“Love”

“Love”

Never love anything that can’t love you back. 

Our world tells us in so many ways that certain “things” will make us more acceptable.  TV, radio, the internet, magazines, movies, etc. tell us how important “things” are to our happiness.  The truth is that “things” bring only a fleeting moment of pleasure and often come to control our money and time.

Matt 6:21 tells us “for where your treasure is, there will your heart also be”.  A heart filled with things is a lonely place.  A heart filled with love is a heart connected to God and others.

Identify one thing in your life you will spend less time on,

and one person you will spend more time with.

“Grace”

“Grace” 

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more.  There is nothing we can do to make God love us less.

Not having to do or be something, to receive a reward runs contrary to the world’s way.  Yet, the truth is, there is nothing more to do to receive God’s love.  Jesus did it!

“…and God is able to make all grace abundant to you…”  2 Corinthians 9

“Relationships”

 “Relationships”

Relationships fail when we try to write scripts for them.

 Relationships fail when we try to control them.  They also fail when we see others in our lives mainly for our own benefit.

1John 4:8  “The one who does not love does not know God.  For God is love.”  

When we recognize that we are in this world to love each other – not to change or to use others, our relationships will become healthy and life giving. 

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Did you hear about the man who gave up his seat on the bus to a woman?  She was so surprised, she fainted.  When she came to, she thanked the man — and he fainted.  Sometimes it takes an exaggeration to make a point, doesn’t it?  Simple expressions of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness are so rare that they shock us when we experience them.  We all can find things to be grateful for.  Someone once said, “If you can’t be thankful for what you have, be thankful for what you’ve escaped.”  The Bible has a simple suggestion, give thanks in all things.

Gratitude is a great attitude to develop.  It makes us more content, more generous, and more in touch with our loving creator who wants to bless us abundantly.  Thanksgiving seems like a great time to put our attitude of gratitude plan into action!  You know it — we are grateful for YOU!

Thoughts from David Jeremiah:  1 Minute a Day Instant Inspirations      

“Gifts”

“Gifts”                                            

Time – Space – Grace

What a gift “time, space and grace” are.  God truly knows the value of these gifts as He extends them to us each day.  How wonderful it would be if we in turn, would offer these gifts to others; time to be renewed and to learn, space to be free and to grow, and the grace to do all of the above.

1 John 3:14a tells us “We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren.”  As we gift others, so we are gifted by God.

Who in your life needs you to give them the gift of time, space and grace?

“FEAR”         

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If I weren’t afraid, what would I do?  

We are told in Scripture that “God has not given us a spirit of Fear, but of Power and Love and a Sound Mind.”  2 Timothy :7.  However, if we would take the time to really look at the motivations behind many of our decisions in life, we might find fear a familiar force.  When we identify that fear is playing a major role, we must ask ourselves, “What would I do if I were not afraid?” 

This can be a great help to overcome the limitations that fear has put on us.  It can help us walk in the power of love and sound mind that is ours in Christ. 

Now promise yourself to ask the above question

Identify one area of your life where fear is a major factor.

  every time “Fear” is present in your life.

FREEDOM

No man is free who is not master of himself”     Epictetus

man walking to lighthouse

Scripture clearly calls us to freedom.  Galatians 5:1 states “It was for freedom that Christ set us free, so stand fast and do no submit again to the yoke of slavery”. Our lives can be controlled by money, power, social position, religiosity, food, alcohol, nicotine, and even love for another person.  Addictions come in many packages, but all lead to imprisonment.  Joshua 24:15 tells us “Choose for yourselves this day who you will serve.”

With God in us and with us, we do have the power to fight against and eventually win over any habit that limits and diminishes us.  Self-discipline is the key.  Saying no to ourselves may be hard but Hebrews 12:11 tells us “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness”.

THE PAST

“Letting the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.”  – Oswald Chambers

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Letting the past sleep

Letting go of the hurts and disappointments of life is not easy.  It becomes extra hard when family, friends or church members play a part in our pain. I believe forgiveness is first for us, and then second, for the other person(s).  Forgiveness is God’s gift to us.  When we choose to forgive, a burden is lifted.  We are set free.

To keep this freedom found in forgiveness, I often use what I all a “prayer picture”.  This means that every time I think again of this hurt, I put the person(s) in Jesus’ hand.  It is amazing how the choice to forgive and then this habit of seeing Jesus hold the situation can bring peace to your soul.  Paul tells us in Philippians 3:13-14, “May this be the prayer of our hearts”.