Friday, February 24, 2012

Not a 1-time thing...



Continual.
You've heard the word.
Habitual.
Maybe you haven't heard that one(go look it up if you haven't).
Joy and peace and contentment in Christ isn't a 'just one day' thing.
We have our ups and downs each day. And some days it just seems really easy to forget God is there or to neglect spending time in His word and prayer. Other days maybe we just feel like we could shout for joy at God's amazing love.
Why can't we do that everyday?
How come we can be 'filled with Christ's joy' one day....and at the end of our rope in despair another?

Because serving Christ, loving Christ... is a CONTINUAL thing. It's something we need to be doing 24/7. Every.waking moment.
Not just one day. Not just one week. EVERY DAY.
I've been really convicted of this lately... I tend to get depressed slightly easy, little things and the oddest things can sway my mood...
Something I realized though-when my mood swayed so did my focus from being continually on Christ. Wait. Let me switch that around. When my focus slipped from Christ, THAT'S when my mood swayed.

God has been working so much in my life lately. He has been so gracious. I am just amazed. He is forgiving, loving and always faithful to point me back in the right direction.

I've been trying to remember to continually and habitually keep my focus on Christ-and by God's grace-it's been a long while since I've had a sudden mood sway or started feeling depressed! :D

It's a continual thing people.

You can't expect to feel the joy of Christ in your life if you don't CONTINUALLY seek Christ first.
Is it time for you to change your focus? To put it continually on Christ?

In 1 Chronicles, chapter 16...David says a prayer of thanks to the Lord(verses 7-36, I encourage you to read the whole thing). But one very powerful verse that applies, is vs 11; "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."

It doesn't say 'seek his face when you feel like it'.
It says always.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Worth The Wait

I found this song and I'm absolutely in love with it. Almost anyone who is single, wants to be in a relationship or have that 'special someone' in their life. Sometimes it's really hard to wait for the time when God will bring the right person into your life. But it's worth the wait. And during that time of waiting, it's a perfect opportunity to put your complete focus on Christ and be striving to serve Him in everything you do. 
If you're doing that...in the right time...God will bring the right person into your life and you won't regret the wait. :)
   
      1 Corinthians 7:32-35, "I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord" Take the time you have of being single, and wholeheartedly serve Christ.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

On HIM we have set our hope.

A passage just to powerful and encouraging not to share...

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOVE


I'm so amazed at God's love.
He has shown His love to me in so many ways I don't deserve these past few weeks. I have stumbled, I have failed, I have strayed away. But Praise God He is a forgiving God!!
I'm awed and humbled.
And so very very very blessed and thankful.

This Valentines day - I am happy. Because I have a wonderful family around me who loves me. I have some of the most amazing friends. And most of all...I have a Savior who gave His LIFE for me out of love. Sure, I'd be overjoyed to have that 'special someone' in my life right now-but you know what? I'm content to wait. Because I am surrounded by love. :)

A verse we all know: John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."

Happy Valentines Day everyone!