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New Beginnings: 6 important things to remember.

The opening sentence in any story is often the most important sentence of all. It sets up the story and gives the reader an expectation of what is to come. It is so important, that authors may spend untold amounts of time crafting that one sentence. For if they don’t capture the reader’s attention at the very beginning, they may not stick around to read the rest of the story.

Thank goodness this doesn’t hold true in life.

Thank you, God, that our beginning, good or bad, does not have to dictate our outcome. Our story in fact will be rewritten many times. Our Author is also our Finisher. He is the Director and while He calls the shots, it’s up to us to follow His ways.

But great news. When we don’t follow His commands or directions, we can rest assured that once we return to Him, acknowledging His authority in our lives, He gives us a do-over…He will in fact rewrite our story to allow us to return to the life plot He had in place for each of us before the beginning of time.

Important to Remember

  1. Your first day in Christ means you have a brand-new life. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  2. Each day is a fresh opportunity to follow God. “Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” (Psalm 143:8)
  3. God’s mercies are new each day. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
  4. God is all about doing something new in you. “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
  5. Repentance brings about restoration and forgiveness. “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9)
  6. God has a good plan in place for your life. “The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8a)

These are just a few of the many Scriptures that show us God’s amazing love. They remind us that He has a good plan for our lives, and that He is ready with forgiveness when we approach Him with repentant hearts.

God welcomes you back.

If you’re a parent of a young child, you have expectations for their future. And they are always wonderful plans with happy endings. But often, that child takes a detour, trying to find their own way. They may disregard your advice or fail to realize your hopes for them. Yet, you stand ready with open arms welcoming them back, ready to help them return to the best path. And it’s the same with our Heavenly Father.

When we find ourselves struggling with needing a do-over, when we feel we’ve disappointed God and desperately need His forgiveness, when we think there’s no hope left, that’s the time to turn to the One who has already written our life story, to the One who is also more than willing to rewrite it when necessary.

His arms are open, His heart is big, and He’s waiting for you.

Love you much,

Mimi

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How a small cup of yogurt reminds us that God is in control.

Today, in Florida, we’re dealing with the uncertainty of Hurricane Dorian. For a week, we’ve been tracking the storm, watching it build, turn this way and that, wondering when and where it will strike our state.

Days ago, the Governor declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida. We are surely to be impacted and possibly devastated by what could be the biggest storm in 30 years.

So, with fair warning, we top off the gas tanks in our cars, remove all the outside decorations, furniture, etc. Ensure we have water and ice, fill up our bathtubs with water, help the neighbors do the same…then wait. And wait.

Dorian’s path continues to change.

From faster moving to slower. From a direct hit near Daytona Beach with a sharp west turn, to hitting down by West Palm Beach, then further up the coast.

As with all hurricanes, they are completely unpredictable. So, we prepare as best we can, pay attention to the updates, then wait.

Oh, and one more thing…we trust God. For He is in control. He is ALWAYS in control.

The yogurt cup that reinforced a great lesson in trust.

I hope you will use this LINK to read a story from my friend Janet about her family’s experience with Hurricane Frances that hit Orlando in September 2004. Her recount of the event is thrilling, frightening, and faith-filled.

Whether you are facing a physical hurricane like Florida is, or a hurricane of job loss, illness, etc., God is in control. And He’s got you. Read on HERE and see if you agree. All it took for this family was a plastic cup of yogurt and the faith of a tiny woman to remind everyone of this important lesson.

Love you,

Mimi

A Thrilling Announcement

I am thrilled to share with you the publication of my aunt’s amazing memoir I Was More Than One. It is now available in print and eBook through Amazon and other booksellers. This memoir depicts her lifetime battle with mental illness and how it offered her the protection and safe haven needed to cope with unimaginably tragic and difficult circumstances she encountered throughout her life.

That mental illness, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), is known to most of us as Multiple Personality Disorder.

The idea of multiple personalities at work in someone’s life is so tough to understand, but in Irene’s life, it actually provided a way for her to survive. When my aunt was unable to cope with the despair of sexual abuse by family members and other people in her life who should have been trustworthy, her mind created 16 different personalities, each providing very specific tools to help her survive her tragic circumstances.

