“and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24 AMP
Happy Tuesday! When everything starts getting routine in our lives, it’s a great time to try something new. What will you try?
One thing I have noticed that is important to everyone is to have encouragement during our trials, and when we feel especially weak. How long does it take for you to be worn down after a long day of work when the house is mess and the kids are begging? How about when your grown kids need help, but so do your parents?
Everyone is going through different struggles in their lives all the time. At the end of the day there are two things that matter: God and people. Things are not what is most important. Sometimes it is difficult to find a balance between work and caring for family. That’s when we need to ask God for help and truly depend on Him to help us.
A friend of mine recently lost her mother. It has been difficult for her. Not only does she need encouragement, she needs help with housework and her kids. As a Christian family this is when we need to pitch in to make a difference. Together we can help one another without wearing ourselves too thin.
Recently I have been humbled by my friends and how much support they have shown me with my new book. People I never expected have come out to help. It is wonderful to help and receive help.
“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” Colossians 1:10-11 KJV
Isn’t it great to wake up and realize it’s Friday! I woke up today dancing a jig right out the door. Yes, I have a lot of work to do at home and the office. Yet, there is a little bit of happiness knowing a break is ahead for some fun and relaxation. This weekend I have my list of things to do, but plan to go outside a bit and breathe in the air, while I admire my surroundings. If you haven’t tried it before, even five minutes outside can improve your mood and outlook. Bring a friend and spread the love.
This morning as I was thinking about how wonderful Fridays are, I realized that I was letting events decide my perspective. How many times have I started the day happy, and something kind of spoiled the rest of the day? Of course, I know the old saying that “it’s not what happens but how you react” that’s important. However, today I was reminded of Colossians 1:10-11.
Colossae was a City located about 100 miles from Ephesus and near Laodicea. In Paul’s letter to the early Christians in the church of Colossae, they instructed them to be strengthened in God’s word. We can look to scripture for every occasion, but today I would like to encourage you to instead of letting what happens around you affect your attitude, pause and think of what God’s word says. Find your strength there. Joy is an action and choice we all have regardless of what’s happening around us. When we express joy we are also able to be more patient, kind and loving.
Have a wonderful Friday! May God continue to bless you!
“And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.”
1 Kings 13:7 KJV
Good morning from beautiful Tampa, Florida! Today is the second day of the Joyce Meyer Love Life Women’s Conference and I’m so excited! This is the get away that was much needed. If you have never been to hear the teachings of Joyce, her conferences are wonderful. However, I have to say that this conference has been kicked up more than a few notches. Wow! Elevation Worship and Natalie Grant were amazing last night. Thousands of women were praising God together.
Joyce announced last night that always before the Love Life Women’s Conference was held in St. Louis. I knew. I wanted to go for many years. That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to buy tickets. The conference is sold out, but it is being aired live through the Internet. I encourage you to join in the fun.
So, it’s okay to have fun and refresh your body and soul sometimes. Then, when you are refreshed, refresh the souls others. Have a wonderful day. God bless you.
“Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”
Proverbs 10:6 KJV
Happy Tuesday! It’s a great time to try something new. It’s day fourteen of being without electricity, phone and Internet at home. At work Internet and phone service comes and goes. It requires clever tactics to ge the job done and it takes a little extra time. Everyone is stressed, but we all put a song in our heart and a smile on our face. Forgiveness is especially important right now. I’m very thankful for our generator. It’s not very big, so we have to rotate use of water and power of different types of devices. That’s still an improvement over what people many have. I’m also very thankful for our grill. My husband is a master chef and makes us feel like kings and queens. Plus we have entertainment provided by Landon and Dominic.
My daughter brought it to my attention that she was seeing social media posts about some people being more blessed than others. She read an article on how sometimes bad occurrences are blessings. This morning as I was drying my hair in the dark, my hands were hurting so badly that I could hardly turn the round brush. My Rheumatoid Arthritis has led to more painful and swollen joints lately. Could this be a blessing? I think it could. Sometimes we are better able to help people when they know that we have challenges and are human too. Isn’t that great!
