New Ways

Are things going the way you would like them to go in your life? Some things may be going just great, but then, there are those other areas that might not be so smooth.

I have noticed that when the Lord is trying to tell me something, I usually get the same uncomfortable feeling in various situations in my life. “Hmmm, this feels familiar,” I find myself saying and it causes me to pause and reflect. Lately, the Lord has been working on my speech. Believe it or not, there is great power in the words we speak.

For instance, yesterday my son was telling me how he didn’t get much done in his internship search last week. “Well, why not?” I immediately queried. The minute the words were out of my mouth, I realized I had said the wrong thing. Was that kind? Was it encouraging? Was it necessary? No, no, and no. If the answer to any of these questions is no, it is best not to even speak the words. There I was – treading on God’s territory – again.

As my son courageously set his boundary with me on the question, I uttered a pathetic excuse. “But I was only trying to understand you.” But really, I was reacting out of fear, right?

When will I learn? So a new post-it goes up in my house. Whenever I am trying to retrain myself in a certain area, I post a sticky note to remind me. It’s a simple trick that is very effective.

Today is a new day. God’s mercies are new every day and thankfully my son has learned to let go of things. He has so much to teach me and I thought I was the one teaching him 🙂

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New Ways

Are things going the way you would like them to go in your life? Some things may be going just great, but then, there are those other areas that might not be so smooth.

I have noticed that when the Lord is trying to tell me something, I usually get the same uncomfortable feeling in various situations in my life. “Hmmm, this feels familiar,” I find myself saying and it causes me to pause and reflect. Lately, the Lord has been working on my speech. Believe it or not, there is great power in the words we speak.

For instance, yesterday my son was telling me how he didn’t get much done in his internship search last week. “Well, why not?” I immediately queried. The minute the words were out of my mouth, I realized I had said the wrong thing. Was that kind? Was it encouraging? Was it necessary? No, no, and no. If the answer to any of these questions is no, it is best not to even speak the words. There I was – treading on God’s territory – again.

As my son courageously set his boundary with me on the question, I uttered a pathetic excuse. “But I was only trying to understand you.” But really, I was reacting out of fear, right?

When will I learn? So a new post-it goes up in my house. Whenever I am trying to retrain myself in a certain area, I post a sticky note to remind me. It’s a simple trick that is very effective.

Today is a new day. God’s mercies are new every day and thankfully my son has learned to let go of things. He has so much to teach me and I thought I was the one teaching him 🙂

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)

New Hope

Has something died in your life? A dream, a vision, a relationship? Do you have hope that God can resurrect it or has your hope died with it?

It’s a funny thing after something really bad happens to me, I usually spend some time reflecting on what happened, why it happened, and what God is trying to tell me. Of course, sometimes I don’t always get an answer to the WHY question and I have learned not to spend too much time seeking the answer. God knows the WHY and it’s my job to trust that He has the best in mind for me.

But, it seems that He is faithful to give some answers and the whole process results in a change in my thinking. Who was it that said “The problems of today cannot be resolved by yesterday’s thinking” or something like that? It boils down to Romans 12:2 which says to be “transformed daily by the renewing of your mind so that you will know the good and perfect will of God for you”.

We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s old thinking patterns. We must seek, ask, and knock. There is a ton of information out there and it is up to us to search out answers to the problems in our life as best we can while trusting God to direct our path.

Just because a bad situation happens to us does not mean we are done for. The Lord Jesus can raise us up again, if we believe in His power to do so. No matter what we may have been through, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is available to us. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” (John 11:25-26)

By faith, we must believe in Christ’s power if we are to triumph over the sufferings of this life. Today, heed the words of Jesus when He said “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” (John 11:40)

New Life

Spring has sprung and the blossoms are blooming. New life is all around us. Seeing the sun burst through my windows in the morning fills me with joy. To me, it’s like God is saying “Good morning, I love you.”

Each morning reminds me that God’s mercies are new every day. God forgives me for my sins of yesterday. So I need to forgive myself for my misdeeds and words. I ask Jesus to help me to do better today. Then I forgive others for whatever hurts they may have caused me. The prayer of Jabez coin on my dresser reminds me to “not cause pain to others.” James 1:19 says “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.” This is simple but powerful advice on how to stay out of trouble.

Each of us is doing the best we can and we are all at different places in our spiritual journey. It is only by God’s great grace that I am able to do what He has called me to do and that is to be an encouragement to others. Every day God gives us is a gift of new life; a chance to do things better and a chance to enjoy life more.

Today, dear one, will you receive the new life Jesus has to offer? I encourage you to enjoy your day, your life, and trust God to give you breakthrough in His timing. In the meantime, go out and be a blessing to someone else and let the joy of the Lord be your strength! Happy Wednesday!

New Life

Spring has sprung and the blossoms are blooming. New life is all around us. Seeing the sun burst through my windows in the morning fills me with joy. To me, it’s like God is saying “Good morning, I love you.”

