Spread the Love Friday – Surround Yourself, Pray and Help Others

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭61:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Friday!  It’s a day of hope, renewal and an opportunity to bring happiness to someone’s life.

32FCE273-A394-45B3-8050-DFC3CB26B9BCHave you ever felt beaten down, when you were doing what you thought a Christian should do?  I think it is the work of Satan.  Although it is hard to think of at the time, I tell myself “I must be doing something right!”

There are things we can do to make these times easier to handle.  First, surround yourself with other Christians.  Psalm 16:3 tells us that “God-chosen lives” are “splendid friends”.  They understand. They have probably experienced the same thing.  It’s really great when you can build each other up during tough times.

Second, pray for those who hurt you, and treat them as you would like to be treated despite their actions.  Jesus taught us in Matt 5:44 to “Love your enemies, bless them D6B913CE-92B1-40D5-90FF-966A499752F1that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”.   Trust me when I tell you that you will be surprised how well this will work for you.

Third, look for ways to help others.  This is one of the best things you can do.  It doesn’t have to anyone you know.  Just do something nice for someone else.  It’s the pay-it-forward idea.  One thing a friend of mine sometimes does is pay for the car behind her in the drive-thru line.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money.  You can visit a shut-in.  There are so many things that are possible.

We are surrounded by evil but don’t have to brought down by it.  So, if you are feeling down and out, make this Friday super.  Hang out with your Christian friends, pray for those who hurt you and help others.  God bless you.

 

 

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Submit and Listen

 

“Do you not know that when you continually offer yourselves to someone to do his will, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey, either [slaves] of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness (right standing with God)?”
‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Monday!

I came across the scripture above taken from the Book of Romans that really spoke to me.  Depending upon what version of the Bible you are reading, the scripture changes a little.  What or whoever you are a slave to, you will continually serve that one’s slaves.  It’s an endless cycle that you can never win, if you are serving the wrong one.  Are you a slave to food?  Alcohol?  Drugs? Theft?  Depression?  Strife? Drama?  If so, how do you break this pattern?

The answer is very simple.  Listen to the Holy Spirit.  The more you study God’s word, the more you will hear the Holy Spirit.  For me it’s a voice inside that tells me to do or not do something.  Others tell me they hear a loud voice.  Listen and submit to His authority.  How do you know if it’s the Holy Spirit and not Satan?  Ask yourself EE2099B9-5F1D-4DF5-BC54-19F6182A69ACif what you are hearing is in line with God’s word.  It’s really that simple.

Yesterday, I was studying and I kept hearing this voice say “go cleanup your bedroom”.  At first I said, “okay, I will when I get through reading” but the voice would not leave me alone.  I had been putting off this chore for a few days, but I realize that this is an important role for me as a wife.  So, I did as requested and was able to sit down without the distraction and study.  Sometimes I also get the voice that says “don’t eat that” and I have actually said out loud “I know I shouldn’t eat this, but I’m going to anyway”.  I’ve heard others say the same.  It’s important to stay healthy when we are doing God’s work, and we need to listen to the Holy Spirit.  The Tell Me Something Good Monday News is since I’ve been paying closer attention to the Holy Spirit, my life has been running smoother.

This is called submission to authority and works at home, work, church and with the law (See Romans 13:1,2).  People who are in rebellion like to argue and be arrogant.  According to 1 Samuel 15:23, since rebellion is an act of pulling against authority and manipulating people’s wills it is a sin similar to witchcraft.  If you are unable to submit to authority at work, you should find a new job.  The same holds true at church.  You should submit to the authority of the legal system too.  As a wife I submit to my spiritual leader at home, which is my husband.  I know that will probably upset a few people.  Most of the time there isn’t an issue to submit about, but when there is, I let my husband decide.  Ladies I tell you this works well.  My husband treats me wonderfully.

We can not become leaders, until we understand how to submit to authority and everyone has someone to be accountable to, but the good news is the Holy Spirit is here to guide you on your way.

Have a super Monday.  God bless you.

Spread the Love Friday – Rejoice

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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It’s Friday and a great day to spread God’s word.  I’ve been taking a class on angels that is so interesting.  There are a couple of things I want to convey to you about angels before this discussion.  First, Jesus is not an angel (Hebrews 1:4).  Second, we are not to worship angels or to spend too much time focusing on them.  When we focus on God, he surrounds us with angels.  Third, don’t focus on Satan and the fallen angels.

