!” Each day is a new day, fresh start…love deeply, laugh often and forgive more. πŸ’ž
1 Corinthians 1:20-25 “Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Psalm 74:12-17 “But God is my King from long ago; he brings salvation on the earth. It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters. It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert. It was you who opened up springs and streams; you dried up the ever-flowing rivers. The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.”

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” ~C.S.Lewis
~Blessings and Peace~

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