God Knows!

You think you are all alone.  You have come to believe that nobody knows what you are going through and even worse that nobody cares.  But the truth is:  Your Creator knows and cares!

He knows your feelings, because He is the One Who created you with the ability to feel.  He can see the anguish deep in your soul and He cares more than you can realize or understand.  Hurt and pain are often so devestating because they cause us to feel like we are all alone in this world.  It is very possible to be surronded by people and yet feel like we are all by ourselves.

Even though you may feel like it, you are never alone.  God sees, hears and cares for you.  He knows not only your pain, but what it is that has caused your pain.  God made you and He can see and feel things in you, that not even you can see or feel.   He loves you and has an amazing plan to use even the bad for your good, as you love and trust Him.

God knows and that makes all the difference!

Getting Happy!

Don’t Worry Be Happy!

In my talking with people almost everyday about their lives and what they want out of their lives, I seem to have discovered a fairly consistent theme.  Most everyone I talk with eventually gets around to saying something like this:  “All I really want in this life is to just be happy!”

I think most everyone wants to be happy, or at least we say we want to be happy.  But not everyone is willing to do what they need to do to be happy.  Many of us have watched someone else live a very unhappy life, when we could plainly see all of the reasons they had to be living a happy life.  We could see it, but they could not.  What’s the old saying?  “Some people can’t see the forest for the trees!”

For the next few days, I am going to be writing about happiness.  We are going to try to discover what it is and some of the steps that we can take to get our lives to a place where we can experience it.

President Abraham Lincoln said:  “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be!”  I think he was onto something.  One of the problems that a lot of us have with not experiencing happiness, is our definitions.  We have all kinds of different definitions of happiness and the problem is not so much our different definitions, but the challenge they present us, when we are trying to figure out what it is that will really make us happy.

For most happiness is based on what we don’t have that we are trying to get, but the truth that we all know deep in our heart – is that happiness is about much more than that.  We are always striving, but only every now and then obtaining and the big things that gets in the way of our happiness is often our own opinion or the opinion of others.

Our thoughts betray us and so what we really need is wisdom.  Wisdom to choose the right thoughts that will lead and open our life to happiness.  In James 1:5-6 is says:  “5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

God will provide, but you have to receive!  More on how to do that tomorrow!  Blessings!

Love Is Hard!

Easier Said Than Done!

There are a lot of Scriptures that challenge me to the core!  I have been reading, studying and trying to live according to the teachings of the Bible for a long time and just when I begin to think that I am making some real progress, the Spirit gives me a lesson to let me see that I still have plenty of work to do.

This past Wednesday evening I shared a message from Luke 6:27-36.  I also shared this passage with folks visiting at Grace Place this morning for shopping.  I am not sharing any points, because I think it is more than challenging on its on and I still have so much work to do on this one!

I like to think I am getting better at this love thing, but I will not have it perfected until I love others (everyone) the way Jesus loves.  So, I’ve got some big time growing to do. Take a moment to read this passage from the New Living Translation and allow it to speak to and challenge your life and living!

“27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.  29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.  30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.  31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.  32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!  33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much!  34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.  35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.  36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.”

I am learning that my enemies are not who or what I often think they are, which reminds me of another Scripture in Ephesians 12:6 which says:  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

My Prayer:  Lord, Please forgive me for where I have really messed this one up and help me to not waste Your energy on useless battles, but to allow Your love to flow into and through my life for Your glory!  May Your love – flowing into and through our lives, reveal how real you are to the hurt, lost and dying of this world.