Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32Do you consider yourself a respectful person? Even when irritated by someone’s personality or quirks do you still treat them with respect? How about the annoying telemarketer? The stone cold store clerk? There are all types of people to make the world go around and we are supposed to be kind and loving. No cork popping allowed in other words.So have you been on the receiving end of hurtful comments or disrespect? You learn that people may be going through junk and sometimes their reactions are because of that even though that does not make it right. As a follower of Jesus it is so important to shine the light of Jesus on the just and unjust and the loving and hateful. Don’t lash back.Pray for people who are hard to love. Pray especially God would give you supernatural kindness for others. Respect your spouse if married. Respect your parents if they are still living. Respect your employer. Overall do what the Bible says and love one another.PRAYER: Thank you for all lessons learned in life sometimes the hard and hurtful way. Give me strength to be respectful even when I am not respected. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression. Proverbs 19:11How many reading this refuse to forgive someone or know of a person close to you who won’t forgive? Everything you need to know about how to act and behave is right there in the Bible. Read it but then DO IT too.Satan loves Christians who are hard hearted and too prideful to go to a friend they have issues with and clear the air. Instead the secret feud continues and bubbles and boils over. Stubbornness keeps the person who was hurt from making amends. Does this sound familiar to anyone?Why is it so hard to forgive people and let stuff go? I know of someone right now refusing to forgive a dear friend who did something that the friend may not even be aware of. It is so silly if you think about it. We all know it is the enemy who causes this division yet our humanness keeps up the wall of separation. So very sad. Be the bigger person and seek reconciliation and do not wreck a valuable friendship or relationship. Refuse to allow the enemy to gain any territory and laugh behind your back.PRAYER: Lord Jesus I pray for those people in my life who won’t forgive me or for others I know who refuse to forgive. Help me recognize if my own heart is hard and never allow Satan to cause division and get glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
I have no idea of the origins or meaning of the song which is also my title but since we are just a few days away from the day Christians celebrate the birth of The Messiah thought I would capitalize on it for my writing. How about doing 12 nice things before Christmas and then continue them afterwards.
Let’s see first give a smile to someone. Two compliments to a friend. Three hand written letters to a loved one maybe your mom if she is still alive. Four unexpected phone calls to four separate friends. Five dollars in the Salvation Army kettle. Six gifts for an angel tree recipient. Seven dollars spent on a friend for a lunch. 8 unexpected pay it forwards at a drive through for persons behind you so 8 separate people.(God’s money anyway). 9 acts of service for the one you love. 10 dollar tip at a restaurant. 11 acts of kindness to strangers such as opening doors. And finally 12 prayers for family and friends.
It does not have to be Christmas to be nice or feel happy although this time of year either accentuates goodness and joy or makes others immensely sad. Find time to do something good for another and it usually comes back to you.
PRAYER: Lord JESUS Christmas is a special and happy time of year but let me never forget what it is all about. Simply to celebrate your birth. Show me ways to be kind to those around and open doors for opportunities. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.2 Corinthians 5:9
Has your faith been 'garaged' in storage somewhere until you think you will need it? Is your Bible too nice to 'use'? Many times things you may not need or use much are put up in the attic, in storage or in the garage. Hopefully this does not describe your faith.
Not only at Christmas but all throughout the year your walk with Jesus should be a high priority and a passion for you with other things centering around it. If your life is out of whack in any area and something has taken priority of your love and devotion to Jesus maybe as it is getting close to end of year it is a time to have a ‘come to Jesus moment’ and see if something needs to be put TRULY first. Don’t just say “ I believe” but be all in! Can you do that?
Only you can answer truthfully if your faith has been put away in moth balls. Is your prayer life stale, dull, or non existent? Do other things seem to be drawing you more than God? What is your passion or what you talk about most? Maybe as 2017 draws to a close it is time to really look hard at your life and see if you have put Jesus in the garage.
PRAYER: Lord God I am sorry for not making your a priority 24/7 in life. I let hobbies, fun, and many things come before you and am ashamed of myself. I will not allow Satan to rob me of growing in Christ and will reorder my priorities to line up with truly putting you first. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11
Recently at a church Christmas gathering we were playing dirty Santa and there was a non wrapped gift in an REI bag and I assumed maybe it was something from this amazing outdoor store so when it was my turn promptly made a bee line for the bag. Did it contain an outdoor item? You guessed it, NO! A huge bag of Snickers bars and I don’t eat candy.
This little episode taught me something about life. What the outside of the package is is not always what you get whether it is with a person or a material item. Don’t judge a book by its’ cover you may have heard.
This writing could be about contentment, not being greedy or not judging. However it speaks to your heart is fine. It speaks to me about all three areas. Now go in peace and be blessed to receive a blessing.
PRAYER: I am thankful for where I am in life. Even when things aren’t so good they are still good. You are the giver of all things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Monday, December 11, 2017
And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. Mark 6:51
I love watching small children playing and am thrilled I have entered the ranks of grandparent and can’t wait to play with our granddaughter when she is old enough. I was watching a two year old boy in the park with his mom one day just fascinated by falling leaves. It was so cute to watch as he was amazed at each falling leaf swirl to the ground. I wondered what happens to us to keep we adults from still taking time to be amazed.
Don’t get all wrapped up in being an adult and not be able to stand in awe and wonder of things and try to have a little child like fun. Some may think you have to act the age you are and I always say “what fun is that”. Don’t lose the ability to laugh. God wants us to have fun.
Is it time for you to pause and be childlike again?
PRAYER: Thank you for the beauty of babbling brooks,sunsets, falling leaves, chirping birds, a gentle rain. You truly are the great creator and help me never lose that special glow of child hood when appreciating your creation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
Texting, texting, pay attention now. Our technologically crazed society can’t seem to be without this handy device. But don’t let it control you or your children. Take time to just take some alone time, without clutching it to your chest like a defibrillator paddle. It is nice to be still and free from it every now and then.
The verse today says to be still. No music, no noise except maybe the purring of a cat or the rustle of leaves. Being still is a great discipline to learn and especially handy when waiting and waiting some more for prayer to be answered. Let your mind think on good things during this time. Pray. Write in a journal. Develop this vital habit to have a much better stress free life.
Even if you are inundated with responsibilities that seem never ending try to schedule a Be still time and leave your cellular device put away. Grab your Bible, a good faith building book and just sit and talk to God.
PRAYER: Oh how I love times of quiet. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to occasionally be alone. Help me to learn to put away distractive cell devices when I spend time in your presence. In Jesus name. Amen.