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 🙂
June 25, 2013
How sure are you that you will receive what you pray for? Did you know that it makes a major difference in whether or not you receive what you are asking for?
I’ve realized the importance of having faith for a long time. However, realizing it and acting on it are two different things. It’s only recently that I’ve really seen the difference between prayers of hope and prayers of faith.
I understand that sometimes God answers our “hopeful” prayers. However, think of how many more blessings you can receive if you strongly believe that you will receive what you are asking for. Several verses in the book of James in the Bible stand out. “You have not because you ask not”. “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” That’s a scary thought isn’t it? I will receive fewer blessings because of my lack of faith. That’s something no one wants.
God has continued to remind me of not only faith, but the concept of worthiness. I have recently written some other posts about that topic. I have read stories about how Godly men seemed to demand answers from God…and they received them with no resistence!
Those men in the Bible are no more powerful than you. If God will answer their prayers, there’s no reason He won’t be honored to answer yours. I am not advocating going to God in a prideful manner and demanding with arrogance that your prayers be answered. In fact, in some cases it’s better for you that your prayers are not answered. I am instead saying that you are worthy to pray and ask. I am saying that when you pray in faith, you will receive either what you ask for or something better. No less!
I ask you again…how sure are you that God will answer your prayer? Know that He desperately wants to bless you, but in many cases, he is waiting for you to ask in faith. What is it you desire most today? Know that it’s yours for the asking, pray boldly for it, wait for the next steps to take, take them, then expect the blessing. It’s as simple as that. And yes, I am sure : ) Have a wonderful day!
June 17, 2013
I was reading a portion of a book earlier today. It described a certain quality some people have. I did not want to be associated with this description. In the past I may have fit the description it provides. Even now, on some of my worst days, I may let this negative feeling slip in.
Here is the quote from the book…”Many good things are lost because you didn’t ask. Many splendid things are lost to you because of your feeling that you are unworthy of them. Many great things are lost to you because you lack the confidence and courage to demand and take possession of them” (The Law of Attraction”, by William Walker Atkinson, Chapter XV).
These are strong words, wouldn’t you say? As I mentioned, I don’t want to be known as someone who fits this description. Hopefully you don’t either. If not, then I challenge you to focus on this thought…NOTHING IS TOO GOOD FOR YOU.
You may be thinking…I’ve made many mistakes. I’ve hurt people. I’ve made bad decisions. I’ve been selfish. In addition, I haven’t spent sufficient time with God. Why would He want to do anything good for me? I will say that, if you’re a human being, you’re right. Everyone on this earth has made mistakes, made selfish and poor decisions, and has spent less time with their Creator than they should. I know it’s true for me.
Regardless of the negatives of the previous paragraph, we deal with a God who forgives all of those negatives. We deal with a God who loves us more than we can ever fathom. Even though we fail often, He is still waiting for us to ask for great things. What happens when we ask? The Bible says…what man is there among you who, when his son asks for bread will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will give him a snake? If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:9-11)?
So what is it you want? God is not only waiting for you to ask, but He’s waiting to respond and act on your desire. Once again I remind you that nothing is too good for you. Never again should you avoid asking for something because you feel that you don’t deserve it. You are as worthy as anyone to receive the things you desire in life. Instead of giving up on it, ask God for it with the faith that He is more than willing to grant the desires of your heart and provide the abundance of a great life that you are seeking. Know it, and enjoy the blessings : )
May 18, 2013
I have learned by now when God is trying to tell me something. It is often when I see and hear the same message in many different places in a short period of time. That message over the last few days has to do with worthiness.
I have learned a great deal about how to succeed, and my level of success has dramatically increased in recent times. However, I believe I am selling myself short of even greater things, simply because I don’t feel I am worthy of that greatness.
You may feel the same way. I know many people do. Besides the many messages I’ve seen about the topic lately, here’s an excellent quote that really sheds light on the topic…
“Do you truly believe in the worthiness of your dreams? Do you truly think they are worth the consistent effort required to make them manifest? Once you truly believe, nothing can stop you but yourself, for such belief is the same power which creates and maintains all existence.” ― Stephen Richards
It’s the last line of this quote that truly grabs my attention…”this belief is the same power which creates and maintains all existence”. It tells me that when we have faith, we are thinking the way God thinks…that all things are possible. We also summon this unlimited power into our lives to manifest the greatness and success we are seeking.
In God’s eyes, we are all worthy. After all, He created us for greatness. Don’t you think you are worthy of it? Why would He create you for anything less? I challenge you to focus on your worthiness. The Bible says God is more than willing to give us great and beautiful gifts (Matthew 7). All we have to do to receive them is ask. No strings attached. That sounds like worthiness to me.
What is your desire today? Imagine yourself living with that desire already fulfilled. Know that you are worthy of it simply because of who you are…a wonderful, Godly creation. Enjoy the blessings : )
As I was searching for messages about worthiness, I found some excellent quotes. This site in particular had some beautiful ones I wanted to share. Have an excellent day : )