We really enjoyed our time together at the annual Ornament Swap! 2020 has been a rough year, but Jesus still sits on His throne! And today we celebrated our Savior! There was fun, encouragement, laughter, and even a few tears. And boy, oh boy, were there beautiful ornaments all up for grabs! Thank you, ladies, for joining us. We hope you left today with joy in your heart and were encouraged in your faith. Now go share those special invitations with someone who needs to hear the real reason for the season!
Disappointments come at us in all kinds of ways. It can be being skipped over for a promotion, not getting those pair of shoes because they did not have them in your size, a friend lets you down, parent skips out, someone at work makes fun or even bullies, a forgotten birthday or anniversary. The blanks could be filled in with any number of things. Disappointments hurt, bruise, even leave scars.
Scripture tells us that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him. Notice the word ALL. That means everything! He can take it and use it in our lives to grow us. That may not be our first reaction. Ever thought about Joseph and what might have been going through his mind? His brothers threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, and told their father he was dead. Scripture doesn’t tell us what might have crossed his mind and how he felt. Did he immediately remember the dreams God had given him? Did he trust in what God had shown him? He went on to be lied about, betrayed, and thrown in prison. But in each case God was with Him and brought Joseph to exactly where He had designed.
We as His children are held in His hands, and He longs for us to lean on Him and allow Him to work. Sometimes we get knocked off center for just a little while, but then we come back to our refuge, healer, strength, Redeemer and LORD. God is always with us…always!
Navigating relationships can be one of the most challenging things we do. But in building authentic relationships we lay aside brave faces and allow someone to see the real us. The following is from a devotion I kept and I go back and look at periodically. It really does speak volumes and thought you would enjoy the treasures within.
“When we allow our busy schedules, weary spirits, or the fear of being hurt to prevent us from pursuing authentic relationships, we create a tremendous void in our lives. Not only do we neglect our own God given need to be in community, but we forfeit opportunities to extend God’s love to others. Letting people see the real you can be terrifying! But the relationships worth building will value a genuine heart over a fake smile any day. This doesn’t mean you should bear your soul to everyone you meet.
The best relationships are those in which we love, encourage, and challenge each other without the need to impress one another.
The following are reminders to us about ourselves and we should be willing to extend to others.
*Patient-we don’t always get it right the first time. Be Patient
*Kind-no one wants to be treated poorly. We treat others as we want to be treated. Be kind.
*Humble-we are all flawed and we know it. We admit it, own our mistakes. Be humble.
*Forgiveness-restoration is about second chances. We’ve all be given one. Be forgiving.
*Selfless-fulfillment comes from putting the needs of others before our own. Be selfless.
*Respectful-we don’t always have to agree, but we are not disagreeable. Be respectful.
*Honest-we speak many languages but lying is not one of them. Be honest.
*Committed-we never, never, never give up. Be committed
We all need and desire to have individuals in our lives who are authentic. They see the good, the bad and the ugly and stand by us. Hold us accountable and challenge us! May we all be blessed of God to have such people in our lives and may we be that individual to someone else.
Open my eyes, LORD, so that I can see how You want to use me this day. Give me the ability to see the world through the lens of Your heart, to see others as you see them, to recognize Your divine appointments and to have the courage to say, “Yes.” In the Name of Jesus, Amen.”
(Taken from devotion by Chuck Swindoll, insight.org)
The WM Team