Put It In Reverse 

“Do everything without complaining and arguing.” ~Philippians 2:14

It seems that laundry is a never ending cycle at my house. The hamper is seldom empty for long. Frustrated, I decided to google articles about how others deal with laundry overload hoping to find some solutions for myself. However, instead of tips, I found a lot of complaining. This made me pause and think about how we should flip every negative thought into a positive one.

For instance, instead of griping about having to do copious amounts of laundry, I can be thankful that I have the convenience of both a washer and dryer at home and a laundry area in which to do it in. Not to mention the necessary supplies to get it all done.

Sometimes, no, most of the time, I dislike driving. Between chauffeuring my two boys to and fro school and their many activities, driving myself to work, and running errands and other miscellaneous things that require me to be behind the wheel, I am usually exhausted from the mere act. However, I force myself to refocus my thoughts because I am blessed to even have a vehicle to drive. I can come and go as I please. I am not tied to the bus, uber, cabs, or the mercy of others.

Periodically I feel insecure about my appearance. My skin is acne and blemish prone. I am starting to show signs of aging, aka gravity calling. My hair is even starting to thin and grey. My teeth are not as white as I would like them to be. I have “ballerina” feet after years of dancing. I am usually stiff when I wake up in the morning. But once I recall that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made, I am alright with myself. God made no mistakes when he designed me long before I was placed in my mother’s womb. Besides beauty is vanity-an illusion if you will though we’ve placed so much importance on it. “Charm is deceptive and beauty fades. but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30.

At times my job can be a real headache. I am a public school teacher in an urban setting. The politics of it all can be simply mind boggling. But because of my job, I am able to provide for myself and my children. The Bible says in Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. I have been striving to remember this. I know some of the people I encounter at work will only meet Jesus through my attitude and actions. I am not only serving my students and coworkers mentally, but spiritually as well whether they receive it or not.

Even experiencing many bad days can be thought of in reverse. Someone is always worse off than you are. We are instructed to count it ALL joy. “At present you may be temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials. This is no accident. It happens to prove your faith which is infinitely more valuable than gold.” 1 Peter 1: 6-7.

You see, I could go on and on with things that I complain about. My personality is on the melancholy side. I used to call myself a “realist.” But truth be told, I was just another whiny brat. We take so many thing in life for granted. An amazing amount. I no longer want to live this way. I want to be thankful for everything as it CAN be used by God. He is an expert at bringing the good out of a bad situation. As Rick Warren likes to say “Everything is Father-filtered.”

Thinking negatively is actually a form of disrespect to God. It suggests that He is not in control. Or that He is not capable. Or that we know better than He does. It suggests an ungrateful heart. I pray and repent that the Father forgives me for my doubt, worry, and complaining. Lord, I trust You!

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He Loves Me

“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” ~James 3:17, NIV

God spoke to me today via one of my church members. He knows that I have a heavy burden pressing on my heart and sent this message to comfort me. 

I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around and received this note: 

 It reads ” For you this week “Peace Be Still.” Well, God Himself might as well have penned it! I felt so grateful and emotional. If I may be candid for a moment, I still struggle with the notion of how much God loves me. I don’t deserve it yet He is still crazy faithful and loves me with an everlasting love. 

My God. 

Father, how grateful I am that you have found me worthy of your favor, mercy, and lovingkindness.  You know everything about me-even down to the amount of hairs that I have on my head, and yet you love me anyway. I thank you Father for seeing my pain and wanting to provide comfort. I thank You for Your compassion. I thank You for this message that I know was from You. Thank you for using such a sweet lady to send it. Thank You for Your reassuring Word Abba. In the healing blood of the Lamb, Amen. 

 

Thank Him Thursday

“And a little child shall lead them.” ~Isaiah 11:6

Yesterday I was riding on a bent rim and a tire that wouldn’t hold air and I didn’t even know it! On the way to work earlier that day, I had the misfortune of hitting a deep pothole. I pulled over and checked the tires but they appeared to be fine. 

After picking up my youngest son from school, I had stopped at the gas station when a man approached my car and told me. I thought the car was riding funny and I had even checked all four tires twice and nothing seemed amiss.

This kind stranger also put air in the tire so we could make it home.

The style of my tires are “rubber band” which means they are very thin to showcase the rim. It would have been a terrible thing had it completely went flat while driving 60+ mph on the highway.

But God kept me from harm.

The gas station was less than three minutes from home but I prayed all the way. A little voice chimed in and said his own beautiful, wee orisons. I was touched and thankful that he understands when we experience any form of trouble-big or small, we are to take it to the Lord.

Thank you Lord and amen!