I write for a group called Five Minute Friday. They give me a one word writing prompt. Today’s word is generous. I have five minutes to write about generosity..
Oh, this is going to be easy, I thought. I am very generous. I thought of examples of my own generosity to the poor and the hurting. Then I read a couple of other people’s blogs. They wrote about the generosity of others and the generosity of God. I felt ashamed of myself for my pride.
God gave His only Son. He let him be whipped, humiliated and nailed to a cross. Jesus gave His life and willingly died on a cross for us. He paid for all of our sins. The Bible says if we confess our sins, ask God to forgive us, turn from our sins and trust in Jesus He will give us eternal life. We will live in beautiful mansions and walk on streets of gold. There will be no more tears, sickness, suffering or death in heaven. What could possibly be more generous than that? I could never sacrifice one of my own children the way God did for us.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that whoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
For whoever shall call on the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
Thank you Father for the generous gift of your Son. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross and giving me eternal life after I repented of my sins and trusted in you. Remind us often of your generous gift to us. If there is a reader who has never repented and believed in your Son may do so right now, right here today.
I am writing a five minute blog for a group called Five Minute Friday. [I always go a little over the 5 minute blog because I always add a Bible passage and a prayer.]
Jesus tells us to forget the past and move onward. If we have confessed our sins to Jesus, asked for forgiveness and trusted in His shed blood on the cross we have been reconciled to God. It is not easy to forget the past. We need help: from God, friends, family and even from a good therapist.
If we have done wrong we need to accept responsibility for what we have done, apologize, make amends and ask for forgiveness. We do not need to live in the past filled with shame and guilt, and apologize over and over again. God loves us. He has forgiven us. We need to have some self compassion, forgive ourselves and forget our past. We need to focus on Jesus and His great love for us. We do this by going to a Bible preaching church, meditating on Scripture, building up good Christian friendships and listening to Christian music. I recently did this by Googling Bible verses about God’s love for me.
For God loved you so much that He gave His only Son so that if you believe in Him, you will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn you, but but He sent His Son so you would be saved.
Help us to forget the sins of our past. We are all sinful. If there is a reader who has never repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus, may they do so today. If there is one who is struggling with their past help them to forget the past and move forward. May you lead them to a therapist who will help them. Lead them to a Bible preaching church. Help them to read the Bible every day, for in it they will find the truth. The truth will set them free. Help them to Google Bible verses about your love for them. To You be all of the glory, honor and praise, now and forever. Amen.
In difficult times some people turn to alcohol; others turn to dugs; some have a cigarette; some turn to pornography or sex; and others turn to people. I turn to food. When I am hungry, bored, lonely, stressed or depressed I turn to food.
Step 1 in AA and in Christian Recovery is admitting that I am powerless over my eating and my life has become unmanageable. My weight is the highest it has ever been- more than it was during four pregnancies. I look at my body sideways in the mirror and I am totally disgusted. God tells us to take good care of our bodies- I am destroying mine with the garbage that I am consuming.
For most of the week I have been meditating on Step One Scriptures and Devotionals in my Serenity New Testament and Psalms. Step One is admitting we are powerless over our dependencies and our life has become unmanageable. The Bible has a lot to say about our hurts, habits and hang ups. Life is hard. Life is painful. Life is a struggle.
Today I started to meditate on Scripture for Step Two. “We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” Well that Power is Jesus Christ. Jesus, Creator of the universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus can give me victory over this addiction to the garbage that I am poisoning my body with.
Nothing is too hard for Jesus Christ. He loves me. He is filled with compassion for me. He wants to help me to feel healthier, happier, and prettier. “This same Savior who could speak kind and encouraging words to a woman caught in adultery, who could raise someone from the dead, drive out demons, and control the very forces of nature” can help me overcome my struggle with overeating. [Serenity Recovery New Testament and Psalms]. Whatever you are struggling with, Jesus Christ is the Higher Power that can give you victory.
Tonight I am going to a weekly CR group. What is a CR group? It is a Christ Centered 12 Step Christian Group based on the 12 Steps of AA and the 8 Biblical principles found in the Beattitudes. We sing praise and worship songs and then have a speaker. We pray the long version of the Serenity prayer together. Then we break up into smaller groups to discuss what the speaker said and/ or how we are doing. I go to a smaller church so we only have two groups: a men’s group and a women’s group. We encourage each other and build each other up. It is so much better to do this in a group than to try to do this alone. I love my CR group. There are CR groups in churches all over the United States. You will be warmly welcomed and accepted if you should try going to a group. Lives have been changed in these groups.
