Is there somewhere you’ve always wanted to travel? Or a dream to own your business? To be married? Or win a championship?
Life cannot merely be sleep, eat, work and moments of fun. It’s pretty hard to find a peaceful work-life-balance. Harder still if you are working towards a goal or achievement.
God is your biggest cheerleader, He will open doors and provide the training or skill-set for what you need to meet your life goals. Faith is what helps the work-life-balance exist. Without faith, aren’t you just a hamster running the wheel for no reason?
I’ve always loved to travel. To see how other people live, what they eat, do for fun, tour beautiful sights, soak in lovely sunsets, pick shells on the beach. Hubby and I are taking a dream trip this Fall to Ireland and Scotland. I never really imagined we would take this trip; well, in fact – that is what I did; I imagined. And now, it’s happening.
The grace of God is what gets me through every day. The way He understands my heart and what makes me tick. What I need to do, to more than exist.
I am blessed. But don’t get me wrong, it has never been easy. I’ve been in the valley far longer than I’ve enjoyed the view from the mountaintops. I am a Work In Progress! And having dreams always gives me hope.
By Him, For Him and in Him………..
What is the grace of God? How do we receive it? What does it feel like?
For me, it is forgiveness, guidance and assurance all rolled together. How it feels, differs with people, but I’d like to think it’s like getting an unexpected gigantic hug from a good friend.
To be suspended by the grace of God; it’s powerful and sustainable!
I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace.
For Jehovah God is our Light and our Protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will he withhold from those who walk along his paths.
1 Corinthians 2:12
And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us.
What you need to survive is basic. Food, water and air. Some might say that you need some form of solace. Whatever that means to you, and however you find it – it is necessary to live. A place; whether real or imagined, a book or story-telling, a god or The God, words, songs, scripture – something that aligns with your world-belief. What would that be? What sustains you? Brings you peace of heart?
For me, it is simply; God’s grace. He forgives me and never brings it up again. He loves me no matter how far I turn away from Him. He is the light in my darkness, the laughter in my grandchildren, the joy in my heart and the peace in my heartache.
Oftentimes we are given a scripture or thought to spend time figuring out. Maybe it was easily understandable — but other times, we can’t make heads or tails over the meaning, or if it’s even a message for US.
This is when spiritual discernment steps in. Find a trusted advisor, someone who is spiritually sound, they do not have to be a minister, sometimes a good friend can help sort it out WITH you, not for you.
As a wise friend recently told me — it’s my seeking/understanding that matters most. But sometimes we all need a little help!
Proverbs 2:3-5 Yes, if you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting him.
Oftentimes (usually) we are unaware of those who pray for us, or our loved ones – due to the many prayer circles we belong to and friendships we have (and those of the people we know and don’t know).
I received in my email today, a note from someone I don’t know – that encouraged me with this scripture: “I have loved you, with an everlasting love and I am constant in my affection for you.” Jeremiah 31: 3
The timing of this beautiful quote couldn’t have come at a better time, the irony (although this begs to God’s timing, not ours) is that it had been sitting in my email box since September 11th.
Do not be glib when you say you will pray for someone; make an effort. Pray with intention. You may not know what they need (and probably you don’t!), but God does. Let prayer become as natural to you as breathing.
Moments create life. Some are harsh realities, others are joyful attributes, but all consume our living spaces, the air we breathe, our thoughts and feelings, actions and attempts, whether we succeed or fail – all depends on the foundation on which we stand. Is yours on sand or concrete?
We are not hopeless.
We deserve grace.
We all experience highs and lows in our daily lives. Praying, meditating on God’s word, being in fellowship with like-minded people, all good for trying times.
I have found that the Serenity Prayer works wonders when I need an easy-to-remember reminder of dealing with only right now.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves….”