One day a teacher was talking about marriage in class...
Teacher : What kind of wife would you like Johnny?
Johnny : I would want a wife like the moon...
Teacher : Wow !! what a choice...do you want her to be beautiful and calm like the moon?
Johnny : No, I want her to arrive at night and disappear in the morning...
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.
- In life it is easy to become discontented.
- Society teaches us to always want more.
- As a result we continually become dissatisfied.
- We need to learn the secret of being content.
- Then we can enjoy what God has already given us!
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for all the good things that You have done for me! I celebrate Your goodness today. Amen.
But Jesus looked at them and said, " With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God."
MATTHEW 19 : 26
WHEN YOU WAKE UP TO EACH BRAND NEW DAY .. DO YOU SEE A WORLD FULL OF POSSIBILITY OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW ? .. OR .. DO YOU FACE THE DAY WITH DREAD, FRUSTRATION AND HOPELESSNESS ? ..
As human beings it is unfortunate that we .. more often than not .. allow ourselves to get into an total emotional state when we face daily situations and challenges that we judge to be absolutely impossible for us to handle, to fix or to control ..
We struggle and amazingly enough the more we struggle the more we bump our heads, which of course leaves us feeling even more fearful, frustrated and hopeless, than we were to begin with ..
This however is " HUMAN NATURE " .. it is not " GOD NATURE "
The fabulous news is that you serve an Awesome God, and that with Him ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE !!
When you make the quality decision to put your faith and trust in God, you will NEVER again experience the fear, the frustration or the hopelessness because He will open up to you an entirely new world .. A world of possibilities that you never dreamed possible in your natural mind.
Have you ever noticed that you may have practically worn yourself out by trying to accomplish something .. and when you finally made the decision to remove yourself from the equation and place the situation into God's hands .. you witness Him doing with such ease what you have been struggling to achieve ?
WHY .. Because you serve a God of infinite possibilities !! .. and when you put your trust in Him you can always believe with confidence that there is hope, no matter how difficult or impossible things may appear to be.
Ponder on this for a little while .. Take a look in the mirror and as you see your image reflecting back at you, begin to realize that God has walked with you on a very personal journey .. God has held your hand and He has turned you from a sinful, hard, bitter person into a holy, loving, soft, kind and forgiving soul, which you might have thought impossible at some point in time .. Now if you consider where you once were .. then surely you have to believe that God is capable of doing anything !!
By realizing this, it is sad really .. how often you completely overlook what a miracle your salvation actually is .. !!
By taking the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a new creature and you are given a brand new start in life .. 2 Corinthians 5 : 17
Could anything really be more awesome than that !!
GOD .. YOUR FATHER .. He can walk on water .. He can feed five thousand people from one little boy's lunch .. He can heal the sick .. He can change hearts .. He can save marriages .. He can increase finances .. HE CAN .. Anything is possible FOR and WITH God !!
Never, never, never again look at a situation and think or say to yourself " this is impossible " because Jesus, Himself has told you in the above Scripture, that yes perhaps it is impossible with men .. BUT .. with God all things are possible.
If you keep on praying and believing then God can keep working, however if you simply give up and give in then you will be closing the door on the miracle that God has in mind for you.
After reading this you might be saying .. " You just do not understand what a mess my life is in right now "
Faithfully pray and ask God to take your " mess" and turn it into your " message ", your greatest miracle and if you trust Him, He WILL surely work it out for good and you will know, that you know, that you know, that your God is truly a God of all possibilities.
GOD PUTS RAINBOWS IN THE CLOUDS SO THAT YOU, IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR STRUGGLES AND FRUSTRATIONS CAN SEE THE POSSIBILITY OF HOPE IN HIM
Yet, the strength of those who wait with hope in the LORD will be renewed.
They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and will not become weary. They will walk and will not grow tired. ISAIAH 40 : 31
WHAT DOES YOUR CHARACTER SAY ABOUT YOU ? ..
