INSTRUCTION ~ The dictionary says:
A direction or order
God has given us instruction on daily living. I believe that each day should start with a thank you to God for another day of life. We never know what will happen in one day and how important each decision is in life. I was talking with someone last night about death. We just don't know the time or date that will happen to us. We must somehow find life in seeing what we do have in our now. Loosing a loved one is crazy hard. Each life holds a special place and we can miss them greatly. However, let us not forget the ones that still need us and want us around here on earth.
I've seen a lot in life and I'm here to tell you that God's word (Scripture) is the one thing that can help. It is the belief we share with others and knowing that God says there is a time for all things. Our choices of what we think upon, matter far more than you might realize. I'm not saying death is easy to get over or through, but my personal example is when my dad died when I was 18 years old. I felt many times that I lost my mom on that day too. She just couldn't press forward and grief consumed her for 40 years. I still needed my mom and somehow the roles of life changed. I found myself taking care of her for the rest of her life. I look back and certainly wish I had done things better for her, but I did my best at the time. I must rest in knowing that and I find myself telling my brain that.
MY MIND ~ YOUR MIND
1 Thessalonians 5:23 New International Version (NIV)
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 26:3 New International Version (NIV)
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
MY MIND ~
My free will can be determined to keep my mind stayed on Jesus. Your free will can do the same thing. Just knowing that God is able to do anything, gives us hope. I like to remind you that the devil would like to turn your thoughts to negative. God is a God of peace and love. Be careful who you listen inside your own mind. Joyce Meyer wrote a book called, "The Battlefield of The Mind". I would highly suggest you read this book.
It is easy to say we must keep on our steadfast (STAYED) on Jesus. Life throws us some punches at times and we can get hit with something that shocks us. In that moment of shock, our thoughts can turn and it's so important to turn them the way God would have you to. Jesus came into our lives for a reason and his example shines. Do your best daily and think upon good things.
Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.