If you forgive the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in Heaven will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14
Happy Thursday! It’s a great time to ask for forgiveness and to forgive others.
Do you ever have a difficult time forgiving? Do you forgive someone only to find the same thing happens repeatedly? Imagine how frustrated God must be with us. I know I make the same mistakes over and over. The truth is we don’t need to wait until Forgiveness Thursday to forgive. We should stop what we are doing immediately and forgive someone when they have wronged us. I have a professor who says he pulls off the side of the road when he begins to experience road rage, so he can get his heart in the right place. It makes me laugh. You must admit, if you are running late for work, and you have to pull off the road, you’ll get straight with God quickly. It’s tough, but it keeps your heart pure and prevents bitterness. We are so fortunate that God forgives us, no matter how many times we make a mistake or how bad it is. All we have to do is ask for forgiveness. It’s so simple that some refuse to believe.
Today, I encourage you to release your soul from guilt and anger. Ask for forgiveness, while forgiving others. God bless you.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me and given me life. Psalm 119:50
It’s Forgiveness Thursday, and some of my friends are hurting today. I have some friends who have had a recent relationship break up. I also have some friends who have recently had to say farewell to a family member who has passed. It doesn’t get much tougher than saying goodbye when you don’t want to, or feeling rejection. It’s a time when people build up walls around them and hurt the people who love them the most. Of course, their intention is not to hurt, they are just trying to get through the tough times that they are experiencing. We all know it too. Have you ever tried to say the right thing, and struck out in a huge way? I certainly have.
These are also times when people who are hurting turn to substances like alcohol, tobacco and drugs for comfort. There is only one who can help in times like these, and that’s our Heavenly Father. First Corinthians 10:13 tells us that “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Isn’t that awesome! He understands and is always there. You are his child. He wants your happiness. Your life is not over. A new chapter is just beginning.
So, if you are sad or suffering today, put your trust in the one who knows the most about healing hearts! God bless you.
I love you Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1
Is your praise and thanksgiving to God truly heartfelt, or are you just going through the motions of prayer? Do you have a routine and a rote prayer you say at certain hours to do your duty, so to speak? It’s easy to get into a routine when we are attempting to keep from forgetting that there is something we need to do. However, it’s sad that we need a reminder in our busy world to be thankful when we see food on our table. It should be enough to know that people are starving every day, but it isn’t because we are removed from the hunger. We all know what it is like to be hungry for a few minutes or a couple of hours, but occasionally at meal time we should multiply that feeling by days in our minds to understand how blessed we are. Having the opportunity to get up and go to work is such a blessing, too. How many times do we grumble and groan about going to work? What if we had no work or way to take care of our families? I’m not saying that we should make ourselves miserable every day thinking about people who have less, but sometimes we should stop and think about how truly blessed we are. Even when we think things are at the very worst, we are still so much more blessed than many throughout the world. Then, we should pray with sincere thanksgiving and praise to God. God knows your heart. Show him the adoration that he deserves.
Today, I encourage you to be truly thankful and praise God throughout your day. Then, do one thing to make one person’s life a little better. God bless you.
The Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises. 2 Peter 3:9
Good Morning! It’s a glorious day and I’m glad to be a child of God!
A few years ago a book came out called “The Secret”. Have you ever read it? I read it and I remember it was all the rage. Essentially, the book was saying “what you think about, you bring about.” While It is true that thinking positive thoughts attract positive actions, when we are prayerful, trust God and keep a positive outlook we will see better results. Even better outcomes are available to us when we gather together with other prayerful Christians, who have the same positive outlook and faith. Why? Because we can be a comfort and a resource for one another. It’s amazing how many of your dreams will come together if you try this. Make no mistake, I do not mean you should exclude anyone. We should always be welcoming and share our faith.
You are a child of God and he wants you to be happy, healthy and successful. You wouldn’t want any less for your own children, so why would anyone think God would want less for them. Matthew 8:27 says “even the wind and the waves obey him.” When you ask God for what you need and want, remember to keep a positive outlook, and associate with other people who are doing the same. Then, everyone is blessed together. Psalm 56:3 says “[w]e can’t always see where the road leads, but God promises there is something better up ahead; we just have to trust him.” I have seen this repeatedly in my own life. It’s true.
So, today try something new – pray, trust God, keep a positive outlook, and associate with others who are doing the same. God bless you.
Her mouth speaks from which fills her heart. Luke 6:45
Happy Monday! It’s a great to share something good! I worked really hard finishing three classes over the weekend. Have you ever felt like something was hanging over your head? That’s how I felt, and every day something happened. I was able to spend time with my children, grandson and husband over the weekend, which is always great. Last night I even found time to read a magazine. I sometimes feel like I should work 24/7, but rest is important, because it restores us.
