Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Traits to be Coveted

I recently had a little accident where someone opened his door on my car and made a little mess. Dents and nicks everywhere. I was a little anxious because you hear horror stories of men being verbally abusive expecially when they're wrong and especially if it's a woman driver. This was not the case. He accepted responsibility, promised to take care of the charges and went the next day to make payments to the straightener. At the time I simply said thank you and went on my way.

The more I think about it the more I believe he deserved more. In an age where it is easier to be dishonest and as we say here 'wrong and strong', he showed integrity and responsibility; traits we seldom get; even from the people elected to serve us and govern. It is nice to know that they still exist. We must follow suit and also seek those who make honesty a part of their lives and affirm them.What they practise is a rare find indeed.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Meditate:

Proverbs 22:1

Why not take a few minutes to read:

Psalm 1

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Mud Pit


I spent the week away from my writing, even away from my bible and communion with God. I was wallowing. Lately I've been feeling a little lost and not in control of my activities. I find myself more often than not doing things I don't want to do and while I know I have to do them now I feel the burden of them strongly. So I wallowed and complained to God and forgot to be thankful in everything, and forgot that all things work together for good.

We all have those kind of days. We all find ourselves in the mud pit. The key though, is to recognise it early and get out. Remaining there robs us of the joy that God has given and the peace that surpasses all understanding. Staying there turns us into inhabitants of the pit and therefore strangers to God. It took me an entire week to get out. To tell you the truth, I wanted to wallow a little bit, because I felt that God was taking too long to make some changes happen. But that isn't healthy especially when you have someone smaller looking at you as the example. So I came out. I am still trying to get the mud off and centre myself once more.

That pit of despair can off set us at any time. The enemy of souls will use any opportunity to turn us around. Be sober and vigilant. Keep your eyes on the hope of your salvation and let your prayer ever be "Lord keep me faithful" Amen.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Meditate:

1Peter 5:6-11

Why not take a few minutes to read:

Psalm 121

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Blessings to you!

May the blessings of the Lord greet you today. Seek for Him; search for Him and you will find Him. Let Him teach you great and wonderous things that you never knew.
Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Monday, April 12, 2010

Arrest the Threat of Atrophy!


The lesson this morning talked about atrophy; a wasting of the muscles and other organs of the body because of lack of use. But isn't it so that it does not only refer to the body but to anything; gifts, talents, relationships that we neglect?
I am reminded of the unfaithful servant who hid his one talent in the ground and made excuses when asked to account for it because he did not want to use it and so, ended up losing it. (Matthew 25:14-30) How many talents and abilities has God given to us? What are we doing with it. I can answer for myself. It is up to you now to do a little self inventory and see what you have to bring to the table and just what you do bring. The simplest, seemingly unimportant of talents can be used to minister to a soul in need whether it is the ability to smile or just listen.

Maybe you're looking for a job and haven't been having any luck. Search history. It will teach you that some of the world's billionaires started with just a commonplace ability. They used their ability to knit to start a clothing business. They used their ability to grow things, the  fruits in their orchard to start a bottled or packaged food chain or a juice company. They used their ability to tinker to start a car manufacturing industry or to build the first aircraft and the list goes on.What gold mine have you been sitting on? God does not leave his creation without some ability. Some have one some have many. It's not the quantity but how it is managed.
Your relationships are also gold mines that if managed and nurtured can bring you much joy and fulfillment. The fulfillment and happiness comes in the love and commitment that you pour out to those that you love without seeking a reward or even reciprocation. Love does not keep score.
Go ahead. Take that inventory. See what you've been sitting on. Today is the best day to start. If you already know and haven't been tending them and helping them to grow, it's not too late to arrest the threat of atrophy.

Be blessed
Greta Michelle



Meditate:
Luke 12:48
...For unto whomsoever much is given, of him
shall be much required: and to whom men have
committed much, of him they will ask the more,

Why not take a few minutes to read:

Matthew 25


Reflect:

On what you have been given and not using. What are you going to do about it?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Thank God It's Friday!

Morning Glory

It's Friday! It's time to take stock of the weekly activites and see where you are and what you've accomplished; the mistakes you've made and the ones you didn't. Most of all I believe Friday is a day of thanksgiving. We should give thanks everyday but there is something about Friday that makes me feel extra thankful.

