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distinguishments…

13 May

As I was on my way to work not long ago, I pulled up to a stop light.  To my left, I noticed a woman. I would have guessed us to be close in age. I will call her Leslie for the sake of this article. She was holding a sign written in marker on cardboard.  I don’t remember what it said.  I rolled down my window. She asked me to pray for her, that God would bless her with a job.  I felt a strong connection and Leslie remains in my thoughts and prayers.

It’s funny, I’ve passed by many women standing on street corners holding signs, sharing their stories and asking for help, but there was something very different about my encounter with Leslie. I could see in her eyes how difficult it was for her to be on that corner. Leslie allowed me to see our similarities – she and I have more in common than not. I was also reminded that in today’s economy, not much stands between many people, that street corner and a cardboard sign.

I guess what I am trying to say is that it is important to pause from time to time.  It is difficult to make real connections if we are moving too quickly through life.  If we pause, love and compassion would have an opportunity to express itself in deeper ways. We would be able to connect with one another on deeper levels.  When we take the time to connect, we are less likely to judge and more likely to extend understanding; and even if all we have to offer is a an ear, a shoulder and a prayer, for some that would be more than enough.

I will never forget Leslie.  I look for her each time I pass that particular intersection. I continue to pray and I’m always thinking, Lord, please keep her safe and bless her to find a job.  Since I’ve only seen her one other time, I’d like to believe that He already has.

Til next time, everyone have a blessed week…

choices, what do they tell us?

6 May

Of course I can’t speak for you – I can only tell you what my choices have revealed to me about myself.

As I reflect on the choices I have made throughout my life, I can see how many times I have sold myself short, primarily because I didn’t see myself as God does. My choice of relationships was just one indicator (among many) of someone who didn’t see her own worth.

As I observed trends in my life, I decided my choices needed to shift. I understood that my lack of self worth was the lens I used to make many choices. I spent many years fighting to overcome the whole “I wish I was shorter, I wish I was taller, I wish I had straight hair, I wish mine was curly, etc., etc.,” syndrome that many women experience. I finally settled into my own skin.  I finally learned to love the skin I am in.

One of my favorite scriptures can be found in Psalms 139: 14 (KJV) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. I love this scripture because it reminds me of my value, not in comparison to other women or media images, but in relationship to the great care God took to create me … and you.

I am writing to you from my heart this morning. It is important to me that every woman and every young girl understands and acknowledges her “own” worth. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We all have something awesome to offer this world and valuing ourselves is one giant step towards living purpose filled lives.

As I move forward in life, I am determined to make choices that reflect my confidence in God, and myself.

What do your choices tell you about you?