“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life....
We can begin every morning with a day with no mistakes in it—so far at least. Every day will not be perfect, but we can determine to make it a day of adventure and achievement, a day to live and enjoy. Or we can determine to simply survive another boring and unproductive day.
Even Jesus in Matthew 7:11 taught us to pray each day for the things we need when he said, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” Then in verse 34 he tells us in his Sermon on the Mount, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” So to simply live one day at a time is something that Jesus taught also.
Paul gives us words of comfort in 2nd Corinthians 4:16 when he wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
So let’s take comfort knowing that God is taking care of our physical and spiritual needs today, and if he blesses us with another day, he will take care of those needs also.
Hello friends, Thinking of you all during this Christmas season, and as we busy ourselves with shopping and gift buying, I felt prompted to keep reminding all of us to remember the true meaning of Christmas. Have a happy week, Kerry :-)
LUKE 1:30-33 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal - that is your success.”
Henry David Thoreau
A young couple moves into
a new neighbourhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, The young woman sees her
neighbour hanging the Wash outside. "That laundry
is not very clean", she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better
laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained
silent. Every time her neighbour would hang
her wash to dry, The
young woman would make the same comments. About one month later, the woman was
surprised to see a Nice clean wash on the line and said to her
husband: "Look, she has learned how to wash
correctly. I wonder who taught her this." The husband said, "I got up early this
morning and Cleaned our windows."
And so it is with life. What we see
when watching others Depends on the purity of the window through which we
Lean against a tree, And dream your world of dreams. Work hard at what
you like to do, And try to overcome all obstacles. Laugh at your
mistakes, And praise yourself for learning from them. Pick some
flowers, And appreciate the beauty of nature. Say hello to
strangers, And enjoy the people you know. Don't be afraid to show your
emotions, Laughing and crying makes you feel better. Love your friends and
family with your entire being, They are the most important part of your
life. Feel the calmness on a quiet sunny day, Find a rainbow and live your
world of dreams. Always remember life is better than it seems.
One day a wealthy family man
took his son on a trip to the country so he could have his son see how poor
country people were, and could appreciate what they, themselves, had. They
stayed one day and one night in the farm of a very humble farm house. At the
end of the trip and back home the father asked the son: "What did you
think of the trip?"
The son replied: "Very
Father: "Did you noticed
how poor they were?"
Father: "What did you
Son: "I learned that we
have one dog in the house...and they have four. We have a fountain in the
garden and they have a stream that has no end. We have imported lamps in the
garden, they have the stars. Our garden goes to the edge of our property, they
have the entire horizon as their backyard."
the end of the son's reply the father was speechless and his son added:
"Thank you dad for showing me how poor we really are."
I was looking out on the
woods that surround my house today as I walked through the melting snow. It
seemed so strange to see how the trees looked in the middle of winter. Their
black, gray, and brown trunks were twisted, wet, and gnarled. They were full of
chipped bark and dead limbs. They seemed almost ugly and as far from perfect as
you could get. Still, I knew that in just a few months they would be alive
again with bright, green leaves and in a few months after that they would be
full of beautiful colors that would delight the heart and uplift the soul.
Thinking about this made me
smile and reminded me that you don’t have to be perfect in order to live a
blessed life. God knows that I am far from perfect myself. I make mistakes
every single day of my life. I am still a gnarled, empty, tree trunk much of
the time. I do try, however, moment by moment and choice by choice to live a
good life. I do try each day to choose and to share love and joy. I do try to
grow in oneness with God more and more as I travel the path of life. I think,
in fact, one of the best moments in my life was the moment that I decided to stop
trying to be perfect and to just live in love and joy while sharing all the
gifts that God gave me.
We all need to stop trying to
be perfect. We all need to stop judging ourselves and just love ourselves. We
all need to give up on living a perfect life and enjoy living a good and
beautiful life. Anne Frank wrote, "Everyone has inside of him a piece of
good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much
you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Let us all
live the good news within us then. Let us all grow some bright, green leaves of
love in our lives. Let us all share the beautiful colors of peace and joy from
our hearts and souls with everyone everywhere. We might not be perfect, but we
can still bless the world with the best within us and with the gifts God gives