Have you taken time to thank God today? Too often we find ourselves overwhelmed by the needs of the day that we neglect to even pause for a moment to say thank you to God. Scripture tells us that our lives are to be an example of our gratitude to God. When we begin to talk to God about all we are thankful for, it is much easier to endure the negativity, difficulty and adversity this life offers. It’s okay to start small. As I look out my home office window today I offer thanks for color. The deep green of the pine trees, the bright blue of the sky, and the ever, pure white of the clouds. Each hand-painted by our Living God. God has given us gifts to enjoy, but we have to notice them first. What have you thanked God for today? Better yet, what have you shared with someone else that you are thankful to God for today? This way you not only thank God, but you share your faith with someone else at the same time. Both bringing joy to God!
“O my soul, bless God.
From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!
August 31, 2020
Repeatedly throughout scripture, we are told how to behave. It all revolves around God’s mindset. Recently our Sunday readings have come from the book of Romans where Paul clearly instructs listeners how to work together utilizing the many gifts God has given. When we focus on; working together, listening to one another, understanding one another, a common goal, and Jesus, it’s amazing what we can accomplish - together! Unfortunately, all too often, we get stuck! Stuck in the familiar and forgetting that everything does not revolve around us. Stuck listening to the world that continually tells us we should look out for the self and push and shove until we get what we want. These messages are loud and clear, BUT they are not of God. They are not the mindset of God. God’s mindset revolves around caring for others, putting others first and focusing on that which is eternal. Let us move forward by building up our relationships with the mindset of Jesus! Where is your mindset today?
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”
August 27, 2020
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
Yes, God wants each of us to have joy…complete joy. But, what comes directly before this piece of scripture? Jesus speaks to the harsh reality of being one of his followers. Reminding us that if we choose to follow, we will indeed need to stay close and connected to God. Jesus actually uses the word “abide.” We are called to abide, which means we are to live by the rules, decisions of God. When we do this, we learn to love one another, as God loves us. It is in this love that we keep God’s commands.
This is what brings us complete joy.
August 24, 2020
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light.”
Throughout scripture, we read the word “light”. We come to understand that Jesus is the light. Bright and full of life and goodness. Shining brightly even in the midst of the darkest of places and circumstances. We, as God’s Children, are filled with this light and are commissioned to project the same light wherever we go! We have a responsibility as God’s Children. Just as any person has responsibility in their own family, we too have a responsibility as the Children of God to BE the LIGHT!!! God expects that those who see us, meet us, or connect with us in any way~will also encounter the Living Jesus! Jesus came to show us the way, to show us how we should live. Then Jesus empowered us with the resources necessary to do just that. When we rise each day, may we seek the ONE TRUE LIGHT ~ JESUS THE CHRIST. But may it not stop there…may that same light shine brightly in our words and actions!
August 20, 2020
One of my favorite Christian artists is singer/songwriter Lauren Daigle. Often the lyrics of her songs hit listeners to the core. As our world continues to venture into unchartered waters, the lyrics from her song “Trust in You” could easily be our song for 2020!
Lauren sings boldly that; when our plans fall through, when we can’t do what we want, when we feel as if God refuses to provide what we want when we feel as if our questions continue to go unanswered…where is our trust?
As God’s children we are not immune to discouragement, frustration, and disappointment. I think each of us would agree that we’ve been faced with our share of such feelings this year. BUT, more importantly, we’ve been invited to TRUST! Trust the living God. Trust that God continues to work, even in the midst of our discouragement, frustration, and disappointment. That even though we haven’t received what we want, desire or even expect…God hasn’t gone anywhere.
God continues to invite us to trust. To trust God that we may grow in our faith and become stronger faith-filled people because of what and how we’ve endured. For when we put our trust where it belongs, God will bring us through, even these difficult, unchartered waters.
It means trusting The Almighty God, regardless of what takes place in this life. Trusting that we are indeed a loved and forgiven people. Where is your trust? Take a few minutes, listen to the song, “Trust in You” and let me know if you too think it should be the song for the year 2020!
August 17, 2020