God is offering us all the spiritual nourishment we could ever need or want to overcome the cares of this life…
Will you grab onto it or stay in your pit of despair and ignore what He is offering you?
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!
—1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24 MSG
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
—2 Corinthians 9:8 MSG
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
Worthy Thought: You can see the character of a person the same way you look at a tree.
Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
Many refuges may be easier to go to, but they won’t bring lasting peace, protection, or comfort.
What they bring you is immediate but only temporary gratification and satisfaction while also keeping you in lasting bondage.
Counterfeits Can’t Comfort.
When you need to retreat and find shelter from the storms of life make sure you are taking refuge in God.
He is the only worthwhile satisfying and complete refuge that can help.
~ XXOO Michelle
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
WORTHY THOUGHT: If you have wisdom you have a future.
Wisdom is a gift from God.
James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God blesses us with wisdom in order for us to glorify Him and use the knowledge we have of Him.
“A wise man has great power,
and a man of knowledge increases strength;”
-Proverbs 24:5 (NIV)
“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
WORTHY THOUGHT: Jesus came to live and walk the ways of this earth to show us how to live.
Jesus has shown us as an example that God’s Word is life-oriented not information oriented.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” -Deuteronomy 6:4-8
We as parents need to be reminded it is not enough to tell our children how to act; we must show them just like Jesus has shown us.