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People tend to take each other for granted, and believe that they have all the time in this world. No matter what you do for some people, they will still come back asking for more. Instead of being appreciative, and asking what they can do for you, it’s always what you can do for them. There are always some needs that they have. However, they never stop to wonder if you might also have any needs. These people have the “me, myself and I” kind of attitude.

You will continue to pour out all you have got to others, while instead of trying to think of a way to show their appreciation, and be a blessing to you, they instead find a way to criticize and tear you down. If you have done one wrong, instead of using a way to look at all the good you have done, they use that one bad to tear you down. As the saying goes, “when I do something good, no one remembers, but when I do something bad, no one forgets.”

It’s time you try to bless someone who has continually being a blessing to you, instead of finding a way to tear that person down. Sometimes people do not take responsibilities for their own actions. Instead of asking for forgiveness and take responsibilities for their actions, they find a way to blame the other person.

Go out and find someone you can bless today; whether it is someone who has consistently being a blessing to you, or someone you don’t even know. Life is short, today we are here, and tomorrow we are gone. It does not make any sense you cry your eyes out at someone’s funeral, and give all the roses you can afford. Notwithstanding, you did not try to acknowledge, appreciate, and be a blessing to that person while he or she was here with you.

Kiss and hug your husband, wife, spouse, children, siblings, other relatives, and friends. Tell them you love them and appreciate them. Find a way to make their day special, especially if that person is always giving to you, instead of finding a way to be offended by every little thing, and tear that person down. Look at all the good that person has done in your life, and has allowed you to accomplish.

Don’t give me roses when I am gone.

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1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

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Sometimes life seems to be taking us down a huge detour and everything looks like it’s not going our way. In those situations, our life and our story seems to be a disaster.

This is exactly what happened to Joseph, whose story is found in Genesis 37-50. Joseph’s brothers jealously hated him and sold him into slavery. Joseph was wrongfully put in prison for raping Potifer’s wife, when really he refused to compromise his integrity by sleeping with her. Then, Joseph helped get the chief cupbearer out of jail; however, when the cupbearer had an opportunity to return the favor and get Joseph out of jail, the man forgot about Joseph. Joseph ended up spending thirteen years in jail for something he didn’t do.

At this point Joseph’s story was going haywire, but God’s story was right on track. That’s because God had an amazing plan for Joseph’s life; God was going to use Joseph to save Egypt and the surrounding lands for seven years of devastating famine. What looked to Joseph like a huge detour was really a great plan of God to provide food for countless people, including the very brothers that had sold Joseph into slavery.

At the end of this, Joseph realized that God had a bigger plan for his life, and after his brothers come to him for food, he tells them: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).

All along, God’s story was right on track.

This same principle is also true in the life of Jesus. To the disciples, it looked as those Jesus would be a great king who would rule Israel and return the nation to greatness. They hailed him as a great leader. So, when Jesus was being crucified, the story they saw looked like a major train wreck—this great leader whom they had followed for the past three years was suddenly dead. However, God’s story was at its peak—God was in the process of connecting humanity to himself.

There’s what you see and what God sees.

When your life seems to be a major disaster; know that God has bigger plans to use your life for great things. The story you see may not reflect the long-term story God has planned. Therefore, trust God, knowing that he works for good in all circumstances (Romans 8:28).

 

Contributed: Christ Notes

If you want something in your life to change, then you’ll have to change your choices and actions. That is because doing the same thing will never get you different results.

In other words, what you do — the choices you make, the way you treat people, the attitudes you have — all impact your life. If, by your actions, you’re sowing bad seeds, then you’ll reap a harvest of those things. 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Therefore, if you want to reap abundant harvests in your life, start sowing abundant seeds. That may require changing your choices; but until you change your choices, you’ll never change your life.

Contributed: Christ Notes

Jesus Loves You

If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a healer?

If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a deliver?

If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an over-comer?

If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am a comforter?

If you never made a mistake, how would you know that I am a for-giver?

If you knew all, how would you know that I will answer your questions?

If you were never in trouble, how would you know that I will come to your rescue?

If you were never broken, then how would you know that I can make you whole?

If you never had problems, how would you know that I can solve them?

If you never had any suffering, then how would you know what I went through?

If you have never gone through the fire, then how would you become pure?

If I gave you all things without you going through anything to get them, how would you learn to appreciate them?

If I never corrected you, how would you know that I love you?

If you had all power, then how would you learn to depend on me?

If your life was perfect, then what would you need me for?

Love, Jesus

I know almost all adults might answer ‘yes,’ to this question, especially if they have moved away from their parents’ home, and are working and taking care of themselves. However, independence appeals to all ages. It means “freedom from the control, influence, support, and aid of others.”

In reading a devotion by Bill Chowder, he too stated that, “It’s not surprising that teenagers talked about gaining their independence.”  However, as I delved deep into this devotion, he spoke of a craving for dependence, which is a spiritual recognition and acceptance of our deep spiritual dependence on the One who gives life.  Jesus stated, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

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In this dangerous and troubled world, you need the vine to sustain all your spiritual nutrients, or else you will be spiritually malnourished. If you are spiritually malnourished, you won’t be able to withstand the enemy and all the chaos and calamity that he throws at you.

By and large, when you think that you are independent, think about the one who you have to depend on – Jesus.

 

There is a danger in starting a fire; you will never know how many bridges you will burn in the process. However, sometimes it isn’t a bad thing, as it may prevent you from going back to a place, where you should never have been at, to begin with.

Best Friends

Friends come and go, but real friends stay; chances are, if someone is in the past, that person deserves to stay there.  You cry over friends you will never have back, people you once loved and bridges that have been burnt.  Notwithstanding, there is a reason why these bridges have been burnt in the first place.  The past is in the past.  Therefore, you only have so much room in your life, so begin to save it for people who deserve it.

 Proverbs 17:17 ( NIV)
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity

 “Choose your friends carefully.”

God’s Compassion Never Fails

When life’s troubles hit you like a tidal wave, you must remember that God’s Compassion never fails (Lamentations 3:22).

God can give you the hope you need….. feeling hopeless reminds you that you are helpless without God.

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May God Give You…

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May God Give You . . .

For Every Storm,  ‘A Rainbow,’

For Every Tear, ‘A Smile’,

For Every Care, ‘A Promise’,

And ‘A Blessing’ in Each Trial.

For Every Problem Life Sends,

A ‘Faithful Friend’ to Share,

For Every Sigh, A ‘Sweet Song’,

And An ‘Answer for Every Prayer’. Amen!

Grace to You and Peace from God Our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:2).

Lord, I’m Going Crazy!

So many times you might have been faced with terrible situations in your life, and you cried out to God, and said, “Lord, I’m going crazy!” However, God promises to keep you sane, and take you through whatever situations and struggles that you encounter in your life.

The devil wants you to lose your mind, but God will make sure that His peace keeps your heart and mind in perfect sanity.

Therefore, take a deep breath, pray, and trust God to take you through whatever circumstances that may be happening in your life. The Scripture says, “And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

So if you think you are going crazy with all the tribulations around you, you won’t! Just say to the devil, “I won’t lose my mind!”

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