Behold, my Servant, whom I have chosen, the One I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on Him, and He will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel nor cry out; no one will hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out, til He has brought justice through to victory. Matthew 12:19-20
I am a bruised reed and a smoldering wick. I have been damaged by many hurts in my life and when I am feeling hurt, lonely stressed or worried I eat. Please forgive me for turning to something besides You the God of all comfort. I thank you Lord that you have not broken me, destroyed me, or taken my life. As long as I am alive I will continue to persevere. Help me Jesus to overcome my cravings both mentally and physically for something besides You to fill my hunger. Help me Jesus to realize, to know beyond any shadow of a doubt that You can and You will restore me to eating wisely and sanely. I pray for my reader who is struggling today. Please help her or him to turn to You in their hour of need. Help them to know how much you love them. Help them to know that You alone can meet every need that we have in this life. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Do you ever wake up first thing in the morning with a negative thought? Do you wake up with a thought that is sure to send you into the depths of depression, fear, or some other negative emotion? Do you wake up with a thought that is planted in your mind by the devil himself?
MY FIRST THOUGHT THIS MORNING
I woke up this morning and my first thought was, “You abused your children. You ruined your children’s lives.”Thirty plus years ago I was an abusive mother. I hurt the very children I loved and I did not give them the happy, loving, nurturing childhood they deserved. My granddaughter recently asked me, “Why are you so nice to us and you beat out Mom?” I tried to explain to a twelve year old child that it was thirty years ago, that I am not the same person I was thirty years ago, that I had a chemical imbalance in my brain, and I could not control my temper. I did not know I could take medicine to make my brain work better. I told her I played games with her mom, took her to the playground, the beach, the movies and the zoo and I tried really hard to be a good mother. “And that makes it okay?” She asked me. “ No, it was not okay. It was terrible. I have told your mom many times how sorry I am. I wish I had not done that but I cannot change what I did. All I can do is try to be a nice person today.” I ould tell she did not like my answer. She was cool toward me for most of the visit. But the guilt from that question has lingered in my mind for almost a week now.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What about you? Do you ever wake up first thing in the morning with a negative thought that comes from Satan himself? It may be shame and guilt over your past. It may be fear over your future. It may be depression. It may be low self esteem. It may be some other negative emotion. It may be the trial you find yourself in today. What do you do?
WHAT WORKED FOR ME
Well, I could not call a friend to pray with me at 6:30 in the morning so I prayed for myself and asked God to help me. I am on a daily Bible reading plan so I read some Psalms- prayers to God which I said amen to. That helped. Then I googled Bible verses guilt over my past. One of the links had 100+ Bible verses about guilt over my past. Soaking myself in Scripture totally helped me. I was reminded of God’s love for me and reminded to put the past behind me and press onward.
WHAT GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD
If you have unconfessed sin, confess it to God. If you have never repented of your sin and turned to Jesus and put your faith in Him, that is the first step. When we confess our sin, He forgives us. We do not have to confess the sins of our past over and over again. He tells us to put the past behind us. He tells us not to worry about our future. He tells us to delight in Him, trust in Him, read His Word, focus on Him. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and trust in Him He will give us victory over those painful thoughts. We need to pray, to rebuke Satan and his demonic thoughts and claim the victory we have because of the power of the cross. Jesus paid for our sins. We are forgiven. He is with us. He will help us with whatever trial we are going through.
MY NEXT GOOGLE SEARCH
Next I am going to Google Bible verses about the love of God. There are so many verses about God’s love for us. God dearly, deeply, loves us. He died for us. What more can He do to prove how much He loves us?
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?… No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans8:35-39
Thank you Heavenly Father for your mercy, love and grace. You are a God of compassion. You promise to forgive us when we confess our sin to you. You promise to redeem us and adopt us into Your family when we turn from our sin and believe in Jesus. You promise to give us victory through the power of the cross. You promise to be with us always. You tell us to take every thought captive. So when we have those negative thoughts let us rebuke the devil and meditate on Bible verses about Your love. I thank you for saving me, for paying for all of my son on the cross and for Your forgiveness. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
“We are stronger together than we are apart.” Who said that? I don’t remember who said it but it is true. “United we stand, divided we fall. .” That is another old saying. What does this mean to us right now, here today?
