This morning I woke to a cool temperature of 60 degrees. It felt invigorating.
So I promptly went to work on the laundry, cooking and prepping for the weeks meals, working on bills, and repotting a couple of plants.
I love this weather. I love Fall. Having the windows and doors open, things roasting and baking is dream like for me.
Today has been a true gift, and I am thankful.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
What are you thankful for today?
Just for today, and tomorrow.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
“Faith is as sure as the taste of an apple, the fragrance of a rose, the sound of thunder, the sight of the sun, the feel of a loving touch. Hope is a wish, a longing for something not now possessed, but with the expectation of getting it. Faith adds surety to the expectation of hope.”
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Whatever you are struggling with…there are these: faith, hope and love. Talk to someone. Be there for someone. Have faith.
Blessings today and always.
One of my daily calendar posts for today…
“Be careful how you live; you may be the only Bible some people ever read.”
And this one as well…
“This is the path I have set before you. As you follow it wholeheartedly, you experience abundant Life and Peace.” – 2 Peter 1:2 (NIV)
Blessings today and always.
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.
Yesterday, a friend felt failure. She cleans condos on Saturdays and she wasn’t able to complete the job. Her body and spirit failed.
“Accept each day exactly as it comes to you. By that, I mean not only the circumstances of your day but also the condition of your body. Your assignment is to trust Me absolutely, restin in My sovereignty and faithfulness.
On some days, your circumstances and your physical condition feel out of balance: The demands on you seem far greater than your strength. Days like that present a choice between two alternatives—giving up or relying on Me. Even if you wrongly choose the first alternative, I will not reject you. You can turn to Me at any point, and I will help you crawl out of the mire of discouragement. I will infuse My strength into you moment by moment, giving you all that you need for this day. Trust Me, by relying on My empowering Presence.” Psalm 42:5; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Jeremiah 31:25 – Jesus is Calling by Sarah Young
This was yesterday’s devotional. We will always feel failure at some point in our day or weeks. These scriptures remind us to rely on God in each failure. To accept each step regardless of the fall. Accepting that we can’t complete something hurts. We don’t want to admit that we fail. We need to remember that we are not perfect, and we can’t do it all.
Encourage those when you can.
I had lunch with a precious new friend on Friday. We always enjoy our time together, and we are able to talk about our frustrations with work, life and in general. We leave feeling lifted and loved.
We were leaving, hugged for our good-byes, she asked for prayers for patience.
NO! Never ask for patience from God. Background: A precious missionary wife (Marianne) was in a prayer group with me about twenty years ago, and I had asked for patience with my first husband and kids. She came up to me afterward – privately- and said “Never ask for patience, God will just you more tribulations. Ask for wisdom and discernment instead.” Now, whenever anyone asks in prayer for patience, I immediately respond with what Marianne said.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” James 1:2-5 (NIV)
We do not know how cheap the seeds of happiness are or we should scatter them more often.
To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue.
These two quotes mean more to me after this past week than you could ever imagine. Life is hard, difficult, fun, and exhausting. A smile, or a kind word can mean so much to someone along the way.