Merry Christmas!

I wanted to take the time to wish all of my followers, readers, and anyone that sees my posts a Merry Christmas! 

My fellow Spoonies: remember to conserve your spoons,( energy) , do more sitting than doing, take advantage of all the family in your house this year and allow them to help. Your body will thank you on Tuesday! 

An encouraging letter to everyone who has Autoimmune disease.

For those in the world who suffer with the debilitating disease such as Lupus, I pray for strength, for mercy, for healing. Having someone so close to me that suffers with this disease is not easy. Day after day, she suffers what seems to be alone, although I know she is never alone, God is with her, I believe in her, and I pray for her continually.  This disease has been harder than so many diseases because you can’t see the effects of this disease, she looks like the person I have known for almost nine years, but silently she suffers immensely. So, I stand by her, I listen, I pray and I try to encourage her every day.
For the community of those who are suffering with Lupus and Connective Tissue Disorder, I pray for a cure, I pray for God’s healing and I want to say to you, I stand in the gap with you. I pray that the people in your life will not show pity but strength, love and encouragement. I pray that your spouses will get a clue and be supportive, understand what you are going through, be caring and always be a shoulder to lean on. I pray that your children will be a helping hand, and that they will inspire you and take some of the weight off your shoulders by helping out the best they possibly can.
I offer this word of encouragement to so many that suffer with these autoimmune diseases, stand with each other, encourage one another. Amos 3: 3 in the Bible says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on a direction? Coming together and supporting one another and offer sound advice is a key component of healing. If you have found some practical things that have helped you, share it. If you have learned a few things from reading and studying these diseases that will help someone else spread the wealth. If your doctor has been successful in helping in any way, let people know. There is strength in numbers. Lastly, “God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1: 7 NKJV). Power to rise above, love is the strongest medicine, and a sound mind is for those dark hours when things seem hopeless or when someone else needs a word to keep them going. Proverbs 16: 24 says, “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
Blessings,
Pastor Johnie

 

Autopilot.

Most of us go through our days on autopilot, we aren’t really living, we simply exist. For most of us, we can’t wait for Friday to get here, and then we spend our weekends wishing Monday would delay coming.
 
For others, they rush around pressing time, they simply cannot wait for the next hour to get here, but life is way too short to rush. Life goes by in the blink of an eye and before they know it, they are looking back, wondering what happened to life. What’s worse, pushing time has sealed their fate, where has it taken them, how did they get there so fast, what did rushing buy them. 
 
Today, I choose to slow down and enjoy life.Despite all the illnesses and diseases that I have, I still have presence of mind. I can still live my life, I can still be thankful, I can still enjoy the simple pleasures even if life has dealt me a bad hand. Those things that I truly live for, God, family, friends, community, and even contact with people like you, it is those things that will pull me through the hard times. Though some may not agree, I am blessed and have been blessed beyond measure. Just because I am ill, that will not steal my joy or the memories of what God has done for me and my family.
Here is what I propose; today, right now, slow down, take some time to live your life, enjoy the cool weather, have a picnic with your kids, have some friends over for a BBQ, hang out after dark and see how clear the stars are in the winter. Be thankful for the blessings that you have, be thankful for the blessings of the past and don’t worry about the things that you don’t have or the things you did not do. Don’t let life pass you by and don’t just simply exist, life is too short for that. Live your life to the best of your ability.
 

Monday morning pick me up. (Wisdom, better than riches.)

Proverbs 3: 13-14
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.”
We spend the majority of our lives working so we can gain wealth. Solomon says that those who gain wisdom (applied knowledge) and understanding, they are blessed far more than attaining wealth. Wisdom and understanding were extremely important to Solomon, the wisest man of his time, and the richest man of his time. As a matter of fact, when God asked Solomon to ask Him for whatever he wanted, Solomon ask for wisdom. I dare say most of us would ask for material things if God asked us that question, but wisdom and understanding will make us happier and wealthier in the grand scheme of life.
Working hard is honorable and necessary but ask God for wisdom and understanding, you will be amazed where it takes you.