Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This…

I was reminded of this today. Maybe you need to hear it again, too!

Lori Kempton, Author/Speaker

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Today I am heading to Wooster, Ohio to share my testimony at the Stonecroft After Five group.  It seems like the few days leading up to when I speak are always difficult.  Typically my back starts giving me fits.  Then there is always a little chaos thrown into the mix of some sort whether it is mine or someone’s I love.  This time some depression is edging its way in as I am still grieving the loss of my brother in October.  To ride in the car today for over seven hours with my back the way it is I have a good reason to call and cancel.  One might question if I’ll be able to walk by the time I get home tonight. Mama said there’d be days like this.

However, I find that just like anything else in life serving the Lord…

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Bring On the Sparkle!

pondI love anything glittery or sparkly, as most of you know. I was heading to work last week and a pond on the side of the highway caught my eye. I drive past it every day; but that morning, it was sparkling like diamonds, unlike most days.

I love to be in nature and enjoy a pond here and there. However, if you ever took the time to really look at pond water, most of the time it’s not real attractive. It’s brown or green and often has a layer of scum on top. However, that particular day with the sun shining on it, it was stunning!

As I continued to look at it as I drove past, the sparkle eventually disappeared. Apparently, as my angle changed, the sun’s reflection on the water also changed, causing it to become just like any other pond.

God hasn’t let me get that picture out of my mind ever since I drove past. It reminded me of the days when I allow God to guide and direct my thoughts versus the days I don’t. You know how it is. We all get busy from time to time and forget to pray or read our Bibles. Not focused on Him, we then get in the way of God speaking to us because we’re too caught up in our drama…you know…the scum in our life… that we don’t listen. Life is so much more beautiful when we allow God’s direction to shine on us each and every day.

I met someone a while back that I instantly connected with before even knowing anything about her. It was as though I could see Jesus in her presence. We immediately hit it off and were talking a mile a minute…as if she were a long lost sister. I walked away from the encounter asking myself, “Do people see Jesus in you like that, Lori?”  This whole scenario made me stop and evaluate myself. Am I allowing God to affect all areas of my life? Are there things I withhold from Him or refuse to listen to Him about that cause me to lose my sparkle from some angles?

This life is temporary.

As I pass through,

I want my existence to have made a difference.

I pray that no matter where someone is standing,

Jesus in my life shines brightly,

like diamonds on a scummy pond.

I pray that God will speak to you, as He has me, to help you to see those areas in your life that still need some attention. As Christians, we need to stand out from the crowd…we don’t want to be ordinary…we want others to recognize there is something different…something beautiful that perhaps they’re missing.  Salt sparkles, you know?

May God’s light shine on you brightly this week and bring beauty to your life, as He is reflected in you!

Luke 11:33-36 (NKJV) “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.  The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.  Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”

Matthew 5:13-16  “You are the salt of the earth; …You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

I Sure Am Thankful for YOU!

thankgivingI just wanted to stop by during the day to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  Jim and I have a quiet day today, as we won’t be having the family in until Saturday for our celebration.  One of my friends mentioned on her Facebook page this week, “Thanksgiving is fine, but thanksliving is even better!”  This is so true.  So even though I’m taking the time to tell you how thankful I am for you today, that statement is true every day, no matter if it is a holiday or not.

I have been writing my blog now for over two years.  Often a blogger wonders if anything they write makes a difference.  I appreciate hearing from each and every one of you that has responded to tell me how my words spoke into your life that week.  My ministry has been one of encouragement, but even the encourager needs encouragement sometimes!  I’m thankful for those who give feedback and kind words.  Others have unhappily disagreed with my thoughts and challenged my stance causing me to dig deep to defend my thoughts and values.  I thank them as they have helped me grow in my faith without even knowing it!  There are times when I write what I think was an exceptional piece and never hear a word from anyone. I am even thankful for no response as it challenges me to look back–did I say what I needed to say?  Did I miss the mark?  At the end of the day, though, I need to just write and trust that God has it all under control.  If I were writing for the applause of men, I would not have lasted this long.  I do what I do for God and I am THANKFUL He has entrusted me to be His spokesperson.  His inspiration will be what keeps me going.

As you know, 2013 has not been an easy year for us.  We got the first call about my cancer diagnosis the day after Christmas last year and it has been an up and down kind of year since then.  I am thankful for your prayers, concerns, notes, well-wishes, and even gifts in the past several months.   My ministry title is, “I’m just trying to be a blessing.”  You aren’t trying, you’ re the real thing!  Thanks again for reading, encouraging, challenging and even in silence.  I hope to be back real soon, full-force ahead with lots of encouragement, laughs and most of all…pointing your thoughts towards God!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Philippians 1:3 (NIV)  I thank my God every time I remember you.

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