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Friday, January 18, 2019

God's word is comfort to our soul

Yesterday, I had an aww moment. The author said, “You can’t just read the Bible, but you have to believe it.” For a moment, I just stood still and allowed those words to soak in. If you asked me if I believe every word of the Bible, then I would, of course, say yes. However, when I read it I am not entirely sure that I read it with the faith that I need to understand it. 

God uses the Bible to talk to us. If He was sitting in front of me and He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Then, I wouldn’t be afraid because I would trust Him to take care of me. However, when I am reading the Bible, I don’t always see it as God talking to me. 

Sometimes my mind rejects God’s word. My mind doesn’t always believe that God will take care of me. My mind struggles to see how my problem can be resolved. Therefore, my mind reads the words and skips over the message behind the words. 

But, what if, I actually took each word into my heart and believed it. Can you imagine how our lives would change?

We would do that thing that we’ve always wanted to do because we would believe that God could make it so. 

Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

We would rejoice in tribulations because we would know that it ALL works to our own good. 

Romans 8:28 (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We would let out light shine so that we honor and glorify our Lord. 

Matthew 5:15-16 (KJV)
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

From now on, this is how I want to read my Bible. I want to read it truly believing each word, as if God is speaking directly to me. I want to take God’s promises into my heart and allow them to nurture my soul. I want to read each word as if it was written just for me. 

So often we stand in our own way because we don’t believe certain things apply to us. We think God has healing for others, but not for us. We believe that He gives others faith, but not us. And, so on. What we need to believe, however, is that our God has an abundance just for us. He loves us—individually. He wants a relationship with us. He has exactly what we need, and He will give it to us when we need it. We just need to ask Him. 


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

I am thankful for peanut butter

My three-year-old niece, Aubrey, thanked God for peanut butter during her prayer. I couldn’t help but smile. She loves peanut butter and she is thankful for it. We can learn so much from kids. What if we all just looked for the simple things in our everyday life and offered thanksgiving for them. Can you imagine how much better our lives could truly be?

We often wait for the big things in our lives to be grateful. Then, we rush by so many moments of potential praise and never even see them. Our minds are usually so focused on the problems that we fail to enjoy the little moments of our days. So often I allow my mind to wander. I fail to enjoy the present moment because I am so absorbed in my thoughts. Lately, I have become more aware of this and it breaks my heart. Most of the time, I live on autopilot. That is why we struggle to remember events and moments. Our body was in the moment, but our minds were a million miles away. 

Children live in the moment. They don’t know how to use their brain to multitask yet. That is why they are so joyful. They know how to truly live in the present moment, and to enjoy it. 

I want to get back to living in the present moment. I can do it for a time, but my mind always drifts away—back to my thoughts. If my thoughts were good it might be useful, but most of them are filled with worry and fear. 

Thinking of gratitude is different from actually feeling it. I want to experience life more. I want to feel the joy instead of thinking about it. Therefore, I am working on this every day. One thing I am working on is focusing on what I am doing in the present moment and giving it my full attention. This helps me to be more fully present. 

Live is meant to be enjoyed and not just merely endured. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Aligning with God


Reading through the Bible, I have noticed that when the people followed the Lord they prospered. However, those who choose not to follow the Lord brought hardships upon themselves. I want to prosper in the Lord. I don’t want to bring hardships on myself through disobedience. 

Therefore, I have to check in with myself daily. The enemy is so sneaky. He doesn’t just pull us away from the Lord. But rather he gets us off track with one action at a time. It can start with one negative thought. Then that thought can lead to negative feelings. Before we realize it, our actions are negative as well—which gives us negative results. 

Some of the questions I ask myself to know if I am on the right track:

1. Do others get on my nerves?
2. Do I wonder what is wrong with everyone else?
3. Do I feel discouraged, overwhelmed or helpless?
4. Am I living in the present moment or in the past/future?
5. Does my situation seem hopeless?
6. Am I being intentional with my time or wasting it?
7. Are my conversations and thoughts positive or negative?
8. Am I following the Lord?
9. Do I talk and think more about the things of the world or my Lord?
10. Do my hardships seem bigger than my Lord?
11. Do I feel the spirit of the Lord?
12. Am I focused on myself or others?
13. Am I justifying my bad behavior? 
14. Am I judging others?
15. Do I have negative feelings toward others?

When I can be honest with myself, then I can see where I am at. We can’t fix something until we know that it is wrong. Then, I can make the necessary changes. When I am properly aligned with God, I can be joyful in my trials. Because I have hope and know that He is on my side. 

