I have learned a few lessons in my life. Some, I have had to learn more than a few times. Sad, I know, but true.
I say to my kids all the time, "we listen the very first time". Sometimes God uses my own words to remind me of what He says. I know...you think at my age, I would get this stuff THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!
So, here are a few things I have learned in the last week (and over and over again):
*I've learned through happenings over the last few years, that I can stand and trust only in God. Everything and everyone else is imperfect, myself included.
*God is always there...my husband has to work and my friends, well they have other things to do.
*My prayer and study time directly affects how I view the happenings of the day and my life.
*Speaking the positives and praying about my negative thoughts makes me and my family and those around me much happier.
In Philippians chapter 4, Paul (one of my fav's) tells us to stand firm with the people of God. Uphold each other. Don't worry. Pray. And focus. Read and hear what God may say to you...I used The Message translation so that instead of hearing familiar, you hear, well, the words:
"4-5Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
6-7Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies." Philippians 4-9, The Message