You can judge the offender with your righteous indignation and retaliate, or judge what may be needed in the offender’s life with the Holy Spirit and…Go for the Latter
There is great power in getting quiet before the Lord and visualizing yourself handing over ever trouble, worry, and difficulty.
We are not designed to carry them…He is!
So let Him take a load off. Unload all that baggage today!
—XXOO Michelle Bollom
Cease striving and know that I am God.~ Psalm 46:10
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.
—Galatians 6:7 MSG
~ XXOO Michelle
Worthy Thought: Let God Lead!
Worthy Thought: Use your time more wisely.
You can genuinely enjoy life and have a full schedule.
But sometimes, we tend to overcommit our capacity.
Then our busy life turns into many hours of blur.
We need to focus our attention on the present moments of the here and now.
Look up to Jesus and know the gift of life is in the present.
Hold on to Him dearly.
Jesus is always present, the same yesterday, today and forever.
Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.
(Life Application Bible)
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
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.”
Holy Bible (NIV)
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill
Where you take refuge matters.
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]!”
-Psalm 91:1-2 AMP
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.”
-Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)
~ Angela Lipe-Patengill
Worthy Thought: Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
~A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Image is Angela Lipe-Pattengill with Sounds Of Love
In preparation this week for a bit of R&R and travel – today’s Worthy Thought is a great Worthy Quote.