Promise

Today’s word at Five Minute Friday is:

We have much in America, don’t we?  There are people in third world countries whose main goal each day is to find one meal. I wonder at times if those people can thank God for their “little” living. In any given day we have trouble chosing an outfit to wear, or which restaurant will go to eat out today.

I read this promise in Philippians this morning:

“You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes.” Msg.

America has a reputation for “doing good” when disasters fall. Our country doles out millions of tons of food to help needy countries. We are looked upon in two ways: a big brother or a bully.

God is neither. God provides out of the endless abundance of his love and grace. We can’t earn any of this but only walk by faith. Childlike faith is one with few expectations. What children want the most is to be loved and accepted.

“We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.” Msg.

There it is: some call it the divine spark, the glory of our DNA, and it’s born in us so that we know there is a god; the I AM. Not one can deny this promise.

 

 

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Practice

I’m here at Five Minute Friday and the word of the week is Practice…

 

This word brings to mind so many thoughts I can hardly limit them to one special thing, but I was thinking of the practice of habits. We all have them. Certainly, we want good habits, but there are still annoying ones we can’t seem to be rid of.

I’m thinking of all those times in the past we ate at McDonald’s; not exactly the best thing for our health. It catches up to us and we know it as we age. We have to eat healthily and limit the amount of ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. (I’m not preaching here).

If we can’t keep our mouth shut and have a habit of telling lies, eventually we realize that we can’t keep any close friends.

Playing cold turkey in any sport, without warming up and practice could be a disaster.

I chose to practice writing here on Five Minute Friday because it makes me think on a word and how it affects me. If my mind is not turning phrases, or building characters, or thinking on God’s nature I become a dull person. I must see the glory in nature.

Focusing daily on my Center is the most important practice that I can do. If I don’t pause and reflect on who he is, I could be undermined. I need to practice focus.

Habits are good if they are healthy habits. Focusing on God is the best and most important practice. It’s lifesaving.