© by Joyce C. Lock
When we're not right with ourselves, we're not right with the
world, and we're not right with our God. It happens to the best of us,
brings out the worst in us, and effects the rest of us.
No one can help us until we're ready to help ourselves. Often the least thing has become insurmountable. If we knew how to make it right, surely most would.
Since the beginning of time, people have prayed prayers for help and guidance that appear to go unheard. God has a better plan than taking us around a problem. It is to our advantage, working a far greater glory, when He takes us through.
Bloom where you are planted, do what you know to do, take the step provided. Then, He'll show you the next and the next.
One day you'll look back to discover God was growing a most beautiful flower for His garden and that flower was you; sure, steady, faithful, and strong.
Don't think it strange when God chooses you for a time of growth (1 Pe.4:17). He wants to love you in ways you've never dreamed. In all things we are more than conquerors, when we go through it with Him that loved us (Ro.8:37).
There's No Place Like It
There's no place like forgiveness,
down deep within your heart.
There's no place like cleanliness,
where sin first got it's start.
There's no place like some laughter,
where sadness once contained.
There's no place like having joy,
where contentment remains.
There's no place like fulfillment,
where emptiness once lived.
There's no place like in living,
once you've learned how to give.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.