This morning as I sat watching the rain patter down, I thought, why am I unhappy? Why do I feel so down in the dumps? I looked back on the week, and I thought, there is no reason for me to feel like this.
Well, no real reasons.
Heaps of little things had dragged me down. Kicking my toes. A careless comment spoken by a friend. Dropping things. Just little stuff that get me annoyed. Stuff that drives me crazy.
And, over the last few days, all that little stuff had slowly dragged me down in the dumps. I let little things like that take away my happiness?
I wasnt going to settle for that. I am not going to let that drag me down. No ones gonna steal my happiness. So I smiled, and said:
"I choose to be happy."
And I decided- not matter what happens today I am gonna smile, and not let the devil steal my joy. Because no matter what happens, God loves me, and He is with me. Nothing can change that.
And I only need to walk out in my garden to see how many flowers God has given me today. :) Who needs a boyfriend?
Monday, February 11, 2013
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. - James 5:16 NIVThose thoughts that you dont talk about to anyone else, the things you do behind closed doors (because no one can see you), the stuff you hide from others, I have started to realize.
That is the sort of stuff God meant us to share. He actually wants us to tell others about the dirt that we hide under our bed, and in the darkest corners of our cupboards.
I coulnt understand that at first. Why? Why would God want to disgrace me in front of friends? Why would He ask me to do open myself up? What if they laughed at me? What if they realized how sinful I was, and they turned their backs on me?
When we speak stuff out, we get stuff out of our system. The thoughts in our heads crystalize and become actual spoken words. And prayer? Prayer is the strength by with we live, and God says ( in the above verse) that if we not only pray for our own problems but also let other people know and have them pray for us, that we will be healed.
We will be healed.
Open and vulnerable.
Join me, as I purposefully find someone I can trust, and open my heart to them, and confess the stuff I would rather hide.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
My new years resolution is to draw nearer to God. As hard as I tried last year, I found I always had something else that I needed to do first. Meggie gave me a daily devotional book for Christmas called Jesus Is Calling, and it has been a fantastic first step to getting closer to God. It is so important that we spend time with Him on a regular basis. He created us, gave us life, family and friends, shelter, clothes and so much more. He's our Father and as His children we need to be spending time in His presence talking and communicating with Him.
Yesterday my family was discussing that we all get so caught up in our list of things to do that we say, "I just need to get this done, then I will read my Bible." But from experience I can tell you that it gets difficult with new worries captivating your mind and demanding your time. Quite often we can talk ourselves into just doing it twice as long the next day - and the cycle continues.
"Time spent on God is time well spent."
What can you think of that is more important then God? How do you justify putting God aside because you were busy? No matter what the excuse, God is, or at least should be, Number One.
If we prioritise correctly and let God direct our lives, if we spend time with Him before our days become busy, everything else will fall into place. He doesn't deserve to be pushed to second best. So today I encourage you to work out a plan to come into a closer relationship with your Father by giving Him your time. It will most likely start off as a challenge, but if you're diligent and patient, I guarantee that you will understand how the rest of your life falls into place. The peace of God will be with you and your worries and problems will become minuscule ants in your life.
"I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength."
- Philippians 4:13