Funny, some days, it seems that you keep seeing the same story. This is when you know that God is speaking to you.
The next step is to understand what HE wants you to do with it.
On a personal level, it is kind of simple. I say kind of, because it is evident, but doing it isn’t always easy. Controlling your thoughts, moods, and tongue, is a difficult task.
On a professional level, it is even harder. People are sometimes a bit more reserved in what they say around me. But even adults, are unkind to each other, dwell and the negative, form cliques, and are just mean.
We can invoke blessings in the land we live. I am claiming Valley Life, my house, and my family, as the land God has given me and am going to claim blessings, and victory by God. That He will also hide the previous problems from our hearts….
I know this won’t be easy, strongholds need to be broken. Previous issues need to be dealt with. I will need strength, and can only do this if God goes before us.
began taking “thank you” walks to practice gratitude, enjoy the outdoors, and feel grateful instead of stressed. This was a life-changing practice that not only energized me physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but also provided time for many profound insights and ideas to come to me.
On my way home from dropping Miranda off (after a great 2 days of wine tasting), my heart was heavy. I am guessing I miss the purpose of a heavy heart more often than not. As I prayed for my kids, the Lord put another person on my heart.
This devotional reminds me again to pray for those that make me uncomfortable me. Funny, as I write this, two more people cone to mind, but for different reasons. (Thank you Good for speaking to my heart).
Thanks. Just the word lifts the spirit. To say thanks is to celebrate a gift. Something. Anything. Animals. Bald spots. Chocolate. Dictionaries.
To say thanks is to cross the tracks from have-not to have-much, from the excluded to the recruited. Thanks proclaims, “I’m not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized, scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.” Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
In Scripture the idea of giving thanks is not a suggestion or recommendation; it is a command. It carries the same weight as “love your neighbor” and “give to the poor.” More than a hundred times, either by imperative or example, the Bible commands us to be thankful. If quantity implies gravity, God takes thanksgiving seriously.
Jesus was robustly thankful. He was thankful when Mary interrupted the party with perfume. When he hugged children and blessed babies and watched blind people look at their first sunsets, Jesus was thankful. When the disciples returned from their first mission trip, he rejoiced: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21).
Thank you, . . .
Don’t be too quick in your assessment of God’s gifts to you. Thank him. Moment by moment. Day by day.
How often I forget to be thankful. Except for my house, I am beyond amazed at how God worked this house out for us….
I am starting the Proverbs 31, Anxiousfor nothing, study, based on Max Lucado’s book, with the same title. Todays scripture focus is one of my favorites, for so many reasons…
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4-9 NIV http://bible.com/111/php.4.4-9.NIV
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This is a good, easy devotional. I like writing the scriptures by hand, but have found that I am really not very good at it.
Todays devo is from Matt 11:30,
I often wake up with a heavy heart. I asked myself this morning, why do I often feel so burdened, as though I am carrying more than I can bear, that still, small, voice, reminded me that I often borrow trouble from tommorrow, instead of being thankful for today.
Today will be a long one, work, PD, volunteer training, parent group meeting…. I feel pulled from many sides. I often feel as though many people don’t think I am capable…. funny thing is, I am not. But with God, I can do all things….
I can… go for a run, eat healthy, be present, smile at kids, enjoy our staff, be thankful, offer grace….be present.
Jesus asks us simply to love, to be a light in a dark world…today, I will let Him work in me… (and continue to pray for a quiet and gentle spirit.)
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.
Psalm 47:1-9 NIV http://bible.com/111/psa.47.1-9.NIV