Share the Love ~ May

Good morning!

Do you find it hard to have peace when the wind blows?

The Lord promised we would have storms in this life, but He also promised we could have peace. I pray as you turn your heart and mind toward the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, you will experience His peace that passes all understanding.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this edition of Share the Love.

Sunset Owl Grace and Peace

This little one loves to have his picture taken.

Reading

Trying to figure out how to get through your TBR list? Looking for your next read?

The Five Stages of Dealing With Your TBR Pile – Bethany House Fiction
All of You by Sarah Monzon – Faithfully Bookish
ACFW New Releases: May 2017 – Angela Arndt

Writing

Writer’s block? What are you researching? What about a video for your next book?

Writer’s Block? Consider a Template –Karen Jordan, Wordserve Water Cooler
Historical Flavor: Battle of King’s Mountain – Sandra Ardoin
A Fun Approach to Book Videos – Patricia Beal, SeriouslyWrite

Inspirational

Do you ever compare yourself? Can hacking be a good thing? Can a criminal become a pillar of the community?

The Comparison Corner-Gail Johnson, SeriouslyWrite
Move over, Jesus Freaks. Here come the Jesus Geeks. – MustardSeed Budget
The Amazing Luck of the Irish – Good Time Stories

Foodie

Not exactly food. But who doesn’t like coffee?

Vanilla Almond Latte- America on Coffee
Cookery Rhymes: Boats Cocoa-Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa – The Folklore Food Blog
History of Coffee and How it Came to be Linked to Writers – Amanda, the Writer

Photography/Posters

Got to love quotes and drawings!

Kindness – Dora Hiers/Tori Kayson
Making a Difference in People’s Lives – Dawn Kinzer
Chaotic Shapes – Brandon Knoll

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So What Changed?

Good morning, fellow traveler! During a recent storm, the title of this post echoed in my mind and reminded me of a favorite passage in the Bible. I would like to share it with you this morning.

And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. Matthew 14:22-24 KJV

The word contrary means opposite or antagonistic. Have you ever felt like you were rowing against contrary winds? Maybe it was a situation or a person. And no matter what you tried nothing seemed to work.

And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. Matthew 14:25-26 KJV

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But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Matthew 14:27-30

So what changed between stepping out of the boat and sinking beneath the waves? Notice Peter walked on water. Walking on water wasn’t an impossibility. It only became impossible when Peter focused on his circumstances. Our faith isn’t found in our circumstance but in the Master of the Wind.

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And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:31-32

Something else that caught my eye was the wind was blowing from the time Peter left the boat until he reentered the ship. The Lord didn’t calm the winds to deliver Peter. Likewise, He may not calm the wind in our lives. But He will answer the cries of our heart and immediately takes us in His arms.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

In this world, we will have troubles and trials. No doubt about that, my friend. But, our hardships are what the Potter uses to strengthen and grow us. I think the following song fits nicely with this post. It is a prayer about sleeping in the storm. Hope you enjoy it.

 

Abounding Hope

Have you ever made a mistake? I daresay, we all have. If there is breath, there is a possibility of error. How do you handle your mistakes? Correct them and move on? Or run and hide while beating up yourself? In the past, I did the latter. Thankfully, I’m learning this journey is a growing process.

Last week, I made a mistake for all cyber world to see. It may have escaped some, but I’m sure it was noticed by others. This mistake? I misquoted a scripture. Yep. I had everything correct but one thing. Where it was located. I quoted Hebrews instead of Romans. Sigh.

Maybe it was because I was thinking of my devotion. Maybe I had too many things open on my desk. Or maybe I just needed to know the world wasn’t going to end if I made a mistake.

Ever been there?

Of course, I know others have done the same thing because I’ve seen it several times. But rather than smirk at their oversight or correct them in the comments, I extended grace. Maybe they were having a bad day. Maybe I needed to pray for them. Or maybe they weren’t paying attention. Who knows?

Oh, why is it so much easier to offer grace to another, and yet fail to dispense it in our own situations? Honestly, I can’t answer that one, my friend. But we do it all the time. At least, I did in times past. But not this time. Well, maybe for a moment. 🙂  But before I could get the party started, I was gently reminded of Peter.

Precious, loveable, and impatient Peter. Peter who spoke when he should have been listening. Doubting Peter who tried to walk on water and failed. Impulsive Peter who whacked off a man’s ear. Cursing Peter, who denied the very One he had promised to protect. Hopeless Peter who thought all was lost and went fishing.

But then…

Jesus came by for a visit. There on the shore, Jesus sat and spoke with Peter about love. Afterward, we see Preaching Peter on the day of Pentecost. Believing Peter healing the sick. Teaching Peter in Cornelius’ house. Writing Peter penning God’s truths. Historical Peter crucified on a cross.

What if Peter had given up? What if he had stepped into the boat and sailed away never to try again? What if he hadn’t accepted the Lord’s grace and forgiveness? Thankfully, Jesus didn’t give up on Peter. And He doesn’t give up on us!

Whatever you do don’t give up! Don’t let fear stop you from trying. Keep fighting. If you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up. Correct it and move on! Hope waits in front of us. All we have to do is reach out to Him and accept His grace. And then…extend it to ourselves and to others.

Here is the corrected poster. May it warm you to your toes! I know I need it this week! Brrr.

Happy Tuesday, dearest reader! ❤

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Patience, Comfort, and Hope

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Perhaps you are in a season where you find it hard holding on to hope. That’s okay. You’re not alone. Many people struggle in hopeless situations.

In Romans 15, Paul encourages his listeners to search the scriptures because they were written for our learning. Nestled between the lines of instructions, we find comfort to endure.

Never give up! Cling to the promises of God. Have patience and take comfort. There is hope. His name is Jesus!

What situation are you finding it hard to hope?

The Mark of Love

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40

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Love God. Love people. ~ T.D. Jakes

Our outward show of love for God and people enables the world to see what has taken place inward. Let us be ready to share the hope within us.