God says marriage is like that. In Ephesians chapter six that we are supposed to submit one to another. The Bible teaches us to build up our spouse (or our family member, friend, church member) and not tear them down. Together we are to love God, love each other, and love other people.
You may not have a spouse but you have a family. You may not have a family but there is always a Bible preaching church that will welcome you. If you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection you are part of God’s family.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Christians face so much opposition in this country today but together, if we have unity, we will survive the worst storms life has to offer us. Let us face heartache, sickness, suffering, loss, trials and temptation together. Then we will survive and even thrive.
WHAT DOES GOD SAY?
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm… though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
When facing trials and temptations help us to go to You and face these things together. Help us to be united in our marriages, families, friendships and in our churches.Today let us send someone a card, call someone who is lonely, bring a bag of groceries to someone who is struggling, or invite someone over for dinner. Today let us do one nice thing to build someone up. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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I am writing a 5 minute blog for my Five Minute Friday group. Here is my five minute blog.
Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for your labor is not in vain in him. 1 Corinthians 15:58
What does it mean to be steadfast? It means to be strong in your convictions, to never give up, to be unmovable like a mountain. When someone you love dies, be steadfast and unmovable. When the diagnosis from your doctor is bad, be steadfast and unmovable. When your spouse leaves you, be steadfast and unmovable. When you lose your job, be steadfast and unmovable. When your child is suffering, be steadfast and unmovable. Whatever you are going through, determine not to give up.
Why? Because your labor is not in vain in Him. God loves you. God blesses you in so many ways. God will reward your faithfulness when we get to heaven. Do you know Jesus? Have you ever repented of your sins, believed in Him and asked Him to be your Lord and Savior? If not, please do it right here, right now.
Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for your labor is not in vain In Him. 1 Corinthians 15:58 [Also see Hebrews chapter 11.]
Dear Father, Help us to remain faithful and continue on in your work no matter what we are are going through. Thank you for the many blessings you give us. Help us to be thankful. For my reader who has never trusted in you, please let them do it today. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
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Be steadfast, be unmovable for your labor is not in vain in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:58
I googled this Bible verse and this was the first thing I found.:
Thus, a person who is steadfast and immovable is solid, firm, resolute, firmly fixed, and incapable of being diverted from a primary purpose or mission. In the scriptures we find many noteworthy examples of individuals who are steadfast and immovable.Sep 9, 2003
Read Hebrews 11 and you will see great men and women of God who were steadfast in their faith through the worst of times. We all have hurts, habits and hang ups. We all have trials and temptations. The devil works very hard to keep sinners from seeing their need for Jesus. The devil works very hard to hurt and discourage Christians and he uses people and things to draw us away from God. Fight dear sinner. Fight dear Christian. Don’t let the devil win.
Be steadfast, unmovable for your labor is not in vain in Him. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Dear Father, please help us to be steadfast and unmovable no matter what is happening in our lives. Help us to remember that our labor is not in vain. You will bless us and reward us for being faithful and not giving up when the going gets tough. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in that we are born to eternal life. Amen
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds. Can such faith save them?
People around us are hurting. They have lost someone they love. They have been given a diagnosis of a terminal disease. They are out of work. They are going through a divorce. They are homeless. They are in poverty. They are in prison. They have been put in a nursing home. They are pregnant teens. They are in bondage in human trafficking. Their child is sick. . There are unwanted children desperately hoping for someone to become foster parents, and love them, and adopt them. We are so blessed. We are healthy. Our families are healthy. We have a place to live. We have food to eat. We have our eyesight and our hearing. What can we do right now, to show the love of Jesus to someone in need?
