If we called life a race, actually a marathon, and you saw a fellow racer down what would you do?
That is how we need to look at other people. Especially the lost. They are just down in the race called life. But we as Christians need to take the time to stop and help them. We are all here on Earth for a reason, headed in the same direction (the finish line). Let’s be the hands and feet of God and help the tired to get to the finish line where the can rest in eternity with God. After all, that is the one purpose we all share while here on Earth.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 NIV
Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny. Remember when you believed that they were all real? Do you remember that feeling, that trust you had in them. That Santa would deliver all your presents, the tooth fairy would leave you money in exchange for your tooth and that the Easter Bunny would hide eggs for you to find on that special day. What if we could go back and get that feeling? That trust? That faith?
Well I have good news. You can. But this time its REAL!!!! His name is Jesus.… And He really exists.
See sometimes as adults we try to hard to do things “right” and to make sure we “totally” understand what is being said to us. But what if we could be a kid again. To have faith in Jesus without making it complicated. To just believe and trust Him. To know that He died to free us and will come back again. Think back to the excitement you had on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to come. That is the excitement we NEED to have while we wait for Jesus to come.
Today I am challenging all of us to be a kid again. To get excited for Jesus return. And to get excited for what God is doing in us until that day comes. Just like you did as a child, shouting out “Santa is coming, Santa is coming” I want you to shout out to the world “JESUS IS COMING, JESUS IS COMING.” Lets find that kid in us and lets get excited 🙂
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
—1 John 3:2
To be or not to be….perfect? Is there such a thing?
As I was doing my daily bible reading and writing in my journal, God really brought something to my attention that I didn’t even really notice I was bothering me so much. He showed me my handwriting. That’s right God called me out on my handwriting. But not in the way you are probably thinking. See as I was writing all I could think about was how my handwriting looked. That it was not up to “MY” standards. It was NOT perfect! And because it was not perfect, up to my standards, a seed of frustration was now planted in me and was starting to grow. Why would I let something so small as my handwriting cause such a ruckus?
But this happens on a daily basis. Such small imperfections causing big reactions when I am striving to be perfect for worldly things and people. To be perfect in my own eyes.
But God so lovingly reminded me this morning that I am made perfect in Him and do not need to strive for those other things. When I strive for perfection for others I will ALWAYS fail and failure brings nothing but frustration and anger. Even bitterness and resentment. So I have been challenged. Challenged to not strive to be perfect but to live perfect in the way God has made me.
I pray and ask God to highlight or shine a light on those moments daily. Those moments where I let perfection creep in and steal what God has already perfectly placed in my day. I don’t want to miss out on the Godly moments because I am frustrated.
Do you struggle with perfection? Do you worry about what others think? How to live up to your standards? Well I pray the same for you. That God open your eyes and let you see, you are already made perfect in Him and do not need to strive for all those other things!
Mirror Mirror On the Wall who’s the prettiest one of all? I close my eyes and hope to see me in the reflection. But everytime I open my eyes, pretty is far from what I see. I struggle so much with how I look. I can literally feel every roll on my body. Or at least that’s how I used to feel.
I was looking into the wrong mirror. I was looking into the mirror of the world and flesh. And when the my reflection didn’t line up with how the world says a woman should look, I would get down. I need to be skinnier, have longer hair, thinner face ect. Man it was tiring trying to keep up. And impossible. But you know what? That’s ok.
See I turned to God and asked Him to show me how He sees me. Does He think I am beautiful. And it didn’t take long for Him to answer. The first verse He gave me was Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Let’s break this down. Charm is a quality and can be deceptive, fake, and beauty is fleeting, going away. But a women who fears the Lord, has respectful wisdom of the Lord, will be praised. When God looks at you He sees beauty. And when you live with Him in your heart, that beauty shines from the inside out. You don’t have to be the “prettiest”, skinniest, long haired, big boobed woman that’s in all the magazines. You just be who God created you to be. That’s perfect beauty.
Now when I look in the mirror I see me how He sees me. And I have never thought I looked more beautiful.
Thank you God for giving me the eyes to see me how you see me. In this world there is so much pressure for your daughters to look a certain way. I pray for all the women and girls out there to be able to see themselves like you see them. Beautiful just the way they are.
In your name I pray. Amen ♡♡
Today my 2 daughters had their Well Child Checkups. My oldest is 10 so hers was pretty simple. And praise God she is growing and healthy. I remember her first Dr. appt. All was good till they brought out the shots. I wasn’t sure who was going to handle them better, her or I. Lets say there was a tie in the tears we shed. Hers due to pain and mine due to heartache. It broke my mommy heart to see her in pain like that. And I must admit, I wasn’t pleased with the MA at that moment either. Lol.
You would think that the more kiddos you have the easier it gets. Well actually it does get better. I don’t get angry feelings toward the MAs anymore 😉 But man that mommy heartache still gets me. Today as I watched them prick my youngest, I could feel the tears start to kick in and my heart start to ache. KoKo, by the way, did amazing! 3 shots that girl endured and barely made a squeal. So proud. So why after 3 kiddos do I still get that ache? That question plagued my mind the whole way home.
We feel that ache, worry, with each child because we love all our children the same. Just because you have a lot of kids doesn’t mean you love one less than the other. God has given us an unlimited amount of love. Different kinds of love, but unlimited non the less. See, He explains it rather clear in Genesis. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27 NIV. So if we are created in His image, we are to be God like. And incase you didn’t know, GOD LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN! Did you get that? HE LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN! So we too, LOVE all our children the same.
Now just think about that for a minuet. As of right now there are 7.5 billion people living on Earth. And that of course changes by the second as more babies are born. That is a whole lot of kids! Do you think He loved Adam more than the baby born right now as I am writing this sentence? NO! He loves them the same. And His daddy heart aches when He sees us in pain and He rejoices when He sees us happy. Just keep that tucked away in your heart. That no matter what, you have a father who loves you so much! No matter how many kiddos He has. You may be the last, but you are certainly not the least in the eyes of God.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7 NIV