Walking in kindness

Mathew 5:39

Jesus speaks on “an eye for an eye”

But I tell you , do not resist an evil person, if someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Everyday is a challenge, just knowing you have to get up and go  work or school is a tough. But don’t turn your back on people because you are angry or not happy today. Try with all your might to live as though you were meant to see this person today. They are teaching you something. Be kind, even if they are not. Show you belong to the Lord and follow in his footsteps.

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Praise God For Simple Joy

Psalm 51:12

 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 

 

It seems like such a long winter, doesn’t it? Lately I have been thinking about all the people that are already done with winter and that there isn’t a great sense of joy going on out there. Even in my own temperament I struggle just getting out to taking my dog around the block for a walk.  The dreaded ice and snow! Oh no!

So thinking about the comments about the length of these days till Spring, there’s a reason for the season we are in, winter is slow down and stay steady. When focusing our mind on the circumstances (which are temporary) we miss what’s in front of us all the time, the joy that the Lord gives us in small things. For example, you may have had a dinner with people you haven’t seen in a long time, a call you received from someone you know or love, food that you were able to shop for and cook, the pets that make you smile. I could go on and on, my point is- look at the things that you overlook and you will see that everyday there is joy, maybe not in the weather (everyone gets that) or trial you are bearing but in the things that God provides to you on a daily basis.

How about redirecting our thinking to what’s ahead.

The first Day of Spring is March 20th, that’s hope and joy.

Someone you haven’t met yet will be passing through your life that’s joy.

You are invited to a wedding or party- something to look forward to!

You are planning your summer vacation… joy, joy, joy!

You choose either the gloom and doom or  joy- up to you.

Here are some scriptures for your joy directly from the Lord, the giver of joy!

Praise Him for all He gives in simple joy.

Psalm 16:11

 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 28:7

 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him

Psalm 20:5

May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

#joy #God #Lord #simplejoy
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Who Is Lord Over Your Life?

Today my heart is saddened by the amount of hate and anger there is going on around the world. The protests are out of control, anger has flooded the airways and people are upset.

What does this do for a human heart? Does it make the situation going on inside of you any better? No! It just produces more anger.

What is the answer? Stop, think and pray for wisdom. God is in Control of it all.

If you are carrying around bitterness this eats away at your mind and cannot be healthy for your body either. Instead why not try to focus everything on Jesus and know that He is the giver of peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

Bitterness is not going to change anything. So Set your hearts on Jesus, He has all the circumstances of your life and knows what you are facing, He knows what you agree or disagree with. We are powerless in our circumstances but God is over all and hears the cries of His people.

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I ask you today, who is the Lord over your life?

 

 

Shalom

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#Jesus
#God
#peace
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New Beginnings

Time for New Beginnings

There are seasons in your life that you wonder just how long it will last. Maybe you have been in a stand still with your job, your health, or relationships. Can I tell you that God makes things new in times of trials , former things pass away so that new beginnings can emerge. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Maybe something you are going through is opening you up to something that He can change your life, use you for, or just that you need to let go of something that you have a tight grip on and need to let go of and give it over to Him.

Whatever it is give it to Jesus and let Him guide you to New Beginnings.                                Change is coming Have Faith!

King Solomon writes in all his wisdom:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,                                                                   a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

#Newbeginnings

#godssimplekindness.com

#Jesus

#God

#Time

#Solomon

 

 

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Love Covers It All

A lovely woman I have just started to befriend, reminded me that God’s love is so BIG, she repeats this a lot and it confirms that whatever is going on in my life or anybody else’s life, I know that God’s love covers it all.

Do you know someone who could use that kind of encouragement?

I certainly do, everyone I know!!!

The NIV Bible (according to Biblegateway.com) says the word love appears 686 times.       Do you think God is trying to tell us something? YES, he loves us! He wants us to love others too. I know it can be hard, someone has hurt or betrayed you, we never know how things will work out when we truly let go of our pride, show love and  when you show love you are satisfying the law as Jesus said, “love one another.”

So look around you, do you see hurt people, either  by the world or something that triggers their emotions to shut down? Pray for them, encourage them mostly love them. AMEN?

