11.27.16

Happy Sunday to you!

Photo courtesy of Decor Suite

Photo courtesy of Decor Suite

A Post Thanksgiving Reflection

All of the relatives from out of town have left. The house is quiet again. It’s that bittersweet period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s a time where you miss your relatives but enjoy the solitude you’ve been craving during the long weekend. It’s a time to give thanks. 

We all have a beautiful side. We all have an ugly side. We have parts of us that are extremely annoying, as well as parts of us that are endearing. With this in mind, to love and be loved is amazing. It feels wonderful to have people that want to enjoy your company, knowing all of the joy and drama that comes with your presence. There’s nothing to be compared to a loving family. There’s nothing to be compared to lasting friendships. 

I entered into this holiday season grieving from a tremendous/unexpected loss. I say that to encourage those who are grieving too. Yet, I also experienced tremendous gain. Every day I wake up, the Lord keeps providing for me. Literally! I am in awe of the timeliness of God’s provision. God never changes, yet He astounds me. God has blessed me with steady income, loved ones to cry and laugh with, peace, and unwavering faith. This holiday season has brought new additions to my family, healing, and lots of smiling. This holiday season has brought me forgiveness, kindness, understanding and compassion. 

It’s a beautiful time in my life. Thus, I choose to rejoice in the Lord. Will you rejoice with me? If so, share your own reflections in the comment section below. Need prayer? Leave your requests below or feel free to e-mail them to lovecompassionatelee@yahoo.com.

Love,

CompassionateLee

Psalm 96:1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. 4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. 8 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. 9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. 12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice. 13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

11.9.16

Happy Wednesday to you!

I am so delighted that you enjoyed the Homeowner's Prayer from the previous post. My hope is that the prayer continues to bless you and your loved ones. Today's post is a festive one. We all need some cheer after the results of Election Day 2016. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I felt the need to share some decor inspiration. Below are a few of my favorite items that I've found while shopping for the holidays. I chose a rustic and natural theme. Let me know which items are your favorite. How are you decorating your home for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving 2016

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Love,

CompassionateLee

 

2 Chronicles 5:12 all the levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kindred, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with one hundred twenty priests who were trumpeters. 13 It was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.

11.1.16

Happy Tuesday to you!

A Homeowner's Prayer

(For all who own a home. For those who are currently in the process of purchasing a home. For all those who desire to own a home.)

Lord God, the earth is Yours, as well as everything in it.

Therefore, I pray that You would bless this property that You have loaned to me.

Bless the exterior and interior of this home.

Help me to be an excellent steward over this property and this land.

Give me peace in this region of the earth.

Grant me favor with my neighbors and all who enter into this neighborhood.

Let our community flourish that Your name may be glorified, here.

Let the income needed to sustain this land and this property be ever-flowing.

Bless the meals that are prepared and consumed here.

Bless the inhabitants of this home as we depart and as we return.

God, I request that Your presence always be in this home and around this home.

Bless the land for Your goodness’ sake.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

 

Love,

CompassionateLee

Deuteronomy 8:6 Therefore keep the commandments of the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land where you may eat bread without scarcity, where you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron and from whose hills you may mine copper. 10 You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you 11 Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God, by failing to keep his commandments, his ordinances, and his statutes, which I am commanding you today.

10.28.16

Happy Friday to you!

I know that you are used to visiting this website and reading lengthy paragraphs; however, today’s post will be short and sweet. I want to share with you a message that God gave to me as a young girl. During my adolescence, the Lord said to me that it always pays to be righteous. I’ll expound on that lesson briefly. It doesn’t matter who wrongs you or how many times you are wronged. You have to maintain a firm resolve to do good unto all people. Obviously, it is extremely difficult to do good to all people all the time. Some people will try to provoke you to the point of madness. There will be instances where you act against prudence. Ultimately, there is no profit in human vengeance. There is no gain in wrongdoing or in evil. The only thing that comes out of unrighteousness is loss— temporary satisfaction yet great loss. So, do not allow your adversaries to distract you. Stay focused on God. Do good! 

The results of consistent righteousness are astounding!

Love,

CompassionateLee

Luke 6:27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.nYour reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

10.18.16

Happy Tuesday to you!

Another strenuous work day is in the books. Your mind is all over the place, and you have no clue on how to settle down. There's only 15-20 minutes to spare before your children, or spouse, make another request. You decide the best place in the house to hide out is in your bathroom (of course, with the door locked). You sit on the toilet with phone in hand, perusing the internet for relaxation techniques. Somehow, you end up here...on a website you've never heard of before...with lots of scriptures...and sporadic posts. You wonder, "How does this blog post serve me any good?" Then, you get ready to exit out of the tab... until you see the following image.

You say to yourself, "I'm an adult with a mortgage and three children and responsibilities! Who has time to write down feelings, let alone color?" The answer is, you do. You do have the time to write down how the day's events impacted your thoughts and behavior. You do have the time to take your children's old box of crayons/colored pencils and doodle in a coloring book. At the end of the day, it's either this or die from an illness related to stress you did not make time to address.

While the image above may seem trivial, treat it as a catalyst. Consider it to be a the prompt that led you to take better care of your mental state. If coloring or journaling isn't your preference, at least this image led you to think of a million other things you would much rather do with your free time.  Perhaps, you would rather drink a glass of wine and watch TV. Perhaps, you enjoy bike riding on weekends but never thought to fit in a family ride around the neighborhood on a weeknight. Whatever you choose, let it be constructive and make sure it is not work related. Reclaim your peace of mind!

Start right now.

Love,

CompassionateLee

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.