God has blessed me with two wonderful gifts. The gifts of imagination and the ability to write. These gifts have truly impacted my life.I can easily think of stories to tell or write. Without these gifts I’m positive I would not feel as good about myself as I do.
Yes, I also have Meniere’s Disease. But overall, that is just an inconvenience in the scheme of things. Yes, there are days when I’m down. There are even days where I am totally out of it. But, through it all, I have learned to love myself and who I am without conditions. I’ve learned I really am strong even though I don’t think I am. My strength comes through Him.
Philippians 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I truly believe that. Do you?
Unity in the Body
Make every effort the unity of the Holy Spirit through the bond of peace. Satan is opposed to us living in unity and he does his best to destroy it. We need to consciously work together to stay unified with each other and God.
Heart of the Church
Apostles are sent out with the authority of the One who sent them. The gift of the Spirit is not limited to only the pastor, helper, prophets and teachers. It is unlimited because God has no limitations. We grow up into God, who is the head, all supporting each other in love, each doing their own part, as we all go about the work God has for us.
Living as Children of Light
It is hard to witness to someone who is ‘in the way of the world’; who have hardened their heart to God and to those who have lost all sensitivity.When you come to know Christ you have been made new.
Farming God’s Way
Put away the old ways as you would old clothes. Take off the facade of falseness and speak only the truth. Do not give the devil a foothold. Do something useful with your own two hands so you can share with those in need.
Stop all unwholesome talk. Speak only what is helpful to building others up; edify them. Speak from your heart. Be compassionate and forgiving as Christ forgave you.
I believe I can do only so much by myself. Oh, yes, I can try to do more than I can do alone, but it never works. I know my limitations, why don’t I follow them? Most likely because I have inflated my ego enough that I’ve declared that I don’t need help. So what happens? I fail and I get up and try again, whatever it was that I was trying to do, and fail again. A very intelligent person who has crossed my path told me once, when life gets too hard to stand, kneel. At the time, I thought they were really out there. I surmised in my infinite wisdom, that I really can’t do things from a kneeling position, that is even worse than standing. Besides, I have bad knees! How dare they say that to me! Then I realized what they were trying to tell me. I can’t live life by myself, it is too hard! There is only One who can help me really, when life gets too hard; and that One is God. He is always with me, but sometimes I forget. What’s my personal solution? To kneel before God daily; to live a life more plugged in to God; to pray more; to praise more; to consciously recognize God in my life on a daily basis whether I am doing the dishes or writing. Christ, You are my Lord and my Savior. You lived and died for me. I am so humbled that You think of me daily, love me unconditionally and are with me always, every day of my life. Lord, I live my life for You; I lift my days to You in gratitude for all that You have done for me. I love you Lord. Amen.
While driving recently I saw a sign that read ‘Detour Ahead’. I got to thinking that those two words can apply to our walk with Christ. I know for myself, my walk is not always as straight as I would like. It is full of detours and choices/decisions to make.
As a sinner, I am constantly having to choose to follow Christ. Satan is always tempting me, in one way or another. “You’re tired, don’t bother with church; sleep in. You really don’t feel well; stay home.” If I choose to go to Church, I may get dizzy from Meniere’s while there. That’s okay though because I am still praising and thanking God for my day and my health; lifting my day to give God all the glory. My health is not perfect, but I woke up today to experience another day; another chance to give praise to my God.
I may find myself in certain circumstances where I may be tempted to use language that I know is wrong, or watch shows on television that I might have watched before I gave my life to God. I have realized that choosing to follow Christ isn’t a one-time decision. It is a decision that I must make daily, at times even more than once a day!
Sometimes the choice is an easy one; other times it is more difficult to make the right decision. I’ve found that when the choice is harder for me to make, it is in an area of my life where I am more vulnerable. I know that choosing to walk with Christ is what I want no matter what.
So yes, as Christians, there are daily detours ahead for all of us. Brothers and sisters, we must keep our faith strong, through study of the Word and relationship with God and we must choose wisely!