LIFE IS IN THE MOMENTS- MAKE EVERY SECOND COUNT!

 EVERY SECOND COUNTS!
-LIFE IS IN THE MOMENTS-

In our fast paced society, with everything competing for our attention, the proper use of time has become quite distorted. In order to make the best use of our time, it’s important to understand God’s will for us, and to invest our time in ways that honor Him. If we counsel with Him in all that we do, and follow His promptings, He will help us fulfill our purpose and accomplish the most good with our lives.

We need to protect and value our time, by living more intentionally and focusing on what matters most. Developing efficient management skills, through proper planning and scheduling, helps us integrate our different roles and activities in ways that make life flow smoothly.

Our lives are fleeting and constantly changing. There’s no promise of tomorrow and what we hold most dear can be lost in an instant. With the deterioration of family’s being so widespread, it’s important  to do the things that will preserve our family units; freely sharing our time and meeting their needs, and sacrificing our comfort and pleasure if necessary, for their well-being.

We only have a given amount of time to accomplish our missions, and we’ll have to give an account of how we use every alloted minute. We ought to consider what is of most worth, not only today, but in view of eternity. Every day of our existence should be spent improving our minds, increasing in faith, purifying our hearts, gaining strength and ability, practicing self-control in all our affairs, and  acting in ways that will win the love and confidence of all who know us. We should regularly repent, forgive, and strive to better our relationships; settling our differences and letting go of our hurts. When we overcome our hang ups and fears, and step outside of our comfort zone, we begin to experience the thrill of living a life without limits.

We live in a land of endless opportunity so it’s wise to be selective. There’s so much available, that even if we choose only the best, we’ll still never get to it all. We must learn to say “No”, even to some good things, and recognize which events and activities would be best to refrain from. Misuse of our time prevents us from spending quality time with the ones we love. It can also keep us in a state of constant chaos, where we’re always falling behind in our duties and running late. When we’re not on top of things, it’s hard  to relax and enjoy peaceful and tranquil moments.

If we live too much for the future, we lose today and time slips by in anticipation of something more. If we remain stuck in the past, we lose our joy for today. The best place to be and to focus our attention is right in front of us, here and now, in the present.

It’s critical to balance and prioritize our lives, and to consider in which direction we are headed. A good place to start is by asking questions like:  “Where, and on what, am I spending my time, and why? Am I doing it out of necessity or for lack of caring or planning? Is it wasted or productive time? Am I just serving myself, or am I making a difference for good, in the lives of those around me? If I die tomorrow, will I leave anything of worth behind, any kind words and deeds,  or sweet memories? Will any work of excellence, or a masterpiece remain, to show that I was there? How many people will miss the big and little things I do? Who will mourn my loss? When I’m laid in the grave, stiff and cold, what stories of me do I want to be told? Will my legacy of faith and integrity go on, or will it fade as the world keeps spinning ’round, not even noticing  I’m gone?

Life is so precious! If we want to be ranked with the noble and great ones, we will never be found wasting our time. We each have so much to give! We ought to do all in our power to make the world a better place, because we are in it; to leave our mark upon the earth and imprints of love on people’s hearts.

Screenshot_2015-05-26-09-53-05-1

KEEPERS OF THE HOME

image   One of the most wonderful blessings in life is a happy home, where love and peace abide; a safe haven, where we feel comfortable and can be ourselves.

There’s no genuine happiness apart from the home. It takes much toil and effort for its establishment and there are no cheap substitutes. Joy comes in service, and there is no greater service than that which promotes and preserves family life.

As mothers and wives,  our first priority should be to strengthen our families and perform our duties at home; making it a place where God’s Spirit can dwell and His love be felt. On us, depends not only the success of our home, but the prosperity of our nation.

With the onslaught of negative influences in our culture, and the attacks on the traditional family unit, we must  stand up against all that threatens to weaken, or destroy our homes! The sanctity of motherhood is constantly being demeaned and  needs to be defended. Mother’s are the heart and soul of the family and are extremely vital to our society. Children need to protected from evil; be taught what is right, and raised up in purity, by a good mother.

The love of a mother is so unconditional and sacrificial, it is the purest and closest to God’s. It is to mother’s that we owe our very existence; her influence extends for generations.

It’s  in our home, where we as women, have the most influence. We need to use it wisely and magnify it, and not trade this  powerful force for fleeting pleasures or worthless endeavors. Our responsibilities are of everlasting importance. No worldly success will ever compensate for failure within our home.

There is an art to homemaking that brings great rewards and lasting satisfaction. Although it is very undermined in our modern-day, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs. It takes a lot of sacrifice and selfless service to keep everything functioning well and the family’s needs met. Slacking in our duties can cause much unnecessary suffering.  We need to recognize the magnitude and importance of our calling and our vast potential in this area.

As mothers we set the atmosphere of the home. If we aren’t happy, usually no one is, so our attitudes are of utmost importance. We set the example for our children to follow. When children act out or misbehave, it usually has more to do with us, than it does them. We should speak with wisdom before our young ones and cultivate attributes that tend to elevate, refine, and purify the heart.

Our children are our most precious gifts. They need to be deeply  cherished and loved. Other than life itself,  spending time with our children is the greatest gift we can give them. They need a mother much more than any luxury. We ought to do all in our power to be at home with our children, and to teach them properly, so they won’t  be ruined for lack of training.

Nurturing is not confined to those who have children of their own. Some women are unable but  can still provide motherly influence to children not born to them and bless many lives through their love and service.

