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“Is your place a small place? Tend it with care; He set you there. Is your place a large place? Guard it with care! He set you there. Whate’er your place, it is not yours alone, but His who set you there.” – John Oxenham

Just love this quote! Thank you, Lord, for making me realize that there is no better place to be than being in the center of Your will for my life. That’s where we find unfailing hope, peace, happiness, and love.

 

Beloved

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“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” Isaiah 54:10

I am so thankful that God’s love and peace are always with me. He is so wonderful and faithful that no matter what happens He will never withhold his love of his peace from us!

That’s right! That’s what you read, NO MATTER what happened in your life, and NO MATTER what you do, His love for you will remain the same!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, don’t ever think you are not enough, or that you are worthless. In God’s eyes, you are perfect, you are enough and you will always be loved.

Something To Think About!

HAPPINESS

“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?” C. S. Lewis

I don’t know about you, but I have definitely noticed that when my life is going well I tend to loosen up and leave God on the sideline.  Unfortunately, we tend to do that from time to time. It is only when God begins to take us away from our comfort zones and take away those false sources of happiness that we turn to him in search of an answer. Every so often it is only through struggles that we are able to get closer to him and understand his will for our lives.

Lord, please help us be thirsty and long for you and your presence in our lives, we need you more than anything this world can ever offer. Please help us notice that what the world calls happiness is not true happiness, help us see that true happiness comes only through you.

He Is Always Here With Us!

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Isn’t this wonderful? To know that He is always with us and nearer than our own soul and our most secret thoughts? Thank you, Lord, for always being here and never giving up on us.

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Danger Zone

“If you’re not proud of it, don’t serve it.

If you can’t do a good job, don’t take it on.

If it’s going to distract you from the work that truly matters, pass.

If you don’t know why they want you to do this, ask.

If you need to hide it from your mom, reconsider.

If it benefits you but not the people you care about, decline.

If you’re going along with the crowd, that’s not enough.

If it creates a habit that costs you in the long run, don’t start.

If it doesn’t move you forward, hesitate then walk away.

The short run always seems urgent, and a moment where compromise feels appropriate. But in the long run, it’s the good ‘no’s that we remember.

On the other hand, there’s an imperative to say “yes.” Say yes and build something that matters.” – On Saying “no” By Seth Godin

I read this post by Seth Godin on the internet the other day and it drew me to reflect on decision-making, and the heaviness we often sense to say yes.

Frequently we are confronted with demands that require a yes or no answer, a commitment from us. These demands come from all sort of places, work, family, friends and even people we don’t know, for example, a sales person trying to sell something to us. Time and again we feel pressure to answer right away, on the spot. Some requests are simple and obvious and don’t require considerable thought, still others will require deeper reflection.

Oftentimes we need to seek, to pray and to listen to the voice of God, every so often we need to stop and search for the right answer. We should not surrender to the pressure we feel from others and from ourselves.

The process of decision-making becomes straightforward when we set boundaries, specifically when experiencing doubts. Make a list of these boundaries, just like Seth Godin did, be  true to your faith and to those around you, and exclude everything that goes against your beliefs or can damage the relationships you have.

Where is the danger zone for you? Maybe it is at work, where you are eager to be promoted and you are about to do whatever it takes to get there. Or maybe it’s at home, where you put your own interests above the interests of anyone else.

Take a moment and reflect, where is the danger zone for you? As soon as you figure it out, the easier will be for you to establish what is right or wrong. Don’t let one bad decision ruin your faith, marriage and even your finances.

God Bless You today and always!

 

 

Afraid of Change?

When you life is about to change

And you don’t know which path to take

What should we do?

We struggle to make a decision

Hoping that we will hear the voice of God

Hoping things will become clearer

What should we do?

We pray, but sometimes the answer doesn’t come the way we expect

What should we do?

We wait, trusting that God will somehow show us which way to go

And through praying and trusting we feel his movement and have the confidence that He is working behind the scenes.

Our faith becomes bigger, and all of the sudden we are not afraid of change, in that we know that no matter what happens, God’s plans will prevail.

“God is a lot more concerned about my wholehearted obedience than he is about my comfort. He wants my devoted trust and my dependence to be on him, not on my comfortable surroundings. It’s in the moments of discombobulated uncertainty that I hold his hand a little tighter and lean in a bit closer. It’s in these moments that God has taught me a few things about change.” How to Cope with Change by Sherry Surratt