There is an unwritten stupidity in many of our heads that prefers to stew and mull things over and brood rather than having a potentially uncomfortable conversation. However, quite often the other party is not even bothered by the matter or at the least most often not to the same extent. Yet we brood and suffer and pity ourselves and fester in a darkness of our own making.
So, I have opted from now on to have those potentially difficult conversations here and now rather than decrease the years of my life over them when it may be avoided. Better a moment’s discomfort than a long drawn out death over it. Tired of that. Tired of keeping it in. I was not like that as a kid, and by golly I am tired of eggshells. I will walk rightly in the fruits of the Spirit so as not to harm anyone but I will not puss foot around anymore when a conversation needs to happen. Now that is proactive for everyone’s good. So much negativity and energy can be saved if real eye to eye conversations happen. So much good is done that way. And here is my new manifesto… Keep moving forward wisely but with fruit (of the Spirit). I will do the right thing as often as I can, every time if possible.😄❤
Gardens do not thrive unless two things happen… 1. You put effort and resources into it, and 2. God works on and blesses it.
The same is true of our soul. When you feel dry or wilted or flooded inside, not thriving spiritually, it is never (unless it is a test) that God is not doing His part. It is far more likely we are not putting in the effort or resources. For example, not reading our Bible, not participating in church, not serving, not praying. Spiritual growth is not a one way effort, it is a relationship with almighty, loving God. No relationship is healthy without effort from both sides. And when the effort is mutual, it is beautiful and thrives.
So, if you tell me you are going through a dry patch or feel overwhelmed or lack luster spiritually, I will remind you to humble yourself and do your part because God always does His.😄❤
I am so tired of preachy prayers. Prayer is personal. True prayer is talking to God one on One. True prayer is a running conversation to deepen our relationship with Almighty God through Jesus. This is our mandate, our marching orders from God. It keeps us focused on God and our priorities correct. And prayer, especially with fasting when possible but even without, is also incredibly powerful, the most powerful thing we can do because it allows God to work through our faith and trust in Him.❤
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.❤❤❤
Thr closer you are to God, saved by Jesus Christ, the more ready you are, more peace and joy you have, more loved you feel during any day or rest or trial. ❤
The Truth (the Bible) is the most important thing we have access to, but God, the Person of Truth is the most important Person we have access to. And hands down, a strong relationship with God will give you peace and joy now and during any storm that comes your way and that same relationship will lead you safely into eternity with Him as well. God is loving and good!❤
For about two months, I believe, two friends of mine way back in high school decided to earn a bit of extra money. They put an ad in the paper (what people did at that time) that they would listen to anyone talk about anything for $30 an hour, also placing a caviotte that they were not therapists, lawyers or professionals and would give no advice at all but just confidentially listen only. They received many, many calls and eventually withdrew the ad and quit when inundated with calls and really were overwhelmed with the burden of carrying so much information from all those people. A great entrepreneural construct gone awry. Made lots of money but sanity is worth far more than money.
I think of this story every time I listen to people. A listening ear is a great blessing or a great curse.
But a larger point is exposed and bare here. People need to talk and there are few to listen. People are few to listen partly because most people are so wrapped up in themselves, partly because no one wants the extra burden of hearing someone else’s reason to talk, and partly because it does not relate to them. And this is sad. Until. What a great word that is. Until the listener remembers that God listens to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can point people to Him. God is our listener. And with a universe of experience and unlimited power and love, He is pretty good at both listening and helping. And if we can point people to Him, you will be giving them the best advice and tool of their lives. God is always with us, loving us and of course listening to us. Always. To eternity. Amazing. His ears are not slightly burdened by our sharing. And He can freely help with love too. Amazing. So our listening ear is a conduit of God to point people to Him. That is beautiful!❤