13 Contribute to the needs of God's people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality.
warmth, cordiality, geniality, friendliness
Ohmigoodness - Did I get tested yesterday.
I talk about grace. I talk about taking the high road. I talk about finding joy no matter the circumstance....Well I met someone who tested all these things at one time!
I'm trying to decide how to make this long story shorter, so.... I show up for my party last night ( I'm in the home based party plan biz). It's going to be outside. There is a lady sitting in a lawn chair with her back to me when I pull in. She has a dog & she is "playing" on her phone. I approach her and say "Hi, I'm Mindi". She looks at me, shrugs and says "So?!" Yikes - So? OK regroup..."I'm here for Susie Sunshine's Party." Again I get a shrug & and "I don't know any Mindi"...RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!- I'm screaming in my head. I wanted to get in my car and go home. But I did not, instead I smiled my biggest smile & prayed, prayed, prayed that I would not say something I would regret. I prayed to remind myself that God's grace was hers also...I wasn't seeing any of it at the moment BUT.....
So I've been at this place before. I'm guessing you too have been at this proverbial crossroad yourself, time to put up or shut up - right? Practice what you preach? I did. It was not easy. She was not a nice woman, period. I had to keep reminding myself that folks are broken. That some people love themselves so little(or not at all) that they can't show love to others. How sad I am when I encounter this. While my flesh wanted to punch her in the nose 🙂 or at least say exactly what I thought of her behavior, I did not let my 'feelings' win. God is love. I am a child of His. I need (because I love Him) to honor him with all that I say & do. Did I make a difference in her life last night? IDK - but I know I honored God & stayed on the high road. Just because the low road has a nice worn path doesn't make it the best way to go.
1 John 4:8 (MSG)
8 The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can't know him if you don't love.
Remember, you are strong enough to do the right thing...the joy of the Lord is your strength - Use it.
A little more food for thought today...
Proverbs 17:22 (MSG)
22 A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.
Alright people..the message for today be love, be light - it's good for you & me 🙂
4 Always be joyful in the Lord! I'll say it again: Be joyful!
5 Let everyone know how considerate you are. The Lord is near.
6 Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.
7 Then God's peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (GW)
Are you finding the simple joy in your life - everyday? I recently asked some of my friends what their simple joys were......
5 people said " laughter"...of children or grandchildren
My kids smiles
Sunshine on my face
The smell of lilacs
Bare feet in fresh cut grass
Sitting outside and hearing the birds sing
Savoring a sunset gator ride with my hubby thru our farmland
Listening to the frogs in the evening. Peaceful!
Sunset on the beach
An afternoon nap
I listed those simple joys so you could pick one as your own or add to that list. One thing that struck me was the fact that all of those things are free. So you are free to share them with others...maybe you are someones simple joy. When both my daughters are with me we laugh & laugh & laugh. It is one of my simple joys. When my little sister laughs I am overcome with joy. She has the best laugh ♥.
I know it can be easy to get bogged down in the unjoyful - DON'T DO IT!
The way I see it you can always find simple joy, if you just look around 🙂
Some of my favorite simple joys that cost under $5.00:
a candy bar (almost anything chocolate)
a great cup of coffee
a new song for my ipod
a snack size mcflurry - (Reeses...in case you were wondering)
a power ball ticket ( It is so fun to play the "when we win the lottery" game)
a christian suspense romance ( paper back from good will .79)
Be joyful, choose joy, share it with others.
♪♫Joy to the world, All the boys & girls, Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, JOY to you & me♫♪
Life is SIMPLE...we make it difficult!
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. - Philippians 4:8 (AMP)
Here's the 1,2,3...
#1 Eat right - seriously.
Think of all the problems caused by poor food choices. Obesity (all the crap it causes) is killing Americans in record numbers. Not only is it killing us BUT it is crippling our society. Monetarily, think of the billions of dollars spent on medical & psychological care. Now think about these repercussions on children. Whether it's children mimicking our poor choices & behaviors or those same children having to take care of us or enable us. We are an example whether we like it or not.
Now you're saying, "I'm not obese or even extremely overweight". GREAT...have you had to buy any new clothes this year because the old ones are getting too tight? hmmm...the money spent on those bigger pants could have been spent on fresh fruit/veggies instead of ________(you fill in the blank with that really fattening thing you ate a whole pan of!♥) I am speaking from personal experience here!
You deserve to be healthy - your children (nieces, nephews, friends kids) deserve it too. You can do it - you can make better choices each time you go to the grocery store. Can you treat yourself on occasion, of course. Extremes get you into trouble because they take you out of balance. So the next time you are picking out cereal - read the label - pick the one that DOES NOT have sugar listed in the first 3 ingredients. It is that simple. You & those you love deserve the BEST life...start having that life by eating right or at least a little better every time.
#2 Do right - whenever possible
Yikes is she harping on that again?? I know that's what some of you are saying but it's the TRUTH.
Doing the right thing will help make your life simple. Telling the truth is right & simple: telling lies is not simple...I can hardly remember what really happened last week much less trying to make up something & remember that instead!
Be nice...sometimes you don't need to say/do anything - give yourself this little litmus test - Am I saying/doing this out of love? Would I feel loved if someone said/did this to me?
Don't spend what you don't have. You will be so happy if you follow this advise. No stress or worries over paying for something that you can't afford. Have what you want (within reason) BUT more importantly WANT what you already have.
Forgive - it seems difficult at first but it is really just a simple choice. Being angry or staying in "unforgiveness" is a lot of hard work. I promise you are given many opportunities everyday to "Do Right"...start practicing 🙂
#3 Fix it when you don't!
You can start being healthier today- RIGHT NOW. Actually you already are...you are feeding your soul good stuff...now feed your body good stuff & those you love - feed them good stuff too.
Say "I'm sorry" or "Please forgive me" to someone you have hurt (intentionally or unintentionally)
Let someone else be first...
Love unabashedly - with hugs & kisses & love notes & winks & whispers & high fives & knuckles & text messages and...you get the idea.
Stop spending money you don't have on things you don't need. It is simple - stay out of the store. It is amazing how much less money I spend (like NONE) if I DON'T go into ______(Kohl's, Forever 21, etc...)
If you are angry with someone right now - stop being angry. You are a child of God and God is LOVE.
LOVE GOD, LOVE YOURSELF & YOUR BODY, LOVE THE WORLD & THE PEOPLE IN IT.
Love & life are simple - if we let them be....
Mark 4:24-25 (MSG)
24 "Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way.
25 Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes."
So, I'm sure you've been at this place before...the place where you have to decide "Will this be where I draw my line in the sand, make a stand, get my way?" or "Will I give in -GIVE- any let someone else have their way?"
Ugh! I'm there. Truth be told, I'm there all time. It can feel like giving is just giving in. It can feel like when you give you are being weak or letting someone bully you into what they need or want. Check yourself. Are you drawing that line because it truly, really means that much to you? Or are you just being stubborn? childish? selfish?
"Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes."
Just in case you missed it the first time 🙂 Giving is the way.
Definition of Giving:
1. To make a present of
2.To place in the hands of; pass
4.To convey by a physical action
5.To bestow, especially officially; confer
6.To entrust to another, usually for a specified reason:
Generosity begets generosity.
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