The Bond of Peace

Todays Our Daily Bread Devotional 6.15. 2017

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:1‭-‬6 NIV

The author of todays devotional is so right when she says it seems hard and difficult to return back to peace in a relationship after the two of you saw had a different view of something that happened that was able to cause a rift. For me it was difficult when I was younger.  Now, it is not as difficult sometimes. Yet, it is still a situation that I’d rather not enter or be part of. I am one who desires peace in my relationships,  but that peace is not always easy to have, keep or maintain. 

When there is peace in the relationships I have it is a light weight,  free and breezy, hahaha 😂.

What are your relationships like? Do you like to have peace in your relationships? 

Nothing Is Useless

Our Daily Bread devotional for Monday June 12th 2017

This is todays devotional that I have shared with you all.

Though I’m not entirely physically handicapped, I have wondered how can I please God with what I do. That is talked about in this reading. It is in encouraging others, uplifting them, greeting people with a smile. Bringing joy to someone in some way.  The plus side of this devotional is that whatever is done for God lasts, it is worth it and in the end it will be worth it.  What we do for God matters, no matter how few resources we may think we have.  Look again at what is in your hand and use it. If you become stuck, ask the Lord, or our Father or His holy Spirit through prayer, what is it that you can do to benefit one person or part of the church if not the whole church.

Today is Monday. To me it feels like a holiday. Make the best of this day in whatever you do.

Praise God my brothers and sisters in Christ!

Love God

TC

It’s Free, It’s Already Paid For

The title of this post is what it is, I chose  that title because it is true and I myself am still learning this.

As I might have shared before I’m partially  dependant on my dad and my fiance. Before them I am completely dependant on my heavenly Father. He most certainly is THE BEST provider I have and will always have.

Yet I cannot deny that with all three of these individuals I try to help them when I can. It is a way to SHOW them I am thankful and that I love them. I know I can simply say it and move on with my life,  but I know actions speak louder than words.  It is my actions that are seen and proved by those who see.

For my dad, he paid me as his secretary. To pay his bills for him and do other secretarial work. I don’t mind this because he works so hard, even doing overtime perhaps sometimes daily.

For my fiancé,  it’s a bit more difficult to help him as I help my dad. We do not yet live together, so I’ve helped him with things like setting up his EZPASS account before our vacation this year. That’s one thing I can remember now. I also spend time with him when he’s off and I’m available. Yesterday was his day off, so he had what I now call a lazy day, which is okay with me because he works hard, is tired most times it seems and God has given us 7 days in the week, allowing us 1 day or rest, the Sabbath day. At first I didn’t like it for two reasons, but now I understand. After all,  he has a full time position now, something we’ve both prayed that he’d receive. 

For God,  my heavenly Father, I aim and try to have my devotional first thing in the morning, sometimes after praying, sometimes after brushing my teeth. At times it does not work out like this because I’m traveling, because I’ve slept over someone elses home or some other reason that would keep me from spending time with the Lord early in the morning after waking up. Like today, I have a second interview that is in the airport. The interview time is from 8am to 10pm. Which is why I’ve prayed, read my first devotional and am now writing this post. It’s 7:35am now so it’s almost ‘show time.’ 

My point I’d this post is to show that some of us do want to pay back those who’ve helped us. For these three individuals it is so with me. For God, I have learned that I do not have to pay for my salvation because it has alrwady been paid for. Still, until it is no longer a habit, I will still aim to literally seek Him first in the mornings. His work says to seek Him, His kingdom and His righteousness first and He will add unto me clothing, food and whatever else is mentioned in Matthew chapter 6. It’s a chapter I like. So give it a read 😉 .

If you have not accepted Jesus to be your Lord and Savior,  you may do so now by saying a personal prayer or going on over to the salvation page. 

Thank you for reading, have agreat day, afternoon or night.

Love God

TC

A Reminder to Be Kind

 

 Whenever I feel like being merciless and unkind to someone this verse always puts a stop to that action. God has been so merciful, kind, loving and forgiving to me how can I not live the way He wants me to according to His Word.  In some time or another I’m sure we all need Ephesians 4:32 to remind us to live in a godly manner, (being the light of the world and the salt of the earth) by forgiving and loving just as God has forgiven and loved us; His children(to become God’s child go here). We are not all perfect, but we can strive to please God with our lives.

