We know that God loves us. He wants us to live the best life we can. He created us. He knew that every day we would fall short. Through His Grace, we enjoy a spoiled life of unconditional love. Does God expect us to be perfect? No. He does expect us to be new in Him. But this isn’t a new that is only on the outside. Going to church. Volunteering that one time and putting it on social media. He wants us to, inside and out, be new. If you still have the same thoughts as before…. Did you really give your life to Him. God wants us to have a new mind. He wants us to think differently. I find myself mentally sinking into a self made quick sand and I suddenly realize, this isn’t what God wants for me. He wants me to soar for Him. He wants me to achieve so much. He gave me a heart of determination and I am to use it for HIM!!! I have hope that God will keep working on me and through me. Many came before me and lost their lives because of their love of Jesus. God chose for me not to have to live that way. God allows me to live in an environment that has the rights to seek Him freely. So I must find, deep within my soul, every day, His love. I must surround myself with challenges to seek Him more. Challenge me, Lord. To love You greater and bigger than yesterday. Prune any branch that does not have Your goodness in mind. Give me a confidence to do what I need to do.
Ephesians 4 23
I read something the other day that resounded with me. It said it does not matter how we perceive ourselves if other people perceive us differently.
Again, a balance is needed to understand that. It’s not that we should care what others think more than what we think of ourselves but if you notice a pattern of how people perceive you, there may be something to it. You may be missing something you are doing that you don’t notice.
That’s OK to admit. It’s human nature. And if you don’t admit it, you’ll live in insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and over and over expecting different results.
Accept constructive criticism as a way to build a better you. Accept that you aren’t perfect. Accept that your intentions may be good but your ability to get that out sucks. And that’s OK. If we were all perfect life would be boring. Sometimes I suck, but I improve. And I’m happy with that!! 🙂
A supervisor once told me “don’t wait until you’re 20 years in to realize what you should have done 20 years ago.”
Social work can take a lot out of you. Matter of fact, it can take everything you have. Approximately 30-45% of child welfare staff leaves within two years (scribd.com). It will do the same to you too, if you aren’t aware and prepared.
Social work isn’t the only job like this, of course. Some others are law enforcement, nursing, and pastoral staff just to name a few.
Helping people is exhausting. It isn’t numbers. It’s people’s lives. It isn’t the same day in, day out. It’s different every time you get to work. It doesn’t end when you leave work. The big man wants more of you than you can ever give. Nothing is ever good enough. Someone, somewhere, needs your assistance.
Take a step back. It’s OK. You need not feel guilty. You actually help your cause when you take a break every once in a while. Let go of the guilt and let go of the day. Don’t plan much. Just be. Be you. Do you remember who you are? If not, find you.
I take a day off here and there. No big plans; just to have a day. A lot of times I spend it with my kiddos. Some days I send them off to school and I may not get out of bed. Or I may reorganize my closet. Or I may go grocery shopping and actually get to think about meal planning while I do it.
The key is to not feel bad about needing a day. Self-care. Care for yourself. Who else is responsible for getting that one job done? No one else but you. Take responsibility and DO IT!!!!!!! I’ve got my day scheduled for July. Do you?
God tells us several times that we are to seek wisdom from elders. Why is it that important?
If it takes a lifetime to figure out how to do something, it only makes sense to share what you know when you are working on heading out the preverbial door of death.
As a young gal, my job is to speak with those that have lived life longer than me so. I can learn from THEIR mistakes. They won’t follow the exact path that I do but we are all human and have human feelings, emotions and choices. Often, they cross paths.
This doesn’t just mean seeking wisdom in someone older. This could mean seeking wisdom from someone with life experiences similar to you. Don’t ignore someone’s wisdom because you think you are better than them or because they aren’t three times your age. God gives us ALL TYPES of people to use for our good. If you choose not to embrace the wisdom, you are more ignorant than you think.
So find you someone l and soak them up like a piece of toast to a runny egg.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Lord, I’m coming to you. I’m calling you in the dead of night. Calm my heart. Be still, my soul. Let me find rest in You.
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees. 49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. 51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. 52 I remember, LORD, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.
Let me be who I need to be, how I need to be and where I need to be.
The beauty of the Bible is that it is a historical book that is still absolutely true to its word today. How helpful is it that we have such a tool?
Sometimes we joke about wishing there was a manual to life. THERE IS!!!
I struggle. A lot. But I always find peace in my Bible.
The Bible is not supposed to be a fire and brimstone, scare you into behaving, means. The Bible warns us that if we don’t follow God’s Word, we will be unhappy. The Bible WANTS us to be the happiest we can be. We serve our Lord best when we are happiest.
I used to not understand. But I just pray and research the best I can. I find so much help in other people explaining what I can’t grasp.
I am at my most peaceful state in the Word. I am completely loved. My God felt I was special enough to put average sinful people on this Earth to write all the books for MY good so that I can try to do the best I can.
Thank you, God. Amen.
Why yes, yes I am.
I will shout from every peak and every valley. I. Love. Jesus.
I can’t be hushed. I can’t be “normal” in the eyes of this world. Even going to church once a week isn’t me. Only praying at meals isn’t me.
I speak to my God all day every day. I worship in the car, in my house, in my mind and in my heart. I’m learning a balance of life. I’m learning that people don’t understand me and that’s OK. I’m not on this earth for someone to understand.
I’m on this earth to serve my God. He put this crazy hippy body on this Earth to show God’s love to those who don’t know it; even in the smallest of ways.
For me to know God and not share it would be selfish. It’s our duty as Christians to love this unlovable world and to remind it that LOVE RULES ALL.