3 Kinds of Hard Times and 1 Way to Prosper

At some point in your life you hear this phrase. “Tough times build your character.”

Then you think, “Okay, I have enough character!”

God promised us the more abundant life. Should that be enough to set us on the right track? After twenty some years studying the Word and bumbling through mistake after mistake myself, I’ve narrowed it down to three possible ways a person can fall on hard times, and but there’s only one way to prosper.

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We Get Hit With Temptations or Pressures by the Devil and Fall into Hard Times.

Our bodies and minds are very frail sometimes. We get tricked into thinking something is a good way to react to a pressure, or temptation and YAMMOAHH we are down for the count. Diseases, sickness, pleasures and temptations come crashing in and we are tossed around like a rag doll.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” Ephesians 4:14

I had a time in my life in my late teens, early twenties when I’d go party with my friends. After a few beers you forget which one is the designated driver and things went down hill fast. This lifestyle can be a habit. Habits are hard to break. We can make a habit out of having hard times, but it really bites.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

In the end, the wages of sin is death. This is a principle. Death as in “corrosion”. It corrodes our heart, our mind, our life, our finances and our motivation. Life on this rock without abundance, blessings upon blessings and the wealth of understanding or growth that comes from getting God’s wisdom and input.  The next way is…

We’ve heard the Word, but not enough to Believe on It

God has done a really huge thing for us. He gave us salvation but then he also asks us to renew our mind. God never does anything for us that He asked us to do for ourselves. It is on us to search out His wisdom. It is on us to learn His ways, His Word and His Will. He never forces it on us. It’s a personal choice to seek God and His truth.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

What I’ve seen people do is this. God exposes them to a better way to live their life, a smoother way to operate or a “correction”. Some of you who are sensitive to these little corrections catch on quicker, but some of us slow ones need a few reminders.  Let’s take these quick verses as an example.

“Be  ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;” Ephesians 5:1

The word followers is the Greek word “mimētēs” which means to mimick. So we are supposed to love like God loves, act like God acts. How do we find that out?

We go over to 1 Corinthians 13. This probably the most memorized and read section of scripture in the whole world. Keep in mind that God is LOVE.

“Charity (Love or Agape) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity (Love) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh (calculates and records) no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

This is a list of 15 characteristics of the love of God. God who is love is always longsuffering and kind. It or rather, God, is not easily provoked, nor does He calculate and record all our evil against us. If this is how He acts and we are supposed to be imitators of Him, it stands to reason that we should learn everything we can about these characteristics and try to incorporate them into our life.

When we know how we are supposed to act, but don’t do it. That’s on us. So we have to keep working on us. And really what would it hurt to work hard and do it? It’s not like we have to bleed and die on a cross or anything. Jesus Christ already did the hard part. We have the easy part! Lol…

Those kind of hard times make our prayer life a hit miss target practice. Our results are patchy and there are looming problems on the horizon.

The third way and the most dangerous way to mess up is…

We’ve heard enough of the Truth to believe, but choose not.

“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 10:33

God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t judge based on what our status is at church or how long we’ve been a deacon. He sees if we have fulfilled the conditions of the promises in His Word. Of course there is mercy and grace by the tons. But when our actions are deliberate, conscious and against truth, we have tied His hands of blessing.

Reproof is the correction of error that has become a habit pattern or a doctrine in our lives.

Here’s the facts, we can’t possibly know everything about God. Either He is all-knowing and all-wise, or He isn’t and He fits in our man-made boxes of religion. I was told once that it takes a huge amount of spiritual maturity just to believe that God is good always. Ha! Imagine that one for starters. God is ALWAYS good. If that is true, we can’t blame Him for all the sickness and death in the world, we have to blame someone else.

There is only one right way to prosper, to seek Him.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Seek and keep seeking. I know now that I have a long way to go before I get there. I’m always adjusting. In fact, just this morning I asked God who I need to apologize to and change my attitude towards. THERE was a LIST! Ha!

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

I think that’s why humility is such a big deal to God.

On that note, God bless you today!

What’s Next God


“Commit thy Works Unto the Lord and Thy Thoughts Will Be Established.” Proverbs 16:3

Let’s break that down. 

The first word “Commit” is very interesting because it is the Hebrew word “galal” and is translated into several different words. Most commonly it’s translated, “roll” or “roll down”. When the Jacob found or dug a well of water his people would cover it by rolling a large stone over the mouth of the hole. When they wanted their sheep or cattle to drink, the men would then push the stone out-of-the-way. It protected the water, but it also took some work to get it moved. The stone protected their most valuable asset, water. They lived in a very dry area. That water was life-giving.

