I needed this one…this week especially…
“Let’s see what today would be like if we decided to be impossible to offend. Nothing gets heavier over time than a chip on my shoulder.” – Beth Moore
“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is His glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11
“Praying that God opens our eyes today to people who feel invisible, who never hear that they are loved and rarely receive a warm embrace.” – Beth Moore
“But the fruit of the spirit is…kindness…” Galatians 5:22 (NIV)
Show some love today.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there.
Lately I have been struggling with what others say I don’t have. Today I woke up with what I have accomplished. My positivity came back. I am staying in the direction that I feel God has led me on since the beginning. Just because I don’t like what I am hearing, or what others are saying doesn’t mean that God may lead me to stay the course instead.
College has been hard (for me with working full time). Most of the time it is too much work, that it is too hard. I want to walk away –sometimes (okay most of the time). But I come back to “I am not a quitter. I am a finisher!” I need to put blinders on and concentrate on the end goal. Just because I won’t finish college in the typical four years doesn’t mean I won’t finish. A seven-and-a-half year college plan is a goal, right? Semester after semester, just to keep plowing way, one class here, maybe two classes there. Then one day, I will wake up and realize I have a degree. But I won’t get there if I quit.
I won’t get to my weight goal if I keep thinking that eating cheese puffs and Chardonnay for dinner is healthy either. I need to put the green, leafy vegetables in my mouth, drink water, and exercise for the plan to work. Again, the goal of weight loss isn’t easy. My gastric sleeve surgery was a tool to help me lose the weight, not for me to gain it back in a year. I didn’t go through surgery to fail.
Every day is a new opportunity to succeed. I felt deflated yesterday. I cried yesterday. Self pity is not pretty, but we all go through it. Today is a new day. I am planting new seeds.
Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. — Galatians 6:9 ESV
There are days, before I set my feet to the ground, that I say this out loud to God. On those days, I claim this…that God will show me His glory. I also believe that speaking it out loud helps. I am not exactly sure why, just that it does.
Some days I need God to show me more of His glory than others. I am certain God needs to see more of me in His glory as well – but that is another discussion.
Asking for some GLORY today.
Believing in the little things today.
This song got me through many a hard moments in my life. This verse grounds me. Thankful.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25
If we were to list everything we did well, would we believe it? Do we doubt ourselves too much? Why is it if we do something well so hard for us to believe it in ourselves? In others? Doubt.
There should be thousands of stories of Christ in Bible, and we should believe all of them. We have to convince others to believe the ones that are there, let alone the ones that aren’t.
How many things do you feel you have to convince yourself to believe on a daily basis. Is that really true, especially in today’s media environment? So many things can be manufactured by individuals that look real – are the real? Do things have to be held in your hands to be real?
Just my thoughts for today…believing in many things…sight unseen.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
“You are deeply loved this day. This is the day the Lord has made.” – Beth Moore
Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips will praise you. -Psalm 63:3