Every Gesture Matters

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I often find that my intentions never reach the point of action.  Do you?  I saw the above clip and was reminded that no one knows our intentions, but the action of that intention turned into a gesture can go a long way.

I am a "touchy feely" person by nature.  That's not always a good thing.  But, I'm always happy about that when I see a widow or widower because many people who live alone are seldom touched. That may not seem like a big deal to those of us who are still married or have children that live at home or near us.  But I have had elderly people tell me the impact a single touch can have because they are rarely touched.

How many times have you heard someone say, "I was about to.... and then..."?  Maybe it was "end it all and then I heard this song" or "give up and then he/she told me I could get through this".  You know what I'm talking about.

Be reminded that every act of kindness, whether it was intentional or not, has an impact on the person for which it was given and often on someone who saw it. You never know if your word of encouragement reached a person in a deep way that you had no idea.  You  don't know if that handshake, pat or hug warmed the heart of someone who misses physical touch.

Sometimes I think if I don't do something "big", then I might as well not do anything at all.  That is so wrong.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 "Truly I say to you, to the extend you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."

Don't underestimate the power you have in a person's life with a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness.

Blessings ~ W

Welcome Fall

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I love fall! (and spring) but it's fall so that's what it's all about right now.  In Louisiana, we do not have much cold weather.  A few weeks out of the year is about it and those weeks are not consecutive.  But once we start having a few brisk mornings, I'm hooked.  Those close to me may scoff at that since more often than not I'm cold.  What can I say?  My thermostat is broken, but I digress.

I love the changing of the leaves and the crisp morning air as fall begins to come our way. I love to decorate for fall with all the warm scents and orange and red colors that can be out for two months! As soon as October rolls around and most folks are thinking about Halloween, I am thinking about Thanksgiving.  Seeing the colors change and the temperature drop remind me of what a blessing every single day is and it makes me thankful for Whom all blessings flow.

I don't know about you, but as I watch nature change from season to season and see the beautiful colors across our landscapes, I see creation celebrating its Creator. The Master Artist!  Jesus Christ.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.  Romans 1:20
Just this morning as I walked down my road, the sky was lit up in reds and pinks and orange as the sun climbed over the horizon.  It was breathtaking! Just as HE is breathtaking!

No Place Like Home

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As you know, we have just returned from the mountains.  While we were out and about we looked for potential retirement locations.  As you can see, the area we were at was absolutely gorgeous. But...nothing really screamed at us.

We are listening for the Holy Spirit to speak as to whether or not we should move upon retirement.  Just the fact that both of us will entertain the idea is a monumental feat. At any rate, I have learned that you should keep doing what you know to do and not make any rash changes until you have a very clear answer from the Lord.  So we will stay put and serve right here at home.

I can say that traveling to southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee reminded me what an awesome God we serve!  He is the Master Artist.  I don't understand how people can truly believe that "nothing" exploded and created this beautiful world that is perfectly suited for life.  I'm always amazed to see our great country's landscape from deserts to mountains to lush green views like above.  Creation really does cry out that there is a God! Just  like the Bible says it does.

So, friend, if you are a fellow traveler remember, there's no place like home!

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."   Psalm 19:1 ESV

Mountain Vacation

My husband and I are headed to the mountains tomorrow.  We are meeting up with my sister and brother-in-law for the week.  We have rented a cabin on a lake so the men can do some serious fishing while we girls have a little R&R.

As we drive about the country side, my husband and I are looking at the lay of the land for possible relocation after retirement (not many years from now).  So my thoughts are:

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a cute house in the middle of a lot of acreage.  Peaceful and serene with great Internet service, four seasons but not too cold and centrally located to wherever our adult children make a home.

My husband will be looking for something totally different.  His thoughts are:

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plenty of wild game.  Funny as that's what he thinks about here at home, too! But then, I like our cute house in the middle of some acreage that is usually peaceful and serene.  I refuse to talk about our Internet service or the lack of four seasons.

For us, it will be fun to look around.  Usually, when we really look at other parts of the country, we are reminded of how grateful we are for where we live.  This may be much the same.  No matter, we are excited to be "getting away for it all" for a few days.

Blessings!

How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!”         Isaiah 52:7