Meditation Monday – Some Joyful ‘Toons

It is Monday once again! For some of you, it is one of the toughest days of the week and having a good chuckle can made a big difference. Here are some cartoons that will do just that and teach you a sound lesson at the same time. A Joyful ‘toon by Mike Waters helps us visualize the biblical messages in a way that it can be understood at any age!

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Meditation Monday – Standing on His Promises

We forget how great our God is, especially when going through a difficult situation. We as Christians need to remember the promises written in the Bible that have been given to us. God is not a man that He should lie nor does He give promises that He doesn’t keep. He promised Abraham descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky and the grains of sand on the beach. Even though he never lived to see them all, the promise was fulfilled. I want to share with you 10 verses that speak on His promises to us and I pray that it will be an encouragement to you.

  1. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2Peter 1:4 KJV)
  2. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
  3. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29 KJV)
  4. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 KJV)
  5. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 KJV)
  6. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 KJV)
  7. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverbs 1:33 KJV)
  8. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 KJV)
  9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9 KJV)
  10. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

I hope that you can stand on His promises today and continue to trust in Him. Without Christ, we accomplish far less that we could ever hope for. With Him, our possibilities are BOUNDLESS! We just need to have faith and do His will for His glory.

God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – Faith

To go where you have not gone…you must do what you have not done. -Marvin Sapp

Sometimes we go about life approaching situations the same way each time, no deviation from the plan….going by the numbers. We then wonder why we have not accomplished anything greater than the “norm”. In order to get away from the “norm” we need to step out of our comfort zone and do what we have not done before. There is a fear of the unknown which prevents us from stepping out and it is that same fear that hinders any type of forward progression. Don’t let fear get in the way of where you need to be. Have faith and take that step to do what you have not done before to lead you where you have never been.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

– 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

What changes can you make today outside of your “norm” that can lead you to places you have never been?

God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – Giving Thanks

Monday, for most, is a day they feel they can do without. Going to a job that they cannot stand or being around coworkers telling tall tales of their weekend adventures. Some could just be having a bad day. Children could have been causing trouble, financial issues, spouse issues, etc. I want to let you know that Monday or any day, for that matter, doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week.

Give thanks instead for what you have. Give thanks for the job you have because there are some who search and cannot get one. Give thanks for your family, no matter how dysfunctional it may be. There is someone out there without a family. Be thankful for your income, because there is someone out there without. Be thankful that you woke up this morning because there are some who passed away in the night. Be thankful for the small things, hearing your children laugh or your spouse trying to repair the pipe that busted and is not getting anywhere with it. Be thankful for the meal that was cooked even though it didn’t taste that great.

Remember the good times. That diaper accident that went from simple routine to a national disaster. That water balloon fight inside the house that soaked the carpet and furniture. Be thankful for that broken fax machine that you want to take out back and smash with a baseball bat. The list can go on forever but if you train yourself to think on the good in every situation, you will become a happier and stronger person.

In my life, I have to constantly give thanks. I give thanks for the food we have, the roof over our head, hearing my children laugh while they play and for the people who care enough about our well-being that they are willing to help us out. I’ve been blessed with some new furniture and clothes and shoes for my daughter. You have no idea how much of a blessing that is when you cannot afford to do anything. I thank the Lord every day because of it. He knows my needs and he stirred the heart of those few people to help me out. None of this was expected at all and came to a surprise to me. I am so grateful to them, especially to my Lord because he truly protects and cares for his own.

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. (1 Chronicles 16:8 KJV)

Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. (Psalms 75:1 KJV)

Give thanks in all things. I thank God for the grace and favor upon my life. I thank God for his mercy. I thank God that he loves me so much that he sent is own son to die for me. I thank God for this world he created for me. I thank God for this complex system called a body. I thank God that I am a woman and I thank God that I have had the privilege to bring lives into this world. I even thank God for my estranged husband. I pray for his return daily but I also know what the Lord has promised me.

Be thankful in all things, always.

God Bless!

Knowing When To Let Go and Let God Handle It

There are days that I feel do overwhelmed with thoughts that it even wakes me up out of my sleep. This happened to me earlier this morning and it was so bad that it kept me from returning to sleep. I get like this when there is something that is truly bothering me….and it has never been pleasant. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well last night. I am a bit upset at myself for allowing myself to get to a state where I don’t even have peace in my sleep. It is times like these where I just have to let go and let God handle it. There is nothing else that I can do since the situation is something that I cannot control (e.g.: the actions of others) and leave it in the hands of the one who can, God.

