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
He’s not hiding. are you doing your part to find Him? He is present in every moment and has very willingly planned out our day. we just need to look for Him every step of the way. He is there!
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
when someone deems themselves fit to judge you, consider the source and remember only One opinion matters! perhaps the worst kind of ignorance is someone who thinks they know your situation even though they haven’t walked a day in your shoes.
don’t let anyone, other than The One, dictate your worth!
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
i may differ than most when i say trials are welcomed in my life. here’s why, i know the Lord is doing a work in me when they occur and He’s molding me into more of the woman He’s designed me to be. more times than i’d like to admit, i fail but that’s exactly how we learn! i like to believe, He is “trial-ing” me because He thinks i’m ready. and if i fail, it just means i’ve got more to learn!
thank you Lord for picking on me!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
judging others on what you think is the whole story or what you believe happened is a huge pitfall. you can never know exactly what someone else is experiencing. please be careful of your actions, you may never know the hurt you cause because you assume something to be true!
i’m so glad God has the final say!
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. Proverbs 16:1
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
i need you and i need you now!
in moments like these, don’t forget He is always right by your side, ready and willing! but remember, what we think we need may not be what He knows we need!
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Only One Word
are you content in your life? If you can answer yes to this question, then I suggest diving deeper. whether it’s deeper into relationships (especially the one with Christ), deeper into education, or deeper into yourself to figure out what the Lord wants you to do next.
if you are not so content and are unsettled, left wondering what am I to do, pursuing these same things will work well for you also.
I once heard it said, “contentment is the enemy of growth.” i tend to agree!
But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” John 5:17
thankfully, not me! who are we to know what God has for us? let’s approach each day, not decided on what we have to do, but rather what He wants us to do as we take care of the responsibilities He has placed before us. there isn’t anything that can come our way that can shake us, if we are firmly planted in Him!
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
we have excuses for everything, don’t we? especially when we are wronged or hurt by others. our initial, human response is to return to them “what they’ve got coming!”
in a word … don’t!
there is no excuse that makes us qualified to judge the situation. we have the perfect example of a Man, in His own right, who could have fought back, but didn’t!
He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
1 Peter 2:23
No Matter How You Slice It
as i sit here and reflect on the last forty days and how the Lord worked in my life as i “gave up” the spirit of poverty for Lent, i am thankful for the knowledge He is always faithful to show Himself when we truly seek! it doesn’t take a genius to know He would show me the areas i was rich in and how counting and recounting those riches/blessings does wonders for how i approach each day. but what i didn’t expect was lessons in obedience, the attitude with which money is spent and the confirmation of how He is always working on us and is faithful to use what He is working on for our betterment!
two very significant events happened within the last 40 days, along side a host of others. i wish i could sit here and tell you of each event but that would take too long. so i’ll just leave you with this statement i sent via text to a friend as He took care of His child; “i obediently listened to His voice and He took care of me with an option that wasn’t even an option! He showed up and showed off!”
isn’t that just like Him?!
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” John 8:47