Monday, April 23, 2007

Life Lesson #8

Live One Day at a Time

Growing up in southern Mississippi it is a given that I heard a lot of Southern Gospel music. But, there is one song that comes to mind over and over again. That song is,
One Day at a Time. I don't particularly remember the verses as well as I do the chorus which goes something like this:

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.

Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus

And tomorrow may never be mine.

Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

This song tends to bring life into perspective for me. Because it reminds me that we can't go backwards, we shouldn't borrow from tomorrow's troubles, and that we must depend upon Him for direction. No amount of worrying about tomorrow will make it easier to handle.Only trusting in God will help us deal with the situations that lie ahead.

I had someone ask me not long ago how they were going to deal with problems in the future. All I could think to tell them was to take it one day at a time and lean on Jesus. Because, He knows what tomorrow holds. He knows what we are capable of handling. So, we must trust Him with ALL of our hearts and not lean on our own understanding.

When the to do lists pile up and the weeks and months seem too busy to handle just remember this song and trust the Saviour to help you take it one day at a time.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Life Lesson #7

Face Your Fears

Someone once told me that the only way to overcome the thing you fear is to face it head on. What? Face the thing that scares me the most? Rejection, failure, uncertainty? Absolutely. Face all of these head on.

God's word tells us that perfect love casteth out all fear so facing those fears with the love of God will only cause them to diminish. That means stepping out in faith to trust the One and only who is able to help fight the battle. Letting go of self incrimination and holding on to the Hand that won't let go. God has given us more anointing and power to face those mind crippling fears than the enemy wants us to realize. We must allow Him to work through us to overcome our fears. Remember, when we are powerless He is powerful!

Thank you Lord, that I don't have to be paralyzed by my fears. You have given me Your promises that I can overcome.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Life Lesson #6

Be Willing to Pay the Price

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.” - Author Unknown

I am of the opinion that we can make time for whatever we want to do. In doing so, sometimes we have to sacrifice one desire over another. But, if it is important enough to us we will be willing to pay the price.

Everyone is busy and most of us live with a hectic schedule, but we make time for the things that are important to us. If playing a musical instrument is important to you, you will make time for practice. If writing a book is important to you, you will make time to become an author. If serving God is important to you (and I hope it is), you will make time for Him and His work. If exercising and being healthy are top on your priority list (I need to work on this one), you will make time for both disciplines. If you are determined to finish your college education, you will study and endeavor to be a successful student. (Goodbye sleep :))

Success is many times built upon how willing we are to discipline ourselves and pay the price. It matters not where you came from or how you were raised, contrary to popular belief. What matters is where your passion lies. How willing are you to pay the price???

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Life Lesson # 5

Take Time to Rest

Today was a very novel Saturday in that we didn't have anything on the schedule. So, we took full advantage of the freedom and rested. There was plenty of time for household duties, and then I found therapy in just listening to the rain and the kiddos playing.

Too many people in this competitive industrialized society of ours feel that rest is a waste of time. They believe that if they aren't busy then the world will cease to exist. But I find that the more rested I feel the more kind, compassionate, and understanding I can be. The more rested I feel the more I am able do what God has called me to do. Sometimes we have to lay the busyness aside and allow God to refresh us.

We may also need to realize that God did not mean for us to outdo one another with our "to do" lists. I also feel that He wants His children to realize that times of rest are a necessity and will empower us to continue His work. So, take the time to rest and lay aside the guilt for doing so!

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Life Lesson #4

Family Matters

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with these three people....

I have tried to make family time a priority in our lives, no matter how busy we get! Those family times may not necessarily be scheduled or be as consistent as I like, but they are special nonetheless. I want them to know how much I love them and how important they are to me. Time flies too quickly in life and I plan to take advantage of every single minute with my family. With the knowledge of that fact it is my God given responsibility to hold every moment with care because family really does matter!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Life Lesson #3

Accepting Our Differences

Imagine how boring life would be if we were all created exactly the same. Instead our Creator chose to develop each one of us in a very distinct manner. Even siblings, like my brother and I, contain many genetic likenesses yet still we are two distinctly different beings. He and I both have come to understand that I will never think like him and he will never think like me. We have learned to accept our differences! God created us each with a different purpose and He wants us to accept that!

We will not prosper if we our constantly competing and expecting to be like everyone else around us. Nor will it benefit us to expect everyone else to be like us or think like us. We must instead realize that we are all different. Remember, variety is the spice of life!

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..(Psalm 139:14)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Life Lesson #2

Finding Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of those necessary commodities in life. Without having this staple we find ourselves weighed down with cares and guilt that we weren't meant to bear. Thankfully God has provided a way out of these unnecessary burdens. All we have to do is lay them at His feet and He will allow the blood to wash them away.

Unfortunately, we often find it hard to forgive ourselves and this weight becomes one we don't want to lay down. In addition to refusing to let go of our own faults or failures, we tend to hold on to the mistakes of others. This reluctance to forgive turns into a bitterness that can destroy.

It is up to us to choose to be bitter or better; to be a forgiver and a forgetter. Forgiveness is freeing and allows us to draw closer to God. His desire is for us to find forgiveness and in finding forgiveness we will find peace that cannot be illustrated with mere words.

The first challenge of the day is to forgive yourself and then let go of the guilt. Second, forgive others and ask them to forgive you if need be. Then, sit back and let God do the rest!

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:14-15)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Life's Little Lessons

God has been speaking to me about compiling a short series of thoughts on some of life's little lessons. So, I feel challenged to do this consistently for the next thirty days. I cannot believe I am admitting this to the world but I am gonna give it a shot.

Today's Little Lesson is...

Stop, Look, Listen

We teach our children when they get ready to cross the street to stop, look both ways, and listen. But, when we get ready to cross the streets of life we often fail to follow these imperative instructions. Decisions would be much easier if we would Stop and think about our choices, Look at all the alternatives and the Word of God, and Listen to our Creator. Too many times we get in a hurry and make mistakes because we didn't follow simple life saving directions.

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." (Psalm 32:8)