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Give God Your Failed Plans…God Prospers and  Encourages Us with Silver Linings, Smiles, and Truth

Sometimes you’re feeling down, maybe really down… and your eyes light on something out of the blue… something that makes you smile. Today it’s one of my daughter’s simple deer drawings. The notepad is lying open, because she’s working on her book, in my room, on the floor… because she never likes to be alone. They are all over the house, the books she creates… millions of them! She’s already the author and illustrator of many animal books about puppy dogs, deer, and lions!  If you’re struggling today, I hope this brightens your day; I find that children’s art always makes me smile. I love the innocence and cute charm of their simple pictures, don’t you? 

Today I can choose to look for the silver lining… the many gifts God gives me in spite of my struggles. There’s a mockingbird chirping outside of my window. Her mate has been feeding her yellow flowers all week long. It’s been so much fun to discover the male sitting atop our shed, being the lookout, then sailing into the woods, only to return and dash in to please her feeding her the delicious food he has found just for her. She’s chirped for him to come when she’s hungry. We’ve watched in awe at how he’s taken care of her. We laughed as I tried to capture the beautiful moment, only to see her “poop” on the deck. My daughter and I laughed until we almost cried! It was the silver lining in a moment that was not perfect.

I had perfection in mind for this weekend, with everything laid out exactly how it should go. But I forgot, as I still sometimes do, that my God doesn’t work like that. Everybody has free will, and because of that free will, there will be interruptions and problems which may interfere with my plans coming to fruition. But God’s plans always come to fruition, and His plans are the best, no matter what it looks like on the outside. I know this is how God works, but I forgot this weekend. I became extremely discouraged when a family argument prevented us from getting something completed that I felt was extremely important. 

And now as I write, God is at this moment revealing to me that He allowed it; not only because our family needed prayer time more than project time, but that He wanted me to see that this is often the struggle my husband has. My husband wants to “check things off the list.” He is learning that his list often does not coincide with what God wants him to do first. Well… in experiencing this frustration for myself this weekend, I realize now that God allowed it, so I could experience all the emotions my husband experiences when he doesn’t get to “check off that important item.” This helps me to better understand my husband, so I can keep praying for him. It also provides my husband an opportunity to empathize with me, because he knows exactly how it feels when something doesn’t get done.

God has a different checklist in mind than ours. His checklist is less about things getting done, and more about people’s hearts being changed to be more like Jesus. It’s a guarantee that if it comes down to a project getting done, or prayer time for hearts to be changed, God is going with the heart. Maybe we need to be less about getting things done, and more about spending time with God so he can change us. Yes, God cares about our projects too; but He cares more about our individual walk with Jesus. He cares so much, that when He knows a stormy argument is going to cause an upset, He provides the silver linings along the way; to give us hope, and to encourage us so we won’t give up! 

During the weekend which did not go as planned, God planned His gifts ahead of time, because He knew I’d need them to keep my spirit afloat when I felt myself sinking. Because of my abusive childhood, I tend to get extremely discouraged when there’s a family argument. I begin to listen to lies that tell me no one cares and that I’m not loved. As a child scapegoat living in a completely dysfunctional home, I was blamed for everything; neglected and ignored, told I should feel guilty, and that I ruined everything. The problems were not even about me. But when circumstances come along that feel familiar, so comes a spiritual attack, and I will feel myself drowning in discouragement. Though I’ve learned to battle the lies with the truth, sometimes I forget to use my power and authority in Jesus Christ and tell the devil to sit on a tack! 

The only way to chase away those lies is through prayer. Why? Because we can’t count on our emotions. Evil spirits lie to us, and strive to cause strife, division, and isolation in our families. But as my husband reminded my whole family last night; because our kids are fed and clothed and live in a nice clean house, some people may think from the outside that our family has it all together; just as people might have thought my family had it all together when I was a child. However, the truth is that all families struggle, but there is a vast difference when Jesus is in the middle of a family, as opposed to when he is not. My husband remarked that though Jesus was not at the center of my family when I was growing up, Jesus is at the center of OUR family now! All five of us have received Jesus into our hearts, and we all desire to have a relationship with him. 

