I heard a good word today from Ravi Zacharias. He said that we have to prioritize our intention of being a personal temple of the Holy Spirit and intention Him to be the body management and live by His rules of behavior and that this intention must supercede our emotions and feelings about it because those are easily manipulated and changed.
Powerful truth! And that truth really spoke to me and I am passing it to you, friend. Maybe living this truth would make your current situation and feelings much better and more consistent and in line with truth and clarity. I wish you blessings and peace today. And as I fast, if you want me to pray for you, comment and I will commit to pray for you today. God bless and love you!😄❤
To know when someone needs an inspirational truth versus a kick in the pants or just plain silence is an art, when it comes to encouraging others. Strangers can be encouraged with a smile or simple gesture of picking up something they dropped and giving it back to them. Some people now are encouraged by just eye contact, being seen, in a world of brainless phone zombies everywhere.
But knowing when to encourage with what around acquaintances or friends or family is an art. I am really good at this, a secondary spiritual gift as it were. How do I know. It is not magic, not willy nilly. The secret is a four-banger.
1. Pay attention. Step away from the phone, leave it at home, look around and observe. Can you see Jesus busy on the phone on social media rather than seeing the sick that needed healing? Be available and notice people.
2. Make a deliberate choice to encourage whoever is in your path or sphere of influence right now. Decide to serve and help. Put the selfishness aside and choose to serve in this way. And decide truth is all your lips will ever utter.
3. Ask God for wisdom and discernment. God is very generous with wisdom, especially when we ask humbly with a willingness to serve. He will impart insight at the right time.
4. Stay in an attitude of prayer and running conversation with God, who longs to keep a relationship with us. When you stay focused on Him, He shows you what needs to be done. This is subtle so attention is required, bringing us back to #1.
Hope this helps. Hope I have encouraged you to encourage others. Encouragement is so beautiful and gives an extra depth and meaning to life.😄❤
I was just thinking about my daddy. He passed two years ago now and I often remember him fondly. His greatest legacy was one of faith. He was faithful. Not just was he a faithful husband to my mom but he was all in, faithful to the core to his faith, his family, his country, his beliefs, his land. He did not stop being what he believed in my whole life. And that is why I am the way I am and believe so strongly in being faithful, being all in to God, my family, my country, my beliefs. It carries down.
Be faithful, dads. You are doing great. Even if you screw up a bit, just swallow that pride and ask forgiveness.. wives and kids are in general very forgiving… and keep being faithful. Or start today to make that legacy to pass down, it is never too late. Just please do keep working at it. You are the head of your house/family and families are why America is so great. You are vitally important to make or break everything, which is proved by how heavily society is attacking you. Be courageous, be all in and be faithful. Like my daddy, the best man who ever walked the earth (other than the God-man Jesus, of course).❤
My main achievement thus far in renewing my stewardship of this God – made and God- given body has been in more consistent prayer. Secondly, I have gotten back to getting up early and walking. So far, I have taken the kids and dog with me and we have walked 1.7 miles each morning since my recommitment to health/good stewardship. And we skated an hour and a half today (not the dog, just the kids and I). So I feel healthier. In addition, I am back to my strictly modified paleo nutrition plan. Those three things in addition to my healing and I feel more energetic already. Super excited about each day and living it. So praise God! I am richly blessed! 😄 ❤
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.😄❤