Tag: Rachel Thorne
In my reading not long ago, the Lord opened my eyes to a simple, yet powerful concept. That morning, I opened my heart a little wider as I re-opened a gift that was purchased long ago. I’m not sure why it never stood out to me, but depending on the tense where forgiveness is used, “give” and “gave” are found in the word itself.
Forgiving is the intentional act of not harboring hurt and hate or feeling like you are owed something. Rather it is a choice you make to give, even in the face of crippling offenses. It is a decision to give another chance, to love, to turn the other cheek, and to let go.
When you forgive, you stop expecting the other person to compensate. Instead you offer love in the face of what scarred you most. … Read More »
If you have ever traveled for a long period of time, you know how important it is to find a place to rest when night falls. On a summer road trip with a friend a couple years ago, one of the highlights was being gifted the opportunity to stay in a five star, luxury hotel. I wanted to hug every staff member, guest, and wall because I was so blissfully happy. We had complimentary valet parking, a view of the city, a lavish room with all the amenities and charms, fruit infused water, and other normally unnecessary features. We were living large to say the least.
This stay was not the usual though. Along my journeys I have checked into some spaces that had me questioning the human race and security of those particular cities. It was less than perfect and … Read More »
“The road is long and in the end, the journey is the destination.”
If you own a vehicle or have been inside of one, there is a pretty good chance you have encountered one of my least favorite things aside from Satan himself. This more than annoying thing is traffic. I face it almost every day and have on more than many occasions found myself beating my steering wheel or passing the time listening to Spanish music I don’t understand or waving at unsuspecting truck drivers. You don’t have to read between the yellow lines to know that traffic can bring damage to more than just vehicles.
On my commute not long ago, I was routinely frustrated with the miles of red lights in front of me when the Lord spoke into my road blocked heart.
“Would you still praise Me … Read More »
You open the mailbox, and there it is—yet another wedding invitation. That makes about seven this week and approximately 84,000 this month if you round up. If I turn on my computer or phone I will most likely see another bended knee fellow with ring in hand and smile on face. “Going to the chapel” appears to be the theme song for this generation.
I too have joined the ranks of these lovingly devoted couples by claiming the title of “engaged.” Yes folks, you read that right. I have recently said yes to the question of forever as well. Before you start looking for my save-the-dates or asking what color my decorative candles will be, let me stop you. I have chosen to be engaged, but it is probably not the way you are thinking.
To be engaged means to … Read More »
Ladies and gentlemen, if you are reading this, I would like to congratulate you. You have officially survived yet another year. 2014 flew past us faster than any of us planned. For some, it might have been the greatest 365 days of your life. For others, it might have been a year filled with pain and heartache. Regardless of the hand the year dealt you, there is one thing we all have in common with 2014. What we can all say of 2014 is that it is over. We will never ever get it back. All 8765.81 hours; 525,949 minutes have slipped into oblivion.
Whatever you did last year is over. You cannot change it, whether it was good or bad. As much as you would like to, you cannot go back to June 11 or February 16 … Read More »