Generally, I like Fridays and they usually tend to all be “good.” But today we celebrate “Good Friday”, the day when we remember that when God became flesh as Jesus, dwelt among us and was crucified. People treated Jesus with the normal human fickle behavior, heralding Him as King one day and then crucifying Him a few days later – the most brutal form of corporal punishment that humans could achieve at that time. And Jesus came to earth, connected with humanity is very vibrant and real ways, knowing full well how we would brutally murder Him, the only innocent man to live among us. And all of His decisions came from such genuine and authentic love that we continue to have difficulty grasping and appreciating this genuine love to us. So today we celebrate “Good Friday”, the day on which we can observe genuine love expressed in the most pure demonstration. Happy Good Friday, my friend 🙂
I’ve had some interesting interactions with people of late. Some of these interactions were in the intimidating & bully category. Being on the receiving end of the intimidation efforts, I can’t say that it was a pleasurable experience. And there have been more than a few occasions where I wanted to return some of that bullying.
Nevertheless, I decided with God’s help to look in my mind for some better thoughts & here are a few ideas for better thoughts:
*if God is for me, then who can be against me?
*I am more than a conqueror because of Jesus’ resurrection
*love never fails
*in God’s hands, a temporary affliction can turned into some heavy duty glory
*all things work to my benefit as I
Continue to stay in love with Jesus & true to His purposes in my life 🙂
Make the decision with me to choose better thoughts 🙂
Sometimes, I think that God has a quirky sense of humor based on the assignments that seem to get tossed my way. Over the last several months, I find myself involved in projects, problems and situations that are significantly bigger than my abilites or talents and I keep asking myself, “now why am I doing this?” Most of my recent assignments from God don’t seem to be in the sweet spot of my talents or skills and many of these assignments are way bigger than me. As I think about this, it seems like this is exactly the way that God operates – giving us assignments that are way beyond our natural abilities, including Saving Moses. Perhaps God wants to:
- help us become bigger & stronger people by increasing the sizes of the challenges that we face
- increase our dependence & trust in God
- accentuate God’s abilities through our shortcomings – giving greater glory to God than ourselves
- keep our eyes trained on God & off of ourselves
Doing big things requires us to rely on God, big time 🙂
We have entered the Easter season when we celebrate Jesus’ death & resurrection. But if we aren’t careful, we can get stuck in the mindset that Jesus lived 2,000 years ago so Easter can easily turn into a tribute to the past. Because Jesus rose from the dead, that means that He is alive today & since He lives today, lets watch & listen for Him in each moment of this day. He moves in so many different ways, speaks through so many different channels & occupies all time & space waiting for us to delightfully discover Him. Open eyes, listening ears & sensitive hearts for a fellowship permeated with infinite & genuine love 🙂
Friday, my husband & I were taking our son & his friend to ski for the day to celebrate my son’s bday. Unfortunately, we hit a really icey spot on the road & proceeded to lose control at 35-40mph. As we were slipping around the road, we missed an 18 wheeler semi, dodged all of the oncoming traffic as we slid perpendicular to the road, slipped into a ditch on the opposite side of the road & almost flipped into a mini-forest. When the car finally stopped, we checked & no one was injured and we could all climb out of the car. After the very amazing extraction of our car, we checked over the car & the only damage was that the front license plate was dinged up. We drove away from this crazy experience and went skiing for the rest of the day, even though my legs were still rather shakey during the day.
I’m crazy thankful to God for protection, miracles and care. Hopefully, our story encourages your faith and confidence that God is very engaged with our daily living, even when things don’t quite turn out as we had planned or hoped.
There have been situations in my life where I e asked God to do something & what I asked for didn’t happen. Quite often in these situations, what has happened instead of my request tended to be better than what I had asked for.
What we plan & ask for doesn’t always work out but we must always know, trust & believe that God loves us & God’s ways are always better & higher than our ways 🙂
Lately, it seems like I’ve had a lot of opposition & resistance. To be clear, some of this is self inflicted but it seems to me that many of the difficulties in which I find myself are kind of random & just the nature of remaining faithful to God. It’s easy to stay faithful when things are smoothy, groovy. But it can get tricky when we seem to be continually bombarded with opposition & resistance.
Here are some things that are helping me now:
*”now” is a key word – rehearsing the past & worrying about the future can deflate & contaminate the present
*keep going & trust that God will give you wisdom, rest & strength for each moment
*learn – take full advantage of this season to increase your wisdom & trust in God
*get strong – opposition can build strength if we don’t quit
* smile & be confident that God working out everything way beyond well as we stay in love with God & aligned with God’s purpose 🙂
Rejection is a tricky topic because sometimes our perceptions aren’t always accurate. But whether rejection is real or perceived, we have to deal with it constructively or it can be extremely destructive. So here are some suggestions:
*focusing on rejection usually seems to only make it worse or to be magnified in our thinking – better to bring it to Jesus
*consider the roots of rejection, if it comes from yourself or from something external
*rejection is always eligible for redemption (Joseph, Jacob, Jesus & more)
*forgiveness is a necessary ingredient for rejection to be redeemed 🙂
We can be guilty of lots of things, but here are some things for which I want to be wholly convicted:
*complementing more than criticizing
*encouraging more than discouraging
*loving more than using
*listening more than impulsive comments
*wisdom more than foolishness
*redeeming more than rehearsing
*faith more than doubt
*progress with www.savingmoses.org more than enumerating problems 🙂
What are some other things you would include??? Thanks for your input & for your time to read this & reply!! Appreciate you 🙂
Sometimes I can get discouraged when I look at things in incremental or small ways. For example, when I’m trying to get in shape, I can easily get discouraged with one workout – it hurts, I wish I were more fit, etc. But when I look at the big picture (no pun intended), I can find some encouragement that I’m trying, growing & on the right path to get better, little by little.
This is also true with God, who sees the overall scheme of our lives with precision clarity & not just the small & seemingly incongruous puzzle pieces that can so easily frustrate us. Ultimately, we can rest in the truth that God is working all things to good as we continue to love God & stay true Their (Trinity) purposes & designs for us!! Be encouraged dear friend! 😀