Our child-bearing and rearing years fly by all too quickly, but the lessons our children learn from us will never be forgotten. The seeds of virtue, honor, and integrity that we sow, will be felt throughout their lives and become a defense and a barrier between them and temptation. When they grow up they will remember and appreciate all we did for them, and taught them in their youth. The fondest memories in old age, will be of their childhood, around the family circle.

May god bless you mother’s, and give you the strength, courage, wisdom and  love to fulfill the measure of your creation and accomplish your great work.

A WITNESS FOR CHRIST

                     An Inspiring True Story

     It was going to be a great day for my teenage sons, Alex and Thomas. They had spent Thanksgiving with family and friends in Williston, ND. It was a freezing, windy morning. Snow was blowing across the highway as they headed toward Dickinson, on their way to Bismarck to go snowboarding. Alex was going a little too fast for the dangerous road conditions. Suddenly he lost control as he slid on black ice. He nearly rolled but was able to pull out of it; skidding down into a ditch on the opposite side of the road.

     Two men saw it happen and stopped to help. The driver, Mike Donaghue, was from Wisconsin, working in the  oilfields away from his wife and two daughters. It was the fourth time that morning that he and Chris, his co-worker, had helped people out of the snow. Two other young men stopped soon after. They all tried pushing the car out but were unable.

     Mike decided to get a chain from his truck that was parked at the side of the road. As he reached over the tailgate he was hit suddenly from behind by a car skidding out of control. No one saw it coming or even heard it above the wind and running engines. Mike’s  legs were smashed between the bumpers of both vehicles. The impact threw him forward tumbling down the snowy bank. He looked lifeless laying on the frozen ground. They all ran to his side. Alex, fearing he was dead, was overwhelmed with the thought that Mike had been helping him when it happened. He silently prayed “God, please don’t let him die!” He was greatly relieved to see him start moving, then horrified when he saw that one of his legs had been cut off. Hanging from a small piece of flesh was Mike’s foot, dangling, with the boot still on. His other leg was badly broken. Chris grabbed a rope and tied it around the bleeding leg stump. Still bleeding, Alex took his belt and wrapped it again; holding it tight.

     Mike emanated a calmness that was contagious. He seemed totally at peace amidst his horrific pain. Only his eyes showed the depth of his suffering. Unable to walk he shortly asked “Could you please carry me to the truck? I’m getting a little cold and light-headed.”

     In the meantime 911 had been called. Thomas had gone to check on the driver who was sitting in his car with the air bags popped. Physically fine but emotionally a wreck; he seemed to be uttering a prayer. Opening his door, he fell to the ground, with his face against the snow. Then getting up on his knees he lifted his arms toward heaven and cried out “Why God, why? How could have this happened? I’m so sorry! Please forgive me!” Turning to the men he exclaimed “I didn’t try to. I’m so sorry! I tried to slow down and steer away from you all but I couldn’t.” He slowly stood up and walked over to the open truck door, where Mike sat patiently waiting for the ambulance. In anguish, he sobbed “I’m sorry man! I’m so sorry! Please forgive me.” In his excruciating pain and in total forgiveness, Mike pulled the man down tightly against his chest. Fighting back tears, he comforted him, saying “It’s  okay, it’s okay. Do you know Christ?” “I do.” The man answered “I prayed this morning and asked God to keep me safe. Why would this happen? I try to do what’s right and to live a good life. I don’t understand why bad things happen to good people.”  Mike, with conviction replied “Just keep praying. Look to God and it will be alright.”

     He seemed to completely trust that God was in charge; that there are no coincidences or ‘accidents’ and all was as it should be. Countless things had happened to put each person there, at that exact time and place, for the accident to transpire as it did. Just one small change in any of the details, would have altered the whole course of events. The reality of how precious and uncertain life is was staring them all in the face. All could be lost in an instant and a single moment could change a life forever.

     Through the whole calamity Mike showed extraordinary love, courage and faith. He exemplified a strength beyond his own and attributed it to the Lord. He maintained complete composure and displayed incomprehensible serenity through his trauma. In need of comfort himself he comforted others. He never swore, uttered a complaint or even questioned “Why me?” There was no blame placed on anyone, only forgiveness and total acceptance of things as they were. Concerned for the soul of a stranger who might have killed him, he was ready to meet his maker. His life was in order. He was at peace with God, others and himself; therefore all was well, whatever the outcome.

     Mike’s outstanding example shows that there are still good people out there who care enough to take time from their busy lives and help others. His love and witness of Christ can impact lives and needs to be shared. Hopefully it will make one stop and think:

What kind of legacy am I leaving? How would’ve I handled a similar situation? Am I using my time to best advantage and making enough difference for good? If I died tomorrow would the people closest to me know how much I loved them? Have I built up enough faith, that when trials come my way, I can act as Mike, and prove myself loving and faithful till the end?

OUR SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

We are all searching for happiness. It is the object and design of our existence; what we live, hope and aim for in life. But how many of us are living in a way as to enjoy the happiness we so much desire?

True happiness comes only through righteous living. Wealth, power, talent or influence do not guarantee it, that depends entirely upon what principles  these acquisitions are obtained.

There is no real happiness except in God! When we have his spirit we are filled with love faith and gratitude, and even in the midst of our challenges we have peace.

Many people believe that keeping God’s commandments will restrict their freedom and happiness, but the opposite is actually true. It is obedience that blesses us and brings us lasting joy. When we do what the Lord requires, and we fulfill our duties, no matter what they are, we find contentment and satisfaction, regardless of our circumstances. We radiate cheer and we are hopeful of the future. Darkness and gloom are dispelled and we are set free from fear and negativity. The sun shines upon us as we go about our labors and each day is filled with beauty and delight, giving us exquisite pleasure in living. We are at peace and all is well with our soul.