Words To Live By

Be Strong 
Be Courageous
Why? Because

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

Thank you, God, for breathing life into ancient words that still speak to us today. 

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Thankful Thursday – A Comforting Thought

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

I see it in a fallen feather. And in the hair turning inexplicably gray atop my mostly brown covered head. All around, there is evidence of age – the frailty of life becoming more real with the passing of hours.

But I am thankful today for a Heavenly Father who reveals His tender care in the pages of scripture.

And who writes words of love on the pages of my heart.

I know that the Creator of all – He who holds the world in His hands – is holding me.

And holding you.

And saying “Don’t be afraid.”

Father, thank you for speaking words of hope and comfort to us. And for reminding us that, since we are in your care, there is no need to fear.

Former Theater Director Starts Nonprofit to Help the Poor Grow Their Own Food

Here’s a story that reminds us of what happens when the seed of inspiration is nurtured. We all know that plants need sunlight and water to grow. Likewise, a dream needs to be brought out of the shadows into the light of day so that it can truly shine. And, having been watered with the sweat of hard work and determination, it begins to emerge, bearing it’s fruit in the bountiful garden of life’s greatest joys.

When I read about Raul Lozano and his dream to teach the poor how to grow vegetables in their own backyards, I was struck immediately by the ingenuity of the idea itself as well as Mr. Lazano’s fearless approach to pursuing his passion. Far too often, too many of us surrender our “lightbulb moments” to the darkness of disbelief. But, this man had an idea and decided to forge ahead by asking himself the simple question, “Why can’t I?”

That one, small question led him to embark on a new journey that would benefit his community in a big way. His non-profit, La Mesa Verde, provides planter boxes and other supplies to needy families along with gardening and nutrition classes. This helps the families to save money, eat healthier and feel encouraged about being able to do something that will better their circumstances.

What if we, too, acted on our convictions and put hands and feet to our dreams? What if, instead of fearing failure, we began to fear not trying at all? Why couldn’t we experience the profound joy of pursuing our dreams and watching them grow into a beautiful reality? Indeed, why can’t we?

To read the full story, click on the link below.

Former Theater Director Starts Nonprofit to Help the Poor Grow Their Own Food

Fearless

Why is it so hard to remember the simple command to not be afraid? Is it because I forget who is in control? It’s exhausting trying to be fearless and overcome the trials of life in my own strength.

The enemy is relentless in the pursuit of our hearts, to bend us and break us through the use of hurtful people, confusing circumstances and the scary unknowns of life. I’m human, so I need to be reminded that God is faithful in every situation. And, graciously, He always points me toward that truth.

Today, it was Romans 8:15. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery, to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out ‘Abba, Father!’”

Isn’t it great to know we have a loving Father who has taken us under His wing and declared that there is nothing to fear? Through the grace of God, I pray I’ll learn to not walk after the flesh, in my own understanding, but to walk in the Spirit. And I pray this for us all, so we can throw away the shackles, so we can be free, so we can find that place of true contentment and rest.

This is a poem I wrote years ago when I was wrestling with fear.

To Be Brave

I want to be brave
To face every day
Far from the fear that I’ve known

To dance in the rain
To sing out your name
Knowing I’m one of your own

Abandoning lies
And living this life
Running in fields of sweet grace

Forever to be
Happy and free
Finally fearless and brave