Appreciation

Something I am reminded of often, in order to have true appreciation, I have to ask for it. It is so easy to take my life for granted. I can easily fall into the place of complaining and ungratefulness. This is especially true in my marriage. I have found myself slipping into the place of taking my wonderful husband for granted. I easily get into the place of complaining about the little things and forgetting what an impact my words have on his heart. My prayer for some time is that I would be able to step out of the critical mode and into the appreciative mode. I drive myself nuts, I can’t imagine how my poor hubby feels!

Lately I have been blessed with memories of when we were first dating and married. Clear memories and the flood of emotions that go with them. I have been remembering how excited I would be when I was going to see him, how heart wrenching it was when we had to part. A reminder if how luck  I am to have this man by my side every single day. I get to see his handsome face every morning and fall asleep in his embrace each night. I cannot take this for granted. I have a wonderful husband that is perfect for me. We balance each other out in ways only God can understand. He has made me a better woman, a better mother and a better friend.

Today I just wanted to share this with you all and remind you to take a step back each day and remember the reasons you have to be happy. you may be in a rough spot in life and you may feel overwhelmed, but you will come out of it if you allow God to work in it. He will show you the beauty that surrounds you if you open your heart and ask Him to. It may not come quickly and you will struggle still, but you will also find pockets of pure excitement and appreciation as well. Ask and He will deliver. Our God is always on our side and wants us to be happy in the life He has provided to us. Only we can get in the way.

Stress

Stress creeps in and steals away the joys that were possible.

Lord, please fill me in this place so that the stress will be lessened. Let me look to You in these moments, help me to remember Your promises. I long for You in this place and know that only You can fulfill me truest desires.

The emptiness we feel is real. Our hearts are calling out for what is missing, a true relationship with the Living God.

I need to refocus. How easily my point of view turns back to self. When I look to me, all falls apart. When I try to control, I lose all control and I begin to spiral. You are my rock, my shield, my salvation and my Lord.

I bow before You. I know that You are most wise and I trust You in all things.

Remind me of the cross and all that You have done for each of us. Your ungrateful children. When will we learn?

You are so patient and so kind. I long to have just a fraction of Your grace and mercy.

My emotions can be useful but they can also blind me. I give them to You. I choose to no longer fight them but to feel them, acknowledge them and give them over to You.

Shine Your mighty light into this weary soul and help me see the truth in all things. Let my perspective be from Your eyes and Your heart. The struggles of this world mean nothing next to You. The stressors fade when You are with me. My focus determines my response and my focus needs to be on You.

Show me Your plan, show me my purpose and let me see me the way You do.

I pray these things in the precious name of Jesus. Amen and Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 14

Day 14 and I am feeling great about this study. Doing such large chunks does make it difficult to dig very deep, but I am enjoying how the Word speaks to my heart in different ways as I read. Hope you are feeling the same way!


Proverbs 14

A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. Those who follow the right path fear the Lordthose who take the wrong path despise him. A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe. Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies. A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding. Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips. The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves. Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy. The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward. Only simpletons believe everything  they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated. Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge. Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly. The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.” It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor. If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness. Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty! Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness. A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor. Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children. Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die. Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools. Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people. A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.


 

 

 

What did I learn from this chapter today:

I want to be a wise woman and I am conscious of building up my home. I realize how my actions have a huge impact on my family. I have a choice every day. If I find myself in a place of feeling resentful and self righteous, I know I am walking the wrong path. Then it is time to step back, repent, examine and lay it all down before the Lord. I want to be wise in my relationships.

Honesty and hard work are important. As I read about the honest and godly will prevail, I am reminded that it may not be on this planet. Those that accept Jesus as our Savior will be rewarded in heaven. It’s important that we keep our eyes and hearts on eternity.

A peaceful heart heals the body. I can attest to the fact that I have lost a good amount of weight this year, and it happened while I was going through the process of healing old wounds. As God heals me, I become free. It’s amazing the work He does when asked. He desires to free us from the bonds we inflict upon ourselves. We only need to allow Him to. Only I get it the way of the beauty Jesus wishes to bring into my darkest places within.

I am also reminded to pray for our nation, as Godliness makes a nation great.

My prayer for today :

Lord, humbled I come before You and thank You for the love and healing You have given me so freely. I don’t deserve it, yet You show such grace and kindness. I pray that you continue to work on this heart and to shine into my very core. I want to let You in completely. I pray that all who read this will do the same. That we choose the Living Water You offer us all. That we recognize the path You lay before us and choose life. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things.

Proverbs Study Day 8

As we approach day 8, I am feeling great about this study. I hope you all reading this are enjoying it just as much!


Proverbs 8

Wisdom calls for a hearing

Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice! On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads. By the gates at the entrance to the town, on the road leading in, she cries aloud, “I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people. You simple people, use good judgment. You foolish people, show some understanding. Listen to me! For I have important things to tell you. Everything I say is right, for I speak the truth and detest every kind of deception. My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. “I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. All who fear the lord will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. Common sense and success belong to me. Insight and strength are mine. Because of me, kings reign, and rulers make just decrees. Rulers lead with my help, and nobles make righteous judgments. “I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me. I have riches and honor, as well as enduring wealth and justice. My gifts are better than gold, even the purest gold, my wages better than sterling silver! I walk in righteousness, in paths of justice. Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries. “The lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began. I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born— before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil. I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth. I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence. And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family! “And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the lord . But those who miss me injure themselves. All who hate me love death.”


What have I taken away from this chapter today:

Today,  what personally spoke to me was that our Lord, Jesus Christ was here since the beginning. The Trinity was wholly together before time. They created the universe we currently live in. They have always been and will always be. Their wisdom surpasses anything we could possibly imagine and we should be regarding it as the most precious commodity available to us.

Our God offers His wisdom so freely,  He shouts it loud for all to hear. Unfortunately, we choose to ignore it many times. We must listen, He has important lessons for us. We will find life and will prosper when we hear His Words.

Wealth is not measured in earthly treasures. We store our true wealth in our eternal home, heaven.

Today I choose to purposely listen for God’s wise words as I go through my day. I choose to Love His, as He loved me first. I write these truths on my heart and carry them throughout my life here. I choose God’s will over the corruption this world offers. I want to live differently. I want a prosperous life. I want the peace Jesus offers. That peace that is incomparable to anything we’ve ever experienced outside of Him.

Today I remind us all that we are not here by accident. God formed us in our mother’s wombs and He is our true Father. He gave us this life on purpose. We are in the exact time and place we are meant to be in, what will we do with this time? We all have a choice. We can waste it on earthly treasures and sin that lead to pain and destruction, or we can hear the wisdom freely given to us and lead a life of meaning.

My prayer for today:

Lord, I come before You today and pray that Your words be carved into my heart, help me to be equipped as I walk this path You’ve put before me. I thank You for creating me and I want to hear You when You speak to me. I treasure Your wisdom above all else. Help to drown out the calls of this earth that will only lead to destruction and help us all see Your will clearly. In the previous name of Jesus I ask these things. Amen.