Whether you believe this to be true or not, words have power. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”. Meaning, our tongue can be used as a weapon of destruction or as a fountain of life. It can restore or destroy relationships, families, reputations, careers, even your own health.
I love thrift stores, antique stores and a good old junk store! I look for treasures in every dusty corner! I remember one time spotting an old chandelier in a pile of junk. I knew when I saw it that it was something special. Although it was covered in dirt, dust and scratches, we purchased it! I knew that with a good cleaning and a little work, it could be restored back to its original beauty, purpose and value.
Life is but a sinuous path requiring focused navigation and a decided destination. It is certain that there will be hills and valleys, curves and twists, blind spots and bridges, and plenty of potholes to swerve around. But what is key in all of life’s required maneuvering is the ability to remain steadfast, full of hope, and conscious of how well we are “running” the course.
Have you ever looked back on your life and thought to yourself, “Wow! How did I survive all that?” Most of us have a story to tell reflecting God’s love and mercy and so did Joseph.
Grab a mirror. No, seriously, do it. Look into that mirror. Who do you see? Who do others see? Who
does God see? There is a meme that floats around on facebook from time to time. It says something
along the lines of “nothing you do goes unseen.” Let’s think about that. Nothing you do is done
without God seeing it.
In a recent conversation, I was asked: “Does God really have a specific plan for each of us?” The answer is an absolute “Yes”!
Most of us sadly are victims of a fast-paced lifestyle. Perhaps you have chosen that lifestyle or maybe you just acquired it through marriage, or whatever your circumstance may be. So, what happens when our get up and go lifestyle just can’t get up and go anymore? What happens to our mind, bodies, and spirit when we are not pedal to the metal all day, every day?
For the longest time, I would believe that things in my life were so hard because of a drink or drug. I thought that was the only thing that was causing my life to be terrible. One thing I have learned in sobriety- take away the drink and drug, And life still is hard!
We all enjoy talking about the joys of our lives. Whether that is welcoming a new child into our family or celebrating a big breakthrough. You are full of excitement, joy, and anxious to spread the good news. But, why do we hesitate to spread the news of our troubles and disappointments? Fear of rejection? Fear of displaying our weakness?
Daniel 3:18 “But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
Didn’t get that promotion you wanted? Did not receive the news you wanted to receive at your last doctor’s visit? This passage from Daniel reminds me of so many things and times something “did not” go my way, or the way I thought it should have gone. Although it is not always easy to understand “why not” or “did not.” But one thing is that God is still good.