YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR

All of your days may not be filled with sunshine; all of my days aren’t either. Yet, we all have something to be thankful to God for. We woke up this morning. We are alive. Many of us have good health. That, alone, is something to be thankful for. Yes, we may be going through a storm in our life right now. Yes, we may be a little weary. But if God woke us up this morning and we are still breathing, that tells us that God is done with us yet. He is with us in the midst of what we may be going through right now. He is working in the midst of the storm on our behalf. We must all have faith in that. Be Blessed.

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A VIRTUOUS WOMAN – SHE IS HUMBLE

Many people today want to be at the top of their game. They want to have both the answers and the plan. They want to have everything it takes to get the job done. Many times they will even ignore the instruction or counsel of others to do it. They think they can do it themselves. They are driven by pride, selfish ambitions and jealousy. All of this is because they don’t want others to see their insecurities. They are afraid of failing. They are afraid of appearing weak and vulnerable. They are afraid that others will think less of them if they are not able to make their own decisions or clear their own path in life. They want to be a one-person show, giving no thought to others around them, and no room for anyone to offer them direction.

Unfortunately, many women fall under this same category. But God did not make women to stand alone, nor did He make them to pull the weight of the entire world. Christianity cannot be lived alone, and Christians are called to work together toward the common goal of strengthening the believers and leading the lost to Christ. This takes not only patience, but unity, faith and incredible humility.

Humility is the virtue that allows a believer to admit that they cannot do it alone. They cannot always see where God is leading them. They do not always make the best decisions, and even make foolish ones from time to time. They cannot always withstand temptation alone. They cannot always fight off attacks from the enemy alone. They can be weak. They can be given to crazy thoughts and even crazier actions. This is normal. It’s called humanity. And admitting one’s humanity requires humility. But amazingly, because of their humility, God can still use them despite their humanity.

God loves to live and move through a humble believer. It is in their weaknesses that His strength and power are magnified. If someone is arrogant and prideful, they assume the position of guide, counselor, even savior in their life. This kind of mindset denies God and His authority in a Christian’s life. But God stated in His Word that He resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6, NKJV)

Every Christian woman can receive favor from the Father, grace enough to compensate for her faults and shortcomings. The key is a heart of humility. (Amy Miller, A Virtuous Woman Is Humble)

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LETTING MY LIGHT SHINE

I normally don’t keep a lot of company and to certain extent, I think that is a good thing. However, I had a friend to stop by this weekend just to talk about some things on a spiritual level. When it comes to God, I am all for the conversation regardless of who it may be. I don’t know what kind of storm another individual may be in the midst of. God moves differently in people’s lives. They may be a sinner but who am I to judge because I am not perfect. Talking about God is free to all no matter who you are, what you are going through or have been through or what others may think of you.

With that being said, the young lady that stopped by my home was filled with God’s spirit. We recalled a situation as to where she was in predicament that involved another lady always asking for her help and pretty much, using her for everything. I spoke up and said, “That is why I detach myself from a lot of people. “ My friend kindly looked at me and said, “Stacy, I don’t worry about detaching myself from people. God has placed it in my heart to help people regardless and to be there for them regardless. He made my heart strong like that. So I don’t worry about avoiding or detaching myself from people. My light shines for all and if it is too bright for some and they choose to hide from it, then so be it. But My God has designed me to help and be a light for others in spite of.”

After she spoke those words, a warm smile came over my face and I felt it in my heart. I couldn’t argue with that. She had just demonstrated a character of God. We, as humans, can be so greedy in this life. Some of us are even greedy with our prayers. But God is so patient and loving towards us. Time and time again, we mess up but He never leaves us. We, at times, may leave Him but He never leaves us. After my friend left, I had stood corrected. I had voiced so much about avoiding others in love and simply gained more insight on feeling that way.

In conclusion, many of us are gifted with the light that shines brightly within us. This light helps and encourages others. This light causes us to have a strong heart – one that can endure a lot. This light shines so steadfast in the character of God until one can withstand anything. Some people are simply gifted like that. I made a vow this weekend to do my best in letting “my little light shine.” I desire to possess a strong heart. I desire to get as close to that as I can possibly get. I know that others have the motive of using me but I want my little light to shine in such a way that their motives will be blinded by my goodness. I felt that God was speaking to me through my friend.

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