Showing posts from July, 2010

A Sign of Encouragement

Recently, I saw a sign of encouragement. One that was particularly special to me. While driving, I thought of a recent discouragement and mulled over what to do and made a quick decision to believe the best about it and to move forward. On paper this sounds so cut and dried, but inwardly it was a struggle to give up my hurt feelings and to forgive. Yet, this is what is required to move forward and leave all results in God's able hands. Within a second of deciding, God slid a red car in front of me within inches of my bumper. I laughed. There right in front of me was FEAR NOT ~ Isaiah 41:10 A sign.. A bumper sticker. Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. We are surrounded by reminders to look up. To not give up. In God's goodness and mercy He is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Pay atten

The Safety Pin

At times, small issues can seem enormous. Life and other people can seem petty. When this occurs, an adjustment of attitude, some sort of mental hug is in order. My first inclination during dry spells is to retreat. To spend time alone, or with my husband. Avoiding contact with others, until I can see the positive in people once again with God's help. But last week God had a different plan and did not wait long to share it with me by allowing my button to fall off my pants! This was one of those times in life when my glass was not half empty or half full. IT WAS JUST EMPTY!! I needed encouragement, a mental hug. A renewal. My hug came through the gift of a safety pin. After a hectic start on my first full day of vacation, the last thing I needed was a button to fall off my pants! Or so I thought. This small aggravation left me exposed in my clothing choice and in attitude. After packing for vacation what would have sufficed for almost any occasion, I still lacked a s