Father we thank you for your Son, without His shed blood on that cross, which He accomplished for us, our sins and the sins we have committed against others, you forgave us just because we loved you too.

Shalom

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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#Cross
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Life Is Difficult

Trust the Lord through difficulties and storms in life, the Lord will always provide a way out of these situations when you trust that His hand is on it.

How many times does the Bible tell us to trust God?

Well over 100 times.

Here are some steps to take in the midst of a storm:

  1. Pray….it’s your best defense in the storm, it’s your communication to a Holy, sovereign God who knows your heart inside and out.
  2. Don’t Panic.. it can exasperate the very thing you are overwhelmed by, ask God to comfort you and teach you to lean on Him harder.
  3. Trust… This is the very thing that is hardest, you don’t know the outcome. But God does and when you trust Him to guide you through and direct your path, He will do that and immeasurably more!
  4.  Have Faith… This trial and storm won’t last but it teach you something amazing about not only your strength but The Almighty Strength of God.
  5. Humble Yourself…..Sometimes you have to get on your knees

Seek the Lord with all Your Heart, remember that He is in control.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Shalom

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Are you Searching for Living Water?

 

Jesus is walking with His disciples they arrive in Sycar, the disciples split off and went to get food, it was an inspiring moment for the woman who comes for water at a well to see a man (also a Jew)  which the Samaritan women and men were not to speak with. But the conversation slowly turns deeper as Jesus speaks to the inner parts of the heart of this woman, He tells her about eternal water, that the water she was dipping for was temporary satisfying in the moment but the water Jesus had was eternal.

Don’t we find ourselves in this place, we want so much to be truly loved, and known. But we are known by God He is an eternal God that loves us unconditionally. And Jesus does, He knows the intimate details of your life, just as He knew this woman, He never met, but knew that this was moment was from His Father, so we can understand ourselves how deep, wide, how far Christ love is for us. Ephesians 3:18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

As you read through this scripture imagine yourself at the well. Are you searching for the Living water? You can have it, abundantly.

John 4:514 -Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

 

Our walk with Christ teaches us that the water that Jesus gives is free, eternal and gives us true life.

How many people are wavering between the inspiration of the bible, which is God’s word and the world of speakers. God’s Word is truth, very active and living word. It inspires rebukes, encourages and teaches, so much more. The wealth of life’s ups and downs have been written just for you there.

Who is a better teacher than God? NO ONE!

#womanatthewell

#Christlove

 

 

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Trust, Don’t Be Afraid

Matthew 14:22-29

Jesus Walks on the Water
 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,  and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

This is a perfect story of Trust, when times are uncertain, we look to the world to fix them, anxiety sets in and then you begin to fear. What will happen, how will this be fixed?  look at this scripture, in the boat, the waves are kicking up with wind speeds fastly approaching they arent close by land? What now? Fear sets the stage, Jesus comes to them but amazingly walking on the water! Of course they can’t recognize Him so they think it’s  a ghost! Can you imagine what they thought, possibly fear washed over them pretty quickly.But of course Jesus said “take courage, it’s me! Don’t be afraid.”

So Peter, being the leader of group, he’s confirming that’s it’s not a ghost that’s it Jesus and says “if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” What does Jesus say? COME!

What does Jesus tell us to do when we are afraid? COME! Look to me not the waves, wind or shaking of your life situation, “look at Me”.

Peter loves the Lord but even more trusts Him and steps out on the water because Jesus invited him. Isn’t this what happens to us everyday? Jesus invites Himself to us, how amazing is that. Sadly some don’t believe and miss the opportunity to allow Him to carry us through and over the water.

Matthew 14:30-33

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

But look, as soon as Peter saw the wind, became afraid and began to sink. That’s what happens when we take our eyes off Jesus, we sink, we focus on the problem instead of depending on Him for help and just knowing He has the highest and best plan and outcome for our situation.

Jesus looks at peter, He reaches out to Him (as He does to us) and says I have you! But you didn’t have faith that I could do the things I tell you I can do, you doubted me.

But there was a reason for all of this, Even when we feel the storm is so bad with no way out we know who Jesus is, the Son of God. he died for us, taking on the sins of us all, shedding His blood as a sacrifice so that we may live free and all who believe in Him will be with Him in eternity.