Look around you and take notice of what you see. Do you see the beauty in others, the color of the flowers, or a child’s laugh? There is beauty and ugliness everywhere. If you see the ugly, the mean, and the evil of this world you are probably taking the good you have for granted. The blessings that you have that you think you deserve. For what you take for granted, is that which you lose. Seeing only the bad and ugly in the world, because you have quit looking for the good, and the blessings. Thinking you deserve what you have. Instead look to that which you deserve for being sinners. Hell and judgement are what we deserve and should take these for granted. Then you shall see good and blessings that have come to you. That which we do not deserve but receive through our salvation. Every moment, every blessing, everything that we receive is a gift from God. Compared to hell this life is heaven. Take hell and judgement for granted and praise God that we have been saved. Our blessings are undeserved and come by His Grace. Look around and see all the colors of heaven.
‘For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8
Before making any decisions about what to do with your life ,family, jobs and daily choices that confront you, do you stop to seek God’s wisdom? When we come to decisions about choices we have to make, it is important to stop and listen. Come into a quiet place and rest a minute to hear the counsel of your Heavenly Father. A lot of what we encounter is the mess we made for ourselves. We charge in and think we know what’s best without seeking wisdom or knowing all the facts. We look at our surroundings and do not consider the journey. In our self-sufficiency we cross lines that will cause great distress and issues that could be avoided. We sometimes compromise where we need to stand strong. We have tendency to rush in and do it in our own strength. Stop, wait, listen and sit in expectation for the answer you need or the direction you need to take. Your choices affect all those around you. Choose wisely!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes. ” Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV
Spend time with your children. Taking time to share yourself is one of the hardest things to do. Parenting takes sacrifices: your time, energy and yourself. As a parent we need to take time for our children. Your children are a gift from God and are ours only for a fleeting moment. Find something you love and share it with them. Make up stories and games that will make memories they will never forget. Plant seeds of love, joy and happiness. Water and tend to the garden of lives that you were blessed with. Remember it is the quality of time you spend and not the quantity of time spent that matters most. Children act out when they need you and your attention. When your time is short talk with them and plan to do it later. Keep your promise. Stick to it! Do not back out! Remember time spent with your children is priceless!
“Behold children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Ps. 127:3
What you speak is what you see. What you see is what you spoke. Tell someone they are stupid, dumb, or worthless and sooner rather than later they will believe it! Take note of how you speak to your children and those around you. Your life is what you created by your words and the words spoken over you. Choose this day to make a change. Start today speaking words of hope, love, and life to yourself and those around you. Especially your children! Start today to make a difference. Look in a mirror: speak to the lies and tell them you will believe them no longer. Speak life! You are beautiful, you are capable, you were created with a purpose. You have a plan, a destiny, and a future. Quit looking at the storm around you and look to the one who controls the storm. He will walk on water to get in the boat with you. Speak life to your children, speak life to yourself. Change your words -change your world. Create a better world for your children. Believe in the One who believes in you!
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully Made.” Ps 139:14
The hupogrammos is an ancient tool a teacher would use for writing in a box of wax. They would write a word and the students would use a stick to follow and trace what he did. Just like Jesus left us a hupogrammos to follow. Our children watch and follow what we do. Our lives are an open book for our children to read daily. We as parents need to lead by example. Children are human lie detectors and can pick up on fraud in a moment’s notice. The old antic “Do as I say and not as I do” will not work with them. If you want your children to live a life of purpose, live your life with a purpose. You need to be the example you want your children to follow. Be the best version of yourself, so they can be the best versions of themselves. Jesus gave us the best example. Follow Him and they will follow too.
Sometimes you have no control over what happens in your life. Sometimes you are blindsided by the little things. Letting go of these interruptions, worries and cares can relieve the pressure from within. So, the kids are fighting, your husband is late for work and you get blamed for his alarm not going off! The Dog chewed your shoe and you spilt your coffee on your new carpet. Let it go! Release your cares to your Heavenly Father. Is it easy, absolutely not! By giving up these cares, you allow Him to carry the burden your shoulders were never meant to carry. Let go in love and watch as your Heavenly Father moves on your behalf. I learned this early in my married life, was it hard yes! Did I always do it when I needed to, no. By letting go of the things I could not control, and working on the things I can, helped me to have peace. It then allowed Him to work on my husband. Remember a closed hand holds on and open hand releases to allow freedom.
“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Children add to the family dynamics. When you bring a child into your family it can be a challenge. Not only did you adjust as a couple, but now you have a helpless individual in your care as well. They now control your world! They tell you when to eat, sleep, and relax. They have a schedule all their own and they are an extension of your love. They are a gift from the Lord for a short time to watch over and care for. Your job as a parent is life altering. You create a safe place for them, full of love, joy, tenderness, and safety. Speaking into their live that first few years is so important. Pray for them, love them, hug, them, and be with them. Your love as a father and mother is the beginning of their journey to success or failure. Choose Love, Choose Life, Chose your Child!
“Behold children are a heritage from the Lord… Happy is the man whose quiver is full.” Psalm 127:3-5
Our lives are hard enough without the constant bombardment of what we think we’re missing. My life would be better if… You can fill in the blank! We need to stop comparing ourselves to the world around us. If only I were prettier, smarter, made more money, had a bigger house or better spouse. The world is not perfect and no one in it is! Stop playing the “what if” game and focus on the blessings that surround you. Appreciate the blessings and the good things that you do have. Adopt the attitude of gratitude and practice it! Look around you, do you have job, a house to live in, and food on your table? Then appreciate them. Stop focusing on what you don’t have and focus on what you already have. No one’s life is perfect. If it were, we would not have need of our Heavenly Father. There is no such thing as the perfect anything, this side of heaven. That is alright for we have a God who loves us, and we are made in His image. We are clothed with His righteousness. There is a God who loves YOU!
Ps 139:14” I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
God can turn even the wrong decisions to work in your favor. People can make decisions that affect what happens in our life. We usually want to blame others for choices that directly cause stress or loss in our lives. Whether you are at work or in family situations, where you have no control over the decisions others make, look to God. He will always bring about his plan for your life. It may take a detour as Joseph’s did when his brothers sold him into slavery or when the butler forgot about him or even running away from the Pharaoh’s wife. God still got him to the Pharaoh’s palace, to save his father and brothers. Second in all Egypt!
I have learned myself even in the work place you sometimes have no control over what happens. Decisions are made that concern you, but you do not always play a part in the decision process. Instead of letting the enemy get in and cause strife, praise God! The purposes and plans of God eventually overcome the plans of man. No one can stop the plans that God has for your life, except you. Before you were born every day was written by Him. He chose you!
Keep your attitude and heart pure before Him allow to work everything out for your good and His glory! Look for His hand in all things. His plans are always pure, perfect and good!
Ps 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way”
Families are messy. Living with another person is difficult. When you enter a relationship, you are combining two lives, minds and individual personalities. Each with their own unreal expectations for the other. Our purpose is to prefer the other above ourselves. Laying aside our own agendas, wants and needs to take care of the other. Setting aside yourself to be what your significant other needs. By washing their feet and meeting them in their hurts and wounds, brings heling to them. They in return will meet your needs. I am not saying be a doormat but serve out of a heart of love. Choose the path less traveled. Talk to your heavenly Father and tell Him what is in your heart. Love as He loves you. Meet them t their deepest need and they will meet you. Choose Love.