1.21.17

Happy Saturday to you!

R&R Kit for the Weary 

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Happy New Year! It’s twenty-one days into January, and I am certain you’ve been working hard on your goals and resolutions. Like myself, I know you’ve seen major improvement and moments of progress. Yet, you haven’t reached your ultimate goal. That’s ok! Don’t get burned out. Celebrate the success of your current moment. Stay encouraged to finish your race. Today’s post is a collection of items meant to inspire you during your journey. One of the fastest ways to grow weary and quit is by skipping rest. Your ability to maintain long-term success requires a balance of working diligently and honoring the sabbath. The sabbath was made for you! So, take a hot shower or soothing bath. Put on some comfortable clothes. Make a cup of tea or coffee. Find your favorite lounge area in the house and pull out your favorite book. You can even journal, color, or watch a movie. Whatever you do, take a moment, reflect, and unwind. I wish you an impactful and blessed 2017. 

 

Love,


CompassionateLee

Mark 2:27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

12.26.16

Happy Monday to you!

Winter Essentials

A little after midnight, I walked out of the movie theater with some of my family members into the frigid weather. I was bundled up in a long sleeve shirt, hooded sweater, puffed coat, insulated jeans, fuzzy socks, and my favorite pair of Merrell boots. I should have brought a pair of gloves because I could still feel the cold air biting my fingers. Even with its grey skies, winter is such a refreshing and beautiful season. Some would say autumn provides the best temperature to show off one’s fashion. However, I would have to say that winter is also a season reserved for the stylish. Below are some of my favorite items from L.L.Bean. This retail company features comfortable, enduring, and stylish pieces. In the comment section, let me know which item is your favorite. Also, where do you shop for winter gear? *This is not a sponsored post.*

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Love,

CompassionateLee

Proverbs 25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them; they refresh the spirit of their masters.

12.14.16

Happy Wednesday to you!

Story time! This afternoon, I'm monitoring my class during recess. I tell one of my students, "Do not step in that puddle." So, the student stands right beside it, longingly. I tell my student, "Don't place your left foot or your right foot in that puddle." The student continues to look at the puddle with longing but lets me know I'm heard. Minutes pass and my student has tuned out the frigid air, the noise of his classmates, and my presence. I express firmly, "Play somewhere else (back away from the mud)." Meanwhile, my student stares at the puddle with intensity. I turn to address two other students, and you know the rest. Within seconds, the student's sneakers, socks, and pants were covered in mud.

I asked, "Why did you step in that puddle?" The student responds, "Because you couldn't see me." I'm telling you, I felt so ashamed in that moment. Not for my student, I felt ashamed of myself. So many times (including early this morning), I step in the mud. I hear God saying," Don't step in that mess. Go play somewhere else!" Once I sink my feet deep down in the puddle, God reproves me. I feel humiliated. Yet a few moments prior, I tried to act like God couldn't see me. Silly rabbit! God sees everything. He catches my (longingly looking at the mud) "grown" self every time!

Unlike my student, I am always anxious for God to clean the mud off of me. If I heeded God's voice, I could've stayed clean the whole time. To be honest, the mud isn't that fun in the first place. Often, the thought of stepping in the mud is more fulfilling than the actual feeling of the wet dirt on my feet. Furthermore, the clean up process often takes a long time. I'm sharing this with you because as old as you may be, you will always be God's child. Just as you would like the young persons in your life to do, make the choice to [consistently] heed God's instructions. It's not enough for us to listen. Obedience is the key-start using it!

Love,

CompassionateLee

Hebrews 12:7 Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? 8 If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not his children. 9 Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. 11 Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

12.3.16

Happy Saturday to you!

I wanted to talk to you about goodness and how it relates to us flawed human beings. Specifically, I wanted to talk about goodness in relation to Christianity. In a world full of insecure and imperfect people, this is a topic worthy of continuous discussion.

Being a “good Christian” does not mean reading the entire Bible in a year or fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. Although, those are wonderful actions that can empower your journey, they are merely works. Works cannot save your soul. There are plenty of people who study their Bibles consistently, yet dishonor God in how they treat others, as well as their own selves.  I am sure you know of someone who faithfully attends a house of worship but struggles with hatred or greed. We’re not here to bash anyone. This post is just to re-evaluate how you look at the word, good.

Being a “good Christian” consists of having faith in God. Faith is complete trust or confidence. The good Christian out of his or her complete confidence in God obeys God’s instructions [unwaveringly]. The good Christian out of complete trust in God loves his or her enemies. The good Christian does not retaliate or seek his or her own vengeance. The good Christian loves God; therefore, he or she takes up the challenge of righteous living. The good Christian takes on the difficult task of warring against the desires of his or her own flesh because of the example set by Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us, was tempted in every way possible. Yet, in love and obedience to the Father, Jesus never gave in to sin. Side note: Christianity is a monotheistic religion. In another post, we can discuss the triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The good Christian believes God, accepts salvation in Christ, and battles [daily] against the flesh. We love when it is not reciprocated. We give when we feel like being selfish. We hope when life seems desolate. We forgive those who hurt us and seek out the good of our oppressors. We humble ourselves when we are wrong, at the expense of our pride and dignity. And we are never put to shame. God always responds to our faith in astounding ways. We often call God’s response to our faith, miracles. 

You can be a good Christian, too. Goodness is not measured by the frequency of your church attendance or consistency of your prayer life. Goodness in not achieved by joining the praise and worship team or knowing every hymn ever composed. Reminder: Being a good Christian is obedience spurred by love for and faith in God. When you love someone, don’t you seek to do what makes that person happy? If you [truly] love yourself, you would love God. The good Christian knows that God is the One who wants what is best for everyone. God wants the best for your life. God wants you to overcome your struggle with prejudice, greed, self-loathing, etc. God wants to heal your brokenness. God wants to bring reconciliation and peace to your life. 

So, begin today! Search your heart. Find out whether or not you trust God. If you do not trust God, talk to Him. Tell God why you doubt Him. Ask God the questions that you are afraid to ask Him. God will respond to your sincerity. He will reveal the depths of His love for you. Then, you will begin to go through the transformation that will increase your faith and lead you to goodness. 

Love,

CompassionateLee

 

Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Listen! I, Paul, am telling you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 Once again I testify to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obliged to obey the entire law. 4 You who want to be justified by the law have cut yourselves off from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. 7 You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth? 8 Such persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10 I am confident about you in the Lord that you will not think otherwise. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11 But my friends, why am I still being persecuted if I am still preaching circumcision? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

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.