Month: January 2017

I Peter 5:6 

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
1 Peter 5:6 NLT

In a day and age when we are so busy exalting ourselves, building pride in our efforts, we are forgetting that there is a power higher than anything we can imagine, our creator and God. There is nothing wrong with having pride as long as it’s the right kind and never comes between us and understanding our God. In that comes the understanding of how great he is and how small we are. 

Be a blessing to someone today. 

Heidi Cleaveland 

Gentle Love

​Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Ephesians 4:2 NLT

Be kind to others. It isn’t always easy but we are equipped to push past how we want to react and behave in a way that reflects the unconditional love that has been imparted to us by our amazing creator.

Be a blessing to others at every opportunity and thank you for your time and comments. If you have a chance, read more of Ephesians 4. 

Heidi Cleaveland 

Cheesy moon goals

A new year means new beginnings for most of us, and that seems to propel us towards new focus or a refreshed attempt towards accomplishing things that are important to each of us. 

Have you made declarations, resolutions, or recommitted to a previous personal goal in the last few days? Maybe you want to organize rooms, minimize material items, be more creative, or increase exercise frequency.  More importantly, maybe you promised to quit doing something that is unhealthy (smoking, excessive video gambling, prejudice thinking, or eating 13 donuts at once).

We all have things we want to work on because we are competitive goal-setters by nature and we want to be better. By nature, we set higher goals than we can reach. Shoot for the stars, reach the moon. It’s okay. We are supposed to fail from time to time and make good of it. After all, the moon is full of cheese and how bad can that be? Remember, the stars are not that far past the moon, so shoot for them. 

In your efforts to propel yourself past the cheesy moon into the sparkling universe where goal-laden happiness lies, remember that reaching the stars or moon is not everything that you need to be shooting for. Sometimes becoming a better person means doing small things that don’t seem very important at the time.

So do both. Strive for personal goals and do things for others. Buy a meal for someone who needs it. Donate your time or donate items. Take someone to a doctor appointment or run errands for the neighbor who has three sick kids. Surprisingly, it will probably have a greater impact than you realize. God asks us over and over to take care of others, especially those who need help the most. 

Luke 3:11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

Don’t be afraid to be amazing in big and small ways. Be a blessing and be blessed.