Hello Again My Friends-
I wanted to take some time and just BREATHE and to say THANK YOU!
At the time of writing this I am sitting in my car, enjoying the gentle breeze and gazing at the big fluffy white clouds in the sky, listening to the sounds of the city, cars and trucks hurrying to their destinations, I even saw a plane making its descent to the airport! I hear the rustling of leaves in the wind, as fall has already crinkled them with bright sunlight and chilly mornings. The rose bushes are in full bloom and dancing in rhythm with the breeze. The sun is warm as it kisses my skin. God Almighty has blessed me today with extraordinary gifts of nature, sight and sound. Everyday is a BLESSING from God, being alive and able to share the love of Jesus is a BLESSING!
The best way to start every day is with saying, “THANK YOU GOD!” Life is nothing, worthless if God is not central to all we do and say. This is a reminder for me as well as a message for you. I get busy, I get lazy, I forget, I get in a hurry, I rush…all excuses. It’s our nature, our human nature to be self-absorbed. We don’t mean to leave God on the desk or the nightstand, but we do, I do! We need “Intentionality!” It takes less energy and sugarcoats the responsibility by saying “I forgot.” Intentionality is PURPOSEFUL LIVING! That’s what I want, how about you? Note, I did not say (PERFECT), I said “PURPOSEFUL.” There’s a huge difference, perfection is something that will waste your time, it’s impossible. It is completely unattainable in our humanness here on earth and God is not asking for perfection. He is asking for submission, faith, service and truth, name a few. God’s grace covers our imperfections. God knows each of us inside and out, and you know what (?) He still died for YOU and ME! He loves us unconditionally, we did not earn His love and we cannot work for His love, He loves us because we are His creation, His children. He’s our Heavenly Father, He gave His only Son to ransom us from sins hold on us, Jesus willingly gave His life so we could have eternal life in Heaven. I am not worthy of such a great gift, thank God for His loving gift of GRACE! I’m not perfect, a lot of days I’m not even purposeful but every day is a new day to begin anew! Today, I am being purposeful and sharing God, talking to God and most definitely thanking God.
Today is a new day, whatever day it is…it can be day 1!
Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”https://youtu.be/Qq2Tp3asLU8
Psalm 31:7-8, “I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have known the distress of my soul, and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.”
3 John 1:2, “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Psalm 28:7, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.”
Psalm 103:1, “Bless the Lord , O my soul, all that is within me, bless his holy name.”
Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Psalm 42:5, “You feel hopeless because there’s so much despair in the world. Remember that you are in the world and not of the world. The Holy Spirit within you can stir up hope if you will believe in the sovereignty of God in spite of the wickedness of the world.”
Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”
I hope these verses are helpful and encouraging to you as you choose “Purposeful Intentionality” in your time with God. We are all in this together, look for ways that God is showing Himself to you, in the world around you!