Manchester

 

I would like to say that I am completely shocked about the bombing in Manchester, but I’m not. I am however sick to my stomach thinking about all those innocent lives that were lost.

Being an Ariana Grande concert, I can only imagine all the young kids in the audience. Something that was supposed to be a memory in the making is now a nightmare that will haunt for a lifetime.

Right now there are still so many questions. Was it terrorist? Probably. It blows my mind how people think blowing up stuff will bring honor to self and country. That is the biggest load of crap. I’m sorry but killing innocent people to bring triumph, is cowardly.

I am sick and tired of fearing for my safety when I go to a movie because someone could shoot up the place. Or when I go to Wal-Mart that someone is going to walk in with a bomb strap to their back. If I see a random box or debris on the side of the road, I think of a bomb. Don’t even get me started on flying. Sadly, that is just what terrorists want. They want to get in your head.

My heart just breaks for Manchester. I am praying for complete peace. I pray that parents can find their children. I pray this stops.

Overcomer: Darkness Makes The Light More Obvious.

Below is my Overcomer reading devotion for today. I did not write this, but I love it so much I had to share. My favorite line is….darkness makes the light more obvious. 

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Sometimes, to really know who or what something is, it helps to know who or what the opposite is. Darkness makes the light more obvious. What’s the opposite of an overcomer? An undertaker. Someone responsible for burying your life. Your enemy. Jesus makes it simple with John 10:10. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But, Jesus is here to give you life—and not just that—life to the full because He’s more than an overcomer! In other words, your enemy is not an overcomer. Because of Jesus, the undertaker has no chance in your life.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

 

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Am I Living and Enjoying My Life’s Full Potential?

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This morning I started a new devotional reading plan on my Bible app. It is called Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again. Apparently, this devotional is from the book, with the same title, written by the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, David Green.

Right out of the gate this plan has me thinking already about how I am living my life. I am not just talking about how much I might cuss, or laughing at an inappropriate joke, or asking forgiveness for the road rage I experience from time to time. The part of my life I am thinking about is the legacy of my existence. Do I have the right frame of mind to live my life the way God intended? Happy, loving and giving.

Mr. Green broke out how we think during each stage of our lives. He states we worry about who we will marry or what type of career will we have in our twenties. In our thirties, we ask ourselves how I can grow in my career and will my kids turn out ok? I am in my late thirties, and I would have to agree with Mr. Green because those two items are very top of mind.

When we reach our forties, we start to question if the career we worked so hard for in our twenties and thirties is even the right fit. And wonder why life is so hard? The fifties we start to look backward and forward: “How has my life turned out so far, and what will I do that’s significant in the next twenty-five years?” (David Green)

By our sixties, we began to worry if our bodies will stay healthy and hold up and how often we will see our grandchildren. In the golden years of seventy, we start to look back and ask if everything we’ve done in life so far has been worth it. And more importantly, will anyone remember?

The material things we once held high are no longer relevant in our eighties. We will find our joy in the things you can’t buy.

A phone call from a friend
The touch of your spouse’s hand
A quiet walk observing God’s creation
The presence of your children
The laughter of your grandchildren
(David Green)

What struck me this morning is that the questions we should be asking at the beginning of our lives are the ones we ask at the end. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be eighty and regret not enjoying life the way God intended. What makes it hard for me to stop and smell the roses is I am always on the go. It is hard for me just to stop and soak in all the blessings around me.

What’s Your Mojo?
How do you live your life to the fullest? Are you like me and struggle to remember to enjoy life instead of always on the go?