LoveNotes

Where Is Your Joy?

The news these days is filled with so many bad messages and bad reports that I don’t watch it at all. Even on my Facebook page, I have to scroll through, or sometimes block, the many negative images that try to inundate my feed. Plus, if you’re a believer and you know what the Word says, it’s hard to bypass the fact that we are truly entering into the end times.  With all of this coming at us it’s easy to despair and allow ourselves to become overwhelmed by it all.  I know I have.

Recently, however, while I was praying, I heard the Lord say -‘Where is your Joy?’

The Word says… “The Joy of the Lord is our strength”  (Neh 8:10).  It also says “Rejoice in the Lord…Always” (Phil 4:4) and by always He means ALWAYS, but I know first hand how hard that can be.  Yet, the Lord in His Love and His Mercy is showing me that it’s okay to be joy-full because it’s all a part of His plan and His plan is always for our ultimate good.

So, I had to do some soul-searching and some research.  I prayed and asked for guidance and understanding, but most of all I asked for assistance in finding His Peace and His Joy in the midst of what appears to be pure chaos.  I found a book that seems to be helping me understand Revelations/prophecy better it’s called “The Merciful God of Prophecy” by Tim LaHaye, the writer of the Left Behind series.  While I haven’t finished it yet, I can say it’s very encouraging.

That’s why I’m writing today and going back to writing in general.  The first step in finding Joy (after receiving Christ) is serving others and I hope that through my obedience in writing, I am serving anyone that stops by this blog and is in need of an encouraging word or just food for thought.

See just like all of you, I go through hard times and I have moments when things aren’t the way I want them to be or the way I think they should be, but that’s when I have to turn to the source of all and remember: HE HAS A PLAN. It’s not easy, I know, to trust the plan, especially when you don’t know all the details and that’s okay.  Just know that all will unfold just as it’s supposed to.  Your job is to keep your eyes focused on the “prize” and find Joy in the midst of it all.  Encourage a friend or stranger, have dinner with your family, listen to a baby laugh or scroll through pictures of animals with funny faces; whatever you need to do, just find a way to smile and know that our Father in heaven loves us (yes, even you) and He loves to see us smile.

If you’re going through something today, know that you didn’t stumble on this post by accident.  I pray that our all knowing, all merciful God will help you find your way back to letting Joy into your life, again.  Children don’t need a reason to smile, they just do. I pray you find that child-like part of yourself and see the bright side of life, again. In Jesus, name, I pray. Amen.

If you’re one of those people that have the Joy of the Lord always or you always see the bright side of things – Great! Now, share some that with the rest of us!

Either way, Be Blessed!woman-570883_1280

LoveNotes

#lightbeautifulfree

Many years ago,  a family member of a then close friend came into my life.  His name was Frankie (RIP).  I didn’t know him well or for very long for that matter. Yet… he left me not only with the gift of having known him, even if for such a short period but with another gift – freedom and the permission to pursue it.  Frankie was the type of spirit you want to know – joyful, positive and peaceful.  He was the type of spirit you just want to be around and spend more time with.

Trust me when I say losing him was sad for the world, not just his family.
At the time, I was very much into divination (sorry, it’s true) and Frankie, I was told was very gifted, so I asked for one of his famous “readings”. What he gave me instead surprised me. We were all sitting on the living room floor with the two of us facing each other – when he placed his hand behind his back and asked, “What am I holding?”  Taken aback, I answered the first thing that came into my head, “A bird”.

“Give me three words that would describe it”

“Light”, I said since in my mind it was a little bird.new-1045954_640

“And?”

“Beautiful”, since in my mind all birds are beautiful.

“And?”

“Free”, and as the last word came out of my mouth, I surprised myself thinking that wasn’t really a description, although I thought it would be really nice to feel “truly free”.

So, I waited in anticipation for him to give me this grand vision of what that all meant. Was it some great metaphor for the amazing future I was going to have?

Instead, he said: “That’s you, Aida – don’t forget it”

At first, I was confused – and disappointed -what kind of reading was this? Where were all the great promises from the spirit realm?!! But I accepted the reading and promised not to forget.

Unfortunately, this gentle soul passed away a few months later, but he left me this gift. Over and over I have repeated these words to myself as I have moved forward in my purpose – remembering that nothing can stop me, but me. After so many years, I still carry that memory and advice with me. I also realized that the day I accepted Christ in my life, that that was the moment those words became truly real to me.

#lightbeautifulfree: I am light, I am beautiful and I am free…in Christ…

Be Blessed

Aida

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Uncommon Friendship

circus-366142_640Once, I (Aida), gave away our tent. No, no, nothing like the one pictured above. You know the kind of tent we would use for an outdoor show – yeah, that tent.  It was for a good reason and all that, but… I gave it away and then told Shi.

Yeah…I know.

Truth be told that sort of stuff happens fairly often.  Not in a bad way or a defiant way, just in a – “I think it’s a good idea” – way and I (or sometimes she) will just – go for it!

I’m writing this mainly because I really thank God for the friendship and business partnership that He has put together. I trust her and she trusts me, which is pretty darn great for two friends sharing a business.

But, besides trust, there is mutual respect, too. I wouldn’t cross a boundary or knowingly put what we are working on in jeopardy and I know she wouldn’t either.  That’s a great feeling!

So I just thought I’d share and Praise God for it in the process…also, I’d like to share a blessing-  May all of you that read this be blessed with an awesome Divine connection…

Be Blessed

Aida

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By the way –our tent looked more like this…