Maybe it's the fact that I and my family and those close to me, made it safely through the week. No accidents and very few incidents. Maybe it's the fact that I don't have to face a work day the next day or maybe it's because I know that at sunset on Friday the Lord's Sabbath starts."O day of rest and gladness" I look back at the week and see where God has brought me from and I am glad. I see the mistakes, I see the pitfalls, but I don't dwell on them because I see where God has brought me from and I am thankful.
We spend so much time concentrating our attention on the negatives- and believe me I know- that we lose sight of all the blessed positives.

Why not spend this Friday dwelling on where God has brought you from. I believe the saying "Thank God it's Friday" will take on a whole new meaning.
Make this Friday a day of thanksgiving.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle


Meditate:

Psalm 103
...Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits...

Do take a few minutes to read:

Psalm 103


Reflect:

What has God done for you lately? Yes I want you to make a list and check it twice.
I don't bet but if I did I would bet you you run out of room on the paper and have a really big Alleluia moment.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I Have Been Promised


When it seems as if the many activities and commitments are threatening to overwhelm you as they are threatening to do to me now you do not need to go under. The wonderful thing about God's word is that there is a promise for every situation that besets us.

Today I claim for myself Philippians 4:13 because God has promised that through Christ I can do all things. So in the midst of the many deadlines and demands on my time I can be calm because I believe that I can meet them all. I can claim Isaiah 43:2 for the Lord has promised that I will not be overwhelmed by the waters nor the fire. Isaiah 50:7 for I know the Lord will help me.

Why not take some time and get to know God through His word and see a wonderful world unfold before you. A world that unlike our present circumstance promises peace and prosperity, love and eternity.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Reflect:
The verses I have listed above are but a drop in the bucket. There are over a thousand promises that we can claim in the bible.
I urge you to take the time to discover these words of life.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Value

Abandoned,
 12x24, oils

Your value is not determined by what people say about you nor is it determined by the amount of money you make or where you live. It is and has been determined by  the fact that one Man shed His blood for you. He chose to value you with His life. And you are so important, that even if you were the only person who had slipped up; who had sinned, that cost would have still been paid for you.

 If so then you- we all should treat ourselves and place a value on ourselves that shows the world that we are precious; we are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
The next time you think about allowing someone to tell you who and what you are, and what you are worth. The next time you try to depreciate yourself, remember your value.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Meditate:
Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Why not take a few minutes to read:

Psalm 139

Reflect:

How have you been viewing yourself?
What scale have you been weighing yourself on?
Isn't it time you saw yourself through new eyes?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Things We Take for Granted

Elena Kourenkova




Went off for the weekend. There was no internet-There was dial-up which would have robbed the house of phone communication and in a house where that is vital, it was impossible to use the internet, so there was no internet. I missed it. I missed being able to communicate with cyber people (Is that a term?) since I generally spend very little time talking to the ones I can see. I missed my blog time. It has become so much a part of my morning devotional time  with God that I felt that something was missing.

This got me thinking of all the things I take for granted as being there; as being a permanent fixture in my life. I thought about all the tomorrows I thought I had when I said "Well I'll deal with that tomorrow." This further reminded me of the saying: "You never miss the water, till the well runs dry" and led to the question how many wells have I let run dry? We take for granted that our families will always be there that we will always be able to spend time with our kids. So we do our own thing and practically ignore their needs and sing for them a refrain that has become all too familiar  and all too hated: " Not now dear, mommy/ daddy is busy" We do the same with our spouses and then wonder why they want to leave or, missed entirely, the fact that they have already left, it's just the shell that lives in the house.
And of course, we do that with God. We weigh committing to God against our 'more important' committments and activities and God is found wanting. So He is shelved for a time when we have time; when we are not so busy and sometimes that time never comes.

The reality is we do not have tomorrow. We have today. We have this moment. We have the well right in front of us. Drink deeply. Tomorrow might meet that wellspring dry or tainted or belonging to someone else. Take advantage of the time you have now to meet with God, get to know Him who to know is life eternal (John 17:3) Spend time with your kids. Get to know them. If they have moved from toddler/ child stage to pubescent/ adolescent stage then you need to get to know them all over again. Don't miss that opportunity. It will be gone before you blink and the person you conceived will be the stranger you pay college fees for. Spend time with you spouse. There had to have been a reason you married him/her. There had to have been love there. Take time to fan the flames and keep them hot and spicy or warm and welcoming. If you let the embers grow cold, blow your warm breath over it. It will rekindle. All it needs is effort on your part. Make it. It is worth it.
Taking the time to do the really important things today is worthwhile. Tomorrow is not promised. All we have is today.

