Posted by: Anne | January 12, 2019

active not passive

“When we see that you’re just as willing to endure the hard times as to enjoy the good times, we know you’re going to make it, no doubt about it.”
~ 2 Corinthians 1:7 The Message (MSG)

Wholeness isn’t a passive process—it’s more like a conversation… I had to talk back to my fear and passivity. I had to have an argument with pain.

None of us recovers from the injury of avoidance. When we stop asking questions, stop paying attention, stop telling God we’re afraid and expecting a reply, we hurt ourselves more than physical ailments ever could.

When I’m afraid, I wish Christ didn’t want to dialogue about the healing I actually need. Instead of conversation, I want a quick trip back to “normal”—meaning the point when I didn’t have to speak my weakness out loud.

Real healing always involves an awkward chat with reality. When we ask to be made well, we admit we’re not okay. To heal, we must grieve what we’ve lost, feel fear for our future, acknowledge our limitations, and prepare for a long journey. But healing cuts and bruises, not to mention our spirits, is an everyday resurrection. It’s the empty tomb brought into our daily lives.

Read the full article at the source:
https://www.intouch.org/read/magazine/faith-works/the-give-and-take-of-getting-well

Posted by: Anne | January 5, 2019

start somewhere, do something

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”
~ Proverbs 14:23 (New International Version)

Starting over doesn’t have to be a big, huge, complicated step. You don’t have to have it all figured out. Starting somewhere is as good as starting anywhere, and any day is as good as today. Every day is another chance to turn it all around. You are capable of having a good life, a godly life you want more than anything. Pray about it. Talk to God about it. Even if you don’t believe it yet, talk to God about it.

Read the full article at the source:
https://finds.life.church/todays-a-good-day-to-start-over-or-any-day-really/

Posted by: Anne | December 29, 2018

waste not

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
~ Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

“This is the beginning of a new day.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not a loss;
good, not evil;
success, not failure —
in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it today.”
~ Heartsill Wilson

(According to legend, former Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant kept this poem with him and read it every day.)

Read more:
https://shallowside.net/blog/blog/today-is-a-new-day

Posted by: Anne | December 22, 2018

make room in your life

“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
~ Colossians 3:15-17 The Message (MSG)

“He is with us when the evening falls
And all the laughter fades
When the emptiness comes creeping back, creeping back
And just steals your joy away
He is with us always
In our joy and in our pain
In the lonely midnight keep looking up
Love has come, God with us”

~ “God With Us” by We Are Messengers

Hear the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acVpuGB1ecw

Read the full lyrics:
https://genius.com/We-are-messengers-god-with-us-lyrics

We Are Messengers website:
https://wearemessengersmusic.com/

Posted by: Anne | December 15, 2018

gifts given and giving: bless their heart

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
~ Acts 20:35 (NIV)

When we think of those God puts in our path — wondering just why they’re in our lives — let’s imagine Jesus giving us the directive: “Well? Bless their heart!” Might we think of the Lord urging us to gift them with a word of encouragement, some needed physical help or a simple gesture of kindness, especially during this time of year? We can give in a way that will bring a genuine blessing to their heart.

Read the full article at the source:
https://proverbs31.org/read/devotions/full-post/2018/12/04/well-bless-her-heart

Posted by: Anne | December 8, 2018

gifts given and giving: empathy

“When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad.”
~ Romans 12:15 (Contemporary English Version)

Posted by: Anne | December 1, 2018

gifts given and giving: sharing

“Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.”
~ Hebrews 13:16 (Christian Standard Bible)

 

Posted by: Anne | November 24, 2018

faith, in other words: contentment

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
~ Philippians 4:11-12 ESV

Read more Bible verses about contentment:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/contentment

Posted by: Anne | November 17, 2018

faith, in other words: give thanks in all circumstances

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

See Also:
https://rainshine.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/give-thanks-in/

Read more Bible verses about thankfulness:
https://praisephilly.com/224691/thankful-thursday5-bible-verses-thankfulness-giving-thanks/

Posted by: Anne | November 10, 2018

faith, in other words: stand firm

“And Moses said to the people, Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.
~ Exodus 14:13-14 ESV

Read more Bible verses about standing firm:
https://www.openbible.info/topics/standing_firm

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