My son is about to turn 14. He still amazes me at the strangest times. We were walking to Circle K for a polar pop, as usual, and we were just chatting about shallow things, like his inline skates (which he is very into right now) and birthday plans and so on. Out of nowhere, I am compelled to tell him how proud I am of who he is now. He tells me “Sorry it took me a while to get motivated. You always tried to motivate me but it had to be my choice.” Amazing insight!
So, he elaborated without one word from me and said that we had been through a lot, and he hated it at the time and was angry but now he is so thankful because he understands so much about life and saw how God was always taking care of him. And he says he is way better off than any other guys his age because he gets how addictions and being selfish and all those things affect a family and not to do them on purpose. He continued that we can either be bitter or use that information to live smarter and better. He sees how much better of a person he is when he reads his Bible and prays and wants to keep doing that all his life.
I was amazed and teared up. God is good, friend. Keep showing them and loving them and let God bring them home. Praise God!😄❤
Matthew 10 echoes Joshua 1 largely in that it calls us to do our jobs without fear or worry. We have jobs to do based on our giftedness. And we are to do our job without concern about every detail ahead of time. We are to share and love people and teach and serve, knowing that God will provide what we need when we need it to do His work. We are not working for n our salvation, we have that, but because we are saved, we are loving and worshipping God and therefore loving and helping others as we are designed. And this Bible study today on Matthew 10 encouraged me. The Bible is so full of hope and life. I hope this reminder encourages you also.😄❤
Recently, I have been blessed with hope from friends and my Great Aunts in high places. I am so blessed to have them. I do not people often because people are often times all about themselves and I think too much of myself as it is. I want and have (praise God!) friends who focus on God. That is where I want to be. I don’t want company in the dirt, I want to be lifted up into the air. I want to be closer to Jesus Christ, my Savior. Another source of hope was my fantastic devotional Jesus Calling. It point me to Jesus all the time and is worded from the Bible as a note to me from Jesus directly. And I have found myself randomly just blurt out “I trust you, Jesus” and that helps focus me on what is important. My strength is in the Lord, no matter how strong I am. I am just a little girl without the power of the resurrection and Holy Spirit. God is so good and I am so blessed to remind me of that. 😄❤
We had more ups and downs today than you can imagine. I have a pre-teen, a teenager and a husband, all whose moods shift and flow like the tides. Happy one minute, angry the next, all looking to me for their happiness and needs to be met. I get phone calls out of nowhere to hire me. I get a dog attack me at the dog park as I walk in. I get yelled at for not having the kids ready for bed a full half hour before bedtime. I have attacks of my intelligence because someone forgot we are going to visit and help my Great Aunts tomorrow. I have a Sam’s Club run, which is exhausting and time consuming, and put things away. I am proud of having school done despite all these things in addition successfully with the dog park and an early 1.7 mile run and then be told I was a bad mother.
And yes, for once I was on a bit of a pity party and overwhelmed today. My usual steady peace and joy was stirred but not shaken. And all the way to my shower right before bed, I was tempted to run off to live in the woods somewhere.
Then something “no duh” happened to me that changed all that andbrough back my normal peace and joy at easy state. Was it a magic duck? Was it a special chocolate pie? Did I win a luxury cruise for one? Did a masseuse knock on my door? No, none of that. It was simpler and far more important.
I read my Bible and prayed. In doing so, I realized I had allowed in distraction and discouragemnt. It was my choice. I did not stand against it but allowed it in so in it came in droves. I forgot the most important thing is the most important thing… my constant line of communication and closeness to Jesus Christ. I dropped that precious ball onto my heart and it hurt.
So tomorrow, I start with my prayer run and Bible reading and keep the conversation with Jesus going all day. Tomorrow, I stand. Glad I figured it out before more days like this. Truth be told, I thank God for reminding me.😄❤
On the topic of “giving up”,
Don’t do it. Ever. Never give up.
On why not to give up,…
Because you are loved by God and never out of His reach. You are held tight as soon as you choose to be.
You are loved. Always. Forever.
So, to recap,…
Never give up. You are loved dearly by God. Reach to Him. Always. Forever.❤
1 Corinthians 13:10. “but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” ❤
– Bible Offline
I read this fresh tonight and it impressed me with hope. In fact, this verse is the most hopeful verse I have met in a long time. When God calls us home to heaven, the rest will both be clear and not matter anymore. What matters more than heaven and being with the Lord forever? Nothing.😄❤