Thursday, May 24, 2018

Beautiful Christian Sister

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  We all see things differently and are drawn toward what we find attractive or pretty. I’ve met people that I have thought are just downright beautiful, stop traffic pretty and gorgeous. I think this type of beauty is few and far between. 

I’ve tried to figure out what is beautiful about some people. For example take someone you see at a restaurant and you think they are prettiest woman you have ever seen. Is it the shape of their body? Is it their hair? Is it the clothes they wear? Sometimes it’s a combination of all of these things and how they put themselves together.

On the flip side, have you ever thought someone was beautiful until you’ve gotten to know them? Maybe their attitude or language made them look “not so beautiful”.

I’m sharing this poem because it touched me. 

By Maya Angelou

A woman’s hear should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.

 When I say … “I am a Christian” I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin”’,
I’m whispering “I was lost, now I’m found and forgiven”.

When I say …” I am a Christian” I’m not trying to be strong,
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not bragging of success,
I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say…” I am a Christian” I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say…” I am a Christian”, I still feel the sting of pain…
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say …” I am a Christian” I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

Pretty is as pretty does… but beautiful is just plain beautiful! 

Are you pretty? 
Are you beautiful? 

Let’s focus today on what makes us beautiful.

Hopefully it is God’s word in you and your attitude and actions.

May God Bless

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Encourage Yourself in the Lord

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (NIV)

9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you,for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 

    The Macedonia church family loved each other as we see in the verse above. Yet Paul, who wrote this letter, felt the urge to encourage them to have even more love for each other. 

 It’s always great to hear an encouraging sermon, or someone gives you and encouraging word. A simple note from another Christian can lift your spirits. What about when you are alone with no one around to give you those uplifting words? That is when we encourage our self in the Lord by reading His word or praising and praying to God. 

     Hannah prayed in 1 Samuel 1:10 for a child and even made a vow to God to give her son to Him.

     Paul and Silas were in prison and chained but found encouragement in their prayers and singing.

Acts 16
          25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

     I Googled “encourage yourself in the Lord” and a website came up with 100 Bible verses with encouragement. 

  Sometimes we just need to do it for ourselves. There might be a situation where no one is around or we don’t want to share with others that we need encouragement. Depending on yourself to turn toward God for the answers grows with us in maturity and understanding. 

     I can’t go wrong with God. He is there for me always. He is never too busy or distracted to take the time to listen and give me encouragement.

May God Bless