Hello, beautiful people! I ran across a jewel yesterday that I wanted to share. I’m not sure how it never stuck out to me before. In Philippians 1:3, Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi and told them “I thank my God every time I remember you.” As I read it my heart melted! How sweet is that? Certainly, he had a fondness and love for the Philippians to feel such joy and gratitude at their memory.
This led me to think about people who have made lasting impacts on my life that cause me to praise God for the mere thought of them. Then, I wondered if anyone felt the same of me. I charge myself to be more deliberate in my interactions with everyone that I interact with…I want to sow seeds of praise and gratitude simply through being who God has called me to be and living laced with love, service, and compassion for everyone.
What will you do to be sure that thoughts of you will be joyous for the people in your life?
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge,
that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
-Ephesians 3:19 (KJV)
Created in His image, things of this world are beneath us. He gave us dominion over them and we will never find fullness in them. They will provide us temporary happiness, but they will disappoint us, hurt us, anger us, and leave us. Our fullness…our joy, faith, hope, and love…it is sustainable, but can only be found in Him.
Just my two cents. Have a blessed day, lovelies.
It hit me as I woke up this morning that God is always listening, always working on our behalf…essentially, God is always BEING God. He listens to our prayers…from the simplest to the most detailed. He answers them too. In His own way. In His own time. Not in a way that eliminates us of personal responsibility or free will, but in a way that reminds us from time to time that He. Is. God.
2012-13 were two of the most humbling years of my life. 2014 hasn’t brought new circumstances just yet, but it has brought a new perspective. I’ve learned that joy isn’t in circumstances or situations. Your joy is in your perspective. This morning, I woke up so grateful. I couldn’t list all of my reasons if I tried, but I am especially thankful that I have learned to choose joy. Despite every potential reason that I may have to complain, I have decided not to speak or dwell on those things and to instead just thank Him for each moment being as well as it is and to make it count for something.
I realized this morning that lately, I’ve been waking up with a busy mind. I have had so much going on inside of my head, but one thing has been constant. My simple little prayer has been a staple in my recent conversations with God. I’ve been asking Him, “Who can I help or encourage today, God?” My common sense tells me that someone somewhere is praying for help. My faith tells me that God will answer my prayer and theirs by equipping me with exactly what I need to be of service to them.
I pray that I always wake up with a mind to ask and that He always answers.
Have a wonderful Saturday, beautiful people.
Keep smiling. 🙂