VALIDATE, APPRECIATE, and ACCEPT YOURSELF

Whose Report Do You Believe?

Listen to the Still Small Voice

Give to Give

Giving is truly a gift. It feels great to give cheerfully and to give without expecting anything in return is wisdom. When you give without expecting anything in return, you are setting yourself up to receive blessings that are unexpected.

The problems arise when you give grudgingly or if you are not focused on the cause of giving but rather focused on getting something in return. Of course it is awesome to receive gifts from others, but some may mistake giving for bartering when they are expecting something just because they gave.

Before you give, decide what your motives are. Give lovingly and cheerfully. Don’t give to be seen by man. Don’t give what you are not able to. If you have regrets after you have given, reflect upon what you gave and check your true motives. Don’t feel bad when you can’t give or when you are not in the mood to give. We are humans, not robots being controlled on when to give. Listen to Holy Spirit and give when you are led to give.

2 Corinthians 9:7- “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Matthew 6:1-34- “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”

Proverbs 11:24-25- “There is that scattereth (gives), and yet increaseth; and [there is] that withholdeth more than is meet, but [it tendeth] to poverty; the liberal soul (giving soul) shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”

We should know that God will bless us or will allow others to do so in His own time.

You Can’t Manage Time; Just Make the Best of the Time God Has Given You

 “Ugghh, I need to manage my time better!!!” Been thinking this for YEARS and still can’t grasp how to really go about the doing. That’s because we can’t manage time. Nope. We can’t simply “find” time, grab it, and control the constancy of it. Remember, we are spirit beings, but we are still attached to flesh and bones. No one can really define or truly measure it; it cannot be seen. We just know morning, noon, and evening occurs. We know days pass and we get older. Attempting to measure time is trying to be in control of time, which cannot be done.

Instead, we can make best use of the time we do have here on earth. The “time” that we have come to know, because God knows, understands, and controls time- the “time” we can’t see. But with our man-made clocks, watches, and stop watches, we can do the best we can with our definition of “time.” We can change our focus of managing time to instead choosing to procrastinate less, practice becoming more productive within time periods (30 mins, hourly), and become more organized in our personal and professional lives so we are not wasting and losing time. Of course making “to-do” lists and having a flexible schedule both help as well.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night”               (Psalm 90:4).

I find that if you are not setting aside time for God; reading and meditating on the Word; praying; researching truth; feeding your spirit, time definitely seems to slip away and you get that tug on your heart that time and YOU are wasting away because you are not devoting yourself to the things of God. It seems like we “make time” for everything else, but spiritual and godly things….

In Colossians 4:5, we are instructed to “walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Then Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “see then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Both scriptures inform us to “redeem time;” live holy and meekly with the time we have left because much time has already past; we have already wasted too much time in life.

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, (the time I have) what it is: that I may know how frail I am; behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah” (Psalm 39:4-5).

The time referred to in these verses speak of time within the lifespan of a person, but there is another time God deals with.

Eccleciastes 3:8 says, “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Romans 13:11; “and that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

Genesis 8:22; “while the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

These are the times of seasons. This may be in terms of months or specific time periods (weekly, monthly, an entire year).

There seems to be 3 categories of time:

-lifespan

-seasons (calendar, time periods)

-time measured by man with the limited knowledge we have (clocks, watches, etc.)

So see, we can’t really make one definition of time. Neither can we “manage time” or control it. We truly can’t even say that we are in the correct time period because calendars and time zones are different and we are only going off of time that we have been forced to know. We just know that whatever “time” we do have, we best make the most use of it. Only God can define, manage, and control time.

 

We are Truly Blessed When His Desires Becomes Our Desires

Observe, Study, and Ponder Life

 Life is a mystery. Only to the Most High can “life” truly flash by or happen quicker than the speed of lightning. To us mortals, life is a process that happens overtime and if one is informed at an early age in life about this phenomenon, one will be more equipped to understand that they must view their lives as a gift that should be delicately unwrapped; taken with stride; observed, pondered, and studied during its process. They will understand that their life is their book and they should not seek to rush it, but learn and grow as much as they can, while they can. If we all knew this truth early on, we would have been able to live purposefully for a cause; striving to maximize all opportunities and aspects of our lives. But it’s OK; God still reserves much favor and grace in our humility and acknowledgment of our not knowing.

My thoughts on this subject stems from 2 Timothy 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” This verse means that apart from us learning from our pastors and elders, we must do our own study and research the Word for ourselves, knowing it is ultimately to please God. We must not solely rely on our teachers to feed us, but we must feed ourselves and continue to seek the truths within the Bible.

One day I pondered how this verse may be applied to not only just reading the Word, but to life in general. So knowledge and wisdom you have learned from others must be applied to your life; studied and pondered. A wise person may offer you some wisdom or ponderings, but you have to be the one to decide whether you will just listen to what they are saying, or will you go the extra mile to see how that wisdom they spoke applies to you or those around you. You can show yourself approved:

-In your marriage/relationships- learning what a true relationship is; doing research; pondering and studying other relationships to enable your own to grow

-In parenting- learning wrong and right parenting styles

-In your favorite hobby/interest- becoming the best you can be with your interests (but not making your hobbies and interests idols :] )

And in other areas of your life you can demonstrate the value of study, ponder, and evaluation.

Will you dig deeper in order to become wiser yourself in order to be approved by God? Will you study, ponder, observe, and engage your spirit and mind into higher knowledge of the Most High God; the complexities of life; your own interests and likes?

Observe, study, and ponder life- it will transform you.