Matthew 5:14-16 New International Version (NIV)“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Just like the city you can you visible see, you my friend are a light in this world too. Our actions makes a difference. I was walking into the school yesterday and someone was walking behind me. As kids began to say hi Ms Sparkie, I would say hi and have a good day. Behind me came this voice, you are famous. I would a little shocked but she pointed out all the kids that know me. I volunteer at my granddaughters school. I saw a need to help teacher and decided to step up to help. I didn't realize how many kids that knew me and I might not really know who they are. They see me on the play ground and are kind enough to to say hi.
THINGS ARE DIFFERENT NOW ~
There was a time in my life when I hid from people, but I don't hide anymore!
I decided that my life was messed up and was trapped into wrong thinking. I didn't see myself the way God does, but the words of others haunted me. My daughter (Tracy) would tell me about positive words and post it notes. I posted encouraging words on my mirror in my bathroom and everyday faced with those great words. It was a long process to change my mindset. I had a great friend named Janice who continued to spur me on and one day, I decided I needed freedom more than I need to hide.
It was in the midnight hours that I cried out to God. I needed a new beginning in my mind. I had a wonderful family and friends. I just got trapped into negative words and depression sit in. Breaking free took one step at a time and I was determined to get better not bitter. I speak of this a lot because it's so easy to take on negative words others speak about us. God gives us positive words and wants us to live in freedom of his word (Bible). If we keep replaying negative, we keep staying where we were at. If play positive, we see life better and begin to grow daily in confidence. Only God can restore complete, but he wants us to help him in believe big and pressing forward. A true love that is given throughout life and never leaves us.
How about you today? Ready to break through and begin again? Ready to tell the enemy of your soul you are done with his lies and abuse of tormenting words or actions? Sure you are! It's easy, you just ask God to forgive you for sin, doubting and you want his help in starting this new day with new thoughts. Just say this, "Jesus forgive me of all my mess ups (sins) and come into my heart. Plant good words and actions as this day begins. Help me as I want your will in my life". Then, open a Bible and learn what God says about you. Freedom comes from letting go of the things you can't change or haunts you. There is no haunting with God and he able to help you in your now of life.
I remember the day I started believing right. I was taught wrong about somethings in the Bible and I believe a few lies. Then Jesus opened my understanding and I was taught wrong. I know today without a doubt that God is able to handle anything that comes my way. I had to cast away somethings and some people. People who were just wrong and I asked God to help me. He set my feet on a new path and I have met some amazing people along the way. Let go of some yesterdays and start this beautiful day with hope, peace, grace and all good things.
BE THE ONE WHO ~
Doesn't stop shining for JESUS!
I love how God knows our hearts and I know that prayer makes a difference. Not only did I asked Jesus into my heart, but I choose to live a lifestyle pleasing unto him. I am not perfect, I make mistakes and I start over. Life is too short to replay the negative and each day should be about living in freedom in what he did that day on the cross. I tell my granddaughters about the good old days and they laugh. I remember having a black and white TV. No cell phones, no computers and no remote for that TV. We had to get up and change the channel. They laughed and said, "WHAT!" Life has changed as a kid for me, but I am glad I can be a good example to my granddaughters. I make sure I tell them that nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes and God gives us another chance if we do. Make sure your light is not hid and you can be that person (City) that makes a difference in lives. Purpose this a good day!
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.