Tag Archive | Happiness

When Life Happens……Praise God!

It has been a long time since I logged into my blog. I haven’t published anything in months. I haven’t forgotten why I started this blog. I haven’t been lazy. Just the opposite actually. As this year dwindles down through the last quarter, I would like to reflect on the things God has done for me and my family this year.

The best lesson I learned this year is that Jesus wants to know me as an individual. He wants to be in a relationship with me. His relationship with me is the most important relationship I have and He has equipped me with all I need to survive this world.He has provided for all of us a breastplate and helmet. With full protection and knowledge we are better equipped to stand strong before the evil one (in general or specifically Satan). God’s Word provides us the readiness and firm foundation we need to fight against ‘flaming missiles’….spiritual attacks. Paul says it best in Ephesians.


Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God, And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace. Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one]. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17. (AMP)


An equally important lesson learned this year has been learning to truly be thankful. In all circumstances, regardless of the results. To be thankful and trusting that God’s will is sufficient.


Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. 1Thess. 5:16-18. (AMP)


PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I am truly excited to be under your protection. As well, Lord, I am so very thankful for your guidance this past year. Lord, you know my struggles and weaknesses, and Lord, I thank you for walking along side me (often carrying me). Thank you, Lord for the wonderful people you have placed in my life to help me grow and serve in Christ. For the first time in my life, I truly look forward to tomorrow. Because I look so forward to learning more and more about You. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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I will try harder to love you all.

But, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive with Christ ~ by grace you have been saved ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

One of the areas I have struggled with all my life is the ability to love all people. Don’t get me wrong, I love people….in general. When I do cross paths with someone that I don’t feel “love” for….I try to look at the person as God would. Sometimes, this is hardest accomplishments I can think of. I can help any person. I can extend forgiveness to anyone. I can pray for them and with them. I find it very difficult to love them.

God loves them. He loves them no more and no less than He loves me. Then I realize we can LOVE EVERYONE. We don’t have to love what they do or what they represent or how they behave. But, we can LOVE THEM.

Think of the good we can do if we love everyone. If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t be living a better life in Christ. If it weren’t for God’s love, I would still be looking for love in all the wrong places. If we are to love others as God has loves us……then our love will show others they can have a better life too. The goal would be to love others as God does, to show them what their life will be like, living in CHRIST.

 

Disciplined Freedom ~ Ahhhh….Get it?!

Today, I learned something that I wish I would have learned many years ago. Discipline is Freedom. Makes perfect sense…right?

My pastor has been preaching about Freedom this summer. How God gives us Freedom. Pastor’s emphasis has been on what we have Freedom To…. That in itself has made me do a lot of thinking this summer. We have the Freedom to Love. The Freedom to Serve. The Freedom to Forgive. We are Free to live a glorious life In Christ.

We also have the Freedom to be disciplined. What? That sounds like a lot of work. And it will be. We are Free to ask for help. We can ask God to take our pain away. We can ask God to heal our sisters and brothers. We can ask God to do anything. Everything is in His power. But some things will require Disciplined Freedom.

I have been praying that God would make me Healthy. I have been praying that my life be full of Happiness. Our Father can make these things happen. But, sometimes we have to do things for ourselves. (Philippians 4:13) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Ahhhhhhh….get it? God will help me live a healthy, happy life. We have the freedom to be Disciplined enough to live our life in a healthy way, bringing happiness to our lives. (2 Timothy 1:7) ..for God gave us a Spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (Proverbs 25:28) A man (woman) without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Ahhhhh…Get it? We have to be Disciplined to be Free.

Right now, my health is anything but good. I have found great comfort and happiness living a better life In Christ. I attend Church and worship with a wonderful congregation. I have an open relationship with God. But I am still unhealthy. No matter how hard I pray, I will continue to be unhealthy. Not because God doesn’t want me to be healthy. But, because He has asked me to be disciplined with my Freedom.

I get that we are not free to sin, just because Jesus loves us. Believing that Jesus died for our sins and has paid the ultimate price for our salvation is Freedom. Believing that our sins are forgiven is Freedom. We are not free to sin and take advantage of God’s forgiveness and freedom. We are commanded to be in control and to practice discipline within our lives. Through God’s strength, I can be more disciplined to exercise and to eat better. I have the Freedom to ask God to walk with me while I change my habits and become better disciplined in this area of my life. I will ask God to help me change my desires. To help me desire a healthy lifestyle. Where God can make many things happen, many other things require self-control and discipline….on our part. This is our Freedom To…..be disciplined and maintain self-control. Ultimately, taking advantage of our Freedom to be Healthy and Happy. Ahhhh…..Get it?!!!!