THE GRASS IS NOT GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE

We were told as children that the grass is not greener on the other side simply because things are not always what they seem, but I have come to realize that yes the neighbors grass may actually be greener than mine but it is because my neighbor tends to his grass. The truth is that the grass is always greener where you water and fertilize it.

And being thankful—really intentionally listing out things for which we are thankful—is a great way to start watering and fertilizing. It changes everything.

So bring out your shears, trowels, fertilizers, etc and let’s get to work making our own grass the greenest it can be!

1 Chronicles 16:8

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”

Colossians 2:6-7

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

1 Timothy 4:4-5

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”

Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Phillipians 4:6

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Jeremiah 30:19

“From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.”

1 Corinthians 1:4

“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.”

Revelation 11:17

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.”

Psalm 100:4

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

VERSE OF THE DAY

“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “ GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because GOD ’s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

“If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says GOD, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!””

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

I FORGIVE FOR MY SAKE

One concept I have struggled with in scripture is the concept of forgiveness, I reason out and justify the fact that someone wronged me, hurt me and probably is ignorant of the level of harm they have done to me. Meanwhile I daily deal with the effects of their actions, then I see in the Bible that I should forgive. How does that happen? By forgiving, do I not endorse their bad behavior? Do I not justify their vile actions? Not at all, one thing that I have finally learned is that forgiveness isn’t endorsement and it certainly isn’t accompanied by warm, fuzzy feelings. Forgiveness is a choice we make.

The directive to forgive those who have wronged us comes from God. He asks this of us, not because it is easy, but because it is good. It takes a load off our hearts and lives!it brings a freedom that I can’t describe, it is better experienced than explained!

Unforgiveness holds me prisoner. The way to freedom is to set others free!

MEND THE BROKEN

““They have treated superficially the [bloody] broken wound of My people, Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ When there is no peace.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Many times when we suffer pains or hurts, we spend years hiding from that pain instead of dealing with it, we use “Christianese” to cover up. ‘It is well’ we say, ‘God is in control’ we say, ‘nobody understands’ we say, and many more such words that come from our lips and not our hearts. We wallow in a place of despair, pain, discouragement, we trudge on alone, putting up a brave face, hanging on by a thread yet on the inside we are shattered and broken. We put on bandaids saying, ‘it’s not so bad’ yet the wound festers, the pain deepens. Because we don’t deal with the pain, the pain steadily and surely deals with us. Before we know it, it begins to manifest in extraordinarily low self-esteem and acute vulnerability to dysfunctional relationships.

The brethren are no help either as we either ignore or fail to notice the pain that is etched deep in the eyes and souls of outbreaks brother or sister, even when they reach out for help, we do not hear or make them feel less than just because they dared to be vulnerable.

The time has come for us to allow ourselves be open with one another in Christ, to be the ear that our sister needs, the shoulder our brother needs, the heart that feels and understands the pain in the eyes and souls of others.

Can we lay aside the religious bravado and allow ourselves to heal truly and fully? Can we help each other face the pains in their lives that have become giants threatening their very existence, can we make room for them to open up and deal with their fears that they might find peace?

We can only overcome what we have confronted and confronted truthfully! Our comforter and ever present help, the Holy Spirit is there always to help us

Your story is not over because of past pains and hurts, You can overcome, you will overcome, I am not saying it will be easy.  I am saying it will be worth it.  And YOU are worth it!