When I call You
-You will answer
When I fall
-You will raise me up
I am protected
By Your shadow
With long life
-You will satisfy me
You’re so good to me
~ Psalm 91 ~
All you need is one word, one message from God.
One word from God can change your life forever.
One word from God started creation.
One word from God can activate dormant blessings.
Are you attentive to the Lord’s voice?
It hurts my heart to witness a society divided spewing hate and injustice. It’s disappointing to see the Bible branded as a tool for hatred and intolerance.
I wish the world could see that God’s heart is LOVE. I wish the world would appreciate that we are all just people trying to find our way.
Rather than sowing hate and negativity, can’t we simply enjoy our family and friends and be grateful that we get to LIVE today? Do we need another tragedy to remind us to love one another? To appreciate and care for each other?
Love should be the motivation for all our interactions. Jesus—the embodiment of perfect love—encouraged us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
I’d like to consider myself a friend to everyone who shares with me the time of day. No agenda. No judgment. No holier-than-thou attitude. So simple.
I leave you with this beautiful Bible passage on love:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
Yes, love never fails. Love always wins. God is love. For God so loved the world…
Remember when you were a kid and would blow dandelion wishes? I still do with my Princess Z. I love watching her cheeks puff up as she blows at the fluffy dandelion head and screams with glee as the white fuzz floats away.
You see, each day carries divine magical moments begging to be redeemed. Our challenge is to (1) identify, (2) write down clearly, and (3) treasure these enchanting moments.
My understanding is that if you commit to this daily practice, you’ll have 365 beautiful reminders of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Wouldn’t it be awesome to constantly renew your mind with your own life-affirming stories? So when you’re feeling low, defeated, or discouraged, you can feed your spirit by rehearsing back these special moments.
What were your magic moments for today? Mine were:
Love is intentional:
We create love
We grow into love
We learn to love
We put on love
We love because He first loved us
Love is potential:
It has capacity to grow
It has no room for fear
It dwells in action not word
Let all that you do be done in love
Walk in the way of love
Love is unconditional:
Greater love has no one than this
To lay down one’s life for one’s friends
But if we love one another
God lives in us and His love is made complete in us
For God is love
Take a good look at these gorgeous gerberas; their beauty is meant to counteract the ugliness you may encounter in this blog.
Think about the last time you caught a glimpse of your heart. Did you like what you saw? I’m not asking about the physical condition, but the spiritual state. The condition diagnosed in Jeremiah 17:9:
The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.
Sometimes a situation will arise that exposes the darkness in my heart forcing me to confront an ugly aspect of myself. The darkness may manifest as jealousy or envy, ugly qualities that I sure ain’t proud of. What’s frustrating is that my rational mind screams, “Eew, eew, get that away from me!” But my heart is a contradiction, accommodating these ugly emotions.
When God exposes icky behavior, it’s easy to plead ignorance and pretend that it doesn’t exist. It takes courage and vulnerability to acknowledge our dark passengers. We can only grow once we get to the root of things, and this demands work.
To quote my hubby, “Honesty to self is eternally rewarding; it allows us to frame the way forward on a cleansed platform.” So even though it hurts to confront our true emotions, in the end, the effort is worth it. Besides, we can’t hide from God—everything exposed by the light becomes visible, and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
Self-awareness: Know thyself
Whether good or bad, there is an upside to connecting with our emotions. It leads to high emotional intelligence—the ability to understand, express, and manage our emotions and the emotions of others. And we know that emotional intelligence is integral for:
According to Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence), self-awareness—recognizing feelings as they happen—is a keystone of emotional intelligence; it is crucial to psychological insight and self-understanding. Other building blocks include self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill (discussed here).
No wonder the Bible encourages us to build our self-awareness muscle (2 Corinthians 13:5):
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?
God always speaks to the real you
It’s scary to dig deep and come into contact with the real you. Many of us—myself included—don’t know what we really look like. But God doesn’t front; he will treat you as you really are, not as you pretend to be. God always speaks to the real you.
Being a stay-at-home mom, I sometimes feel stuck and envious of those who are advancing professionally. When this happens, I allow myself to experience the emotions in their raw, ugly state.
I know, Christians aren’t supposed to entertain envy or jealousy. But this is what “knowing thyself” is all about. The good news is that God’s spirit helps me manage my emotions responsibly. A combination of prayer, meditation, and self-learning are key to toning my awareness muscle.
What ugly emotions did you last uncover? What tools do you use to increase your awareness muscle?
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Quote Me.”