March 25, 2018
Every once in a while, we struggle with what God is doing in our lives. Perhaps we believe He is not acting fast enough. Perhaps we believe He is angry with us. We may even believe He has abandoned us, wondering if He will ever come back for us.
I will start by saying that none of the above statements are true in God’s eyes. He acts on His own time, forgives every sin we ever commit, and absolutely never forsakes us. However, at some point we all feel those things are happening. If you’re there now, you can take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.
As I was doing my Bible reading today, I read about someone feeling the same way. It’s from the writer of Psalm 77. He had those same thoughts of God abandoning Him. What brought him back was the words in verses 11 and 12… But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.
What an excellent key to overcoming struggles with God! Even if you are not doubting God and his presence, this is excellent advice to add and maintain joy in your life. Take time each day throughout the day to meditate on what God has done in your life. Focus on the excellence you have seen and what He has done for you and others. Give thanks that He is always with you whether you realize it or not, and that He is working in your life, even if it’s not exactly the way you would think.
I notice that whenever I am thankful for the things in my life, I receive more to be thankful for. I notice that when I seek God, He always seems to show me things that acknowledge His presence. He will do the same for you. When you are having doubts, remember and ponder on the great things God has done for you and for all the earth. It will make a world of difference in your day. Enjoy the blessings!
November 30, 2017
I have written several articles about the light we have within us, and how God loves it when we act as a beacon to shine this light to those around us.
I was inspired again as I read the Bible verse that most prominently discusses this idea. Matthew 5:14-17. It says “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Another version puts it like this… “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.” (The Passion Translation).
Do you want to be an inspiration to others? Keep in mind that the Spirit of God (this wonderful light) dwells within you. You can inspire others by simply removing any barriers to it and allowing it to shine. And the great thing about this, is that God is glorified as a result. In addition your own life will be blessed.
I challenge you today to let your light shine brightly, and see how many people you can “brighten their day”. Enjoy the blessings 🙂
November 12, 2017
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know I’ve been inactive for quite some time. It’s for a variety of reasons. The main one is that I have gone against my own advice and allowed circumstances to govern my actions and thought process.
As I get back to writing information that hopefully inspires and empowers people, I am taking just a bit of a different turn. I have recently discovered excellent resources that translate and explain the verses of the Bible in different ways. I have used these resources (widely available online and on smart phone apps) to enhance my knowledge and understanding of what God’s word says, and I have used it to enhance my own life. It has been very enlightening.
My goal is to share the different takes on these verses along with the concepts I’ve learned and written about previously regarding how to use this information and the power of your mind to take your life to a higher level.
I will say that you don’t have to be a Christian to benefit from this information. If you have further questions about Christianity I would happy to share the faith further. However, my main objective is that you benefit from the Biblical information presented, use it to enhance your life, and empower those around you as well.
As always, I encourage you to share your own thoughts and how you may have used this information or how it relates to your own life. I sincerely appreciate your faithful readership and contribution 🙂
January 10, 2017
Those that know me well, or even people who regularly read my articles know that I’m a sucker for positive messages, especially when they come in the form of music.
I was especially touched by a song that was played at my job today. It is from Robbie Williams, and it is called “I Love My Life”. It is an upbeat, positive song that can turn anyone’s sour day to a cheerful one. The chorus consists of a number of empowering positive affirmations. It goes like this…
I love my life
I am powerful
I am beautiful
I am free
I love my life
I am wonderful
I am magical
I am me
I love my life
If you were to repeat these affirmations throughout the day, it would be impossible to feel negative and powerless. On the contrary, you will feel positive and powerful.
I am so happy I even found this song, and I extremely grateful to our morning musical selector who chooses the music that starts our day. This one should be played until everyone believes it!
I challenge you to repeat these affirmations throughout the day. Then enjoy the added energy, power, and joy you feel wherever you are. And of course be willing to share it with all who you come in contact with. Enjoy the blessings 🙂
January 10, 2016
I don’t know about you, but nothing pleases me more that when I know I’ve pleased my God. To be honest, He is always pleased with us, whether we know it or not. He is pleased with us even during our darkest moments. He loves us more than we’ll ever know.
Even though God will always love you abundantly and be pleased with His wonderful creation, there are actions you can take to get God’s attention and put an even bigger smile on His face. I take these from Psalm 9:
- Praise Him with all your heart
- Tell of the marvelous things He has done
- Be filled with joy because of Him
In addition to bringing joy to God, taking these 3 actions regularly will add blessing to your life. I have learned often enough, that when I am thankful for the things I have in life, I am given more things to be thankful for. Likewise when I live with a joyful heart, I am provided more reasons to be joyful.
One of the reasons I share information on this blog is because I want to share the great things God has shown me and the wonderful things he has done for me. My hope is to inspire people facing similar situations and feelings that if God brought me through it, He can do the same for them. He can do the same for you.
Joy and gratitude are contagious. Not only are our lives blessed when we practice them, but other people around us are blessed as well. You can not only be a blessing to God, but to many others by simply practicing these three attitudes. So be thankful, joyful, and quick to share the many ways God has blessed you. It WILL make a difference. Enjoy the blessings 🙂
April 4, 2015
Check out this excellent song that is a great reminder of what this Easter weekend is all about…
December 26, 2014
I was sitting by the fireplace on Christmas Eve (ok, I admit I don’t have one and I’m talking about the fake one on TV). I was relaxing at the end of another beautiful Christmas Eve celebration, listening to the Christmas songs, not quite ready to go to bed. I began to reflect on the many wonderful blessings in my life….my family, the reason for the season, and the many other great things I have in my life. I was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude as I reflected on these.
After some time, I began to almost feel guilty. I thought about how I’ve been blessed in amazing abundance, yet I really didn’t deserve it. I thought of how, even though I am a good person, I had really done nothing to warrant the wonderful gifts in my life. However, before I became too involved with these negative feelings, God quickly intervened. I felt as if He was saying…”That’s the way it’s supposed to be. It’s called grace.”
At this point the negative feelings disappeared and were replaced with peace and the joyous, thankful feelings I felt a few minutes before. It was a wonderful reminder that I share with you. God would tell us we indeed do not deserve the blessings we receive. He then tells us it’s ok. He also tells us He gladly floods our lives with His greatness and unending favor regardless of how unworthy we are.
You may have the same thoughts at times. You feel like you have done nothing to deserve potential blessings or those you have already received. I can assure you that God is still very willing to share His great favor, love, and goodness with you, regardless of how unmerited it is. It’s called grace, and it’s a free gift from Him. Your job is simply to accept and share it. Have a wonderful day 🙂