In searching for words for the perfect inaugural blog for this year, I came across this Facebook message by a friend. It was not only well written and emotive, but convicting. I instantly knew this had to be the blog as it contained words that could have come from my own mouth.
I trust you’ll agree with me. So let me introduce you to Mrs. Gemma Carr, because you just might be hearing from her again. She’s not only a gifted writer (though she wasn’t trying to be), but a devoted Christian that isn’t afraid to go deep. Not only that, she also has a strong presence in the local community. Very important.
Here’s a shout out to Gemma for letting me post her words. If you found this blog helpful, why not learn more about Gemma and the charity work she does and give the Collective Calling website a view? I pray you have a blessed New Year and prosper in every good gift God has lined up for you! Rest in Him this year.
“Thank You 2018….. What an eventful year it has been!
It started with heartache with the loss of yet more family members, my precious nan at the age of 91, and my darling cousin Robert at only 38….the contrast of a life led to the fullest with a life snatched away before it’s prime. There are lessons learned this year that I take in to the next, another year wiser, another year stronger, another year closer to my Creator.
Lesson #1 – Live for eternity, life here on earth is just a fleeting moment. What we do here counts, so make a difference, make someone smile, and see each day as a gift. Rejoicing over the good stuff is what gets you through the hard stuff.
‘A cheerful heart is good medicine’ (Proverbs 17:22)
Lesson #2 – Develop a grateful heart, a grateful heart sees each day as a gift. It’s like a magnet sweeping over your day, collecting reasons to be grateful. Gratitude is an attitude you choose, not a reaction to your circumstances.
Note, the words betrayed and thanks are in the same sentence, and in the same heart. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He gave thanks. And you can do that when you know God is in control, directing your steps, and working everything out for your good.
Lesson #3 – Forgive and Be Patient – In the words of my cousin Robert on my wedding day: “Don’t go to bed angry, say I love you every day.”
Marriage is a gift from God to prepare us for what lies ahead in the next life, it is to test our patience and reveal our innermost self, to rid us of our ego’s, and love through good and bad.
“One of the best wedding gifts God gave you was a full-length mirror called your spouse. Had there been a card attached, it would have said, ‘Here’s to helping you discover what you’re really like!'”
As 2019 begins, I pray you all have revelations of your beginnings, your purpose, what’s important and what’s not, that you thank God for your blessings, He’s the one that’s given them to you, and love one another with all your heart. In Jesus name, Amen.”
Introduction by Jori Sams
Written by Gemma Carr
Gemma Carr and her husband are founders of Collective Calling NGO which is currently building a centre for the street children of Tanzania and serving the homeless community of the Costa del Sol. She was born in London and has been living in Spain for the last 17 years. Gemma was born again nearly 2 years ago.
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…