Today is November 2nd, 2020. Tomorrow the leader of our country will be elected. It will be an eventful day. As we say goodnight to this day, here are where my thoughts are. This is my prayer for tomorrow and the coming days.
Father in Heaven, I pray and ask that you be with our country and all the wonderful people who make it what it is. Your strength will be very needed by so many of us.
That the right person is elected. Your will may not always be done by whoever is in leadership, but you are in control. I don’t know why you do the things that you do, but please let us all accept your guidance, Father. Let us all accept the outcome and support who you have allowed to lead on this earth.
That whoever our President elect is tomorrow, that his administration is blessed. That he is able to accomplish much for our country and her people. I pray that our President succeeds in his endeavors, because his failures will ultimately also be my failures.
That love rules the day. We may not all see eye to eye, we may not agree with each other… Father, we may not even like each other. But let us all love each other as Jesus showed us how to do. His apostles didn’t all get along, and were on separate ends of the political spectrum – but they turned the world upside down for you. Let us love like they did, and make this world a better place for it.
That there is peace. I pray there will be no riots, no violence, and no hatred. If some individuals incite rioting and violence, I pray that the innocent escape harm, and that fair justice is served on those who are not innocent.
Father, I know that my words cannot change the world, but Jesus can. Let the Spirit guide us, and show us all how to live like true children of the King. Let us also remember that this world is not our home! We may hold citizenship as Americans on this planet, but our focus, our greater calling, our ultimate and first allegiance is in Heaven.
Its through your son, Jesus, name I pray all these things. Let the church together say…
Today we read “Whoever You Are”, by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub. We sing “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Open My Heart”.
Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot happening in our world today. This year (2020) has been a doozie so far, hasn’t it?! Corona Virus has had us shut up in our houses for weeks, a man named George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, rioting and looting have been going on all across the country…
I promise, this blog isn’t trying to depress you or be political. One thing I know for a fact is that YOU have a friend – whether or not they live next door, across town, across the country, or they’re virtual friends on social media – who has been affected in some way by 2020’s disasters. Maybe they or one of their family members has had COVID-19, and maybe they have been hospitalized or their family members have died. Maybe your friend is a person of color and they feel deeply impacted by the incident in Minneapolis and the resulting violent and destructive actions of a few people. Maybe you aren’t affected by these events, but you don’t to look far to find someone who has been.
Now, I’m not asking you to agree with me or with your friends. But I am asking you to have some empathy, compassion, and love toward them. Just show up for them! You don’t need to fix them, or say profound words or make a profound Facebook post. Just let them know you’re there.
Job went through a terrible loss. He lost all of his children and all of his possessions. He was known to be a very, very good man. In Job 2:11-13. his friends hear about his loss and they go to him. They see his suffering and cry for and with him. Then in verse 13, “… they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.” They didn’t say anything! They just sat in silence with Job for a week!
They did eventually open their mouths and talk. That is where they messed up.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
Just show up, and shut up.
My Etsy store still has the same four photos, but I changed them from digital downloads to 8×10 prints. The store got a lot of views very quickly, but no sales on the downloads. I can’t complain, I’m not sure that I would want to buy a JPEG file either, I’d rather have a print that has been signed by the artist.
Have you been successful in selling your prints? Can you share some pointers and take aways? Have you sold any other form of artwork online? Are you successful in selling on Etsy in general? What has made you successful?
Thanks everyone, have a good one!
This has been a tough few weeks for everyone! Let’s try to learn something from it.
I used to be really into photography. Like, I wanted to go to college for fine art and make a living shooting portraits, weddings, and selling landscapes. But, as life goes things change. But, I have been doing a lot of video work in my ministry while we haven’t been able to meet in person due to COVID-19 measures, and it has sparked my interest again.
I’d like to do some free sessions with a few families and individuals to get back into the swing of things. My overall goal is to have fun, but help while I’m doing that. Since photography isn’t my main income source, I’d like to keep costs low for families who can’t afford a high end photographer. Also to help young or new professionals with headshots, or maybe new makeup artists with their first few shoots.
I’m also looking into selling some of my better landscape and scenery photos. I started an Etsy shop to explore this possibility. Right now I’m only offering digital downloads on three images until I find a print service I trust and that is affordable but good quality. And shipping, I have no idea how to handle shipping.
If you have a few minutes, please take a look at the Etsy shop, https://richieandersonphoto.etsy.com. And if you have any recommendations on a printer, I’d like to hear about it. And any help on shipping would be welcome!
Have you even been so busy that you just don’t know what do next? Maybe you have so much to do on your list, you just shutdown and don’t do any of it. Ever felt overwhelmed? Anxious? Can’t catch your breath? You know, other things…
I have, and I’m feeling that right now. When I teach my youth group or preach I often remind people that everything I teach is something that I need to hear or has been on my heart. This blog is no different. The burdens for me right now are: school, big events for the church and youth group, health insurance (I’m getting out of the Air Force and Tricare is going away), our vehicles need some work, and a few other more private matters.
Here are some scriptures that I have been thinking on and praying about today.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:22)
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
And this song:
What are burdens you are carrying today? I’ll be happy to pray for you and I’d appreciate your prayers for me.
“I do not require my clients to be virtuous in order to continue in therapy. There would be few clients and few therapists if the standard of full moral integrity was imposed on all of us.” (Doherty, 1995)
That’s comforting, right? I mean, the reason most people seek counseling is because they are having trouble with their values, feeling, emotions, etc. So it makes sense that a counselor wouldn’t kick a client out because they’re not perfect! But the author also says there wouldn’t be many counselors either, if they were expected to be perfect. Hmm…
The church is like that… right? It should be. Could you imagine what it would be like if we had to be perfect in order to be a part of God’s family? I think sometimes we expect perfection, and we should most definitely try our best, but we’re just not. We need to stop expecting perfection out of imperfect people who just want to come worship God and have a church family to be a part of. This also goes for ministers, teachers, elders, and deacons… no person in the church, no one on this planet is perfect.
One big difference in the church and a counseling practice, is our Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6) is perfect! But the same as an earthly counselor, he doesn’t expect us to be perfect, he understands us (Hebrews 2:17, 4:15). This isn’t an excuse to not strive to be perfect, to be like Jesus, what it is though is love. He loves us even though we’re not perfect. We need to love each other, even though we’re not perfect.
Doherty, W. J. (1995). Soul searching: why psychotherapy must promote moral responsibility.