" SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT "
Hey Everyone and Welcome as our journey continues. Today is going to be a bit different in that it will not be a personal story of mine .
I have been asked so many questions over our 33 years of being in the ministry and believe it or not there have been some times I actually had the answer ! Then again there are those that I had to research by going to my concordance and seeking the Word for answers.
So, join me as we have a change in our journey . I pray that you will find something today that will bless your heart or help you in dealing with an issue in your life.
Have any bad habits ? I will not admit which ones I have yet I do have some. And there have been years where on my own I tried to stop by asking God to take them away. Guess what He says about our bad habits ? " NO, IT IS NOT FOR ME TO TAKE THEM AWAY BUT FOR YOU TO GIVE THEM UP " . We choose these habits so it is up to US to stop.
All of us at one time or another have seen or perhaps you have a handicapped child. I know for me I have asked God to heal them and make them whole...but He says " NO , HIS SPIRIT IS WHOLE , HIS BODY IS JUST TEMPORARY . " and they are some of the most beautiful and spirited people I have ever seen.
This next one is just not an easy one but here goes . Ever ask God for patience ? His response would be " NO, PATIENCE IS A BYPRODUCT OF OUR TRIBULATIONS ; IT IS NOT GRANTED IT IS LEARNED ." to gain patience usually is followed by trials.
I am sure that each of you have had a time or two where you were so unhappy and like I have we asked God for happiness . " NO, I GIVE YOU MANY BLESSINGS , HAPPINESS IS UP TO YOU ." with all He has given us, life, family, friends , homes...there is our happiness.
This one is very personal for me...one day I will write of the time I died twice yet God chose to keep me here for now. I was in so much discomfort and pain and have you not once or more asked God to spare you from the pain . His response makes so much sense to me now..
" NO, SUFFERING DRAWS YOU APART FROM WORLDLY CARES AND BRINGS US CLOSER TO ME." . And He is right...it brought me to a relationship I did not have before.
O.K. , This next one is an awesome answer...asking God to increase our spirit . " NO , YOU MUST GROW ON YOUR OWN , BUT I WILL PRUNE YOU TO MAKE YOU FRUITFUL ."
Isn't that wonderful ? Through studying His Word and sharing what is learned we grow .
I think that all of you reading along today will love this one,, Asking God for all things that I might enjoy life more. Does this sound like something we all have asked ourselves and heard others say it ? Well, to this is response is " NO ,I GAVE YOU LIFE SO THAT YOU MAY ENJOY ALL THINGS. " Here I must say that for me going outdoors I can see all the awesome things He has given me to enjoy ...nature...birds singing , children playing, the list goes on .
Well, we come to the one that truly is the most beautiful response of all...
Do you have people in your life that are hard to love ? of course you do, we all do. So asking God to HELP US LOVE OTHERS AS MUCH AS HE LOVES US ? are you ready for this answer ? I love it.
" AHHHHHH , FINALLY YOU HAVE THE IDEA . " Is it not a wonderful response ?
Of everything He wants from us it is to love others exactly as He does. And yes He knows it is not easy , yet loving us may not always be easy for others either.
I do want to say a special " THANK YOU ", to Lacy W. for sharing some of the above questions with me. It enlightened me very much and God always uses others in our ministry to share His love. I pray it helps others to see why God 's saying NO is not always a bad thing.
So, with this in mine we need to realize that showing love is something we must invest our time in . And for us the ULTIMATE model in our lives is Jesus Himself. People need to feel loved ; they need to know someone cares enough to act not just speak their love for them.
It truly is not difficult to share love...a simple smile to one who seems like there is no reason to smile. A meal or visit to a home bound person . Offer your gratitude to your preacher with a simple card . Hug a child who looks like they lost their best friend .
Sharing love is an amazing thing and makes miraculous changes in the lives of people. How about joining me in a new challenge ?
Step outside of your comfort zone and think about 1 person that everyone else has forgotten about...now think about what you can do to show God's love to that person .
The best part of all of this is the wonderful way you will feel blessed...
Do send me a note and share your story of this challenge or any of the others..I do love hearing from you and how this website is helping . Or of you have a prayer need we can add it on here or just keep it between us.
It has been my joyful pleasure to spend this time sharing our journey with God together. May you feel blessed today as you seek to share His love.
As always Thank you for stopping by ,
Until Next Time ,
In His Love,