Just wanted to remind you that the God of the universe made you with love and a plan. You fit into His plan. You matter to Him a lot. He even sent His only Son to die for every sin you commit and rose Him up again to free you from fear. God wants a relationship with you who He lovingly made on purpose. He loves no one more than you, so great is His love for you. And as soon as you humbly pray to Him, He is faithful and powerful enough to help you with anything or anyone ever. You are so very dearly loved. Never forget it.
Reread anytime you need a bit more truthful encouragement.😄❤
I am sitting here at the library in the kids section as my kids enjoy the books and computers and had set out to read a book, a luxury I hope someday to engage regularly, now being time-confined to thr Bible and a devotion here and there. However, I had to n put my book aside for a moment and let you know that I was just encouraged here at the library.
A man and a little boy passed me by, the daddy probably in mid thirties and the son around 2 1/2. The boy went to sit in a computer chair but the dad wanted to read to the son. Rather than reprimand, the good, wise dad made a game of it and walked around the corner and peeked around and whispered to the boy to find him. The boy got up immediately and went after him. That encouraged me. He kept it a positive experience and then read to him. This encouraged me that a man can be a good dad, be wise, lead his son, etc. I have to say I have seen a fair share of girly men of late, not caring or wanting to lead, feminite, lazy, selfish. I believe society’s evil has a goal along those ends. But when I see a manly man lead his son with wisdom and love, I am encouraged and impressed and have a hope that not everyone is playing along with the evil schemes of the devil and bad people. For men are designed to lead. Sure women can lead also, but the crux of the matter is that men are designed for work and leadership in their homes and with their kids. And when I see it, I am encouraged. Great job, good daddy!
Now back to my book… Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand.❤
I would say humbly that I am like a Grizzly bear in many ways. I am smart, strong, resilient, will destroy anyone who messes with my kids, cuddly looking but maintains a distance, so on. This is humble knowing who I am, not bragging.
I watched a documentary on wolves taking down a grizzly. They were no match individually but together ganged up and kept at it little bit by little bit.
This is what I think is going on here in my life and many other Christians I know and know of. Those of us in close loving relationship with Jesus Christ know full well that nothing on this planet is too hard for us with God’s help. So the enemy does not boldly come against us. Oh no, he is a coward as all bullies are, and worse a coward that is already defeated. So instead of straight on, we get ganged up on and nipped at by this distraction or this little attack on a close friend, this attack on a family member, this task to do, this mission to take on, this person to care for, this spousal attack, this extra work at your job, etc. Until you are worn out to the point of ineffectiveness.
And now that I realized the game, with the power of the Holy Spirit, I can start getting out of it. I can say no to this, give that burden to God to carry, pray about then leave this situation, read more of the Word, sing and play worship songs until I am effective for Christ. Yes, we are called to act, but we also must encourage others to pick up their slack too so one person isn’t doing all the work. That was never God’s plan or will for us. God bless us everyone.❤
You ever think you got it bad, consider the story of Joseph, specifically Genesis 39 on. He gets sold into slavery and sure, that may have been because he was the favorite son and they were jealous combined with his rubbing it in by telling of his dreams that show God favors him best also. But jailed for doing the right thing where he ended up as a servant is terrible. Put into prison for doing what was right is harsh. But God blessed him, and it took many years but Joseph ended up saving tens of thousands of lives. God had plans no one could see but God. Be encouraged. ❤
Really been thinking about murder lately. Heard a message today on Moody radio while driving to work and that pressed the issue.
Yes, of the 10 commandments, murder is one of those commandments we can usually breathe easy and feel confident and good that we kept it. But did we?
Jesus said that if you hate someone in your heart, you have already committed the crime. And it goes back to the fact 100% truth that God is in the business of heart, mind and motives. (This is why porn is so bad, by the way, already committed adultery when you engage in it, along with the idolatry and further marriage-breaking evil of it, but I digress.)
So, murder is really being extremely angry out of greed, jealousy, selfishness, pride, whatever. You are at that point saying that you are more important than who you are angry at, devaluing them and thus shaking a fist at God and His loving, purposeful design of another human being.
So I quite frankly had to ask for God’s forgiveness for murdering several people in my lifetime. And I would suggest searching your heart for such thoughts and repent of that line of thinking.
That all being said, the opposite of devaluing other people is praise and worship of God and encouraging other people. Telling God how great of a job He did creating people, His ultimate design; choosing to devote yourself to Him in appreciation; and encouraging other people to live up to their designed, beautiful potential from God are all ways to please God and live out His design. This is the opposite of putting one’s self above all of that in your mind.❤
Heaven is our encouragement for ourselves and for encouraging each other. And I am torn between just really looking forward to/thinking about heaven and working harder to share Jesus and help other people be saved and go to Heaven to. I almost feel n guilty about dreaming about heaven when so many people are not going to be there because they have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. So I can look forward to Heaven but focus now on reaching as many as I can with the Good News that Jesus Saves all who humbly ask Him to. And Heaven will be that much sweeter when I am there in person.😄❤
It is such a blessing to live in a country where we can have a Sunday School class openly. That being said, I also appreciate my class and how supportive and encouraging we all are to each other. Everyone has good and bad- some very bad- things happening concurrently and we pray each other through, lend a listening ear, empathize, support with Scripture and lead towards Jesus, always towards Jesus. The more we focus on Him, the more important He is and the less important our things are, as they should be. This is God’s plan. Focus on Him, pray, read our Bible, encourage each other, worship together. All that cannot be done apart from church. Size does not matter but participating does. And I am blessed to go, as are all of us. What a great day! 😄 ❤