Concert

Do you want to be in concert?

Concert according to the definition that is in “agreement in design or plan; combined action; harmony or accord.” Unified. Harmonized. Working together for the betterment of one thing or somethings.

According to todays devotional, this is, “the Lord’s plan for us as His children through faith in Jesus Christ.” 

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). The goal [in the body of Christ] is cooperation, not competition.”

“In a sense, we are “on stage” before a watching and listening world every day. There are no soloists in God’s concert band, but every instrument is essential. The music is best when we each play our part in unity with others.”

There are some of us, like myself, that desire to be in concert not just with our families,  but also with our friends, spouse, and possibly our coworkers. Like I’ve written before, this positivity, this likeness, is something we all desire whether we are in a space of positivity now or not, we all know that life is greatly enjoyable when we have this state of mind and when we live in this state of mind. 

The Bible does say to live at leace with all men, but we know not all men like to have peace. Sad as it is, some people like to bicker and fight and be at odds. This is not necessary in life. Yet some people CHOOSE to live like this. Why? Because of their own preferences, their own LIKES and DISLIKES. We cannot all have things the way that we would want them,  it is the same for the life of our children and friends.

Readers, let’s keep the peace. Not just in this virtual reality, but in our very real lives. The lives we have when we are not looking or interacting on or through a screen.

God is real, love Him.

TC

[Scripture verse Reference: Romans 12 verse 18]

Our Daily Bread ▪ June 23rd, 2017

Sharing a Cup of Comfort

“God comforts others as we share how He comforted us.”

Read todays scripture and devotional reading to find out more. 

https://odb.org/2017/06/21/sharing-a-cup-of-comfort/

In today’s reading the author shares that the Lord comforts her and thus allows her to be able to comfort others.

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Reasons to Smile

In this life there are many reasons to smile. 

Then there are also reasons to frown. 

But who willingly wants to walk and live with a frown on their face.  I think we all can agree that we like to be happy,  at peace and content. 

Each of us has a role in each others life. That role is to encourage and pick out and affirm the best qualities we see in each other. Doing this would be better than picking out the worst quality or the very thing we dislike the most about another individual. Todays devotional by Mart DeHaan has inspired me to write this post. For today, to encourage and show mercy to those I interact with today, and I pray Lord, that I will remember to do this daily, not just today. 

This is such an encouraging verse: 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11.
May we all fulfill this verse in our lives today. May we quickly repair a conversation that didn’t go as well as we expected. May we quickly apologize when we need to,  regardless of who was or is wrong. May we not blame, but aim to repair what went wrong.  Let’s not be slow in apologizing, but quick and ready. Lord, here is our request. You see our hearts and You see our intents, may they be true and right in Your sight. We love You Lord,  in all and every way. In Jesus’ name,  amen.

Have a blessed and wonderful day beautiful readers!

Love God

TC

May Solomon’s Prayer Become Our Prayer

Bible readers who have read the bible know about Solomon and his father David. The action of Solomon is what todays our daily bread devotional is about. Yet, it is a good action, one to be followed unlike his actions … Continue reading