4 Seeds of Hope & Happiness
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of people losing passion for life---they've lost all hope. The last few years didn't help either. We've all felt that oppressiveness one way or another. But how long did you stay there? Or did it teeter back and forth like it did in my situation? I seem to get into that pit, but God always pulls me back out. It reminds me of when Jesus' disciples were on a boat in the middle of the night, when a storm came up. As the waves battered them, they saw something they couldn't believe: Jesus, walking toward them on the water.
Peter said, "Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you."
Jesus said, "Come!"
So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus! But when he saw the wind, he was afraid. And when he began to sink and cried out, "Lord, save me!"
Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "Oh you of little faith. Why did you doubt?"
When you picture that scene, do you see yourself on the boat? On the water? Or watching from the side? Consider whether Jesus is inviting you to come out on the water too.
Remember, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Someone will always point out, that it's the 'deeds' that are the most important part, but God tells us, without faith, it's all meaningless.
Prayer Is the Most Powerful Tool You Have
Prayer can move mountains, but if you are lacking faith, you will probably see unanswered prayers, or lose faith because a prayer goes unanswered. Everything is done with God's will and purpose for you. But in the case of praying for more faith---you will see a change in your heart---a change in your attitude as well as actions. Prayer definitely moves mountains, but it's the faith that drives it there. Prayer, faith and action go hand in hand. Pray for your enemies. That's something a lot of people can't do. Once you do this, you will see a shift in the atmosphere. We are all connected in a cosmic-like way---when you pray for someone who is against you, God blesses the situation. Petty situations and worldly matters are so minuscule in the afterlife. Even if someone is throwing curses, hexes and spells on you, remember: blessings are much more powerful than curses.
See God In the Simplest of Things
Losing a Loved One
When You Love What You Already Have--You Are Already Rich!
People tend to think if they acquire more things in life, that they'll be rich and more notable. But in fact, it's the total opposite. It's good to acquire wealth from hard work---no doubt! But what happens is, we tend to want more and more, trying to catch up with the rest of the world. It's like traffic. If the speed limit is 65 mph, and most traffic is going 75 mph, you're going to be driving about 75 mph to keep up so that you're not ruining the 'flow.' Or, you can peacefully drive on the slow lane, not caring about everyone passing you by. You will eventually get to your destination, without the stress of people cutting you off, almost causing a ten car accident on the freeway. The peaceful lane is much more better than the fast and stressful one. But again, that's all subjective.
In Ecclesiastes it states, "And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life--this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past."
It doesn't matter what other people have. Remember, it's not how big the house is, it's how happy the home is. It's not what you have in life that matters, but it's who you have in your life that matters the most.
I pray that this article somehow helped you today. Now go outside, barefoot if you can, hug a tree, take in the sun (if it's not cloudy) and remember all that God has blessed you with and thank Him! Just think, you woke up to see another day.
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