Ignoring the little nudges from the Lord gets me in trouble. We know, in our hearts, when something is off and we are going in the wrong direction. Other people can brag us and even tell us how great that we are doing, but we know if we are walking for the Lord or not. We know when we get connected with Him or not. We know if we are following Him or stumbling around on our own. 

When I am following God, I can feel His spirit guiding me. The devil may fight me, but God will always show up and bless me through it. But if I am doing it on my own, then there is disappointment and frustration. As hard as I try, I just can’t do it. Nothing comes together and it causes me so much stress. 

However, when I am walking for the Lord, He blesses me at every turn. And I enjoy my salvation and my life so much more. At some point, we will all find ourselves on the wrong track. Thankfully, God allows us to turn around and go back to the place where we ran off and left Him. It is so much better to walk side by side with Him than even one step ahead of Him. 


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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The blessing is in the giving


Happiness is a choice. No one can make us happy. Things can’t make us happy. While they can certainly add to our happiness and bring us joy, outside forces cannot create our happiness. That is our job. Happiness is inner peace. We are the ones who get to decide how we are going to feel. Therefore, we need to decide the emotions that we want to feel each day. And then work to create those emotions. 

Every day I want to feel love, peace, and joy. Therefore, I do things that help me to create those feelings. I do acts of love for my family. I think loving thoughts toward others. I give and receive hugs. I write sweet notes for my family. In all the things I do for others each day, I do in love—not because I have to do the things, but because I want to do them. 

I used to hate cooking. The whole process was stressful for me. Until I was able to see it as an act of love. Now, I cook with love because I want to nourish my family and show them love. As I do laundry, I am grateful for each person as I fold their clothes. Because their might come a day that I don’t get to fold their clothes anymore or share meals with them. When I decide to be grateful, regardless of the circumstance, then my whole life becomes better. 

At the office, I see each patient as someone I get to serve and care for, instead of just a job. I do my best to make each one feel welcomed and cared for. I want them to leave feeling better than when they arrived. 

When I stop thinking about myself all the time and turn my attention to others and how I can help them in some way, then my life is so much better. The Bible tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). 

I don’t worry about other people taking advantage of me. It is my pleasure to serve them in some way. I try to be the kindest person that I know and give as much love as I can give. The first person it helps is me. The more I give the more God blesses me, and the more I desire to give. 

Of all the things I have been blessed to buy, nothing compares to the gift of being able to help someone else. When our heart is connected through the spirit of the Lord is the most precious moment. Nothing compares to that kind of joy. I have learned if I want to help myself, then I need to help someone else. 


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Monday, January 14, 2019

An Ambassador for God

There is power in our words. We can either use them to give people hope and help them along their journey, or we can use them to hurt others and discourage them. I pray that my words are always filled with hope and love. I hope that when others read my words they feel the love in which they were recorded. 

I am an ambassador for God. It is my job to tell other people about His greatness. Therefore, I need to be careful about what comes out of my mouth. If I am always complaining, then that is not a very good reflection of my Lord. It may be interpreted by others that God is not taking very good care of me.  If I am always talking about evil in the world, then I am magnifying my fear instead of my faith. My words should be filled with so much love and faith that they give others hope and encourage them. 

God is love. I could write every day for the rest of my life and never be able to fully express how amazing that His love is. When His spirit stirs in my soul my heart overflows with joy. The joy is so great that I can’t find the words to explain it. It helps me to love everyone. It helps me to see the good in other people. It helps me to pray for others. It makes me want to be a better person. And to tell others of the goodness of my Lord. 

I want everyone to experience this amazing love. Therefore, I want to do my best to talk about it every chance that I get and to show it with every opportunity. I want to hold hands with those who feel hopeless and tell them about Jesus. I want to them to feel Him through me. 

Friends, I don’t write for my own honor or glory. I write because the hope and love in me are so great that I want to share it with others. Every time God teaches me something new I want to share it with you. When He helps me through my hardships I want to share it with you, in hopes that it might help you, too. I’ve been in the trenches of life. I know what it feels like to be consumed by pain. I also know the amazing feeling of overcoming it all through God.  

In my self, I would choose to never write again. Getting up two hours earlier than I need to, just to read my Bible and write is not my idea. God put it on my heart. It is His gift to me. So, I sit here morning after morning and try to be obedient to Him. Sometimes I cry the whole time. But in my heart, I am so incredibly thankful for each experience. I am so thankful that God allows me to do His work. If my writing helps anyone it is because God blessed it. He is the One who deserves all the honor and glory. I’m just honored to know Him for myself. 