Therefore, Jesus has always been with our family, even when we’ve been on different walks in our pursuit of him, and even when we haven’t understood how a healthy family functions. For, neither of us experienced God’s truths taught in our families; the truth that we are completely forgiven for all of our sins, the truth that we can battle lies with prayer, the truth that we are loved and cherished by God unconditionally, and so much more! We are creating a whole new generation for our children and children’s children; as we all pursue God and learn together, and find that we are loved beyond measure! Because our family pursues Jesus, and because our family prays together, we can have hope, and be encouraged that God is taking care of us through it all! 

And God knows we need tangible proof of His love for us. After all, we are only human. A huge silver lining that carried us through this weekend was an on-the-spot invitation from our dear family friends, as we left church. It came when George said, ” Hey! Do you guys wanna come over later for a barbecue?” My daughter couldn’t wait. She was watching the time, and asked if our friends still had their cats. They did.

It was the most delightful evening we’ve had in a long time: laughter with friends, delicious grilled chicken, and another unexpected guest to add to the fun. My precious friend, Kim, even served homemade strawberry shortcake in honor of my boys’ belated birthday. She also served my husband’s favorite; rhubarb sauce. We even had the heavy whipping cream at home, which we were gratefully able to contribute, because my husband had bought some the day just the day before. We don’t normally have this item in hand, but we bought some to use with our new ice cream maker. God even cares about the tiny details! The night ended with everyone hanging out near the chicken coop. The chickens’ silly antics made us laugh. Their individual personalities came out, and many of them enjoyed being carried or sitting on laps! It was just a really special night, when another family made our family feel important and loved. God orchestrated that! 

I know that it’s these silver linings on which God wants me to focus; not the hardships, even though it’s difficult when you  feel those strong emotions, and the lies feel so true. Though yesterday was tough, there was an absolutely glorious sunset last night, reminding me that God is Lord above us all; watching over everything and everyone. And right before I went to bed, a text message came from my pretty, cheerful friend, asking if she could take my daughter today for a play date. It couldn’t have come at a better time, and with a girlfriend my daughter absolutely adores! Now I will have some time to write, clean, and be creative; which I’ve been trying to do, but just have not been able to find a slice of time that works for me. Even though things are far from perfect, the silver lining which shines brightest, is knowing my family is pursuing Jesus through it all… every single day… together. 

I pray for you to find the sweet silver linings today, which God has already gifted to you in advance, because he wants to bring a smile to your face. When things don’t go as planned, don’t be dismayed. Remember this: “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you” (Jer. 29:11-12 New International Version).


I’m going to meet with God today, and ask Him to brighten my day, and the day of anyone who reads this message of hope, truth, and encouragement. Today, I pray God reveals many of the silver linings He has prepared just for you, in Jesus’ name. May God continue to brighten my day… and yours!  

A Love Beyond Beautiful Birds

My daughter woke me this morning, so I could enjoy this beautiful gift! If God created even the birds to love and care for one another, then imagine how much more He loves and cares for US!

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care” (Matt. 10:29 New International Version).​​​

In His infinite love, God created beautiful living creatures, and He gave them a natural instinct to care for one another. But God sent His own Son to die on a cross for you and me! God’s glorious, infinite love for human beings extends beyond that of any other creature in the entire universe. When you feel alone, unappreciated, and insignificant; look towards the silver lining…  In God’s eyes you are of great value and worth. Remember that the love God has for you is immeasurable!  

The Silver Lining I Love Easter Giveaway!

I love Easter! I love giving presents! The Silver Lining is giving away a brand new copy of my favorite devotional: Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, bound in turquoise imitation leather (my favorite color)!  Also included, is an itty bitty leatherette journal necklace (made by me; well… not the journal itself, but I put it on the chain, and I think it’s cool)! You can actually  write on the miniature pages inside: bible verses, memories, story ideas, poems, and more!

I’m grateful for the many men who are also following The Silver Lining, which is a blog for everyone who is looking for the good God has to offer during the hard times in life. An alternate prize option is also provided to either men, or women, who win this giveaway. It is a copy of The Duck Commander Devotional, by Al RobertsonYou can just let me know your preference when the winner is announced! 

