i’ve met a lot of people in my years (including myself of course) that fight so hard to get somewhere or something. even to the point of being obsessed with a result that just isn’t meant to happen. doesn’t matter what it is: a job, an opportunity, kids, a certain lifestyle or status, car, relationship or mindset. don’t get stuck somewhere you’re not meant to be. although i believe Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible,” i like to look at it this way: with God all things WITHIN HIS WILL are possible.
get off the hamster wheel and try something different. if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. take a risk, what have you got to lose? He’s gonna lead you to where you need to be regardless!
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9
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
if you’re anything like me, your feelings have the potential of changing in an instant. whether it’s from shear joy to complete sadness or laughter to anger back to laughter again, we humans need to be sure to keep ourselves in check when it comes to our emotions. i’m not saying emotions are bad, because they, in fact, are an integral part of what makes us, us. but they are not too helpful when trying to make wise decisions. although feelings can be a contributing factor decisions should never be based solely on a feeling.
i am so glad i serve a Savior who is Stable, Never Changing, Patient, Full of nothing but Love and Always ready to Help His children!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,
the bible says He never changes, it does not say the times never change. He is consistent. He will always be the same loving, stable, present, strong, perfect, attentive, joy-providing, complete, all-sufficient, grace-granting, peace-giving Father He always has been.
Thank you Lord for always being You in anything we come up against!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] John 16:33 AMP
this morning i read the following sentence incorrectly:
“we need to guard our thoughts by focusing our attention on things that honor God.”
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
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
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.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
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
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
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