“And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll H1556 the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.” Genesis 29:8

They had to put their backs into it and push with all the power and force of their bodily strength. When we commit to something, we have to put our backs into it too.

“Thy Works,” is the next phrase. Those words are translated from “ma`aseh”

Here’s the list of the meanings.

Deed, work,  thing done, act, work, labor, business, pursuit, undertaking, enterprise, achievement, deeds, works (of deliverance and judgment), work, thing made. Work (of God)

Here’s some examples of how it’s used;

“And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work H4639 and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.” Genesis 5:29

What do you DO for God. IF you are are minister, get out and minister, if you are a helper, get out and help, if you are a prophet get out and DO the work with all the strength you can muster.

“Unto God,” is translated from, unto Yĕhovah, or Jehovah. There are seven names of God, this is the one that means Supreme God, or One true God.

“These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD H3068 God made the earth and the heavens,” Genesis 2:4

This is the most supreme commander, all-powerful, all-knowing all loving God. SO He’s the guy we obey. Is Jesus Christ that Guy? Simply put. No. He’s Jesus Christ, God’s son. God is God. He’s who we get our orders from. Even Jesus didn’t claim to be “God”. He knew that would be blaspheming his Father and the Ruler of all things.

“And thy thoughts” , is all one phrase in Proverbs 16:3 and translated from one word, machashabah.  Machashabah means literally thought, device, plan or purpose.

Here’s a usage of the verse;

“Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices (machashabah) which ye wrongfully imagine against me.” Job 21:27

These are your inner desires, plans and motives or they could be someone else’s. The word is neither positive nor negative.

Wow are you getting excited? I am.

“Shall be established” is one little Hebrew word, kuwn. It means, to be established, be stable, be secure, be enduring. To be fixed, be securely determined. To be directed aright, be fixed aright, be steadfast (moral sense). To prepare, be ready,  and to be prepared, be arranged, be settled.

Here’s one way it is used;

“And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” Genesis 41:32

That verse in Proverbs is an amazing reminder to have your feet firmly planted, rooted and established on the One True God. It also tells me that your thoughts, perceptions, and understanding of why God had you do something will come after you obey. So many of us get that confused. Commit thy works, just do what He asked. Don’t question, don’t argue. God knows what His plan is. He sees all things.

Listen to the verse right before this one. “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” Proverbs 16:2.

We think we know what is going on, when God sees every aspect including spiritual influences.

Someone told me a phrase once; When things come up this should be your instinctual reaction.

  1. Stay Calm. Having emotional knee jerk reactions is our choice. Everytime. WE choose how to react.
  2. Take out the Spirits, God has given us great power to affect change right here on earth. Use it in the name of Jesus Christ our power of attorney.
  3. Walk in Love. This is our only way of knowing we’re doing things right. God is love, when we ask Him what to do next, we walk in love.

God knows this situation inside and out and He asks you to walk in Love through it all. How can you do that when you are emotionally tangled up in the situation? Beats me. Emotions are there for a reason, but we have to make sure they are under our control.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7

Or how about this one in the new testament?

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they ARE the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:14-15

When we commit our works we get rid of fear. We get rid of worry and pride too. We have life and peace. Get your feet moving my friend.

What’s Next God? What’s NEXT? There are billions of people, millions of choices for your life and even more importantly one great big God who loves you and saved you. YOU ARE POWERFUL! Each choice to be led by God is crippling to the enemy and his arsenal of fear. Choose to believe that your very intimate and loving Father will guide you and protect you in every circumstance. You are an heir to His Spiritual Fortune. Claim your right and place. You deserve it!

And I love you dearly.

God bless you today!

God’s Arsenal Includes You

Isaiah 54:17

 17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue [that] shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [is] of me, saith the LORD.

When I read those words I see God has an arsenal and He will use it to bless the lives of believers and their families. I see his hand of protection in every direction I look. I hope you take a moment too and look around at all the things God has blessed you with.

There isn’t a weapon that could be formed against Him, or you, that will prosper. YET, yet, yet! God is no respecter of persons, so how does He meet out this blessing and protection fairly? How does He figure out who to bless and who to withhold His merited favor from? Not all of us receive roses and gold doubloons from the sky right? Some of us really struggle in this life. Why is that? Why would a God of love hurt one of His children?

