October 8, 2016 – Pressing Onward
I don’t know of anyone who has had a perfect life. Rich or poor everyone goes through their own trials and tribulations. Whether it is financial, spiritual, or health associated, no one has a perfect life. Many people hide what they are going through, some because they are afraid of what their peers, friends, family, neighbors or co-workers might think or say about them, others because they know that everyone has their problems and understand that complaining about theirs only adds to the worries of their family and friends. And let’s face the fact, not many people are interested in the problems of someone else.
I have seen people completely give up when things got hard. I’ve seen people lose their homes, family members and friends because of their addictive habits. Some from alcohol, some from drugs, some from pornography, deceit, unfaithfulness and still some from financial mishandling. Even though there are times when things happen that aren’t any one particular persons actions, some people just don’t have the will to go on. These are the people who commit suicide, become homeless, or pick up other habits they didn’t have before, and most of these people don’t know Jesus.
I’ve been to hell in a had basket, so to speak, several times in my life, but the one thing I never did was give up, even when I didn’t know the Lord. I have to admit, that no matter what happens now, for life still isn’t perfect, it is easier to handle knowing Jesus is right beside me, holding my hand, and directing my path. Today I am thankful he has giving me the strength and desire to keep pressing onward.
October 9, 2016 – Food
I don’t know about you, but I love food. I’ve gone hungry at certain times in my life, only eating something small each day or actually going a few days without eating. There were times in my life I would have loved to be handed someones leftovers. I have learned that I can survive events like this, especially since I have learned to depend on Jesus for everything.
I’ve gone through periods of my life where I was able to delve into delectable culinary creations. I’ve visited many restaurants in my life from the higher class, to the seafood specialties to the family style eateries, but nothing tingles my taste buds as sufficiently as the spiritual food I eat every day.
Each morning I sup on his word, and all through the day and before bed, we talk. He fills me with his healthy food, the real food that keeps me going each and every day. Without his provisions, I would certainly starve to death. Since I have known him, I have not gone hungry. Not only do I have enough food in the house, but he also feeds me spiritual food. He fills the void in my life, the hole that used to make me feel so empty inside. Today I am thankful for food, especially the spiritual food Jesus provides.
October 10, 2016 – It’s a God Thing
I’ve been told that by several people that I have the patience of a saint. I’m not too sure that I agree with that. What I can say is that I have learned through the years that things happen we don’t have any control over. That’s life! I have also learned that getting upset, angry or irritated over the things that we have no control over is useless, and it is also unhealthy for you. By getting all tied up in knots over these situations, we can, without thought, open our mouths and often hurt others with our words in blaming them for these events, even when it might not be their fault.
I’ve been like that, many years ago. I had myself convinced that everything bad that happened had to be the fault of someone other than myself. I was sure that the world was against me, that people cause bad things to happen because they hated me or were jealous of me. It took me years of looking back to realize that some of the bad stuff was my own fault, and some of it was no one persons fault.
The patience of a saint thing? All I can say to that is if I seem to have the patience of a saint, then it definitely is a “God Thing”. It could very well be a work done in me by him. He teaches us a lot over our life times, if we just listen and learn. Learn from our mistakes, learn from the mistakes of others, learn from observations, learn from each day of your life. Today I am thankful for the “God Things” in my life.