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Be still, and know that I am God; ~ Psalm 46:10
Read Psalm 66
Have you connected with God lately? Have you found time to praise Him who is worthy? Have you prayed today?
I encourage you to spend at least half an hour in the presence of God today. Find a quiet spot where the distractions of the world aren’t going to interrupt. A spot where it can be just you and God. Feel His presence around you as you praise Him. Talk to Him in prayer and feel His love wash over you.
Here’s some suggestions:
– Sit in silence and meditate. Pick a passage from the Bible and think about its meaning. Think about how you can apply it to your life and what you can do to show the world God’s love. You can even pick something as simple as the word “love”. Come to a deeper understanding of God’s word.
– Talk to God in prayer. Tell Him about your day: what you found exciting, what troubled you, what you are grateful for, etc. Have an actual conversation with God. This means that you need to listen to God too. It shouldn’t be a one-sided conversation.
– Put some worship music on. Close your eyes, listen to the lyrics of the songs and feel God’s presence.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:4-9
What did you do?
How did you feel afterwards?
Did you learn anything or come to a deeper understanding of something?
How will you show this in your everyday life?
We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love rest
upon us, O Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
~ Psalm 33:20-22
Recently, I’ve been going through a tough time. I’m finding that it is so much easier to let yourself get depressed, become bitter and to wallow in self pity. Way too easy. But that road doesn’t lead to anywhere good.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that if I didn’t have God in my life, I can’t imagine how I would have handled things although it could very possibly be like the former I described. Nevertheless, God is my strength. He is what gets me through the hardships. He is the one who picks me up when I am down.
So remember that Jesus’ loving arms are wrapped around you always. He never lets go! His love remains strong and true and nothing can change the way He feels about you. People may come and go in your life and it will hurt but God will never do that. He is the true constant in the complicated equation of life.
Further, I also realized that I am extremely blessed. I might not have everything I have ever wanted and life might not always go how I would like, but we serve an amazing God! That fact alone is enough. With that knowledge, we should be blessed for life! But it doesn’t stop there. I realized that I have a supportive family and great friends who truly care. God provides us with everything that we really need. Because of all that He has done for me, I can get through the tough times.
Therefore, when you find yourself in a similar situation, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS! You will be amazed at how uplifting this can be. It brings a new perspective to life!
Remember that God is YOUR strength, YOUR fortress, YOUR defender, healer, saviour, redeemer and the BESTEST FRIEND YOU WILL EVER HAVE!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ~ Psalm 46:1
YOUR testimony is one of the most powerful stories you can you ever tell.
YOUR testimony is 100% personal. It’s about your relationship with God. It’s how you have come to know Him. The journey you have taken with Him.
Yet, YOUR testimony is not your own. It’s meant to be shared.
If you look at John the Baptist, he is referred to as being a lamp that gives light to other people (John 5:35). He was baptizing and testifying to the truth so that others may come to know God (5:33). He impacted so many people with his testimony.
While we might not live up to what John the Baptist has achieved, we can sure try to follow in his footsteps.
Think about it!
YOUR testimony has the chance to impact the life of someone else or maybe even multiple people. Each person is special to God. Just look at the parable of the lost sheep! Don’t deny ANYONE the chance to hear the truth.
YOUR testimony might not be exciting. It might be that you have been a Christian your whole life. Or maybe you’ve had to deal with a lot of struggles in life. Either way YOUR testimony has the ability to change lives.
It all depends on whether YOU choose to share it with the world because only YOU can do that. Will you let God use YOU and speak through YOU?
Comments: Let me know if you want to share your testimony on my blog!
We live in a world where we can get what we want almost instantly. If we want an computer, we can just go to a store and buy one. If we want to buy music online, we click a button or two and our music is available to listen to in the time it takes to download it.
This idea of instant gratification works against an important human characteristic called patience. We need to have patience. It develops character. Having patience shows that we respect one another by not rushing other people. I’ve heard it said many times that when you wait for something the pleasure of actually receiving it or achieving it is all the more better.
Furthermore, God doesn’t work instantly. He isn’t going to provide you with answered prayers in seconds because God works on His own schedule not ours. If God granted our every prayers when we asked for them, we would all be rich with big houses and nobody would ever get sick or die. Sounds good, right? Well, it might sound good but it defeats the purpose of life. How are we suppose to know God personally if we are just looking for answered prayers? Doesn’t say much about our faith does it? If God were to do such a thing, how would we ever learn from our mistakes or have a love that’s not based on materialistic possessions or the granting of wishes?
Now Christmas is getting closer and closer. We could grant our materialistic wishes by asking for certain things or we could do something different. I’m going to admit that when someone asks me what I want for Christmas, I’m not really sure what I want. When you have almost everything that you want, what more is there to want? I’m finding a lot of people are in this situation in this day and age.
So here is the solution! Instead of getting, give! Ask people who want to give you a gift to make a donation to a charity in your name. Give gifts to people who can’t afford them or put all your money towards adopting a child in need.
Use the rare human characteristic of patience not only when it comes to your prayers or wishes but towards other people. They will appreciate when someone waits for them. Patience is kindness. Having patience means not ending up angry because you have to wait. Sometimes waiting and having patience is the best part. It’s the journey not the destination, right?
When has having patience been rewarding to you?
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Are you the person who holds the door open for someone who has their hands full? Do you pray for others? If you see someone is upset, do you stop to comfort them?
Or are you the person who sees but chooses to ignore a person in need? Do you think that someone else will do it? Does it bother you afterwards that you chose not to help?
Have you ever heard of the saying, WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)? Take this saying to heart! It has so much meaning! Be the person that Jesus would want you to be. Do what Jesus would have done. Be the person who’s so full of love that people can see Jesus in you. Act righteously and out of kindness so that people don’t have to guess that you’re a Christian. They should be able to rightfully assume that you are a child of God through your actions.
For love is one of the greatest gifts from God. Love was present since the beginning when he gave us the freedom to make our own choices. Love was present when God delivered the Israelites to the promised land! Love was unmistakably there when God sent his son to die for us.
So don’t deny someone help when they need. From the little everyday things to the hardships of life, we all need to feel loved. It’s what gets us through the day. It’s what keeps us going.
For in the end, love trumps ignorance! Love has the victory over hate! Death is no match for love!