Don’t Just Ask

Galatians :: 6:2

Don’t Just Ask

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Be Kind to One Another

Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things people need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.  .: Ephesians 4:29-32 :.

Ephesians 4:29-32

Be kind to one another!

Shine Like Stars

I came across this beautiful photograph by Millita Photography and it brought to mind this quote and Philippians 2, verses 14 and 15:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars.

It also reminds me of the little song, “This Little Light of Mine” – I have wonderful memories of singing it in Vacation Bible School, many, many (many, many) years ago.  Recently, I heard a version of the song by Addison Road, with additional lyrics that really speak to the  importance of not forgetting whose child you are:

There’s a little flame inside us all
Some shine bright, some shine small
The rains will come and the waters rise
But don’t you ever lose your light
In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

May you live each day with no regret
Make the most of every chance you get
Let your eyes get wide when you look at the stars
With the same sense of wonder as a child’s heart
With the ones you love, treasure the time
And for those who are gone, keep their memories alive
Hold on to your dreams, don’t ever let go
There’s a fire inside you burning with hope

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There will be days when you want to give up
When the clouds settle in
But after the rain comes the sun
Don’t you ever forget, don’t forget

One day there will be no more pain
And we will finally see Jesus’ face
So until then I’m gonna to try
To brave the dark and let my little light shine

This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine, gonna let it shine

There’s a little light inside us all

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

I created this for a friend who shared the CEV-UK translation of the “A Time for Everything” chapter of Ecclesiastes:

Ecclesiastes 3:11-13

God makes everything happen at the right time.

I really like the way this version reads; much easier to understand than the somewhat confusing [albeit familiar] King James Version:

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

This chapter of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is much we don’t understand about life’s ebb and flow, but we can rest in the knowledge that God is in control, having questions is a normal response to that ebb and flow, and he wants us to enjoy life and take joy in the little everyday things.

What is the CEV-UK version, you ask? I wondered the same thing and learned that it’s the Century English Version (UK/British edition).  Ace!

The Sweetness of Friendship

Spending time this morning thinking about the blessing of friends in my life, including those of the four-legged, furry variety. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes and sayings about friends and friendships and thought I’d share it, if only for my own benefit.  It is my hope that these brings a smile to your heart as you remember a special friend.

The Sweetness of Friendship

The Sweetness of Friendship

May God give you…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile,
for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share,
for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.                                             ~Helen Keller

What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies.  ~Aristotle

A Friend Knows

A Friend Knows

Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.                                     ~G. Randolf

Laughter is the shortest distance between friends. ~Victor Borge

Meditate on These Things

Philippians 4:8 is one of my very favorite Bible verses:

Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report–if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy … meditate on these things.

I was inspired to create this image to complement a song written by Stephanie Sharp Hickman:

Philippians 4:8 :: Meditate on these things...

In these times of economic insecurity – both domestic and international – and the wars and strife all around the globe, together with the day to day irritants of life (not the least of which being all the in-your-face political drama), it’s all too easy to get hung up on worldly stuff and forget to focus of the things that really matter. I often meditate on this scripture when I find myself developing a negative attitude. It really helps me to return my focus to what is of true importance: the pursuit of God and sharing his love with others.

It is my prayer that this image might be a blessing to you; please feel free to download it as a desktop wallpaper image and otherwise share as you wish!

Set Apart

I am presently immersed in a 365-day Bible reading plan, courtesy of YouVersion. Yesterday’s Life Application Study Bible ® Devotion is based on Psalm 4:3 “Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him.” A blessed reminder that no matter how unworthy of answered prayer I might feel, that doesn’t matter.

Not one iota.

Because I have the gift of salvation and God’s promise of grace, when I am faithful, the Lord hears when I call. Oh, I may not get the answer I want, but I rest in the assurance that His answer will be just what I need.  Which, more often than not, is a refreshed perspective:

Psalm 4:3 :: Look at your problems in the light of God's power...
Photo courtesy of Bùi Linh Ngân; Image © soupartdesigns.com

If you’re not currently engaged in a devotional plan, I encourage you to get engaged. Make up a plan on your own, or take advantage of one of the awesome reading plans developed by YouVersion, Bible Gateway, or one of the other readily available, free online programs. Just search for “Bible reading plan” and you’ll be presented with several options. (I really like the universal availability and consistent reminders the YouVersion plans offer.)

I knew I’d be blessed, but as is God’s way, the blessings of daily Word immersion are much more than I imagined!