I was reading this morning and I came across Luke 15:7.  Jesus was saying when one person repents more than 99 angels rejoice.  Can you imagine saying I’m sorry Father and I will try to do better in the future, and looking up to see one hundred angels singing and praising God?  Wow!  The image is amazing,

So, next time you make a mistake and you need to repent, picture all those angels praising God for your decision.  God bless you.

 

 

Forgiveness Thursday – People Come and Go

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭22:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

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Happy Thursday.  This last week I’ve been struggling with a little something that probably most of you have experienced.  From time to time people I have grown to love as friends have come into and gone out of my life.  It has happened so many times that I can’t even count.  They are people I treasure and never forget, but for whatever reason life takes them in a different direction.  I have often wondered if God sent them to me to help me learn a lesson.  Sometimes it surprises me.  Sometimes I see it coming and don’t understand why or how to stop them from leaving, if I could.  Has this ever happened to you?

It’s a little like that with Jesus.  He was here and then suddenly gone.  The good news with Him is we have the Holy Spirit and one day we will be reunited with Jesus.  It will be a glorious day.  So, if you are struggling with something similar or have struggled with this before, know that we always have our sweet Lord.  Also know that once the pain eases, you will always have memories.

Have a wonderful day!  God bless you.

 

Try Something New Tuesday – Make a Joyful Noise

Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭16:32‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  It’s a great day to try something new.

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Have you ever felt betrayed or like your world has fallen apart abruptly?  It happens to all of us.  What works for me is to make a joyful noise unto the LORD.  Have you ever sang “I’ve got the Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart”?  It’s hard to be upset when you sing that song.  If that doesn’t work for you, sing another song.  Fill your heart with gladness,  As my husband says “don’t let Satan pull you until you spiral down”.  We always have something to be thankful for.

I hope you have a glorious day!  God bless you!

 

Spread the Love Friday – Share Your Story and Listen

“And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Friday is always an exciting day in our office.  It means a break is coming.  Most have big plans for the weekend.  It’s a time for friends, family and fun that leads to new beginnings as Monday rolls in.

F88F7604-B901-4616-91F4-A6148EF5502FOver the past few months at work I have had the opportunity to write stories about local businesses for both local newspapers.  It’s a way to promote businesses in a small town.  I love writing, so I was excited about the opportunity from the very beginning, but knew that it would be additional work for which I would be responsible.  In other words, I have the same amount of work plus this new assignment.  Yet, I have not once hated or dreaded working extra late or early.  You might wonder why.  The reason is, I have been given a gift to see people in a different light.  An hour of talking with someone who would normally visit my office for an unwanted permit has changed me as a person.

I ensure every article is positive, which hasn’t been a problem at all. After two to three months of publishing three or more articles a week, I have something to share.  Everyone has a heartfelt story.  Most keep them hidden away for fear of pain or maybe embarrassment.  My hope for humanity has been restored in ways you cannot even imagine.  However, I want to encourage you to be vulnerable and share your stories with others.  It will change the world.  Also, it allows others to receive their blessings by helping you.

I sat in my office a couple of months ago and listened to a young business owner tell me how satan had come into his life while he was attending a university.  He held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.  I’m so blessed that he survived.  I sat and 13AB394B-2024-484E-BCF6-91DDA00A113Bcried with him as he revealed his story of how God turned his life around and how promising his future has become.  I interviewed a couple who had recently lost an adult child.  I spoke with two ladies that God brought together as business partners to help autistic children, and one lady who added to her husband’s business, while he was out-of-town, a ladies boutique called “Mustard Seed” because of her faith in God.  I interviewed a lady who went out on her own and opened a business to make others feel better about themselves, and a lady operating her business while caring for two aging parents.  That’s just a few of the many touching stories.

Your story is important too, and will help others.  Take time to share it.  Also, take time to listen.  Really listen to the stories behind the faces.  I promise your blessings will be great!  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – 490 Times? Really?

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭18:21-22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good morning and happy Thursday.  It’s a great time to forgive others and yourself.

