Are you a Cloud?

Today while I was working, the skies grew dark and gray and the rain came pouring down.  Of course, that is all everyone could chat about as the guests ran in and out of the rain drops.

A guest came today to pay his invoice for his event.  While he was standing with me a woman kept going on and on about the rain and how it was going to ruin the day.  As I tried to encourage her to enjoy the day and the facilities that we offered indoors…it did not seem to help her….she seemed intent on complaining about how her day was ruined due to the rain.

As she walked away, the man replied to me….”Oh, what a cloud she is.”  He said to me that one of his students one day told him the sun is always shining but the clouds can get in the way.

How many times my father has told me that some people bring sunshine when they come, and some when they go.  How has your life been going lately?  I know for myself these are trying days.  The bills keep coming, the economy keeps changing, and the winter is coming, and so on.

Do I bring joy and sunshine when I enter a room or when I leave?  Or better yet, do I bring SON shine when I enter a room?  You know our smiles might not always be big and beautiful, sometimes small and simple, but it can still be there.  We can still show Christ or SON shine even when rain and clouds come in our life.  We just need to make sure that the clouds don’t cover our SON shine.

Is the Son shining in your life or have you let the clouds of fear, worry, frustration, doubt, and complaining come in the way?  I know my son tells me sometimes that I am his rock and when I am down in spirit, it affects him.  You know, we do affect each other with our attitude.  If you are having a bad day and keep reacting to it…either people will start to feel the same way as you or if they are smart they will walk away and stay away from you.

We need to bring “SON” shine into lives and remember what we do does matter to others.  Have a SON filled day and share a smile with someone.  Even if it is just a small and simple one.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Which Pandemic are you living with right now?

We are living in uncertain times right now and I know that we are all facing situations that are new and uncomfortable for us. We are walking on opposite sides of the street to avoid being near someone. We stand six feet apart from other when we want to talk with someone.

 

Now that many of us are wearing a face mask…..it seems to me that many of the people that I watch are hiding behind them in order not to smile or even make contact with you. I said hello to several people today that I walked past and they completely ignored me and acted like I had no right to talk to them. Their masks that they wear….does not give them the right to be rude.

 

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:17

 

A pandemic of any kind is unsettling….you almost find your self frozen in time and not knowing what you can or cannot do. What are we allowed to touch or not touch? Where are we allowed to go or not go? But what I see happening more and more above and beyond the virus restrictions that are being imposed on us …is the fear that is being drilled in our heads.

 

People are paralyzed with fear right now….just look are around! They are panicking over food, supplies and many other things. Many of these things they don’t even need. We are a people that seem to be driven to fear right now and it is becoming worse and worse.

 

But wait STOP…..what is fear? To me it is a tool that has been used over and over again by many leaders, parents, and supervisors etc… to manipulate people to do what they want. Fear can drive us to do things that we never thought we would do or not do. I have had to stop myself from reaching Facebook, social media and even the daily news. The more I allow myself to see, read and hear these things the more I am feeling frightened and paralyzed to want to go and live life.

 

How many times in the bible did we find men in a situation where fear could have stopped them from doing what God was telling them…? David Goliath, Joseph, King David, Noah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Mary the Mother of Jesus and the list goes on and on. If they choose to not do what God asked them to do the story would have been very different.

 

Some of us might feel like Jonah right now and in the belly of a large something (in his case a large fish). Either way we might have been frightened and ran off in the other direction of where we were supposed to go. But after left in a bad place and situation just like Jonah we too can come to realize that what God is calling us to do is where we need to be.

 

I challenge all of us to roll up our sleeves, put the fear and panic aside of this virus or whatever else that is causing fear in your life and make a choice today to do and go where you were called to go.

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Are you watching…..

I am learning more and more that people are watching everything I do. Why should I be surprised? I do the same thing to them. My husband and I love to sit in the mall with a cup of coffee and enjoy the sights — I mean the people.

Years ago, I was at a garage sale miles from my home town and church. I was calling to my husband to come and look at some goodies, when all of a sudden, a voice came from the other side of the table, and said, “I know you”. Of course, that day I was dressed in my cleaning clothes, and my hair and make-up were not the best. When I looked up, I really had no idea who she really was, so I needed to ask. Her response to me was, “I never would have recognized you, but your voice is what I remember.” Interesting, I thought. She had come several times to a “Ladies Night Out” at my church and heard me speak. She remembered my voice.

Oh, if I had been talking fresh to my husband or yelling at my kids in a way that would not have been a good testimony, would my voice have touched her ears again? She is not a believer, so I invited her to come out again to our ministry. May my voice always bring pleasant sounds to someone’s ears.

