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Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

This is well-worth your time ... hope you take from it as I certainly did. (Remember to pause my music playlist at the bottom of my blog)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Is it my life to live ... or His?

I let worry and stress consume me. What I too often forget is that these are all sins. Why am I so quick to forget God? These sins imply that I don't fully trust that God is BIG enough, POWERFUL enough, or LOVING enough to take care of what is happening in my life.

I have thoroughly enjoyed taking some much-needed time to read an awesome book that is helping me grow in my relationship with God. In doing so, I was recently reminded that this is not my life to live! I don't think I have ever really stopped and taken that in fully until now. This is HIS life. I am here, able to enjoy so many pure moments -- Godly moments with my children, amazing sunsets, answered prayers, a life of love and happiness here on earth -- only because GOD has given me this life to live. And when I let these sins -- worry, stress, negativity, discontentment, anger, fear -- consume me, I am not living my life the way HE wants me to.

Ephesians 2:8 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is a gift from God..."

By letting these sins consume me, as I too often do, I am not shining for Him, and glorifying Him in the way that I am living my life. I am not to live the life that I want. This is not the life He wants for me.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

That is what my life should be. It should be about Him. Not my stress, not my worries, not my fears.

Although it is extremely hard at times, I realize that as long as I put my trust in God and make my life His, then I have no need for these things that are bringing me down because I know that God loves me so very much, more than I love my very own children, and He will take care of me, protect me, and guide me down His path to life Eternal -- a life where there is no pain, no fear, no worries, no sadness, no sickness.

I can let go and just be happy.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Galatians 2:20


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