My hubby moved our horses to a new place today. Four of them loaded into the trailer fine but one gave him all kinds of trouble. Four of them have been loaded and unloaded pretty often. They know what to expect & that they will be safe and protected. The other one has only been hauled a couple of times. And the last time was several years ago. All she knew is that she was perfectly happy in her pasture eating grass and that she didn’t want to go into that metal noisy thing. What she didn’t realize was that the place that she was going had more grass, a bigger pond, and that she would be much happier there. I think that becoming a Christian is kind of like that. We might agree to put the halter on but when Jesus starts pulling on us we have a tendency to set back & dig our hooves in. But every time we give in & go where He leads us, we find that there is a blessing waiting for us. And eventually we quit pulling on the lead rope as hard. And hopefully by the time we head home & see those pearly gates, we’re at a full gallop.
Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 24th day I’ve been thinking about negative people. I know we are all negative at times but honestly…if we all stopped & thought about how blessed we are, we would never complain again. The communities that we complain about living in, are the same communities that come to our aid when we lose a loved one or suffer a tragedy. The jobs that we complain about, are the jobs that pay our mortgages, car payments, food and clothing. The groceries that we complain are too expensive are readily available, while there are countries where entire communities could live for a year on what we waste in a week. We are given everything that we need by the grace of God but we complain because we WANT more. We don’t need it but we want it. We are all guilty. What we need to remember is that we have to trust and thank God for allowing us to have what we do and realize that when we complain, what we are actually doing is criticizing HIS blessings. We need to humble ourselves before God and praise HIM in the sunshine and in the rain. And when we do that, flowers if faith will bloom!
A while back, a man said to me, “You need to go back to work if you don’t have anything better to do than sit around and post your thoughts on Facebook”. He said it jokingly but it nagged at me. Then I noticed that all of the thoughts that had come so easily to me just weren’t coming anymore. I started worrying about what people thought of me. Did they think I had become one of those radical religious people? So finally one day I stopped thinking about what everybody thought and prayed for God to tell me what to do. He spoke to my heart and this is a summary of what He told me. He wants all of His people to witness and spread His Word. My husband can talk to anyone. That is his gift. I am not gifted in that way. Some people can sing praises that stirs the Holy Spirit within you. I am not gifted in that way. Some can stand and say a prayer that will break even the most hardened heart. I am not gifted in that way. But I can write the thoughts that God gives me. That is my gift. And if the words that I write touch one person, then that is all that matters. Satan can use the most innocent of ways to place doubt on you. So when you begin to doubt yourself, ask yourself, “where did the doubt come from?” If it in any way hinders you from doing God’s will, then it didn’t come from Him. Always always always be discerning of who is speaking to you. IT MATTERS!
Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 18th day of May, I’ve been thinking about people’s perception of one another. Basically it boils down to this: If you want people to have a certain perception of you, then you have to live your life that way. Actions speak louder than words. You can shout to the heavens all day long that you are a good Christian & whine til the cows come home about being wrongly judged but if you ain’t livin’ it…you’re not portraying it. So…my flower of faith to you is that if you want your light to shine, you’re gonna have to step out of the darkness to let it!
Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 4th day of May, I’ve been thinking about how all people worship something. You can probably look at your check book or weekly schedule and see what it is. And sometimes we worship things and don’t even realize that we’re doing it. Evaluate your life. If there is anything in it that is getting between you and your relationship with God, then there needs to be an adjustment made. Not all things are sinful but anything that you put before God is. I’m learning that evaluating & adjusting often is the only way to keep God first & even with constant attention, I still fail far too often. That’s my flower of faith to you today. Evaluate and adjust so that God is always first.
On this 30th and final day of April, I think it would probably be easier to count grains of sand under the sea than to count all my many blessings. I may not have some of the things that others consider blessings but I have God’s mercy and grace, the love of a good husband and 2 amazing, beautiful daughters….and although my blessings go far beyond these things, if all I had was God’s forgiveness, I would still have all I need. Praying that all accept this same blessing because it is available and has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus Christ.
I’m pretty sure that God can form His own opinions of others without any input from me and I’m also pretty sure that the only attention that He gives to gossip is to take note of who is spreading it rather than who it’s about. I think too often we take the condemnation of others or worse….our own self condemnation…which truth be told usually comes straight from Satan…and we accept it as the truth but yet we ignore God’s opinion of us. Just because the people of this world can’t forgive or forget doesn’t mean that God can’t. God is willing to forgive anything as long as we come to Him with a humble heart and ask. But too often I see people write themselves off because they have made mistakes. I did it for years. Satan told me that my sins were unforgivable because I knew better….but in reality God was always there…arms open…waiting on me to come to Him.