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Seek the Lord


Forgiveness is such a beautiful gift. We all sin, fail and come up short of the glory of God. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, then it brought sin upon all flesh. While sin does happen in our lives, God gives us freedom of choice. We can continue in our sinful ways or we can try with everything inside of us to do better. When we know to do better then we should do better.

The enemy loves it when we allow our sins to come between God and us. He loves it when we give in to his temptations. Satan also tempted Jesus. We can read about it in Matthew. With every lie that the devil said to Jesus, Jesus answered with the truth. That’s how we need to answer our temptations. When the enemy places his lie in our minds, then we need to seek the truth of God’s word.

When the enemy tries to make us worship him by worrying and allowing our fear to be bigger than our faith, then we need to answer as Jesus answered.

Matthew 4:9-10 (KJV)
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are capable of handling. When we feel weak, instead of giving in to the temptations, God wants us to seek Him. If we turn from the enemy and fix our eyes on God, then He will give us the strength to defeat the enemy. The devil has never been able to defeat our Lord.

In those instances when we fail, then we need to seek forgiveness. We serve a loving, forgiving God. If we ask Him to forgive our sins, then He will forgive them. Then, He can take the whole situation and use it for His good. God can take our faults and failures and use them to strengthen us.

If you are struggling with something that you’ve been praying about for years, let me share this story with you. God has not forgotten your prayer. He hears your deepest heartaches and feels your pain. When the time is just right He will answer your prayer, according to His will. And it will be better than you can even imagine.

I prayed for God to heal my hands for years. I’m not sure the exact time frame, but it was around 30 years. Then, when I least expected it God answered my prayer. He had a plan all along. I’m still rejoicing in my heart over my thumb.

Whatever the situation, I urge you to seek the Lord. He has the answers to all your questions and the solution to all your problems. It is such a blessing to walk this life with Him by my side. While God does everything in His time when He moves in our lives the blessings always exceed the heartaches. If we only train our mind to look for them.




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Friday, January 11, 2019

God is Love

The same love that held Jesus on the cross is in my heart. What a blessing it is to experience this great love. The sheer power of it can cause my body to tremble and to weep. God in all His glory gave us the gift of love. 

Our minds tell us to protect our heart and to suppress the love inside of us. The enemy wants us to put a shield against our heart so it can’t be broken. In doing so, however, we would prevent God’s love from following in and out—one to another. 

Every day we need to strive to be a source for God’s love. We should desire to give it freely. If we want to have more love in our lives, then we need to be willing to give more away. As hard as we try, we can’t give more than God. The more we give away the more that He will give to us. 

Love can reach places that other things can’t reach. It can reach hearts that are cold. Lives that seem hopeless. People who feel helpless. Those who are hurting and grieving. Love is like a healing balm to a weary soul. 

Extending God’s love is the greatest gift that we can give to anyone. It offers hope, compassion, and kindness to those who feel lost and alone. 

I remember staying at the hospital for a week with a loved one. A small gesture of kindness by a nurse brought me to tears. She gave me a small bag filled with lotion and shampoo left by a church. While they were not with me in the waiting area, I felt the love just the same. I washed my hair with the shampoo and my face with tears. Just knowing, after days of exhaustion and worry, that someone loved me enough to see to my needs was such a gift. I never knew that a little travel size bottle of shampoo could mean so much.

So often we think that we have to do something great, but all we really have to do is care. When we care it shows and others can feel it from us. God left us in the world to be a light for Him. The greatest way we can shine our light is through love. 


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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Be still

So often, my pain comes from thinking that I am alone in this life. When trouble strikes I think I have to fix the problem on my own. The problem is not that I don’t have all the answers or know what to do. The problem is that I don’t turn to the Lord, and ask for His help. 

If I ask with a humble heart, God will lead me and guide me. He has the answers. He knows exactly what I should do. God has ways to calm the storm. He has more power than we can even imagine. And, He wants to help us. 

His help, however, doesn’t always show up in ways that we expect or even want. Most of the time, we just want Him to fix everything for us, but sometimes He wants to show us what we need to do. When we put forth an effort, God will bless our efforts. 

My problem is that I don’t always put forth an effort to do my part. Then, I get upset at God for not doing His part. When we walk together, however, we can overcome any obstacle. God will give us everything that we need to overcome our hardships. Truthfully, the answer is already inside of us. We just need to search for it. 

When I become still through meditation and prayer, then I can hear the voice of my Lord. He comforts me, encourages me, strengthens me, and gives me everything that I need. It is all through and by Him. 

Taking the time to walk with Him each day has helped me so much. As I walk in silence, without music or distractions, I can truly hear. Sometimes I meditate on a Bible verse or a question. So many beautiful answers have come to me through my walking and journaling. 

