Despair is the ultimate deception. Take heart!
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Truly loving is the only thing, I think, that can really break the human heart. Perhaps, though, THAT is a gift since the Lord, if we let Him. will take all those imperfect fragments and with a kiss will create a new heart within us – His own! – from Thoughts Over Morning Coffee by Martha L Shaw
“The only route in life to true joy, as I view it, is following Christ. It may not make you popular, but do you place more value in popularity over the joy of Christ?”
Joshua 24:15 (KJV)
“15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. ” – From Thoughts Over Morning Coffee Martha L Shaw
When we pray simply “you know what I need,” from which point of view does our expectation align? If it is His, and given that He knows us better than we know ourselves, how can we claim our prayer was not answered?Martha L Shaw Thoughts Over Morning Coffee
“Give thanks to the LORD,
call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.”
We know of His powerful goodness and love. Isn’t it selfish to keep this to ourselves? I believe it is, so, let’s spread the word of all that Jesus has done for us! The world is so eager to spread the bad news, it is time to return the focus to Christ and the Good News! Join me, won’t you? Just this morning I experienced one of those mini miracles we are given every day and don’t always notice. I awakened stressed and fearful of not making it through my challenges, but this time I stopped and prayed for courage and strength and immediately became aware of His peace!
What has the Lord done for you today?
Have you noticed how one person’s mood or outlook on life can very easily influence whomever they interact with? Most of us won’t be quick to agree that we are weak or easily led by the opinions of others. We like to believe we’re above all that, but if we’re honest, very often having to hear the negativity of others can then breed in us and ultimately spread through us to others – much like a wild fire.
What message do you truly desire to share? What attitude do you truly desire to reflect? Most of us will agree that we wish to reflect an attitude of gratitude. If we focus our eyes and our ears on His face . . . His message, we can put out the destructive wild fire and reflect His joy instead.
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”