Each morning reminds me that God’s mercies are new every day. God forgives me for my sins of yesterday. So I need to forgive myself for my misdeeds and words. I ask Jesus to help me to do better today. Then I forgive others for whatever hurts they may have caused me. The prayer of Jabez coin on my dresser reminds me to “not cause pain to others.” James 1:19 says “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.” This is simple but powerful advice on how to stay out of trouble.

Each of us is doing the best we can and we are all at different places in our spiritual journey. It is only by God’s great grace that I am able to do what He has called me to do and that is to be an encouragement to others. Every day God gives us is a gift of new life; a chance to do things better and a chance to enjoy life more.

Today, dear one, will you receive the new life Jesus has to offer? I encourage you to enjoy your day, your life, and trust God to give you breakthrough in His timing. In the meantime, go out and be a blessing to someone else and let the joy of the Lord be your strength! Happy Wednesday!

Glorious Colors of Spring

After the bitter snows of this past winter, Spring is here and the tulips and daffodils are ablaze in their glorious color. It is such a blessing and a joy to see the rainbow of hues decorating the earth.

Seeing the blooms pop up reminds me of the miraculous power of the Lord. Like the bulbs hidden beneath the earth, so God’s spirit is planted deep within us. With the rains of spring, the green buds soon break through the hard ground. So too by watering our souls with the Word of God, do the fruits of the Spirit break through the hard ground of our hearts. And at long last, the flowers burst open to display their beautiful radiance and color for all to see and enjoy.

When we allow ourselves to be who we truly are, vessels of the Holy Spirit and children of the Most High God, the glory of the Lord can burst forth as we reflect our true and radiant selves for all to see and enjoy.

If I had to pick a flower to represent myself, I would be a beautiful lily, resplendent, vibrant, and full of aroma. That is how I want to be before the Lord, resplendent, vibrant, and full of the aroma of Him.

What flower would you be, dear one? Perhaps a rose, a tulip, or a morning glory? Today be who you are and let your radiance shine for all to see and to God be the glory. Amen!

Glorious Colors of Spring

After the bitter snows of this past winter, Spring is here and the tulips and daffodils are ablaze in their glorious color. It is such a blessing and a joy to see the rainbow of hues decorating the earth.

Seeing the blooms pop up reminds me of the miraculous power of the Lord. Like the bulbs hidden beneath the earth, so God’s spirit is planted deep within us. With the rains of spring, the green buds soon break through the hard ground. So too by watering our souls with the Word of God, do the fruits of the Spirit break through the hard ground of our hearts. And at long last, the flowers burst open to display their beautiful radiance and color for all to see and enjoy.

When we allow ourselves to be who we truly are, vessels of the Holy Spirit and children of the Most High God, the glory of the Lord can burst forth as we reflect our true and radiant selves for all to see and enjoy.

If I had to pick a flower to represent myself, I would be a beautiful lily, resplendent, vibrant, and full of aroma. That is how I want to be before the Lord, resplendent, vibrant, and full of the aroma of Him.

What flower would you be, dear one? Perhaps a rose, a tulip, or a morning glory? Today be who you are and let your radiance shine for all to see and to God be the glory. Amen!

Resurrection Power

For many, Easter has come and gone and now it’s back to hum drum life. I don’t know about you but I am excited about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just as Jesus was transformed, we too, can be transformed. How? you ask. By the power of the Resurrection, that’s how. If God can raise a dead man, can He not handle the issues of our lives? Can He not raise us up again as well?

Acts 2 talks about the things that the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit does for us – strengthens us, gives us confidence, enables us to overcome obstacles, grows our faith, heals us, performs miracles, and gives us NEW LIFE! Now that is something to be excited about, if you ask me.

What is it in your life that you are struggling with, dear one? Whether it is a health issue, a finances issue, a relationship issue or an emotional issue, Jesus is able to transform you and make you whole. As Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:48, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole. Go and be in peace.”

Today, I am putting my faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His Resurrection. I am choosing to trade my suffering for His peace. How about you?

Resurrection Power

For many, Easter has come and gone and now it’s back to hum drum life. I don’t know about you but I am excited about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just as Jesus was transformed, we too, can be transformed. How? you ask. By the power of the Resurrection, that’s how. If God can raise a dead man, can He not handle the issues of our lives? Can He not raise us up again as well?

Acts 2 talks about the things that the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit does for us – strengthens us, gives us confidence, enables us to overcome obstacles, grows our faith, heals us, performs miracles, and gives us NEW LIFE! Now that is something to be excited about, if you ask me.

What is it in your life that you are struggling with, dear one? Whether it is a health issue, a finances issue, a relationship issue or an emotional issue, Jesus is able to transform you and make you whole. As Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:48, “Daughter, your faith has made you whole. Go and be in peace.”

Today, I am putting my faith in Jesus Christ and the power of His Resurrection. I am choosing to trade my suffering for His peace. How about you?