Why a giveaway? Because I really, really love and appreciate my readers… and I really, really do pray for every one of you! My family comes together and asks God to choose the winner of each giveaway. It’s such a blessing to give a gift to a reader of The Silver Lining!

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).

To qualify: You must be a follower of The Silver Lining Facebook page.* Find it on Facebook, and easily join by clicking: ‘like’ and ‘follow.’ I want to share God’s Good News with you! 

 To enter: ‘Like’ and ‘share’ this post on Facebook. That’s it! Make sure this post is set to “public” or we will not see your entry! It’s tempting to keep opportunistic good news all to ourselves; but it’s much kinder, and so much more fun, to share it! 

Drawing held: Easter Sunday, 2017, 3 p.m. EST.

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The Heart of a Child Seeks Wisdom

Last night, while praying with my family, and discussing the Proverbs, my seven-year old daughter reminded me that she wanted to read the Proverbs too! Convicted, I realized this was the second night in a row that she had mentioned it to me, and that I had not included her when I had invited my family, friends, and readers; to read a Proverb a day during Lent. Though we were reading her bible stories, I had not thought about taking her on this journey of gaining wisdom through my favorite book of The Holy Bible: Proverbs.  

My heart was touched by my child’s yearning to grow even more in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. She wanted to learn more about God’s promises,and His commands which protect us, and keep us from going down the wrong path. I read a few to her and explained them, while promising to find her a children’s book of Proverbs, because she also likes to read by herself. My young artist’s eyes lit up, as her little fingers reached for the thin pages of my coloring bible, as she realized she could also draw and color, while reading her way through the scriptures. I realized I needed to get her a coloring bible too!

I was filled with joy, as I took in the truth: Even with all my imperfections, my child is watching me walk with Jesus, and making the choice to walk with him too. Our family found out she knew Jesus, and already had a relationship with him, while she was yet only the tender age of three years old. My daughter showed a gift for discerning and understanding scriptures, forgiving easily, and  comforting others by perceiving their pain, along with ability to melt it away; even before her preschool years. She has wisdom beyond her years, and it is not credited to me; it is because God has given her these beautiful gifts. I marvel at them, just as I do at the gifts he has given to my twin boys, who are now young adults, and just as I see gifts within the children of my friends, and the children who have attended my Sunday school classes. 

The Proverb I read to my daughter last night happened to be: “These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance–for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise” (Prov. 1:4-6 New International Version). Never assume someone is too young to follow Jesus, for the innocence of children is clean and pure. They don’t have the dirt and lies of the world to spoil their view, so they can see truth and love more clearly. Share God’s wisdom, truth, and love with a precious child today! 


“My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands.  Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God” (Prov. 2:1-5 New Living Translation).

*Bible page pictured from Inspire ~ The Bible for Creative Journaling ~ NLT



Let God be Your Affirmation… not Fools!

Sometimes I get discouraged, and doubt creeps in. I wonder if my blog is making a difference in other people’s lives. There are times of great response, with comments and sharing; and other times there are personal affirmations from others (my favorite) and sometimes silence, when my heart remains grateful to my most encouraging friends! But God keeps giving me words to write! The words rain down upon me, and I can’t write them fast enough, because I know The Silver Lining is coming; and a whole bunch of people need to see God’s miraculous promise of a rainbow! 

There have been times people have come to me, saying they did not know where to turn, but had thought of my blog; The Silver Lining, and decided to contact me. What an honor to be sought out specifically by hopeful people, who reach out, believing their questions and problems will be received with God’s grace! This makes my heart sing! Sometimes the issue has been sickness; at other times marriage, children, or a friend. Someone may need prayer for depression, lonliness, or to battle the stronghold of a sin. It might be just a quick question about scripture interpretation, or best of all; the opportunity to lead someone to Jesus Christ. 

I don’t have all the answers; I’m still continuously learning myself. But I’m God’s willing servant, wanting to help others where I can. Sometimes I receive a one-time message or phone call. Other times there are several meetings over coffee; where I’m trusted to listen, offer biblical counsel, and pray for precious souls. 

