Faith-Filled Bites of Hope

It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. (Proverbs 16:26 NLT)

Have you ever noticed that when you are trying to eat the right things, every commercial on television is promoting the wrong things? Or you are not really hungry and sitting at home and then suddenly, that ice cream commercial sends you running out for your favorite flavor! 
The marketing companies know that if they make you think you are hungry, you will go after what they want to feed you. Your hunger, your appetite will drive you on
Now consider that God has given us a taste of the bread of life (His Word) that when eaten, will make you want more:) His hope is that your hunger for more of Him will drive you on towards more of His plan for you. Your hunger brings out a craving to be with His people, His family, His activities.
So rather than watch the commercials today and chasing pints of mint chocolate chip, take another taste of His Word and increase your appetite for God. If your spiritual stomach feels hungry, feed it faith-filled bites of hope from God. That's the true "happy meal" and you won't even care that it doesn't have a toy!

You Have a Gift!

1 Peter 4:10-11 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 
Read that first part again...slowly: God has given YOU a gift! So let's start today by realizing how special you are and saying thank you for this gift. You are gifted because God wants to use that special ability to bring hope, happiness and healing to others. It doesn't matter what you do, you just need to do it for Him.
Take a couple minutes and think about the last part of this scripture. Speak as though He was speaking through you...because He is! Help others with all of that God-given strength that is being provided for you. Using your gifts to help others will bring something special your way. Everything YOU do will bring glory to God!
By now I hope you are smiling and rejoicing because you realize just how much God loves you and desires to use the gift He gave you. So what are you waiting for? Go, use it!

You're Blessed!

In Matthew 5, when Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. 
What Jesus taught them I share with you today. Simple, encouraging and an awesome reminder: you're blessed!
This is what he said: “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. 
You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. 
"You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat! 

So don't worry about all that is happening around you today and let God become all that is inside you.  You have got so much to be thankful for and it starts with breath in your lungs and divine health in your body. A new beginning is about to come because...
you're blessed!