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Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Writing has always been apart of my life. When I was young I would write short stories, songs, poems and I would draw pictures about what I wrote. The writing wasn’t always great but it brought my imagination to life as I wrote it down and it still does today.
However, when I write today and publish my work I pray over it that it Glorifies God more than anything else by sharing what he does for me, and inspires others to seek God in everything they do especially in the gift God has given them.
God has given us all a gift but we must first discover what that gift is by surrendering ourselves to God first. Once God has shown us our gift we must help each other sharpen our gifts by sharing them with one another. If you have a gift of song, then sing. If you have a gift of playing an instrument, than play that instrument. If you have gift for design then design; whatever your gift is God will give you great passion for it. Believe in God and he will help you sharpen your gift through his will.
Sometimes we have to lose everything to see everything that God has for us; this is how I rediscovered my gift. I hope you will read our gift to you. My book “Closer To The One”.
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Jesus did not commit to man…, for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)
We are supposed to trust people but in reality the only trust we should rely on is our trust in The Lord Jesus Christ. As human’s we are faltering and sinful. We can strive to be Christ like which is great but we will never be as perfect as he so don’t lose heart. Turn that frown upside down. People will disappoint you but what God teaches us through disappointment is compassion, love, and grace for one another.
Live each day to the fullest and love one another as God loves you. As you walk the path he has chosen for you keep him close to you. We can fight our battles with The Lord as our armor. Your trust in The Lord will shine through in a smile even when you are a little grumpy.
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Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. –James 1:19-20
I was discussing my feelings with a friend and we laughed as he said “Get a check up from the head up!” He is right. Everyday I face feelings that by the end of the day have wiped me out. Take it to The Lord I say. Through out the day I say “Thank you Jesus.” which is what we have been instructed to do by Jesus Christ. As you read through the bible you will see these words stated over and over again in different ways.
Humility takes practice and is a great virtue to have. It allows you to be wise and slow to anger. Do not let feeling’s control your actions. You can’t change people but you can change the way you react to them.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
Thanks to Mark’s Custom Fences and Lowes my beautiful new fence is up and my beautiful sanctuary garden can be built. As I watched the building of my fence I was working on my research paper and dreaming of things to do to the backyard to make it into a peaceful oasis. My home is a blessing that I do not want to take for granted.
With the death of the old me and my lack of appreciation for the little things, I am reminded daily as I walk through my home of what it really means to be grateful. God gives me the things I need most and the things I long for will be given in his time not mine. It’s difficult some days to not have what I truly long for but I also know that he is still building me up and my home to live better and to live for him.
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Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press onto acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Knowing life without someone you loved either from death of a relationship or death in life is painful. This kind of pain is in inevitable with life but life without Christ increases the pain and breaks you down more easily.
With the death of my old self; I have been able to endure the pain of knowing life without someone through Jesus Christ. Before I believed, I was faltering and lost but now I am found and though I still feel pain I am not lost. Life without Jesus is no life at all.
Let the pain wash over you, accept it in, and thank God for your blessings and the time you had with the ones you have lost.
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One of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of listening. Even if you just listen to one person a day you have saved a life. There is a company called StoryCorp that travels around the United States recording people’s story. Anyone who wants to share their life story can do this by just sitting with the team of StoryCorp and answer questions designed to keep the flow of the interview on course.
I believe StoryCorp has great potential. There are so many people who go unnoticed for too long that the sadness steals their life away. I heard on K-Love that one Evangelist asked a business man to lunch and said to him, “I realized I do not know much about you. Tell me about your life.” and the man did; for hours he poured out what he had been longing to share. The mans wife had written a thank you note because she saw the huge change in her husband from the simple act of kindness and interest the Evangelist took in knowing more about the business man he was having lunch with.
I know if I do not speak to friends or family for long periods of time I can be overwhelming and a big chatter box. I talk so much that I feel like I have to apologize for being long-winded and you know what they say to me, “Stacey it’s okay. You really don’t talk much.”. I laugh at this because I have so much to say but when I say too much about someone else I have remorse because I think back on the words that I said and think “maybe I shouldn’t of said that.” I remind myself that I am human and I am not perfect. I get upset at people and myself so venting is only natural, however, we should filter our words because the person who may have upset you, may have been reacting from something that happened prior to your encounter with them.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
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