I snapped this picture from the balcony of my condo overlooking the St. Johns River.

The day had been very busy.  I had been at it all day with my work, phone calls, go-to-meetings, researching and writing.  There was so much to do and I had my head down for most of the day.

I didn’t even realize how late it was until I caught a red glimmer out of the corner of my eye.  When I stood up to see what it was, my heart pounded and immediately tears welled up and I began to shake because of the glory I was witnessing in my condo in the sky.

“Awesome God, thank you God, beautiful God, I love you God, you are all powerful God” poured from my soul trapped inside my earthly body.   I wanted to fly into the sky and join the host of angels declaring the glory of God but alas, I’m not able to do that yet.  One day.  One day.  But not this day.  I was transfixed watching the sun set and could not leave the balcony until it was finished.

I immediately posted this picture on social media and the comments and the likes kept coming.  It was as if I had hit the jackpot in heaven as people awed about the view.  Many shared it.  Others downloaded it on their phone as a screen saver.  And others sent messages telling me how they loved the sunrises from my condo.

Before 12 hours were up, over 200 people liked the photo.  200 people.

I wondered why this picture had spoken to so many and I searched for scriptures to give me the clue.  There were many scriptures and when I read this one, I knew that was His message to us.  “Heaven.  Declarations.  Glory.  Proclaim.  Handiwork. God.”

As we work diligently at what we do, He reminded us to remember His handiwork.  His handiwork created this beautiful place we live.  His handiwork created the stars, the moon, and the sun.  His handiwork made the trees, the flowers, the birds of the air and all the creatures – great and small.  His handiwork made man and then woman.  And all of this declares the GLORY of God.  And oh how glorious He is.  His handiwork is amazing!

Why did so many love the picture?  I think it’s because we know that there is something bigger than the “handiwork” we are tasked with here on this planet.  We know that what we do means a lot because everything is important to continue this cycle of life.  We know that we are important and the One who made us lives all around us.  We know there is more to life than what we are doing.  We sense it.  We feel it.  And occasionally we capture a glimpse of heaven — if we take the time to stop our “handiwork” and see it.  Watch for it.  Be a part of it.  Let our soul be refreshed by soaking in it.

There were 200 people who felt a tug from heaven and I am so happy iPhones were invented to capture the glory of God so quickly.  The “handiwork” of Steve Jobs made a difference and you just never know – your “handiwork” just might also.  And how awesome is it that a man named “jobs” helped capture God’s handiwork!

Not only is our God awesome…He’s got a really great sense of humor naming Steve Jobs to create the ability to capture God’s handiwork!

As you head off to day two of your “handiwork” for this week, don’t forget to look up and declare His glory.  You may not see a sunset but I will guarantee you will see something.  There are trees, birds, blue skies, rain drops, clouds, animals and people of all races and all nations.  All of God’s handiwork is right there for you to see, touch, feel and snap a picture or two.

There is glory all around us declaring God’s handiwork.  Don’t get bogged down in your handiwork and miss it.

P.S. — this picture was not photoshopped.  It’s the real deal and so is God!

Peace, Love, Out – Billie

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Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics. In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway. That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies. With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America. She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money. She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts. She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election. She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America. Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison




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