Have you ever felt like someone was just driving you crazy? Does the way your neighbors behave get under your skin? Do you sometimes think you are going to lose your mind if you are around a coworker for one more minute? Has someone ever betrayed your trust and hurt you deeply? A good percentage of our aggravation every day comes from people not being what we want them to be or behaving how we would like for them to behave. God created all of us differently and each person has value in the world. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all alike? Proverbs 11:27 says “he that diligently seeks good, seeks favor and grace.” In today’s terms this means, find something good in every person you meet. You don’t have to forget the bad, just don’t focus on it. Don’t let the world corrupt you with gossip and unnecessary talk. Accept everyone for who they are and enjoy them for the good they bring into the world.
Have a wonderful Monday! God bless you!
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
In the most famous and best sermon of all time, Jesus said “blessed are the pure in heart” (Matt. 5:8). Have you ever wondered what it means to be pure of heart? What do you have to do? Do you need a special drug, like maybe a statin? With all the sin in the world, have you ever wondered if it’s even possible for people living in 2017 to have a pure heart? Is it still possible to see God?
Jesus was not speaking about the heart as a biological organ. He was talking about us keeping our soul pure. The Greek word for “pure” used in Matthew 5:8 is Katharos, which means clean, without guilt, without hidden agendas, blameless and innocent. This definition makes me think of a new-born baby, who hasn’t been alive long enough to sin.
When we become Christians, we are like new babies in Christ. The difference is we have sinned, but when we ask for forgiveness, our guilt is washed away with our sin. Remaining pure depends on our ability to strive to make good decisions and act without hidden motives and without hypocrisy. Whenever we realize we are falling into these inappropriate behaviors, we should immediately ask for forgiveness. God forgives us the same way we forgive our children. So, even in 2017 we can be pure of heart and see God. Isn’t that great!!
Join me today in a little “temple cleaning” (1 Cor. 6:19). Let’s keep our hearts pure! God bless you.
The joy of the Lord is in my strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Happy Friday! Have you ever woke up so happy you could hardly stand yourself? . . . Or maybe a better question is can your family tolerate you in the morning? I’m a morning person, and I drive my husband completely insane. However, I think my morning attitude is rubbing off on him. He has recently started waking me up saying “Honey, wake up . . . he came last night, and your present is here!” If that sounds a little confusing, he means God gave us the present moment. We should enjoy it!
Today, I woke up a little happier than usual and ready to spread God’s love. You may be thinking, what now? We do this every week! In fact, a friend once told me “I can’t think of something new every day!” There are always new ways to spread God’s love. If you can’t think of anything new, it’s okay to go back to what you have already done. Today, I just want to spread love through the happiness of living in the present moment God has given me, and joy of being a child of God. I feel like David, ready to dance for God.
So, join me today in spreading God’s love through inner joy and happiness that shines through! God bless you!
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:15
Happy Thursday! In my town today, children of all ages return to school after what seemed like a quick summer break. I know it was always short when I was young. So, be careful this time of year, if you are driving.
Is there anything you cannot be forgiven for? Have you ever asked yourself this question? The answer is YES! We must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Any variation is unacceptable. I have found that many of my more educated friends tend to try to reason their own answers instead of trusting in what the Bible says. These folks read different books and listen to ideas, and come up with their own combination of ideas. This is what we learn to do in college. However, sometimes we need to step outside of our minds and our own reality, and trust what we don’t understand. Have faith! Look at what God has done in your life! Then, study the Bible and historical context that it was written in. Have you ever considered how many people have died to keep God’s Word protected or what extreme measures have been taken over time to preserve the Bible? Be careful about believing every book you read. Somethings can be explained with science, and somethings our minds are not ready to accept. Sometimes we see or feel something that we can’t explain. That is when we need to have faith!
Have a blessed day.
He who started a good work in you will carry it to completion. Phil. 1:6
Guess what day it is? It’s a good day to use your gifts to change the world.
Have you ever wanted to do something, but felt held back by your current circumstances? Do you ever get frustrated because you are not physically able to do all that you want to do? Are your finances keeping you from making a difference in the world? Are relationship problems bogging you down and keeping you from doing what God has called you to do? Is your job too demanding to allow you to use your gifts to change the world? Psalm 46:10 reminds us to slow down, be still and know God is with us. When our faith is strong, it can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). If our faith can move mountains, surely it can help with our finances, relationships, jobs and health. But, what can we do if we are still struggling? If you feel like God is calling you to do his work but you are encountering roadblocks along the way, pray and faith it until you make it! When we let the presence of Christ rule in our hearts and fill our insides with beauty, we will not feel fear and anxiety, and his glory will shine through us. You will also find that “God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19).
Join me today in using our gifts to make the world a better place! God bless you.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:15
Happy Tuesday. It’s a great day to try something new.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have seen so much despair around me. I have heard stories about divorce, custody battles, breakups, sickness, suicide threats, financial stress, sick children, abused children, sick family members, job stress, mental illness and so much more. Have you ever fallen into one of these categories or do you know someone who has? Most of us have at one time or another had to deal with these types of stress. The good news is, you do the best you can and then you turn it over to Jesus. It’s that easy. You don’t have to spend more money or take a class. Sometimes the simplest answers are the most difficult to grasp. So today, turn everything over to our Lord and trust in his peace. If you know someone going through a tough time, please pray for them.
God Bless you.