God has also created opportunities for friendships to evolve and grow. I consider it such a joyful privilege, to have been chosen by God to bless others, through both the written and spoken word. This morning, as I read Proverbs 10, I was given a gift. God showed me how valuable my encouraging words really are, regardless of the feedback:

For the Bible says, “The words of the godly are like sterling silver, the heart of a fool is worthless. The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense”  (Prov. 10:20-21 New Living Translation). God is saying my words are valuable! 

As if that weren’t already a beautiful blessing, God is saying my words encourage many, whether I am aware of it or not! God is talking about godly people in those verses. That means God is talking about me! I’m not godly because I’m perfect; I’m far from it! I’m godly because Jesus lives inside of me! I daily repent, seeking forgiveness for my sins. I pursue Jesus, seek God’s wisdom, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill me. I am godly, because I’m a child of God!

But when God’s gives gifts to His children, He blesses abundantly. As I reflected upon His promises, and the truth that my godly words are valuable and an encouragement to many; He showed me something else: The words of fools are worthless.  Fools will even be destroyed, because they don’t have common sense! God obviously really, really means it, for there’s more:

“The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land. The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words” (prov. 10:30-33).


Wow!  Not only is God further verifying that my godly words are helpful to others, He is reiterating the fact that foolish people’s words are useless. God tells us the words of a fool are deceitful and perverse. In fact, God hates foolish talk so much, that He promises to cut it off. He promised to remove wicked people from the land and leave us godly people happily undisturbed

Do you realize what this means for genuine Christian bloggers, evangelists, street ministers, pastors, youth leaders, and more? It means God has our backs! God is not fooled by copy cats and knock-offs. God knows the difference between fool’s gold, and solid 14k treasure. God is going to take care of the fools, the deceivers, the false prophets, the fake teachers, the pretenders, and the wolves in sheep’s clothing! No matter what it looks like right now, which kind of fools or obstacles try to stand in your way; they are nothing compared to the great plans and callings God has for His children, the godly ones!

So be encouraged, all you godly children! Keep on doing whatever you are doing to grow the Kingdom of God, knowing and trusting that your work is greatly valuable, and encouraging to others. Don’t let any slanderous fools lie to you and tell you you’re unworthy to share the gospel; or that your ministry is no good, or that you’re not making a positive, godly difference. Foolish words from foolish people don’t mean a thing. For GOD is the ultimate authority over all things. God’s got this!

“Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thes. 4:18 English Standard Version)





Is It a Gift? 

Have you ever been given a gift, only to have someone get angry with you, and take it back? Perhaps the gift was offered up again later, but you were required to do something the giver wanted you to do, before the giver would present it to you. Is it a gift? 

No. This is a game. 

Have you ever been given a gift, but you weren’t quite sure if the giver really meant for you to keep it, because the giver was making you jump through hoops in order to receive it? The hoops were on the giver’s terms. They were very small hoops, and only the giver would decide if you had jumped through enough of them to get your prize. Is it a gift? 

No. It is an offer, with strings attached. 

Have you ever been given a gift, which paled in comparison to gifts others were receiving at the same kind of celebration? It was blatantly obvious that your peers and siblings opened packages containing items of similar value, or items suited to their distinct personalities. However, your package contained something completely opposite; perhaps much cheaper, or an item which purposely misrepresented your character and interests. Is it a gift?

No. It is favoritism towards others, and a complete disregard for your feelings, and you, as a unique individual. 

Have you ever been given a gift, which came with the gong of a loud announcement, focusing attention on the giver? Or perhaps you received something expensive, but upon closer inspection the item was broken or fake. Maybe a higher-priced retail sticker was purposely left attached to an item which was actually bought on clearance. Is it a gift?

No. It is a dishonest ploy, often accompanied by guilt, where someone’s key motivation is to look good in front of other people.  

Have you ever been told you would be getting a gift, yet finally realized it was never going to delivered? You were told about this gift time and again, but the delivery date kept getting changed, along with the details as to what would be inside the box. Is it a gift? 

No. It is a broken promise. It is a manipulative tactic, used by the giver to control you, and to remain within your good graces. 

Have you ever been given a gift, yet resigned yourself to leaving the box on the doorstep, because you knew in your hearts of hearts, the box was empty? Is it a gift?

No. It is pretty packaging. It is worth nothing. It is better left alone. 