It’s not easy to do in some cases. I don’t know why I would rather carry my own crippling baggage then let the Lord help carry it for me. He is the one that can go into each case and find out what is making it so burdensome, fix it and make it lighter. For me that is part of the learning process and learning about the grace of God. When I think about his grace, I think about Paul. Paul was allowed to be tormented by a demon because he knew that he would become too proud and boast about his achievements instead of glorifying the Lord. Three times he prayed to have this demon be removed from him and “[e]ach time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT). The Lord knew how much this must have aggravated Paul to have a demon torment him whenever it felt like but because of the Lords’ grace, he can endure. The Lord was letting Paul know that no matter what the circumstance that the Lord will give him the strength to endure.

If Paul can endure a demon tormenting him and rely on the Lord to help him get through, then I can rely on the Lord to take care of the way I view and react to situations out of my control. So if you have ever come to an impasse in your life, don’t struggle with it, let it go and let God handle it. He will give us the grace to get through whatever situation we may find ourselves in.

I hope this little nugget helps you in whatever you may be facing.

God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – My Favorite Psalms

Good morning! I hope all is well. By now all school aged children are in school and for those who stay at home, I know this is a BLESSING! Lol! For those of you like me, you may have to wait a year or two! Heh heh! I am going to share my two favorite Psalms with you. These are the Psalms I read when I get discouraged for ANY reason. It helps focus me to do what is needed, worship and praise the Lord. Worship him for who he is and what he is doing in my life.

A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:

for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

– Psalms 23 (KJV)

Here is the other one that I love to read that brings great comfort and strength when I need it the most.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Psalms 91

I hope you find these Psalms a comfort when you are working during the week. I do encourage each one of you to start and end your day with a Psalms. It will give you the strength and confidence you need to make it through the day. I pray each of you has a blessed Monday and rest of your week!

To God be the glory, great things he hath done!

God Bless!

 

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Christians and Politics

I ran across this article last night in one of the Google+ communities that I am a part of. This post by Elden Miller, really hit home because of how I view the authorities appointed over us over the last 10 – 15 years or so….probably longer than that when I first started taking some interest of who was President. I feel that is article needs to be shared AND understood by my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Christians and Politics

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Romans 13:1-2 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

There is enough in this one statement to fill a book, but right now I want to focus on just one phrase. “There is no authority except from God.” Nowhere is there ever an exception given to this rule. And this is a fundamental principle that is repeated in one way or another all through the Bible. And that means that whoever won the last election, (Even if it was that “other guy,” the one you so love to hate, whichever one that happens to be.) you can be sure of one thing – that win was by God’s election — that person was put into office by God’s appointment. As Jeremiah says, God gives power to whomever it seems proper for Him to give it to.

Jeremiah 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.

Now, nowhere in this is there a promise that God will give power to the one you think proper for it to be given to. Nor is there a promise that you will agree with or even like God’s choices. But what you will find, not only in these texts, but all through the Bible, are emphatic statements that whoever is in a position of authority, that person is in that position by God’s own appointment. As Romans 13:1 says, “the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”

Daniel 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

In Proverbs 8:15-16 we read: “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.”

And so, if all “authorities that exist are appointed by God,” and “there is no authority except from God,” how then should Christians conduct themselves toward that authority? Especially, How should Christians conduct themselves if the person they voted for loses and that other guy wins?

One thing is for certain, and the Bible is very clear on this — God has no sympathy for gripers and complainers. Also, there is no place in Christianity for speaking evil of those God has placed in power. Search the New Testament through and through, and you will not find a single political rant in the whole book. Rome was about as corrupt and as oppressive as governments come, and not at all Christian-friendly, but wherever you find Christians coming in contact with the powers that be, they always approach them and speak to them with the utmost respect. So far as it was in their power to do so, Christians sought to live in peace and harmony with whatever government God saw fit to place them under. And in this they were following the example of the great men of God of earlier ages.

So just where do we draw the line between honoring the government God has placed over us and obeying God?  In Daniel 3 we find a clue.

Daniel 3:1-2 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.  And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

But why should Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, since they knew they could not worship the image, be present on the occasion? It was because they were willing to comply with the king’s requirements as far as they could without compromising their religious principles. The king required them to be present. With this requirement they could comply, and they did. He also required them to worship the image. This they could not do for God had expressly forbidden such worship, and this they therefore refused to do.

The course that these three men of God followed is the same course that we find written in the New Testament, the same course that the apostles counseled Christians to follow in regard to their conduct and attitude toward the requirements of civil governments.

