Don’t look back … today is Flawless Friday! We are going to make this weekend magical.
It’s not that we spend five days looking forward to just two. It’s that most people do what they enjoy most on those two days.
Let’s kick the weekend off with some laughs.
Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone — so lets add some value to the time we spend together with those we love.
See you on Monday!
Without YOU there’s no ME. It’s quite a learning experience for me as I share my thoughts with you each and every day.
Blessings and good health!
It’s a L❤VELY DAY. We thank God for L❤ING us and giving us the guidelines for L❤VE.
The truth is, only God can teach us how to LOVE — as mortals, we fall short of what true LOVE is. If we can speak eloquently but don’t have LOVE — we are nothing more than an empty tin can. If we can share God’s Word, and heal the sick, and have big time faith but don’t LOVE — we are nothing. If we feed the poor, and clothe the homeless, and put our lives at risk for others but don’t LOVE — there’s no reward.
No matter what we say, or what we believe, or what we do — we are bankrupt without LOVE. Someone said, “YOU CAN GIVE WITHOUT LOVING, BUT YOU CAN NEVER LOVE WITHOUT GIVING.” Some people give out of guilt, others can give out of pride, and some may give out of compulsion.
Hopefully we can make a honest assessment on our LOVE tank after reading God’s version “THE WAY OF LOVE” — 1 Corinthians 13
- LOVE never gives up
- LOVE cares more for others than for self
- LOVE doesn’t want what it doesn’t have
- LOVE doesn’t strut
- Doesn’t have a swelled head
- Doesn’t force itself on others
- Isn’t always “me first“
- Doesn’t fly off the handle
- Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others
- Doesn’t revel when others grovel
- Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth
- Puts up with anything
- Trusts God always
- Always looks for the best
- Never looks back
- But keeps going to the end
- LOVE NEVER DIES
NOW THAT IS TRUE LOVE! ❤❤❤
God LOVES us, not in speech or thought or intentions — He LOVES us in actions. “But God shows his LOVE for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ESV
NO SPOUSE, BOYFRIEND, GIRLFRIEND, AUNTIE, UNCLE, GRANDMA, GRANDPA OR ANYONE ELSE CAN LOVE YOU LIKE GOD!
If God is ALL I HAVE — THEN GOD IS ALL I NEED. I’m in a relationship with GOD!
Before each one of us were born — God knew everything about us, and had good thoughts about us. It’s a sad day when we trade God’s purpose for empty god-less dreams and silly games. How did we reach the decision to walk out on God and chase after worldly dreams and the applause of human beings?
There are times when God expects us to stand up, say our piece, and say exactly what He wants us to say. We are each other’s keeper and if one person is found hanging off a cliff or considering jumping into a fire — it becomes our duty to grab their hand and pull them back to safety. If perchance the individual at risk refuses to be helped — regrettably there’s nothing more you can humanly do. It’s only an intervention from the Almighty that can turn the course of events.
John 3: 16-18 says, “God didn’t go through all the trouble of sending His Son Jesus just to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”
How can people forget about God and have the gall to say, “I’ve done nothing wrong. God doesn’t mind. He hasn’t punished me.” Don’t look now, but judgement is on its way. It’s a sad day when people’s heart is so far removed from God that they think it’s just a small thing when they choose to rebel against their God-given purpose.
The song writer says, “What do you do when you’ve done all you can and it seems like it’s never enough? What do you give when you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through? Well you just stand when there’s nothing left to do and watch the Lord see you through — you just stand.”
When you write your own story you have the awesome privilege to :
- Write what you see
- Write clearly so it can be least misunderstood
- Edit as you often as necessary
- Have the power to write a new chapter everyday
- The book gets very interesting as new experiences bring on new perspectives on life
- The greatest gift of writing is — anyone can take a page out of your book but they can’t imitate your creativity
Our personal story is a witness to what life was before, what it is now, and the choices we will make tomorrow. An author never knows when it will be their last chapter — so never write at length on mistakes, failures, the unnerving midnight sounds of fear and troubles — they are all temporary. Every new chapter has potential to become the most powerful chapter found in our book.
