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LOVE AND GRATITUDE TAKE DAILY PRACTICE   judylea 3-30-15
 
I met a family once that helped me to remember where I came from. They didn't seem
to notice how one served the other and didn't seem grateful or moved by it. The husband
was not loving at all except to the pets, especially his dog. It was sweet how loving he was
to his dog. I couldn't help but think "it would be so nice if he would talk to his wife that way."
He treated his dog how he needed to treat his wife and he talked to his wife like she was a dog.
It was very sad. The family wasn't saying thank you or showing any appreciation or love to one
another. I knew they were on the Lords heart and He wanted me to pray for them. (There was
something good there for they opened their home to almost a stranger and gave one of God's
children much more than a drink of water.)

It also made me take inventory of my grateful barometer and made me stop and recognize
that I use to be that way too. Well my parents taught me manners and to say please and
thank you; and I am so grateful for that! But how often is there a blessings and kindness
from others that I have overlooked and taken for granted. It could have helped
me feel joy and the others feel loved and appreciated when I noticed.

It is so easy to love those who love us and to recognize ones who go out of their way - (well
not always... because it is so easy to get caught up in self and in this society that caters to this
sickness.) So, how much more difficult is it to help people feel, accepted and appreciated
right where they are when they are wounded, hurting and mean. They may even be
showing love their way and it doesnt look like love to me. They may have just shown a precious
act of kindness that came from all they could offer in their heart. This makes me think of a 
precious act of love in a drawing my child did for me and I threw it away....twice...after he took
it out of the garbage can again. Just because I was thinking more about my desk looking in order
than being conscious about my childs heart; Oh what that must have done to that precious heart.
It truly takes effort to meditate on loving and noticing love in others.

 If a feeling follows thoughts and we are meditating on something rather than how we can
allow the Holy Spirit  to guide us in showing love (through motives, thoughts, actions,
and looking for all to be grateful for in God and others) how miserable we will be. But
if I am on a constant voyage to show love to God and others in serving and appreciating them;
then my thoughts are focussed on something that can only bring about feelings of joy and love.

It takes a constant conscience effort to practice seeing the love in others (even when they can't
see it themselves.) It is a choice to try and notice when someone else is serving or commending
or showing affection (giving in their way) The act of acceptance and appreciation for another
right where they are helps them feel loved. This choice and action may change the course of
their day for the good and they may pass on a smile to another - starting "a love cycle".

I learned that forgiveness is equivalent to love, but noticing love and having a grateful heart
passes on Christ's love too. It creates the atmosphere of love. God inhabits the praises of His
people and He loves a grateful heart. I have wondered how many times I have over looked
kindnesses or love in others while caught up in my own wounds and how often I had
not noticed answered prayer and a beautiful gift of sunshine from my God. As a mom several
times I said, Lord now I know how you must feel sometimes. The joy of a child is precious but
the self centered and immaturity at times can cause frustration and induces a since of feeling
totally unappreciated and loved. Thankfully God kept loving me when I was ungrateful and continued
to teach me and guide me in teaching my children. 

Thank you Lord for your beauty and grace. Forgive me for all the times I didn't notice or appreciate
all your gifts. Please allow me to see every beautiful gift from you and from others. Help me show
appreciation and love for everyone you place in my path. You are an amazing God who turns hearts
of stone to hearts of flesh. Thank you for who you are and who you place in my life as my teachers.
Thankyou for showing me that a grateful heart is a happy heart and helps others to feel loved.


SMILE by judylea

Turned up corners from her lips
Heart attached soul strings
Warmth and love envelops it
Contagious touch it brings

She smiled at the agitated man
Who softened with a smile
Who passed it on to a lonely heart
Who's no longer lonely now

JudyLea Copyright 2003

"A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of
fools feed on folly."
 
Proverbs 15:13-14

 


LOVE ....THE ANSWER

If your eyes do see
-the eyes of your soul
Then your heart is free
and you know that you know

Then Love is what you seek
Love is what you sow
Then Love is what you'll reap
when you share what you know

JudyLea copyright 2003


"So now I am giving you A NEW COMMANDMENT  L O V E  each other, just as I have loved you, you should love each other." John 13:34

"Jesus said unto Him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the
law and the prophets." Matthew 22:37-40

 

 
 
 
GRATEFUL FOR MY TEACHERS (Poem by judylea)

I can only see in others
The traits I myself possess
My children, friends and brothers
Their my teachers...they're my test

If I do not like who someone is
The finger points back at me
I'm not at peace with that part of myself
That part...I don't want to see

I then ask my God for courage
To face my darker side
Become aware, repent and share
No longer run or hide

I'm forever grateful for this insight I'm aware
It will forever change my life
So with others I want to share

We can only see in others
Traits we ourselves possess
Our children, friends and brothers
They're our teachers...they're our test

JudyLea copyright 2003

"Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Matthew 7:1-3



THREE WORDS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE (Poem by Judylea)

(Try this experiment)

All day-long
With each thought
Action, word and song-
say:
Thank you Lord

When you catch your mood shifting
Judging or blaming
Stop resisting
and say:
Thank you Lord

When you feel a loss or hurt arise
Release your tears
Look to the skies
and say:
Thank You Lord

When finances are low
And your bills are due
Have faith your Father will care for you
and say:
Thank You Lord

Even if there's little
Joyfully give some away
Your God will repay You
It will be easy to say:
Thank you Lord

Seek the good in everyone
When another wrongs you
Imitate Gods Son
and say:
Thank you Lord

Look for the lesson
The blessing in everything
Consider it a joy for all it will bring
and say:
Thank you Lord

In every circumstance
At every moment
at every glance
Say:
Thank You Lord

Practise this mental habit all day for 30 days
....Watch your world change......
And your heart naturally Praise
You'll SING-OUT....... THANK YOU LORD!

Judylea Copyright 2004

"GIVING THANKS ALWAYS AND FOR EVERYTHING TO GOD
THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
EPHESIANS 5:20

 



 








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