PS. What is so interesting is that I was supposed to do a drawing for this verse but I never got to it…lets just say someone got to it before me…I’m glad they did. I hope this verse encourages you to be kind and to forgive others just as God forgave you. 🙂

♥God

-TC

Past Prayer 4

This entry is part of the “Past Prayer Series” .

October 23, 2010

Lord, thank You for waking me up this morning; that I may have the opportunity to make needed corrections in my attitudes and my habits. I repent of the sins I have committed against You in thought, word, and deed. I ask for Your forgiveness of these sins. I thank You for forgiving me and washing me clean.  I ask that You may help me to not stay on the computer for excessive amounts of time. I ask that You may help me to stay away from TV shows that subtly do more harm than good to my spirit.

I ask that You may continue to guide me on the path of Your will and that I may not change the direction in which you have put me in.

Help me to not focus on or think about silly matters. Help me to not think negatively of others or myself. Lord, help me to not focus on the opinions or thoughts of others but to respect them only to an extent.

Father, help me to not feel insecure about who I am and who You created me to be. Teach me that I may learn not to compare myself to others and teach me how to be strong in who I am, Who is in me, and who I was created to be.

God, I ask that You may continue to teach me right from wrong, according to Your commandments and Your Word. Help me, show me where I am able to study Your word and fellowship with others. Lord, help me to not be lazy in what I do and what I am supposed to do.

I ask that You may get rid of, eradicate, any spirit that You do not approve of in me. Help me to see, that I may not enter or allow any evil spirit to enter my mind. God, I ask that You may help me stay focused on You and only You. For when I focus on You and Your ways and Your teachings everything else will fall  in to place according to Your will.

I ask that You Lord, will give me spiritual understanding that I may comprehend what happens around me; that I may not judge Your people. Father, help me to be humble in all ways that I may not think of myself more highly than others. Help me to not be stubborn, continue to show me how to be patient. Help me to know Your voice that I may do what You tell me. Help me to not feel as though I know everything. Help me to not fall deeper into selfish ways that are taught in this world, help me to not become self-focused. Help me to not worry about material things. Teach me how to meditate on Your Word.

When others come to rattle my faith, I may continue to stand firm on Your truthful Word, Lord. Those who come against me with their words or actions may not succeed in their angry or evil intents because I have You God, my protector and my guard.

Thank You, for all the blessings and mercies and love that You have given me. Thank you for Your forgiveness. I thank You for revealing the truth behind TV shows that I know to stay away from them because they are far away from the life You intend for me to live. Thank You for revealing to me that most of the shows that I used watch never brought me closer to You but separated me from You.

I thank You for helping me to be more selfless, I thank You for Your guidance in my life. I thank You for protecting me from harm and danger. I thank You for giving me spiritual understanding that I may understand what goes on around me. I thank You for leading me in prayer, I thank You for listening to me when I pray. I thank You God for knowing my thoughts even before I came to You.

I thank You for guiding me on the path of Your will for Your glory. I thank You for helping me and showing me to be confident in who You created me to be. I was made in the image and likeness of You, the work of Your hands are great and pondered by many. I praise You, O God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I thank You for revealing to me the uniqueness You placed in each and every one of Your children, in the body of Christ; we are all important and needed to do Your work.(Psalm 139:13-18; 1 Corinthians 12:24-26)

Thank You, Father, for showing me and giving me opportunities to remain in Your Word, to dwell in Your Word. Thank You for showing me and teaching me how to meditate on Your Word.

Father God, You are great and worthy to be praised.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

*Slightly revised.

I have to be honest, while I was typing this prayer out from my journal I became annoyed. In almost every paragraph I asked God for different things without praising Him. Not that what I asked for is not important; it’s just…my state of mind and my understanding about prayer has changed since October 2010. I can’t leave out the bit of guilt I felt when I realized the unrevised prayer could be an example of a wish list prayer; and I’m not a fan of wish list praying. BUT I’m glad I’m able to be thankful for everything I asked for because God did answer my prayers even though I was ignorant on the importance of giving thanks to God. There is nothing wrong with asking God for what you desire to have, there is nothing wrong with opening your heart to Him because He gives us more love than anyone else can ever give. Even though I felt guilty about this prayer, my joy abounds greater than the guilt I felt because God has answered my prayers, I’ve already seen the manifestation of what I’ve asked for and I still see it today. 😀

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

Remember to give thanks for the blessing’s God has given you, and for the things you’ve asked Him for. In doing so, you are working your faith muscle in believing that what you’ve asked God for, He will give to you as long as you are in right standing with him and what you’ve asked for is in his will.
♥God

-TC