One of the devil’s tricks is to shut us up so he can hold us hostage to our secretive life. Everybody has their own story — there’s no need to compete or duplicate someone else’s story. Grab your pen and become unstoppable. It’s actually empowering to become vulnerable because everyone is fighting a battle and someone can be inspired. Don’t allow anyone else to write your story.
Everyday we are all writing our own stories whether mentally, emotionally or physically. I’m thinking about my legacy each and every time I write. After I’m gone into eternity someone else will read my story and hopefully they will be inspired..
Life happens. Satan works hard to steal, kill, and destroy our CONFIDENCE in ourselves, in others, and most of all in God. Broken relationships, fights, arguments, financial problems, sicknesses, and other WEIGHTY matters crush our spirit.
Satan stops at nothing to personally force us into a ‘no confidence mode’ on everything that was designed for our happiness – relationships, money, health, etc. No one should ever accept unhappiness as the final chapter in their life. The Sun does come out the following day.
It takes courage and wisdom to pull oneself out of the pit of ‘low confidence’. The good news is, when we are in a relationship with God — the moment we get weary in the waiting, God comes alongside to help us.
In our lowest, lowest moments when we can’t find the words to pray — Jesus is praying for us. Our tears are prayers that only God can interpret. Our sighs are a language that Heaven knows very well. When God knows we are dependent on Him, He turns the curse into a blessing.
Do things automatically turn around because of God’s promise? Not at all. Sometimes things look worse than before. But when God gives us a promise — it’s important for God to find us waiting on Him.
All that was meant for evil, God will turn it into good. Straighten your crown as often as is needed. Just don’t give up! It’s NOT over until we take our final breath.
Our testimony is connected to EVERYTHING that drives us to our knees.
Accepting that mistakes is a part of life…gives freedom. I made a blunder on Tuesday of this week when I inadvertently clicked the ‘publish’ button on my unedited Friday post…so the joke was on me. Only those who receives my email would have read it 🙈
So here’s my edited version of my Friday blog:
Dear Weekend, I love you! We will take time to laugh a little about our bond with our cellphones.
Let the weekend smiles begin…
That’s all for now folks – Thank you for sharing your week with me. Without YOU — There’s NO me. So thank YOU!
Please take time to smile and enjoy the bonding experience with your loved ones and your cellphones 🤳🤣🤣
See you on Monday when life picks up again.
The dictionary meaning of rebellion is – a bold disobedience or opposition to any kind of authority or control. A rebel is one who does NOT like rules. Rules are instructions that tell you what you are allowed to do and what you are not. I believe that rebellion always begins in the heart, and it is the root cause of everything that gives way to sin.
Rebellion against authority is a serious matter in God’s eyes. God says, to obey is better than sacrifice. A rebellious person defends themselves and sincerely believes that they have everything under control — even if everyone else is observing the bottom of their barrel is falling out.
Two questions a rebellious person asks when confronted about their choices — “What are you talking about?” and “What’s wrong with that?”
The Bible says, God only wants us to obey. A rebellious person is a rebel — and if and when they pray — they receive nothing from God.
The spirit of rebellion drives folks to chaos and leading a dysfunctional life. It like having your hem caught on a spinning wheel. It never crosses their mind that God sees and keeps an account of their choices. Strangers will take advantage of them and they will not even notice. Their arrogance is as big as a stadium and they become a public disgrace. They remain completely oblivious to God despite all the signs.
Rebellion is saying — I know who YOU want me to be — but — I’m going to show you who I actually am.
Because we all have the seed of rebellion deep within us — it’s wisdom to determine in our hearts that we would seek God’s approval for the choices we make.
Psalm 51:4-6 English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.