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“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:12
Whatever you want in life, make a plan and go get it. Things that are worth working for may not always be easy but it is worth your perseverance. Find a mentor who is successful and learn. Being lazy will bring poverty but diligent hands brings success. Be encouraged today and go get what you know is yours in terms of life, education, wealth, love, and any achievement.
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
Good friends are sometimes hard to come by. They can be rare indeed. However, Jesus is loyal and will never forsake you. If you have friends who are unreliable, then you may have more challenges than you are prepared to handle. Cling to the one who sticks closer than a brother. Enjoy and embrace loyal and true friends.
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 NIV
In life it may seem that God has put more on you than you can bear, but trust in the word when it says the pain and the trials are only temporary. The weeping is just for now, but joy comes in the morning. This may take on a metaphorical meaning, but spending time with the Lord in the morning really does bring joy. I refuse to put my morning in other people’s hands. Everyday is the Lord’s, so start each morning reading the word and just to say “Thank You, I know this day is a gift from You.”
Enjoy each day.
song: Just for Now by Imogen Heap
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Today, I will focus on the goodness of the Lord. He deserves the utmost appreciation and love. With my whole I heart I love him and with my soul. To God be the glory for the things he has done and to God be the Honor for who he is. Let him in your heart and love him today.
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2
When people look at our lives, they should see something special. As we imitate the Lord in love, lifestyle, compassion and everyday life, others’ lives should be affected in positive and blessed ways. Walking in love is the key to life’s wonderful opportunities to share with others the goodness of the Lord. Share with others and walk in love today.
“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.” Proverbs 22:24,25
There is an old saying that says, “Birds of a feather flock together”. My grandmother used to say that to us when we would discuss friendships. She also would say this one: “Show me your company and I’ll show you who you are.” She was trying to tell us that we could be judged and our reputations could possibly be defined by who are friends are. My own parents would sit down and explain the importance of choosing our friends wisely. But the most intriguing family conversations were the ones that involved choosing friends who had unfavorable characteristics. For some reason it seemed that some of the coolest kids at school were the bad kids. However, I quickly learned that there is a price to pay for choosing the wrong type of friends. Their unfavorable characteristics “rubbed off” and it seemed that trouble followed us everywhere. Some of the bad kids were hot-tempered and that led to even more trouble and difficulty. It didn’t take me long to figure out that being with them was not my “cup of tea.” I got out and got out fast!
Pay attention to the characteristics of ones that you spend time with. Spend time with people who will bring joy and encouragement to your life and not ways of destruction. You deserve the very best in this life and you should have and enjoy friends who “celebrate” you and not “tolerate” you. Be aware of the company that you keep.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. ” Psalms 145:19
What a wonderful assurance that the Lord is with us and hears us. The Lord is near to all who call on him…etc. I call on the Lord quite a bit, especially right now. I have had to really spend time calling on the Lord because of life changes. But I am confident that he will answer each and every prayer. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. I am in need of saving right now and I mean everyday saving. However, God is a merciful God and will deliver me from all things not like him.
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I believe that men are such an awesome species. God had an awesome plan when he created them. They have the ability to be great leaders in authority, awesome providers, fantastic fathers, spectacular husbands, and so forth. In my “Lady talk sessions” among women I hear women say all of the time that it is so hard to find a good man, especially one with great moral character. At times that may be true. However, for the men who are good and have all of these wondeful qualities I say to you, may God bless you, congratulations and please do keep up the good work! For the men who do not have these wonderful characteristics I say this: If you want to change, it is indeed possible. Don’t be intimidated by challenges or situations that may have catapulted things to lead you to not walk in ways of truth, love, compassion, integrity and leadership. Only the Lord can heal you in areas that may have affected you from childhood even to right now. The word of God has the power to change a life. Find a support group or pastor that you respect and can trust to help you in your effort for healing. You are needed in our lives and community. You want to be the best that you can be and that is only possible with the help of the Lord. I believe in you! Go forth and succeed!
“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to your name, O most High.” Psalm 9;1-2
Today, let us take the time to rejoice in the Lord, give him the praise that he so richly deserves and tell of his marvelous works and blessings. With gladness we should rejoice in him and sing praise to his name. He is waiting for our praises. He deserves them. Make the heart of God glad today. He loves it and appreciates it!