Love is not a mamby pamby wallflower sort of thing. It is the most powerful force in the universe. How do I know? God is love. Tired of people believing that loving someone allows others the freedom to do whatever they want to people and get away with it. That is not love. Love is standing for truth while exhibiting the fits of the Spirit. How do I k n ow? God is truth and Jesus did not tuck things under the rug, he said what needed saying. He was the bravest man ever to have existed and He was God. There was no wallflower in Him. Humble does not ever mean ashamed, it is a choice to allow God to flow through you, it is a brave purpose of placing your will under God’s, giving Him primary rule over it. This is fierce and brave. There is no fear for love casts it out. We need to do what is right.❤
Ingredients for living the fullest life possible:
1. Be saved by Jesus and stay close to the Lord.
2. Read your Bible and pray as often as possible.
3. Foster love and be a bright light wherever you go.
4. Encourage someone every chance you get.
5. Work for the Lord and jot for people.
6. Listen to a person’s words and actions and not how they say it.
7. Forgive immediately.
8. Hug people every chance you can.
10. Celebrate good things every chance you can.
11. Do it now.
12. Keep in touch with family and mentors.
13. Never argue, just smile and pray for them right then and there.
14. Hold no grudges and pray immediately for those who wrong you.
15. Never give up ever.
16. Keep a humble spirit and ask God for help often.
17. Don’t spend what you don’t have.
18. Be content with what you have.
19. Seriously limit technology in your life as much as possible.
20. Delete social media accounts.
21. Go to church and participate.
22. Do a hobby you love.
23. Serve someone every day.
24. Care for a pet.
25. Laugh every chance you get. Create reasons.
26. Treat everyone like you want to be treated.
27. Never expect people to treat you as well as they treat you.
28. Never trust a person to save you or complete you or whatever when only God can do that. That is His job.
29. Never put anything in greater prominence in your life than God.
30. Say this every morning, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”❤
In marriage, we work out disagreements and forgive wrongs, even perpetual ones, because we have a covenant in marriage, we have history, we have children, we have a shared home, we have God as our head, we are vested. Any relationship with history is a vested relationship. We share something, have a tangible reason to be together in spirit. People in war together have this strongly because the common history is deeply powerful and meaningful. As Christians, we have that same vested interest, only with more at stake… our eternity. It is easy to think of the now, but history is a bond and tangible memory and purposeful commitment to remind us of our bond. And Jesus invested in us with great suffering and His blood, even death, before He resurrected (praise God!). He has a vested interest in us and we in Him. It amazes me how people are so apt to accept every stupid thought in the world except Jesus, the only way to be saved for eternity. But He is the only Savior vested in us and that is where our loyalties should continually lie. ❤❤❤
As Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we have enormous blessings and expectations. For istance, we are called to fast and pray, worship, love, be united, love more, give generously, give up selfish worldly pursuits, represent God, always speak truth, strive to understand, stand for truth, honor and please God in all we say or do, and of course read our Bible. And God expects this all and generously provides the resources to do it all. There is no excuse not to do any of these basic mandates of the faith. These are requirements, not out of duty, but out of humble obedience, love and appreciation for eternal salvation and blessings galore. And frankly, I have screwed up and am actively working to do my job better. I call you all out also to do the same. Get back to our first love and relationship with God. It is our responsibility. We are His hands and feet and things that are not being done are a result of us dropping the ball. Pick it up and run with it. God is on our side so we must obey Him. God loves us so we must love Him and other people. It needs to happen. We must do it. ❤❤❤
As amazing as you are, life is not just about you. You were created lovingly by God. Life is all about Him. God, the Creator, is what life is all about. What we do should agree with His design, be for Him, be according to His Bible/Words. Make it about Him and not you today. And God will bless you beautifully.❤
Whatever you do, bring glory to God today. Work to please Him. Do not neglect your Creator. Put God into the forefront of your thinking. “Does this please God?” “Am I representing Him well?” “Are my words uplifting God?” “Would God be please with me?” These are the thoughts which help us be where we need to be spiritually for God to smile. Always want God to smile. ❤
I have been very convicted lately with the idea of good stewardship. Stewardship is what you do with what God has given you. Good stewardship is doing good with it. Bad stewardship is doing bad with it there is only those two options because doing nothing is the same as doing bad. There is no lukewarm in heaven’s eternity. It is apathetic to not care enough about your gifts and blessings to even develop or use them.
And I had been guilty of that. God has given me gifts of leadership, sports, music, art, faith, encouragement, prayer, etc. And here was I abusing those gifts or being apathetic (which is pathetic) and sitting depressed and overeating and addicted to Facebook and wrong thinking, etc.
God addressed this crime of bad stewardship in me and since I have been working on becoming a good steward, taking responsibility for my choices and developing good, healthy habits, which for me personally drove my 40 pound weight loss (last 10 to go-woo hoo!).
We are all called to good stewardship with all the gifts, abilities and resources God has given us. Everyone. And how well we are doing that when God calls His church home will determine who goes and who is left behind. So it is a pretty enormous deal. I want to be ready. So I am working on good stewardship. I invite you to consider areas you can do good with what you are able to do well. ❤