How disappointing! Does this mean there are no gifts under the tree for you to open, since so many gifts are not really gifts at all? Of course not! Many of us have been blessed to receive good gifts, and we also enjoy giving good gifts to family, friends, and even strangers! But some people are left lacking when it comes to gift giving time. Also, because life is imperfect, people are sometimes left unable to give good gifts, through no fault of their own. The silver lining is that God has good gifts for everyone, and His generosity goes beyond the borders of what anyone giver on earth can do! “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1: 17 New International Version). 

God’s greatest gift, is salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. God is omniscient. He blesses each one of us with both spiritual gifts and earthly provisions, according to His infinite wisdom; which is beyond our understanding. God is THE good and perfect gift giver. God does not play games or attach strings. He makes promises grounded in truth, and He keeps them. God loves us all, and doesn’t play favorites, which is why His greatest, most immeasurable gift, is available to everyone. God foretold the coming of His wondrous gift, by sending his angel, Gabriel, to announce the good news:  “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1: 21).

God’s most amazing gift didn’t come at all in fancy packaging, but it was completely filled with love! God’s regal gift arrived from Heaven in the form of a beautiful innocent baby boy. Baby King Jesus was born in a lowly, dirty stable, surrounded by the offensive smell of cattle and sheep. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’ ” ( Luke 2: 11-12).

But a gift, isn’t a gift, until it’s been accepted and received. Will you receive Jesus Christ into your heart today, ask forgiveness for your sins, and give your life over to him? This Christmas, will you share this eternal gift with others who need to know Jesus? Their very lives depend on it. Open your gift of Jesus, and thank God for the baby born to save you! “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).


Merry Christmas, and God bless you in the name of Jesus! 

For a prayer of salvation, visit: 

How to Have a Relationship with Jesus Christ and have Eternal Life.

Congrats to the Winner of The Silver Lining 2nd Annual Christmas Giveaway!

Congratulations to Cindy R. for winning The Silver Lining 2nd Annual Christmas Giveaway! 

As always, my family prayed for God to pick the winner, and we are so happy to share some Christmas joy with Cindy R.!

Thank you to all who entered. I appreciate your support and encouragement as I follow the ministry path God has laid before me! 

Merry Christmas, and may God bless you all in Jesus’ name!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1: 17 New International Version

The Silver Lining 2nd Annual Christmas Giveaway!

JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!

Drawing on Christmas Eve Day at 12:00 p.m.!

My giveaway is to thank my readers, and to encourage them to share The Silver Lining blog. My desire is to spread hope in the form of godly encouragement, so others can find love, truth, healing, freedom, and joy in Jesus Christ. I want others to receive the free gift of salvation which Jesus has to offer to everyone! If you want to know how you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ, and make sure you have the gift of eternal life, click here:

The ultimate and only important gift you can ever receive-Jesus Christ!

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Please share this post with your friends, so they can enter too, but most of all, so they can hear the good news about Jesus Christ! 

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Over $75 worth of Christmas Joy!

Celebrations by MIKASA crystal gift tray, snow bird shelf sitter, Adult Christmas coloring book, C.R.Gibson writing journal, candy cane pen, Les Pearls PIstachio chocolates, giant TOBLERONE, white chocolate peppermint bark candle, Christmas tree ornament, fabric layered basket, blinking Christmas lights, wooden cross necklace, True Soapbox soaps; Peppermint and Gold Frankincense & Myrrh. 

God bless you!  Merry Christmas! 

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The Silver Lining Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

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*Plus an additional surprise, practically identical,  Valentine’s Day Giveaway coming very soon only for my subscribers, because I appreciate you! Details below…

Dear Readers, and Future Readers of The Silver Lining,

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! You don’t have to be part of a couple to celebrate, in order to show someone that he or she is loved and special!

I love to give gifts. A simple gift of chocolates, flowers, or a stuffed animal can make someone’s day! What better time to bless a child, a friend, a spouse, a friend, or a co-worker?

I want to give a special gift to “The Silver Lining” reader who needs it most. I’ve already prayed for all of my readers, and I’ve asked God to choose the reader He feels needs a special gift this Valentine’s Day.

