Some Things in Life are Like Wildflowers

My Joyous Feature

In a perfect view something shall grow like wildflowers. Making it a lot more different than anything else. Something can grow very little or maybe a batch. Letting it rise through that perfect result. A solution that can have a wildflower taking over.

A pretty small figure can sparkle like wildflowers. It’s like “she’s that perfect wildflower”. A sudden wildflower can balance like a dream. That dream shall make it into a perfect little bonding.

While laying on that springlike grass there’s that perfect touch. A touch that shall make it into a wild blooming. Getting it like pure tenderness. A wildflower can put that shined through. Putting that moment in a different point of view.

Like a series of wildflowers something in that piece of life grows. Developing into a different form of life. Life can grow in places. Places that can feel like a story.

A wildflower can…

View original post 65 more words

Advertisements

Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments.”
(Psalm 119:60, NKJV)
Don’t Delay
Isn’t it interesting how easy it is to put things off? We plan on doing something. We have good intentions. We just plan to do it later. “One day I’m going to start exercising. One day I’m going to get my finances in order. One day I’m going to forgive that person who hurt me.” The problem with this kind of thinking is that “one day” never comes. There will always be some reason to keep delaying it. Is there something in your heart that you know you need to do? Maybe God has been dealing with you, and you keep putting it off. You think, “As soon as I get through this busy season, I’ll spend more time with my family. As soon as I get a pay raise, I’ll start tithing my income. As soon as my child gets out of diapers, I’m going to get my family back in church.” But friend, good intentions don’t equal obedience. The quicker you do what you feel down in your spirit, the happier you’re going to be. Don’t let unfinished business keep you from God’s best. Step out. Obey His voice and walk in the blessing He has for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your patience and grace toward me. Search my heart. Show me the way to go. I choose to obey Your voice quickly and honor You in all that I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Rejoice, Regardless of Circumstances By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/rejoice-regardless-of-circumstance/

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

– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We’ve been talking a lot about thoughts, labels, and believing in God’s best for our lives. As we consider the Biblical basis for these things, it’s impossible not to recognize that the Apostle Paul was the champion. So today, we’re going to look at some of the circumstances of His journey and learn a few things from the story of his life.

It’s easy to imagine when Paul tells us to rejoice always, give thanks in all circumstances, and dwell on things that are pure, lovely, and admirable, that his life was full of bliss. However, this is far from the truth! Even though he altered the course of human history and is legendary in our Christian heritage, when he was alive, things didn’t look as pretty. First of all, contrary to what you may envision, Paul was probably very short; in fact, the name Paul literally means “little one.” Far from being a giant who towered over his enemies, he likely had to look up to most of them. Then there’s the point that people thought his sermons were boring. According to Scripture, Apollos was the preacher everyone liked to listen to, but not Paul. In fact, one time as he was speaking, a guy sitting on a third story windowsill fell asleep and crashed to his death, so the apostle went and raised Him to life again. Even worse than his height and undynamic speaking style, Paul was shipwrecked, beaten, stoned (nearly to the point of death), and imprisoned. Many of his most famous letters were written while he was in jail. This is not exactly the life of someone with a silver spoon in hand!

Friend, my point in sharing these facts about the life of the Apostle Paul is to encourage you that anyone has the power to change their thinking. If a man who was marginalized, mocked, and abused could write our most famous Biblical admonition to stay positive, then you and I can follow his lead! You see, expecting good things has nothing to do with circumstances — it is a product of faith in the promises and goodness of God. Regardless of what you’re facing today, your spirit can rejoice and your mind can find peace because your Lord never changes. Gaze at Him when the world around you spins out of control and you will find hope!

Prayer
Jesus, I am grateful for the Apostle Paul. Thank you for using his life to teach me how to shift my focus by rejoicing in your goodness, regardless of what is happening around me.

Reflection
Like Paul, are you facing challenges today? I encourage you to give them to Jesus and ask Him to bring to your mind something good and noble that you can rejoice in.

Friday The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Luke 15.3-7

Jesus told this parable to the scribes and Pharisees. “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”

PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART

O most holy Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you and will a lively sorrow for my sins. I offer you this poor heart of mine.
Make me humble, patient, pure, and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you.
Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessings on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Within your heart I place my every care.
In every need let me come to you with humble trust saying, Heart of Jesus, help me. Amen.

Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“…the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied.”
(Proverbs 13:4, AMPC)

The Reward of Diligence
God longs to pour out His favor and blessing on you. He longs to show you His goodness and provision. He promises to do His part, but you have to do your part. You have to be diligent. First of all, be diligent in seeking His ways and following His commands. Then, be diligent with what you have in your hand, with your time and resources. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable about three men whose employer entrusted them with some money called talents. Two of the men were diligent and invested the talents and received a great return. The third man was afraid and buried what he was given. The first two men were rewarded and praised for their diligence while the third man was rebuked. Follow the example of the first two men and look for ways to be diligent with what you have in your hand. Whatever you do, do it with excellence. Be the best you can be and go the extra mile even when you think it goes unnoticed. Understand that when people don’t notice, God notices and promises to reward the appetite of the diligent.

A Prayer for Today
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor and blessing on my life. Today I choose to be diligent. I choose to live in excellence and do everything to the best of my ability. I give You all the glory in Jesus name. Amen.”

Big Blessings in Small Places By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/big-blessings-in-small-places/

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”

– John 1:16 (ESV)

Today, I have one last “luck study” to share with you in another attempt to encourage you to expect good things in your life! This one is about the “lucky parker” (as in parking a car).

Interestingly, in a scientific study, people who believed they were lucky expected to find a good parking spot. Even if a shopping center was crowded, they would go to the front row, and just like an eagle, watch everything that was happening. As soon as they saw brake lights, the “lucky” man or woman turned on their blinker and claimed the spot — more often than not, they found what they were looking for! Why? Because they expected the best and therefore took the actions needed to find the most favorable spot. On the contrary, those who thought themselves unlucky wouldn’t bother going to the front of the parking lot. Even if they did, they didn’t really expect to find anything so they hurried through, failing to look carefully at what was happening. Most of the time, they ended up parking far away.

Friend, although this illustration may seem trite, I want to emphasize again the fact that believing good things are coming in your life will cause them to materialize! As a Christian, you can and must reject the notion of superstition and fully embrace the truth of grace. God’s unmerited favor towards you is irrevocable and it’s given in abundance to any and all who entrust themselves to Jesus Christ; it’s not a meritocracy. Like a river that rushes with unstoppable force to the sea, so is the flow of your Savior’s approval, support, and goodwill in your life. Refuse to expect any less than His best, look for big blessings in small places, and enjoy the abundant life He died to give you!

Prayer
Jesus, elevate my thoughts and give me a heart that expects good things from your Hand; may I lean into your grace and goodness every day.

Reflection
When in your life have you received big blessings in small places? How did it strengthen your faith?

Thursday Week 12 of Ordinary Time

Matthew 7.21-29

Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell — and great was its fall!”

Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
WATCH MASS NOW

PRAYER TO ST CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA

O God, you made your bishop, Saint Cyril, the invincible champion of the divine motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary; through his intercession may we be saved by the maternal protection of her whom we believe to be truly the Mother of God. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.