1 Peter 2:13-15 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men–

Romans 13:1-2 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

So far as it is possible to do so without violating the commandments of God, without violating conscience, we are to comply with the requirements of whatever government God has seen fit to put over us. Even if that power, that government, is corrupt and abusive of its powers as Rome was in the apostles’ day.

But these words of Paul and Peter do not require the Christian to obey either persons or governments when their requirements come into conflict with the Word of God. The Christian, as a loyal citizen of whatever government God has seen fit to place them under, will go as far as possible in compliance with the will of that state. — Even if, figuratively speaking, that means standing on the plain of Dura before a golden image. Why? Because as Peter said, “That by well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.”

Consider Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon. Consider how they conducted themselves toward those in positions of authority. By worldly standards, did they have cause for complaint, to rant and rail against the powers that be? Yes. But you won’t find them wallowing in that mud pit. By the grace of God they rose above the petty and political.

The people of Judah who were carried away to Babylon felt that they had cause for complaint, cause to rant and rail against Babylon and its king. Yet Jeremiah wrote to them to make themselves at peace with their new masters.

Jeremiah 29:-74 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters-that you may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the LORD for it; for in its peace you will have peace.

Consider Saul and David. Saul was an evil king, and David was anointed by the prophet Samuel to take his place on the throne of Israel. Yet even after God had Samuel anoint David to sit on the throne of Israel, God kept Saul on that throne for many long years. And in all those years David’s conducted toward Saul was most respectful. By worldly standards, did David have cause for complaint, to rant and rail against Saul? Yes. But you won’t find him wallowing in that mud pit. By the grace of God he rose above the petty and political. David understood that it was God who placed Saul on the throne of Israel and that it was God who would in His own time remove Saul from that throne. And when Saul was at last killed in battle, David wrote a most heartfelt Psalm as a tribute to him. (2 Samuel 1;17-27).

But now days casting disparaging remarks against those God has placed in office has become the national pastime. It has become a game to dig up every fault, every slip of the tongue, to tear people down and bring them to ruin if at all possible. And sadly even Christians have joined in the game. Indeed, sadder yet, Christians have almost made it their religion to speak evil of the nation’s leaders. But Paul writes “You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.” (Acts 23:5) and Peter writes of those who are all too willing “to speak evil of dignitaries,” saying that they are little better than “brute beasts,” and will as a consequence receive their just condemnation.

2 Peter 2:10. 12-13 They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, … But these, like natural brute beasts … speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, …

And Jude echoed the words of Peter when he wrote: ”Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. …  But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.” (Jude 1:8,10).

For better or worse, for good or evil, our words count. They have an effect on those around us. And the mudslinging political rhetoric so commonplace today is not the kind of words Christians have been bidden to speak. It should not be regarded as a light thing to speak evil of others or to make ourselves judges of their motives or actions. “Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.” (James 4:11) For there is only one Judge — and you are not Him.

In Ecclesiastes we read that we are not to curse the king, not so much as even in our thoughts.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

And yet, what is the reality? Consider Jeremiah 20:10, a text that all too truly describes the attitude of all too many Christians; “For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it.”

Now you would expect this kind of conduct from the world. But with such plain statements from Scripture, how is it that Christians often lead the way in bringing railing accusations against those put in positions of leadership? Is it that we have forgotten that this is not our home, that “our citizenship is in heaven”? (Philippians 3:20) Have we forgotten that we are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth”? (Hebrews 11:13) Have we forgotten that we have a higher and holier calling than mere earthly politics?

How about if Christians all decided to do something really radical? Something like what Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 for example. “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,  for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

Wow!!! We can only imagine. Verse 3 says that “this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” And isn’t that how as Christians we should wish to live and conduct ourselves; in a manner that is “good and acceptable” to “God our Savior”? On the other hand, coming back to Romans 13:2, we find this warning; “whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” Ask yourself this question, and give an honest answer. Which side of this equation do you stand on?

Scripture tells us to “speak evil of no one” and to be “subject to rulers and authorities.” (Titus 3:1,2). Many Christians fail on both parts.

Titus 3:1-2 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

Now notice that Titus 3:1-2 quoted above, is a single sentence. Therefore it follows that the ones that we are not to speak evil of are the rulers and authorities to which we are to submit ourselves. Peter expands on this, writing:

1 Peter 2:13-16 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

So far as it is possible to do so without violating the commandments of God, without violating conscience, we are to comply with the requirements of whatever government God has seen fit to put over us. Even if that power, that government, is corrupt and abusive of its powers as Rome was in the apostles day.

