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In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV
God is a God of light. The more we become like Him, the brighter our light shines. If we become known for being patient and helping others, to Him be the glory. He inspires us to do good works.
Good deeds are not a way to earn our way into heaven. It is by grace we have been saved.
When we are saved, our hearts change. Our desires and even our plans change as the Holy Spirit leads us. We can trust Him always. When we read the Word of God, our prayers become less about a list of things we would like God to grant us. Our prayers become focused on His purpose for our lives. Amen.
Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 6th anniversary anniversary. Please watch our anniversary video and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more happy adventures that God has blessed us with.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23 NIV
When we love the Lord with all our hearts, things fall into place for us.
Anyone who has experienced heartbreak after a relationship ending or the loss of a loved one might feel the need to avoid future heartbreak.
The Lord will never break our hearts. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can trust in Him entirely. Amen.
As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him. – Psalms 18:30 NIV
Perfection is elusive to those who are perfectionists. If we really want to be perfect, we can follow the Lord’s way. His way is perfect. His Word, the Bible, is a perfect vehicle to reach us.
He makes sure we are safe and protected.
Instead of arguing about theology and how much we may differ from other people, why not focus on what makes us the same as children of God? Love conquers the divide. Amen.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
– James 1:4 NIV
The Lord never gives up on us. He calls us to follow him and to find joy and peace.
Maturity comes with age, but it also comes when we have overcome difficulties, such as financial losses, illnesses, or even grief after losing a loved one. The Lord sticks by our side during our challenges if we believe in Him.
The Lord does not give us more than we can handle, and He provides us with all the faith we need to see through the darkness of this world. He loves us beyond compare. Amen.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. – Romans 12:21 NIV
The Lord created the ten commandments for a reason. He was not just giving His people a list of rules to follow. He was providing His people with a set of values that would strengthen their relationships. For example, honoring our fathers and mothers acknowledges the work they have done to raise us well.
By following the Lord’s commandments, we are not better than others, for all have sinned. But by learning to love God’s commandments, we become more kind, patient, and accepting towards others. Nobody is perfect. We can remember that we are all still learning, and our Heavenly Father is very patient with us. Amen.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Self love includes being patient and kind to ourselves. We sometimes focus so much on taking care of others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Self care is a form of self love.
Sometimes we have to honor that we are out of energy by the end of the day and need to take something off our schedule. The Lord understands that our energy is finite, which means that we need to say “no” to some things.
We take pride in our productivity, but there is a time to work and a time to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day after creating humanity. The Lord rested and declared His work good. We can rest and restore ourselves, too. Amen.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. – Proverbs 15:1 NIV
When we are kind when we choose our words, others are more likely to treat us nicely in return.
When we say whatever comes to mind, we sometimes speak too quickly, and might say something hurtful.
The Lord asks us to love one another, and part of being loving means choosing our words carefully. Amen.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 NIV
I never understood grief until I lost my dad.
In a similar way, I understood love better after I married my husband.
Love acts like a filter on how we see the world.
God’s love softens our attitudes, and the more we become like Jesus the more compassionate we grow. Amen.
Ointment and perfume delight the heart, and the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel. – Proverbs 27:9 NKJV
I miss seeing my friends in person. When I moved, I didn’t really think about the impact it might have on my life to not have the same weekly interactions with my friends whom I was used to spending time with.
It is a weight not to have friends or try to replace friends just because I am in a new location.
The advice my friends gave me when I was close by is just as good as the counsel that they give me when I am far away. Friendship is forever and God blesses us with good people in our lives. It is up to us to show love and maintain our friendships. Amen.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14 NIV
When we are tired, we need to rest. The Lord knows that we need a day off to restore our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Sabbath rest is essential, not only to honor our relationship with God, but also because we are human and it is very easy to fall when the devil trips us up.
The devil looks for every opportunity to attack us. He wants us to feel angry, frustrated, and resentful rather than loving, kind, and patient. When we feel ourselves slipping, we need to call out to the Lord to help us. His Presence is with us and in us. He is never far away. Amen.