As is normal, when trying to do my daily “Thankful”, I seem to always fall behind. It seems like the harder I try, the further behind I find myself, the days and needful activities seem to crowd my time for these out. But I know that is Satan’s way of trying to stop me, but he won’t win. Jesus wins.
February 20, 2018 – Fighting Battles in Your Head
We all fight battles during our life. For some it is a physical battle against illness or disease, for others it is depression, PTSD or some other mental problem. We all fight battles in our head also. We fight against anger and hurt, we fight against thinking bad about others and we fight against opening our mouths and letting something unpleasing to God blurt out.
I catch myself all the time, fighting the urge to allow something in my head come out my mouth, but I’ve been really working on that. I am trying to catch myself ahead of time and ask myself if what I am about to say is wise or prudent, is it of value to anyone or will actually hurt or tear down someone.
I am only human, and sometimes I loose the battles I fight in my head. Sometimes I allow those thoughts to become words, words that can hurt, words that are angry or judge someone, or words that really have no value or benefit to anyone.
Fighting the battles in your head are just part of fighting the evil that Satan spread all over. The lies he tells, the temptation he puts in front of us to open our mouths and say unkind, mean and hateful things, things that once said cannot be unsaid.
The sinful nature of man wants to retaliate against anyone or anything that displeases him. Those are some of the hardest battles we fight in our heads. Today I am thankful that we have the Holy Spirit to help us through the battles we fight in our heads.
February 21, 2018 – I Did Good Today
I did good today. I didn’t have much pain so my morning was pretty pleasant. I slept pretty well last night so I didn’t wake up feeling like I had just left the battle field. I went through my morning with appreciation for waking up to some sunshine for a change.
As I stepped out on the back deck and enjoyed that sun shining down on me, I thought about all the days that I don’t do good. How I wake up achy and feel the searing pain through my feet when they touch the floor, or a migraine is swirling around in my head, or every joint in body hurts and I rejoiced that I wasn’t feeling that pain right now.
I got some chores done without stretching or twisting the wrong way and I didn’t shuffle through the house like I had lead shoes on. I actually had some energy, something that doesn’t happen too often.
But more than the pleasant lack of pain, I was thinking pleasant thoughts. Even as I browsed through the news and social media, not once did I let a negative or judging remark escape my lips. I actually kept everything on a positive note the whole day through. Today I am thankful to the Lord that I did good today.
February 22, 2018 – Judgment
How many times have I told people not to judge me? How many times have I told people I try not to judge others? But how true is it. I know so many people who fall into the same boat as I did. They didn’t want to be judged by others and claimed not to judge others, but in the next sentence they would be talking about someone, yes gossiping about what that person says, said, does or did. Sadly it took me a long time to realize that is the same as judging someone.
If you don’t agree with a persons words or actions, that is your right, but when you verbally express to someone else those thoughts, then you are sitting in judgment over them. When you say the woman next door doesn’t take care of her children, how do you know? Do you live in her house? Do see what goes on? Surely if you really thought the children were not being taken care of, you would notify an authority to check on them, but if you based your remark on the kids being dirty, well kids do get dirty?
The same thing is true no matter who you are talking about. When you spread a rumor like “I heard she’s having an affair” or “I heard he beats his wife”, are you not making some kind of judgment based on hearsay? You are believing the judgment someone else has made and passing it along, so you, too, are judging them. I hope this is making sense.
The thought struck me today as I was about to make a remark about someone in a store. I caught myself and kept my mouth shut, and all the way to the car, I thought about what I almost did. I have to admit that there are several times that I have probably judged other people. Today I am thankful that was shown to me and it goes on the list of things I need to work on to please Jesus
Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
February 23, 2018 – Angels Watching Over Me
I’ve heard many stories throughout my life about angels. There are those who believe that each human has their own spiritual being or Angel that watches over them. They believe each person on earth has been assigned a specific angel to be with them throughout their life.
While searching through the scriptures there are many verses that tell us there are myriads of Angels but in no specific verse does it state that we each have our own. Billy Graham says the bible does say that angels watch over us but does not specify that they are assigned individually to one person or another. He referred to these two verses.
Psalm 91:11 “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
The bible does tell us that there are angels that watch over us, sometimes watching over individuals, sometimes watching over groups, and even watching over different areas. Below are a few of these verses
Hebrews 12:22- But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them”
While I might not have a guardian angel of my own, specifically assigned to me, there have been experiences in my life time where I know an Angel was protecting me, actually seeing one on a particular night standing at the foot of my bed. He/she did not speak to me, but chased away an evil presence that had been following me. He was there and then he wasn’t and I couldn’t even tell you what he looked like.
A friend of mine died, they were getting ready to tag him and send him to the morgue when an unknown woman walked up to his gurney, touched his chest and said they weren’t giving up on him yet. His body jumped and the ER personnel went to work on him. She was nowhere to be found afterward, and no one could really describe what she looked like or who she was.
Just as God can appear in any form he wishes such as a burning bush, a pillar of fire or smoke or a lightening flash, so can angels appear in many forms. You may have entertained angels many times in your life without knowing it. Today I am thankful to know I have Angels watching over me.
Hebrews 13:2 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
February 24, 2018 – Seasons
There are four basic seasons on this planet. Winter, Summer, Fall and Spring. With the weather being as weird as it has for the last ten years or so, it is sometimes hard to determine which season it is. In the old days the season were referred to as the planting season, the growing season, the harvesting season and the resting season.
We go through a lot of different “seasons” in our lives, and even though there are really no particular names for them all some would include childhood, adolescence, preteen, teenage, young adult, parenthood, middle age, grandparent hood and retirement.
There are seasons that we go through that we might refer to as a dry season, when it doesn’t seem like the Lord is moving in our life, or a season of joy when he seems to be ever present. You may go through several of these. There are seasons when you go through the valley and seasons where you are on level ground and seasons where you feel like you are on top of the mountain.
Throughout our life there are joyous seasons, pleasant seasons, not so pleasant seasons and for some, very hard seasons. Through each season we are supposed to look for the positive, hope for the best, and learn lessons that may help us or someone else in the future.
I’ve had my share of seasons, good and bad, and I know that there are probably many more to come. Today I am thankful to have survived all the bad ones, enjoyed the good ones and look forward to the new ones.