Saturday, April 1, 2017
Love Conquers All
That's the way my day started. Free. Thankful. Faith-filled. Joyful. Then entered "Cruella Deville" (the mean gal from 101 Dalmatians), and my Wonderland kind-of-day, could have easily become a cloudy, doom-filled day -- if I let her negativity, gloom and despair become my reality, too. Yes, I had to suck it up and rather than return her unhappiness with equal dismay and unhappiness, I put on my happy face and oozed with love that could only come from God's love within me.
Just before encountering this gal, we had had our family devotions and I had the opportunity to tell the family how life's stuff, and my reaction to it, has taught me so many lessons. At 68, I've had plenty of time to learn to get it right....and I'm still learning. What I know are the consequences, and the blessings, that can come from how I conduct myself on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong -- I haven't arrived, but thanks be to God, I'm way further down the road in learning my lessons well, than before. I've learned that our mind, mouth, moods and attitudes are all intricately connected. First we think, and then our thoughts turn into words that we speak, and the two of them together turn into good or bad moods and attitudes.
~ We Can Choose How We Think and React -- although we don’t always have the power to change every unpleasant circumstance or "Cruella" that enters our lives, we do have the power to change our outlook. I've found if we look at it in a hopeful, faith-filled way, we can watch God work all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28).
~ We Can Think Positive Things On Purpose -- Good thing I started my day, yesterday, with happy, positive, and grateful thoughts, because that's how I was able to confront negativity with positivity. I chose to think "She must have circumstances going on in her life that are causing her to act this way. Maybe she is hurting. Maybe she needs a friend."
~ With God's help, we can approach situations and people with a consistent good attitude no matter what those circumstances are.
The end of my "Cruella DeVille" story is a good one. For one thing, I stopped thinking of her as "Cruella" (that was stinking thinking to even see her that way -- Lord, please forgive me). Because I brought sunshine to her cloudy day and because I responded with gentleness, kindness, tenderness and "I'm sorry you feel this way. I want to help you in every way I can. Please let me", she became a kinder version of her former self. I'm telling you...."God's love expressed in human form through you and me....has the potential to change someone, some group of people and even our world!" Love conquers all.
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It was just "puppy love" that brought my Honey and I together at the ages of 13 and 12. We eventually married at the "mature" ages of 18 and 17. And that's when our faith journey began. Over the years, we encountered many opportunities to stretch our faith, especially when our babies were very sick, when financial situations were out of control, and when our marriage relationship had some rocky periods.But we made it through those times by our strong faith and trust in God. But never was our faith more challenged, than when my 63 years "young" husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer. Fortunately, the 44 years of marriage and faith-building experiences, caused us to "weather the storm", and still remain in peace and strong in our faith. This "peace that passed understanding" compelled me to blog and share the principles that caused our faith to be unwavering and continues to give me the joys of living large! I'm still here, so I'm not done!. I pray you will grow in your faith as you, not only read the blogs, but apply the principles to your own life -- for the good times, and especially for those times that seem so overwhelming.