So, today if you are experiencing problems, consider it blessings. God bless you.
“You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.”
2 Samuel 22:28 NIV
Happy Thursday! It’s a great day to forgive others and yourself. It is easy to hold a grudge when we have been hurt or have experienced difficulties due to another person’s actions. In Colossians 3:13 we are reminded that we need to be forgiving, just as God has forgiven us. Unforgiveness can weigh us and others down. I heard a story of a supervisor who wouldn’t hire a past employee based on the woman previously taking a leave of absence. In this case, the woman had a dying parent, but was otherwise a good employee. Taking a leave of absence during a busy season can be hard to deal with, especially when the staff is small. However, if you put yourself in this employee’s situation, you might find she had no other choices. Remember your staff and coworkers are people too. They have families and sometimes illnesses. Let go of past situations and give people a chance.
Today, our previous discussion on being humble continues. It’s a little difficult to wrap our minds around at times. The verse above talks about “haughty eyes”. The Hebrew word for “eye” is ‘ayin (pronounced ah’-yin) which can be used literally as eye or figuratively as conceit or resemble. The Hebrew word for “haughty” is ruwm (pronounced room) which means exalt or magnify. It appears in this context to mean one who is conceited and exalts or magnifies himself above others. This definition seems to meet at least some of the definitions of proud.
A humble person never exalts himself above others, but builds other up. For example, If you were responsible for a project at work that had a good outcome. The world teaches to toot your horn and let everyone know how wonderful a job you have done. However, God has a different lesson. Make sure those above and below you are magnified for their responsibility in the process. This can be difficult if you feel like your efforts are often overlooked. Never outshine your supervisor. Make him or her shine better than ever. While you are at it lift up your employees. It gives them confidence in themselves and buy-in into the project. People with haughty eyes see themselves as smarter than everyone else. This pitfall is one you never want to fall into. You might ask how will anyone know what you have done? God knows and so do others. If you follow God’s teachings on being humble, you will find your whole life falls into place. The rewards are beyond measure.
I urge you to try magnifying others today. God bless you.
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalm 119:133
Happy Monday! I hope you have as many good things to share as I do and I look forward to reading your stories. My good news started on Friday. I didn’t receive the votes I needed to accept a post I was seeking. You may ask what is so good about that. The good news is the lady who was elected has reached out to me and is going to include me on a committee. After the fact I feel this is a better solution for me with my hectic schedule. I’m happy and excited. I have been studying 1st and 2nd Chronicles. In my studies I have come to realize that God loves people and names are important. I also noticed that order and organization are important. So, this past weekend my husband and I began cleaning and organizing. He has taken on the outside and I’m organizing the inside of our home. I’m embarrassed to admit that it was overdue on both accounts. Our efforts gave me satisfaction and will probably save us both time, energy and stress.
Have you ever realized days, months or even years after an action, that it was wrong? I would guess this is common. As we grow as Christians our knowledge grows. So, what should we do? We have to trust God and try to make amends, even if making amends could be detrimental to our future. Where it is sometimes difficult to trust people, God will never let you down. That doesn’t mean that there will not be hard times. However, when you trust Him, He will never forsake you. What makes this decision difficult is the fact that when we make amends we are vulnerable. Don’t let this stop you. Do the right thing and rest in your faith!
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 NIV
Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today is a special day for my family. It’s my husband’s birthday. I know most of you do not know Britt, but he is the rock of our family. He holds us together and has always been willing to do whatever it takes to make sure we have everything we want. I met him during a time when I was struggling in life, and I’m so glad God sent him to me. He’s my best friend and the spiritual head of our home. Every Sunday he helps me prepare for Sunday School, gathering up supplies and doing whatever is needed. For many years Britt worked two jobs to make sure our children and I had everything we needed. So, today I hope Britt has a relaxing day at home. Happy Birthday Britt!
