Are you worried, stressed or struggling? How can we find joy in the most difficult times of our lives? First, joy and happiness are two very different things. We’re not going to be happy when we’ve just experienced a tragedy or when we’re going through difficult times in our lives. Happiness is fleeting, but joy is eternal. Joy is anchored deep in our souls. Joy is knowing Romans 8:28 and embracing it to the fullest. For you dear reader, I pray God will lead you as you seek to align with His purpose.
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“We always tease, that’s just the way we are.”
The word says there is a time for everything under the sun and I’m sure teasing is no exception, but I’m learning (slowly and painfully) that the time for teasing is small; incredibly small… very small.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29 NIV
Old English tǣsan (in tease (sense 2 of the verb)), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch teezenand German dialect zeisen, also to teasel. Sense 1 is a development of the earlier and more serious ‘irritate by annoying actions’ (early 17th century), a figurative use of the word’s original sense.
I’ve done serious damage by teasing. I’ve been hurt by it s as well. All things considered, forgiveness and love reign supreme.
Still, let’s ask God to help us use teasing SPARINGLY if at all, love deeply, and build each other up.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us POWER LOVE and SELF DISCIPLINE.
2 Timothy 1:7
In the midst of trials, are we tempted to ask selfish unproductive questions to feed our self-pity or personal narrative? If so, we’ve got the right idea, but we’re asking the wrong questions.
Can we change questions like “Why me?” into… “What can I learn from this?”
“What did I do wrong?” into “How can I grow and move forward with new strength and wisdom?”
Am I suggesting we skip the steps of reflection and understanding? Not at all. Those steps are essential and the right questions make honest, worthwhile reflection possible.
Often, the power of changing the question wins half the battle. It shifts our focus from past hurts to present opportunities and future wisdom.
What questions are you tempted to ask when trouble knocks on your door? Are they helping or hurting? Did God make you timid or give you a spirit of power love and self discipline?
There are six people in my immediate family. I asked each one to give me one encouraging word about the other five. The result was an incredible blessing! I quickly drafted the words into a small table and added a photo of each family member to the left column of their words. I entitled it “How We See Each Other” and printed it for the front of the refrigerator. If you feel so inclined to do the same, I’d love to hear some of the words your family would use to describe one another.
Sometimes we forget how much power we hold in our homes; power not only to encourage, but to help others do the same.
Here are my thirteen favorites of the thirty words that ended up on ours… Forgiving, Goofy, Honest, Determined, Beautiful, Affectionate, Wise, Compassionate, Intense, Thoughtful, Passionate, Courageous and Happy.
Huge “AHA” moment for me…
One of the most powerful ways I can be an encouragement in the blogging world is to read, like, comment on and enjoy the posts of other bloggers! Here I was waiting around (maybe even doing a little internal pouting) for more views, likes and comments on my posts when a large portion of the goal of my blog is to encourage others!
Lord help me to make the most of every opportunity.
Happy New Decade!
Hoping you are already excited about your new goals, resolutions and ideas… my best friends and I each choose a word to focus on. If you do something similar￼ I can’t wait to hear about it! I am so excited about this new year (DECADE) I can barely contain myself! I know there will be major ups and downs as always but the Lord has given me renewed strength and I am grateful! I pray the same for you!
My word for 2019 was compassion.￼
2020 POWER 💥
A year of compassion seems to be a perfect segue into a year of power.
The things I learned about having compassion for myself and others during 2019 improved relationships with very important people in my life￼!￼ I am incredibly grateful for the focus and accountability my besties and I￼ shared!
The word POWER seems like an exact opposite for me; my personality, my MO and even makes me a little uncomfortable which is probably why the Lord has continued to put it on my heart for many days because I was not quick to agree with him on this word.
My understanding so far is that he wants me to realize I may be weak but he is strong and his Holy Spirit lives in me. If I am to live the abundant Christian life I must stop seeing myself as small, week, insignificant and opinion-less. ￼￼ I must begin to see the incredible power living inside of me, harness it through prayer, and live it with incredible faith, love and diligence.￼
I cannot wait to learn all he has in store for me this year as his power in my life becomes reality!￼
What inspires you? What do you allow inside in such a way that it fills you with anticipation, joy or conviction? What motivates you to action? Are there people, places or experiences that can seep into the heart of you and make a change?
Father, thank you for the person reading these words. He or she wound up on this page for a reason. You are ready to begin growing an unshakable faith in this person. Thank you for allowing me to participate in your mission Lord Jesus! You highlighted an old truth for me today. I pray it blesses your child, the one reading; as your words enter the soul, may the light of your truth illuminate the path before him or her. You know all, see all, and you Father, are working all things together for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose.
When you said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Mt. 11:28-30 I believe you were reminding us of your trust in the Father. When you presented us with your Holy Spirit to live within and guide us along the path of life, you gifted us the power to let go.
Lord Jesus, in Mark 1:35 it says very early in the morning, while it was still dark, you got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where you prayed. Teach us to pray like you Lord. Teach us to start each day with a gratitude for the power, perspective, and peace of our Father as we lay it all down before him. Let us lift our eyes to the one who sees our hearts and loves us completely. Let us live loved for when we receive the undeserved favor of God, his grace lives in us and we are able to give it freely to others. Teach us to love deeply. Teach us to be like you.
One of the greatest gifts of humankind is the art of listening. When you’re ready to listen to the heartbeat of your current joy, struggle and potential; write to me. I can’t wait to read your story, agree with you in prayer for guidance, ask questions and share insight from a place of non-judgement. I hold a genuine belief that whatever you’re facing, with someone to listen and encourage, you will come out on the other side of it even stronger. I am here to be that someone for you.
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