Here’s the topic:
How is God challenging you to keep faith fresh?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8 NIV
The everyday is difficult. Chaos reigns. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. It doesn’t make sense. Life is hard for everyone. It is easy to complain about all that isn’t.
I was heading into the hard, dark winter months when I read about a book called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I’ve blogged about her book before and have given it rave reviews. The truth is that book helped change my perspective. I’m not perfect, never was, but this book caused me to look to the One that is…and always has been perfect. I believe God used the words of this humble woman, to draw me back to Himself.
How can I be thankful in the everyday? How can I look at moments in life and appreciate them for what they are? Not needing the excitement of the world, but the calm assurance that I already have all I will ever need, in Him.
I have been on a journey of “eucharisteo” for the past six months. A journey that has encouraged me to look at each day with my eyes wide open, in order to see all the things that God has blessed me with. It has given me a vision for the things that are true, pure, lovely and admirable, and through that, it has given me a clearer vision of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Don’t get me wrong, focusing on the good is not easy. I wish it was. I struggle on some days more than others. Why is it easier to keep a mental list of the day’s problems and complaints than it is to choose to focus on the times that give us a glimpse of what Heaven will be like?
In the meantime, I journey on. I thank God for all that is good. All the moments that matter. All the things that He has so richly blessed me with. With each of the “thank you’s” I draw closer to Him.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV
- A Life Full of Laughter: At The Altar (weddingbee.com)
- What’s On your Mind? (ghpeterson.wordpress.com)
- Breaking Free From Worry And Anxiety by Knowing Jesus (gospelbondservant.com)
- Moonwalking with Jesus (unqualifiedreflecting.wordpress.com)
- Hiking The Canyon (gibsongirl247.wordpress.com)
- A Slice Of Humble Pie (yahwehssong.com)
- 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp (Review of sorts) (thewritelife2.wordpress.com)
- Praise The LORD! (gibsongirl247.wordpress.com)
- Unwrapping God’s Love (thewritelife2.wordpress.com)
Thanks for this reminder to take a better inventory of my thoughts and what I allow myself to dwell on. So good and so true! God bless you!