But these words of Paul and Peter do not require the Christian to obey either persons or governments when their requirements come into conflict with the Word of God. The Christian, as a loyal citizen of whatever government God has seen fit to place them under, will go as far as possible in compliance with the will of that state. Why? Because as Peter said; “That by well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.”

But there is a boundary beyond which the Christian will not pass. Though ever loyal, though ever polite, courteous, and respectful to authority; and in spite of any threat or enticement to encourage compliance, the true Christian will steadfastly refuse to take a single step beyond the boundaries set by God in His Word. But even this does not give the Christian license to be in any way disrespectful or discourteous in their conduct toward those in authority.

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I hope brothers and sisters that this has shed light on the attitude you have towards the President and other appointed officials. I honestly believe with my whole heart that the more that we set our eyes on Jesus, the less we will be worried about the issues of the world we are only temporary residents of.

God Bless!

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Meditation Monday – Poem and Emergency Numbers

Here is something that will help you through the day. I know not everyone got the day off today.

This Too Shall Pass

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-
If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-
If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-
Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains
That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.

Helen Steiner Rice

I know that this has been circling the internet for some time now but if you haven’t seen it as yet, save it, print it out and keep it handy!

Handy Reference List of Emergency Phone Numbers

When you feel down and out……………………..call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest…………………..call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God………….call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance……………..call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel…………call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish……….call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task……………….call Joshua 1
When you think of investments and returns……..call Mark 10
If you are depressed………………………………..call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty………………………..call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people……………..call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind………………………………..call John 15
If discouraged about your work…………………….call Psalm 126
If self pride/greatness takes hold…………………..call Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful…………………………….call John 15
For understanding of Christianity……………………call II Corinthians 5:15-19
For a great invention/opportunity…………………..call Isaiah 55
For how to get along with fellow men………………call Romans 12
For Paul’s secret to happiness………………………call Colossians 3:12-17

ALTERNATE NUMBERS:
For dealing with fear……………..call Psalm 34:7
For security………………………..call Psalm 121:3
For assurance……………………..call Mark8:35
For reassurance……………………call Psalm 145:18

PLEASE NOTE: Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day! Feed your FAITH, and DOUBT will starve to death!

If you are looking for more inspirational poems check out this space here. It’s got some oldies and some goodies. You can send emails to your friends from that site as well. Give someone else a pick me up today.

Another note: Remember, today is the last day to wear white or white pants. (I am a bit confused on that one) If I see you on the street in white pants after today, you’re getting a pinch! You’ve been warned! lol!

Be safe and have a great day!

God Bless!

 

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Always Have to Give Thanks!

I feel so blessed, even in my situation. There is nothing but the grace of God! Things may not be what I would like them to be but we are managing. That is what I take comfort in. I try my best not to worry, even when the situation seems dire, but all I do is pray. Doesn’t matter where I am at, I just pray. Sometimes there is nothing to do but pray because there is NOTHING I can do. I am at a point in my life that I cannot make the decisions needed but I have faith that God will see me through. The way has been made already, I just have to have faith and walk the path. Hard to do but as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) and in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I have to have faith. Bottom line.

Is it a struggle? Yes. Do I wish I was in better circumstances? Of course! But that doesn’t mean that I cannot learn from the situation that I am in and apply it to my life. I know I am purposely here for a reason and I seek to fulfill that reason by studying God’s word and understanding him in a way that is special between he and I. This is also the way that I build my faith in the Lord and not worry, as much, about what may lay ahead.

I want to encourage you that if you seem as though that there is no way out, know that our Father is there to guide us through and all we need is faith as small as a mustard seed. You will find that you are happier and have hope.

Keep me in your prayers and I will definitely keep you in mine. Have a wonderful and safe weekend. Remember, if you need someone to talk to, have a prayer request or praise report, I’m here.

God Bless!

 

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Meditation Monday – Kindness

This Monday I want to focus on kindness. “Killing them with kindness” really does work but the kicker is, you have to be genuinely kind. This verse was the catalyst for the rest of the verses that I will share with you today.

If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.
– Proverbs 25:24-25 (NLT)

I hope these verses will serve as some spiritual help when dealing with those you work with and even in your families.

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
– Luke 6:27-31 (NIV)

“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
– Luke 6:35 (NIV)

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
– Colossians 3:12 (NIV)

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
– Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
– Romans 12:9-13 (NLT)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

“A gentle answer deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.”
– Proverbs 15:1 (NLT)

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I pray that you have a productive day.

God Bless!

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