Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Use What Your Daddy Gave You

dadHappy 85th Birthday Dad!  Thank you Sharon Jaynes and Girlfriends in God for today’s message…

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him ~ 2 Peter 3:14

Did you know that you’ve got what it takes to do all that God has prepared for you to do? The Bible says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Pet. 1:3, emphasis added).

But that doesn’t mean we get to sit back on our haunches and do nothing. Peter wrote: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness . . .” (2 Pet. 1:5).

“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election” (1:10).

“So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (2 Peter 3:14)

Theologian Mark Buchanan said it well: “Those who do not make every effort are like the blind man whose sight is restored, but who never adjusts to that. He remains in his old ways, tapping his cane on the sidewalk, rattling his cup at the curb, reading by Braille, groping and shuffling, turning light into darkness, day into night.”

You have everything you need. You’ve got what it takes to do all that God has called you to do and to be. So now, make every effort to do so—to take advantage of who you are, what you have, and where you are in Christ.

Don’t waste time comparing yourself to anyone else. Sharpen your skills. Practice your trade. Exercise your gifts. Grab hold of the truth and be on your way.

God had given Moses everything he needed for the task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt.

· He orchestrated the Pharaoh’s daughter to walk by the Nile at the precise moment baby Moses cried out from the floating basket.

· He choreographed Miriam to witness the love-struck princess’ rescue.

· He made sure that Moses was raised in the Pharaoh’s household, learned the Egyptian culture, and mastered the Egyptian language.

This was the Holy Ghost prep school, and Moses was pre-enrolled before he was even born. But when he failed and bailed in Egypt, Moses left bits and pieces of his confidence strewn along the path as he fled into the desert. By the time he reached Midian, it was all gone. And he gave up.

Oh, friend, the devil would like nothing more than to steal your confidence so that you won’t make every effort. Jesus reminds us, “The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10). There is no more perfect time for him to make his move than in a season of failure.

So remember, His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Pet. 1:3, emphasis added). So now, it’s up to you to make every effort to use what your Daddy gave you!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

I’d Be Happy If…

I’d be Happy if….”  Have you every said or even thought these words?  Have you started a sentence with “when I am…., I will be happy”?  I have to be honest and say YES!  As I struggled with losing weight, my favorite line was “I’ll be happy when I reach goal weight”.  When I sometimes struggle with my business, I say “I’ll be happy to make my minimum goal”.  OH NO!!!

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Let me tell you that this is just the opening that Satan is looking for.  The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly (John 10:10, NASB).  It is those words that draw us deeper and deeper into his deceitful trap of unhappiness, doubt, and fear.

I’d be happy if…  takes our focus off all of the blessings that we already have and those that God wants to give us if we just open the door to trust in him.  So, today let’s list what we are thankful for this week.  I will start…

I am thankful this week for:

  • A relationship with God that gives me comfort when I struggle
  • A loving husband who supports me no matter what
  • A loving family who accepts me for who I am along with all of my faults
  • Feeling a little bit better and learning how to manage my IBS
  • Not re-injurying my back during the mini storm last Monday
  • A business that allows me the flexibility to make my own schedule
  • A supportive network (ETTM) of fellow solo-preneurs and network marketers
  • A full March calendar that allows me to share Thirty One with friends and family
  • Only nudging the scale up (1 lb) a little this week.  Yes, I would love a loss but as I change my eating habits there will be some changes in my weight.  Building a bridge and getting over it!
  • Receiving an unexpected refund check when the checkbook was getting a little low

I could go on and on because I am BLESSED by in so many ways.  When doubt and fear start to creep or Negative Nellie or Doubtful Debbie try to pay a visit – I take a gratitude walk.  I STOP and start listing all of the things that I am grateful at that MOMENT – no matter how large or small.  For me, that closes the door on the negative thoughts and helps me to focus on the positive things in my life.

What is your “I’d be happy if” statement?  Let’s change it from a negative to a positive…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!