Do you ever wonder when you wake up if it will be a good day or a bad one? What kind of surprises will lurk in the dark corners waiting to completely knock you for a loop? Days that make you cringe wondering how will you get through it all, wondering if there is any hope for a bright moment?
I've been on Facebook lately and it saddens me as I gain more followers through book reviews or even through games I play when the nights get long, to see so many people out there searching for more than what this world will offer.
They want validation for their life. They want to know they matter somewhere. They want to know that today will not go by un-noticed by anyone. We all want great days, days that are memorable in great ways and ones that when you look back will make you smile.
For my oldest daughter, Caitlyn's graduation present from us, we created what I have called her book of Happy Moments. With the aid of all her friends and family I asked 4 questions and for their responses. The questions were:
1. What is your best/favorite memory of being with Caitlyn. Please be as specific and detailed as possible.
2. What are her best qualities that you see in her and why?
3. What is one thing that has impacted your life today by knowing or having Caitlyn in your life?
4. What advice or parting words of wisdom do you want her to remember?
I compiled all the response and had them printed and put in a journal that we began for her but she will work on and create an ending for. I know over time, we can be our own worst enemies and beat ourselves up more than most people can. There will be moments that we will wonder just what does it all mean and at the worst, allow those thoughts to dictate our moods.
This book is meant to counteract that, it's meant to be filled with things, pictures, quotes, or anything that will make her smile. We all know that cloudy, stormy days will come, but we need to remember that above all those clouds, the sun still shines.
Today I received a wonderful and heartwarming email that touched my heart from an author of a book I have recently reviewed. It had to be the best letter I have ever received on my ability not only to review his book beautifully but even addressed my writing. For me, this was my smile moment today and one that I am keeping in my own happy book.
As a believer, we still get discouraged, beat down and trampled, but we need to remember it's a choice whether we stay down, or reach out for God's hand and get back up again and move forward. I hope this post has blessed you in some way. I hope you share your thoughts!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11.
If you are in need of encouragement, substitute your name for the word you and be uplifted. He will not let you fall.
Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.
I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!
This is my online ministry that God is using to bring about encouragement, hope and love to a hurting and dark world. I am hoping that all of you that find your way here will take something away that will add some meaning to your life! I personally feel it's a calling I have from God at this time in my life to reach out to people that are hurting and offer them hope in a dark world or at least give them a smile and laughter back! I am sold out, body, mind, spirit and soul to Jesus Christ! This blog is dedicated to God, The Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ, my Savior!