God can write the most beautiful things. As I dream and write ideas down I have to laugh because I often wonder why I can’t have these in reality. The romantic things that come to mind I have lived some but have yet to live others. But as soon as I ponder this question God reminds me that you are still young and your new life has just begun. I’m his baby of almost 4 … decades old.
He has so many great plans for me that I can’t even imagine; which I am grateful for because it sweetens the surprise. Even through loneliness I find comfort with to do list of redoing Sela’s bedroom and ideas for renovating the kitchen and then working on my book and script. I’m definitely not bored… haha.
I did make the mistake of telling Sela, a 9 year old, I was working on her room yesterday and of course I received several text asking if I was done with it in a matter of 30 minutes. I am her wonder woman and she believes I can do anything. I will be lucky if I get done before she comes home. The Lord has me moving and shaking so as I act out his beautiful script I am thankful for living, I’m thankful for the people who do love me, my home, and all the other littles things he provides for me.
This is a year of Thankfulness and many blessings to come.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
When relationships go wrong it’s usually due to the inner desires of what we want versus what other person wants. We do not always understand or communicate these desires to each therefore we end up in a battle of words or silence. Here are seven biblical steps to restoring fellowship: (Warren, R, 2013, pp.127-132)
- Talk to God before talking to the person.
- What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. (James 4:1-2)
- Always take the initiative.
- Jesus said, “If you enter your place of worship and about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a grudge a friend has against you, abandon your offering, leave immediately, go to this friend and make things right. Then and only then, come back and work things out with God.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
- Sympathize with their feelings.
- As it is said in Philippians 2:4 “Look out for another’s interests, not just for your own.”
- Confess your part of the conflict.
- Jesus said, “First get rid of the log from your own eye; then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5)
- Attack the problem, not the person.
- A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.
- Cooperate as much as possible.
- Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. (Romans 12:18)
- Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution.
- Work hard at living at peace with others. (1 Peter 3:11)
- Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Warren, R. (2013). Daily Inspiration for The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
The Holy Bible, New International Version (2008). Parallel Study Bible.