One Day At A Time

One Day at A Time

Ecclesiastes 9:1-21

None of us have perfect days every day. Even the scripture says “Anything can happen to any of us, and so we never know if life will be good or bad.” The verses continue to say “As long as we are alive, we still have hope”. We need to take each day as it’s own day and not stay in yesterday or worry about tomorrow.
Even though not all days are going to be good days, we are instructed to do some things each day regardless of how it is going: “Be happy, enjoy the food we have, get dressed, brush your hair, and look your best, love your wife (or husband), and work hard at whatever you do. This is what you are supposed to do as you struggle through life on this earth.”
Ladies, we have hope if we have Jesus. Remember, Today only last 24 hours and most people sleep 1/2 or more of that. I know it may be hard to get through whatever you might be dealing with but YOU CAN GET THROUGH THINGS WITH JESUS HELP. May your today and tomorrow be a good one.
I hope you enjoy the lyrics of this oldie but goodie. It is a reminder to us that with Jesus is our hope when those bad days come.
One Day At A Time (Cristy Lane)
I’m only human, I’m just a woman.
Help me believe in what I could be
And all that I am.
Show me the stairway, I have to climb.
Lord for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.
One day at a time sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.
Do you remember, when you walked among men?
Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below
It’s worse now, than then.
Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.
One day at a time sweet Jesus
That’s all I’m asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do.
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

#NationalTakeAChanceDay

James 4:14 ESV Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

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Some of you reading todays post will agree that you have some unfinished goals and/or dreams you have shelved.  Well today is National Take A Chance Day so it’s time to dust off those dreams and and move those old goals to the top of your list.

In todays scripture we are told that we aren’t promised tomorrow and life is short.  There are different reasons why we moved these items to the closet or to the bottom of the list.  The reason might be different from person to person, but incomplete is what they have in common.

I love this quote from Mark Twain ~ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowline, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.  

Today be a risk-taker. Be willing to kick fear aside and take on the challenges, regardless of the outcome, to take a chance on your dream. Say yes without hesitation. And when your situation seems hopeless, trust God’s guidance even more. I think of myself as a risk-taker and still sometimes even though I long to be brave for God, fear sometimes holds me back when I get an opportunity to take a risk.

There were many brave women who took chances in the Bible.  One that I would like to discuss today is Rahab.  Scripture describes Rahab as “a harlot” in Joshua 2:1. But her past sins fade away when we see how she risked her own life to help Joshua’s men spy out the land. Rahab not only hid the men on her rooftop, but she also lied to the king’s men who asked about them. (Joshua 2:4). Punishment for lying to the king would be severe, but this didn’t deter Rahab from her goal – ensuring the safety of her family.

Rahab knew what was about to happen to her city, and she acknowledged God’s sovereignty. “…for the lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below,”(Joshua 2:11).

She shared her belief and extended an offer to Joshua’s men. She would help them in exchange for her family’s protection. The men agreed. As a result, Joshua spared Rahab. She and her family lived among the Israelites from the day the walls fell. (Joshua 6:25) Rahab took a big risk, setting her life on a course to be used by God in an even bigger way.

Rahab took action when she could’ve lost everything. Her love for God gave her the courage she needed to make daring decisions. Her life serves as inspiration for me today as I strive to become a better risk-taker and go after my incomplete goals and dreams. Release fear and face life’s challenges with risk-taking faith today.  What do you need to take a chance on?  Love, Career, Family, Church, Neighborhood?

#NationalTakeAChanceDay

Everything Has A Time

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Everything Has Its Time

How many of you have heard the saying “Life is like a box of chocolates”?

When you open a box of chocolates, there is a variety of flavors available. The problem with a box that contains a variety of chocolates is that each piece is covered in chocolate so you have no idea what you are getting. Even though you have no idea what flavor each piece holds you are going to eat one, then two, then three. Some pieces will be the same as previous ones and some will be brand new.

This saying reminded me of the passage of scripture for today. You never know what life is going to give you. What the next day will hold. So every day – every new experience – is something you really don’t know about until you actually live it. It may not be an experience you like. It may be the greatest experience ever. But you don’t know until you’ve lived it, and by then it’s too late to not live it.

This scripture tells us that there 28 ways that our days, weeks, months and years can go. We live in a world that is ever changing. We are continually passing and repassing between these 28 options. We must realize that ultimately, God is in control and and we have to trust that God will be with us in the good and the bad seasons. We can’t get comfortable when we are in prosperity, life may be easy, and yet not secure. We live in a world of changes and therefore have no reason to say, To-morrow shall be as this day

Whether you are in a time of plenty or a time of want, in good times or in bad, remember there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. The real lesson: you take what life gives you with trust and confident of that God is in control and He is with you always. Enjoy your life. Remember….this too shall pass.