“As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”
2 Corinthians 6:10 KJV
Good Morning and Happy Monday! Recently, our family received some bad news. Actually, it was more along the lines of devastating. Despite this news, we put on faces of happiness to hide the sorrow. Even when you pretend to laugh, it can be uplifting and before we knew it everyone one was full of joy, despite the sorrow. This reminded me of when my cousin died unexpectedly. We were all extremely sorrowful. My mother was unable to attend the funeral, because it was across the country. When she saw the photographs, she thought we were being disrespectful and having too much fun. The truth is we were comforting one another with stories from the past.
Can you be joyful during times of sorrow? As Christians joy is not determined by our circumstances, but in our faith in our destiny. While joy is mentioned throughout the Bible, at Christmas we are reminded that when Jesus was born there was great joy. While Paul was in prison, he expressed sorrow regarding his situation, but still rejoiced in Christ. Jesus said “[r]ejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”
(Matthew 5:12 KJV). So, even if you are being mistreated and are saddened by the situation, you can rejoice in knowing the future is bright.
During the holiday season many people are sad, because of family situations or loved ones who have passed. That’s okay, but find your joy in Jesus! God bless you.
“He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], and that they may come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”
2 TIMOTHY 2:25-26 AMP
Happy Friday! Blessing abound and I am so thankful.
Do you know anyone who blames others to hide their own inadequacies? Have you ever blamed someone to divert attention from what you have or haven’t done? Have you ever blamed someone because you were unwilling or too scared to try to accomplish something? Or maybe because you didn’t know where to begin? Or you were afraid of the consequences? It’s sad to say but most of us have done this at one point or another. Of course, this is wrong for many reasons. The most obvious is that you are mistreating another child of God, who has done nothing to warrant your behavior. This sometimes has a spiraling effect, where the person becomes bullied by many. You may also be successful in your deception, which is unfair to the person you are trying to deceive. This could lead to bad decisions within an organization, including you having more responsibility you are unable to tackle.
But, did you know you are also hurting yourself in another way? The more we participate in this deceptive behavior, the further we drift away from God. Deception and lies have a numbing effect and over time we are less likely to feel anything when we do something wrong. So, how do we break the pattern? Study God’s word, and pray for forgiveness and guidance. Then, try to avoid making the same mistakes. It’s that simple.
I hope you have wonderful Friday! Spread God’s love everywhere you go! God bless you.
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.
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’m hurt and in pain; Give me space for healing, and mountain air.
Psalm 69:29 MSG
Happy Thursday. Remember to forgive others and yourself.
A few weeks ago, I was speaking before a local civic organization and a very nice lady spoke out about how our City, in this case meaning me, should do more to hold on to new businesses just starting out. I explained that I have featured the new businesses on our city’s website, and before I could continue she cut in and said “who reads a website, you need to send flyers home with the children at the schools”. While this is a good idea that I have not disregarded, with summer upon us God led me in a different direction.
After selling my boss on my God inspired idea, which is in addition to my other duties, I called the newspaper and asked if I could interview new business owners and submit articles for publication. It was almost too easy to get the official yes. So, three weeks ago, my first three articles appeared. Since then, I have had six more articles published. This week the competing newspaper requested I send my articles to them as well. I was excited that they would be interested. Along the way, I realized how much I enjoy this new assignment added to my already long list of duties. I’ve been staying later than usual and enjoying listening to the stories and helping the business owners.
Over the past six months the enemy has been using Rheumatoid Arthritis to beat me up. While I know I am healed by Jesus’ stripes, I am still tackling the physical and emotional symptoms. My biologic treatment that was working in the past doesn’t work anymore. It lowers my white count too low. So, I’ve tried a couple of different treatments. The one I’m taking now requires a daily injection, and it is the last available treatment option. Most of the time people can’t see my symptoms, but lately it has been obvious. My eyes look like they are bleeding and I’m not able to physically do what others are doing. It’s so embarrassing, and I want to keep up physically. The more good I do, the more I feel like the enemy attacks me. However, the more I’m busy helping other people, the less I notice.
I share this for my readers who are tackling physical and emotional pain. Don’t give up. We all have a lot of work to do. So, don’t let anything stop you from your calling. Every person can and does make a difference.
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Proverbs 18:21 MSG
Happy Thursday! I pray your day is going well. Lately, Humble pie has been the main course for me. Forget the slices, I ate the pies in their entirety.
Today, has been one of those days. Last night I was talking about having some blood work drawn at the clinic. My husband was telling me about his experience, when I boldly informed him that I was a pro at the procedures. In fact, I had an appointment. He reminded me that I needed a confirmation number. I gave a quick “I’ve got this” reply and changed the subject. This morning I began looking for my confirmation number in case I needed it. Well, guess what . . . I didn’t have one. In fact, my appointment didn’t go through for some reason. I did not have a long wait, but it was long enough to think about my actions. Have you ever been there? If you have, ask for forgiveness and try to learn from your mistakes. Some lessons are harder for me to learn than others, and I repeat them over and over. Isn’t it great that God still loves us in spite of our flaws?
