“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Happy Thursday! I’m so glad we made it through Wednesday. We all have challenging days from time-to-time, and yesterday qualified for me. Today is a new day and it feels great to start over.
Has anyone ever crossed the lines in a situation that involved your children? It doesn’t have to be anything major. I heard someone in authority once say “you can say anything you want about me, but leave my family alone”. It’s true. As a mother and grandmother, I am particularly sensitive to words and actions involving my children and grandchildren. You don’t play with a bear cub, because you know the mother bear will be somewhere close ready to take care of you. The same holds true of most mothers.
This morning I recall a particularly painful situation involving my daughter where I held a grudge. I have crossed paths with the woman over time, but I have managed to avoid her. Today, I found myself face-to-face with the lady. I know God was with me, because I handled the situation like a professional. I was kind, caring and helpful. After she left I reflected at how she is also a child of God, now suffering due to the Hurricane. How could I not forgive her, when God forgives me?
So today, join me in placing forgiveness at the top of your priorities. God bless you.
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.
Have 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 that 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.
“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
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 if 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.
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.
Are 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 times 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.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
Luke 2:1-16 KJV
Merry Christmas from my family to yours! God bless you!
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:31 KJV
Happy Tuesday! It’s a great time to try something new.
Have you ever looked around and thought, “wow! life is unfair”? I think that way too sometimes, especially when I’m focused on what others do, say and have. God can help others as he deems necessary. We don’t usually know all the circumstances involved. So, what might seem unfair on the surface level to us, is needed for the ones of whom we are jealous. Don’t fall into the evil snare of jealousy. It always leads to problems. Instead of being jealous, try something new. Focus on helping others, especially the ones who draw out the little green monster. I think you will find that when your focus changes, so will your attitude.
But now, O Lord, thou art our father;
We are the clay, and thou our potter;
And we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8
Happy Tuesday. I spent yesterday resting and reading, and today I am ready to go.
Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. It’s a time of waiting with anticipation. So, I posed this question to my Sunday School class. If Jesus walked in the door right now, and you knew it was Jesus, what would you do? I often see images on television of a soldier coming home and surprising their family. The family cries with excitement as they hug their long awaited son, daughter, husband, wife, mother or father. Would you run up to Jesus and hug him? Would you fall on your knees in adoration? Would you hide?Would you feel dread and regret? What would you do? Mark 13:33 tells us to “take heed, watch and pray; for we know not when the time is.” Does this mean we should dread every day because the end might be near? No. It means be ready, get right with God and live your life as a joyful Christian. I can’t wait to wrap my arms around Jesus with excitement!
Share what you would do and have a great Tuesday! God bless you.
I promised my friend Hayley of Red Letters I would share this video of her singing and playing the song recorded by Hillsong. It is beyond beautiful. I’m blessed to have become friends with her over the past year. Enjoy.
Happy Friday! It’s a beautiful day to spread God’s love. We all go through trials and tribulations in our life, but we know that we can turn to God at any time for strength. It’s so comforting to know that we can always count on him.
Have you ever thought of what it means to be “full of God”? It means that his glory just radiates through us all the time. We just glow when we are full of God, because his love is bubbling out of us. Sometimes I think that is all we need to do, and our life is a witness to others. It doesn’t mean that we never make mistakes. It just means that we have God beside us, and we will always overcome whatever trials we face with his help.
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!
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.