Be blessed.
GretaMichelle

Meditate:
IICorinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,
 and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee:
behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is
the day of salvation.)

Why not take a few minutes to read:

Hosea 10

Reflect:

Has the potential for a relationship with God been allowed to stagnate?
What have you allowed to die because of too many "I'll do it tomorrow"? 
What can you revive that's worth reviving?

Friday, April 2, 2010

the Power of Grace


The thief on the cross presesnts a dynamic illustration of grace in action. There is Jesus, beaten, bruised, pained by the nails piercing his hands and feet and the thorns still pressing into his brow. Death is slow but not far away that He cannot sense it's icy fingers creeping up. He is weighed down by the oppressing force of mankinds sin; a sin that pushes him further and further away from His Father.  It's a separation that He has not known and cannot bear especially in the last agonising moments of His life. The darkness that surrounds Him causes Him to cry out for His Father. But His presence is not felt. The acrid taunting, ugliness of sin is too thick; too blatant.

Then a voice to His right cries out to Him. It too in pain. It too, close to death; a death that has been earned. "Lord, remember me when you shall come into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42) It's a request that in the face of glory recognises its depravity and the nothingness of its life. It knows that it has nothing to recommend it yet, it still cries out; not boldly; timidly; desperate not to let the moment go. Unsure of the answer, but knowing that it must, its only strength-faith.

Jesus lifts His bloodied head. His strength is renewed for a moment for virtue is reaching out a hand to one in need of a lifeline. He then utters unhesitatingly, words that of all that the thief ever heard would hold, to him, the greatest value. "I tell you this today you shall be with me in paradise." That thief died knowing that even though his life had been one of emptiness and wickedness. Even though he was dying a death of shame because of the wrong path he had ventured and enjoyed for most of his life, today he was renewed and forgiven. God had forgiven him. Grace reached out and cast a lifeline even in death.
That's the power of grace.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Meditate:

John 3:16
For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten son,
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Why not take a few minutes to read:

Luke 23,24


Reflect:

 On what Christ did for you, so that you would not have to.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Grace is Life

I hope you missed me yesterday. It was a long and hard day that started at 3:45 am and ended who knows when. But I missed you.
I was studying my bible lesson this morning and and interesting point was brought out. It said that when we love God that He gives us the Holy Spirit and a heart that has a deep sense of gratitude. However, that should not be the end of it. Loving God involves our whole being. It sparked some thought as to the way I love God. Yes I strive to obey Him and spend time in prayer and bible study (more of that can be done) but there are some areas that I have neglected and feel that right now I am definitely living on grace.

I have been a poor steward of my health. I go to sleep very late to get up very early or I eventually zone out on the couch and have to awakened to go to bed. My eating pattern is in chaos and I find myself  having to buy something to eat a lot, (bagging out lunches for everyone else and running out of time to do mine), that has been prepared with pack seasonings that contain untold horrors, instead of fresh herbs. I have very limited free time so exercise seems to be out of the question. I was walking with my mom, now I hardly have time for that. I eke out time to spend with my family; just barely. I am going and going and doing and doing but not putting in anything that will keep me healthy; both  mentally and physically.

As you read this feel free to identify with the parts that sound like you. All of us are guilty of neglecting our health and well-being. We focus on it when it slaps us in the face by failing on us- whether in the form of some serious physical malaise or some mental melt-down. Eventually, we all will have to face the reality of old age or some hereditary illness. It is absolutely not necessary to help them along with our poor habits.
What does these poor habits include in addition to what was mentioned? Yes procrastination too.

Loving God with our whole being involves taking care of our body and mind and setting a good example so others will see how it's done. How do our children and loved ones see us taking care of ourselves? God visits us with grace in the form of life every day. A lot of us now, if we were to do an examination of our internal organs would realise that we are indeed walking on grace, breathing on grace because there is no logical reason why we're alive, the way they are broken down.
I asked God today to help me make better choices for my health. What about you?
Be in health and prosper.

Be blessed
GretaMichelle

Read and meditate 3John.