Licky The Lizard

In Licky The Lizard, author Melissa Henderson offers parents, teachers, grandparents, and educators a tale that teaches young children a simple, yet important message: There is no need to fear any of God's creatures because we are all created by Him - He Loves us all.

Licky The Lizard

Light at the end of the tunnel…

 

I wake up with joy in my soul every morning. I thank God for the glorious day and know that whatever happens He is with me.

Living each day with faith and hope is important for seasons of sadness and for seasons of joy.

When life is moving along with regular daily activities like work, grocery shopping, cleaning house, writing, visiting friends and family, church events and more, there can be a time of not considering something might happen that will turn our lives upside down.

The unexpected event causes us to stumble, ask why and wonder how to “fix it”.

Moving through stages of grief takes time. Each person grieves in their own way. Whether the loss is physical, mental or spiritual, loss is loss and how we deal with the situation can Β help us and possibly help others.

There is peace in knowing God is with us at all times. He loves us. He is with us when we laugh and He is with us when we cry. He collects our tears. He listens when we vent. He carries us when we feel we can’t walk another step.

Every moment of every day be assured you are not alone. God loves you.

For each moment of sadness, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Look for that light.

Just like the sun shining through the trees in the above photo light can be found at the end of the tunnel.

Is there someone you know who is grieving? Can you lend a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on? Will you share a prayer, a meal or a note of encouragement?

Take time today and show love to another person.

Blessings,
Mimi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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59 Comments
  • Claire
    Posted at 16:05h, 11 March Reply

    Amen, Sister! Miss you and your encouraging smile that always radiates His love and peace. Your words speak Truth.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:19h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Claire. I miss you, too. Have a wonderful week full of God’s blessings. πŸ™‚

  • Gayl
    Posted at 16:07h, 11 March Reply

    Beautiful thoughts, Melissa! It’s comforting to know God is with us all the time. Even in sorrow He gives us peace. It’s so important to show love to others. A smile to a stranger can encourage. We may not know what others are going through, but we can always be kind. May God continue to give you comfort, joy and peace! Blessings and love to you! xo

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:20h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Gayl. We are truly comforted knowing He is with us. Yes, let’s show love to others. πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly Rose Johnson
    Posted at 16:23h, 11 March Reply

    Thank you for this post. It’s always nice to be reminded of God’s love for us and that we need to take time to show love to others.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:33h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Kimberly. I am thankful for His love. πŸ™‚

  • readywriterbr
    Posted at 16:25h, 11 March Reply

    In our time of sorrow and loss, the presence of the Lord has been the main thing that has sustained us. So grateful for God’s goodness and faithfulness, even i n the dark seasons that are a part of life on this fallen earth. Prayers for God’s continued comfort in your time of loss.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:33h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you so much. We are comforted knowing God is with us and He will carry us through the grief. πŸ™‚

  • Gail Johnson
    Posted at 16:45h, 11 March Reply

    “There is peace in knowing God is with us at all times.” Amen.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:51h, 11 March Reply

      Amen. He truly provides comfort and peace. πŸ™‚

  • John Eli
    Posted at 16:47h, 11 March Reply

    What a great reminder. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:51h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you. πŸ™‚ Blessings to you, too.

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 16:54h, 11 March Reply

    Lovely post, Melissa. I think during my greatest moments of sadness is when I feel God’s presence the most.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 17:13h, 11 March Reply

      I agree. I feel God’s presence strongly during sadness. He brings comfort and peace. He is with us when we laugh and He is with us when we cry. πŸ™‚

  • Art Stanley
    Posted at 17:21h, 11 March Reply

    Love to you & family Melissa. Thanks for warm memories of Opequon days together! MyLUV2U- ART S.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:01h, 11 March Reply

      Always a blessing to hear from you Art. Love to you, too. We miss you! πŸ™‚

  • Vickie@Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    Posted at 17:30h, 11 March Reply

    Grieving sometimes can be very lonely. Thanks so much for the reminder to love the ones you know are hurting.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:38h, 11 March Reply

      Yes, love those who are hurting. That special act of kindness can change the world. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • bethbingaman
    Posted at 17:43h, 11 March Reply

    A sweet call to love others as Christ loves us. The question about who I know who is grieving – there must be someone. I need to be more observant! Thanks

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:02h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting Beth. Yes, there is always someone who needs the love of God. πŸ™‚

  • Lynn
    Posted at 19:51h, 11 March Reply

    I am in a season of life where people that were part of my younger years are passing on and finding myself somewhat melancholy! And even in regret of not spending more time with them. Yes, we are never alone. Thank you for this reminder Melissa.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:37h, 11 March Reply

      Seasons in life definitely change. Each moment is precious. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week!

