we all know the saying: “assuming makes an A_ _ out of U and ME“ well, i think it’s safe to assume most of us do it anyway. so i pose a challenge:
If you’re going to assume, try assuming the positive.
i love positive people and want to surround myself with others who can find the silver lining. it’s only when we think positively and try to spread peace instead of adding to the chaos of the situation that we’ll find true peace and happiness within ourselves.
every Action has a Consequence, it’s our Beliefs that dictate whether the consequence is positive or negative! (A+B=C)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. Psalm 89:15-16
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
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
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.
going to church can be a sore subject for a lot of reasons. some don’t like organized religion, others may feel like it’s not for them or the people are too judgey. still others say it’s boring or not relevant or they just have better things to do. and some have rightfully so been hurt by the church. for me, although there could be some validity to one or all of these (or an array of other excuses,) i go because i expect the Spirit to show up! i go expecting to get something, whether it’s a kind word from a friend or a slamming sermon or music that hits you right where you need it, He is there in the midst of it all. is it always a home run every week? no, but when you go expecting Him to move, He never disappoints!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
truth be told, some days i just don’t want to move. i’m so tired. beaten down by the every day things while still trying to deal with the fringe that seems to constantly cover me.
i was woken up out of a sound sleep the other night with 3 words ringing in my ear. no significance to me but i was not able to go back to sleep until i wrestled with them for a little bit … “shaken not stirred” … hmmm … this is what i came up with:
sometimes i think i am shaken. everything jumbled, harshly mixed up, no order, choppy. comes with a headache and a wondering of what goes where, nothing is in order, nothing makes sense.
on the other hand, i am stirred. smoothly mixed, with purpose and with an Instrument not under my control. designed to be mixed and smoothed out, for Him. everything blended into one while the whirling takes place. no headache but dizzy from the ride.
He has a purpose for everything. i will gladly choose to be stirred not shaken, any day!
for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Let Him In
you want raw…here’s raw: I compromise who I am because I want something so badly. sometimes my actions contradict the person I claim to be. please don’t get me wrong, I am a woman of faith, who clings to my Father in all circumstances and always finds refuge under His wings! I know beyond the shadow of a doubt He guides and protects me and loves me with an undying love! and ultimately I only want His will in my life! but with all that said, I’m human. and I will never claim to be more than that. I’m so so glad my salvation isn’t dependent on me, but His grace and love for me!
friends, don’t want something so badly that you compromise who God made you to be!
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 NIV
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
Ephesians 2:8 NIV
I’m a ‘tell it like it is’ girl. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, even if it makes me look like a putz. there are great advantages to having this strength, like you know you’ll always get 100% from me, you’ll never have to guess what I’m feeling (because, by golly, I’m going to tell you) and you can count on what I’m saying to be brutally honest. but quite frankly this gets me into trouble sometimes. thankfully I serve a God who nudges me to work on the areas in my life that need improvement.
more and more I believe He’s working on this in me. I need to separate the emotional from the realistic. and stop seizing every moment I feel I should. so although I am the silhouette in this picture, there is a time for everything and everything has its place!
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
sometimes it’s simple to point out your priorities. things like God, your family, your job, yourself! but other times, not so much. look at where you spend your time and you’ll see what’s most important to you. does what you do reflect what you say your priorities are?
most likely, where you spend your time isn’t “bad” but if it distracts from your priorities, so much so as they are neglected, then take a look! don’t get caught up in thinking that something or someone deserves your time until God has revealed the path to be taken.
you’ll always find time for what’s important. make sure your priorities are worthy of your time.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
I am so grieved every time I hear or read of an LGBT individual who is being persecuted for who they are. whether it’s by words or actions the damage being done is long lasting and takes an emotional toll that no one, not even the one being bashed, can describe. the worst part is most of the bashing comes from individuals who claim to have the love of God inside them.
the God I serve IS LOVE! and the last time I checked it is only because of His grace we can call ourselves saved. period.
show His love! … anything else confuses the gospel of Christ!
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5 NIV
something I learned very early on in life: whoever gossips to you will also gossip of you. oh how true this is!
I will be the first to admit, I have spoken ill of others when they’ve wronged me, most of us probably have. but just because we may think we have good reason, does not make it right. make an effort, not an excuse!
when you fall victim to whispers of harsh words it doesn’t feel so great does it? if the person you are speaking of were to walk in and you have to stop speaking, chances are you should not be saying what you’re saying!
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 NIV
If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…