Tag : family
Tag : family
What a roller coaster life has been for my family and me, heck for the world! It seems like this Thanksgiving will probably be unusually more difficult. Families still keeping distant or gathering with trepidation will bring more emotions into an already heavy season.
That’s why it’s especially important to speak with grace to each person. The Bible says in Colossians 4:6: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Each one of us are working through uncertainty, difficult changes with home, work, and school life, all the while dealing with the ever changing and turbulent “outside world.”
So it is now that we need to show the grace of the Lord to others. “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).
With raw emotions so easy to rage, we are called to slow down. Let our actions speak of love, grace, and thanksgiving. I have noticed that during this chaotic time my faith has been deepened and my relationships strengthened.
I have leaned heavily into my Savior with the full knowledge of my future. I am secure in His love and provision. I am warmed by His love and understanding. I am blessed with all the opportunities He has given me to love on others, to dig deeper into HIS word, and have been given time to slow down and listen. You, too, have the opportunity to extend respect, listen and show love, and speak with grace to one another.
As the weeks move quickly towards Thanksgiving Day, may we all prepare more than our travel plans, our homes, or food—may we prepare our hearts with grace.
Join us for POP Chat November 18th as Dr. Lynnette Simm will be teaching on “Gratitude is the Antidote.”
Flautist Katherine Legg will be providing our worship music. It will be a powerful hour of worship, teaching and discussion. Click on the link to sign up! ttps://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z
Yesterday, at Pearls of Promise Ministries we were talking about our hearts. What it means to have a pure and clean heart, and what it means to pour out your heart. So much of my time recently as been spent examining my heart.
This time of isolation has really allowed me to reflect on my relationships. I have journaled and blogged about my relationship with God, my husband, my girls, my parents and with my siblings. I have had the chance to love on my niece and my nephew-in-law from afar, as they welcomed into the family the first child of the next generation. And, I have spent countless hours of blessed, quality time via phone calls and zoom calls with my friends. I have loved every minute!
Pouring out your heart starts with love, and communication is the key foundation to every relationship so I have been in extrovert heaven. I must admit I have missed hugs and there are some family and friends whom I just can’t squeeze in person—yes, you Baby Russell!
Thankfully, this time allowed me to pour my heart out to the Lord daily and sometimes well into the night. I have cried out to Him for myself, my family, friends, our country and our leaders, for our neighbors in all the countries around the world. What a time to pour out of hearts. Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts for Him, for God is our refuge.”
In Him, I have found my refuge, my strength during this time and I am blessed to have deepened many of my relationships. There are so many of you who are struggling. Jobs lost or overworked, moving, families separated, death of loved ones, and even celebrations, births, or graduations diminished or put on hold because of this time. Yet there has been so much love too.
When we get through it all, I pray that we pour out our hearts even more. I pray that marriages become strengthened, family bonds grow stronger, and the things we truly care about stay our number one priorities. Our Faith. Our Families and One Another. These are the places where YOU need to continue pouring your heart out.