For every good thing or situation is a bad thing (because evil wants to destroy good). And for every evil thing or situation is a good thing (because God is a generous with grace and blessings). Every single thing that happens has an element of good and evil because earth is a battleground between good and evil. It is that simple. The free will and choice comes when we can decide for ourselves which to embrace. And do not be deceived, you are always choosing between the two. There is good and evil. So along with that choice is our own decisions. Whether to embrace good or evil and then whether to focus on good or evil. Many a pastor have said there is no such thing as a pessimistic Christian. I believe that. When we choose God, the good, we choose goodness and focus on the good side of things, positive things that are mixed in, lessons, blessings, truth of who God is despite the curcumstance. We don’t suddenly forget there is bad there or ignore everything uncomfortable in our lives like pampered pets, but we choose to focus on God’s goodness and remain in worship through the storms. Optimism is a choice. I choose to bade optimistic. And nowadays, it is more and more rare to find so is more light n in the darkness than ever. Be a light with me! ❤
Our minds are a gift to us from God. We were lovingly created to have free thinking, free will, choices can be made and thank God we can act on the good ones here in our amazing recovering beautiful USA, where freedom still exists (other countries esp. for women unfortunately not so much). And our free thinking and free talking and freely independent (and hopefully informed with truth) thoughts are invaluable. So, when I declared as a young girl of 9 that I would become a doctor, I went to school and succeeded being salutatorian of my class, did well, finished working full time to pay for my own living/car expenses through college, finished with my doctorate and started my own succeasful n private practice. All in America. All from farming roots and little money. All with God’s help all my life. To God be the glory! So freedom to do good is an incredible right give to all by God. Freedom to do wrong should land you punishment by law. That would be justice. You see, freedom is a two way street. We can freely be saved by Jesus Christ or we can freely reject His salvation and be punished eternally. A wise person would use their freedom to choose life and love and eternity with God and life and love. But not everyone is wise, unfortunately. But the cool thing is that if anyone humbly asks God for wisdom and tries their best, God helps them and grants them wisdom. He is so generous with His grace! So, I choose to be on the winning side of right vs. wrong and you get to choose which eternity you want to end up in. Heaven or hell. Both are very real and very close. I choose heaven because I want to be with God, my Heavenly Father, and I sure hope you choose heaven too, sooner than later. I am really cool to hang out with so you can hang out with me 🙂 , and I am so eager to see Jesus and thank Him in person! It will be good to see those I love who have gone before me also. If God allows, I will play the piano for Him. I am positive God will have an amazingly tuned piano. 🙂 ❤
With a new pantry comes something welcome, a reprieve from the doldrums. I was itching for a change. I am wildly ambitious internally and have trouble sitting still without doing something productive and I have been a tad stir crazy. I guess as I am more myself again, I am more energetic like I used to be and need to do something. So the new pantry allows me change, doing something, rearranging the kitchen, working on making it more productive and work for us best. It is a little challenge. It is a blessing. God always, in His wisdom, provides for us what we need, especially when we need movement. When we want to work, God loves providing opportunities to work. So thank you, God, for this new pantry! I am so glad for the change I needed so badly!! God is so good!!!
The more I think of things I could brag about, like my extraordinary laugh and love of life, I immediately thank God who made me this way. When I want to brag about my intelligence, I know God who gave it to me can take it away anytime He wishes and is Himself about a trillion times smarter than I. When someone compliments my piano playing or joy while playing or amazing dance moves (lol), I have to tell them God gave me that ability and many have far more and actually practice (little confession there lol). When I am complimented on my great sense of humor, I cannot take credit for God gave it to me and His is way better. I mean have you really studied a sloth? So, for me, I am good at stepping forward and am fearless about being on stage to talk, speak, play or sing or whatever but that is also a gift from God of faith. Then really I am just doing what I am given to do by God and that requires His constant allowance and grace on me. And I have found the secret. The trick that makes me so successful at what I do and who I am is not a perfect life, I did not ever have one of those and since dating, men put me down constantly (way to go, men). The secret is not a perfect life or pretending you have one. The secret of success and seeming perfection is at the first sign of problems, drop everything and surrender. Get down on my knees immediately and humble myself before God. I admit freely that I am nothing without God who made every inch of me. So I tell Him I need His help and beg Him to help me. I am shameless. I am actually a little proud to have finally figured it out but that also was a gift from God. So you see, nothing on me is mine, not even my life! All I am or own is God’s. So humble is easy with that perspective. Totally opposite what the world rams down our faces. To be perfect you do not have to look perfect or act perfect or have a perfect facade and mask on, you simply have to be perfectly humble. God can flow and do more through you than you could dream of doing or controlling or forcing alone. All that is bunk and and distraction. God is it. He is! Humble yourself and give it up to God and pray. I dare you. It works. It is a great secret, my great secret. God saves through Jesus Christ and heals and protects and nd strengthens and provides, any and everything good is from Him. Be perfectly humble and pray and see what delights come from it, cool things like peace and joy and beauty in nature and so on. It is well worth the experiment. 🙂
Without struggles in our lives, we can not know ourselves and what we are really like, how we handle pressure, what we need to work on, how we learn, our pride level, so many things. If we only possess a perfect life in which no conflict was present, for one it would be dreadfully boring and two, we would never have the opportunity to know or improve ourselves beyond the extent of the mirror looking at the outer shell of ourselves. To truly know ourselves and what we are capable of and what we need work on, how can we grow wiser, learn, challenge ourselves, learn to lead, etc.? And without knowing ourselves deeper, how do we know God deeper, whose fingerprint is below the seen, in the soul and not on the seen shell? Not that we are God but that He reveals Himself in us in our inner soul when we worship and follow Him. Every great novel has an antagonist and a crisis. Some have several. Would it be worth the read without it?
People come and go in life. Some stay longer than others and some stay deeper than others. It is rare now to have someone stay forever, at least in my life. Family and a few best friends is all for me. Everyone else seems to just be temporal, whether I like it or not. And of the whole of the world, any of it, it only exists before you because God wishes it. He made everything and He designs and plans everything and that is that. We have little say about those facts. What we can control is how we are with those who cross our paths for however long that might be. And if we plant a seed or water a seed of Jesus in those people, we will have succeeded in God’s eyes. Do not take for granted you will have another chance to show someone God’s love. Love now whenever you can wherever you have a chance to.
Anyone’s soul may be saved with utmost confidence when we humby pray to accept Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for our sins to God. The Bible spells it all out and you are welcome to read there, specifically Mark or John or Luke (my favorite). But sometimes we start off great but something or someone or usually we ourselves takes us off the straight path and we end up on a side trail. It can lead you the wrong way and distract you from the correct path. Distractions are huge in life. There are so many out there. A d so stoked you do not even realize you got off the right path and all of a sudden God plops down an inch ahead of you a solid steel 50 foot wall in front of you that you run into and get knocked down for a bit. You think you might be down for the count, this is it, all done, give up and throw in the towel. However, because we are saved, God has actually intervened and He Himself had dropped down that wall from Heaven, not as punishment but because of His amazing love of you, wanting to point you back to the right path. And when you do finally come to, God reveals this to you and you get it and scramble your behind back to the proper trail and journey on, wiser and with an immense appreciation for God’s loving care of you and your salvation. You see, we sometimes need a lesser salvation along the way to keep us honest, keep us or restore us to holy for our Savior. And praise God, He delivers!!