Yesterday was a really nice day being as though I got to spend time with my daughter. We went around to a couple different stores just browsing and having fun. One of the stores we went into had a whole bunch of school supplies on sale at really reasonable prices. As we were looking at all this stuff we started piling different items into the cart which turned into quite a bit but still didn’t hurt the wallet. I felt like God put it on my heart to get a couple extra things that I could donate to the school that way people who couldn’t afford much could have some also. So we put some more things into the cart but I didn’t feel as though that was all God wanted me to do. A woman and her child had come in looking at different items, picking them up then shaking their head and putting it back down. Everything that they were picking up had to do with school like a backpack and paper. I kindly asked if they were shopping for school supplies and they said no that they were just looking. The Holy Spirit prompted me to go over and help them out. My daughter followed me as I went up and asked the lady if we could bless her with the purchase of all of her school supplies and the woman was very excited. I told her to put whatever she wanted to into the cart and that we would purchase them before we left. She didn’t get as much as I thought she would get but it was just what they had needed to start off the school year. This reminds me of every time we’ve needed help and prayed about it God placed someone in our lives that helped us out as well. My family and I love blessing others as much as we have been blessed. It doesn’t stop there however, those people turn around and show others the love of God as well making a ripple effect all over this world. The most important thing however was at the end of the purchase and the conversation I told her God bless you. Letting her know that it was God who prompted me to help. Philippians 2:1-4 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, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same Love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of the others.
Healing takes time and so often happens in layers: one memory, one truth at a time. You don’t have to figure things out on your own. Just follow Jesus. He’s such a gentle Shepherd; He knows how to deliver you in a way that won’t destroy you. He knows what lies that you picked up when life let you down. And He’ll move at a pace that you can keep. He’s not in a hurry. You can trust Him. Let your Good Shepherd lead the way. Get out of your head and trust Him with your whole heart. He’s more committed to your wholeness and freedom than you are. So, enjoy the journey. Smell the flowers. Notice the little things. Stay grateful. And stay expectant. God is always up to something new. Susielarson.com
Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV) ~ The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
“pray without ceasing,”
I Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV
Thank you so much for everything that you do for us, Lord, each and every day. Thank you for just the fact that we can roll out of bed in the morning and go out and do the things you have for us set out for us to do. There isn’t even a second that you are not with us, Lord. Even if we feel down a little and lonely, you are always there right next to us to collect all of our tears and hold us gently. You’re creating something new in us even if we think we are useless. You have given us all specific gifts, Lord; sometimes we don’t believe that we’re very special, but in your eyes, we are a gem that you are polishing each and every day until we shine the brightest. Lord, give us the strength to make the right decisions today to the best of our ability and to continue on your path. Hold our hands and guide us so that we don’t stray off onto the broad path that the devil has for us. We place our entire day in your hands, Lord, so that you can show us what needs to be done in order of your importance, in order of your will. In Jesus’s precious name, amen.
The good news is that Jesus has come into the world to save us and allow us to enter into the Kingdom of God through a real relationship with Jesus! Sin separates us from God, and because the debt of our sin is so great we cannot get back to God through our own sacrifices and merit.
Therefore, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to come down from Heaven and pay our debt for us on the cross.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”
Galatians 2:20-21 NLT
In this verse Paul says that he has been crucified with Christ, meaning that his old self (all his old beliefs and old ways) have died. He no longer finds life in the things of the world, but instead he says ‘Christ lives in me’. Paul tells us that now Jesus has become his ultimate authority and ruler of his life. He says he lives his life by faith in Jesus, believing that Jesus knows whats best for his life because He loved him and gave Himself for him.
This is also true for you! As you put your trust in Jesus acknowledging that He died for you and gave himself up for you, you allow Christ to live inside of you. Lastly, the verse says that Christ’s death is because of God’s abounding grace — that if God was not gracious and did not extend grace to us then Christ would have died for nothing. Youverson