Only light, only love…

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day in the States. And I found myself with mixed emotions – sadness at the racial divides which continue, fear over what might happen around the inauguration tomorrow, hope at the continuing conversations that at are happening around racism, and as with all things at this point in the pandemic, a tinge of exhaustion.

In trying to fend off fear and exhaustion, I hold to this, one of my favourite quotes by MLK:

And that’s the thing. When I focus on love, when I focus on light, I find the fear and exhaustion retreat. They may not entirely flee from me – the world is a dark and scary and tiring place right now – but when I focus on the light and love of Jesus, I find hope and peace. And I need those things to make it through.

So let’s commit to love, to light. To pushing back against fear, sadness, exhaustion, and most of all, hate.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep focusing on love and light, and always on the One who is The Light of the World.

Meme Monday!

More 2021 jokes are on the menu for today:

(That one actually made me cry as well as laugh!)

Even the cats have the blues right now:

I might have yelled this at the tv when a certain order came down from the Premier this week:

Pro tip for all those looking to make Zooming easier:

This lovely piece of advice:

And this one, too:

I haven’t stopped giggling about this take on what I’d look like as a dog. This is 100% me in the morning or in the winter. Cute and fuzzy and annoyed! HAHAHA!:

This is a little too true:

And finally, this blessing for your day:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep laughing and thinking and drawing closer to God!

Worship Resources!

As we continue through difficult days in Ontario, I hope these resources will bring some joy and hope to you.

Let’s begin with this thought about faith (also, being ok doesn’t mean never being sad, hurt or confused):

And on that same point, here is Kristene DiMarco singing “It is well,” a song that reminds us that when we fix our eyes on God, all is well with us (and then morphs into the hymn It is Well With My Soul!):

This lovely reminder of what God says:

This lovely version of Amazing Grace by For King and Country:

This poem-prayer found on the re-worship blog:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep your eyes fixed on God and it shall be well with you!

Hold on…

As I’m travelling through various social media feeds, I’ve learned to save anything that might be (as one of my friends puts it) – blog fodder. Early in the pandemic, I lost a couple of things that I’d really wanted to blog about. So now, anytime, even if there’s just the slightest chance that I might want to us it in the future, it gets saved. I end up with a lot of stuff on my phone. And sometimes there are themes.

Recently both of these were things I saved:

In light of the storm we’ve been in all year, and the worsening mental health that many may be experiencing, I thought both these reminders were timely.

God is still here, no matter what other (unhelpful) voices are whispering in your ear.

And this will not last forever. (I tell myself that regularly, and it really does help.)

Hold on, dear friends. And when you hold on, hold on to God – not to negative voices, anxiety, depression, fear, stress, and doubt. God is greater than all those other things combined.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, remember that our God is the Everlasting God.

Self Improvement?!

So, throughout the pandemic, we’ve been hearing a lot about mental health issues, addiction issues, worsening general health (ie, with gyms closed, with spending more time at home and therefore, perhaps, turning to food for comfort, etc.), social isolation, and so many other ways that people are suffering.

And there has been lots of advice given by health professionals about what to do to combat these realities, to improve health, to find outlets to socialize safely, to improve one’s self. Far be it from me to argue against any of those things.

But I also think this is vitally important:

This is a slightly different take on self-improvement. It means that my end-goal isn’t to be a better me, but a more-Christ-like me. (Which, of course, is the best me I could be!) It means that my goal won’t be making myself more happy, but finding ways to live out the ethic of love, joy, peace, hope, generosity, kindness, gentleness, self-control – all those things for which Jesus lived and taught, died and rose again.

Finding ways to live The Way of Jesus means that not only will my life be improved – but so will the lives of those I reach out to in love, those that I share generously with, those that are recipients of kindness, those who need a little gentleness. Finding ways to be more like Jesus will alway benefit more than just ME. And that’s why it yields better results.

Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you walk in The Way, may you become more like Jesus.

Meme Monday…

First, I just want to take a second to say THIS IS MY 300th post in a row! What EVEN?! How did that happen?! I’m kind of addicted to it, now, so you might just be stuck with me for a while. 😉

Next up on the agenda: time to queue the 2021 jokes (you KNEW they were coming after the week we’ve been through!):

And a couple of super hero memes (cause those are always in order!)

This lovely little bit of advice (ok, but don’t gather, people. Send a text. Or sit silently on Zoom. Let’s say safe!):

So. Um. I’m only supposed to make that as a plan when I’m 100 years old? How come it sounds so good at 45?! I’m an overachiever, or…..????:

Ha! (Though Koski seriously had a night of nightmares recently – she kept growling in her sleep, and it totally freaked me out. My dog rarely growls, so I kept thinking there was someone in my condo. SHEESH.):

This is absolutely true, and a needed reminder right now:

And finally, this blessing for your day:

Until tomorrow, dear friends, keep on laughing and thinking and drawing closer to God!