Thursday, May 31, 2012

WAW: Matthew 5:16 & LBB: Priorities

Hi, friends!  I've been MIA from my blogs for a couple of days due to other obligations.  I was bemoaning the fact earlier today in my head  but realized that I had been doing the BEST of what I needed to do!  I was so happy to see that Abby over at Little Birdie Blessings (Scripture Thursday) was writing about the same subject!

Here's how my week has gone: Monday--time with my brother and  husband and a little blogging (DT obligations); Tuesday--an older sister from our church needed help with a job application that took almost three times as long as I thought it would, some friends needed to talk, I crafted and blogged; Wednesday--time with my DH's family, practiced the piano, making wedding invitations for my BIL and future SIL, dinner and more time with DH's family, NO blogging; Thursday--helped a sister from church with some things for girl's camp, practiced the piano, made dinner and dessert for my brother and DH, now blogging!

So, when I looked at it, I've blogged nearly every day except yesterday.  I was able to help a lot of people with things that I know God needed me to help them with, and I have felt productive EVERY SINGLE DAY.  That is HUGE for me during the summer!!!  I work for the school district here, and so I work full time from mid-August to the end of May.  Last summer my depression was very bad because of my lack of feeling involved.  How awesome is it that my prayers for seeing others' needs and for MY need to feel productive have been answered!  It reminded me of a talk that was given in our church's general conference a little while back about choosing the best part.  You can find the whole talk, intitled "Of Things That Matter Most", here.

Here's my favorite part of the talk~

"If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most." --Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Isn't that a beautiful quote?!  And what is more important that doing what God wants us to do?  I can't think of anything more important than serving God by serving our fellow men daily.  This starts in our homes and then can reach outward to encompass our community, our city, our state, our world.  And the scripture for this week's Word Art Wednesday is a perfect reminder of what God wants for each of us to do with the light He has given us.

Here's my interpretation (click to see it full size)~

This scripture also reminds my of one of my favorite hymns called "Have I Done Any Good?"

Here are the words~

Have I Done Any Good?

Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

 Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

At the request of Wendy at Each Card Tells a Story, I'm linking this up with Scripture Sunday, as well!  Thank you, Wendy, for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment! :)

Thank you for stopping by and reading my musings.  At least, I hope you read them! ;)  Feel free to click on the digital print, save it, and use it FOR PERSONAL USE.  It measures 4"x6".  I hope that you find joy this week in serving those around you!  See you again soon!


Liz Williams said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. The name of the embossing folder that you were curious about is Dotted Flower Rings from Sizzix. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.

Wendy said...

Thank you for encouraging me today :D I so appreciate that you took the time to pop over to ECTaS and left a lovely comment.

Please consider linking up at Scripture Sunday with your posts and lovely creations... it would be a pleasure to host a link to this site :D

Wendy @ ECTaS

Karen Letchworth said...

This is really pretty, Mynnette. Thanks for sharing it and participating in this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday. It is such a blessing to have you join us, and we miss you when you're unable to play along. Hope you're having a wonderful week, amd we will see you real soon!
Karen L
Word Art Wedmesday

Wendy said...

It's a pleasure to host your link Mynnette. Thank you for linking up with Scripture Sunday.

Wendy @ ECTaS

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Mynette, you're digital scrapbooking looks great. Thanks so much for linking this to Scripture Thursday. ~ Abby

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Amen! I love your work, which is obvIously influenced by your love of the Lord. Blessings!