Well it’s been a challenging week for me so far. Monday I had to make the decision to put my 15 year old Pomeranian to sleep.
She was the sweetest soul I knew, and taught me so much about how to be gentle, kind, loving, and about the importance of quiet space. She was sent to me to display all of these things. And, I am so grateful for her teachings. She’s no longer suffering. I am thankful!
As a child growing up in my home country of Belize, this week was quite fervent for me, my family, and most of my friends. It still is! We strived to honor the life of Jesus through many simple activities. Starting on Wednesday nights we prayed into Holy Thursday. On Holy Thursday evening I helped my grandmothers prepare the recipe for their hot cross buns, usually made for our family on Good Friday…often what we dubbed as one of the saddest days of the year. I may do the same this year! We felt every nail placed in His hands and feet! Holy Saturday was indeed a solemn and quiet day as we practiced to sing “He is risen, Christ the Lord has risen today”, ironed our Easter outfits, and prepared our Easter meal.
The days we are currently experiencing are indeed different. Normality has been stripped for now. Instead of singing this song in our churches, we’ll be singing it a home with our families. For those of you who are alone, I’d encourage you to find a church live streaming its Easter service, and join in. Even if you don’t consider yourself a Christian, perhaps this could still help. Try to listen with an open heart, okay.
The love Jesus has for us, far exceeds any love we may receive from the people in our lives. When we know we are adored as this, we exude more confidence, grief dissipates, loneliness subsides, we become more generous in our hearts, and our faith grows so much stronger. We completely understand what God’s abiding love looks like. His adulation resides in the Bible. We must inhale His verses, allowing them to become a part of every cell in our minds and bodies. We must display them in our spirit!
On really getting into His word, the seventeenth century English clergy-man Thomas Brooks wrote:
“Remember, it is not hasty reading but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest, and strongest Christian.”
We are so loved! Despite us, despite circumstances, despite grief, despite loss.
Here’s my challenge to you this week. Over the next few days, create an action plan on how you are going to follow God, by allowing yourself time to bathe in His words.
For one of His promises to us is:
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.”
For me, it’s not just about knowing God, I’ve found it a less complex relationship when I befriend Him… I’ve befriended Him through the knowledge of knowing His son, Christ Jesus who paid the ultimate price for me. My time in His company, is an investment in Him and in me. And, I am richer for it!
I know it’s a difficult time for so many right now. Yet, we know that this too shall pass. No matter what we are going through, we are always welcomed in the comfort of His brave and loving arms.
Let’s make a pledge to read God’s words every day. Let’s continue to spend time in prayer to be quiet and listen to his guidance. In addition, we must learn to be humble in your approach with Him. Time spent in nature be it a balcony or back yard, is soothing to the spirit. Dedicate time for love ones, and people!
We must remember, loving each other as God loves us is our kingdom profession!
Read, pray, and apply!
Until I pop into your space again, may you enjoy this Easter season. Remember guys, it’s always been…God, Family, Work. This is the only blueprint, I find works best for me.
Be peace, be blessed.
I’ll be right here next week!
“Thank you father for all that you are, and for who you are. Thank you for this week of reflection as I understand and appreciate who you truly are. Your sacrifice is immeasurable, and your love is preferable. Every nail I find in my tool box reminds me of this week. Each one I apply to wood, keeps me aligned with you. My outdoor chores most days take patience, time, and can be difficult. Then, I remember you. And, at this very moment my agony ceases.”
Your loving daughter,
You can listen to me speak of this topic this week on my YouTube Community.