Philippians 1:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
OH YES I CAN ~
I choose to be determined to let my light shine in this world daily
Have you ever wondered what your purpose here is on earth? Days of failures and times of tears have certainly entered my life. I have made mistakes and I had those moments of wishing I could do something over. Guess what? You can't always do somethings over and learn to live with it. Living with a failure is hard, but you push through it with the grace of God. Knowing that God is a God of new beginnings helps me and I hope it helps you. Choosing to let go of what you can't change and certainly changing what you can. My friend Sherry tells me this all the time and I listen to her. It's not just about listening but about doing it. God is able to turn your situation totally around and live in a land of freedom.
Romans 12:1-2 talks about renewing your mind. It is so important to renew your mind. Have you ever just started thinking and before you knew it, you felt a sadness come over you. You were thinking wrong and it becomes time to stop that thinking. I have found myself doing that many times of life. I was talking about when we lived in Pinole CA and I loved my house. My house was beautiful to me and I knew God gave it to us. Down a short road of life, we sold it. I wasn't in agreement with my house and it broke my heart. Anger grew and I knew I had to change my attitude over it. As my husband and I will celebrate 41 years of marriage on the 13th, I find myself going over things I need to leave alone. One alone thing is the Pinole house. It just brings us so much hurt and I knew we made the wrong choice. Anyway, I shared a personal story so you can see the importance of moving on.
MOVING ON ~
IN the freedom of thoughts, words, actions, choices and this day is important. God has created your unique and designed for his purpose. Purpose of encouraging others and sharing the love of God. Purpose of living a carefree life and seeing the blessings of one day. Purpose of praising God in all situations and shining like a star. Maybe even a rock star comes to mind. I hope you see your worth today and those around you who look at time. Doing the right thing isn't always easy my friends. I think it becomes an attitude of life for me and I know that not everybody understands me. I remember my son saying to me,"Mom you are just too nice". Being nice and kind is my moto of life and I decided that as a little kid. Someday I will grow up and teach others to be kind.
A little kid who was picked on and teased in school. A little kid who walked home alone and cried. I was bullied and made fun of in the classroom of 4th grade. I heard the kids laugh as the teacher thought it was funny that I could't spell a short word like come or maybe it was could. I can't remember the word, but I certainly remember the laughter. It brings sadness to my heart when teachers yell in classrooms and not understand the depth of a small child taking on words. Those words were over 50 plus years ago and I still remember it. Yes, I need to let it go but maybe that's what makes me who I am today. A very caring and compassion woman. A heart after God and a faith beyond words. I know God is able to handle anything I face and I go to him in prayer plus praise daily. I hope you do too.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Purpose this a good day and see how far God has brought your life. Had we not sold our home in Pinole, I would have never moved across the bridge to American Canyon. A place where I have met amazing friendships and a church in Napa that brings hope to one's soul. Over 17 years ago we started Hillside Christian Church and my daughter invited us there. I thank God because our daughter said yes to go and then asked us. A life changing experience not only of us but those we continue to meet. Going to a heathy church is good for your soul and builds friendship. A true connect with God too. Happy new day!