For such a time as this. .
June 23rd, 2019
Grace for our Fathers
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . . Psalm 139:14
Tomorrow is Father’s day. My dad died over twenty years ago and yet I ponder: “What pile does my dad fit into?” I didn’t have that father-daughter relationship of which sappy movies are made. He was a World War II veteran who made a difficult transition into family life. While he never talked of his war experience till very late in life, clearly as a young man seeing his best friend blown to pieces right in front of him and slaughtering the enemy would leave a haunting impact on his soul. Not one to display any emotion, he was stoic and unavailable. Yet, I believe he did his best and isn’t that about all we can ask of others. I was reading a favorite blog and saw this picture. I really believe to my core that it is time to stop sorting people. We are humans making our way through a complicated existence called life. We are going to make mistakes. We are all going to fail others and ourselves. But we also have our good days when we are loving and kind. Let’s extend grace to our dad’s tomorrow. And then, accept God’s grace for ourselves. No relationship is without its hiccups. Acceptance of “what is” and not wishing otherwise brings a great sense of inner peace. Praising God for all Father’s today, Linda
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. Galatians 6:4-5
Good morning beautiful friend,
This morning I have a question for you. How often do you look in the mirror and say to yourself, “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Don’t be so quick to say, “Me, Never!” My bet is that you do. You may not be taunted by the Wicked Witch, but those devil thoughts do come often to mind.
Be real with me. Those thoughts that say, I could be happy “if only” if were skinnier, blonder, taller or younger threaten our contentment. Are you drowning in comparisons? No jealous thought is ever life-affirming. James 1:15 tells us that comparing our looks, social status, finances, etc., actually leads to death. Death of peace. Death of self-confidence. Death of joy. We can’t celebrate the life we have been given; we can’t celebrate our uniqueness if we are coveting another.
Friend, this day, I want you to know deep in your heart that you are beautiful, gifted, and deeply loved by God. You are the best you, precious in God’s sight. Look in the mirror and smile. Celebrate you!
Loving you always, Linda