It never ceases to amaze me…the thought process of a child. I was cutting a green pepper and when I started to cut out the seeds, I noticed another tiny pepper inside. The green pepper had a baby inside.
I gently removed the baby pepper and showed it to my daughter. She was beyond thrilled that the pepper had a baby. She had endless questions as to why, how…
I started slicing a juicy tomato. My daughter watched closely as I sliced. She then chimes “Is there a baby in the tomato?” I reply “No honey”.
Her response: “It must be a boy!”
It’s all about perspective.
I don’t know about you, but I could certainly benefit from seeing another perspective…other than my own.
As I was reading Proverbs this morning, I took a moment to dissect a verse.
Proverbs 5:21 says “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.” (NKJV)
When I have read this verse before, I never noticed that “He” was capitalized. Here are the things that stood out to me as I studied this verse.
According to the Blue Letter Bible (online study tool) which gives the Hebrew and Greek definition for the words.
Way = “way, road, distance, journey, manner”
Before = “be in front of”,
Ponders =”to weigh, make level, balance”
Paths = “entrenchment, track” *entrenchment is a ditch of protection
I am not a Greek scholar but from reading and studying this verse…
My journey is in front of God and He is leveling my path.
I encourage you today…God sees you, your life…it’s in front of Him. He will level and balance your path if you allow Him to.
Thanks for reading! EnJOY your day!
Once again my two-year old has inspired me and it was with the word “dung”. I am clueless as to how she even knows the word. It’s not really a household name.
Little Z (my two-year old) asked me to sing the chorus of “Beautiful Things” (by Gungor) with her. We actually don’t know any other part of the song.
The chorus says “You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of the dust. You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of us”.
So as we sang I heard her say “You make beautiful things, You make beautiful things out of DUNG”. I laughed and said “Sweetie, it’s dust”.
Well, she is convinced it’s dung. Period. She will be running for president in 2044.
I started thinking, it’s true, God can make beautiful things out of poop. He can fix anything and anyone.
We have all experienced situations that have been unfair, ugly and well, poopy! (For my proper friends, I’m sorry for using the poop word).
I love the verse Matthew 19:26 and have been thinking about it and praying it over situations in my life. It says “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'”
We all know that there is nothing beautiful about dung. And we know that making something beautiful out of dung is impossible. Although I am sure that someone has made a sculpture out of poo and has sold it on Ebay for buku bucks.
To those dung sculptures out there — I’m sure it’s lovely BUT only God can truly make something new out of poo AND take the stink away! 🙂
I encourage you to stand on Matthew 19:26 for those situations that seem impossible.
I hope you were encouraged today! I was for sure! God is so good!
Do you know what I just did…the mistakes I have made…sound familiar?
This is a continuation of “I Love Me Too”. Feel free to check out that post too. I mentioned how important it is to love ourselves. Many of us don’t know who we are. So how can we love ourselves if we don’t truly know who we are?
Typically, when people begin dating, they don’t say “I love you” on the first date. They take time to get to know each other before they use the ever so meaningful three-letter word.
You may say: How can I love myself? I know every wrong decision I have made, every rude comment I have said, every possible imperfection I have.
A phrase my Pastor has said is “Separate your WHO from your DO“.
Think about it.
Now obviously, if you rob a bank every day, you need a little help with your “who” and “do”. Know what I mean?
Just because we make mistakes doesn’t mean that we are a mistake.
The best place to help us with our “who” is the Bible. There are so many verses that say who we are.
For example, Romans 8:37 says that we are “more than conquerors”. To be a conqueror is wonderful. To be MORE than a conqueror is amazing!
Ephesians 1:6 says that we are “accepted in the Beloved.” Philippians 1:6 says that God has started a good work in us! There is good on the inside of us and God wants to complete it!
Romans 8:31 – “…If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Besides, how can we not love ourselves, God is on the inside of us and He “is” love. God defined is love (I John 4:8).
The One who can do anything (nothing is impossible for God – Matthew 19:26), fix or change any situation lives on the inside of you and me. That’s the wonderful benefit of being a Christ follower.
Joyce Meyer had this as her status on Facebook – “Choose to see yourself in Christ today.” (Ephesians 1:7). That pretty much sums it up! If we see ourselves in Christ, what’s there not to love?!?!
I hope you were encouraged today! I know this encouraged me!
Today I was thinking about how important it is to see the joy in my journey in life. Do you see the “joy” in “journey”? 🙂
No doubt that we have all dealt with mishaps and unfair circumstances but we can still find joy!
Playing hide and seek with a toddler is a great example of finding joy during the journey. It’s funny how kids hide in obvious spots. For some reason, they think you can’t see them if they cover their eyes!
Joy is right there, in an obvious spot, but we have to choose to look for it! 🙂
Let me tell you, I have had one of those weeks where I had to focus on finding joy in my situations! For example, my little one ended up with a temperature of 105 and experienced a high fever for 5 days!
Guess what? I found joy! I’m not saying I found joy in the fact that my daughter had a high fever.
I found joy because my daughter is alive and well. God isn’t looking for us to be joyful for the bad stuff that happens to us; He wants us to find joy in the midst of our circumstances.
There has to be something good happening in your life! Right? That’s finding the joy!
Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jesus found joy in His journey of the cross. He experienced more than we could imagine.
He did it because He saw the joy (you and me) in the journey!
Each day, I encourage you (and myself) to continue to look for the joy. It’s that companion that we can’t live without!
I hope you were encouraged today! Enjoy the journey!
During a church service, the Pastor was ministering on how we are the light so he had the lights off in the sanctuary. My daughter tucked herself into her grandma’s sweater and said “I hiding, come on, hide Meana”.
Matthew 6:6 says – “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
I couldn’t help but think about Psalm 91:1 – “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
The word “secret” means hiding place or covering. A secret place is where you seclude yourself from everything…cell phone, computer, tv, iPad, iPod and the list goes on!
My daughter gets it! 🙂 She understands the hiding place.
Are you in a place in life where you are saying to God – “Where are YOU”? (I’ve been there)
He’s in the secret place.
As we dwell (continue to meet God) in the secret (secluded) place, we will abide (live) under the shadow (shade) of the Almighty.
If we’re consistent with meeting God in the secret place we will be living under the “shade” (which keeps us from getting burnt)!
I’m going to jump back to Matthew 6:6. “Reward” means – “give back, deliver (again), (re)pay, perform, restore”.
The word “openly” actually means “because of, quickly, shortly, throughout, while” and the list goes on.
When we meet God in the secret place He will give back, deliver, perform whatever we need shortly!
Those are some INCREDIBLE verses!
Please note, I am not a Greek or Hebrew scholar. I used my Strong’s Concordance to look up the verses, etc.
Your answer is in the secret place! Mine too!
Thanks for reading! Joyfully His!
Psalm 103:1-3 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,”
What an incredible verse! It’s full of God’s goodness and character! I was praying this verse over my family today and the part that really jumped out at me was “Who redeems your life from destruction”.
Destroy means “to render ineffective or useless; to put to an end.”
Because of God, our lives are redeemed from being useless! Redeemed means to buy or pay off.
I believe our lives are under construction, which means “to build or form by putting together parts”. We’re a work in progress!
God is in the building business, not the demolition crew.
I hope you are encouraged by this verse! I sure am!