“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
I frustrate myself quite a bit by living in the future or the past. The past telling me that I’m not good enough and reminding me of all my faults and failures. The future I think is even worse, wanting to know what’s going to happen with jobs, my health, even with friends and family. To keep our focus and walk with God in a straight line, we need to focus on the now, be in the present. The past is already gone, the future hasn’t come yet. How can we give ourselves fully to God if we’re living in the future or the past? Living in these moments causes us to fear and doubt. If we come to Jesus and lay all of our problems worries fears and doubts at his feet we can live in this moment. But if we are carrying around baggage from too far behind or too far ahead they can drag us down, defeating us before we even get started. If you were going to love your wife fully do it now. If you want to raise your children the right way start this very second. If God asks you to do something for him jump on it. Anything that needs to be done and is important, do it because tomorrow is not guaranteed. Sometimes I will see someone suffering from a problem in their life and I will not go and talk to them because I don’t feel as though I’m qualified enough because of something that happened to me in the past. In the meantime, that person is going to suffer. On a very rare occasion, I will not give money to someone for fear that I will be broke in a week or two. But if we live in this very moment, if we are still we can hear God. He is calling us to have peace and to walk in his footsteps. If you have a problem like myself with walking in the future and the past instead of in this very moment then please join me in prayer. Heavenly Father I don’t want to be burdened with anything from my past or think too far ahead. Help us to be in this moment right here and now. Please remove our struggles worries and fears from us today so that we can walk humbly with you. We want to be able to have a nice day and to be able to help people along the way. Thank you for forgiving us for all of our sins and trespasses Lord. Thank you for being with us in us and around us in Jesus’ precious name amen.
I messed up royally with my first two kids. I was the father that shouldn’t have been. Always arguing with their mother, getting drunk, and watching TV instead of spending time with them. They were pulled out of bed in the middle of the night just to watch their father being arrested for fighting at a bar after he called their mother to pick him up. They had front-row seats to watch their father fail at everything and it filled them with negativity. Many years later I was blessed with a new marriage and a beautiful baby girl. I swore that she would never have to see her dad act that way and be full of positivity. I have had my moments where I haven’t been the greatest father but God has guided my wife and I to show her his words and love. If there’s one thing in life that I get right it will be that our daughter knows God and all his love. Something that I didn’t have in my earlier, younger life. Once God entered my heart later in life I felt a true love that no one person can give. He changes the way that you perceive things. He is full of love, compassion, and Grace amongst a whole lot more. Just because we have a couple of pitfalls in our parenting doesn’t make us a bad parent. It makes us stronger and smarter. We just need to fold our hands and pray to ask our heavenly father to show us how to be the best parents. To make us stronger as an individual and as a family unit. We have shown our daughter through God how to love and pray and give. Nowadays it seems like our daughter is showing us what to do! She brings tears to my eyes quite often at the huge heart that she has and I thank God every day for that gift. So if you are a parent and you think you’re a failure or that you can do better please pray with me now. Heavenly Father only you can show us how to be the best parents possible. We humbly come before you asking for your help. Help us to be the best parents for our children. Show us what it means to love greatly and to cherish every moment that we have with our children. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that when we speak to our children it’s you speaking through us to encourage and inspire. Help us to make the best disciple for you Lord. In Jesus’ precious name amen.
Revelation 3:20 behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with me. Yesterday I had a disagreement with some friends of mine about how to go about helping someone mentally Disturbed. Even though what I had to say was something that God would want me to say it came out sarcastic and belittling to my friends. I was speaking out of frustration and confusion because they couldn’t see my point of view. I spent the majority of the day pouting and bitter at the unresolved situation. I called a couple of friends to talk it over but it was the last person that helped. He said that the work God had myself and my study partner doing was a Godsend and he didn’t want the group to dissolve. Most over he didn’t believe that God would want me to stop sharing His good news. Had I opened the door to my heart, the Holy Spirit would have come in and shown me how what to say. My friends wouldn’t be upset with me and understood what God wanted me to say. Remember to start your day with an open heart to Jesus. Remember also to listen to Him when it’s time to speak and time to listen. Dear heavenly Father, please forgive me for any of my sins and trespasses. I open my heart’s door to you this morning for you to come in and use me as your vessel. Have me say what you want me to say, see what you want me to see, and hear what you want me to hear. This way I can be a better disciple for you in all areas of my life, in Jesus’ precious name amen.
Loved “Given a vision from the Lord up above, crystal clear and so pure like a little white dove. Before setting out to do what is asked, I hit my knees and my hands I will clasp. Praying to God to be the light in the dark, the Holy Spirit comes in me bright like a spark. He reminds me that no matter what I’ve done in the past that I am loved and am worthy of carrying out this great task. Keeping in prayer for God to give strength to my feet, I rise from my knees and prepare to hit the street. Meeting new people on this brand new day, I feel unstoppable with God leading the way. Sharing the good news with whomever will hear it, feelings rumbling around like I’m up at the pulpit! His mission gets underway with the people He’s placed in my path, so many people I cannot possibly do the math. God is amazing in all that He does, He’s the past, the present, and the greatest that ever was. ”
When you feel like your life is falling apart around you and you don’t know what to do, keep your eyes upon the Lord and He will guide you. Get down on your knees, clasp your hands and just say please. God help me to be strong through these problems in life, these quarrels and this strife. I need you now more than ever before, I call to you on my knees on this floor. You are the light in the night and you fill me with strength in place of fright. Exchange your yolk for my yolk to help me through this day, in Jesus mighty name I pray, AMEN!
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”