  • Ava
    Posted at 20:21h, 11 March Reply

    I really like your point about living each day with hope. We have an amazing eternal hope. Thanks for a great post!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:37h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Ava. Living each day with hope is very important. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Invisibly Me
    Posted at 23:15h, 11 March Reply

    Just reaching out to someone who is struggling or grieving, letting them know you’re there and lending an ear or shoulder if they need it, can make such a difference. Your positivity and gracefulness with which you approach life is beautiful, Mimi.xx

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:44h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • June Foster
    Posted at 00:12h, 12 March Reply

    Melissa, you should take up writing devotionals. This was very encouraging. I love your picture, too.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:45h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you June. You are such a great encourager. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Bettie G
    Posted at 00:25h, 12 March Reply

    Dear Melissa,
    Oh I am so thankful that God keeps stirring my heart to look for Him in the moments of my life too. It seems the Lord is confirming His Word to both of us this week! πŸ™‚ Love and Blessings to you Dear Friend!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:45h, 12 March Reply

      Amen. The Lord is confirming His Word and providing comfort. Have a blessed week dear friend! πŸ™‚

  • Anneliese Dalaba
    Posted at 01:28h, 12 March Reply

    Oh, how I love it that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And while we are in the storm, there are amazing promises in the Bible to cling to. Great post! Thanks for sharing it.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 02:25h, 12 March Reply

      Amen. He provides amazing promises for us to cling to. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica Brodie
    Posted at 12:21h, 12 March Reply

    Such a beautiful post, Melissa. I pray I can love others well today. Thank you for this!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:53h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you Jessica. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Emily Saxe | To Unearth
    Posted at 13:45h, 12 March Reply

    What encouragement. I find so much peace knowing God never leaves me, but I definitely struggle with that being enough at times. My prayer is that I will prepare my heart and grow in faith now so when trials do come, I will rest in God.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:54h, 12 March Reply

      I, too, pray that my heart will be prepared and when trials come, I will always go to Him first. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • nancyehead
    Posted at 15:24h, 12 March Reply

    The idea that healing takes time grates against our grain. What an important message and call to action you provide. God bless!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:55h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you Nancy. Yes, healing takes time. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • dscales24
    Posted at 15:51h, 12 March Reply

    So encouraging, Mimi, and a great reminder!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:55h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Murray
    Posted at 20:46h, 12 March Reply

    What a great encouragement for anyone grieving. My favorite words,”He loves us. He is with us when we laugh and He is with us when we cry. He collects our tears. He listens when we vent. He carries us when we feel we can’t walk another step.” What a blessing we have in God’s amazing love!!! Great piece:)

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:03h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you Lisa. I am thankful He carries us. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Julie Loos
    Posted at 20:51h, 12 March Reply

    Lovely post! Thank you for the encouragement and testimony!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 22:03h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting Julie. Have a blessed week! πŸ™‚

  • Karen
    Posted at 04:40h, 13 March Reply

    Yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel of grief. You may weep through the night, but joy comes in the morning. May you always know God’s comforting love in times of sorrow and tears. Blessings, dear friend. xoxo

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:05h, 13 March Reply

      Amen. Even through our weeping, we know joy will come again. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support. Hugs. Have a blessed day!

  • Stephen De La Vega
    Posted at 14:48h, 13 March Reply

    What a good reminder to focus on that light and to be an ear for others. God is with us and He loves us. Thank you, Melissa.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 15:05h, 13 March Reply

      Thank you Stephen. Yes, God is with us and He loves us. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 00:10h, 14 March Reply

    I love how you try to start out each day with thanksgiving. I think waking up that way does prepare us for those dark days of loss. Good post Melissa.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:16h, 14 March Reply

      Thank you Yvonne. I woke up this morning and thanked God for the birds singing. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Joanne Viola
    Posted at 11:18h, 14 March Reply

    Beautiful reminder, Melissa. May we remember to reach out to others with the same comfort in which He comforts us. Have a wonderful day!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:16h, 14 March Reply

      Thank you Joanne. Yes, I pray we all remember to reach out to others and share His love. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 20:14h, 14 March Reply

    Melissa, this is beautiful and powerful. “He loves us. He is with us when we laugh and He is with us when we cry. He collects our tears. He listens when we vent. He carries us when we feel we can’t walk another step.”

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:16h, 14 March Reply

      Thank you so much Karen. I am thankful for His love. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa McLaughlin
    Posted at 18:49h, 15 March Reply

    Oh Melissa, how gentle, how sweet, how beautiful, how true. God is with us, leading us toward the light of His presence, His peace, His Son and His glory. Sometimes, it is one slow step after another, but there He is. Loving us all the way. Bless you!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 19:32h, 15 March Reply

      What a blessing and comfort to know He never leaves us. He is with us always. Yes, loving us all the way. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Melinda Viergever Inman
    Posted at 04:50h, 16 March Reply

    Thank you for this encouragement! With a chronic illness, I go through seasons of grieving the loss of myself and my high energy healthy body. This is especially true during periods of higher pain, such as what I’ve experienced since mid-January. These words are, therefore, encouraging: β€œThere is peace in knowing God is with us at all times. He loves us. He is with us when we laugh and He is with us when we cry. He collects our tears. He listens when we vent. He carries us when we feel we can’t walk another step. Every moment of every day be assured you are not alone. God loves you.” Thank you for the reminder!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:56h, 16 March Reply

      Praying for you Melinda. I am praying today is a good day and pain leaves your body. Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

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