As people brag about the presents, remember you have God’s presence! He came to this world to be with us! Emmanuel! God is with us. What a gift!
Wonderful: Jesus is the One who makes us smile. Counselor: there is not a situation that we have that He doesn’t know how to guide us through. Mighty God: He is greater and stronger and higher than all. Everlasting Father: we have a connection with the Father that is personal and f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Prince of Peace: Jesus gives us perfect peace as our minds are stayed on Him.
We can enjoy this gift. We must give this gift. This gift is a power packed, gift that keeps on giving type of gift!
I’m almost finished with the book and the 21 day fast!! The book The Shack is mind opening. Here is my take from it the first time of reading.
Jesus doesn’t want me to be like Him. He doesn’t want any of us to be like Him. He was Him and that’s the only Jesus we will need…EVER! With that truth, I have to be V Faith because I am the only one in the world! Being me to the fullest is what will bring God glory.
Jesus doesn’t want us to follow Him, not like we are fans who don’t know Him intimately. Instead He wants to lead us into a relationship with Him like the one He has with His Father and the Holy Spirit.
As I hang around Jesus, I will be like Jesus. Remember, what I am around I will become like. Yes, I will follow Jesus, for He as done many things and I want to learn from Him. Then I will look like Jesus, but so others can see Him.
My focus is my relationship with this Supreme Being. I love to live in His love. I have a purpose in my identity as a daughter of Father God.
You dear reader are the only you on this earth. You are completed through your relationship with Jesus. Get married to Jesus! It’s the only relationship in this world that will satisfy! God bless you.
It will make sense
He will come
They will get it
Love will reign
Glory will shine
In God’s perfect time
We are tested now
They are tried now
He is over there now
Love fights fear now
Glory is eclipsed now
Is in God’s hands
Is on our side
Is spent quickly
Is always moving
Is ours if we choose wisely
There are many songs to remind people that this life is not easy. There are also verses in the bible like James 1:2-3 that tell us trials will come and when they do we need to be happy because we know two things: 1 it’s building our character, and 2 we have the victory at the end anyways.
Today, I can count 5 trials from the time I woke up to about an hour or so ago. Not just little things either. Each one got me either in tears, close to tears, frustrated, or hurt/mad. A common denominator of each situation was “I praise You Father!” were the words flowing out of my mouth. It’s amazing to know that I could still bless Your Holy name through it all.
Thank You for that Jesus. I can’t wait to see Your hand and strong arm that’s mighty to save rescue me out of these predicaments. 🙂
Right now, I am listening to an Orthodox Christian Russian male choir. Next on the list is an Ethiopian Orthodox congregation. My mind is blown because all the ends of the earth praise and worship Your name!! It is a privilege to personally know a God that big! Thank You Jesus for choosing me to love and reveal Your goodness to. Oh God that You will show me how to be transparent with others about Who You are to me.
You are my God. I life to serve You and Your people. Father I do not want to be hindered by anyone or anything. I want to put You first. Lord, I need to hear Your voice more clearly! Help me to be more confident in what I do hear You whisper into my ear. I will not take things into my hands because when I do, it turns into rust. But when things are in Your hands, it will turn into gold.
Once I wrote that I have to say yes to You even if it means no to someone else. God, You are the only one who can put me in heaven or hell. Even more than that You are the only one that can use my life purposefully and fully for Your glory; or (for self reasons) so, that I can feel satisfied with my being here on this earth. Now I make the decision to follow You even if I have to do it in secret (where my right hand doesn’t know what my left hand is doing).
Thank You Holy One! I will praise Your name for You are worthy! I will live my life for You because You are Righteous and Good and Wise!
God be glorified
On my life I ask You to sit
Rest your head on my heart
Then I will hear Your thoughts
In my hand, trust Your hand there
Comfortable and intertwined
Know that I will trust Your guidance
About my waist hold me up withYour strong arm
Steady I will stand
I will be a great woman next to You the Greatest Man
Out of my mouth let the silent words breathe fire
Powerful and life impacting words
I’m just copying and pasting the words You said
What does it take to just be ok….all the time?
Life is so big! Am I living it? How will I know that I am living life? (maybe when I am not asking that question) This is not a story of pulchritude. I will still find something beautiful to talk about. For the delightful things are what makes people smile. I want to smile. So I will say something beautiful: This life is not about me!
That is such a freeing statement. Then what is this life about? It’s about giving love so that God can be glorified. Yet I don’t feel like I am glorifying God when I keep wanting things for me. I want a new job; I want a guy friend in my life or even a boyfriend; I want friends to enjoy different activities with; I want a new car after successfully selling mine; I want to live on my own apart from my parents; I want to know that I as a woman I am needed; I want to go back to school and get a higher degree; I want to be more consistent, but when this life is not about me I feel like I don’t matter.
But I do matter and I am worth it. I am worth the fight to keep my sanity. There is a great reward for me even now and that is peace. Maybe God wants me to have something now, like joy or self control even contentment, so that when He gives me more things to be responsible for (because all the things I desire come with a greater responsibility than I even know) I will be able to survive, instead getting overwhelmed or stressed out by my blessings. More than that, the blessings should help me to remember God’ s promise that He will never leave me. After many people get the blessings of God, they forget His love, compassion, and grace. I would rather be like David and plead create in me a clean heart, and please don’t take your spirit from me (Psalms 51:10-11).
No worries here. I will keep my eyes on the cross of Christ! AMEN.