I love flowers in the garden. I don’t have a physical garden in my home but I’ll admit sometimes I go to Home Depot just to walk through the garden section and see all the pretty colors blooming. I’ll see someone watering the plants and flowers to keep them alive and fresh. As I step in the garden I start to think, there’s hope for me if I just plant a seed. I may not have a green thumb but I have a garden of hope. You also can have a garden of hope. When we decide to plant seeds of hope, trust in God and water them regularly by reading God’s word we come alive. If we allow God to grow us up in faith, love, and truth we will see the beauty that surrounds us when we are in the garden.
I have two words for you today and they are build up! So many people are being torn down these days. The Bible says we are to esteem others better than ourselves. As I grow in my walk with Christ, I’m learning how to live on pitch. I learned Christians don’t chop up, they build up. We must not be influenced by television, radio, music and the language spoken throughout the day. There are so many images that are negative and it’s easy to be influenced by ungodly people and the world’s view but I encourage you to find someone to build up today. I want to be more like Christ today. Here are just a few small ways I will do just that:
- Be kind
- Share a smile
- Say thank you
- Give someone a compliment
- Tell someone good job
- Let people know I’m praying for them
This was a busy weekend for me. It was busy and beautiful at the same time which sounds a little crazy to me. I was surrounded by beautiful people and beautiful things all weekend long. Over the weekend I discovered my love for music again. I found myself lost in several songs, jamming to beats I heard before and some I had not heard. I thank God for allowing me to take time to slow down and appreciate so many of the gifts all around me. Gifts of being loved and sharing God’s love, spending precious time with family, meeting new people, and watching beautiful waves crash against rocks. There is so much beautiful music in my life and I must slow down to hear it, appreciate it and love it. Listening to music and singing, always lifts me so I lost the busy and found the beauty. I discovered I must not get so busy I can’t sing a song or sing along. My love for music runs deep within my heart. God’s beauty surrounds me, and I could sing of His love forever. What song might you sing to encourage yourself in the Lord today or make someone’s day beautiful?
Last month it was all about the new year, new goals, new beginnings and new adventures too. As I look back over the beginning of the this month, some of my own new starts have already stopped. I realize I need to be courageous for some of the new things I have on my list. I need to let go of some fears, some doubts, some anxiety. I said to myself, out with the old and in with the new. However, I was quickly reminded that the same old courage it took me to meet desired goals previously, is what I needed to start over. I had a talk with myself. I spoke honestly to me saying “don’t you dare give up, don’t you throw away your courage, your do better attitude, or your no excuses mindset.” It takes courage to be more disciplined (slow it down), to turn away from (say no), and to stay focused (live healthy). So I began again by taking baby steps. Starting over starts with courage and I am going to use that same old courage from before to lift me up out of the pit of discouragement. The bible says over and over to be of good courage. I was strengthened as I read Psalm 31:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord help me be courageous no matter what, because my hope is in You. Thank you for always loving me and for being there every time I am discouraged, feel like giving up and have to start over. Give me peace and persistence in Jesus name, Amen.
Preparation is key. I’ve learned this lesson before in school, on my job and in my home life. It’s not a new idea. The Bible reminds me of this over and over. Being prepared requires insight. In Proverbs chapter 9 it says wisdom sets the table. When the table is set I know things are ready. I can eat and live wiser with a prepared table. So today I will be intentional and prepare. I will live wiser by being prepared for what’s next. For me that might just mean preparing my next meal, preparing for a meeting, preparing for my piano lesson. For some it could mean preparing for a job interview, preparing to save more money or buy a home, preparing to change careers, or change an exercise routine. I encourage you to set the table and be prepared! How are you preparing for what’s next for you? I’d like to know your thoughts on being prepared.
Happy New Year! “This will be your year” are the words I noticed printed on the reusable bag that was hanging on the aisle as I left the store. I thought about that and said to myself, Lord this new year (and every year past) is your year. What will I choose to do with another year the Lord has spared? This year, I want to grow and live wiser. I want to be good ground. I want to apply wisdom and knowledge. So I will begin this year with a focus on living wiser and on pitch. I will not despise wisdom and instruction, I will search and seek it out. Proverbs 2:6 (ESV) says For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. I invite you to join me for the next few weeks as God shows me how to live wiser and purposefully on pitch through his Word. Starting today I will #livewiser. What will you choose to do with this new year the Lord has given you?
Yolanda Adams’ song, I’m Gonna Be Ready has been on my mind lately. She sings it so beautifully and the mime in this video does a wonderful job at performing it also. I hope you are encouraged by it today.
Remember these words: Beyond what I can see God knows what’s best for me.