Things That Are New

New clothes, new friends, a new look, a new year . . . don’t you love things that are new?shutterstock_101952877

New things are fun, fresh, exciting, adventuresome . . . going places you’ve never been . . . doing things you’ve never done.

What’s awesome is that God has new things for you, too, when you let Him lead the way.

What new hopes and dreams has God put on your heart?

Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do a new thing . . . ”

So let Him take you there, and watch what He’ll do. It will be exciting, for sure!!

Happy 2017!!!

Happy New YearHeartDream Chat – What new things do you love? What are your hopes for the coming year?!

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Christmas Bliss

Christmastime’s a ‘favorite’ for most people I know. I love how special it is, thinking what makes it so . . .

Gentle snowfalls or raging blizzards, a white blanket all around; early shopping and hiding presents, trying not to make a sound

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Decorating the tree with shiny bulbs and twinkling lights; “oohing” and “aahing” at the sparkly sight

Baking yummy cookies shaped in stars and bells and snowmen; after nibbling on a ‘few,’ later wondering where they all went

Wrapping presents with bright colors and bows; listening to Christmas music and singing cheery carols

Sipping on steamy hot chocolate or spiced apple cider; watching a holiday movie, cozying up by a crackling fire

Glowing candles flickering tiny light; a festive holiday mood, bringing great delight

Giving gifts to those you love; ripping yours open and thanking the One above

Christmas Eve and Christmas morn, celebrating when Christ was born!

Thinking on these things is blissful, and God loves it when I do. Enjoy this wondrous holiday season, and Merry Christmas to all of you!

Philippians 4:8 – “. . . whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things.”

HeartDream Chat – What do you love about Christmastime?

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Turkey, Love, and Thanks

Man Carving Turkey at Christmas Dinner

Thanksgiving . . . a season and day of thanks, turkey, and those you love!

So what are you thankful for? How about making a list?

Here’s mine . . .

  • that God chose me to be born
  • my dad’s zest for life, my mom’s heart for serving
  • love from my family and friends . . . loving and giving and sharing with them and people He puts in my path
  • growing up in Minnesota . . . the cold snowy winters and fun summers at the lake
  • living in Colorado . . . hiking and skiing in gorgeous mountains
  • evergreens, aspens, and palm trees
  • the ocean and white sandy beaches
  • sunrises, sunsets, and gentle falling snow
  • puppies and monkeys
  • movies and songs that touch my heart
  • Swiss cheese omelettes, wedge salads, shrimp stir fry
  • comfy jeans, a fun sparkly top, black dress boots
  • a warm cozy home
  • my relationship with God and how much He loves me
  • peace and joy in surrendering to Him
  • His perfect plan for me

Psalm 106:1  says, “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it’s a wonderful day.

Happy ThanksgivingHeartDream Chat – What’s on your list? I’d love to hear . . .

Friends and Enemies

So the school year’s underway, and you’ve been back at it. You’re back with best friends and old friends and you’ve probably made some new ones, too. But are there maybe some not-so-good friends you keep running into or some you don’t like at all?shutterstock_9793276

Maybe you felt left out when you weren’t invited to that birthday party, or you heard someone talking about you behind your back, or maybe even your best friend turned against you, and now she no longer is. If so, those things can hurt . . . a lot . . . and you may even feel that friends you once had are now your enemies.

Well, you know what? Sometimes friends hurt us on purpose, but other times not. There may have just been a misunderstanding . . .  when what you thought happened really didn’t happen at all.

Have you heard that hurt people, hurt people? . . . that those who hurt us feel hurt themselves? Now doesn’t knowing that change things a bit? Maybe they’ve felt jealous or envious and want to get back at you. Or maybe they thought you said you couldn’t make it to the party when that’s not what you said at all.