God's Word tells you that you are God's representative .. Jesus Christ lives in you .. You are His home !!
As God's representative, He is able to make His appeal to the world through you ..
Now with this being true, you are meant to live your life with excellence, so that people around you will begin to want what you have .. Jesus !!
You need to live your life by always displaying a Godly Character .. Your Character is expressed through your behavior patterns and your natural response to situations.
As God's child you must be aware that the world will be watching you .. They will looking to see just what kind of character you have.
BIRDS YOU MAY ASK .. WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING ? ..
Well as you know .. In the world today there are many different kinds of birds .. just as there are many different kinds of Christians .. all displaying some very different characteristics .. Take a look at a few examples ..
The Magpie .. They are very aggressive bullies, who fight and chase others away. They are harsh, pushy and they only worry about themselves .. Does this perhaps sound a little like you ?
The Kookaburras .. They think that life is one big party and they really do not take anything very seriously at all. They are always clowning around, often showing insensitive behavior to those around them .. Does this perhaps sound a little like you ?
The Parrot .. They are known to be the talkers and they mimic and repeat just about everything they hear. They do " talk the talk " by copying others but they definitely do not " walk the walk ". They seem to be all talk and no action .. Does this perhaps sound a little like you ?
The Chicken .. They are generally nervous and afraid. Unfortunately they very seldom fly or reach their full potential in life, and when they come face to face with any kind of stormy situation, they flap around aimlessly, kicking up dirt, looking for the nearest and most convenient escape route .. Does this perhaps sound a little like you ?
AND THEN YOU HAVE ..
The Eagle .. They are strong, bold and fiercely devoted. They are reliable mates and very devoted parents. They are confident enough to stand alone against life's storms, in fact when the storms appear they will actually turn to face it, to feel the wind in their faces, then when the time is right they spread their wings and use the storms adversity to their advantage. Catching the violent up-draft that is caused by the storm the Eagle is carried through the clouds into the bright sunshine above, where they patiently wait until the storm blows over and the skies once again become clear and calm .. Does this perhaps sound a little like you ?
In the Scripture from Isaiah you are told that if you " Wait on the Lord ", you will mount up close to God, just as the Eagle mounts up to the sun.
God has compared you to the Eagle because He longs for you to reach your full potential .. God does not want you to be displaying bad characteristics or flapping around aimlessly causing a commotion for all the world to see.
God wants you to be still and to face the storms of life head on, just as the Eagle does .. but most importantly God wants you to put your confidence in Him .. " Wait on the Lord " .. spend time with Him .. Be in His presence and as you do this you will become " one " with Him and His character is then developed in you.
God WILL see you " through " .. He will give you all the strength and wisdom you require to ride out life's storms.
So rise a little higher .. Wait on God and you become the Eagle Representative that God has created you to be.
IT IS STRANGE THAT WHILE PRAYING, YOU SELDOM ASK FOR A CHANGE OF CHARACTER
.. BUT ..ALWAYS A CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES
When the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes—not that you won or lost—but how you played the Game."
~ Grantland Rice
"I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated."
~ Emmitt Smith
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well."
~ The Olympic Creed
"Winning isn't getting ahead of others, it is getting ahead of yourself."
~ Roger Staubach
Jesus said [to her], "I also don't judge you guilty. You may go now, but don't sin anymore." Joh 8:11
If you have ever wondered how God reacts when you fail, frame the words [of that verse] and hang them on the wall. Read them. Ponder them…
Or better still, take him with you to your canyon of shame. Invite Christ to journey with you … to stand beside you as you retell the events of the darkest nights of your soul.
And then listen. Listen carefully. He's speaking… "I don't judge you guilty."
And watch. Watch carefully. He's writing. He's leaving a message. Not in the sand, but on a cross.
Not with his hand, but with his blood.
His message has two words: Not guilty.
He Still Moves Stones (by: Max Lucado)