building up.

“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”

Matthew 12:25

Do you remember a moment when you realized you just couldn’t do it on your own?

I am learning how, in these moments, it is important to become vulnerable, fall on my knees & have my Prayer Team on speed-dial!

American culture has historically encouraged us to be independent.

This freedom of choice is a gift, and yet it can also lead to us feeling as though we are the masters of our own destiny. Even now, as independent as the modern life may be, we are still part of many social structures.

This means that at some point, you will need to rely on others. This is why it is better to learn how to live in harmony with others than to see your community, workplace, church, or home become divided. If you are in a situation now where you are starting to see division, don’t become part of the problem. Taking sides will only cause more fractures. And we have seen enough of these during the past few months. Choosing to ‘not take sides’ does not mean we agree with the opposing opinion or should not champion to make positive change – it simply means we are called to unity through building up vs tearing down, because this is what makes us all stronger and better people.

And the greatest unifier is prayer!

Jesus tells us in Scripture how to honor our ‘side’ without condemning or judging the other.

“Jesus said to his disciples: You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Matthew 5:43-48

This commandment to “love one another as I have loved you” does not say only love one another if you have the same opinion, only love one another if you have the same skin color, only love one another if you are in the same socio-economic class, only love one another if you are in the same political party, only love one another if your worship space was founded by the same One, only love one another if you are on the same side as me.

We weren’t meant to be on the same side all the time!

We were not designed this way.

BUT

He did design all of us to love!

Moreover, the really good news is…

Our eternal kingdom will never be divided and will never end!

And most days I just don’t understand,

Why can’t we aim for the same in our earthly world too?”

Even if we can’t stand on the same side of the line as the other

we can always cross over the divide with folded hands, invoking prayers for unity.

Building up.

Instead of tearing down.

Will you join me in prayer?

hugs n’ blessings to all those who are seeking ways toward building up unity!

just act normal. that alone looks strange.

it’s the monday giggles…

I think it all began when I first heard about Cauliflower Pizza Crust.

I thought it was the craziest thing I’d ever heard of!

But now, (everyday) when I receive the latest News update, Cauliflower pizza is feeling more normal to me than the current Cra-Cra running amuck in the World.

Now

I am NOT trying to burst anyone’s bubble because...

“The only difference between your crazy and my crazy is

you just don’t think you’re crazy.”

Steve Maraboli


Bubbles bubbles everywhere!

Pop! Pop! Pop!

(Gratefully,) while the world around me is going crazy & I’m losing faith in humanity – I just have to take one look at my dog to know good still exists.

*A normal truth known by every pet owner.

hugs n’ blessings to all the pet owners out there hanging on to their sanity by the hair of their pet!

He saw us.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:16

We celebrate our birthdays as the day that our fully formed body came into the world and we breathed our first breath.

Birthdays mark the beginning of our lives, but in this Scripture, God was celebrating us long before our birthday!

He saw us before we were even formed; he knew that we were destined for life, even before that first breath.

What an amazing God we have, who is not only all-knowing, but ever personal.

Take courage and strength from the truth that you were destined from the beginning and you have a wonderful purpose!

No matter how you have judged that image in the mirror staring back at you before, no matter how little or plenty self-esteem you may possess, no matter rejected or rejoiced over, and whatever you may be about to face in your day – hold your head high and remember the One who created you for such a time as this.

The knowledge of God’s total attention on you can change the way you step into your day.

And into the fullness of who you are!

Because

He saw us!

In His image.

In His likeness.

He saw us first.

Can we even begin to handle the enormity of that knowledge?

I’m going to try.

Beginning today!

Music: The Best Thing by JJ Heller

hugs n’ blessings for all those who affirm our existence here on earth, but especially to those giddy enough to step into their day with God’s full attention on them!