If you knew that the God of the whole universe would walk and talk with you, would you make an effort to spend time with Him each day? The possibility that He will meet with me has me making an effort each day. I want to know more about Him and how to live my life well. 



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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

You are good enough

Of all the people who have been mean to me in my life, I have been the meanest to myself. I’ve stood in front of the mirror and tore myself apart. I used to hate even looking at my scars. In my eyes, they were shameful. For so long, I was at war with myself. 

I thought that I needed acceptance and love from other people. If they could only like me more, then my life would change. If I could only get approval from society, then my life would be perfect. Even when others spoke words of praise to me, however, I didn’t believe them. My problem wasn't other people. It was me.

The love and acceptance that I so desperately needed were inside of me. When I accepted myself, just as I am, then I was able to give myself the love that my heart had been longing for. 

Being a certain size, having a certain amount of things, and a certain amount of money does not make us better. We are all good enough—just the way that we are. God made us all in His image. Exactly like He wanted us to be. Hating ourselves for what we are not is a waste of our beautiful lives. We need to love ourselves for what we are. 

Every day we need to do things that make us feel better. We need to speak kindly to ourselves. Tearing ourselves down every day is a way that the devil hurts us. He wins when he can get us to do his dirty work for him. Every negative word we speak to ourselves is a lie. We need to challenge the lie with the truth. The more we do this, the better we will get. 

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

1 John 3:1 (KJV)
3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Isaiah 43:4 (KJV)
4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

Today, if the negative thoughts come upon you, think on these verses instead. Think about who that God says you are. 


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Living in the moment


Yesterday, I saw a beautiful sunset on my way home from work. I enjoyed every minute of it and thanked God for creating something so beautiful and for allowing me to enjoy it. As soon as I felt the gratitude for it in my heart, I heard God say, I made it for you. The realization brought me to tears and blessed my heart. 

The beauty that surrounds us each day was made for us. God created it all for our benefit. So many times, however, I fail to notice His creation. I get so absorbed in the things that man has created that I fail to enjoy what God has created. 

How many times have I been thinking about my problems or listening to the radio and never even glanced into the sky? How many times I have wasted my day by trying to live in the past or the future? How many masterpieces has God created for us that we never even noticed?

In the present moment, I can find peace. When I am fully present, seeking God with my whole heart, then I can find Him. The wonder of Him is all around us. Most of the time, we are just too busy to notice. 

I love it when I can be fully present in the moment. I love it when I can quiet my mind so that I can hear the still, small voice of my Lord. The more I seek Him, the more He speaks to me. In the past week, I have really been working on being present. When I’m having a conversation with someone, I want to give them my full attention. When I’m reading my Bible, I want to concentrate and try to understand it. Instead of living on autopilot, I want to take time to enjoy my life. 

I wash my hands numerous times each day, but I can’t even tell you the smell of the soap. Because I am just going through the motions without paying attention. But, I want to start paying attention to the small details of life. I want to take time to enjoy my coffee—instead of rushing through it. Sometimes I finish my cup without even realizing it because I am distracted. Then, I feel disappointed because I didn’t enjoy it. 

I don’t want to finish my course one day and realize that I rushed through my life, but I never fully lived. I want to slow down and allow God to show me how to truly live my life.


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Love unconditionally

We believe that other people should be like us. Then, when they are not we get upset with them. The truth is that God made us all unique. Asking someone else to be like me is asking them to deny the uniqueness of themselves. 

If we could all learn to be true to ourselves, then we could eliminate a lot of our pain. When I try to change my personality and be like someone else, then it causes me stress. It makes me feel as if I am not good enough—just as am I. Therefore, I constantly feel bad about myself because I am not being myself. 

Having my family take the personality test opened my eyes. Each one of us has a different personality. Therefore, the things we like to do are different. So are the way we do them. Trying to control other people and their lives make me miserable, as well as the ones I am trying to control. 

When we try to understand other people, instead of judging them, then we have a beautiful opportunity to see things differently. Loving someone right where they are is a wonderful gift. It removes the conditions of love and reminds us to love the person—just as they are. 

We don’t have to change anything about our lives for God to love us. He loves us all right where we are in our lives. Regardless of our sins or shortcomings, God loves us. We can’t do anything to earn His love, and yet He gives it to us freely. All we have to do is accept it. When we open our hearts and invite God to come in, then He will make every part of our lives better. 

