Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred,living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.
“Life is tough, but so are you!”
There is absolutely NOTHING in this world that could ever separate us from God’s everlasting love for us. People, even those we love the most, and blindsided circumstances will attempt to kill our joy and dreams. But God’s plans and purpose for those tough and unimaginable moments of heartache are what brings us closer to our destiny. Continue reading “Thrown Down But Not Defeated”
Experience #1: Hanging out with the right crowd will take you further than you ever will on your own.
Ever since I was a little girl I have always been apart of a certain group or click. You would never see me alone or isolated from others. I enjoyed being among the crowd and having others to socialize with. With every school grade I passed, I always had new friends that were similar to me. By similar I’m referring to similar mindsets. The fact I was hanging out with people who also wanted to be successful and purposeful, motivated me to work harder and sacrifice more. Competition presented itself within my group of friends. However, it was the healthy form of competition that enabled us to get closer to our individual goals. Throughout my adolescence and early adulthood up until now, hanging out with the right people (not necessarily friends) has only gotten me closer to my dreams and desires. Without their drive to be better and desire to succeed and conquer, I would not be half the person I am today.
The word misery is defined as: wretchedness of condition or circumstances, distress or suffering caused by need, privation, or poverty, great mental or emotional distress; extreme unhappiness (dictionary.com).
Notice there are several descriptions of the term misery yet all sum up to one type of experience, a negative one. We all experience misery in distinct ways. What is miserable to one person can be satisfying to another or what we see as miserable, others see as enjoyable.Continue reading “Your Misery is Someone Else’s Breakthrough”
A reflection of Psalm 23:1-4 (NLT)
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
Like the sheep that trust their shepherd to guide them through the hills, lead them to the meadows where they can eat, and protect them from the predators, so is God the good shepherd of our lives.