A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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The Blessing is in the Lesson
It's never too late to learn from our mistakes.
What another fitting title to what this blog is about.
Learning from our mistakes and realizing that we are still blessed, because of them.
When we mess up and when we have done some things we are not pleased with, if we can learn to be better and stronger as a result of our mishaps, then we won. If we can get to a place where we tell others our "messy" story and others are helped as a result, we won.
And others are winning too.
As you are probably well aware, if you have been coming to this blog for sometime, I struggled with trusting people. I was betrayed so much by certain people I trusted, only to find out they either didn't feel the same about me or they just didn't want to put in the time to prove it, or both. Yet, the conclusion is the same -- they weren't feeling me for one reason of another. As a result of the backstabbing and the rejection, I put up a wall. My stance was, prove yourself and I will trust you. Otherwise, you will only get but so far. The problem with this thinking is that I wasn't willing to open myself up to getting to know people, because I limited them. Finally I realized that if I was a good person there were other good people.
I decided I wanted to live a much fuller life. I wanted quality and long lasting relationships. Now I'm different and I've learned so much from those life lessons. I'm more blessed from them and now I can be a blessing. Some of the the take-ways are: 1-I couldn't care less about what others think about me (I'm telling you, I don't care); 2-I'm more open about my life if my story will help others, and 3-I trust people (not everyone & within reason) unless they give me a reason not to. And guess what? My life is more awesome, because of it. I have great people around me and I'm grateful to God for them.
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)."For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many..." (1 Corinthians 10:33).
your story? Whatever it is, continue to fight the battle to go through
it then tell people your journey of how you came out on the other side.
When you do that, God gets the credit and He gets the glory, because He
made it all possible. Nobody else.
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How are you feeling today? What kind of head space have you been in lately? I ask, because I'm just wondering if anybody feels like me -- free like me. Free as an eagle. Free as can be. That's right, out with doing business the old stale way and in with a fresh new operation. It's a shifting happening in the atmosphere of Sharon's life and I'm moving on to the big and awesome things God has for me. What do you say for yourself? What are you speaking over your life? What it is for you?
For me, I am no longer afraid to go out in the deep end. I am no longer afraid to fly higher, I am no longer concerned about what I have or do not have, and I am no longer concerned about what anybody thinks or says. Who the heck cares anymore? I don't. Because God tells me he doesn't give me a spirit of fear or timidity (2 Timothy 1:7), but He gives me a spirit of love, confidence, power, self-control, and joy. And I…
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You know, sometimes in life just when it seems things are looking up, you turn around and boom, a step backwards. Just when you were starting to see a change, a shift, some forward motion, things slow down, almost to a standstill. Then you start to second guess yourself and question your moves to the point where it almost makes you want to just stop and not move at all. And you just about say, 'I'm done with all of this.'
I know, because I've been there and sometimes I go there now. Yes, sometimes when I look at my progress, I say, 'dag Lord, why aren't I making more progress? Why does it seem I'm hardly making any headway?' And before I say another word, I think about Isaiah 40:29-31, which says: He gives power to the weakand strength to the powerless.Even youths will become weak and tired,and young men will fall in exhaustion.But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.They will soar hi…
"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road."
Isn't that another great testimony about God's mercy? That story comes from Mark 10:46-52 and it's encouraging for a number of reasons. Namely, that Jesus had mercy on a …