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How is Your Attitude?

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m not feeling very grateful today”? I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another.

Our attitudes of gratitude should not be dictated by our moods or circumstances. We need to periodically check our attitudes. It is easy to fall prey to Satan and be consumed with the grumpy, gloomy world around us.  We need to be armed against emotional warfare with joy, praise and thankfulness that comes from walking with Jesus.

There is something to be thankful for in every situation of every day. Look for the joy in every thing. Even if Satan puts evil in our paths, we can be thankful that God is there to call on and pull us through.

When we obey God’s commands to rejoice, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything, we begin to view circumstances and other people with a new perspective: an attitude of gratitude!

Life is better with Jesus!

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Experience Joy

Happy. Playful. Laughter. Smiles. Bright Eyes. Inquisitive. This is what I see when I watch my grandchildren. It doesn’t matter if they’re playing, watching TV, or just having an interaction with us, they always exude immeasurable joy and focus on the experience at hand.

Last year, I used this observation as a self check. I know I have the joy of the Lord because I’m a born-again child of God. But am I using that joy to love life and experience life to the fullest as God intended?

I must admit that I did not pass this self check. I realized that I had been too self-absorbed and too concerned about what others thought about new challenges and opportunities I had embraced through God’s direction.

God did not offer me new things because He thought others would approve, He doesn’t care about that. He gave me more opportunities to draw closer to Him,  expand in my service to Him and others, and ultimately experience immense joy and blessings. But if I was doing the job, while worrying about approval ratings of others, I was missing out on the actual ‘experience’ and deeper joy; just going the motions and not giving God my best.

It is so easy to get caught in Satan’s web of lies when we let our guard down and shift our focus the least bit away for God and His plan.

So each day, I pray to stay in step with Jesus. I pray for the eyes and heart of a child. I pray for power against the enemy’s daily ploys to steal my joy. I pray for  renewed and protected joy in the Lord, in life and in every breathtaking experience He puts in my path.

“And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.” – Ecclesiastes 8:15

Love Them through Their Blue Christmas
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Love Them through Their Blue Christmas

“Tis the season to be jolly, fala lala lala lala lala!”

Some reading this may actually disagree with my first sentence. While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for Christians, as we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, many people find the Christmas season to be emotionally brutal.

Christmas can bring feelings of sadness and gloom for people who have lost loved ones and are facing an empty chair on Christmas Day. Some have experienced financial losses due to health reasons, job losses or recent storm damages. Others are facing serious health conditions.  And there are so many other reasons out there causing sadness at Christmas time.

Let’s all try to remember to be a little bit more patient with others this Christmas season. If you know someone is hurting this Christmas, take an extra moment and reach out to that person.  Let’s also remember, everyone we meet has a story. And some of those stories are sad. So what ever moods we are greeted with in our hustle and bustle, let’s be patient.  Let’s be kind. Let’s show the love of Jesus.

If you are hurting this Christmas, I am so sorry for your pain.  I pray for your healing and  that you will be restored to the peace that passes all understanding.  Remember, you are loved.

Let’s pray for each other every day and especially for those who are hurting this Christmas.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32

What I Learned from Mary
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What I Learned from Mary

A young girl living an ordinary life chosen to live an extraordinary life.

Who is this girl?

Mary, the mother of Jesus.

I think about Mary a lot, not just during the Christmas season. I often think about her faith, integrity, loyalty and great love for God. There are life lessons in Mary’s life:             

Mary demonstrated absolute faith in action through obedience.

Mary loved unconditionally. 

Mary’s faith and obedience reminds us how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  

As we think about Mary this Christmas, let’s ask ourselves:  “Am I willing to step out of my ordinary for God’s extraordinary?”

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:38