Let Someone Know they Matter!

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Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3

Good morning!

Showing others love and faithfulness goes a long way.  What’s that saying?  Actions speak louder than words.  That is true when it comes to love and faithfulness.  Sometimes you have to show people…not just speak it.

Who can you show love and faithfulness to today?  Reach out by sending a card or a note.  Let someone know that they matter!

Have a great day,

The Johnstons

You Are Loved

We love because he first loved us.  1 John 4:19

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Happy Valentine’s Morning!

This day can be extremely special for some but it can also be extremely hard for others.  But instead of focusing on the love of our earthly relationships, the love we share with others, I want to focus on the One who first loved us…

We can only love others to the best of our understanding of what love is.  The scriptures tell us that;

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NIV)

Very familiar verses…however if we truly understood them and put them into practice this world would be a different place.  But my favorite part of this familiar passage is the part that comes next –

Love never dies.  Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit.  We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete.  But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.  1 Corinthians 8-10 (MSG) 

When Love arrives…we will be complete.  Only Jesus can complete us.  His love is incomprehensible… a love so deep we couldn’t even begin to understand it.  His love for us never fails.  Jesus loves us like no one else can and that in itself is worthy of our praise today.

So! Let’s feel as loved today as we truly are, right where we are, exactly how we are.

Blessings,

The Johnston’s

A Time of Reflection

Good afternoon!

I wrote this post a year ago…and this Colorado morning feels much like that morning did.  Cold, foggy, snow covering most everything still and I remember sitting by the window, coffee in hand, reflecting.  This was such a good reminder for me…that slow progress is lasting progress and all progress is worthy of praise.

Hope this blesses you today as much as it did us,

The Johnston’s

Brrrrr it is cold  here with beautiful frost all over the trees, the flowing brown ornamental grass, the fences and even the horses.  It gets thicker and thicker as the morning goes on.  It is a piece of art that continues to progress… little at a time.  If I sit here and stare at it continually, it doesn’t seem to change.  But when I leave the window for a while; fill up my coffee cup, make a magnet tower with the boys, have a great visit with my mom, and come back I can see the changes.  The frost is thicker, more defined, more prominent.

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The frost and the progress of the masterpiece outside my window feels like my soul journey lately… slow and quiet, but ever evolving.  We live in a culture of fast, hectic, and busy.  Crazy busy.  And that brings a sense of wanting instantaneous satisfaction.  We want everything now:  Success now.  Thousands of followers on social media now.  A home that is organized and clean and full now.  A bank account that is overflowing now.  Children that will self-entertain now.  But as I watch out my window this morning God reminds me that the precious things, the things that matter, take time.  They are a work of art that continues to progress little by little.

Jesus told the disciples in Mark chapter 6 to “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while” .  At this time there were many people who were coming and going and it was a time of what we would call crazy busy.  Sometimes we have to press the pause button and “come away and rest for a little while”.  When life gets crazy and all-consuming it is good to take some time.  Day in and day out can feel like a struggle sometimes, like we aren’t going anywhere but in a circle.  But as I sit this morning watching the frost grow thicker and thicker on those bushes I pause, rest, reflect.  And I can see the progress… little bits over time.

Maybe you need to pause, rest, find a secluded place, and reflect on where you  are and how far you have progressed.  I found so much comfort this morning in my time of reflection and I praise Him for the progress.  Instead of feeling anxious, stuck and frustrated, I am grateful that I have paused long enough to recognize the growth and to thank Him for exactly where I am on this journey.

Blessings,

Tana

 

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