Many people may call you friend in this life but a true and faithful friend is a rare gift indeed. Throughout my life people have said to me, “You have a lot of friends.” Actually, I know a lot of people but in reality I count very few as friends.
A friend is there through the ups and downs. A friend may see your shortcomings but comes along side of you anyway. A friend prays you up and covers you at all times. A friend does not share your personal information or anything you have shared with them. My motto
There is so much offense and division today on every level. Division is a burgeoning split that threatens our homes, our relationships, our communities, our country and the world. Most importantly, a divisive spirit can reside in your heart, for in the end, it is always a heart issue.
As followers of Jesus Christ we are called to “love one another.” This may sound easy enough at face value. But sadly, if you follow the news today it is hard to see this being played out. Do not let what is going on around you be discouraging.
Yesterday I was speaking with a single mom on the phone. She walked into the kitchen to find a broken dish with orange slices all over the floor as her young son ran out of the room. She called him back to her. He came crying saying it was an accident. She asked if he was OK. Through his little tears he said yes. She then hugged him and said, “We can get another dish but I cannot get another you. There is only one you! I am happy you are safe.”
Are you the same as you were last year? Life should change you. Learning from life experiences should grow you in a positive way. If you remain the same year after year or let life experiences damage who you are, you miss out on the kaleidoscope of possibility that life has to offer.
Jesus died to set you free. If you are bound by your past, your present, your heart (remember, it is always a heart issue), look to Him as the Author and Finisher of your faith.
So many people have walled off parts of their heart as they
When someone shares their deepest thoughts and struggles with you, they have given you access to their heart (and it is always a heart issue!). Matters of the heart open sacred space. Step lightly. Proceed with the utmost care. For, you have been entrusted with the most delicate issues.
Do not judge. Do not condemn. Never share with others. Just listen with your heart wide open. Listen with the compassion of Christ. Use wisdom, discernment and encouragement. Pray for one another.
Each of us is wounded. Some process differently than others. Some do not process at all but rather build
Be gentle with yourself. You will make mistakes. Apologize and move forward. Forgive yourself. Forgive others as He has forgiven you.
Jesus says that He leaves His peace with you. Think about it. He entrusts His peace to you. Nothing is worth abandoning the peace that He gives you.
Be gentle with yourself. Follow His lead. Walk out His compassion to others in your life. Allow His love and grace to flow through you to a troubled world. You may be the only witness of Jesus in someone’s life. Receive His peace and share it with abandon!
There are people and circumstances that can have a profound effect on you. If that effect is not positive, release it. Learn from them and the experience. Hold them in prayer. Release them with a clear heart (for it is always a heart issue) and move on with your life.
If the effect is positive, cherish it. Pray for them. What you let into your heart will have a profound impact on your life! Appreciate the good in your life. Be thankful of heart. For whatever is taking place right now in your life, there is always good.
To be able to ultimately find joy in the moment despite your circumstances is a gift that is readily available to you! Diligently seek the Lord. Let His Holy Spirit overflow in your spirit and outward in your life to bless others.
Remember, the fruit of the Spirit in you includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. To yield such in your life you have to choose to put Him first. Let Him lead, direct and guide your steps every minute of every day.
After a long conversation about God, the world, salvation and heaven, someone said to me, “You are a very strong woman!” Through faith in Jesus Christ I do have the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) In the natural I have many frailties to be sure but through Christ I do have strength.
That very same strength is available to you if you choose to fully follow Him. Let Him be your strength in every circumstance.
For it is written:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in