When we give to others what we don’t need anymore, and what they desperately have need of. This feeling of gratefulness is worth having.
An interesting feeling. This sense of happiness and this sense of goodness.
“Nothing else in all life is such a maker of joy and cheer as the privilege of doing good.” — James Russell Miller
Growing up I was sharing a bed with a sibling until I was almost 21 years old. This feeling of not having MINE has always been a constant one. When I left home at 22 and travelled to the kibbutz in Israel this feeling was unfamiliar. I had my own bed! All I had to do was share the room with one other person who ended up becoming a best friend and godmother to our son.
Today we were able to give a 15 year old her OWN bed. I am convinced that I was more thrilled than anybody apart from her! What a joy to give to someone and know that you have given something that they desperately needed.
To give somebody something of value does not require a price tag on it. Giving something valuable is actually HOW IT MAKES YOU FEEL when you give. We often dream about the things we would like to do. Things for ourselves or for others?
Today I am challenged to check my GIVING. Can I be trusted to give without receiving anything back? How hard is it die me to give of my best to somebody?
In the King James version of the Bible: The word “give” is mentioned 880 times The word “given” is mentioned 498 times The word “giveth” is mentioned 126 times
The greatest GIVER in the world is God Himself who GAVE His ONLY Son Jesus to an undeserving world.
How is your GIVING? Look around you at somebody near you or far from you and decide. Do they need you to give? So many are dying of hunger and poverty, hopelessness and homelessness in the world. Maybe YOU can make a difference. Just test it. See how you’ll feel when you GIVE.
Have you ever regretted the fact that you remember? There are times when I wish I did not remember. Yes, I said it. I am simply asking for the pain of some memories to dissipate.
How we remember “old” days take us to different places in our mind. Good memories often excite, encourage and motivate us. Bad memories make us hide, run or deny the pain they caused. Yet they are there.
Always remember the good times you had. The bad times always want the good times to forget. It’s the LITTLE good things that happened that are more significant. Focusing on the BAD only stirs up negativity and then “hurt people will hurt people”.
Writing down what you feel as moments take place in your life is crucial for perspective. I find that when I write it down it is real. But when I go back a while later, I discover a different feeling about it.
Sometimes when I write it doesn’t make sense. But on a different day it does. So……….. just write. You’ll discover your inside. You’ll expose your mind and heart.
Just write it down. Find perspective. It will not blind you.
I am a collection of thoughts and memories and likes and dislikes. I am the things that have happened to me and the sum of everything I’ve ever done. I am the clothes I wear on my back. I am every place and every person and every object I have ever come across. I am a bag of bones stuck to a very large rock spinning a thousand miles an hour. Macaulay Culkin
‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.’
The Lord will never abandon or leave you.
The fear of abandonment can be one of the most distressing fears in life.
But when it comes to God, we never need to have such fears.
He will not leave you, no matter what your circumstances may look like.
PRAYER: Lord, You are here, right here, right now, with me. You have come to me, and I can hold onto You, and You will hold onto me. You will never leave me, nor will You forsake me, and my future is secure, because You are with me. Amen.
There’s just TOO much noise. Everywhere. Next door, inside and outside. I find myself SCREAMING: “Silence! There’s too much noise!” I need to be silent! But nothing changes. Inside I am still screaming.
Today I need it. I long for it. As if I would rather be hard of hearing or deaf today. As if the noise is JUST TOO MUCH that I would swop my place with anyone who cannot hear.
As I lay here I tell myself: “don’t listen then”. Just as I think I cannot anymore a voice pops into my being and screams at me “Listen! listen for ME!” I strain my person and my being. I reach inward and search. A tiny, sweet and perfect sound is found. My heartbeat. I can hear it! I listen. I strain my ear to find every one single beat. I hear it! I find it!
A heartbeat that’s perfect. So REAL and it’s reminding me that a breath and a heartbeat join together to cause me to hear and ultimately I find my “listen”. What becomes more relevant is my heartbeat.
My ability to breathe. And my ability to hear and to listen. Even the noise, even the ghastly sounds of life outside this bedroom. The screeching sounds of car engines, machinery and dogs barking.
I listen. I lay here listening. And almost immediately the noise becomes a melody of my hearing. I can hear the sounds. I can listen. I don’t want the SILENCE anymore. I feel the surrounding of the noise and the silence is lost. I am alive to LISTEN. I do not want it to be SILENT.
See what happened? Instead of wanting to be SILENT I must LISTEN. They are the same but yet so different.
When I closed my eyes last night I had NO idea what I would see when I opened them this morning. Was it going to be promising, pressurising or precious? Expecting a new day is trusting the ONE who creates and colours the days of our lives. Knowing that God is infinitely in control is as refreshing as rain and stimulating as love.
For God knows what we don’t know. The way the clouds will form, the way the raindrops will fall and the way in which the minutes will turn into hours. Every day is predestined and organised by God in order to direct, encourage and protect me.
I shall trust Him with my days. As long as I live. And when the good times are bad times, yet will I still trust Him. I cannot close or open my eyes without Him. For He knows every minute of every day.
I declare and decree that you will live and not die. You will tell of what the Lord has done in your life. Lift up your eyes to God from where your help comes from. Know this: He does NOT abandon His children. Be His child. Receive Him. God does not have stepchildren. He loves and provides for those who belong to Him. Those who have the right to call on Him. 🤗
Have you ever asked yourself the question: “what am I living for?”
Like me, I’m sure you have. Now let’s not be ignorant of the fact that some days we DO ask that question and we have NO immediate answer. We almost have to go and search our personal lives to find the thing that makes life worth living.
