15. The bricks in our lives (8) (1)

We are currently discussing the ways in making your 'home' here on earth steadfast against any storm it may face. We have discussed making Jesus your foundation and your family your bricks and now we are looking at yourself and how you can also influence the strength of your home.

We have discussed various things and you are welcome to look at what we have discussed thus far. Our discussions have ranged from making the most of the present moment to renewing your thought life. The Lord has been gracious in teaching us so much.

Today I would like to talk about the way we wake up in the morning. It might sound ridiculous, but the way we wake up often time influences the rest of our day. There is truth to the saying: 'She most probably got up from the wrong side of the bed this morning.' I must be honest I have experienced it myself. I have had days where I get up in a foul mood, I didn't sleep well, or I am not looking forward to the day ahead or whatever the case may be, and then the rest of the day is down in the dumps. I am then unreasonable and selfish, I try to compensate, but before I can help myself I do it again. And so the day goes. Sounds familiar?

But the more I grow in the Lord, I realize that we need to wake up knowing who we are in Christ. There is profound power in realizing that. We need to remind ourselves again that we are forgiven, deeply loved and filled with God's grace. We need to remind ourselves that we are part of His Kingdom, part of something so much bigger than we are. We need to remind ourselves that we are ambassadors of Christ and we need to portray Him to the world and place Him in a good light. That is very important and definitely something waking up for. No matter your occupation, we are all in the service of God. We are all the light the world needs to see! Remind yourself that God is control and want what is best for you. Maybe even quote a Scripture out loud to the likes of:

"My future is in Your Hands." Psalm 31:15

"I trust in You my God." Psalm 25:2

Say it out loud. There is so much power in your tongue, much more than you realize. Be determined to start your day off well. It may even be your best day yet. Live it to the glory of God, live to exalt Him.

And when you live for His glory live to the fullest as if this is your last day. As I am writing this piece there are many preachers proclaiming that the rapture is imminent and that Armageddon is only a couple of years away. Now I don't believe anyone really knows, but it made me think. What if it really is tomorrow? How will I change my behavior today? Will I call my parents and tell them that I love them? Will I reconcile with someone that's angry with me? Will I give away extra money today? Will I be extra friendly to everyone I see today? Will I give my children extra hugs and kisses and tell them that I love them very much?

But then the question remains, shouldn't I do those things anyway? Shouldn't I shower love on all around me anyway? Shouldn't I reconcile with people anyway? Shouldn't I buy a blanket for someone who doesn't have any? Shouldn't we be God's Hands and Feet every day, even if it is not our last?

We need to get up in the mornings with a smile on our faces (and I am talking to myself now as well!!) We need to see the positive and we need to trust God for His provision. We should live as His ambassadors, ready to draw a lost world to Him. This could be our best day yet, don't delay in doing good.

Lord thank you for each wonderful day that You give us. Thank you for so many blessings that lie and wait for us. We cannot wait to discover them. In Jesus name. Amen




















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