I’m so glad you asked…

It’s a little thing called freedom of will. Little, ha! That’s laughable. Freedom of will is our God-given freedom to choose whatever life, action, or thought in any given situation, at any given time. Freewill is ours. We always have a choice of who we want to serve.  Will we serve God with that action, thought, or decision? Or we will serve ourselves; which invariably means we serve the devil because our human frailties lead down a bad road, with a bad person. Even if they aren’t truly “bad”, we still can be wrong. Wrong because sometimes the choice isn’t between what is bad or good, sometimes the freewill choice is harder. Sometimes we have a choice between what is good and what is best. How do we know?

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I’m so glad you asked…

It’s a little thing called “wisdom”. We gain wisdom in this world by our experiences, or what we take in by way of our five senses. Then we gain maturity. At first we aren’t very good at making decisions on our own. We need lots of help and guidance. My six-year-old son does things sometimes that make me want to scream and holler at him like throwing things. Yesterday he threw his back pack on top of the car where he could not reach it. He laughed and laughed until I got in and drove off with it on there. (I knew it wouldn’t fly off) He got a little experience there. How must God feel when he sees us flailing around? Ha!

Look at this section in Ephesians 4…

“11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting (MATURING) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:”

God gave us people in our lives to help us grow mature and gain wisdom. One of the things that always tripped me up as a young believer was “drama”. People would say things to get me riled up with envy, or try to manipulate my emotions with a bit of strife. That crap doesn’t work anymore because I learned about it. I learned what it was and how to avoid it.

Check out these verses…

“A wrathful  man (an angry man or woman) stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” Proverbs 15:18

“Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.”  Proverbs 17:1

“The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.” Proverbs 17:14

(It gets away from you fast, so don’t even go there)

“Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease” Proverbs 22:10

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” James 3:16

Wow, huh.

Strife is anything that stirs up, stimulates or provokes people down a wrong path. Look at that. Where envy and strife is there is confusion and every evil work. If we are going to learn how to be wise, we have to learn about the devil’s arsenal too. But as we mature in Christ, we see this stuff coming a mile a way. We have the wisdom to get out of it before it starts.

God does have a big arsenal and He blesses people tremendously! But He has also given us freewill. He is a respecter of conditions. So if we allow ourselves to get caught up in the envy, strife and confusion, we have tied His hands in the situation. God is very just, He never breaks His own rules. The devil knows this. So the devil attacks believers with their own bad decisions.

Remember those choices between what’s good and best? Well, let’s say your friend comes to you with a whole load of crises in their life. One crisis happens to be about a fellow believer and friend, or just a fellow believer. They go on and on about how this person has done them wrong. You want to listen. You want to be a good friend so you listen to them. This is where wisdom meets freewill. God wants to bless you abundantly, but strife is getting stirred up in your heart. Envy and every evil work will follow. What should you do? Wisdom nudges you to stop them and yet, its’ so enticing to keep listening. This is where your freewill choice comes in. This is when you have to decide who you will serve.

This is a longer post today, but I feel like it’s important too. For those of you willing to read to the end here, I commend you!

It all comes back to this verse…

“14 That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:” Ephesians 4:14-15

Try this next time someone comes to burden you with all their strife. As they are speaking, ask God what to say. He might give you the words, but He might get you out of it another way. Ha!  I’ve had all kinds of things come to my rescue like my phone ringing, a crying baby, a knock at the door. Trust me God does have an arsenal to get you out of these situations, but you have to choose to not participate either.

God bless you today!

Create Your Own Sunshine


We each have the ability to create our own sunshine. We can do that for others too if they accept it. How exciting is it to pour love and hope and blessing into another’s life and see the sunshine spread? It is so contagious!


Yesterday, I took a long beautiful drive. I turned off all the noise and reduced the sounds to my tires rolling over the asphalt. The sun had not come up when I started out, so by the time I reached mountains, it was peaking over the hills behind me. It lit the path in front of me with a golden swath and took my breath away at the beauty. It turned purple mountains pink, blue skies to deep yellow, and warmed the low hanging fog banks still clinging to the river’s edge.

I smiled when I thought of how certain people add that same effect to my life. It’s like they radiate God’s love.

A friend of mine, Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty International, says, We should always look for ways to add value to others.

My husband, Bill Porta, Owner of EXIT Realty Yellowstone, says “Give when the pressure is on.”

These two statements are ways to create our own sunshine.

They get us out of our own head-space and into a place where God can truly bless us. It’s so easy to get lost in the condemnation game or the feel like we aren’t good enough. But all those thoughts dwindle when you give. Try it sometime.

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12 :19-21

Give out a little sunshine. God is watching and blessed every time you do.