F168A70A-19F2-4DAE-8BE7-6AA84DF7079DAre you having trouble forgiving someone?  Do you find yourself facing the same old aggravating stuff with that person all the times?  Have you thought to yourself, how many times do I have to put up with this mess?  When Peter asked Jesus how many times, I feel pretty certain he wasn’t expected to be told 490 times.  It makes me chuckle to think of this conversation taking place,  because I know I’d being saying “What?”.  Yet, how many BD18DBDA-E5BC-4570-908F-55091F2272CCtimes has God forgiven us?  For me it has been more than 490 times.   In fact, it’s been more that 4,900,000 times.  It’s so nice to be loved and forgiven.  It is important to treat others well, even when there is something that really aggravates you.  It is equally important to forgive yourself.

Have a wonderful day.  God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Importance of Listening

Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.
‭‭Job‬ ‭37:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Have you ever been listening to someone and couldn’t wait to speak?  Are you quick to argue when you feel attacked?  Do you find yourself very busy with little time to deal with the every day problems of people?  Well, you are not alone.  I sometimes 2D0C348B-7A6D-4DD5-98E3-B70069F14303interrupt because I think of something and I’m afraid I will forget.  God has been dealing with me on this.  I’ve heard two different sources  explain how we should place our hands palms up in our laps because it is difficult to be argumentative in this stance.  We all know that the Bible tells us to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19).  However, while reading I realized there is more.  Have you ever noticed how no matter what Jesus was doing, he always had time for people?  I believe it is because He knew that the only truly important things in life are God and people.  That really puts quite a few things into perspective.

Today, take time for people.  Listen, ask questions and  leave your worries to God.  God bless you.

 

Perseverance during Life’s Trials

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

F82890B1-382F-48D2-9A1F-40EAAF7835A6We have all endured temptations and preserved through life’s  trials, but some seem especially difficult.  Saying goodbye to a family member too soon, watching a friend slowly die or suffer with an illness, poverty, war, homelessness, hunger, and pain are among of the trials we encounter, and there are many more.  How close we live to pain and suffering.  Yet, when we search our hearts, we can find a glimpse of happiness even in the most painful moments.  Although it may be difficult, there is always something for which to be thankful, and there is always someone who has more difficult trials.

God does not bring pain and suffering, but people sometimes suffer because of their 5A149D40-4077-47B5-87E1-F8A9BEBB0DB6beliefs.  John the Baptizer was beheaded after rebuking Herod for marrying Herodias, his niece and ex-wife of his brother  (Mark 6:17–29).  Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60), as was James, the brother of Jesus.  Peter was crucified upside down and Paul was beheaded.  Other early disciples were crucified in various places.  Christians have been cooked alive, dragged to death, skinned alive, sewn into skins and eaten alive by wild animals,  starved, boiled, ground to death, had the inner organs eaten by pigs while alive and tortured in numerous other ways.  Christians are still persecuted today.

So, one must wonder despite all these horrible things why has Christianity grown 51101F3D-30BE-4445-898E-A0AF47B4EACFexponentially from the very beginning.  Why are people willing to be tortured and killed without fighting back and all the while praying for those who persecute them?  For me the answer is undeserved loving forgiveness and redemption from sin (grace) by faith that brings promises of eternal life.  The faith carried by beliefs is so strong that we are able to face adversity in the steps of Jesus.  James the Just, who was later stoned to death , said “[b]lessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James‬ ‭1:12‬‬‬).  The good news is whether you are dying a martyr or living through every day trials, your love for the Lord will lead you to the “crown of life”.  Keep the faith.

Have a super Saturday.  God bless you.

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Anxiety

Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].
‭‭1 PETER‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy 4th of July!  When you’re birthday is on the 4th of July, the entire country is happy and celebrating.  Even knowing the temperature has been over 105 degrees on many days, in Florida people are cooking outdoors, going to the beach or pool, eating burgers and watermelon, and enjoying the fireworks.  It’s a good day to be surrounded by friends and family, and celebrate the freedom our forefathers fought to create for us.  So, take time today to reflect on the history of America the Beautiful.

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There are some who have so much anxiety they are unable to enjoy this or any holiday.  Social anxiety is serious and prevalent in society.  Some people are having anxiety about things such as: how to pay bills; what they will eat; where they will live; if they will find a job; how to keep from losing their children; or what to do about a parent with Alzheimer’s Disease.  If you are one of these people, I have good news for you.  Regardless of the problem, God understands.  You are never alone and He is always there.  Turn to Him. If you know someone who is having anxiety, be there for them. Help them.  Pray for them.  Go celebrate with them.  You will be blessed beyond measure.

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Dominic has a little social anxiety today.  He usually disappears when company arrives.

Have a blessed holiday.