Apps of life

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. – 2 Peter 1:5–9

In the changing of my mobile phone plan, I decided to get a Smartphone. It seems like everyone is way ahead of me in their knowledge of this type of phone, so I knew I could ask just about anyone a question if I got stuck. I learned by the videos online and trying new things. My sister has one so she has been able to show me a few things. If I did not seek the information and apply what I learned, I would have a device used only for phone calls. I would be blind to all the functions it offers. It’s the applications (apps) that make a difference.

Our spiritual life is like that, too. If we accept Christ, but don’t take the initiative to learn more and apply what we have gained, then we miss out on the bounty of what Jesus has to offer. It is a journey of learning and growing through life that holds so many possibilities that we cannot fathom them all. Add to your spiritual apps for the full benefit.

Prayer: Lord, you offer so much in life, and I thank you for helping me learn and grow. I pray that I not only continue in the journey learning all that I can, but help others along the way, too. Amen

Faith Tip: What spiritual function does God want you to learn about today? Seek it out and apply it to your life.

 

 

Waiting is Hard

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I remain confident of this: 
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD. – Psalm 27:13-14

I have learned a lot about waiting as a writer. Once I have finished an article or book and send them to a publisher, I begin waiting for their response. Their reply may come soon or it may be months. It would be really hard for me to wait if I focused only on the project I sent. I wouldn’t be able to do much of anything else if I kept thinking about the work sent in. I have learned to keep working on other projects knowing that God has more for me to do.

Waiting on the Lord can be difficult for us, too, especially in times of struggle. If we focus on the struggle, it’s hard for us to do anything else because our heart, mind and soul are filled with the hardship. However, if we choose to focus on God and his goodness, it opens up a way to be strong and joyful. God is always at work and will bring us through the challenges in life. Learning to wait may be one of the purposes of the struggles we experience as we become more confident in God.

Prayer: Lord, the struggles I experience are difficult and I am so glad you are there to help me through them. I pray that I learn from them and become confident in trusting your way. Amen

Faith Tip: Whatever struggles you are experiencing today, don’t focus on them, but on God and start praising him. You will be amazed at how your confidence will grow as you remember how he carried you throughout your life.

Be better, not bitter

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There are those who turn justice into bitterness
   and cast righteousness to the ground.
(Amos 5:7)

Sharon continually wanted the best things in life. She would purchase the best wine, cars, dining out at expensive restaurants, along with buying the best in clothes. Her goal was to give an image of success. She purchased these things using her credit card thinking she would be able to repay it back. Sharon then lost her job. The things she thought were so important were suddenly being taken away from her. Her house, her car and the ability to buy the best was gone. How could God do this to me? She wondered. He must not care at all about me, or maybe there is no God.

When hard things happen in our life, we humanly look for someone to blame. We really don’t want the finger pointing at us that perhaps we made an unwise choice. Instead of looking for someone to blame, we could better use our energy to see what God is trying to teach us. Remember God’s promise that he will never leave us or forsake us. He is always working in our lives. His plan is perfect for each of us, and sometimes that means going through the valley and experiencing challenges. If we persevere and follow God, we will once again reach the mountaintop. We will be changed.

Prayer: God, I thank you for your promises. I pray that even when challenges arise that I may follow you closely and not become bitter but continually thankful. Amen

Faith tip: Struggling with something today? What do you think God is trying to teach you?