Yes, God wants to bless you.
Yes, God loves you so dearly.
The truth is that sometimes we have to go through some stuff.
Why? Has God abandoned you? Are you sinning? Are you being punished?
Maybe, maybe not. Consider Job. His suffering (far worse than a good portion of us have been through) was to test him. That is it. Turns out he needed it because God had to straighten out some flaws in his thinking.
And the truth is “Thr Lord disciplines those He loves” and when you turn humbly to Him for help through it, your faith will grow, you will mature, learns some stuff and be better for it.
Now, what if, instead of humbly asking God to help and be with you, you harden up, pride up and try to solve it yourself or pout or whine or blame everyone, etc. You would have blown a teaching moment for spiritual riches and remained lacking.
So God cuts you a break and gives you another opportunity to humble up and ask Him for help and company. You can either humble up or pride up each and every time. And you then choose to be spiritually rich or poor. No one is to blame but you.
And that is a whole lotta truth I felt led to share. God sometimes allow us to fail because we are lacking and He is trying to train us because He loves us so much. And people learn far more by failing than success. ❤
My children were quite different in their approaches to learning to walk as babies. My daughter did not try or want to walk until she was 16 months old. She was talking in sentences by the time she was 12 months and organizing and putting Legos together and everything else a baby does early, way ahead in cognition and everything but walking. She liked being carried, it was not a priority to her. She didn’t even try to walk until she could do so quickly and proficiently. She was safety conscience, careful, contemplative, wary. And she runs and jumps and dances with the best of them now. My son, in stark contrast, was walking and talking and balanced by 10 months and was running by 12 months. Huge steps of faith. When met with safety, steps became bigger and bigger and running was a viable and more efficient option and off he ran. These are differences in development and temperament and personalality. Nothing wrong with either, just different. But in our faith walk, we are to choose either, depending on our current level of faith for FAITH plus STEP equals SUCCESS. There is no success apart from faith so it is unwise to step out until your faith grows, right? Well, seems logical but faith is spiritual and not logical. Faith is believing what we cannot see. So taking that step after a humble prayer is exactly what builds our faith and makes our steps count. That is truth.❤
You cannot be successful without some measure of faith. You must believe to some extent that success (and that goal is different for every person) is attainable. Faith produces success. Of course that is true eternally only to those who include God’s will/Word in their success goal. Working against God’s will/Word will destroy the eternal success, no matter what temporary success you achieve. No matter who promises you otherwise. No matter who tries to buy you now. No matter what. Eternal success can never ever be achieved apart from Jesus Christ. Ever. Let me repeat for clarity and emphasis… Momentary success with strings attached may be achieved now but eternal success can never be achieved apart from Jesus Christ. So success involves faith. Faith in Jesus Christ determines eternal success in Heaven. Temporary success is easy: see it, want it, get it with tenacity. Then what? Freak accident, cancer, natural causes, heart attack, whatever, and your success dies with you. And you face eternity with eternal success or eternal failure. No amount of philanthropic deeds makes up for not being saved by Jesus Christ. He is the only way in, the only perfect and loving hope we have of salvation. He is our eternal success, our treasure. He is it. No other way, no other truth, no other life exists but Jesus Christ. I met a woman today who told me her oldest son died in a bike accident and her younger son is serving life for unproven incest. I was able to pray for her and her son that he be saved and that she see him again before she dies. My heart breaks for her and it reminded me how fragile life is, how crazy it can get very quickly, how vulnerable we are. How easy it is to forget that life can change dramatically in an instant. We are lost without Jesus. With Him, though, we are saved and eternally successfully secure. We must focus on God and be sure He is a strong part of our success goals and focus. Our first priority. Then we make success eternal.❤
My understanding of success is knowing that although God made you with your gifts and talents that can be used for good, you are one of many in His kingdom. Knowing you are God’s beloved child is invaluable in any level of lasting eternal inner/spiritual success. Monetary success, the accumulation of goods, means very little in the scope of eternity. Spiritual success, being close to God, means everything. There is absolute nothing you cannot do with God and faith, nothing, for with God’s help and blessing, He can do absolutely anything through you. There is no exception to that unless you don’t believe it. Never doubt God. Same for me. So it comes down to which of us 1. Has more faith or 2. Is in God’s will (obeying His Word). So really, then, success ends up: being saved, having faith and staying close to and obedient to God. That is lasting, eternal success. Nothing else is. There are little successes or accomplishments, of course, but I am speaking of eternity, that which truly counts.❤
So, here is the complete quilt minus the backing and skirt. I am very happy. The detail work is completed so it is just straight handsewing from here in. Whew! I am a happy girl. I will show the finished product but the hardest work is over, praise God!! ❤
Happy, happy little girl! 🙂
About a million books are written on this topic, so many that I roll my eyes when I see another one. And my method may not work for everyone because everyone is so different, but for me this works. Firstly, my qualifications: I came from a humble farming family in a small town in the Midwest with an abusive sibling, a neglectful parent, and moved out of the house at 16 years of age. An with all that history, I supported myself fully since moving out, paying my own way with a car and full time job and finished full time college to arrive at a doctorate, opened and operated my own private practice and have two really good kids, a good husband and beautiful home in a nice neighborhood, have written and published 4 books, have written and published songs, sang and played piano in bands for large audiences, and more. Now a lot of this is what people consider success and by most standards, I am very successful, rags to riches sort of thing. So I know something of success. But the more I have seen of it, the more convinced I am that the bulk of my success has nothing to do with my own strong will and work ethic and everything to do with my moments of humility where I let God take care of me. I am strong and confident and resourceful but God is all that and about a billion times more in every way. God knows everything and provides more and with love than we can. And my greatest success in my life came when I humbly crumbled in His arms and begged His help. And He provides substantially every single time you ask him to as your goal is to be closer to Him and not just get rich. See, the humble part is the biggest part but the other important part is your motivation for success. I want to please God and serve Him. That is it. I want that more than I want stuff, even nice stuff. That is real success: humble spirit of prayer and wanting to please God. That, my friends, is true success. The other stuff can get pretty distracting from true success. And true success is the only kind that yields eternal rewards. And that is what makes it true. ❤
My husband and I are a team. We may annoy each other sometimes, but everyone does. We work well together. We play music well together and we can tell each other any and everything. It is really good to be able to have a relationship like that. We grow closer daily and I respect him. This is an age where few people stay together and fewer do happily, and I am honored to say that there is hope and seven years strong for us proves that. God chose wisely when he picked my husband for me. I have not always thought so because doubt hits everyone at some point on some level, and I am sure he has wanted to get away from me sometimes, but God worked it out as we remained obedient and loyal to the best of our abilities, and as we draw close to God, we draw close to each other and that is beautiful. It is worth celebrating such a rare gift. When God gives you a spouse, you becomes “us”. There is a cooperative, a common interest and goal, kids to raise together, household to run together. That is a precious thing, something worth putting an effort into and respecting and honoring. Apart from God, it is the most important entity and earns a lofty importance above that of just ourselves. If you cannot put your pride away sometimes in the interest of that precious and sacred bond, you rob your union of success by promoting yourself above it. We cannot do as much for God alone as we can together so we also rob God. So humbleness and time alone and together with God is an asset to any marriage and success is given by God. And a successful marriage is sweet and productive. What a blessing!