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Courage

  " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and  courageous . Do not be  afraid ; do not be  discouraged , for the  Lord  your God will be with you wherever you go. " Joshua 1:9 Fear can take courage out of our lives. Fear is the opposite of faith and it paralyzes the person and keeps them from moving forward in faith. We need to rid our lives of fear. When fear rises up, faith must be initiated. Faith comes by hearing so its very important to hear words of hope and inspiration.  The way to be certain that divine power and intervention will always be close is to be strong and courageous. God commands it. This divine companionship chases away loneliness.  Loneliness is not a loss of affection, its a loss of direction!  Strength comes when you use courage to face the danger of pain. That task you have been putting off because of the pending drama that could come from it...face it. That relationship that continues to drain life and joy from your very core...face it. God does not bri

Let Go

  Sometimes I like to hang out in "yesterday" and continue to replay the events and happenings of the past. I especially enjoy basking in the victories that I have seen and experienced. But if I am honest, I also have times when I find myself watching the less than desirable moments and wonder what could have or what should have been. As I get older I realize more and more how harmful it is to replay the blooper reel of my life. Living in the past can pollute the present and poison the future. When Jesus taught us to pray, He reminded us to say "give us this DAY, our DAILY bread." He was teaching us how to live in the moment and let that create some positive momentum. Rumi said, 'let go of your cup of yesterday so you may drink the glory of this moment." Live in the moment and trust God for whatever may lie in wait for you. I can assure you that you are going to enjoy it because He wants the very best for you. This IS the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice

Persistence

 

Comparison Trap

  2 Corinthians 10:12  We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise . One of the hardest things to do when you are unhappy, bored or disouraged is getting caught up in the comparison trap. What's that? Comparing your life with someone else's. Oftentimes when we are idle or restless in our own lives, we seem to notice what is going on in the lives of others. We seem to see all the good things and blessings that are coming their way. We see what they have against what we lack. When this happens we lose our own identity. We start to become concerned and even worried over things that should not even get any attention at all.  It's not wise to compare yourself to another person or your life to their life.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. You are exactly the way you are supposed to be. God made you one of a kind. D

Hope

  Life isn't funny sometimes. Things don't go as we expect, people don't act like they should and our dreams can get squashed before they even start to take shape. But God is always there working in the midst of the happenings to build a better you. Look at this scripture: Romans 5:3-5   We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love .  I know...you are probably saying how can I rejoice in what's going on right now? You grin and bear it because you believe there is something better coming. Too often we sabotage His dreams for us with our negative words and thoughts. Trouble works ON you but eventually works IN you and builds character. Good character he

We Will Never Forget

  As we come upon another 9-11, my heart feels for the many people that have to revisit the images, stories and events that transpired on that horrific Tuesday morning. I would imagine that many of those who lost loved ones and family members don't go near a television set today as they continue to endure the emotions and feelings that life handed them on that morning. My prayer today is that the peace which God says will go beyond our own limited understanding, would surround them and invade their homes and families today. Our country became more united than ever that day as race, color, and background faded from view and patriotism began to shine.  After this terrible event we proudly proclaimed united we stand. What happened? Why have we lost that spirit of unity and love for one another? Perhaps on this day we could take a moment and put aside those things that divide us once again? Lets think about and pray for the families and friends that lost everything that day in this cou

The Perfect Fit

Have you ever wished that you could figure out your life more quickly? That it feels like one big puzzle and some of the pieces are missing? Have you ever have a hard time making the pieces fit? I find myself wishing at times that God gave me a longer look at the BIG picture of His plan for me so that I could find the right pieces to put this puzzle together! All I seem to get are what I call "glimpses of glory"; quick looks at what WILL BE if I just keep putting the puzzle together. Several years ago during our family vacation in the summer we tried to put a huge puzzle together. The puzzle had thousands of pieces and it was quite overwhelming at first. To me it looked impossible and very time consuming. I tried to get it started and put the edges together because they are the easiest for me. Same thing with my life. Setting the boundaries is the easiest part. Trying to figure out what goes inside is the hard part! Same with the puzzle. The inside pieces are the hardest beca