Thursday, January 4, 2018

Throw Back Thursday - Leap of Faith

Throw Back Thursday: 



I recently came across some old blog posts that I had written when I used to be a collaborative writer for a blog titled  b+ (Be Positive). So I thought it might be fun to dust them off and send them out again by sharing them here. So once a month I'll post one of them as a Throwback Thursday fun memory. Here was the very first one, enjoy.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Leap of faith


Come to the edge, He said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, He said.
They came,He pushed them,...........and they flew.
~Guillaume Apollinaire


How many times in life have we felt like we are standing on the edge of a frightening and deadly precipice with no way out? I don't know about you....but I have felt that way many times. Each time however I have felt the gentle nudging of my God to trust Him and take a blind leap of faith. When I let go of my fears and my insecurities,my anger and my doubt I can jump......and each time He has caught me.
Much easier said than done though, right? Of course it is. The circumstances we are in dictate those fears and insecurities, anger and doubt. The key however is to come to the realization that as you stand on the edge of that precipice there is no turning back.....only forward. Those things are done and gone, they can not be undone unfortunately,they can not be taken back. So what are your choices from here? You can crumble and give up because things didn't go the way they were supposed to. You can become bitter and hard because things didn't go the way they were supposed to. Or, you can stand up,take a deep and possibly painful breath and somehow go on because for some reason things just didn't go the way they were supposed to. No matter what you can't change the fact that things didn't go the way they were supposed to, but you CAN change how you react to it.
When you feel you're at that edge, with a wasteland behind you.......take that frightening leap........He will never let you fall from His grasp.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

6 More Sleeps 'til Christmas

I love Christmas, I have ever since I was a kid...although back then it was for more obvious reasons....presents! Lots and lots of presents! Since I've gotten older I've really fallen in love with the holiday for another reason. When Ben and I first got married, I went all out. Every single room was decorated in some way. Nothing over the top, our budget never allowed that, but I always made sure that in every room and from every angle that you sat, there was something "Christmasy" in your line of vision. It was fun and cheerful. However, over the years as life got in the way with busy schedules and destinations to be, decorating the house became less and less of a priority. Then some years I would have grand visions of all the wonderful things I was going to do for the holiday season only to be so exhausted that by December 24th I still hadn't put up a tree and I was totally ok with that. The ebb and flow of family and friend relations as well as finances also affected how we celebrated. Some Christmases it would feel like a greeting card with the happy hustle and bustle of activity, while other years we would sit with the poor and homeless at a community shelter, listening and empathizing to stories of life. Some years there would be many gifts exchanged, other years not even a card.
Each year though, regardless of it's joy or sad loneliness, I have still loved Christmas. However, it's taken on a deeper meaning to me. It used to be all about the gifts, decorations, music, food and being surrounded by people....however now, to me it has really, truly become the realization that without the true meaning of Christmas...I wouldn't have the true meaning of Easter...and without the true meaning of Easter....I would be lost.

Yes, it's true....generations ago a group of people combined a pagan holiday with a Christian meaning to create a day in the wrong season of the year to honor the savior who died for me. Over those same generations that altered holiday has become so over commercialized to the point that the true meaning has been lost on the masses. However, the fact still remains that with all it's faults...Christmas honors the birth of the one who died with you and me on his mind and heart. It's not about the highs or the lows of the festivities of the day. It's about the shadow of a cross cast by a star....a star that led the way to where a baby slept peacefully warmed by the breath of stable animals while His earthly parents, one by birth and one by marriage, sat in awe at the lack of festivity to celebrate a child that they knew had been not only sent by, but also entrusted into their clumsy human care, by God Himself to save the world.

We only have a few sleeps left this year until Christmas day. You may be faced with overwhelming last minute shopping and menu planning, or you may be faced with loneliness and silence. Whichever you're faced with, I challenge you to love this holiday. Don't love it because of what we've been taught by culture that it represents...that's temporal, love it because without the birth of Christ, the temporal could not hold hope of the eternal.

💮 Joy All Ways,
Fran

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Flight Delays : Will it Ever be Within Reach


Hey Everybody,

Have any of you ever been scheduled for a flight somewhere only to be standing in the terminal and instead of hearing the announcement that you can start boarding....you hear the dreaded word, DELAYED? It can be a real pain when all you want to do is get to your destination, but it can be even worse than a pain when you're weary from the journey and you just want to get home so you can rest. Sometimes our lives can be like that. We have a destination in sight, our bags are checked and we are ready to go....but then.....delays. Sometimes the delays are from choices we made, sometimes they're from circumstances beyond our control. Sometimes they're a minor inconvenience....other times they are enough to make us want to lose our minds from exhaustion. Whatever the reason for the delay, I want to encourage you. First of all, you're not alone, and second, God may just have a reason why your in a holding pattern.
Click this link to watch my short video, Flight Delays to encourage you as you wait.

💮Joy All Ways,
Fran