Have you ever prayed repeatedly only to feel like the answer is no? Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes to grow spiritually, we need to go through lessons in life. I know in my life there have been some situations that lasted years before I had a breakthrough. The problem wasn’t with God, but me. The breakthrough came when I was able to stay devoted and learn the lesson. I might be a little stubborn, because it usually takes a while for me to learn the lesson. However, once I understand, I make the necessary changes.
If you are going through challenges, don’t give up on God. Keep the faith. Study His word and pray regularly. The answer may be no now, but the result is probably good down the road.
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”
James 1:26 NIV
Happy Tuesday! It’s a great time to try something new!
This morning I am very mindful of the events of September 11th, 2001. Most Americans remember what they were doing when targets in the United States came under attack by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group known as al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out a suicide mission. It is estimated that 2,996 people were killed that day. I remember watching in shock and horror. Last year I had the opportunity to visit the 9-11 Memorial in New York City. It was an experience I will never forget. The day was real again for me and many others. I sat near a lady who was crying uncontrollably. While it is never good to dwell heavily on these types of events, it is important to remember.
This morning I am also conscious of how many wars and fights have been fought brother against brother. Is it really worth it? Do we need to see bloodshed to prove a point? Most of the time we find out that it was just a simple misunderstanding that led to loss of life. How many times have you been upset or upset someone else over a simple misunderstanding?
James 1:26 warns us about keeping a rein on our tongues. When we think of bridles with horses, steering and stopping comes to mind. Pausing before speaking is a good habit to have. Yet, I think there is much more here. We should be gentle in our language. I’m referring to words and tones. Even in correction of subordinates and children, we can use language that is loving. Every person is different which complicates the matter, so try to consider individual personalities and speak gentleness with all you meet. Of course, none of us are perfect. Whenever you make a mistake, be quick to ask for forgiveness. However, some things cannot be undone easily. I heard a lady say that when you squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube, it’s not as easy to put it back in. The damage is done. So, try to learn from your mistakes and avoid repeating them as much as possible. Change begins with individuals. Each person makes a difference.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Happy Wednesday! It’s a wonderful week!
Have you ever had to wait for something for more than a couple of days? It can be unnerving! Two weeks ago an associate and I took an exam without taking the related classes to go with the test. Why? Well, the exam is usually unavailable in the area, and if we passed the exam we could help the citizens of our city with insurance rates. So, I was already waiting for the results of that exam, when I had a chest x-ray that caused some concern. I had a couple of spots on my right lung, and I’ve had an ongoing cough for months. My doctor took me off some of my RA medication until we could figure out what was going on. So, last Friday I had a chest CT Scan with contrast, another test with results I’d be waiting to hear. On top of all that, I put my hat in the race for chair of a national city planning division a few months ago. Those results will be in Friday. Lots of waiting and anxiety.
Well, usually it would be that way for me, but this time I had a different attitude. I decided to do the best I could and leave it in God’s hands. Yesterday, my colleague and I received our scores., We didn’t pass. You might think I was upset, but not really. I felt like I had learned quite a bit during the process and was thankful for the opportunity to learn. I may or may not try again. Today my CT scan results came in. Nothing bad at all. Yay! I am truly thankful! I just need to do some follow-up testing to adjust my medication. So, now I am waiting for the results of an election that took place a month ago. I will be glad to put that one behind me, but I’m not at all worried. I know God is in control. If the other lady would be better in the position, I will not be unhappy. I’m glad I tried. Another opportunity.
I share these stories because in the past I would have been paralyzed with fear and worry. Have you ever been worried? It’s hard to do anything when you are worried. All you can think of is the problem that is causing the stress. You are in control of your body and mind. Don’t let worry control you. You might say that the things I’ve been waiting for are not that serious. I mean what if someone is dying? I certainly am not making light of these types of situations. Death is difficult to handle. It’s not as sad if we know the person is going to heaven. We will miss them, but it is more like they are going on a trip and we will be joining them soon. In cases like this, you may need to seek out spiritual guidance.
When we have faith we trust God and turn what bothers us over to him. The assurance that He knows what’s best is all we need. He knows what we need and when we need it. Turn your problems over to the Lord today. It’s freeing!
“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.