Apr 28, 2009

Friends


OK, this is fun! Mikes (with an "s") who is a very friendly guy that writes Your Daily Word just honored me with the Blogger Friendship Award. Now, the rules of accepting the award read as follows: “These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to those bloggers who must choose at least five more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”

Well don't have five but I have six. The people who have befriended me most in the blog world are:

Jenny of Captured by God. Her blog reveals a heart that thirsts for intimacy with God.
Tawny of Learning to Live. Tawny makes pertinent points with short (I love that) posts.
Michele of Beelieve You Can. A great looking blog with uplifting content, inspired by the bumble bee story.
Laura of Sojourner Soliloquy. This woman writes beautifully.
Hazel of catching some z's. She reveals her heart and shares the wisdom she has gained as counselor.
Jennifer of Chosen. Jennifer writes with friendliness and a transparency that encourages.

Each of these women has taken the time, not just to write, but to reach out to those who read their work.

Thanks again, Mikes!

Flowers
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Apr 22, 2009

Glory in glass

I like to think of humankind as a stained glass window. In the dark the window is colorless, but in the sun, the same light shines through each piece uniquely revealing God's glory.

What color and shape are you?
No two pieces are identical. God has created you to reflect His glory in a way that only you can! Embrace your differentness as a unique way for God to express Himself.

Some people are always trying to make themselves nothing. This is a misunderstanding of Scripture. There is a self that we must die to (the sin nature) but there is a self that we are called to put on and live out of (Ephesians 4:22-24). The new nature is our most true identity (Romans 7:17; Romans 7:22; Romans 7:25). Sanctification is learning to move toward and live out of the "real you." God wants to shine through your special shape and color. Allow Him to do it!

Blessings,
Flowers
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Apr 20, 2009

Finding Joy

I live with chronic illness and struggle with depression, so joy is something that has often eluded me. However, I have found it very practical to focus instead on ENJOYING the present moment, squeezing as much happiness as I can out of the good in it.

Whether it is a cool breeze, a kind word, or a job well done, the good is always there, for God goes about lighting candles in the dark places of our lives. If we look for those blessings in certainty that we will find them our lives are richer, and we begin to walk in joy. The rich and poor alike can marvel at the stars! Ecclesiastes 8:15 reminds us that there is nothing better.

Flowers
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Apr 16, 2009

Blog Carnival

God Nuggets Blog is honored to be featured on this month's Christians with Chronic Illness Blog Carnival. The article selected was "Fantastically Fragile." There are some great blog entries featured, so check them out. Click the picture to read more!

Apr 12, 2009

Too Small for God?

"My problems aren't important.
Not with all the suffering in the world.
So many people have such worse problems.
Who am I to ask God for this?"

Friend, nothing is too small for God's care and concern! He gives equal attention to black holes, world affairs, and bad hair days. He has numbered the hairs on your head - a detail too trivial for even you to know. Not a sparrow falls apart from His hand, and you are more important than many sparrows.

Pray about everything; worry about nothing. Your problems, large and small, are important to God!

Blessings,
Flowers
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Apr 7, 2009

Love Triangle


"Love your neighbor as yourself" (Galatians 5:14). "As yourself." This may not command self-love, but it certainly makes it a prerequisite for loving others. If you called another person by the names you call yourself would he or she be a moron? idiot? screw-up? loser? Would God want you to love someone else as you love yourself?

We are creatures of infinite value because we are created by an infinite God. To disrespect ourselves is to disagree with God Almighty. If we do that, we can't fulfill God's most important command to love God and others.

What if we don't have self-esteem; where do we begin? We begin by receiving the love of God. "We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). I would suggest getting a highlighter that won't bleed through thin Bible pages and highlighting every Scripture that makes you feel loved by God in a special color. The Psalms are a good place to start. Go over these Scriptures (even commit some of them to memory) until they begin to seep from your head into your heart. (On bad days, only read that color.) Just as we depend on the Holy Spirit to help live out God's word, we can depend on Him to help us receive the love of God.

It starts with God's love and spreads out like a triangle to ourselves and others. Each feeds into the other in balance. As we grow in the love of ourselves, we love God more and others more. As we love God more, we love ourselves and others in increasing measure. And as we love others, we grow in the love of God and ourselves. No part of the triangle can be neglected for love to be complete in our lives.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39).

Blessings,
Flowers
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