Not so long ago, I suffered terrible pain from what I thought was a heart attack. The pain was excruciating and it felt as if it was my last breaths I was taking.
This was a terrible and frightening ordeal to go through. I eventually, after taking acid relieving medicine obviously realised that this pain was due to acid in my body. And taking the medicine helped! It felt like an eternity before I was able to breath without the pain. In taking the medicine I was trying to find the problem and in doing so I was solving it. The good news is that I lived to talk about it.
Searching our hearts for what is worth living, should not be difficult to do. What makes you breathe, touch, smell, hear, feel and experience life worth living? The answer is not a calculation but a realisation of what gives us joy. It could be your family, a lifestyle, a relationship, or even an activity or a job. Searching within yourself requires true honesty. It would be like looking in a mirror BUT NOT FORGETTING WHAT YOU SAW. Especially the flaws.
What makes you make up every morning?
What in your life reveals your purpose to you?
Do you feel you have a purpose? Is there something that blocks you from feeling pure joy at living?
Depression, loss, sadness, loneliness are some of the things that strangle us and make us feel “lifeless”.
Jesus said to the woman in Luke 7:50
“Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” This after she had poured her precious and perfumed oil on his feet and washed it with her hair. Her only precious item.
She left that place to tell of this man whom she had met. She probably never forgot Him.
Maybe it’s time we forget “how” we feel and remember “what” it is we should be feeling. We should be living as if it’s our last. Responsibly and effectively.
These should be the words I speak as I face a new day, or a challenge. As much as I don’t see that God is fixing the problem, or that I don’t feel any better, I should be holding onto the HOPE that I will see the daylight, and experience a better tomorrow.
I would like to encourage you today to find the purpose does your life. Dig deep. Go beyond the mess to find what gives you joy. Somewhere in the middle of your life’s chaos you’ll find the answer.
Remember what Isaiah 40:31 says:
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
May peace guide you to your purpose and may this discovery bring you much joy.
Barbarella says: “A life without cause is a life without effect.”
Do you like waiting? Not everyone enjoys waiting for something. Think about it for a minute, do you like to wait. The answer for most of us is an absolute NO!!! We hate waiting at the doctor’s office or in line at the Traffic Department or even for our Big Mac at the McDonald’s drive thru window. We just don’t like to wait. What about if we have to ‘wait on God?’
Sometimes we may be praying and praying for something and maybe we even get to the place where we are not sure that God even hears our prayers anymore! Waiting patiently is not the easiest thing for many of us to do.
The word “waiting” in the Dictionary means: to allow time to go by, especially while staying in one place without doing very much, until someone comes, until something that you are expecting happens or until you can do something. Sometimes the actual word ‘waiting’ or the phrase ‘waiting on God’ or ‘waiting upon God’ is used in a scriptural passage. The truth is that Waiting is one of the hardest things in our walk with Christ. Yet the bible is clear, just because you are waiting on your breakthrough, it does not mean that you are doing nothing.
I love what the Bible says in: Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Notice the word “soul”. Have you heard the expression “heart and soul”? It’s when your entire being craves or responds. So many times in our lives we are having to experience this. And when this challenge comes our way, it is important to remember that we are not alone.
For when we wait, so does the Lord wait. Isaiah 30:18 says: “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Sometimes we are waiting on something to happen, a provision or person. There are times in our lives that we are even waiting for CHANGE to happen. Putting our trust in the One who has the answer is the best we can do for ourselves. There have been times in my life when I have waited or trusted. When the actual thing happens that I’m waiting on, I always end up having to ask myself: “ Glenda, is this happening because you expected it or because you trusted God without knowing the result?
How many times have you waited for or are you still waiting for something to change?
Have you been asking God to give you the patience you need while you wait? Are you seeking His will or are you expecting His provision of your need?
The result is not in HOW LONG you wait. I believe ANY result from God comes through HOW WE WAIT. Sometimes God changes our expectancy through the period of waiting. As you trust God He let’s you see what your actual need is.
20 years ago we were stuck in the middle of infertility. Waiting for a pregnancy. Waiting for something like this can be draining on ones belief, trust and relationships. Yet, in all our waiting God was waiting with us. Waiting for us to understand His purpose for us. 3 years later we held our baby boy on the Monday after his birth that Sunday night. An adoption had become the first option. Was that what we wanted? Not at first. But guess what. Gods option for us was adoption. Not for the baby but for us. God knew that 2 years later after that we would conceive. Just so He could let us know that He can do ALL things. This pregnancy did not last, but it did make it clear to us that God CAN do what we want if we wait. But that He can also do what we NEED if we wait on Him.
Maybe you are waiting for a family member to find Christ. Don’t just sit there and wait! Let them see how you wait as you faithfully worship God. Let them find Christ through your waiting.
Abraham waited 25 years for Gods promise to be fulfilled. In Hebrews 6:15 it says: “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” Phew! 25 years seem Like a long time! Abraham did not STOP believing the promise. I want to encourage you today to HOLD ONTO Gods Promise. What He has promised, He Will do. There’s an old hymn that says: “in His time, in His time. He makes all things beautiful in His time”
How long do you want to wait?
Woodrow T. Wilson says: “All things come to him who waits – provided he knows what he is waiting for.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach says: Whatever we are waiting for — peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance — it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
John Ortberg says it so clearly: Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.
When we wait we are watching. Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and the perfect or of our faith is the greatest thing we can do for ourselves. He is with us when we start and he’s with us through the process until the end.