Hope

Choosing a response

So, today I moved my mom in with me. I knew when God said that He wanted me to trust Him and do this that I would choose to respond.

There was some arguing and whining about what it would cost me, but in truth what it cost me (emotionally and physically, not financially) is far less than what it has already gained me. I didn’t do it because of the benefit to me in any way, I did it because God says love Him and love others. She is an other no matter our history.

And so, today I settled her in, made her lunch and helped her shower. I was hit with the image of Jesus washing His disciples feet as I washed her hair. It was in that moment that I gained another HUGE perspective about choosing the response He would ask me to. Choosing the response that looks past so many things and sees your incredibly sick mother as another piece of His handiwork and having compassion for her and the things she didn’t choose as I would have it.

Choosing to see the incredible love and compassion that He has for me. A broken sinner, learning to live loved and love like Jesus.

Today was a special day and affirmation that His plans are always better than my own.

My encouragement for you today, dear loved ones, no matter who or what you believe is to see those around you with the eyes of compassion. Check to see if there are places and relationships in your life that you may not be choosing the best response for them or for you and then choose to adjust if needed.

Hope

You Are Welcome Here

Hello! Thanks for stopping by to check this out. Welcome to Joy Junkie!

I just want you to know that you are welcome here. I talk a lot about Jesus because He is my one true higher power. I want you to know that even if that is not your belief, you are welcome here.

I am not going to push you into believing something. But I am going to welcome you and encourage you to join in. I only ask, of all the people that read and comment, that we are respectful and kind to one another. Anything other than that-there’s no place for that here. This is a safe place so let’s respect each other.

My hope is that we can learn from each other and find ways to relate and care for one another without judgment or condemnation. I think we can all learn a lot from a lot more learning and listening. Wouldn’t you agree?

So glad you stopped by and looking forward to what comes next! Come on in and stay awhile.