Consider This…

The average American person lives to about age 85. Depending on your ethnicity, gender, and environment statistics show that number to more or less. Let’s say we all lived to age 85 that is 31,025 days on this earth. What have you done with your time? 

How many days have you spent trying to be someone else? Comparing yourself to someone else and not embracing who you are.

How many days have you spent holding a grudge against someone else or angry because of what someone else did or said to you?

How many days have you spent building walls so one else can get close to you?

How many days have you spent complaining?

How many days have you spent looking at what you don’t have?

How many days have you spent worrying about what you can’t control?

How many days have you spent showing love to someone other than your own family?

How many days have you spent being grateful for what you have?

How much time has been spent chasing after and acquiring material items? 

No one knows how long they have on this earth. COVID-19 is a reassurance of that. No one is promised tomorrow. I came up with us living 31,025 days just to put in perspective life is short (James 4:14). Whether you are 25 or 75, no one is guaranteed tomorrow. What is a guarantee is now! Right now, you’re reading this post, when you finish reading, go to the Lord in prayer. If you have a grudge against someone, ask the Lord to help you forgive and get on with the rest of your life. If you can only see what you don’t have, ask the Lord to open your eyes so you can see the whole picture. We all are imperfect beings living in an imperfect world. The world is full of deception and distractions.

Jesus came that we may be free! He is our Savior! Jesus saved us from unforgiveness, anger, ungratefulness, and all the other stuff that’s out here to distract us. He came that we may have life and that more abundantly. Embrace the days you have left on this earth.

What will you do with the time you have left? Time gone is time gone. Let’s spend the time we have left believing God’s word with our whole heart, loving with actions, not just words (1 John 3:18). Being ourselves and not making excuses for it (Psalms 139:14). Coming before the Lord with a clean heart (Proverbs 20:9, Hebrews 10:22), so He can fix those things that make us struggle. Time is precious because it is limited. How would you live right now if you knew you only had a few days left? I think a lot of stuff that you are holding on to right now; you would let go. What you would do on your death bed is the same thing you should be doing now! Live in abundant love! If you don’t know the Lord, accept Him now as your personal Savior. It will be the best thing you have done in your life!

Be free and live like you believe God’s Word!

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What Day is it?

This the day the Lord has made! So rejoice and be glad! I want to share a recent life experience with you, and I hope you are blessed and motivated by it.

My husband and I were in a car accident recently, we were not seriously injured, and the accident was not a part of our plan! We were rear-ended by a driver who in my opinion, was not paying attention. When the initial crash happened, I was devastated! All I could think about was, ‘I have something to do, and now I can’t do it!’ I am now very inconvenienced! I was so upset I just cried at the scene. 

My husband was with me, and he reminded me God is with us and everything will be alright. I appreciated that, and I did remember. As we rode in the ambulance to the hospital, I started to become content. I told my husband, “I’ve never ridden in the back of an ambulance before,” he was like, “me either.” I thought it was cool; we shared a life experience. : / When we got to the hospital before long, I was joking with the hospital staff. 

Since I have to go through this process, why not have some fun doing it? When we go through things in life good, bad, or indifferent, remember you always have a choice. A lot of times, we make choices based on how we were taught to feel about a situation or circumstance. According to society, I should be depressed or feeling down about my situation. I should be upset with the other driver(s) because someone wasn’t paying attention. I should not try to bring joy to the people who work to help (doctors, nurses, first responders) I should give attitude. 

Well, I have been transformed. I choose not the conform the way society wants me to follow. I choose to look at my situation as it working out for my good somehow (I don’t see how right now). I will trust in the Lord and His Word. He said it will work for my good, so that’s what my focus is. I can go through the process (although very inconvenient on a lot of levels) with peace and joy. I can smile because I know without a doubt, God has me! All I need to do is keep my mind on Him and remember His promises, and I’m good. When I get weak, I let Him know, and He makes me strong. He helps me endure. I have not forgotten my days will be full of trouble, and when a problem comes not only do I have His Armor to protect me I have somewhere to run mentally when things seem to be overwhelming. 

I encourage you, when trouble comes your way (because you know it’s coming), don’t conform to the direction of the world but remember what day it is! It is the day the Lord has made rejoice and be glad in it if things get overwhelming because they can look to Him for peace. He will give it to you as He gave it to me! When you were created God equipped you already with what you needed to go through life (rejoice cue).

If you haven’t already accepted Christ as your savior and live free!

Keep His Word in your heart! Keep believing. Keep trusting. Keep praying!

Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

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Only 24

If you knew you had 24 hours to live, what would you do? Would you handle situations the same way you handled them yesterday? Think about it… Imagine if the Lord said, “ ______, I’m calling you home in 24 hours.” What would you do?

Would you humble yourself before the Lord? Would you forgive that grudge against that person(s) you’ve been carrying all these days, months, or years? Would you stress over bills not paid? Would you listen attentively for God’s voice in case He had something more to say?

I know I would humble myself and forgive whoever. I would not even be thinking about any bill I had, and I would be listening for God’s voice for any directions or commands He may have for me. I would follow Him, not ask Him to follow me. He would have my full attention!

If I would give God my full attention in such a circumstance, why would not do it now? If there is something that you stress about now and you wouldn’t stress you out in a “24 hour to live situation” why are you stressing now? 

My message, if it matters on your death bed, it matters now. Live your life like it’s your last 24. If you have that mindset, you will find it easier to forgive easier to love that difficult one easier to rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances. Be genuinely grateful for another day.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. You don’t know when your end is. None of us do. If you’re reading this, God is Good and has given you yet another 24 to get it together. He has given us new mercy. Be grateful for the kindness take advantage of the mercy and put the Lord first in your life. Build your relationship. Talk to Him. He can help you with that hard thing if you surrender it to Him. Praise Him for His mercy and grace! Let’s prepare to live again!

All you have is now, this very moment. The past is gone, and the future you don’t know. If you haven’t already, give your life to Christ. Accept Him as your personal Savior. If you know Christ already, get to know Him even better. You’ll be happy you did!

Keep Believing Keep Trusting Live

Matthew 6:15

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:25

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food,

James 4:14

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 

James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Revelations 21:7-8

Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

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