It all starts with love. I want to try to love others as well as God loves me. In His eyes, I am good enough. I am His beloved daughter. While He can see my flaws and all of my faults and failures, He doesn’t withhold His love from me because of my imperfections. He loves us all unconditionally. I am so thankful that I can’t do anything to separate me from His love. 

Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Let’s give our loved ones the same kind of love. Let’s not allow anything to get in our way of loving them. Regardless of what they are going through, let’s love them through it. If they hurt us, let’s forgive them quickly and love them even harder. In the end, love is all that matters. 


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Sunday, January 6, 2019

God is...


The only way for me to truly see the goodness of the Lord is for me to keep my eyes on Him. In order to see His blessings, I need to look for them. God will give us the desires of our hearts, but first, we must desire Him. 

When I seek the Lord with my whole heart and desire Him, more than the things of the world, then He blesses me abundantly. I can’t serve the Lord, however, with my mind in the world. He wants me to choose each day who I am going to serve. 

Serving God means turning loose of everything in the world. The world has restrictions and guidelines for how we are supposed to act. Society paints us a picture of perfection and wants us to follow it. The image that it wants us to chase does not exist. That is why it is so easy to become stressed and depressed. No one could ever live up to these standards. There is no joy in this kind of life.

The joy in life comes from knowing God. The more I read His beautiful word, the more that I come to love Him. God never intended for us to live the way the world wants us to live. 

Every day, I want to set my eyes on Him. I want to replace the lies of the world with the truth of God. I want to walk and talk to Him and be encouraged by His word. I want to surrender my life to Him, and trust Him to do what is best for me. I want Him to mold me into the person that He wants me to be. The more time that I spend with Him, the more time that I want to spend with Him. It is such a blessing to be able to read His word and to talk to Him. 

God is the creator of my life and the keeper of my soul. Every day He speaks His love into my heart. He helps me to see His goodness and to desire His blessings. In God, I have everything that I need. And I am so thankful to know Him. 


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Becoming quiet

We get so caught up in things that don’t even matter. The enemy is a mastermind at distracting us. If he can keep us busy by drifting through our days and wasting our time, then we can’t do the things of importance. Lately, I’ve been noticing how I spend my time and how I feel after I do certain things. When we get honest with ourselves and truly observe our lives, then we can see how the devil manipulates us and distracts us. 

Therefore, I want to do more of the things that bring peace and joy into my life. So often we blame God for our hardships when we are the ones who choose to do each thing in our day. I have learned that I bring many of life’s hardships upon myself. If we want a different life, then we need to do things differently. 

Walking in nature is one of my favorite things to do each day. It helps me to put things into perspective. In order for me to hear the voice of my Lord, I have to step outside of all the noise. When I talk about my problems with Him and then become quiet, He instructs me. 

Another thing that has helped me is journaling. Each evening I sit down for a few minutes and just write about my day. Then I ask God questions. It’s amazing at how when we ask a question in stillness the answer appears. 

Instead of being distracted by social media, I have been studying bible verses. The time that I used to scroll through Facebook or Instagram is now being used to feed my soul with God’s word. While it is rewarding, the devil is not happy with me. He doesn’t want me to spend more time with my Lord. Therefore, he is trying to cause me grief. But instead of giving in, I have been pushing through the resistance.  

I know that if I can continue and set up good habits, then my life will be more peaceful. I have learned that we don’t have to tune into the noise of the world. We can choose to turn off all the drama. This is our lives and we get to choose what we will allow in our lives. I want to choose to spend my time wisely. 


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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Changing my story


If I allowed my mind to control my life it would be a mess. Most of the time, my first initial thoughts are like a toddler out of control. My mind loves to create stories. They don’t make sense. They are irrational and filled with drama. And they are simply not true.

When I allow my mind to create untrue stories and then base my feelings off of these stories, I feel horrible. My mind loves the worst case scenario stories. It picks out the flaws in others and then judges them based on the untrue stories I have created. 

Therefore, when I notice that others are irritating me, I start examining my thoughts. My problem is usually in my thinking. No one can even make me mad or hurt me without my permission. It is not the situation that bothers us, it is our thoughts about it. 

The sooner I realize this, the easier it is for me to look for the truth. When I step back and look at the situation, then I am usually able to find perspective. Then, I can react with love and compassion. 

The enemy wants us to believe his lies and to live in the stories that he creates in our minds. He wants us to take the negative thoughts and wallow in them. Exposing the lies with the truth is like shining light onto his darkness. In the light, none of it seems as bad. God wants us to center our minds and heart on Him. He is the goodness. That is what we should be thinking about. 

Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

When I can abide by this scripture then my life is so much better. I can radiate love and shine a light out to others to give them a little glimpse of God. 


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