When there is a tryout for a team or job interview or broken relationship with someone you love or a broken friendship or whatever the case may be and you don’t get that affirmative call from the other person when the ball is in their court, sometimes they have a change of heart and realize their mistake but call too late. Either your number has changed or you have moved or your heart is decidedly alone or what have you. But restoration is God’s business and forgiveness is ours. We can and must forgive and move on. We must ask their forgiveness if we have access to them and ask God’s forgiveness also. God restores. He restores peace if unity is no longer possible but we must do our part and leave the rest in God’s capable, loving hands.
If your focus is on perfection, in yourself or others, you will live in constant frustration, defeat, sorrow or insanity. The only perfect One is God, the Holy Trinity. That is it. What He made is good but not perfect, since sin came into this world. What we should expect from others is nothing. Their mistakes and sins/shortcomings are not our responsibility. However, we are very responsible for ourselves. And what we should strive for is excellence. Not perfection, there is a big difference. Perfection is unforgiving, impossible to maintain, unfathomable by a mortal who cannot dictate environmental conditions which must be met for perfection. Excellence, however, is striving for our best, doing it as well as possible with what we have to work with, trying to give those around us every reason in the world to see Jesus through and in us. We have personal responsibility for this and God expects our hearts to be right as we strive for excellence. God does not have unrealistic expectations and knows we must first try a little as babies then try harder as maturing Christians and then strive for excellence with spiritual maturity, motivated by the love God pours into us and for His glory and honor. And there is enormous freedom in accepting person accepting responsibility and humbly forgiving your past as you ask God to also and then doing something about it. This is truth and freedom here so absorb it. Be blessed. Lay down the burden. Strive for excellence one moment at a time and leave perfection to the only One (God) who can be. ❤
I grew up on stage. I knew I belonged there, and I understand how few people that is true of. The thing is, many people want to do big things, important things, things people notice and are glorifying you for. It is nice to have that affirmation, to feel important, to feel known. But the men in my life, with the exception of my daddy, have always made me feel low, humbled me, dishonored me, made me feel important only when they need something, made me feel stupid and unworthy in some way, like a screw up unless I waited on them hand and foot and bowed to their wishes and whims. Yes, there are two sides to every coin and I have been partially responsible in my choices and discontentment and pride or whatever. So I have god to the Lord for guidance and love and here was my lesson from Him… “Please me, be effective, I am pleased and love you. I don’t need you famous, I am the famous One of Israel. I need you to obey and worship and pray with the faith I gave you. I will take care of you always, providing what you need. I love you.” And there it is. My decisions may have screwed up many talents I should be using for God, but the Great Physician heals and restores and as my Heavenly Father also provides and really really loves. He is pleased as I obey, as I am pleased as my kids obey. He is pleased when I do my best for Him like I am pleased when my kids do their best for me or God. Effective is the key and famous is respectfully reserved for God. ❤❤❤
Now, I believe this mounting misery I and so many of my friends/family are experiencing are spiritual attacks in origin. I believe the enemy is grasping to destroy as many people as possible because his time is short and Jesus’ return and reign is soon. So bad guys are ramping up their game, the enemy is attacking harder, people’s spiritual decisions become more apparent. The problem with this is that we feel it. It is very real for us, not some intangible idea but a very real things are horrible sometimes kind of thing. Sometimes seems unbearable and I cry a lot. Yes, this tower of encouragement and strength weeps like a little girl at the despair, loneliness, attacks, ugliness around me, problems other people are having. It is very hard. So I wanted to encourage you to remember that things are real yes but are guided and orchestrated by a demon or principality of darkness and evil. Willing people are often used by these evil beings as pawns but our fight is truly a spiritual one. So we must fight together and help and lift each other up and band together using our most powerful spiritual weapons: contrition, salvation, prayer, worship, drawing close to God, Bible reading and fellowship. That is it. Problem is the same as the day of the first sin just is more escalated now. Message and solution are the same simple message and solution as ever also. We got this. Do not lose hope or stop fighting. Be strong andolutionnd courageous. Do not be afraid. God has overcome already. Remember that and cling to Him and His promises. I am right here with you and God sure is too. Love you! God is good!!❤❤❤
Recently, I have been struggling with my over-thinking at night. Night is when I am alone in my apartment, it is dark, I am lonesome and my thoughts wander a lot, sometimes in deep thought of spiritual matters, sometimes in physical and shallow matters like wishing I was not lonesome, sometimes in thoughts of people who once walked with me in the journey and hoping they are ok and praying for them. I have very recently decided to try to harness these thoughts and tame them, trying to take them captive for Jesus and give them over to Him for sorting and guiding. It is and new mental exercise, so to speak. I do not wish to allow my over-thinking to be used by the enemy and turned into a stumbling block, so I see wisdom in it. And God is increasingly my focus, His Word, prayer with Him, just worshiping and praising Him. It is a great new focal point on my journey through life. Love you! ❤
I am looking forward to Heaven. I love but can barely imagine the idea of no more crying. I have only been a cryer since I lost the most important man of my life. Since then, I cry a lot. I mean, I will cry for a commercial or a comedy movie or moments in the day or during worship. I just bawl like a baby. As I rarely ever cried before the devastating loss, perhaps I had saved up all these tears, or now that I have gone through such heartache I have great empathy, or because I know Jesus is coming soon and I weep mournfully for those unsaved who will be left behind to suffer. Any way you have it, in Heaven with our Heavenly Daddy, we are told there will be no more crying or sadness or evil to make us a copy again. That, my dear friend, amazes me. I long for it. I want to be with God. I also do not want others to be lost or punished eternally in hell. I want everyone to join us in the beautiful hope we have. Spread the word, be saved today if you aren’t, tell a friend to be. It is the greatest act of love for God and them and yourself. Jesus only delays coming too save as many as He can. Let’s help Him. God bless your efforts and He is our loving strength! Praise God! ❤❤❤
My daddy was a boxing instructor in the Marines, so we watched a lot of boxing back in the day. So I love boxing analogies. Lol And in general, the key to never losing a fight is to pick the right fight. Yeah, sometimes people will surprise you and get in a good hit anyway, but you have done your best to minimize damage and be victorious. So in life, we need to conserve our energy and pick the right fight. There are many out there. Many. Any number of fights to be had. And what someone’s outer appearance is or whether they know proper etiquette or what translation of Bible they read (despiteth howest thou likest the perfecteth KJV, becauseth everyone talkest thusly) or what the name is on the church. These things do not matter at all. Not one bit. There are real issues no one is talking about. There is a sin problem, an avoiding church problem, a my kids can beat a video game in 2 days straight but don’t know a Bible verse problem, an abortion problem, and here’s the biggest one of all, a problem of people choosing sin and eternal hell to humble repentance (contrition) and eternal heaven. This is a huge problem. This is a good fight to take on. Because Jesus already won this one for them, they just need truth and prayer to open their hearts and accept it. As a big picture person, I rarely get hung up majoring on the minors, but I am not always fighting what I should be fighting. But way too much attention is being put on inconsequential matters and not enough people are fighting for people’s eternal soul destination. There attention only two options: heaven or hell and I don’t and God doesn’t want anyone to go there because of His great love for us. I love because He loves. Fight that fight. Help them if you can, win their hearts for God who longs for more children to adopt. I don’t want anyone going to hell. I will fight that fight. ❤