God bless you today!

Plant God’s Word, Grow the Abundant Life, Harvest His Love

In so doing that you will…

Avoid being Pigeon Holed

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Sometimes we get so hung up with what the Devil is promoting; death, disease, error, confusion we become defensive and then go on the defense. When really love is on the offense. Love moves forward, love takes the lead, love is constantly planting in new ground. We should always be asking God, “What’s next?” What can I do to bless this person or that person? What can I do to love without hypocrisy? What kindness can I bestow? How can I give when the pressure is on? Where do I go next on this path God? God might just tell you to smile at a total stranger.

God honors conditions.

What would you do if you had an employee who was always asking you those kind of questions about your company?  Here are some examples in the Word of that kind of heart.

“Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshing floors. Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.” 1 Samuel 23:1-2

David asked, what do I do God? In that situation, David succeeded in battle. In fact, he did that over and over again. David did what it says in Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

But, you may say, I can’t hear God’s voice.

“For I am the LORD, I change not;” Malachi 3:6a

If He spoke to them then He still speaks today. He still moves today, and He’s still in the miracle business. But we must trust and let Him direct our steps, otherwise the conditions are not fulfilled and we will not see results.

We must become like Abraham became…fully persuaded.

“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:20-21

How do we become persuaded like that? We start with little things. Ask God what route to take to work today. Use short, “yes” or “no” questions, “left” or “right” questions. Start practicing with the baby steps. You are going to miss it more than you get it in the beginning. But then, when big situations come up, you will be tuned in. God wants you to treat every time like the first time. It’s easy to assume God wants you to do the same thing in each scenario, but resist the urge. That’s how Christians get pigeon-holed as kooks.

When He works within you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure as it says in Philippians 2:13 it is in the quiet of your mind. Let the answers drop into your thoughts. Its your will, your actions. You decide to do them. He never takes away your free will choice.

I’ve heard it said that you need to practice doing this at least 2,000 times before you will be sure you are hearing God over your own mind. Do you know what that means? Our society is so geared towards distraction that you have to really focus. In David’s day and time, he didn’t have internet, cell phones, traffic jams or television, a few bleating sheep were his constant companions when he got started.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

By the time he was in the midst of the roar of battle, he had practiced enough to hear God clearly working in his own spirit and mind. God does not change. He did it for David and He will do it for you too. It takes patience, perseverance and practice, but like anything worth doing, its work and worth getting it right. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t hear God right away. It will take time.

Practice, Practice, Practice

This is real and it takes time, but it will also get you out of the defense and onto the offense with God. God wants us to hone our spiritual abilities. He gave them to us after all. Hearing Him speak to you is a biggie. When you are so busy seeing God’s direction in your life you will be a hard one to pigeon-hole.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Ephesians 1:3

God bless you today!

What Does God Respect?

Test Your Respect

You are standing outside a fancy restaurant and a young man (total stranger) in his late twenties,  who is very good-looking, pulls up in a red Maserati. His leggy, female passengers step out in pumps and lip gloss laughing loudly. The attendant grabs his keys for the valet and the three of them, one girl under each arm, walk past you into the restaurant. The smell of expensive cologne and alcohol hit you like a tidal wave.

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What can you conclude about this young man? In this day of hasty impressions and false pretenses, that we can draw a quick conclusion and under 30 seconds, make a judgment. We take in the information based on our five senses, what we heard, saw, smelled, touched or tasted of their life.

Now, wait a second Terri.

God gives us these senses as tools so we can make snap judgments. Its’ one of the ways we human beings can protect ourselves. Even in the early days of humanity we had nothing to rely on outside these instinctual protocol tools. For the safety of our clan, our family, our herds or our crops we had to be quick. Do we need to still use them? Yes, definitely! But we must also know how God applies favor or respect, shouldn’t we?

How does God Decide Who Deserves Respect?

What does God look at when making a move to bless or protect? Does he look at how many times we “said” we loved Him, or how many times we promised to read our Bible? Does He look at what He can deduce based on seeing us?

“For there is no respect of persons (status, looks, condition, color, race, prestige, position, promises, power, or pedigree) with God.” Romans 2:11

“But God, I’m a really great believer. I go to church all the time, I know you are merciful and love me. I am a good person.”

When you think about our five senses we are actually outrageously handicap in our ability to see the motivation, intent and thought life of a man or woman. There is no way for us to know that the young man in his twenties with the leggy ladies, was battling cancer and received, as a prize, an extravagant one night on the town with anyone he wanted. He chose his girlfriend and his little sister and he plans to live it up because he’s been diagnosed as a terminal patient.