Another time I was in the dining room where I work, and as usual, after lunch, my coffee cup was crying out to be filled. Without thinking, I filled my husband’s cup first and then mine. I then sat down, took creamers from the bowl, then the sugar, and passed them to him first and then to myself. He is my first love, next to the Lord, and I just look out for him and try to love him in even the silly ways like this. One of our staff members came to me later and said that she loves watching us in the dining room and elsewhere. She loves the silly “love things” we do for each other.

Our life should be filled with joy, love, friendship, and most of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 2:3 (New International Version)

“…He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” Psalm 32:8 (New International Version)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go…”

These are two very simple examples of how someone was watching me and
remembered me. My voice was remembered for the words I spoke and my actions
remembered for the love I shared.

What is someone seeing or hearing in you today?

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

What’s happening in your World?

Since the beginning of March 2020, we have been hit with this silent enemy that we all cannot wait to see gone. This thing we call “the virus” has stopped life, school, food supplies, lives, and so much more.  It has our focus on things we probably have not thought of for months, years, or forever.  We are reevaluating our lives, changing things around, making plans, and accommodating new ways. Some of us are out of work or have shorter hours; kids are not in regular school situations, etc.  What in the world is happening?

My youngest son has autism, and he has a very basic and black and white view of life.  While all of this is happening in our world and we are running around trying to figure it out, he has simply told me we are living like Noah. My first thought was — what is he talking about?

Gavin went on to say that God promised no more floods of water will cover the earth, but He just covered the whole earth in this virus.  And Gavin is right. The entire planet has this virus covering it.  What a thought!!!!

I had to stop and think about what this virus could mean, and I need to reflect back on the story of Noah first. When we remember some of our Bible stories as a kid, we remember the animals, Noah building the ark, the flood, and storms.  I never really thought about the magnitude of the entire story until I first saw the Ark, near the Creation Museum, a year ago.  They have many areas that depict the different scenes of the flood.  There’s one that got me right to the core, and as I stood and looked at it, the tears were flooding my eyes.  It showed Noah’s family in the ark looking out of the window, watching as the flood waters came, and the many lives that were drowning and crying out for help, but it was too late.

In reflecting what my son, Gavin, said on how God is flooding the earth with the virus, are we crying out to God?  I don’t know the mind of Christ, what God is doing, and why right now.  But all in all, I do believe that this is a time for God to move in the hearts and lives of people.  This is a time for people to have things taken away from them. We have been given one big thing, and that is called — TIME!

For such a time as this — Is God trying to get your attention?  Do you need to cry out to Him for salvation and eternity? Do you need to set some things right with Him?  For those of us who know the Lord as our personal Savior, what is God trying to bring to our attention?

With all that is going on in the entire world, I cannot believe that the Lord is not trying to wake people up.

So, what is happening in your world today, and what changes do you need to make?  Remember that God told Noah to build the Ark, and to tell others about Him.  We have the security of our salvation, and that is our Ark. We are secure and safe for eternity, but what about those around us? Don’t let them drown in the flood of the virus and/or life without speaking to them about the Lord.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

What are you passionate about?

“I am overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God!” ~Isaiah 61:10 (NLT)

I have been in a sales position for many years now. It all started with me working for a tour company selling packages to Europe, and then working as a Travel Agent and now working in sales at a conference center.

Many times my parents tell me I can sell anything. What happens is, I feel strongly about something and then it turns into a passion of mine and it just pours out. I really do get excited about what I am doing and I guess it rubs off on people.

When I was teaching for a while, I would come into class sooo excited about the new lesson or project I had for my students and they would ask me if I stayed up all night planning this event. They thought I was crazy for being so excited about school work. But I loved what I was doing!

What are you passionate about? Now I know not everyone is a salesperson and we all do not have the passionate drive about the same things. Ask me about my kids, my husband or my home and I could go on for hours. I would end up getting so excited that you would probably walk away and tell me that I am a little nuts!

If someone were to ask me about the Lord would I be so excited? When people see me walking, talking and interacting with others can they see the passion for my Lord? I need to ask all of us this question. What are we passionate about? Can people see the passion fruit growing in our lives?

The Bible tells us to be overwhelmed with joy in the LORD my God, excited, passionate are part of this too.

If someone met you today, would they see passion, deep-rooted love, excitement in your life and would your life show the passion fruit that we are to bear? No time for gloomy faces and gloomy lives….we need to be excited about our Lord for the days are numbered.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Take a walk with me

I am reminded every day of Psalm 46:10 which clearly states, Be still and know that I am God.  Did you notice I used the word clearly.  I have this verse on my computer at work, my computer at home and on the bulletin board in my kitchen.  I know myself and I know that I need to be reminded of this often!

