Happy Thanksgiving STS Friends! Please enjoy this beautiful Post from National Trainer Carol Weaver!
I love this time of year!
The autumn weather and colors have been beautiful! And how about that super moon?!! I try to live in an attitude of gratitude all year long, but I do need reminders. And I’ll admit, I can get side-tracked and distracted from “the true meaning” of Christmas.
A few years ago, I was distracted! I was looking for a Christmas gift for my daughter. After searching through countless jewelry displays, I found the perfect necklace. And one that fit my budget! The cashier rang up my purchase and to my dismay, the final price exceeded what I had anticipated. I paid my bill and walked away, scanning the figures on the receipt, trying to discover where I had miscalculated. Then I heard someone call, “Ma’am!” I turned and saw the cashier dangling my package, with a look of disdain in her eyes. I felt stupid, inadequate and ashamed.
I hate those feelings! I want to feel poised, valued, and competent. I remember well the conflicting thoughts that raced through my mind. And I came to this choice: agree with the look of disdain on a stranger’s face and her demeaning bag shaking, or believe what My Papa Father says and thinks of me, Someone who I know and who knows me, who lives in me, and loves me unconditionally. And I made the right choice.
My natural tendency is to feel insecure when faced with something unfamiliar, when I am in situations that take me out of my comfort zone, and also when comments and actions of others threaten to attack my worth. Actually, Jesus faced all of that and never once felt insecure, because He knew Who He was. I want to live knowing who I am, in all situations, temptations and trials. I need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness!
Deut 4:9 – “But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the Lord do for you. Do not let these things escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”
When we forget what God’s done in the past, we begin to doubt what He can do in the present. What have you seen the Lord do for you?
Ps. 78: 35 – “Then they remembered that God was their rock, that their Redeemer was the Most High.”
Recently I read this quote by Ron Gibson, a Life Coach at Water Street Mission in Lancaster, PA:
“There was this guy sleeping in the gutter outside this church with people going in and out every day. A Deacon went and lay down beside the homeless guy and asked him about his story. The guy opened up and started sharing. That’s what I want to do. I want to go lay down with the people and help encourage them so that they can get out of the gutter.”
That’s what Jesus did for us! We too are called to lay down our lives for each other, in whatever way God instructs. But when I live in insecurity, or fear, or forget God’s faithfulness, I miss opportunities that God places all around me. Today, commit to LIVE LOVED! Loved by our Papa Father!
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