Irene Chose to Overcome

At any time, Irene could have played the victim card; instead she chose to be an overcomer.

Her book reads like fiction but is an accurate accounting of her life and her struggle. The reader will experience a whirlwind of emotions as they learn of Irene’s hopelessness when sexually abused as a young girl, her ruined dreams of a successful marriage, and of her despair that caused her to attempt suicide, despite having a young daughter to care for.

But I Was More Than One will not leave you in anguish. Instead your spirit will soar as Irene begins her journey to health and well-being. And when you realize that instead of giving up, she chooses to fight for wellness, you will share her victory as she overcomes her circumstances and is able to integrate those 16 personalities into one whole person.

Done and Done.

For the past year, I’ve counted it a privilege to work with Irene as she did final edits and worked with a publisher to make her dream, this book, come true. As if her battle with mental illness and understanding DID wasn’t enough, it became her goal to capture her journey through a memoir and to have that memoir published. Done and done.

I Was More Than One may not be offered in your local library, so please consider purchasing either the print version or eBook through this LINK. No doubt, you will find as I did, that my aunt’s journey and book offers hope and encouragement in two ways. First, it offers hope for triumph to the many others battling severe mental health disorders. And secondly, it offers encouragement to the rest of us who when struggling with our own issues may need a good dose of it to hang in, not give up, and look for victory at the end of the fight.

Mimi

Shoulder Taps

A friend forwarded this to me the other day. I knew immediately I needed to share it with others.

Bill Hart shares a beautiful story that so clearly illustrates the frequent “shoulder taps” we each receive by God…taps to get our attention, taps to give us direction, taps to nudge us.

The encouragement is to be aware of God’s shoulder taps and then to take action.

Enjoy this brief 3-minute inspiring video. (By the way, be sure to check out the follow-up story to Shoulder Taps Bill posted a few months later. You’ll also find it on YouTube.)

 

The big, capable hands of God.

All my life I’ve been aware of my large hands…large for a woman that is. No one thinks twice about the large size of a man’s hands but to me, when a woman has large hands, people can take notice.

Her only flaw:

The Seinfeld show even devoted an episode to this subject. Jerry had started dating a very attractive woman whose only flaw was that she had man-hands—meaning her hands were large and coarse like a man’s. Many of the Seinfeld episodes came from the perspective of very self-indulgent characters who superficially put value on the wrong things. But I admit when I watched that one, I realized that having large hands was a very real thing. (Don’t remember? Here’s a very brief CLIP from that episode.)

Over the years, I’ve taken less notice of the size of my hands and instead have focused on what those hands can do. In the photo above you’ll notice just how many puzzle pieces I can hold at one time. This comes in very handy when putting 1000 pieces back into the bag for storage. (tee hee)

Here are a few other things my larger-than-normal-for-a-woman hands can accomplish:

  • Comfort and support when offering a personal prayer.
  • A “big” demonstration of love when holding onto a grandchild’s hand.
  • It’s easier to clean up a mess of spilled cereal. Silly but true.
  • They hold a lot more peanut M&M’s than someone else’s more petit hands. A definite advantage.

While I still at times wish my hands (and feet I might add) were smaller, mostly I’m able to accept they’re simply a part of me and “me” was created by God. And He makes everything beautiful and perfect.

But most importantly…

When I look at my hands, they remind me of the even bigger hands of God—hands able to create, hands able to protect, hands that enable, hands that perform miracles, hands that enfold in love, hands that protect, hands that can be trusted.

So, if looking at my hands turn my attention to God, then my hands indeed are perfect. And I love them. I absolutely LOVE them.

But Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all. (Isaiah 64:8)

What do the hands of God remind you of?

Mimi

Does God want our kids mowing the lawn? A guest post from Jason Wright.

A friend recently shared this story with me and it’s a good one. Of course, I’m now sharing it with you. Please use this LINK, then skip over the FoxNews flash headlines and get right into the article that follows.

The author, Jason Wright, is a New York Times bestselling author, columnist, and speaker. He’s written lots of books and is a popular speaker. Some of his topics include inspiration, faith, and the lost art of letter writing. Want to know more? Just click HERE.

Let me know what you think about today’s post. I bet you’ll agree with me that this story reminds us some very important truths.

Mimi