Week #44 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

  1 Corinthians 16:13-14

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”

What does it mean to do everything in love?  Let’s apply this to our relationships.  Why would I take that leap? I am doing it because  here in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he starts and ends addressing relationship issues within the church.  1 Corinthians is full of rich instruction that crescendos with his description of what love is meant to look like in our relationships.

How do we apply the “Be” and “Do” statements in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 to our relationships?

Be on our guard in love…….

Stand firm in the faith in love………

Be courageous in love……….

Be strong in love………….

Our relationships have times that call for us to be on guard,  to stand firm in our faith, to be courageous, and to be strong is part of living a life of love like Jesus.  All throughout his ministry on earth he left examples of how to love people well with strength, courage, and standing as a firm guard of the faith.   Love fulfills the greatest commands and knows no boundaries.

 I have room for improvement how about you?

Love is….. kind, patient, it rejoices in truth, it always–protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres– never fails.

Love is not…… boastful, envious, prideful, self-seeking, angered easily, or delight in evil.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #43 Proverbs 17:24

Proverbs 17:24

“A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.”

How do we know if we are keeping wisdom in view?  In this day and age of focused attention difficulties I know I struggle to keep wisdom at the center of my attention.  Honestly, I struggle to stay focused on a regular basis but does that make me a fool?

I don’t think so.  I think this proverb is probing us to be discerning and have wisdom detection sensors activated to help keep us from falling into traps.  Similar to the newer cars that have the sensors that warn drivers when they are drifting from their lane or getting too close to other vehicles or objects.  The last rental I drove even informed me when the car in front of me had moved forward.

What program level do you have your wisdom detection sensor on to keep you on the path of righteousness?

Does the system need an upgrade?

Keep wisdom in view— don’t get lost wandering!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #42 Psalm 27:13-14

Psalm 27:13-14

“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.”

Last week we talked about having to wait and this week we are again being encouraged in our waiting.  I love it!   Psalm 27:13-14 inspires me to remember why I can be confident in the Lord, why I can be strong, and why I should take heart in the Lord even as I wait for the Lord.  How can I do it?

Be Confident:  I have to take time to recall the Lord’s faithfulness in the past and reinforce my attitude of thanksgiving.  Sometimes when the waiting has been lengthy or the situation isn’t looking very good I have to literally write out my list.

What do you do?

Be Strong:  I get my strength from the Lord and do my best waiting when I keep myself in a prayerful mindset.  I usually turn to a verse that speaks to what I’m waiting on the Lord for and personalize it in prayer.

What do you do?

 

Take Heart:  I keep my heart connected to and focused on the Lord.  The word “take” gives a picture of capturing and controlling my heart as an act of power to continue to turn to the Lord for strength as I wait on him to lead me through my situation.  Again, it calls me to turn to the power of the Word of God to fortify my heart with his truth. Usually, I start with Philippians 4:8-9.

What do you do?

However we do it we must~

Be Confident, Be Strong, and Take Heart in the Lord alone!

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #41 Romans 8:25

Romans 8:25

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

We live in a “insta” this and that world.  “Wait” is not a word that is well received as a answer to a request.  How do you typically respond or feel after being told to wait?  Maybe it’s like the response of my silly rescue dog ,Sol, when I tell her to wait and sit patiently while I get her food.   Patiently is not how I would describe it.  She sits, then she lays down, and when she is really patient she rolls over and sits back up wiggling and adjusting her weight as she licks her chops.  It’s not easy to wait when we can see what we are hoping to receive let alone remain hopeful for what we can’t see.

The previous verses in Romans 8 bring to mind the waiting state that all of creation is in still today.  A state of longing to be restored to God’s original perfect creation.  When we have the hope of eternal salvation living in us we too are challenged to wait patiently for our promised completed transformation for eternity, the completion of our ultimate promise.  But in the meantime we are to also find ourselves needing to patiently wait for the Lord in other areas of hope in our lives.

I don’t know what you are waiting on the Lord for but I pray you are strengthened by Him to wait patiently with hope for that which you have not grabbed hold of.   Maybe you are waiting in hope for—- healing, justice, direction, provision, protection, confirmation or ……….be encouraged to not lose hope in the Lord for He is faithful and His timing is perfect.

What does our waiting look like?

Is it patiently enduring life or wiggling and readjusting?

Most importantly we have hope!!!

 

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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Week #40 Matthew 11:28

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me , all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

I love to help people. What about you? Are you as eager to receive help as you are to offer it?   I know it took some work for me to openly and regularly accept an offer from others help carry my load.

Are you weary today? Maybe you have been carrying a load that is above your weight limit.   If that is how you feel I want to remind you that there is hope for each of us. We have an open invitation from our Savior to come to him many times in scripture. Each invitation is extended to us based on his recognition of our needs and offers at valuable exchange.

Here is Matthew 11:28 he acknowledges that life on earth is not easy and we will find ourselves tired and weighed down by the circumstances of life. In those times, when we are struggling to find the strength to face each new day, or a reoccurring challenge, or a continual disappointment, that is the day we need to say “YES” to Jesus’ invitation to “come to me.”

His invitation offers an exchange of our burdens for rest. His rest comes as we lay down our worries, our concerns, and our frustrations at his feet in prayer. Choosing to express trust in him. Acting on our belief that he is here to give us rest and to help us face our situations in life with renewed strength, a greater hope, and deepened faith in Christ’s promises; to never leave us or forsake us no matter what happens in this life.

Let’s remember to respond, “YES” to his invitation and do our part in the great exchange~ accept the offer and receive his treasured rest. I know there are times his gift of rest came through my response of  “YES” to someone’s offer to help at just the right moment.  How about you?

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

Welcome if you are joining me for the first time. This post is part of my weekly series “Wisdom Wellspring”. Take a moment to visit the page to learn about the heart behind the series and view previous posts.

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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