What Did That Say?

this morning i read the following sentence incorrectly:
“we need to guard our thoughts by focusing our attention on things that honor God.”

i read:
we need to guard our thoughts by focusing our attention on things that need God.

although the first is obviously true, what i read got me thinking;
we need to do things out of our comfort zone. when we do this, we show we need Him and His power is professed. we glorify Him by moving outside of ourselves and tapping into His strength!

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

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Not Him

remember He isn’t the one who moves. when we wander we are the ones who lose Him. He has a much higher perspective and always knows right where we are! Lord help me to stay on Your path. it is there where i will find true happiness. i trust You!

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm‬ ‭9:10‬

Everyone Wins


can we all just get along? thank you Shel Silverstein for this wonderfully simple poem. 

when we peel away all the layers, we are all the same. when you subtract whatever tribe we call ourselves a part of, there is no difference.

#loveoneanother #everyonewins

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” ‭‭John‬ ‭13:34‬

Let the Music Play

i love it when a song gets stuck in my head that is actually helpful and i know the lyrics to. i left church yesterday with this song resounding in my ears and have woken up with echos in head. 

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

Lord, You are all i need! everything else is gravy! thank you! 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

#morelikeeverymoment

shhh

many times over the bible talks about the tongue and how it can get us into trouble. a continual thorn in my side is my anger. to God’s glory i am worlds away from where i used to be but that doesn’t mean flare ups can’t happen if i don’t keep myself in check.

thank you Lord for Your example in Psalm when You, Yourself showed restraint and love when angered! help me, when i’m angered, to remember to keep my mouth shut and that the object of my anger, like me, isn’t perfect and that we are all just works in progress. help me to speak in love and help me not to linger in my anger which only makes matters worse.

Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. Psalm‬ ‭78:38-39‬

Today Only

these days, we tend to look so much at our future that we overlook what the Lord sets before us today. 

the other day i was speaking to a friend who “one day wants to inspire others” in her field. she was saying as long as that was what she ended up doing, she’d be satisfied with her career. i simply said to her “if you inspire someone today, you’ll inspire someone forever.” i truly felt the Lord had used me to speak to her, as she was stunned by the simple yet profound concept. 

isn’t this true for all we do? 
* fulfill your purpose today, and you’ll fulfill it forever.
* do His will today, and you’ll do it forever
* do [you fill in the blank] today and you’ll do “it” forever.

live for today, until tomorrow becomes today, then do it all over again!

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬

see also:
Go!

mug lesson

thank you Lord for being my strength no matter where i find myself! help me to walk the path and live the purpose You’re calling me to! (no matter how hard or unusual it may seem!) help me to live [for You] daily!

 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm‬ ‭28:7‬

Tomorrow?

no one is promised tomorrow, not a one! therefore, live for today! accept God’s blessings today! walk His will today! thank Him for today!

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew‬ ‭6:34

This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms‬ ‭118:24‬

see also:
Today Is The Day

It’s OK

it’s ok to doubt. if you’re not sure if what you’re hearing is really from the Lord, ask Him. this happens in both the Old and New Testament. Gideon and Thomas asked for proof; Gideon wanted to know if what the Angel of the Lord was telling him to do was really God and Thomas wouldn’t believe that Christ rose from the dead until he could see it for himself. in both cases, their doubts were dissolved.
but here’s the kicker … you’ve got to move! once He has shown you it’s really Him, you’ve got to do as He has commanded (even if it sounds absurd) 

Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.”‭‭ Judges‬ ‭6:36-37‬

Now Thomas (also known as Didymus ), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”‭‭ John‬ ‭20:24-25‬