Monday, March 28, 2011

Inspirational Mondays - "The Little Things"

As a mom I'm faced with tons of opportunities to not only teach my children life's lessons but to learn from them myself. These days it seems as though I'm always learning new things, especially when dealing with boys. They get into anything and everything and I now realize that they think and do completely different things that girls their age do.

They're pretty good boys but of course there are times when I have an "open mouth" moment when what they do is so puzzling to me that I have nothing to say or do other than to just "open my mouth" in awe. lol

Lately they've had some issues appreciating the simple things even if it's a toy. To them, if its fun and they break it then oh well. I had to tell them that God only blesses you with bigger things if you prove to him that you can appreciate and take care of the small things. It's not about being materialistic, its about taking care of what you have and not just to get better things, to just appreciate what God's blessed us with.

It's only when we appreciate the simple and small things that we can be blessed with bigger and better things of God. Again, not speaking from a materialistic point of view but rather a spiritual view where God sees that we are capable of handling his work and the purpose he has for our lives.

I read this message and thought it matched perfectly with the lessons I've been teaching my boys...

"Dear Lord, today let us be victorious over the little things in life. Help us to show love to those around us, to willingly share what we have, to speak kindly to those in need of a kind word. Even if what we have to watch over seems small and unimportant, remind is to do our job with mercy, justice, and love. Let us handle small things with big hearts. Amen."

"Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things." - Matthew 25:21 NKJV

Happy Monday everyone. Have a blessed and prosperous week.

Ciao! :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Inspirational Mondays - "Plans"

With all that's been going on in the world recently it's only fitting that today's Inspirational post be about the plans God has in store for us. While the recent events doesn't make much sense to us, we can't let go of the healing and comforting hands of God.

What happened in Japan is unbelievably sad and so incomprehensible. I know that people are left asking "Why God?, Why me? Why us? This is so unfair" While we don't have an exact answer and I know righteous people of God were greatly affected by this past week's tragedy, I know that God did not and never will forsake them. He wants us to grab on to him as tightly as possible and trust that he has a plan for us. Even when things seem too overwhelming and disastrous, trust him...

This week's Inspirational quote says it best:

"Only God, who sees from beginning to end, can determine what is fair." - Janette Oke

"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 NIV

Lord we ask that your strength, protection and healing hands be placed on the people of Japan. We pray that you comfort them as they try their best to rebuild their lives. We ask that you reach out to them and help them to view this situation as a way to start new. Help them to not let go of their faith in you and for them to truly lean on you while they maneuver through this dark time. We pray that you'll continue to bestow blessings on them and help nations across the world to rise up and lend a helping hand. We pray that this situation will help unite us and bring us closer to you and to each other. In Jesus's name, Amen.

I'm asking that you all continue to pray for the people of Japan.

Happy Monday everyone.

Have a blessed and prosperous week.

Tsunami # 2

How could something so beautiful be so deadly and dangerous?

It was just a year ago when I received a call at 5 am about a tsunami set to hit Hawaii around 11 am. I was so out of it and shocked that I had to take a minute to try to grasp the fact that a huge wave or waves would be hitting land and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I remember it like it was yesterday but instead of writing about it again, you can check out that post here!

This time around I think it hit me differently because the footage of Japan's disaster was so raw and quick and devastating. It's such a sad thing to see happen and especially when it's something you can't prevent. When Hawaii went into a state of emergency and received our very own tsunami warning things got really intense. You'd think I was more at ease this time around but no such luck. First of all we now live within walking distance of the ocean and Japan is much closer to Hawaii than Chile was and of course after seeing the footage of Japan's destruction, I couldn't help but to be worried.

Luckily we had the option to stay with our friends who lived on much higher ground. We packed up and camped out for the night and was so relieved when the tsunami didn't hit us. I must say that Hawaii was really on top of things. They made sure that they kept us in the loop while staying as calm as possible. Our politicians and rescue teams were with us every step of the way and for that I'm truly grateful.

This year is turning out to be quite an emotional roller coaster. While I've been enjoying some really great highs, I've had to really dig myself out of some really low lows. I'm praying that the rest of the year will be less intense as it's been so far. If it stays on the same course as it's been going, I pray for strength, courage and endurance to make it through. I know that all I need is my God and my faith and I definitely have that in tact so I'll be good. :) It'll just be nice to just chill out for a bit...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Inspirational Mondays - "Delight"

Gosh where did the weekend go? It went by entirely too fast but I enjoyed every minute of it because this weekend was spent spending some great quality time with my family and friends. I hope you guys had a lovely weekend as well.

In searching for inspirational quotes to share with you all, I came across one that I felt was so perfect for the way I've been feeling lately...

"Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every crevice of your universe. Delight me to see how your Christ plays in ten thousand places... I do not ask to see the reason for it all; I ask only to share the wonder of it all." - Joshua Abraham Heschel

"Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God." - Job 22:26 NIV

I hope this message touches your heart and inspires you this week.

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone. :)