Friends are the Best

So last night I stayed up late working on this blog and the future blog I have in progress. Blogging is a lot harder than you think. I mean the writing comes natural to me, but trying to make sure you have the right design, what’s on the blog, what might help your income and what won’t work. After about 1 a.m. I went to bed. 

This morning, of course I didn’t hear my phone ring, but when I checked my phone there was a message from one my best friends asking how I was and that she was praying for me. My last post was about my online bible study and this touched my heart, almost like a tug of fear leaving. I mean, not a bad fear, just a fear of knowing that no matter what, she would be there. 

This really got me to thinking about my not so current situation anymore, but the people who have reached out to me, prayed for me, and continue to keep our friendship going although I may not see them like I used to. A job does not define who your friends are. You do. The ones that stick by you, the ones who will continue to pray for you and hope that you are still doing well regardless of any situation.

This made me realize that my friends hold such a significant part of my life, and making an effort to keep them in my life should be one of my higher priorities. Not that I don’t now, but to make more of an effort to do more. Yes you argue, get mad, you get tired of hearing the same ole story, or problem, but that’s what make your friend, your friend. That person trusts you enough to confide in you and you should see that as a blessing and just listen. 

I thank God that I am truly blessed with such great friends. People do come into your life for many reasons, some are meant to stay and others aren’t. If you haven’t reached out to your friend, today is that day. Life is too short not to have a friend that will continue to wish you well and pray for you.

God Bless! 

Listen, Love, Repeat

This week I started the Listen Love Repeat  book by Karen Ehman. This book goes along with the online bible study from Proverbs 31 minitries to follow along the teachings of Jesus. Chapter 1 reviewed “Living Alert, How to Hear a Heart Drop.” 

I’m sure you’re wondering what that is, so I’m here to explain it to you. To hear a heart drop means to really listen to someone and pick up on key things about that person. It’s when a person gives you a peek into their heart. It may be through words, or maybe feelings, but to really experience a “heart drop,” you have to be very attentive. You have to really listen to the other person. Too often we are listening to speak and listening not to hear. I know I’ve been guilty of this quite a few times, but I am currently working on this. 

The way the world has evolved is you’re either on social media, telling your entire life or taking pics of everything you do, and then checking out on Facebook so everyone will know. Can you imagine if there was social media when Jesus was alive. I’m sure Jesus wouldn’t have checked out on Facebook in Jerusalem #passovercelebration. We have to stop focusing on ourselves and find ways to help others the way Jesus would want us to. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t post your life or your pictures, I know social media is a great way to stay in contact with friends, family and long distance relatives, but I’m simply saying maybe if we get ourselves away from the “self,” we could probably be a lot more attentive or alert to the “heart drop.” (I’m definitely guilty of this as well.) But with prayer and knowing that this pleases Jesus, I can do this and so can you.

Here are a few tips from the book on how to work on listening for that “heart drop”

  • Pray and ask Jesus for a humble, servants heart
  • Find along time for preparation. Bible study and reading. Schedule the time in free of distractions or interruptions
  • Have your eyes and ears wide open
  • Focus on the face in front of you; your friend or family member, leave the email or the schedule for afterwards; clear mind to really listen

Remember to live alert, pray every morning for God to “tune your ears, focus your eyes, and soften your heart to the needs around you.” If you’re interested in reading the Bible study for yourself, on their website you can download the first two chapters for free, as well as receive a heart drop screen saver. Also if you have any examples of when you heard that “heart drop,” please share your story, I’d love to read about it! 
Next chapter starts tomorrow; hope you’ll join the Bible study. 

Chapter 2: FIND YOUR WAY PSST….ITS ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS! 

You woke up right….

If you woke up this morning, God has a purpose for you. Don’t allow anyone to make you think otherwise. It’s easy to give up, and want to quit, but DON’T! Keep pushing, Keep praying, your season is closer than you think.

I read something this morning, “Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.” That hit me like a ton of bricks when I read it. Stop focusing on what went wrong, who didn’t help you, who left and focus on your goals, where you want to be, how you’re going to get there.

Keep yourself motivated, think highly of yourself, and know if you didn’t have a purpose you would not be here at this moment. Know that God makes no mistakes, and can change any circumstance around for you. You may not understand it now, but soon enough you will. The question is, “Will you be ready?”

