Difficult Times

James 4.jpgThere are many times in the life of a Christian that we go through difficult times, and sometimes it seems that at every corner we are being attack spiritual, and it is when we know that we are the words of James comes to my mind. James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you, as well as Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says; Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Instead of us running from our Lord we need to run as fast as we can towards him, to rest our tired soul. When we are feeling sad, Jesus wants us to anticipate feeling joyful again. This takes the sting out of our sorrows, because we know it is only temporary what we are going thru. Sadness tends to duplicate itself along the timeline-convincing us that we will always be unhappy. But that is a lie! Jesus is telling us to turn away from the lies we are hearing and to turn to him and more important to trust him and all that he has promised us. The truth is, all of his children have infinite joy ahead of them, reserved in heaven, guaranteed through-out eternity. No one can take this away from us, which is wonderful to know. While we are journeying towards heaven, our earthly path has many ups and downs. Through your down times are uncomfortable, they are not worthless. Pain and struggle can be highly productive when we trust Jesus in the midst of our sufferings. Our anguish is comparable to a woman enduring labor pains. Her suffering is very real, and she wonder how much longer she can bear this pain, and this is the way we truly feel at times. However, all this agony produces a wonderful result-a newborn baby. The memories of her suffering retreat to the background of her mind as she begins to focus on her child. While we labor through earthly afflictions we need to keep our eyes on the promised reward in Jesus, and the wonderful joy we do have in knowing him no matter what we are going thru.

Grace and Peace to you My Friends

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Thankfulness #11

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The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.               Psalm 116:22-24

This is the day that God has made! As you rejoice in this day of life, it will yield up to you precious gifts and beneficial training. Walk with him along the high road of thanksgiving, and you will find all the delights that he has made ready for you.

To protect your thankfulness, you must remember that you reside in a fallen world, where blessings and sorrows intermingle freely. A constant focus on adversity defeats many Christians. They walk through a day that is brimming with beauty and brightness, seeing only the grayness of their thoughts. Neglecting the practice of giving thanks had darkened their minds. How precious are all God’s children who remember to thank Him at all times. They can walk through the darkest day with joy in their hearts because they know that the light of his presence is still shinning on them. Rejoice in this day that the Lord has made, for He is your steadfast Companion.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

Thankfulness #10

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.                         1 Peter 5:6-7

Rest in the deep assurance of God’s unfailing love. Let your body, mind, and spirit relax in his presence. Release into his care anything that is troubling you so that you can focus your full attention on Christ. Be awed by the vast dimensions of his love for you, wider, longer, higher, and deeper than anything you know. Rejoice that this marvelous love is your forever!

The best response to this glorious gift is a life steeped in thankfulness. Every time you thank Christ, you acknowledge that he is your Lord and Provider. This is the proper stance for a child of God, receiving with thanksgiving. Bring the Lord the sacrifice of gratitude, and watch to see how much that he will bless you.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen 

Losing Sight of Christmas — Success Inspirers’ World

Enjoy “The Christmas Shoes” by Newsong 2000! The muddy slush piles up against curbs and trampled footprints scatter about on the snow-covered sidewalks. Storefronts capitalize on impending Christmas shopping with festive, decorated windows. Full of alluring ideas that tax the mind where wallets won’t permit, it’s hard to swallow. But, love consumes our hearts, so […]

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Thankfulness #9

 

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.     Psalm 100

Let Thankfulness rule in your heart. As you thank the Lord for blessings in your life, a marvelous thing happens. It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of His glorious riches. With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from his treasure house. Each time you receive one of his golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out praise to the Lord’s name. “Hallelujahs” are the language of heaven, and they can become the language of your heart.

A life of praise and thankfulness becomes a life filled with miracles. Instead of trying to be in control, you need to focus on Christ and what he is doing in your life. This is the power of praise: centering your being in him. This is how he has created you to live, for he has made you in his own image. Enjoy abundance life by overflowing with praise and thankfulness. 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

The Littlest Feet of Christmas — Success Inspirers’ World

Enjoy this Christmas tune, The Friendly Beasts, sung by Evan Wickham! Our African Grey parrot will celebrate twenty-seven Christmases with us this year; our Cockatoo, seven years. With a lifespan of 60-75 years, we have many more holidays to sing Christmas songs together. But I’m sure this exotic species did not exist in biblical […]

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Thankfulness #8

Romans 8b

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.              Romans 8:38-39

As you sit quietly in God’s presence, let him fill your heart and mind with thankfulness. This is the most direct way to achieve a thankful heart. If your mind needs a focal point, gaze at his love poured out for you when he was on the cross. Remember that nothing in heaven or on earth can separate you from that love. This remembrance builds a foundation of gratitude in you, a foundation that circumstances cannot shake.

As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. God lovingly went before you and plant little pleasures to brighten up your day. Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet. Offer it up to Him with a grateful heart. Receive His peace as you lie down to sleep, with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen