March 24, 2018 – Happy Face
It isn’t odd that we sometimes go to bed with the lyrics of a song going through our head and wake up the next morning with a different one playing in our thoughts. I’ve had this happen a few times. Sometimes I go to bed with a song in my head on purpose, especially if its been a really long and tedious day or there have been some major problems or set backs.
My favorite go to bed song is “What a mighty God we serve, what a might god we serve, angels bow before him, heaven and earth adore him, what a might god we serve.” I think this is my favorite because it reminds me just before I go to sleep that no matter what the day brought, God is still in control.
This morning I woke up with another song playing in my head, and while it isn’t a gospel song, it’s a cheery song “Gray skies are gonna clear up. Put on a happy face. Brush off the clouds and cheer up. Put on a happy face. Spread Sunshine all over the place. Put on a happy face.”
I think about how many times I have acted like everything was fine when things weren’t as good as I would have wished, and it always seems to make me feel better. I’ve been told many times in my life to smile because it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile, however that has not been scientifically proven.
But a smile always feels better. There is something about smiling during tough times that seems to make whatever you are going through less disastrous than you first thought. It won’t solve the problem, but it will help to lighten the load of carrying it, worrying about. Today I am thankful for the effects of putting on a Happy Face.
Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
March 25, 2018 – Forgiveness
Oh how hard it is for us humans to forgive. We tend to want to hold onto the memory of every bad thing that has ever happened and every person that has offended or hurt us in some way. The longer a unpleasant event happens or the more hurt and abuse a person inflicts on us, the harder it is for us to turn away.
Jesus told us that we needed to turn the other cheek, that we must love our enemies and forgive those who hurt or abuse us, because if we don’t, then we can’t expect the Father to forgive us. Sometimes when something small happens, we are able to easily turn the other cheek, we are able to easily forgive, especially if the person is a loved one or good friend. Forgiving those we count as enemies is often harder.
While I like to think I have forgiven everyone that has ever hurt me, there are times when what happened pops into my head and I wonder if I have truly forgiven them. It’s then that I ask the lord to tell me if I have totally forgiven them and if I haven’t to show me how to. Today I am thankful that I can be forgiven.
Matthew 6:15 – But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
March 26, 2018 – The Full Armor
If you are a Christian, you have heard many times from your Christian brothers and sisters that Satan is attacking them. He will use everything within his power to turn people away from Jesus. Temptation is one of the major tools he uses. Tempting us to take part in sinful and immoral acts. Temptation, itself is not a sin, but giving into it is.
He will use hate, lies, gossip, fear, pride, selfishness, un-forgiveness and even our words and thoughts against us. He is that little voice that says “this one time won’t hurt” or “ it’s OK to hate that person, look what they did to you”. He will use friends, loved ones, strangers and co-workers to temp us into saying, thinking or doing something we know is wrong. Many of them will not even realize they are being used.
Fear is another tool he uses quite frequently. The fear that something bad will happen. The fear that a we or a loved one will not be forgiven, will not be healed, will not go to heaven. He uses what we say, twists it around in the form of gossip or misrepresentation to cause arguments and hard feelings between us and others.
The bible says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8 “ It also says to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Satan will do anything he can to shake our faith in God and that’s why we must always put on the full armor of God : Ephesians 6: 14-18 14.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15.and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16.in addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17.Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18.And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Today I am thankful for the full armor of God