God says in Matthew 5:44 to “Love your enemies . . . and do good to those who hate you.” That’s a pretty a strong statement, don’t you think? What it means is we don’t have to like everyone, but God still wants us to love them. In other words, you don’t have to hang out with anyone and everyone, but God still wants you to be nice to them. And don’t forget to always check things out in case there’s been a misunderstanding, because maybe that’s all it really is.

So the next time you feel like ignoring someone or being rude or getting back at them, remember to do it God’s way, as amazing things will happen when you do.

shutterstock_37296523 HeartDream Chat – Do you have any enemies? Friends who are no longer friends? How about trying to love them and see what God will do.

End-of-Summer Blues?

Have a good summer? Or maybe you’re wishing it’s not over yet. Still thinking about that family vacation at the beach or that awesome week at camp? Whatever you did, I hope you had fun.shutterstock_78472801

Now with the new school year, are you ready to dive in? For some, you’ve already started.

But if you’ve found you’re not quite in that place, know that even though change may not always be fun, we’re all in this together . . . it’s just a part of life.

What’s cool is our memories and how God gave them to us . . . a place we can go, like it happened only yesterday. And even though we can go there whenever we’d like, just know there are more memories to make and greater adventures ahead.

Revelation 21:5 says, “Behold, I make all things new.”

So how about envisioning this upcoming season? What are those dreams and desires in your heart? And once you can name them, remember it’s God who put them there.

So just go about your way and trust Him to bring them to pass, and I bet that’ll soon end those end-of-summer blues . . .

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HeartDream Chat – What’s your most awesome summer memory? What dreams do you have for this new season ahead?

What Do You Hear?

Our five senses are rather amazing. God pretty much thought of everything, don’t you think? It’s easy to take them for granted, but let’s take a look at one of them, and think about all that you hear. What do you listen to? And what are your favorites? If you have nothing else to do right now, why don’t you even make a list . . .shutterstock_67125739

Maybe it’s chirping crickets or the howling wind or some other late night sound on that camping trip you went on with your family this summer. Or how about the crunching as you’re munching raw vegies or popcorn or some kind of tasty chips? Or maybe it’s listening to favorite tunes with your friends . . .

Some sounds are loud, some soft, some you might love, some others you might love not! But whatever they are it’s quite truly amazing when you think of all that you hear throughout the day.

But have you discovered what the most awesome thing is to hear above anything else? God’s voice. The voice of the One who created the universe and the One who created YOU! He knows everything about you and everything you’re going through, and He absolutely knows what’s best for your life. Are you listening to Him? Are you hearing Him speak? If so, I’m sure you know there’s nothing like it, and you don’t ever want to stop. If not, just know He’s got something to say to you . . . all the time . . . about everything in your life. What you’re doing, where you’re going, and about those perfect plans He has for you.

John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” He speaks to us in “a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:12

So what’s He been telling you lately? If you haven’t heard, be still and expect and wait. Just know He’s got something to say . . . especially just for you.

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HeartDream Chat – What do you love to listen to? Are you also hearing from God? If so, tell a friend what He’s been telling you. I know she’d love to hear.

Summer Loves

Loving your summer? Doing what you love to do? Is it hiking to a mountaintop or in the deep woods? Spending days at the pool? Going to the family cabin or fishing at the lake?shutterstock_109956671

Whatever it is, remember that God loves you and wants you enjoying your life. He wants you doing what you love and trying new things, too . . . having new adventures . . . making new discoveries. And why is that? Because He’s the God of all creation, the God of adventure and fun.

So how about conjuring up a list of things you’ve never done . . . some things you’d like to try . . . like finding a cozy spot and writing a fun story or song, or inviting the new girl down the street on a picnic with your friends, or hiking a new mountaintop, exploring someplace new. Then grab a friend and celebrate in God’s creation doing those things you love to do . . . those things that make you, YOU! Then remember to thank and praise Him for the life He’s given you!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

shutterstock_80556304HeartDream Chat – What are your summer loves? What’s a new adventure you’d like to try?