“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” ~Steve Maraboli
thank you, Garrett Eastman, for this quote from this post.
Joseph named his second son Ephraim. Ephraim was given to him after he had been delivered from his suffering of 13 years. Joseph said that he named him this because God had made him fruitful in the land of his suffering. Ephraim means “twice fruitful.”
Joseph was fruitful in two instances. He was fruitful during his time of adversity and in his prosperity. When God brings us into a time of suffering, it can be a fruitful time. It’s rare for us to see the fruit during the suffering period. But know that the roots are going deep into the spiritual soil of our soul because of our pressing in to God during our time of suffering. This is producing a work in our character that cannot be seen until it finishes the process. Such was the case for Joseph.
If you find yourself in a time of suffering, now is the time to press into God. Let your roots grow deeper. Whenever there is a famine, tree roots are forced to drive deeper into the soil to find water. These times are designed to create such a deep-rooted faith that our natures will be changed forever. ~Os Hillman
I’m still humming Change Your Mind from Friday’s post.
You know, it can go either way, those lyrics…either change your mind to embrace what Grace says about you, or change your mind away from what Grace does not say about you.
So grateful for you and the perceptions we can embrace and change and receive and share…
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance. ~ 1 Peter 1:3-4a
This is really the only expectation that is healthy for us~~~No foolin’!
a bumblebee flies into my apartment
it didn’t mean to be there
and seeing the outside through a glass window
it proceeds to push and push against the glass
trying to get where it wants to go
in its panic never moving from its task long enough
to see the open window just inches away
how like the bumble bee I am in my work or my life
i see where i want to go
and in my panic
i forget to look for the open window
so i push and push and push
thinking i should be rewarded for all this hard work
when, in fact, i am so frantic
like the bee against the glass.
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. ~President John Adams
Plans are nothing; planning is everything. ~President Dwight Eisenhower
It is easy to do. It is easy to become what the bully says. Even if the bully is yourself. (Especially then.)
But, please remember, you are not your struggles. You are not your guilt. You are not your pain from the past. You are not your mistakes. You are not your circumstances. You are not the choices that you have made. You are not even the storms you survive.
And, conversely, you are not your pretty house/nice car/stylish clothes/educational degrees/club memberships/full-time job.
You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).
The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you are vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are and no one else has a vote in the matter.
You are God’s precious child and he created you in a way that pleases him. Because you are identified with Christ, you have the power of the Holy Spirit within you. ~Jon Walker
Sometimes, to remember who we are, we need to remember who we are not. :)
My favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s murder followed the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, but, for me, his was more scary and sinister because he was a preacher first and a private citizen. True, he had vaulted to the public stage but he always represented pastoral and ministerial work. In an interview last night, his niece stated that he always thought of himself primarily and wanted to be known as a minister of the Lord.
I was a young girl for all three terrible murders, but it was Martin Luther King’s death that cracked the veneer of life-as-I-had-known-it.
Is there one particular King quote that resonates with you?
Picture is actually a poster available at Mardells
This week’s Monday Words for the Soul goes audio.
Amazon and NoiseTrade features calming songs and perky ones too which highlight the season with new melodies and lyrics.A free album download offered by Amazon–Free Christmas Music Sampler and Christmas at Home: Kids Christmas Free Sampler
For those readers with long work commutes or trips to Grandmas, here’s some Peppy Plus music from NoiseTrade
You can download it here: http://noisetrade.com/pastemagazine
My Favorites: Sleeping at Last-Snow~~~”life without revision will silence our soul…”
Sufjan Stevens ~~~ Deep Sea Diver ~~~ The Rescuers ~~~
(and perhaps leave a little donation for the artists?)
Additional Words for the Soul
~it’s ok to exhale now~ :)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. ~Proverbs 3:4-7
Perhaps there is time to read this today: Five Practices to Stay Grounded During a Busy Season