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LTML25: Seriously Serious

So…Mr. C and I have been talking about getting something new for LittleZ. You see, when your in the home of an older sister, you sometimes are surrounded by girl toys…a a lot. So we wanted to get something special for him. This special gift had special requirements. we didn’t want batteries for it, and we wanted to make sure that he couldn’t choke on it if it broke. We wanted an action figure in all of it’s action-ness (yes, I just made that word up) and we wanted something that he could love. Of course it had to be Red. Of course I don’t know what this is other than a Power Ranger (as I do not watch the shows, but I suspect that will change down the line). But it fit all of our requirements, and then some. But maybe I took myself too serious…. …As this action figure is taller than Little Z and almost half the height of Zee. Yeah..maybe I took myself seriously serious. *shrugs* Live and learn....

Difficulties With Focussing on Prayer

“For your heart will always be where your riches are.” – Mathew 6:21 I’ve done this, day after day. I’ve sat myself down, and began to pray, but something always popped in my head. There was always something to do, always something to take care of instead of just praying. So, in my dedicated time to pray, I found myself fighting off the temptation to focus on anything else but my prayers.   Praying seems to be the easiest and yet hardest thing for us to do these days. In an age where we want everything now, some of us convince ourselves that we just don’t have time for it, or that it just doesn’t do anything (that needs it’s own post!). But how hard is it to set aside a moment and say a prayer? Not hard at all. However, it is in that moment during prayer that we find out what is truly important to us. When we dedicate time to pray, and we cannot let go of the world, we have to come to terms with ourselves of what is the greatest pull at that moment in time. Prayer forces us to self examine our hearts. Click To Tweet When our mind is constantly drifting to something, or someone during our prayers, we are distracted. We know by our heart (what our mind if choosing to focus on) is the object of our true desires. It’s hard to say that God comes first in our lives, if He is the last thing that is on our minds when we pray. Staying focused then becomes the challenge....

Slow To Anger

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29 NASB) How often have I done this? How often had I been quick to get angry over something without understanding. Probably more than I would like to admit. But I have done it, as have you. We only need one time to remind us. Maybe it was something we assumed, or thought we knew the whole picture, but there are times that we allowed our emotions to take control and paid the price for it later. Either by apologizing, or by other means, we have had to make up our mistake that we have made through anger. Being home with my family has taught me that nothing is what it seems. It’s better to find out the whole story before I jump to conclusions and there were times where no reprimand was needed. I have learned that it is wiser to be slow to anger and not always let my emotions take control. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get angry. We all get angry. Instead of taking it out on anyone that I felt “deserved” it, I go through the motions to calm down. I slow my roll. I breathe. When I have better control of myself (and my mouth) I find out what exactly went wrong and usually learn that it doesn’t require any finger pointing. The situation always calls for something to be solved. Something to understand. As we go about our Sunday, let us be reminded that we should be slow to anger. Find out what the...

LTML21: From The Garden

This week for Life Through My Lens, we stayed close to home. Everyone has been sick (except for me but I’m sure I’m next) so there was no great adventure.  But that’s okay.  I find that I don’t usually have to look far to find something to take a picture of. Since everyone has been under the weather, it was good time to check out some of the flowers that we planted a few weeks ago.  Of course, they looked better when we first got them, but it was my laziness that decided not to capture them sooner. I guess I always figured that they will still (still as in always) be blooming.  But life doesn’t happen that way, does it?   Any who, on to the pictures!   It took me some time to find this flower but I am in love with the fiery colors of the red, orange and yellow.  I have no idea what the name of this flower is, but it sure does look pretty!  This one reminds of a child that is looking for attention in front of the camera. To think this was in a pot hiding in the back of the garden!     This is one of my favorite flower shots so far. It promises so much “perfection” yet it’s missing symmetry with the loss of a few petals. Regardless, it will not bow down to a few broken petals. It’s still bright and vibrant and very much alive! ***   About these pictures: Again, these are iPhone pictures. I’ve got a bit lazy and I need to take the big girl out...

Discovering Our Purpose

Each one of us has a unique gift that He gave us.  Our gifts are not the same, and they are not packaged the same.  Just like us, they are unique and made  just to us. The thing is, there are may times when we don’t realize that we either: 1) don’t know what our purpose is or 2) know what our purpose is, but forget. In our world that is forever changing, it is important that we understand what our true purpose is in this life, and move towards that.     Listen to your heart.   Do you find that you are constantly dissatisfied?  Always looking for a change but end up going back to the same thing?  The thing is, sometimes, our purpose is right in front of our faces, but we’re just to blind to see them. I say, listen to your heart.  Listen to what moves you, what stirs you.  Know that what you choose to spend your time on, you are making a difference.   Your role could be pushing from the back, instead of pulling from the front. Click To Tweet I’ve noticed that I’ve always been the “behind the scenes” sort of person, and up until a few years ago, it used to bother me so much. I would constantly ask myself: why can’t I be leading from the front?  But in my heart, I know what I want.  I understand the dreams of others, and realize my role is not always in the front pulling, it’s in the back pushing. For me, knowing my purpose didn’t happen until I learned acceptance.  And believe me that...
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