“Hello Monday!! So glad to be here with you today” said Nobody, ever.
If you have an 8-5 job Monday through Friday, you know the feeling of freedom for the weekend. Your time to sleep in, run errands, play, relax, or do nothing. No boss breathing down your neck or co-workers driving you crazy. You turn off the stress of the work week and enjoy YOUR time.
Then Sunday evening rolls around. You get an uneasy feeling as you begin to think of the piles of work you left on your desk on Friday. Your mind turns into a calendar and all your thoughts become entwined with upcoming meetings, presentations, sales calls, reports to write, your boss, and your co-workers (the difficult ones). You get this feeling in the pit of your stomach because you know Monday is looming. Hallmark’s characters, Hoops and Yoyo, sum up what you’re feeling in this little video.
Hoops and Yoyo make light of the anxieties we feel toward work. Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, you have been made to work. It doesn’t have to be so stressful if you can heed this advice from Colossians 3:23,
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
May you find peace with Monday, and every day, through this Bible verse.
I recently read somewhere that God sends His angels to protect us from many dangers during the day. How would we revere God if we could see a flashback of our day and how many times we were saved from danger?
Our cats have a battery-operated motion toy. It is about 12″ in diameter with a motor in the middle of a fabric skirt. There is a little arm that moves left and right randomly and at different speeds. The end of the arm used to have feathers, but the cats tore them off when they first got it. Now there is some yarn-like strings that move about catching their attention. This is a perfect distraction toy for our Amos as he tends to stalk Zoe a lot and she lets out blood-curdling screams like a woman walking through a haunted house. A bit annoying, especially when this happens at 2 AM under our bed.
I noticed the batteries dying out last night as Amos played with it and I told him I would change the batteries today. Don’t let cats fool you; they remember what you tell them. This morning he was pawing at the toy and I had changed the batteries as promised. He played with that toy while laying in a sunbeam and playing with an additional toy. It was a really cute cat moment.
When he walks away from the toy, I turn it off.
As I was getting ready to run an errand this afternoon, he was pawing at the toy again. Knowing I would be leaving within minutes, I caved in and turned the toy on for him. I don’t like leaving it run without supervision, so I gave him a couple of minutes to play as I puttered around the house. As I turned off the toy, I gave him a pat on the head and headed out the door.
I believe God sent his angels to protect me as I waited for Amos to play with his toy. You see, I set my GPS to my destination but decided to take a different highway route than what was indicated. I knew generally where I was going, but street of the final destination was not as familiar and I felt more comfortable with the GPS for that purpose. As I neared the exit from the highway, I saw a police car, with its flashers on, sitting behind a car that was in an accident. The second car in the accident was off to the other side of the highway. I think there may have been an accident up ahead of this one as the traffic was starting to back up close to this exit.
I wonder if I would have been in that accident had I not stopped to let Amos play with his toy? Some people might think I am overthinking this, but I believe God was watching over me today. I ran a second errand on my way home to buy birdseed at my favorite garden store. When I got home, I saw a live news video on Facebook an hour later and they were talking about a water main break near that store. The ground broke open in the street and water gushed out. I was spared that problem too.
Now you can say that recently you read somewhere that God sends His angels to protect us from many dangers during the day. How would you revere God if you could see a flashback of your day and how many times you were saved from danger?
Thank you, God, for watching over me and sending your angels to my rescue. ♥
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
I am not looking for the grass to be greener on the other side; I am simply looking for growth.
Some see this as an obstacle in their path.
I see it as a new vantage point.
If I were deaf in one ear, I would still have the ability to listen with my good ear.
Even a lone duck swimming in the pond makes ripples that reach the shore.
Psalm 52:8 But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
My back yard has attracted a female duck. I figured she was lost since there is no water in my yard and it isn’t “duck-friendly”. She visits often; therefore, my husband and I agreed she deserved a name instead of referring to her as “that duck”. We call her Daphne.
I always wondered why female birds have muted color. As humans, women are usually ornate with makeup, glitz, and glamour. Maybe Daphne likes hanging out with me because I am not into the makeup, glitz, and glamour. On this level we are kindred spirits.
Daphne visits before sunset and sits on the ground in the back corner by the bird feeders; she nibbles on what the birds drop. My back yard is plain, Daphne is plain, I am plain. When she visits, I sit on my deck and we stare at each other in curiosity.
God chooses the plain and ordinary. Want proof? He used Moses who was shy, fearful, and had a speech impediment to lead thousands of people out of slavery. Then God called David, who was a young shepherd, to slay a giant with a rock and a sling. Because of this victory, David became King. When Jesus began His ministry, He called the uneducated, fishermen, and even a tax collector to be His first disciples. After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven, the disciples were commissioned through the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel.
Moses, David, the 12 disciples, and Daphne are examples of plain and ordinary. I enjoy finding commonalities in others, so I proudly join the ranks of plain and ordinary so that I can be God-fodder. I am not a prolific writer, but God is using my love of writing to share Him with you. I pray that my plain and ordinary life examples can show you how beautifully God works.
While Daphne and I sit staring at each other, without notice, she flaps her wings, rises up and heads south to roost with other ducks in the neighborhood, I suspect. I will look for her tomorrow evening and, God willing, we will once again stare at each other in my back yard.
Thank you, Daphne, for picking my yard to find respite and nibbles of bird seed. Thank you God, for using me for your Glory as I write this blog.
Luke 9:1-6 (NIV)
9 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. 4 Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.
What’s in your thought bubble? Take an honest assessment. Are your thoughts often prideful, judgmental, harsh, or unkind toward other people?
Job 10:4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
Prideful, judgmental, harsh, and unkind words become tools that kill. They knock the wind out of brainstorming sessions, they suspend creative processes, chip away at self-esteem, and drown out dreams. They start fights and end relationships.
Proverbs 15: 29, 31 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise.
Confess your prideful and judgmental thoughts. Do not let the harsh and unkind words rest on your tongue to become arrows that kill. Seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt.
Tomorrow is a new day and guess what…?
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
What’s in your thought bubble?