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A Cheerful Heart

It’s Monday. And I think that people need to laugh and smile more.  So does Solomon.  Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

So if you are finding your strength waning in the midst of whatever it is that’s going on in your life, do something fun.  Watch old sitcoms that are actually funny or some other comedy.  Read a light hearted book.  Take a walk or do whatever it is you enjoy that makes you smile or laugh.  Start speaking positively.  Make plans that you will look forward to and enjoy.  Choose to find something joyful in your day.  Be silly!

Since it’s Musical Monday… Here’s “A Cheerful Heart” by Rick Pino.  and “Laugh” by The Monkees

Vortex of ideas…

My head has been a swirling vortex of ideas this whole week. SO many things on my mind. I’ve thoughts and even notes but I’ve struggled a bit with getting them in a format that is understandable or readable by anyone but me. So I haven’t blogged this week.

And now it’s Friday.  Meaning it’s my last chance for the week to put something encouraging into the blogosphere. I can’t let that opportunity pass me by. So please ponder this…

God spoke everything into existence.  (Genesis 1:1-25)  Do you know the only thing He didn’t speak into existence?  Humans.  We were formed and lovingly created.  (Genesis 1:26-28)  We were given life when God breathed into us. (Genesis 2:4-7)  We are the clay and He is our potter. (Isaiah 64:8)

You were made by God with purpose, for a purpose and on purpose.

Everything God makes is beautiful.  God made you.  Therefore you are beautiful.
Happy Weekend!

Quote of the Day: What we are is God’s gift to us. Who we become is our gift to God. -Unknown

God Consciousness

I generally prefer to write gets posted here myself.  But a friend forwarded this to me from Joseph Prince, and it blew my mind.  So I had to share with y’all.  (Check out:  http://josephprince.org/ for more info about Joseph and his ministry).  Please note that I copied this entirely.  I did not write this.  Thank you.

Be Full Of The Consciousness Of God

By Joseph Prince.

1 Corinthians 2:12 :  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

 You are probably familiar with the story of how David, with a sling and a stone, slew Goliath, a 10-feet-tall Philistine warrior. But have you ever wondered why David succeeded while the others in the army of Israel did not even dare to face Goliath?

 David’s secret was that he was only conscious of victory and not defeat, because he knew a God who had rescued him time and again.

 You can just imagine him saying, “One day, I was taking care of my sheep when a lion came and took one of them. I was not willing to settle for that! I went after the lion, caught it by its beard and smote it. The Lord delivered me from the lion’s mouth. On another occasion, a bear came and took one of my flock. I went after the bear and smote it. So the Lord delivered me from the bear too. This same God, who delivered me from the paws of the lion and bear, will also deliver me from this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:34-37)

 David was conscious of what God had done for him. He knew that God was for him, loved him, favored him and would give him victory again. My friend, you can also remind yourself that the same God, who did tremendous things for you in the past, will do the same for you again.

 Be like David, who was conscious only of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Don’t be like the army of Israel. The men were conscious of the negative words of Goliath. I believe that they must have talked about his threats, repeating his words to one another, and as a result, filled their hearts with fear. (1 Samuel 17:11, 24)

 Beloved, don’t feed on the negative words of man or the devil. It will only cause you to be anxious and fearful. Feed on God’s Word by reading the Bible and listening to messages about who you are in Christ and what He has done for you. Pump yourself up with God’s Word until you are full of the Spirit and consciousness of God, so that you might know the things that have been freely given to you by God!

Thought For The Day:  The same God, who did tremendous things for you in the past, will do the same for you again.

1 Corinthians 2:12 NLT:  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

Musical Monday…”God Believes In You”

There’s this song by Jill Phillips called “God Believes In You.”  I sometimes listen to it on repeat.  It reminds me that I matter to the Great Creator.  That the God above all other gods values me.  It reminds me that I am the daughter of the Most High God, and that I am beloved.  Not just loved, BELOVED.  He knows why He created me and what I will become.  He doesn’t worry about the fact that I screwed up again or that I failed.  He knows I will get there and He believes in me.

When no one else agrees or understands….when no one else says anything good….when people spit on you….when people you thought you could trust betray you….when you’ve failed again….when people create lies about you and spread them at work, school, church or on social media….

You need to know who you are.  You need to know that you are the beloved of God.  You need to know that God considered you such a valuable treasure that He was willing to send Jesus to die for you.  You need to know that you were the joy that was set before Jesus so He was willing to be spit on, mocked, beaten and crucified.  You are worth so much more than you can possibly imagine.  So for all of you having a rough week, month or year…know that God believes in you!

This post is written to everyone who has been feeling down or been feeling attacked lately.  But it’s also written to a specific beautiful middle school girl who is being attacked by insecure and jealous girls.  I want you to know that you too are beloved.  You have a purpose and a calling.  You are so very very special.  God made you so unique and creative.  We all love you.  We are behind you.  We all believe in you.  You matter to all of us.  You matter to God.  Hang in there my sweet sweet girl.

God Believes in You by Jill Phillips (Buy it from itunes if you don’t have it…you won’t be sorry).

When you start to doubt if you exist
God believes in you
Confounded by the evidence
God believes in you
When your light burns so dim
When your chances seem so slim
And you swear you don’t believe in Him
God believes in you

When you rise up just to fall again
God believes in you
Deserted by your closest friends
God believes in you
When you’re betrayed with a kiss
You turn your cheek to another fist
It does not have to end like this
God believes in you

Oh everything matters if anything matters at all
Everything matters no matter how big
No matter how small
Cause God believes in you
Oh God believes in you

When you’re so ashamed that you could die
God believes in you
And you can’t do right even though you try
God believes in you
Blessed are the ones who grieve
The ones who mourn, the ones who bleed
In sorrow you sow but in joy you reap
God believes in you

Blessed are the ones who grieve
The ones who mourn, the ones who bleed
In sorrow you sow but in joy you reap
God believes in you
Oh God believes in you