Today, forgive yourself and forgive others. God bless you.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2
Good afternoon. I pray that you are enjoying your weekend. My week was super busy. This morning I have become aware of some friends who are very sick. Sometimes our world seems bleak and hopeless. We find ourselves searching for answers with our minds that we couldn’t possibly understand. That is when we need to trust the Lord instead of trying to make sense with our brains (Proverbs 3:5).
Always remember to count your blessings. There are so many things we take for granted every day. Look around you and make mental notes. There is always someone worse off than you. Just by being able to read this post, you doing better than a large portion of the world’s population who are unable to read and do not have access to electricity, computers, WiFi, Internet, and other technology that we take for granted.
If you are feeling hopeless, ask God to heal you. Then, thank him. He is such an amazing God. If you have any prayer requests, respond to this post. God bless you.
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 KJV
Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! We have been very busy at work planning a community event. This is not my first rodeo, but I’m looking forward to many successful times on the journey and at the end. What surprises me is the lack of optimism that I have seen when speaking with people about the event. Maybe it’s realism. I don’t know, but I always shoot for the stars. If I hit the moon, I still consider whatever I’m striving for a success.
Have you ever had doubts about outcomes, not just an event, but in life? Have you ever had work that had to be completed in a certain amount of time, but you just knew you wouldn’t make it? Have ever tried fasting and your doubts got the best of you? Do you have someone at home that requires all your attention and you are struggling to work, take care of others and take care of everything at home? Having faith doesn’t make things easy. We still have struggles along the way. It’s believing in something you can’t see. Jesus taught that through God nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27). Faith is also believing in others and helping them, especially when they don’t believe in themselves. Often, people are so beaten down that they need to harness themselves to your belief in order to succeed. That’s okay, because we want to make the world a better place.
Today, use your faith to make the world a better place by believing for yourself and helping others. God bless you.
I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1
Good morning! Thank you for all the new year wishes! My body is cold this morning, but my heart is warm.
The verse I selected today for memorization is Psalm 120:1. Why? Well, because we need to remember it for ourselves and others. Sometimes those around us need to be reminded, or maybe learn, that it is okay to call on the Lord in times of distress. He is there for all of us. He is our comforter. One of my professor’s shared in a prayer class I was taking that if you, or someone you know, is going through depression, he had the answer. Take your Bible into a quiet room and start reading the Book of Psalms loudly. He claims it is a cure for depression. I’ve never tried this, but I believe he’s probably right. There is so much praise in the book of Psalm. So, when you go to the Lord in distress, remember to praise Him! I try to praise him throughout the day in songs and prayers. If someone catches you, that’s okay too. Use your praise to change the world!
Have a wonderful day. If you would like to review the Bible verses from previous weeks and have some help practicing, all the verses are listed in the group Hisperfecttiming on the app ScriptureTyper. God bless you.
Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done. Luke 22:42
It’s Forgiveness Thursday and a great day to get right with God and others.
Have you ever felt like you had to choose between your family and doing what you thought was right? I know I have, and it’s incredibly painful regardless of the reason, because as children we want our parents to always accept and love us. It can be devastating to lose your family because you need to do the right thing.
Last night I was reading about the blood covenant between David and Jonathan in I and II Samuel. Saul was the King of Israel and Jonathan was the crown prince. David, who came from a peasant family, had killed Goliath and become a general in Saul’s army. Jonathan and David became good friends, and overtime they realized that they both loved and sought the will of God. So, The two entered into a blood covenant. Jonathan, the maker of the covenant, gave David his robe, armor, bow, sword and belt as gifts. This covenant was more than a promise between friends. It was a pact between families intended to cover future generations. However, their descendants would have to renew the covenant to keep it active.
Over time King Saul was disobedient to God, and was jealous of David’s popularity. So, David was forced to flee into the forest. Jonathan and David reaffirmed their covenant and Jonathan protected David from his father, who was obsessed with murdering David. King Saul’s obsession reaffirmed Jonathan’s commitment to David, because he realized that God had chosen David to be king.
The two young men grew up and married, and Jonathan became a father. Isreal’s enemies, the Philistines, attacked and both King Saul and Jonathan were killed in battle. The area became violent and Jonathan’s children, the princes were hidden. One of Jonathan’s sons, Methibosheth, was dropped on the pavement when the royal nurse was trying to escape. his legs were crushed. David became King and searched for the family of Jonathan, so he could extend the covenant to Jonathan’s children. No one would tell King David the family’s location, because they thought the King would surely harm the young princes.
After many years of searching, the young Methibosheth was found and brought to King David. The young man had been taught by King Saul’s family to hate David. However, David loved Methibosheth as if the young man was his father, Jonathan. David extended the covenant onto Methibosheth. So, Methibosheth had to make a decision between going back to his family or staying with King David and losing all that he loved. Despite his vulnerability from being physically handicapped in both legs, he took a chance and stayed with David. David loved and cared for Methibosheth as if he was one of his sons. Great story.
Christ’s covenant story is similar in some ways. He was a descendant of Adam. He turned away from the family of Adam, and entered into a covenant with God as our representative, which was carried out with his blood shed on the cross. The good news is His sacrifice allows us to be a member of a different family, the royal family of God. When we participate in communion, we are sitting at the royal table and soaking up the love of God, our Heavenly Father.
So, today remember, if you have had to walk away from your family, for whatever reason, you are still loved and adored by your Heavenly Father. God bless you.
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.