Let me take you back a few steps to where I have been and where I am heading.  I have been praying for about a year now for a certain area of my life to open up and for the Lord to show me what He would like me to do.  Of course being STILL and knowing that He is God and in control is so hard for me.  Can you relate?  In my thoughts daily this particular item is running through my mind and I have a list of what I feel is the best thing, how I can organize it, where I fit in and what is needed from me.  I have it all worked out if the Lord would only answer my prayer (oh, yes, in the way I have organized it), I would be in great shape.

Then again I am reminded….of Psalm 46:10 Be Still…..that is a hard task when you are task orientated, always wanting to be busy and on the go.  I am slowly learning over the past year to be still, not to rush, not run, not to jump but to be still.

Yesterday someone walked into my office and we just starting to chat about prayer and what she is working through in her life.  She had the same type of story that I have….praying and having a hard time waiting.  She told me she is learning to walk with God.  What a thought….”Walk with God”; again I am reminded to be still or at least slow it down, not to run, not to rush and not to jump but to be still and wait for the Lord.

What have you been praying about this past year and are you still waiting for an answer?  Join with me and walk with the Lord for a time, during which you will get the answer you need.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Fresh Perspective #Finding Normalcy in the Abnormal

Have you ever buttoned up your shirt, and the buttons didn’t line up right, and then you could not figure out why the shirt did not feel right?  To me that is how life feels right now…. like a weird-buttoned shirt that I can’t quite get to fit right.

How are you doing in all of this craziness?  COVID19, “the virus”, Coronavirus…. it has taken on many names and we cringe at the sounds of these words.  This virus has us feeling out of sorts and not even knowing what day of the week it is.  I have friends who have told me that they have not showered for a few days, changed their clothes, and have almost become numb in their lives.  This virus cannot take over our lives…. yes, we must live through this time and what is happening around us.  Stores are on limited hours and supplies, schools are teaching differently, we cannot visit with friends for a while, but we can still LIVE!

Come and see how some simple routine things can change your numb life to a normal life.  It might be a “new” normal….but it will help you reestablish a normal.

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Staying Calm In the Midst of Chaos! #let’s get practical

So after reading and hearing the news that most people have their kids home for two weeks….all I hear is complaining and chaos from everyone around me. Now that is not to say that schedules will need to change, and things will need to be tweaked,  but we need to stay calm and be practical about this. Let’s create less stress and less chaos in the midst of this situation that we find ourselves in.

After talking with my sister….she was saying how her state was crazy all week, but this weekend people seem to be calming down a bit.  Staying calm is one of the answers to this craziness!!! No matter if you are single, married with kids, or without kids, and it does not matter your age….we are all in the same boat.  And this boat is not the Titanic, and it is not sinking….it is a boat of change and uncertainty, but being as normal as possible will calm the spirit.

So how can we stay calm and try to be “normal”?  Well here is my two week plan that I am putting into place. Yes, wash your hands.  Take necessary precautions needed for your lifestyle and where you live. But my plan after that is in place, is to make a list of all the things that I always put off and never seem to have the time to do.

Keeping our hands and minds busy will make the time pass, and it will not allow our minds to go places that are not reality and also allow our imagination to go crazy.

Today I had a friend pick up some potatoes for me since I had to work, and I could not get out.  She was kind and would not take the money for it. So I then told her I would share the soup that I was going to make with them, and that I would also make her some bread.  Since she is a single woman….she does not make homemade soup and bread, so this was a real treat.

Clean out  that closet that you have been wanting to clean, email a friend and check up on them, call someone, text someone, write a letter, sort out those recipe cards that are a mess.  Stop and breath, stop and take hold that you are alive today, and there is a purpose. Reach out to others….we are all human beings and should be respecting each other in a unique and special way.  This does not mean that you need to put yourself at risk….there are plenty of ways to help someone without doing this.

For those of us who have hope of eternity with the God of creation….share that hope today.  We as Christians can rise up and encourage our friends with this plain and simple gospel message.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Quick and Easy Gift…no Cost Gift Idea!

Do you need a cheap and inexpensive gift idea that can last a lifetime?  My kids, this year, gave me a wonderful gift and I wanted to share with you all.

Gifts can be expensive, and/or sometimes we just don’t really know what to get.  I know myself; so many times I have purchased a gift for someone and they in turn gave it back to me, put it on a shelf, or who knows what.  Why waste your time and money buying something when you have other options?

Check out this great gift idea; comment below if you decide to do this, and let me know what you did.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother