I Wish…

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. ~Helen Keller

Sometimes we wish things were different than they are. We wish we could live somewhere else, have all the stuff other people have, do the things other people do. Sometimes we wish the people in our lives were nicer, more generous, less selfish, etc.

But, instead of focusing on how things could be better, we need to be thankful for where we are right now. Thankful for the people God has put in our lives (even if they’re here to test our patience). Thankful for the gifts we have been given to serve God with.  Helen Keller was able to be content and even joyful despite being both blind and deaf. She was thankful for what she did have instead of complaining about what she didn’t have.

This reminds me of what the apostle Paul said in Philippians 4:12-13 “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

We too can learn to be content with what our great God has given us and remember that all we have is all we need to serve Him.

Blessings,
Moriah

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God’s Will 4 U

1st Thessalonians 5: 16-18 says “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This has always been one of my favorite scriptures because it has so much practical help for everyday problems packed into three tiny verses. I found some quotes about these different topics that you might enjoy.

{Rejoice Always}

In his sermon in 1991 titled “Rejoice Always”, John MacArthur said this “The joyful Christian thinks more of his Lord than he does his personal difficulties. The joyful Christian thinks more of his spiritual riches in Christ than his poverty on earth. The joyful Christian thinks more of his glorious eternal future than his present pain. And when you live like that, the command “rejoice always” becomes possible…not only possible, desirable.”

{Pray Without Ceasing}

On the topic of the power of prayer Charles Spurgeon wrote “All hell is vanquished when the believer bows his knee in importunate supplication…we cannot all be leaders, but we can all be pleaders; we cannot all be mighty in rhetoric, but we can all be prevalent in prayer…Prayer links us with the Eternal, the Omnipotent, the Infinite, and hence it is our chief resort. . . Be sure that you are with God, and then you may be sure that God is with you.”

{In Everything Give Thanks}

In John Gill’s commentary of this scripture he says “thanks should be given to God in every circumstance of life; in adversity, as Job did; when not in so comfortable and agreeable a frame of soul as to be wished for, since it might be worse, …even under the temptations of Satan, since they might be greater and heavier, and since the grace of God is sufficient to bear up under them, and deliver out of them, and since there is such a sympathizing high priest and Savior; and in afflictions of every kind, since they are all for good, temporal, or spiritual, or eternal.”

If you’ve ever wondered what God’s will is for your life I think you have a clue now. I hope that these words have uplifted and encouraged you to be more joyful, prayerful and thankful. 

Blessings,
Moriah

Contemplating Creation

wildlife

Recently, I got the chance to visit a wildlife ranch nearby. There were giraffes, ostriches, zebras, lemurs, antelope and many other beautiful creatures there. I was amazed at the variety of animals that God has made. It really got me thinking about how caring God is. There are so many creatures living out in the middle of nowhere but God feeds them and takes care of them just the same.

In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says this, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

We can’t do anything to deserve God’s love. But He provides for us and protects us anyway. I am so thankful for a caring and forgiving heavenly Father. Today, take a look around you and notice what God has done and then take the time to thank Him.

Blessings,
Moriah

Shining Like Stars

Philippians 2:14-16
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a crooked and
depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold on to the word of life…

Have you ever lay down on the ground at night and stared up at those beautiful, bright stars? They are so different than the darkness around
them. Imagine what it would be like if there were no stars at night and it was just plain, boring, darkness.

Now think about this world and all the evil in it. There are so many selfish, ungrateful people living in sin and disobediance to God. This is definitley
a crooked and depraved generation that we are living in.

But what would it be like if we we’re different. If we didn’t complain or argue, if we we’re thankful and kind, imagine the kind of influence we could have.

When people see us, they need to see Christ shining through. In our actions and words we can shine brightly as stars in the sky even though so many around us are just the opposite.

Darkness may be the norm but we don’t have to let it overpower us. So hold on to the word of life and shine for Jesus in this dark world!

There is a great song by Kari Jobe called “We Are”. Click on the link below to see her music video of this song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B07iK9uh9qY

Joy

Joy is a thing that while utterly necessary, it is greatly diminishing in our world today. Most people just go about their day minding their business (and other people’s), trying to finish some project or accomplish some dream, never stopping to be joyful. You don’t have to be a millionaire to have joy, and you don’t have to have a lot of “free time”.

Joy is something that you can have while you are in the middle of doing a hundred other things. But as you all know, it is hard to have joy when you are busy and when there are so many other things to focus your time and energy on. I think that joy is something you have to practice in order to be good at it. It is different than happiness in that you can be joyful even during sad times.

I know of a sweet, Christian woman whose husband died recently and left her with several young children. It was a very difficult and sad time in her life because she had lost her best friend, provider, protector and the leader of their family. This woman had always been full of joy before, but many thought that would change after her husband’s death. Not so. For this woman, joy had become second nature, it was her habit. Joy had become a part of her because of the love of Jesus so that not even the death of one so close could take it away from her.

I want to challenge you today to be joyful. So many things are going on in the world make me want to feel the opposite of joyful: angry, bitter and discontented. But we just need to realize that with Jesus in our lives, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be the happiest people in the world.

So cheer up, smile and just be thankful for everything that you have been blessed with through Jesus. You’ll give others joy too when they see it in your life.

Blessings,                                                                                                                             Moriah