There was this boy who went to school every day. When he arrived he would start with watering the plants, bringing the teachers a cup of coffee or tea, he would clean the yard and throw out the garbage. He would clean out the dishwasher and refill the copy machine when it ran out of paper. At the end of the schoolyear he didn’t pass to the next grade…. Why not? He always attended school and he did good things, right? Yes he did, but it wasn’t his job to do these things. It wasn’t the reason he had to go to school.
My fiance and I have been going through John together, and when I read the story of Lazarus I couldn’t move past the final phrase of the story: “take off the grave clothes and let him go.” I’ve read this story what seems to be a thousand times – but how in the world have I always overlooked this incredible statement from my Lord?!
Maybe you read my previous blog where I shared a personal testimony about the importance of praising the Lord. Circumstances can be hard and we don’t always feel like praising the Lord, but when we choose to praise Him anyway, it will lift us up. That’s the same with giving thanks.
Can you think of a moment in your day, week or life in which you felt content? What was it like? What were the circumstances?
Some people always seem full of passion and fire for God. Their enthusiasm can fill up a room, when they talk about God the room lightens up. People who are always abundant in praising, loud in singing and convincing in their believe. I remember a quote which says “Let me burn like a flame untamed”. A beautiful statement, isn’t that something to aim for? A fire that can’t be stopped, a constant enthusiasm and a burning passion for Jesus everyday of our lives.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a famous quote meaning that the perception of beauty is subjective. God, being our Creator, is our ultimate beholder. Have you ever wondered what His eyes see when He looks at you? Does HE find you beautiful? What is His definition of beauty? He is calling us to arise and to show this beauty given to us!
Have you ever experienced God’s loving correction? I have… and I sensed He was lovingly smiling when He did. In my walk with the Lord I have noticed that God can sometimes correct us in a very subtle way – not rigidly or severe, but full of love He proves that His thoughts are definitely different than ours. The incident with the magnolia was such a moment in which He let me know that I can never fit Him in my religious pattern of thought! His thoughts are not my thoughts.
Life is fast paced. With social media, fast food, fast speed internet, and constant pressures to look and be a certain way, it seems like we are always trying to accomplish 100 things at once.
Miss Proverbs 31 has it all together. She’s living her best life, she’s super domestic, even has her own business going, and she’s succeeding and thriving in all she does. Her character is on point and she knows fully who she is. “She is clothed in strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future”. I’ve envied her in seasons when I have felt far from being like her. If we’re honest, Miss Proverbs 31 can be intimidating… maybe even cause us to feel a bit bad about ourselves, like we don’t measure up. But even this Proverbs 31 gal had to make choices to step into the women God made her to be. How do we become women like this, who look forward into the unknown and have joy that overflows into laughter?
‘When you pass through the waters I’ll be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you; when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2 NIV)