As we stop to think of what is happening in the world and what our youth is being exposed to, I can’t help but pray for our nation and my own little one growing up in this world.
When I started to work today and went about my day, I reflected on what having peace in my life means to me. It represents that centuries ago a baby was born and for 33 years He dedicated His life to share God’s Word, heal the sick, and give faith to those who lacked it by the miracles He performed on earth. This baby was God’s only Son that He gave up to save us. I know most people will bypass my writing today, but it’s okay I don’t mind, those that need the encouragement will read it.
As I watch this video I think of what it represents. It represents the joy of God when we are saved and how He loves us and will do anything for us, however He gives us free will. In that free will, we have to recognize that we need Him when we stray. Many things call us away from the Lord, drugs, alcohol, wrong crowds, parties, and just whatever is sin in general. We have all fallen short as the Bible says, but as we repent of our sins daily God forgives us. Sometimes we have to go through many trials of failures, illnesses, financial ruin, and fall on our face and even get so close to death before we surrender all to God. Why is that? Because we are all human and have free will,
Despite our sins, Jesus is interceding for us. But He cannot help us if we don’t ask Him in to our lives and surrender our hearts to Him. I am not saying that once that happens we will be free of all harm, because in this world we will have trials. But I can promise you that the trials can be more tolerable with God by our side.
Watch in this video about how this young lady has the love of the Lord but then a fast talking boyfriend offers her love that she thinks is missing in her life. That love leads to sex, drugs, alcohol, bulimia, cutting herself and almost losing her life and when she cries out to the Lord, the battle she faces to try and leave. But what happens? As she is fighting, you can see the Lord interceding for her, she asks God for strength and the Lord comes to fight for her and takes the beatings to save her. Many of us are just like her in this video, fighting to get to the Lord but we don’t know how to get to Him because many things get in the way. Today I am here to tell you that you do not have to fight anymore, just reach out to God call His name and He will help you.
As you see in this video, The Lord cleans her up and takes her in His arms because He loves us as we are. Today and tomorrow as you reflect on your own life and what peace means, think about these words, many centuries ago, a man gave up His life of comfort and security because His Father asked Him to. As an obedient Son, He did, why would He do that you ask? He gave up His life because we are all God’s children and He wanted all of us to have an opportunity to be saved. So today, reach out to Him.
This post came as a surprise to me, but I am posting it because it is what I felt in my heart to write.
John 3:16 –21 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
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Do you ever wake up and think to yourself about how everything has gone wrong in the last few days, weeks or even years? We are all guilty of that at some point in our lives. But is it really a long period of time that something is wrong or is it 5 minutes long and we stretch it for hours? That is what we need to ask ourselves, how long is our trouble going to last? Yes there are some troubles that last a lifetime as a result of poor choices that one makes, however the only way to get through that is to look at what is around us.
Look at the countless blessings that surround us no matter how small. Look at the fact that we have phones to communicate and do our work with when we are not at the office or to communicate with an old friend , kids and family. We can look at the fact that we are stuck in 20 minutes of traffic and as we drive by see a car accident and think to ourselves, that could have been me, thank you God because You protected me. Today it is raining and you had plans to garden in your yard, thank you God because tomorrow is a new day and my lawn will be green with your natural rain.
It is very easy for us to get in a rut of complaints and if we are around people who feed that negative in our lives, we will start to sow what they are feeding us. Today take a moment to look at who you have in your inner circle and if they are helping you be the best that you can be. I am not saying that you should not be friends with them, on the contrary, be of example and allow only those that are going to encourage you and pray with you in your inner circle. Be a blessing to those in your inner circle as well, in other words, as you receive from them, give back in the same way or more and keep the positive attitude going. For your outer circle, be encouraging to them no matter how discouraged they get and pray for them.
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Have you ever gone out and rented a car and they don’t provide you GPS to know where you are going in a new place that you have never been to before? It is frustrating if you are not good at looking at maps and poor signals to rely on a gps on your phone. Moments like this make me remember that sometimes we come across unexpected road blocks that we have to get through to get to our final destination. Life sometimes has detours and it is up to us to follow the detour suggested. The detours will often delay the expected arrival time to our final destination and we get upset about it. We can choose to be upset and still arrive late because that is the path that we need to be on or we can choose to accept the detour and be content knowing that this is out of our control and we will eventually arrive. Either way our destination has been changed so why not arrive there safely and with a smile and an attitude of great disposition, than one of frustration because things did not go our way.
We often pray and ask God to change things in our life and to swing decisions our way because we feel entitled to that and when they don’t we blame God and sing the praises of “woe is me.” We are all guilty of thinking life should be according to our rules. I have learned that letting go of what we cannot control, is far better on our health and emotional well-being, than fighting to get something to go our way.
The next time you find yourself putting up a fight to make something go your way, stop for a minute, step out of the situation and look at it as an outsider. Examine what it is you are trying to accomplish and see where that path is going at that moment, if it seems like a struggle , pray about it and ask the Lord for direction on how you should proceed next.
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Today I started to reflect about baking my favorite pumpkin bread and how nice the house smells of fresh baked pumpkin bread. The loaf pans were ready to be placed in the oven to bake. I slid the pumpkin bread in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for the next hour and a half.
Everything was ready, yet today as I thought about it, a heavy sigh escaped from my lips. I remembered a situation that was troubling me. I remembered a Sunday school teacher in church who once said, start a prayer journal for yourself and others. Write the prayer requests down and when the prayers are answered whether today, tomorrow or years from now, go back and write it next to the prayer requests, You will notice that you have more prayers answered than not answered.
Today I picked up a brand new notebook and started to write as I sat at the kitchen table a letter to God. I wrote about what was on my mind and the hurt that I felt.
Before long the timer on the oven went off and the sweet smell of pumpkin bread filled the air. The biggest surprise of all was that after writing what was on my heart, I was not feeling troubled. I felt that the same way I prepared the pumpkin bread and placed it in the hot oven to bake on a set timer that only I knew when it would go off, in the same way God works in our life.
We have concerns in our lives and sometimes we feel our prayers go unanswered, but the reality is that God is the baker and He knows when the timer is supposed to go off for that problem to be resolved. Things may not be answered in our time, but if we write them in our prayer journal and pray over the journal, the Lord will know when it is the right timing to answer them, our job is to trust that the Baker knows when the timer should go off.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
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