How an oyster handles irritating objects, such as a grain of sand can serve as an example of how we can handle frustrations and irritating people. You see the oyster take its time to coat the grain of sand with a smooth substance called nacre. It doesn’t just sit there and be content with being irritated and in our case, frustrated. It patiently works with the grain, coating it until it transforms to a beautiful mother of pearl.
Know that when trials, tribulations, difficult people and circumstances come into our life, they strengthen our character, increase our faith, as well as purify us. So the next time you are going through, think of the oyster.
I have a question for you. Where do you place your trust? Do you place your trust solely on what you see? Or how you feel? What about your job? is that where you place your trust? Maybe you place your trust in the amount of zeros listed in your bank account? Or you may say that you trust no one but yourself. You see the job, the bank account and how you feel are all subject to change. But I have good news for you! God does not change and he is faithful too! I invite you to place your trust in Him and acknowledge Him in all your ways and he shall direct your path.
If you want to know how to win favor in life, the good book has the answer it says to let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, and write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4).
I have a question for you, when was the last time you did a heart check-up to see what was written on it? Love or hate? Faith or fear? Take a moment to reflect on it.
We don’t know what the new year will bring, but our greatest resolution could be to spend more time in fellowship with God. Whatever comes into our life, we can pray, turn it over to the Lord, and rejoice in Him. So while it is good to make resolutions to lose weight, exercise or save more. Our resolution could be to take our blessings to the Lord in thanksgiving and our burdens to Him in prayer.
May I submit this resolution to you for consideration? As we closeout 2018 and welcome 2019, I would like to take this time to wish you a Happy New Year! May your new year be filled with joy, peace and love; especially the warmth of God’s love. Take care and be blessed!
There were three prominent women in the bible named Mary. First, there was Mary of Bethany, she is the one who sat at Jesus’s feet and Mary of Magdala, she is the one who supported Jesus’ ministry from her own resources (Luke 8:1-3) and then there is Mary, the one who gave birth to baby Jesus.
I am truly grateful for all of the contributions that these women gave, especially to the Mary, who said, “yes” to giving birth to our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Here is what it looks like when we surrender to God unconditionally:
We give him all of our days of the week not just Sundays.
We give him our attitudes as well as our behaviors and actions.
We give him our hearts and our plans.
When we accept Jesus as Lord, the Holy Spirit comes and live within us unconditionally. Isn’t it time that we live for God and surrender our life to Him unconditionally?
Think and pray about it.
Our time is given to us by God’s grace. Every second, minute, and hour of each day is God’s gift to us. How we use our time is our gift to God.
Our talents are our natural abilities to perform certain tasks with superior quality and less effort than others.
Our treasures are the resources and possessions that we have received from the hand of God and of course our hard work.
Our time, talents and treasures are all gifts from God. How we manage all of these gifts would decide whether we are good stewards or not. Do you consider yourself a good steward? What can you do to make yourself a great one? Think about it.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalms 90:12 (NIV)