Displaced

04197951-F4CF-4075-A279-80FD0C4460C5“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Displaced

This past weekend, one of my grand dogs that visited me seemed a little out of sorts, as he was displaced from his usual surroundings and primary caregiver. His disposition was just a little tense and his sleep patterns were off cycle. Having been physically exhausted from an especially stressful work week, needless to say I was very annoyed. But then I started thinking about the situation from his perspective. He leaves the comfort of his familiar home and the full attention from his owner to come to a strange place where he is not the primary focus. Obviously this change would make anyone unsettled. Sometime life can be very unsettling and no matter how displaced we may feel, we need to focus on finding joy under all circumstances, for we are never displaced from God’s love.

Peacemakers

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‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Though it sometimes seems the world is full of trouble makers, I believe the vast majority of people are peacemakers at heart. It only takes a few bad grapes to spoil the wine, and a few ill willed people can ruin the rest. In my work experience, a single person can turn the work environment into a toxic one. Fortunately, God has control ultimately and all we have to do is trust and obey Him.

Respite

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‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Respite

We all need a short period of rest and relief from the hustle and bustle and screen time of modern life. Our lives are bombarded with others wanting us to do something. Periodically I certainly need to detach from everything worldly and relax. Years ago while studying for my oral board examinations, I spent a long weekend in a Catholic Respite in Arkansas. It gave me such peace and allowed me to focus clearly on the important things in life. Now years later, I feel the need to search for that peace again.

Contentment

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“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.””
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Contentment

One of my biggest concerns is my self-realization that I am never content. I always feel like I should do better, have more, accomplish more…blah blah blah. And, though I have been blessed far beyond any reasonable expectation, I still view myself as not worthy because I have not achieved that certain goal. Perhaps societal pressures have left their mark on me—I have forgotten what really matters in this life. And then I remember God loves me regardless, and I praise Him for peace.

Marriage

6C603722-9D32-401E-8211-5BE950ED8710“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Marriage (matrimony, wedlock), is a recognized union between two people, also called spouses, that establishes rights and obligations between them. Throughout history, different cultures and religions have defined their own rules. In our country, marriage rates have been declining, but the most popular month for weddings is June. My daughter does custom wedding paintings (can even do them live) that create keepsakes for years to come.
Contact her at:
http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.com

Solitude

“”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!””
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
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Solitude
Solitude can offer a peaceful mental break to a stressful day. Our society demands so much of us and some days become virtually intolerable. But finding a quiet space alone allows us to refocus on what is important and calms our souls. Amazingly, short rests can change our attitudes and our entire day.

Loneliness

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“Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Loneliness is an unpleasant emotional response to isolation. One may feel anxious about a lack of connection or communication with other beings. Loneliness can even be felt when surrounded by other people. Many of us suffer from loneliness at one time or another, but we need to remember that we are never alone—God is with us always!