Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)
Sometimes I get jealous and angry when I see women experiencing things in life I never had the opportunity to do. Beautiful weddings, happy family events, family reunions, hugging and laughing with parents, looking so beautiful and content in their pictures and sounding happy and amazingly joyous in all they say and do.
BUT.... then I remember I'm hearing and seeing the "HIGHLIGHT REEL" of their lives.
I don't know what they've gone through to get where they are; I don't know what's really going on inside them; I can't see what happened five minutes before the picture or five minutes later when they are yelling at their husband or getting a tragic phone call.
Then I remember, even if they are happy, successful, content and enjoying those amazing times in life; who am I to judge them or envy their blessings? So I pray!
"Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 )
I count my own blessings and thank God for all he has brought me through and blessed me with. I ask God to purify my heart and renew my mind; forgive me of jealousy, envy and discontentment. I ask God to heal my brokenness and help me to celebrate and be happy for people and with them instead of being angry or jealous.
"Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15)
I ask God to give me his heart to love; his eyes to see; his words to speak; his hands and feet to do his work. I say God, "I surrender all to you! I love you and thank you for this precious gift of life. Forgive me for ever feeling sorry for myself or any jealousy inside me. Fill me with your love, peace, power, and bless my life greatly in Jesus name!
I am thankful; I am appreciative; I am loved and I am yours.
I love you Jesus." Amen!
"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!"
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Many of us are living in a whirl-wind of chaos trying to keep up with perfectionism and over- achievement. An “all-or-nothing” mindset often motivates us to take on more than we can handle. But there is hope and help available.
As a perfectionist, I confess that I'm not at all perfect! I can’t meet all the expectations I place on myself and I can't live up to the standards of the world.
Instead, I'm learning to live in the freely given grace and mercy of God. I'm learning the necessity of being patient with myself and trusting God. I'm living in faith one day at a time, discovering who I am in Christ and asking Him to keep me grounded in my faith; while He teaches me to have balance in all things.
Learning who I am in Christ sets me free to be me; and this freedom helps me accomplish the more important things in life! Those things are of eternal value and only God can give me the wisdom, discernment and guidance to open my eyes to see them!
There is always something more to do. Please teach me how to live life in the moment with a content spirit. Remind me that I am a new creation in Christ Jesus and you are my strength in my weakness; and that I only have to take on what you put on my heart, living to please you. Fill me with your peace, anoint me with the oil of your joy, and renew my mind. Forgive me for any efforts I make to add or take away from the process you are working out for my good. Remove my perfectionist mindset and give rest to my soul. Give me more patience and peace as I learn to live your ways. Amen.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
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