That’s why God never places any deference, extra blessing, protection or respect upon a person because of who they are. You just can’t be a super star and get God’s attention.  Darn it, I guess that counts me out. Lol…

You see it’s actually brilliant the way He does give deference. He knows how limited five-senses judgements are. So how does He, God, the maker of all humanity judge a person? How does He decide who to give out His benevolence? He


We have to meet the conditions. First one is, Romans 10:9-10.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10

There are two steps or conditions here for the human to meet before the incredible gift of salvation can come to pass. They must confess, believe in their heart. That is the condition each of us has to meet. Whoa… So that means anyone of a sound mind who hears these verses and believes on them can be saved, no matter their position in life. The condition in question becomes one of the heart and mind. It’s an inside job folks.


What about God’s money, blessing or protection? There’s a process or condition to meet there as well.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

Do you see the condition? Tithing. What a simple one! Ha! Anyone can do this! Even a small child! We make things so complicated in this world but do you see how brilliant and yet how simple and easy this is? When someone does not meet these simple conditions, they simply do not receive the promised blessing. It’s like any procedure we have in this world. We go to the store, we give them our money, we walk away with the items in our cart. It’s simple procedure!

What is does God respect?

Conditions. God is a respecter of conditions because they reveal by “action” what is inside a person’s heart and mind. It’s like being around someone who is all talk and no action. Don’t you know immediately what that person is like? So does God. We can’t just say, God hand over the blessings, I’m your kid and I want it now. We must fulfill the condition.

Think about it from His standpoint.

God has billions of people to work with. How could we comprehend the difficulty of that process? God has a very efficient and effective way of getting blessings and protection to His people. He just watches for whoever fulfills His commands. That tells Him everything. What would He know if you followed this next one?

 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Proverbs 3:5-7

This truth should relieve you. It should bring you great comfort and joy! How easy is it to just trust in Him, just ask Him? The process itself is really very simple.

God bless you today!

Its a Good Day to Have a Good Day

Here are 8 perspectives to help you make today a good day.

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 1. Look at the sun coming up… the warmth and life it gives to everything it touches. It brightens it pierces the shadows it gives way to nothing! Be somebody’s sunshine today.

“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” Proverbs 3:27

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” Psalms 84:11

2. All around you people are going through hardships. They long for a friend who will be there for them and remind them that God is Good always. Be someone’s reminder.

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” Luke 18:19

3. You were chosen before the overthrown of the cosmos to be God’s child and to do good works. That’s a lot of planning and that’s a lot more love for you. Embrace that. You can’t deny it, you can’t change it, so just embrace it. God loves you more than you’ll ever know.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestined us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,” Ephesians 1:3-5

4. Our works and our service don’t get us anywhere with God. He gave salvation to us by grace. That made us holy and blameless before Him in love. We didn’t earn it. We can’t undo it. We just received it as soon as we believed Romans 10:9-10. Do you know what that means? You could never fall so low that God couldn’t lift you back up.

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” 2 Timothy 1:9

5. Our works don’t get us salvation, but they do get us rewards during our eternal life. I don’t think that means some of us will have indoor plumbing in Heaven, I think it’s bigger than that. I think it has to do with authority and honor. What is a crown for after all?

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1;12

6. Have you ever kept a bless journal? This is a record of all the known blessings in your life. Start one today, but keep in mind that there are so many that God has not made known to you. Like the time He had angels protect you from a car wreck, or from a different catastrophe. Or the blessings He put in motion years ago and because you stay faithful you will receive them in the coming days. Your life is a giant kaleidoscope of His blessings if you know where to look. Now, just be thankful.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

7. The fruit of the spirit is blessings that come in waves. It happens every time you operate your gift of holy spirit. If I were you, and I’m me so I’ll get right on this, I’d do it all the time. Now there’s the makings for a really great day.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5: 23-24

8. And finally, imagine your dearest and nearest friend telling you something edifying and special about yourself.  Something only they could know and something so perfectly timed that it brings you to a new place of understanding about your life and who you are. That is what talking to God and fellow-shipping with Him is like. It’s sweet. So sweet and precious that your most inner dreams of the heart is nourished and  strengthened. He never plays games. He is all-loving. He is your Father. He only wants the very best for you. He also is all-knowing and all-powerful so He uses that power and knowledge to help us and to add wonder and goodness to our lives and to our days. Imagine how a day could be so much better after spending an hour every morning with Him?

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalms 37:3-7

God Bless You Today!


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