Being a Christian requires purposeful effort. So does being a jerk in many cases. So does running a marathon. So does accomplishing anything praiseworthy. But to hear Father God say “Well done, good and faithful child”, we have to decide to commit purposeful effort into pleasing Him. That includes learning what pleases Him via the Bible, prayer all the time, and meeting together with other Christians for help and encouragement with both of those. It is easy to be lazy, requires very little effort and no purpose. But actually committing is a big deal and a lot of purposeful effort will need to be utilized to get into good habits and stay in close, maturing relationship with our loving God. And eternally- speaking and even right now, that is where we need and want to be.❤
We have seen it before in many a con, good manners outshines capabilities so often. If people are well-mannered/polite, they are considered more intelligent, more personable, of higher caliber, better trusted, even if those things are not true. This is especially true if good manners are accompanied by good looks. And we see this play out everywhere. People buy it.
And on the bad side, that is silly not to dig deeper to the beliefs of a person and their actions and just buy their wares.
But on the good side, if we always respond with good manners and teach our children to do so also, we/they will be better thought of, will stand out, will be considered suited for better jobs. Manners matter.
So the point is to use good manners as often as possible and teach your children to do so also. And on the other side of the equation, look beyond manners at actions to see the heart of a person. This way we are being the best we can be in every situation. It is part of good stewardship, which God requires. We must be appreciative and wise with what He has given us.😄❤
I can skate 30 minutes at a time with my new used inline skates. So, I am sitting here watching the kids skate the rest of the time. It is peaceful except for the loud booming music that is reminiscent of my college dancing days in the club with BB. But I digress. I learned that some people are good at watching and some people, myself included, are more the participation kind. So, I will be saving up for a new pair like my old ones that died finally after 16 years of frequent use. So I will not whine like a spoiled baby but will quietly save up and suddenly be able to skate and enjoy the wind in my face again. Until then, I will use my time to encourage, watch stuff, catch up on reading, and talk to you, friend. Love to you! Have a beautiful night! Always remember God loves you and is a simple prayer away. 😄❤
Aging is entirely a part of our physical selves as well as mentality. If maturity is chosen as a path, the soul and spirit will grow close in relationship to God our loving Creator. [See my blog “Who We Are (Deep)”.]
Aging when mature in spirit is the most beautiful process because the person has grown thoroughly humble, knowing the need for the Lord in every aspect of life for all needs. That is beautiful and should be celebrated!
When I was young, I though aging meant getting boring, doing little of significance, getting wrinkly, growing weak, losing function of eyes and ears in time, losing teeth, having no sex life, smelling weird, and being excited about family that largely ignores you. Of course I never envisioned my grandparents as aging because none of them were that way, they stayed active and smelled good and taught me interesting things, tayed active in church, did their own cleaning, etc. So they did not age in my book, they matured. To an extent, genetics plays a huge role in aging physically but maturing is an intentional choice. Every silly thing I thought about aging is proven false with every mature person I have met. In fact, the spiritually mature and aged people in my life have been they key encourages, teachers, motivators, and maturity inspirers in my life. They are the people I have respected, loved and been grateful for the most. I am a doctor because of these people and God’s instruction through them. My wisdom from God is largely inspired by their direction.
The world emphasizes and celebrates physical youth and physical beauty because sin dwells the heartiest in the physical where people can easily be kept away from a relationship with God we so desire deep inside us. Aging in the physical is to be avoided at all cost, covered up, lied about, fought. Why? Because when no choice or action has been made to mature into a soul and spiritual relationship with God, the physical will die and the glory will die with it and hell comes, hope is gone then. It never ever needs to be so. We can at any point n in life choose to grow up in maturity and draw close to God in prayer and salvation through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Then aging is just one step closer to our precious hope in heaven with the God who loves us so much. With maturity in God, aging is beautiful and brimming with hope and delight. The dependence on God deepens every day. As the physical wears out, the spiritual enhances and prayers deepen and trust deepens. So beautiful! With God, everything is beautiful!😄❤
Everything about you and I scream out to the world our beliefs, maturity, character, spirituality, pride level, etc. Whether you want to or not, your actions, words or silence, body language and decisions declare where you are now and how close to God you are at the moment. We are open books, so much moreso to God. So let us work to make our testimony a brilliant one that helps others and worships God. This is what we were made for. That has not changed.❤
May was by far the busiest season of my life. We had baseball, my work picking up, homeschool, babysitting grandbaby, looking after mom, housework, renovating, new car hunt and purchase, garden planting and maintenance, church, and a host of other odds and ends and visits and sleepovers and art classes and wow, it exhausts me thinking about it!
But all through it, I have learned the art and mystical beauty of drawing closer and depending humbly on God and not trying to do everything myself. And I am still here, all are doing well, we made it. And I feel we are so very blessed! Not because I muscled through but the opposite. I put it into thr hands of my very capable God who loves me and I love deeply. The more humble I am, the more He blesses us. What an amazing God we serve! 😄 ❤ ❤ ❤
There is no mystery, a relationship with God is simple, as you would work on any relationship. To foster it you need to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and obey Him. Then you just spend time with Him in prayer and Bible reading. And since we have an innate place in our souls He placed in us when He lovingly created us, it is the most natural and fulfilling relationship of our lives. We can trust Him, unlike other relationships, and He never changes, as perfection does not need to be improved upon. As our relationship with God grows, we naturally want to and start to be more like His character, see things differently, want to share with others, want to serve, want to worship, enjoying prayers, enjoy Bible reading, and we start emulating the Fruit of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. It is beautiful. God is beautiful! Nothing is moreso.❤❤❤