Strive For Joy!

At the time of this post the Presidential election is still not called. Regardless of who you voted for, I think it’s safe to assume that most of us are very ANXIOUS to know who will be leading our country for the next 4 years.

But I was reminded this morning of a directive & encouraging promise that God offers us.

“Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7

We must pray with urgency and gratitude to God our Father. Then, his unexplainable PEACE will get us through this season, and the next, and the next….

Remember, God already knows who wins this election. May God bless our President, and may God bless America.

Stay safe, be healthy, be kind.

Words…Intake vs. Output

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photo by iStock

How’s your intake…and how does it compare to your output?  Every day all of us intake (receive) words spoken into us.  We also output (speak words into those around us).  The negative criticism and judgements that we hear tend to be the nutrients that feeds what we speak into others.  This can be our spouse, kids, ministry team, or even the innocent grocery store checker.  I’ve been guilty of this many times!

Our encouragement to others often goes unappreciated, yet when we speak damaging words those are often remembered for a lifetime.

At one time or another, we have all been on both sides of this statement.  And it’s so true!  When you help or encourage someone, don’t you want them to remember it?  Don’t you wish your efforts would be a lasting blessing?

Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.   Ephesians 4:29

May we all strive to have our words spoken from our hearts…and not our hurts.  Remember, your words to a total stranger today just might be the only uplifting words they will hear!

Has someone recently spoken words of encouragement to you?  How did it impact you and your day?

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