As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. (NLT) -Proverbs 27:19
Do you ever think about what kind of heart your are grooming yours to be? It’s an interesting thought, we can guide our heart to value precious attitudes. Compassion, mercy, love, and generosity are qualities we want but we can easily overlook those qualities if we are busy focusing on beauty, fame, material possessions, or wealth. Groom your heart to value the Godly qualities by observing the generosity of others or halting anger from rising inside and extending compassion.
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. (NLT) -Psalm 50:15
Who do you run to when you are in trouble? Perhaps your spouse, parents, or a good friend? The problem with these people is they are human and can’t always rescue you or know what is best for you. God says he will rescue you… not maybe, not perhaps, but He WILL rescue you. How comforting it is to know God has your back. It’s only fitting we respond with thankfulness and give God the honor He deserves. Are you in trouble? Then call on the Lord, He will be there.
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. (NLT) -Romans 12:21
How can evil conquer us? It begins in our mind. Anger has a way of stewing inside and then it finally erupts. Quick judgements of others begins as a seed in our thoughts that grows into distaste for another. Envy and jealousy begin in the mind as well. This passage tells us the key to overcoming evil is by doing good. Doing good comes from a thought but are acted on. If you feel your thoughts beginning to be critical, angry, or envious, stop them by responding with a loving action. You can conquer everything with good.
A guy is taking his girlfriend to prom. He waits in the ticket line for a really long time but gets them. He goes to rent a limo. The rental line is really long but he eventually does it. He goes to buy her flowers. The line at the florist is really long but eventually he gets the flowers. At prom, she asks him to go get punch. He goes to the refreshment table and there’s no punchline.
you’ve got to be kidding me
I am in physical pain
Oliver Sykes accepting the award for his band Bring Me The Horizon at the APMAS
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (NLT) -1 Corinthians 12:7
Have you identified your spiritual gift? When you use your spiritual gift, usually you have a feeling of a confident joy. A spiritual gift could be healing, encouragement, giving, teaching, wisdom, discernment, or leadership. It’s important to identify your gift so you can use it to benefit others. Take a few moments to determine what your gift is and how you can leverage it to help others.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT) -Matthew 11:28-30
With so much going on in today’s world, we take on more stress and anxiety than ever before. While we should always perform our best and make a difference where we can, there are many areas where we don’t have control. Instead, leave those worries to God and put all of your trust in Him. Make a choice today to trust God with all your might and He will answer with peace and love that you can pass on to your family.