Patience

Patience is in everything. In love. In trust. In life.

We are often running around rapidly. We are so focused on reaching that destination at full speed. Slow down. Good things happen to people while they wait…patiently. God doesn’t want us to always rush and constantly be on the move. I know it’s hard to just sit back and breathe. I still struggle with it a lot.

For example, when you’re driving, many people are speeding up and often showing recklessness just to reach a destination. The constant honking when others are driving too slow for their own satisfaction. It’s insane! I get it. Life is crazy. But, it’s just not worth it especially in a moving vehicle. We are NOT invincible.

Slow down. Have patience. Wait.

We miss out on many blessings and the enjoyment of the little things that life gives you if we keep rushing.

Being impatient often brings a lot of anxiety. At least it does for me anyway and that is never good.

So, I have a challenge for you today. Slow down. Breathe. If anything comes just at least one minute longer than you anticipate, let it be. Take your time. Trust. Have faith in the timing. Enjoy the ride.

Change

This week’s Bible study will be in the book of Ruth. Another glorious chapter to feed the soul.

Ruth 1:14-21

“And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. ‘Look’, Naomi said to her, ‘your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.’ But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’ When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more. So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. ‘Is this really Naomi?’ the women asked. ‘Don’t call me Naomi’, she responded. ‘Instead, call me Mara*, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer* and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?’

Would you agree with me that this is a dark one for today? Grief is a powerful emotion. Many things are often tied to unresolved grief issues. 

Grief and loss is definitely the biggest change there is. We never understand. We often get angry at God about why it happened and we may never know the answer. But, just remember, there’s a lot we never know what God is working on. He will always be ahead of everyone. Trust him still with all your heart even during the darkest times. He knows and understands your pain and suffering. Afterall, the most famous words in the Bible are “Jesus wept”. He knows the pain and suffering. Trust him that something will come out of it.

Life is full of changes. Learn to cope with life’s changes by accepting God and trusting Him fully. Changes are abound to happen. It’s human nature. You may not like it, and I’ve been there more times than you would know. It’s really tough! It’s definitely tough to accept change. What makes it easier is by putting God at the center of your life.

Life has its ups and downs. Never give up. Focus.

Light

Another day filled with God’s glory 😊 embrace it with gratitude!

Today’s message comes from: Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Anything good that we receive comes from the Lord. It’s important to praise Him for everything you do. Be the light in your neighborhood. The more good deeds you do, the more people will appreciate, including God.

Big or small, anything can change the world.

The more good deeds you accomplish, the more you change your mindset over every little thing around you. You become more appreciative, more caring, more calm, more sincere, and more grateful. You will end up seeing things differently.

God wants us to help people; to help others grow closer to Him.

With God, all things are possible. His power is in us. Let us shine the light for all to see!

Anger

Psalm 59:1

“Rescue me from my enemies, O God. Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.”

Don’t let anyone get you down. Rise above! All the anger and hatred of the world does more harm than good. In fact, there’s never any good in those anyway. Anger is a powerful emotion. Don’t let it break you. Don’t let the constant negativity and attitude win. That is not right. Neither is letting them take all of their frustrations out on you. They are weak. They are unhappy. Rise above and seek guidance from the Lord!

You have more strength inside than you realize. Don’t be afraid to show it. 

Rise.

Darkness never wins.