Do your words condemn? Asking for forgiveness 

Often times we say things that may be be harmful to others. Depending on what the conversation, you are still accountable for the words you speak. I am writing this because it’s something that is on my heart to do and I think GOD speaks to us in different forms so that we are able to share what we’ve learned with others.

MATTHEW 13:36-37 (36) But I tell you that everyone will have to give accounton the day of judgement for every word they have spoken. (37) For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. (NIV)

Your words have to power to help or hurt. Of course it’s much easier to speak on negative things, this world has made some of us believe that we can say whatever it is you like and others are just suppose to accept it. With that being said, I do applaud those who can still remain positive through all the chaos the world has. I too am guilty of saying things, I probably shouldn’t, entertaining conversations that hold no real value for me. It’s just easier to listen than to vacate the conversation. Lesson learned! This does not have to be you. You have the power to change how you think and speak, to turn any negative situation to positive. And yes it is very possible to do so.

Proverbs 13:3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin

Know that this is a habit that can be broken, and with constant prayer, GOD can and will turn your negative words into positive words that help and not hurt. I was on my way to doing this myself, but I ran into a HUGE bump in the road. It would have been real easy to sit and be upset, continue crying and thinking poor me, what now? However, God has the final say, not I. I will continue to pray, ask for forgiveness and continue on with the plan GOD has for me and my life. KEEP HIM FIRST.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom

What ¬†you’ve said can not be reversed or changed, ask for forgiveness and PRAY! You are not who you were yesterday, ask GOD to help you from your short comings. Prayer can help any situation you find yourself in. Dwelling on the past will not help you to your future. Don’t allow the devil to make you believe you aren’t worthy or allow you to feel guilty. Once you’ve truly asked for forgiveness, LET IT GO! It no longer holds any power over you or your life. Hold your head high knowing that GOD has taken care of things and continues to work for you even when you think he isn’t. GOD will never leave you or forsake you.

 

To my friends, THANK YOU! You’ve helped way more than you realize and I can’t wait to see how GOD blesses you.

An Affair by Susan Sampson

An affair you say? 
No, I would never let that come my way. 
I love my man; my heart wouldn’t look to another. 

My husband is the best; he’s my friend and lover. 

My pride tells me that I could never commit adultery. 

No, that would be awful; it simply isn’t me.
Then one day, the Lord revealed to me; 

Just how unfaithful I could really be. 
For my Maker is my husband, 

the Lord Almighty is His name. 

He loves me unconditionally 

and wants from me the same. 
He wants my soul, my body, mind, and heart. 

He wants my WHOLE heart, not just a piece or part. 
You are my number one, Lord; 

I love you, I really do! 

Of course I also love my husband; 

So maybe you are number two. 
And you see, Lord, I have three young children; 

they really need me. 

Okay, Lord, perhaps you are number three. 

Well, who else is going to take care of all these chores? 

I guess, Lord, you might be number four. 

What about me, myself, and I? 

Yes, it’s true; you are at least number five.
I can’t bear to go on; the list would be too long. 

I thought that you were first in my heart; 

Obviously, I was wrong. 
Standing in my pride, I know I’m on shaky ground. 

Oh, to be humbled; thank you Lord for bringing me down. 

Down to a level where I can truly see; 

What really is going on deep inside of me.
The truth of the matter is I love myself the most. 

The Lord is not first in my heart; 

He doesn’t come even close. 

Therefore, I praise you Father with everything I can; 

That even when you see my heart, 

you love me just as I am. 
I’m humbled by this amazing love; 

Faithful, true, and pure. 

His loving kindness draws me in; 

Of this I can be sure. 
What do I do now in response to a love of this kind? 

The answer is clear: 

Love my Lord with all my heart, 

all my soul, and all my mind. 
How is it now that I can heed this call? 

I must die to myself and truly surrender all. 

Then the Lord will have His rightful place; 

As truly first in my heart, thanks to His amazing grace. 

31 days of Prayer for Yourself

This month I will be doing daily postings from a book called 31 Days of Prayer for Yourself by Sabine Kelly Augustine. To get your own copy for free, visit her website at http://www.celebr8lyfe.com. I came across her instagram page @godspolitician and was intrigued by her words and post. 

I do encourage everyone to read this, and to please leave any comments, thoughts, prayers on the page. 

#31daysofprayer

HAPPY READING