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Have you participated in an event which causes you to feel energized by the end? Recently I have been attending worship at a local church where this feeling occurs every time. I enjoy the worship experience and find a great connection with the Spirit each time I attend. There is a genuine sense of love and a high level of energy. People of all ages gather and truly worship because they feel a connection. The focus is on worshiping the Lord.
Another truly wonderful aspect is that I look forward to going to worship. I know that no matter how challenging my week has been, I have an opportunity to focus on my faith and find fellowship. The people whom I am with provide energy for me. They share with one another and support one another in an uplifting manner.
Unfortunately, I am sure all of us have been in situations within the church where the opposite occurs. I have attended worship in some churches where I walk away feeling drained. The atmosphere, the worship style, and the people’s attitude extracts energy. This has nothing to do with the style of music, the volume of music, the pastor’s style, or how liturgical the worship. It is all about the feeling and attitude of those who are worshiping.
My hope for all of you are that you have the opportunity to participate in an event that provides energy to you. I know that I am grateful to find this church and this worship experience.
So today is supposed to be the first snow of the season. I am becoming less enchanted with snow each year. However, in view of the weather predictions, I thought I would share this music video for Music Video Friday. Enjoy your day!
One of the most important thing to remember in life is to keep moving toward your dreams. No matter what a person’s age, having faith in yourself and moving toward your dream is important. I share this song with each of you today.
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One of the joys of life is that there are many different paths from which to choose. An advantage that our country provides is the truth that pathways are open to all individuals. Some would argue that there are too many options of pathways which makes it very difficult to choose one. Anyone who has, or has recently had, a college-aged person in their household can relate to the struggle of choices. Other interesting aspects of the paths include the way in which they converge upon one another, come to dead- ends, or have forks along the way.
Over the past few months, I have been trying to determine some new paths to follow in my life. Some of these new paths have developed nicely. Other paths have remained uncertain. This week I have made the decision to return to a previous path in my life which I explored only a little. As I have tried to take steps in developing a new employment pathway, I have found a lot of dead ends. Now I am going to journey down a path which I believe combines my skills and my experience in an exciting way.
As I reflect upon the paths of life, I am grateful that I live in a place and a time where there exists so many different paths for us to follow. I am also grateful that if a path leads to a dead-end, there is always the opportunity to choose a new path.
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There are times in life when the challenges can appear overwhelming. The list of concerns becomes longer. The uncertainty seems to be more than those things which are certain. During these times, a person can easily become bogged down and weary. Each day becomes a struggle. Focus and determination can appear elusive. It is during such times that reminding one’s self that there is hope becomes vital. Having individual(s) who will support and restore hope is critical.
I consider myself extremely fortunate. I have a strong faith in my Lord. I have people in my life who provide me more support and hope than many. I must wonder what it would be like if I did not have these two elements in my life. Each day I read in the newspaper or see on television situations that are truly devastating. When I am made of aware of these situations, I quickly wonder how the people impacted by them are able to move forward. Do they have a faith in a Lord who is far greater than any situation on earth? Do they have a strong support system of friends and family? I confess that I truly cannot see how anyone can go through difficulties without those two elements.
So I want to remind all of you, hold on to the hope that you have. Each day is a new beginning with new possibilities. Make sure that you invite people into your life that can restore your hope when events tear it down. Have some type of faith which will help you to remember that there is someone greater than anything in this world. Hold on to hope!
Sometimes we forget to stop and to say thank you. Sometimes we forget that what we do impacts others. So today I want to share an older song that reminds us of both of these things.
Thank you to everyone who has given and touched my life. Some of you know and some of you have no idea that you made such an impact. THANK YOU!