I write “The Silver Lining” to encourage my readers and let them know they can find hope in Christ Jesus, which leads to healing and freedom. Ultimately, I pray that God will continue to give me the words to help many people find Jesus. I pray everyone will know joy and truth in knowing that Jesus Christ is our salvation, and therefore the only way to eternal life.

Jesus died for our sins. He took the punishment for all the wrong things we do, so that we could live with him in Heaven forever. Now THAT is TRUE LOVE! All we have to do is take a step of Faith and ask Jesus to forgive our sins, and live within our hearts.

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Drawing held February 14th!

(Some of the treats in our gift box are: a grown-up Christian coloring book, JOE coffee, Godiva chocolates, truffles, lipgloss, pomegranate candle, and more! Keep as a treat, or enjoy sharing with a loved one!)

The Love of Jesus is Sweeter than Chocolate

Jesus says, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him”  (Luke 11:11-13 NIV)!  God WANTS good things for us.  He wants to bless us abundantly.  He wants us to have good things to eat and drink, but more importantly, He wants us to feed on his word and be nourished by it.

Today I had a day where good things happened.  Not every day goes like this, but when good things happen, I know that they are gifts from God.  I thank him for the gifts.  These little things that happen during our better days, are just a tiny taste of how God wants to bless us.  He also wants to bless us through our trials, and He does.  One day there will be no more pain, and no more tears.  But for now, God wants to speak to us and be close to us through our sweet times and our sour times.

God speaks to us through people, signs, and dreams.  He also speaks to us through His wonderful book, the Holy Bible, which fills us up with good words.  In Proverbs, King Solomon wrote: “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24 NIV). Chocolate is yummy to eat, but the bible says pleasant words are sweet, and that they have the ability to heal!  What if you love chocolate, or another favorite treat, but you can’t have sugar?  If that sweet hurts your body, it’s no longer a good gift for you.  But God’s gifts are always good.  If every time you wish for chocolate, and instead go and read your bible, you will be fulfilled by something sweeter; the words of God.  Then you can share those delicious words with friends.

Recently while thinking of my pastor, who survived a stroke, and was diagnosed with diabetes, I thought about the difficulty of new diets that come with a life change.  We’ve experienced it in my own family, as we’ve developed new allergens to foods previously enjoyed.  My son lives each day with an esophageal disease, which prevents him from eating many foods, and requires careful monitoring of food ingredients for safety. Many people cannot have sugar, or must be extremely careful of their intake.  But the good news is, that with God’s word, we don’t have to worry about overdoing it.  In fact, we can partake of it as much as we desire, and there are no calories!

It’s a joy to eat a meal and have dessert with our fellow Christian brothers and sisters.  It’s a delightful blessing.  But if we really want to be blessed, we can sweeten our taste buds with God’s word.  In the book of Luke, Jesus tells us this himself; “While Jesus was still talking, a woman in the crowd spoke up, ‘Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”  He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it’” (Luke 11:27-28 NIV).

Obeying God’s message, means taking it to heart, and living it out. If God’s words are sweet to us, they will be sweet to others.  We should live as Jesus does, and share sweet words of encouragement with our family and friends.  Sometimes sweets go bad.  A cake left out too long can get moldy or dry, and it is no longer good to eat.  Our words can leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth.  They can sting like vinegar or become stale to other people’s ears.  As Proverbs states:  “A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day” (Proverbs 27:15 NIV); and who wants to eat soggy rhubarb pie?

Instead we can follow the advice given in Colossians:  “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6). Salt brings out the flavor of foods, including desserts.  Salty caramel mocha is now one of my favorites, whether it’s flavored coffee or ice cream!

Let’s remember that Jesus’ love is sweeter than chocolate, so it’s a wonderful treat to walk with him daily. Take him with you wherever you go.  Cry out to him when you’re hurting.  Reach out to him during your trials.  Thank him when you’re grateful, and thank him during the difficult times too.  Praise God when He gives you a good gift. Use your senses He has given you.  Listen when He calls your name. Touch others by letting them know how God’s son, Jesus, has touched you.  Stop and smell the roses.  Rest in the little gifts God is giving you throughout the day.  And finally:  Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8… NIV)!

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