An Abundant Life

Jesus said “I have come so that you may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). What does that mean to you – an abundant life? To me it means enjoying a fuller, richer life in all ways which means I have to make room for things to come into my life.

Too often we hold onto things that no longer serve us. As an example, take a look at your living space. Is it filled with clutter and things you don’t use or need anymore? Next take a look at your life. Is it too filled with things that no longer serve you? Are you holding on to things from the past? Attitudes, feelings, relationships? All this demands mental, emotional, and/or physical energy.

To live the abundant life, we must make room for what we truly want in our lives and that means letting go of the things that hold us back. Jesus died so we can be free! Release those thoughts and negative attitudes from the past and begin living a life of freedom and abundance and watch God pour out his blessings on you!

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An Abundant Life

Jesus said “I have come so that you may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). What does that mean to you – an abundant life? To me it means enjoying a fuller, richer life in all ways which means I have to make room for things to come into my life.

Too often we hold onto things that no longer serve us. As an example, take a look at your living space. Is it filled with clutter and things you don’t use or need anymore? Next take a look at your life. Is it too filled with things that no longer serve you? Are you holding on to things from the past? Attitudes, feelings, relationships? All this demands mental, emotional, and/or physical energy.

To live the abundant life, we must make room for what we truly want in our lives and that means letting go of the things that hold us back. Jesus died so we can be free! Release those thoughts and negative attitudes from the past and begin living a life of freedom and abundance and watch God pour out his blessings on you!

Cultivate Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have a tradition at my home. On the first of November, I put out a small basket with a pad of paper and a pen nearby. Everyday I write down one thing I am thankful for on a sheet of paper and put it in the basket. As each person enters my home during the month, I ask them to write down one thing and put it in the basket. On Thanksgiving, each person at my dinner table takes a turn picking a paper and reading it aloud. When my sons were little, we would laugh at some of the things that were written. But you get the idea. Being consciously aware of being grateful.

I call it “cultivating an attitude of gratitude”. I am amazed at the people who have a hard time writing something down for my basket and I ask myself why. Don’t we all live in America? Don’t we all have something to be thankful for? Everyone is going through trials and tribulations, but the Bible calls us to be thankful for those too. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:1-3).

As we head into Thanksgiving, take a few moments to reflect and be grateful. No matter what you’re going through, there is always something positive to focus on. Make a commitment to yourself today to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, and watch what blossoms in your life!

Cultivate Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have a tradition at my home. On the first of November, I put out a small basket with a pad of paper and a pen nearby. Everyday I write down one thing I am thankful for on a sheet of paper and put it in the basket. As each person enters my home during the month, I ask them to write down one thing and put it in the basket. On Thanksgiving, each person at my dinner table takes a turn picking a paper and reading it aloud. When my sons were little, we would laugh at some of the things that were written. But you get the idea. Being consciously aware of being grateful.

I call it “cultivating an attitude of gratitude”. I am amazed at the people who have a hard time writing something down for my basket and I ask myself why. Don’t we all live in America? Don’t we all have something to be thankful for? Everyone is going through trials and tribulations, but the Bible calls us to be thankful for those too. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:1-3).

As we head into Thanksgiving, take a few moments to reflect and be grateful. No matter what you’re going through, there is always something positive to focus on. Make a commitment to yourself today to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, and watch what blossoms in your life!

The Battle is the Lord’s

Feel like things are coming at you from all directions? Overwhelmed? Depressed possibly?

Fret not, for the battle is the Lord’s. God is on your side. He promises he will never leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:9 says “Be strong and very courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is God’s promise to his children and God never breaks his promise.

When times are tough and you are going through the battles of life, remember to focus on who God is rather than your circumstances. Remember the situations and trials He has brought you through in the past. God is our mighty fortress and our strong tower. So take up the shield of faith and fight the good fight. Do what you can to help yourself, and let God do the rest, for He is mighty to save!

Write and share with me a battle you have been in and how the Lord brought you through it. To God be the glory!

The Battle is the Lord’s

Feel like things are coming at you from all directions? Overwhelmed? Depressed possibly?

Fret not, for the battle is the Lord’s. God is on your side. He promises he will never leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:9 says “Be strong and very courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is God’s promise to his children and God never breaks his promise.

When times are tough and you are going through the battles of life, remember to focus on who God is rather than your circumstances. Remember the situations and trials He has brought you through in the past. God is our mighty fortress and our strong tower. So take up the shield of faith and fight the good fight. Do what you can to help yourself, and let God do the rest, for He is mighty to save!

Write and share with me a battle you have been in and how the Lord brought you through it. To God be the glory!

Do You Know Who You Are?

Do you know who you are? Are you searching to find the “real you”? Is it in your job? Your clothes? Your figure or your car?

Do you realize that you are a child of the Most High? Have you received this truth deep into your soul?

Many people today do not know the love of God. The Bible says that “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

No one can ever love you like your Heavenly Father loves you. If that doesn’t make you secure, confident and bold, I don’t know what will.

Today, know that you are the Lord’s beloved – whatever your condition, situation, or status in life – GOD LOVES YOU!

Now go out there in the world, act like you are a child of the King, and show somebody God’s love! Your reward will be great.

Do You Know Who You Are?

Do you know who you are? Are you searching to find the “real you”? Is it in your job? Your clothes? Your figure or your car?

Do you realize that you are a child of the Most High? Have you received this truth deep into your soul?

Many people today do not know the love of God. The Bible says that “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

No one can ever love you like your Heavenly Father loves you. If that doesn’t make you secure, confident and bold, I don’t know what will.

Today, know that you are the Lord’s beloved – whatever your condition, situation, or status in life – GOD LOVES YOU!

Now go out there in the world, act like you are a child of the King, and show somebody God’s love! Your reward will be great.

Caterpiller or Butterfly?

A caterpiller crawls on its belly on the ground and moves slowly, feeding on plants. It sheds its skin several times and finally through an amazing metamorphosis turns into a chrysalis where it grows strong wings and legs. When the transformation is complete, the creature molts one last time and a beautiful butterfly emerges from its cocoon.

I think this represents the stages we go through as christians. When we are saved we are transformed into a new creation. We keep shedding our old selves until our spirit is set finally set free from all that holds us down.

God has given us each great beauty. Let us not creep and crawl but today let us fly high and soar with wings like eagles. We are made in the likeness of God.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17.

Caterpiller or Butterfly?

A caterpiller crawls on its belly on the ground and moves slowly, feeding on plants. It sheds its skin several times and finally through an amazing metamorphosis turns into a chrysalis where it grows strong wings and legs. When the transformation is complete, the creature molts one last time and a beautiful butterfly emerges from its cocoon.

I think this represents the stages we go through as christians. When we are saved we are transformed into a new creation. We keep shedding our old selves until our spirit is set finally set free from all that holds us down.

God has given us each great beauty. Let us not creep and crawl but today let us fly high and soar with wings like eagles. We are made in the likeness of God.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17.