This Smile (A Poem)

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This smile tells of a joy, a journey, and a destiny
This smile is evidence of growth, hope, and gratitude
This smile continues because even the greatest of pain can’t minimize God’s limitless ability
This smile tells of an investment God made in me and will see through to completion
This smile embraces the battle scars that remind me of what God brought me through
This smile is a release, a realization, and a choice
This smile is recognizing that it’s not my strength I walk in, but His (God’s)
This smile is a product of God’s grace and mercy
God is in control, so this smile shall remain

By PurposeOverFear
2017 copyright by PurposeOverFear

 

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Walking (Running) in Impatience

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How are you letting your impatience redirect your path?  Perhaps you can relate to this.  God led you to do something.  You are walking along in what God called you to do and then you get to a point where you’re so frustrated, exhausted, and/or confused that you want to quit.  You were on board for following God when the calling was fresh, new, and exciting.  You were on board for walking in your purpose until all that stress, anxiety, and strain continued knocking at your door.  You were on board with walking by faith until what you saw was seemingly so far removed from what God promised you that you couldn’t see the connection.  (Side note: Remember God really does keep all of His promises regardless if you think it will take a miracle or not.  God has ALL power.)  You were on board until things seemed to be taking longer to accomplish, move, create, build, grow than you wanted to wait.

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Reminder for Those “You Don’t Know” Situations

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Have you ever had that “you don’t know” feeling? (As in you don’t know how God is going to work something out. You have no idea…no guesses…no clue.) Perhaps you’ve had those situations where you don’t know how God is going to make the crumbs around you into a meal (literally and figuratively). I’m talking those times where you know God can do anything, but you almost want to tell God “good luck” because from your view, the situation you’re in is really going to take a miracle or require God to make something out of nothing.

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What’s On My List?: Books, Music, And Podcasts

We don’t know everything.  That can be pretty difficult to hear, but it’s an honest statement.  God knows all.  We fall short of being all-knowing.  The exciting part is that there is always room for us to grow and learn.

Below are some books that I’m in the process of reading (or just finished).  Also, I’ve listed some artists and podcasts that have pushed me to grow.  Perhaps the words, lyrics, and teachings will be meaningful to you.

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Beyond the Four Walls: What Do We Do With God Outside of Church Service?

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On Sundays (or Saturdays) many venture to a building or a designated place to collectively worship and praise God.  We hear the preacher deliver a mighty sermon that leaves us inspired and encouraged to leave the four walls of the building ready to make a change in our lives, and ready to share the goodness of God with others.  However, we walk outside of those four walls and sometimes fall back into our same habits and routines.  The inspiration we received from the sermon sometimes takes a backseat.  We meant to tell others about the sermon we heard and apply the sermon to our lives at least for the week, but didn’t necessarily take the time to do so.

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7 Thoughts on Addressing Stress

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Who has ever experienced overwhelming stress?  You can’t see me, but both of my hands are all the way in the air.  Stress isn’t healthy.  Stress isn’t fun.  Stress isn’t the ideal way to live.  It can impact the decisions you make and the mood you are in.

After many, many years, I still have no magic formula for eliminating stress in life.  Sitting on a beach seems to be as close as I have gotten.  However, I do have a few thoughts on how to address stress that are based on lessons I learned.  Seven of these thoughts are below. Continue reading