Matthew 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”
Dear Father, help me right now, once again, to read the prayer of Saint Frances and ask myself- how can I share Your love with someone else today. Use me as an instrument of your peace. In Jesus name I pray, amen
Recently I lost a very dear friend. His name was Dan Hines. He suffered for years with cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, cancer again, Teo more times, and many other struggles. After his double lung transplant they gave him five years to live. I believe he lasted 15. He went to Bible college, he graduated, he was a Pastor of a church, he was a man of great faith and was probably the most cheerful man I have ever known. He had so many different trials and was very sick but he persevered. He never complained, never lost his faith and he was a great example the rest of us would do well to follow.
THE BIBLE SAYS…
James 1:2-4 God tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
GOD IS WORKING IN YOU AND IN ME.
God is working through your trials and my trials and your suffering and my suffering to make us godly, mature, perfect ladies and men. Sometimes I am dreaming of happy times with my daughters and my grandchildren and then I wake up and think, I am never going to see them again. But I must not focus on what I don’t have. I must focus on Jesus, the author and the finisher of my faith. I must be thankful for all the people God has given me, who love me, even if they live far away and I cannot see them. We all have something to be grateful for. We all woke up this morning. God has given us all another day of life. Today I do not have any form of cancer, leukemia, heart disease, lung issues, I do not have ms, I have not lost my eyesight or completely lost my hearing. I have a roof over my head and plenty of food to eat. God is good all the time and He has blessed us with so many blessings every days.
DRAW CLOSE TO GOD
What about you? What trials are your facing today? God is using them to make you a more mature and godly person. Draw closer to God. How do you do that? Call upon Jesus. Give Him all of your burdens and trials. Call on Him one hundred times a day if you need to. Go to a good Bible preaching church every Sunday and as often as the church doors are open. Start every morning reading your Bible. Pray before you read. Ask yourself, what is this Scripture telling me about God? What lesson, sin, command or example do I need for today? What does God want me to do right now, today, in obedience to what I have read?
HAVE YOU PERSONALLY TRUSTED IN JESUS?
Do you know Jesus personally? Have you ever repented of your sins and believed in Jesus? He died for you. His death on the cross paid for all of your sins. All you need to do is repent and believe in Jesus to become a child of God and receive eternal life.
THE BIBLE SAYS….
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes on Him shall be saved. John 3:16
For whoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
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After Mother’s Day I was feeling really blue.. My heart hurt for my adult children and my grandchildren that I have missed so much over the years. I really needed God’s help.
IT’S OKAY TO CRY
It’s okay not to be okay. I gave myself permission to feel sad, to cry, to send emails to my sisters and closest of friends and tell them how depressed I was. Even if they do not email me back I know that they love me and are praying for me.
SUNDAY: MY FAVORITE DAY
Sunday is my favorite day of the week. It is the day I gather together with my brothers and sisters in Christ to worship and bring glory to God. I am a born again redeemed Christian. Jesus paid for all of my sins on the cross. I trusted in Him and asked Him to be my Lord and Savior many years ago. My past has been forgiven.
WHY I LOVE MY BIBLE PREACHING CHURCH
When I go to church on Sunday I am with my family- the family of God. The music is beautiful, comforting, encouraging and inspiring. The preacher preaches a really great message- one of those- God is speaking directly to me kind of messages. After church I help serve beverages and refreshments. Sunday school is really great too- first we ask for prayer requests and we pray for those who are sick and or hurting. Currently we are learning about great men of the faith. We learned about Jonathan Edwards. He lived in the 1700’s, and he preached about hell, fire, and damnation. He also preached about God’s love, mercy, grace and compassion. It was a great Sunday morning.
WHAT ABOUT YOU??
What about you my friend? Going to church does not make you a Christian any more than going to a football game makes you an athlete. The Bible says if you have not been born again you will not get into heaven. We are all filled with sin, pride and selfishness. God’s punishment for sin is eternity in the lake of fire. But Jesus paid for our sins when He died on the cross. God poured out all the sins of the world on Jesus. If we repent of our sins, put our faith in Him and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior He promises to give us eternal life. God loves you so much. Won’t you come to Him today?
If we say we have no sin, we delude ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Dear Father in heaven,
Thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to be born of a virgin, live the life of a human being without sin, and die on a cross to pay for all of our sins. For those who read this and do not have a close personal relationship with you, please save them today. For those Christians who know you and love you, may they forward this email to someone they care about who might need to read this. Thank you Lord for giving me the ability to write and to share your love for each one of us. In Jesus name I pray, amen.