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

Everything We Need

1 Peter 1 verses 5 to 8 & 10 to 11. I’ve read the amplified version and have gotten even more than when I read the new King James version. 

Verse 8 inspires me because it says that if I have the qualities mentioned in the previous verses they would keep me from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is such a good thing for me. Being unemployed and out of school, I don’t want to end up being unproductive and useless with this life God has given me. 

Today’s devotional reading is something I appreciate for where I am in life now. It is something I should appreciate throughout the rest of my life. That is having the knowledge and understanding that God has given me everything I need. Not just to serve Him, but to live in such a way the He is providing everything I need through whatever means necessary.  He is my Father, a good good Father; as is said in the song sung by Chris Tomlin. It is great and such a comfort knowing that God is taking care of me, every single day and moment of my life – He is there. Hallelujah! Thank You Father, thank You Lord! Have Your way this day in my life, I surrender it to You.

Our Daily Bread Everything We Need 1 Peter 1:1-11

For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 PETER 1:5‭-‬8 AMP

Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin]; for in this way entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly provided to you.

2 PETER 1:10‭-‬11 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/2pe.1.10-11.AMP

Humility?

The first  question I have today is, Lord, how can I be humble?

How can I show true humility as the tax collector did in Luke 18:9-14?

Expect and Extend Mercy • Luke 18:9-14

The Beauty of Brokenness • Psalm 51

I would like to try Kintsugi. It is a “centuries-old Japanese art of mending broken pottery.” Gold is mixed with resin and is used to put together again the broken object or pottery. I would like to try it, in hopes that I can try it and see the beautiful end result. I hope that is how we turn out. Beautiful after we have been broken. I think this is what happens.