When your spouse starts acting strangely and secretively or mean, when your friend ignores you for a long time, when employers belittle you, whatever it is, there is a heavenly protocol. Humbly pray and put such things into God’s loving, capable hands. Visualizing it helps. Put these things you cannot change into the hands of tour loving Heavenly Father who loves you dearly and is always with you. God comforts and brings peace and heaps love onto you. Nothing is hopeless. God is hope!!❤❤❤
There is much celebrated emphasis on bettering yourself, self-love, self-awareness, all very self-centered. And while we are all very important, from the homeless beggar to the king on velvet, we are not the only person our lives should be about. I have felt lately that my greatest strength (and I am notably strong in many areas) is the decision to humbly obey and worship God. Humble obedience says the opposite of self-centeredness. It says I am not nearly as important as my Creator God and He deserves my respect and worship and the honor of humbly obeying His ideals for my life. He knows what is best for me and everyone and I trust Him completely. That humble obedience is stronger and more deeply fulfilling than a million people focusing on what greatness I may possess. The Creator is greater by a million times than the created. And that is true even though we are lovingly and purposely made and thus very important. Focus is the key. Knowing our God is phenomenally motivated. How beautiful He is is poured into His beautiful creation, seen all around us in soft landscapes, glorious sunsets and the beautiful souls of people of all ages, races, backgrounds, textures, passions, pursuits. The diversity of beauty He created should put God on the highest throne of the world, a place of high esteem and honor and of course love and respect. I serve an amazing, magnificent God. I am proud to be humble and obey and worship Him. That is worth the emphasis of my life. ❤❤❤
By smallness, I do not mean the size of physical form. Just to get that right from the start. The one good thing about evil being so dominant in the fake news entertainment (as there are few and far between true journalists anymore but I digress) or anti-social media or entertainment media is that whatever they are saying, the opposite is true. If they say he did, you can bet he didn’t. If they say families are healthy without a mom and dad, you can bet they are unhealthy. If they say follow your heart, follow your head because your heart is the most easily tricked. If they say true, it is a lie. It is so laughably predictable with all the evil/lie prevalence around us. So if the world says your goal should be to get rich and powerful and popular and well known, you can bet my goal is to get smaller, meaning humble. If man is god, mine isn’t, I’ll stick to God being God. So look with these truth eyes and invert every line you are given and you will be closer to the truth than you imagined. ☺
It is a shame whenever I hear of some people feeling alone or friendless. We never are alone and we are never friendless. That is a lie of the enemy. That is their M.O., what they do, all they do. Enemies lie because they want us dead or defeated otherwise. The truth of the matter is that anytime we humbly ask for it, we have a loving (and incredibly powerful) friend in Jesus Christ. God is always everywhere and with us always and will let us feel that when we humbly ask Him to and draw close to Him. He absolutely loves us and we are saved through Jesus’ sacrifice and nd resurrection. My daughter asked me to draw Jesus on the cross and I never will because He is not there. I serve a risen Lord. He is interceding on our behalf in heaven right now, on a throne in glory and power and love. We are still under His grace until He returns. Stay in His grace is my greatest advice. He is our friend. In fact, He us the greatest friend to those who are friendless, those alone, those suffering. His heart breaks and He is more present for them, more eager to be called upon and wanted. You are never alone or friendless. I am never alone or friendless. Reach out to Jesus. Hold on tight. If Jesus is andll you have, you have the best of anything or anyone you could ever possibly need or want. Jesus us the lover of my soul and my heart is full because of His love. Never friendless. Never alone. If you feel that way, it is your pride and the enemy’s lies you are fostering. Truth is this. You are never ever alone or friendless when you humbly pray to Jesus and draw close to Him. He is hoping you will. He died and rose to get that chance.
I think being ready for anything is internal. I believe, as I grow in maturity through this life that being ready and prepared is first spiritual, then mental, then emotional and physical. Those last two are the easiest things to manipulate and disrupt, so they have to be forced into the last position in succession. The spiritual, if we are walking close to God in humility/contrition and faith, we are ahead of the game on all fronts. Not that we become amazing but that God is amazing and can work freely in us. Closeness to God is the first and foremost priority on being ready for anything. There are no surprises to Him, nothing He cannot put in its proper place or perspective. He is everything. Closeness to Him is being protected eternally by the Maker of everything we know of or even don’t know yet. Then He helps set our mind right second for whatever situation arises. Then He takes care of the basest of all, the emotions and physical areas, our weakest points. Here we need the most help for we are vulnerable. And our vulnerability is not bad at all but must be taught and guided or it can become so very quickly. Or it can be molded into a beauty to help other people that surpasses what we can do without it. If we start with the highest priority on humble and faithful closeness to God, loving, good, kind, self-controlled, gentle, faithful, joyful, peaceful, patience, everything else becomes assets guided by Him to allow us to be prepared for anything now or to come eternally.
I am unlinked, off the grid, off tech except for this blog here. How did I accomplish all that? I deleted all my accounts other than this blog. I am off facebook, twitter, linkedin, Google plus, etc. Why? I was intensely into anti-social/socialist media, addicted even, but realized how much distraction that was and how much of my time it took up and that it glorified me, like standing on stage and telling everyone what was going on in my life, as if that has eternal importance. I realized it was keeping me from obeying God and lifting Him up. I am just a little girl and He is the God of everything who lovingly made us all. My role is to lift Him up. The less I am connected, the fewer the distractions and self-glorification and the more time to serve and love people and God and lift Him up. Everyone has a different cross to bear, or something to give up in my case, and I certainly do not want to be caught doing something I should not be doing. I want Jesus to catch me doing something good for Him. If He is coming unexpectedly anytime or years from now, I want to always be ready. It is a strong motivation. Eternity is a very long time and I love Jesus so much I really want to be with Him, serving Him for it. I think/hope we all want that. The way is light, just humbly let go and pray for God’s help and guidance and obey as you are led. We are all different and have different purposes and tasks for obedience and service for God. I am just doing my part. We all have a part to do. Praise God! May we always be in prayer about what ours is! ❤
There is a certain pride that you need to get on stage. I have led worship, been in secular and worship bands and orchestras, done public speakinh, sung before thousands, and been in a lot of musicals. You have to have some pride to do this. You have to believe in your ability enough to believe you can and should perform or preferably lead other people watching you. You have to have some pride in your appearance or not care. You have to have some level of belief in yourself that what you are doing is worthwhile and beneficial enough to convey a point, a message, be believable, be natural in the presentation. I walk on stage more confidently than I walk into a room of just a few people, I do not get nervous, I do not wonder if I look ok, I do not hesitate, my mouth does not get dry or wet or anything different. I am not nervous. I focus on what I am doing. Or I wing it. There has to be a measure of pride involved. This pride is not bad, it is focused and purposeful. This pride is necessary for that purpose. When you are getting up there for your own glory or attention or praise or elevation or to prove you are ready worthwhile or better than anyone is where pride turns from are reset into liability, obedience into sin, good into bad. See, the focus is areressetlways to benefit, to do good, to elevate God and help people do that to. When we stay in the good pride, also called self-confidence or as I like to think of it confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, God blesses our efforts. You see, that kind of pride is actually humility. I am not perfect, but I will go up there, Lord, because you want me to and I trust you will help it go well. Humble does better on stage than self-elevation or perfectionism self-elevaters call it. Once you say the object is perfection, I know your heart has gone the way of sinful pride and you will screw up. I tell you to prepare but trust God every time for the outcome. He may need imperfect for someone for reasons you don’t know. Who cares. You obeyed and praise God He does what is best!!! ❤