I wanted to share this post from Mustard Seed Budget’s blog. Hope is such an important thing to keep and not let go of. No matter what you’re going through keep having hope. Hope that things will get better and hope for tomorrow and a bright future. Things have a way of working out. You need to hold on to hope and claim all of Gods promises to us, His children.
We are to look for Jesus in others with all that we have.
Do you try to see the best in others?
Do you look for the glint in their eye?
What’s special about that person you are interacting with today? What do you see in them that reminds you of the glory of God’s creation?
Even when darkness or despair is overtaking a person, do we search for some kind of beauty in them? Do we see them as magnificent creatures that God values and loves and wants to draw closer to Him with every passing moment?
There’s a glint somewhere in there.
Are we doing anything to ignite it? Are we really looking?
Do we feel afraid to point it out when we see Jesus shining through? Are we blinded by our own unwillingness to look deeper, harder, get outside of the box that we have placed others…
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I wanted to share my joy with my fellow bloggers and with the followers of my blog. I realize that not everyone reads all of my blog posts and may not know much about me other that some of what I’ve written. If you haven’t read my about me page then I’ll just explain why I’m asking for feedback on a website of mine. I happen to be Christian singer and am actively engaged in music, as a soloist and in choir at my church. I also sing “out” different events from time to time. I have revamped my “official” music website.I really need to hear some feedback and would love for those of you that are willing to head over to my new revamped site, take a look and provide me with some feedback about design, ease of navigation etc. You can leave feedback on the site directly or you can post a comment on this blog. If you want to share comments about the music that’s great, I’d love to hear what you think. I’ll be posting more posts to this blog soon. I appreciate your help.
I love butterflies, mostly because of what they represent, which to me is freedom, gentleness, beauty and renewal. Their unique coloring and markings always seem to capture my attention when I see one flurrying by. Butterflies have such humble beginnings as a caterpillar that most wouldn’t consider them a creature of beauty or elegance in their original state. However, it’s their humble beginnings that fascinates me. The fact that they start out so different, but are destined to change from an unattractive creature that crawls to get around, to one of beauty with the ability to fly is magical! I always think of transformation when I see butterflies. And when I think of transformation, I also think of God and what He’s done and continues to do in my own personal life as His child. God does a transforming work in all of His children’s lives, not just mine. Doesn’t that make you excited? Who doesn’t want to be a more beautiful person? The truth is none of us are very attractive as sinners at the foot of the cross, yet God sees what we can be. He sees the beautiful changes that he can make and once we’ve truly submitted to Him as Lord, we begin to change- and change for the better. We come to the Lord bound in our own chrysalis of sin and He gives freedom and forgiveness. The work in which God does to transform us sometimes seems to be a mystery. We can’t see what He’s doing or even understand at times, but little by little change happens. We become more beautiful inwardly, which is then is expressed outwardly to others in kindness and love. So “spread those wings and fly,” as the saying goes! You are a new creation! Doesn’t it feel great!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
After much contemplation (which, by the way, seems to be something I’m pretty good at!), I’ve decided to rename this blog. Sometimes you have an idea in mind and it just takes a different turn, pointing you in a different direction from where you originally set out to go. As much as I love to sing and as much as I am involved in music ministry, which was my original thought to name this blog “Serving The Lord Through Music Ministry”, I’ve realized that when it comes to writing my thoughts and experiences, I really am driven to write more about everyday life events and the questions we all have as we’re traveling down the unique path set before each of us. So I’ve decided to rename this blog “A Glimpse of God”. Those that are following this blog may be wondering, “What does this mean for me?” The answer is: not much! I will continue to post like I have and hopefully even more frequently as I work at disciplining myself to write even when I’m not quite up to it.
I’m impressed with WordPress! I think it’s really cool for WordPress to give us all a summary of how our blogs are doing. I may not have done as well as others, but considering that I started in Feb of 2012 and it was my first year, I’m delighted to have reached so many people all across international lines. Any suggestions for this blog? What would make this blog better? I appreciate your input!
WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.
Here’s a couple of photos for this weeks photo challenge on the color purple. It’s one of my favorite colors. To me the color purple means creativity, majesty and imagination. What does the color purple represent to you?
- How to wear purple (ezibuy.com.au)
- Purple Craze (incidentallearner.wordpress.com)
- Writing Exercise: Describing With Color (writingishardwork.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://photomecrazy.com
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://waldina.com/
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://artistoftheeveryday.wordpress.com
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://mikehardisty.wordpress.com
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://thepetalpusher.me
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://mikes-take.com
- Weekly Photo Challenge “Purple” http://mecwrites25.wordpress.com/
Do you feel like you’re not worthy for God to use? Do you think that you don’t have anything to offer God? Maybe you think you’re too bad of a person or that you’ve just sinned too much in your past. All you have to do is read the scriptures to know that there are some pretty shady characters that God used in mighty ways. You may be saying “Yes, that’s true, but I just don’t have any skills or a special talent! You may feel like God has given other people special abilities that He uses and somehow has left you out of the gift giving. Think again! God is not impartial! We are told clearly in the Bible that we have received a special gift and it’s to be used! 1 Peter 4:10 states “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”.
Maybe you’re just on the fence about serving in your local church. Well, get off of it! We are told to use our gifts for a reason. It will help someone else! Remember, all gifts are important to God’s church, the Body. All members of the body of His church are illustrated in a comparative fashion to the human body. They are all needed and equally important for kingdom work. So you feel like a big toe and you want to be something more visible like an eye. To God the big toe is just as important. If you’d had ever lost your big toe you’d realize how much it helps you walk and keep your balance. Whatever gift God has given you, just use it or lose it! We need you to fill that place and we need your help to serve God and make the church function as it should…
Think about this passage: 1 Corinthians 12:7 “To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all.
If you want to find out what your spiritual gift is or your unsure ask people you can trust. What am I good at? You can also pray for God’s leading and revelation. Most likely you are already drawn to the area that you should serve in. What have you been equipped to do from your life experience so far? You’ll never regret serving God! Just make the commitment !