BEING FREE

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As I gazed up into the bright, sun-lit sky on a clear, cloudless day, I saw a bird soaring gently through the air.  I saw such beauty in the sight.  I first thought how God created the birds of the sky to soar with such free-ness.

Wouldn’t it be neat if we could be like the birds and spend our time singing and flying far throughout God’s creation—just living moment by moment?

As I continued to think about the birds, I couldn’t help but think, maybe God was showing me this bird to remind me to be more like them—

**not worry about tomorrow,

**simply live one moment at a time,

**rest in His love and care.

He will be our strength and provide all we need when we need it.

As we grow more and more in faith and trust, we will be more like the birds—our spirits will soar freely with Him—free of the tensions and worries of this world.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” –Matthew 6:26-27 (NIV)

THE LITTLE THINGS

“Never get tired of doing the little things for others. For sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their heart.”

Did you ever stop to think about how much the little, simple things in life can mean so much to someone?

I think doing “little” things for people is just as important as doing “big” things for people. We are not all called to change the world in a big way, but instead called to do the “little” things we can for others each and every day.

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We can help change the world one person at a time and those things can have an awesome ripple affect.

For me, something as simple as someone telling me they’re praying for me when I’m going through a medical procedure or test makes a world of difference.

One day recently when I was working lots of extra hours and very stressed with deadlines, when my supervisor finally took a minute to say she realized that my workload could not be done in my 20 hours a week, it was like a huge load was lifted from my shoulders. Just that little comment meant so much.

Something as simple as making a meal for a person in need is one example of a simple gesture you could do.

Praying for those with a special need or even texting someone to let them know you are thinking of them are other simple ways we can make a difference in somebody’s life and share the Christ in us.

You might see some person you don’t know and offer a prayer for God to help meet a need in their life.

Maybe telling an artist their picture really touched you will encourage them in their creativity.

Can you think of a time in your life when you did a simple, little thing that touched someone else?

You may never know what the impact your simple gesture had on their life on this earth. Your simple little action might be just what the person needed to change their life.

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So continue to look for ways you can do simple acts of love for another. Remember what an influence you can have on other people with doing the simple, little things that mean so much. You can make such a difference in someone’s life today!

When I posted the opening quote on Facebook it was such a blessing to see a post by a friend who said she was just making dinner to help someone in need, and she remembered when I had made dinner for her in her time of need. That was a cool validation of this truth. It was cool to see her reading that quote just as she was living it out and also remembering when someone did it for her.

What “little” thing can you do for someone today?

“And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” –Matthew 25:40

THE FIRE

Did you ever sit around a campfire, mesmerized by the sight of it continuously burning?  While viewing such a sight, I was reminded of our relationship with the Lord.

I imagined God being the spark that comes when you first start the fire, and then grows into a big, flowing fire, if you do the “right” things.

In order for a fire to exist, you must first consciously decide to start it, and then get the proper materials.  So it is with our relationship with God.  We must first come to that point when we are ready to fan into existence our commitment to the Lord.  We must prepare ourselves by repenting and seeking Him with our hearts.

In order to get, and keep the first burning brightly, YOU must continually ACT, by adding more logs.  How you do this determines how brightly the fire burns.  The same principles work to show how brightly the Lord shines through in your life.

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If you use a good, long burning log, the spark will turn into a great, hot flame.  If you use a sappy log, the fire will not burn; only smolder and smoke.  Soon, it will even die out.

The choices are parallel in our relationship with God.  If we read and study His word daily, and seek His presence in our lives (good wood), our fire will burn brightly.  If we choose to be too busy for the Lord and don’t seek Him daily (bad wood), our fire will soon die out.

Be honest—think about how brightly your fire is burning.  Can other people see a continuously blazing fire shining for the Lord?

I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  –Luke 12:49

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.  –Hebrews 12:28-29

Consuming Fire is also a name of a song by Third Day that they recorded originally back in 1996! Here is a link so you can take a listen and be blessed.

 

DAILY OPPORTUNITIES

Everyday, our lives are presented with opportunities that we can grow from if we are open to it. Sometimes I get stuck in the mundane routine of life and fail to see these opportunities that I can learn lessons from.
Being on the lookout for these opportunities makes the day more interesting and purposeful. If we are open to them, it can help us change the way we view something, and then we can even take the big step to change whatever we want to, in the hopes of being a better version of us!

Today the lesson I was reminded of was that sometimes people can be so negative and set in their thinking. Seeing that in people is maybe a good thing, if it helps us realize that we don’t want to be like that in our life. So often I hear people say they can’t change or be different. I don’t think that is true. Being aware of something you want to change, along with God’s power in your life, can lead to change. I think it is a sad thing if someone thinks they can not change their attitude about something.

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We have the choice to change the way we view something, and I am thankful that I can see that. I do not want to be like that negative spirit.  It only brings you down and is also unhealthy.
So, what are some ways I try to remind myself to be more positive?

1-Being open to change and new opportunities.

2-Reminding myself that we have a choice to live our lives like we want to.

3-Listening to Christian music that encourages me.

4-Thinking on the positive and the many blessings in my life.

5-Reaching out to positive people.

6-Praying for others.
God provided the opportunity for me to realize that I can decide if I want to be more negative or more positive. I, with His help, have the power to change my outlook on life!

Is there some area of your life that God might be asking you to change? Do you believe with God’s help you can change?
Continue to look for those opportunities in your life where God might be showing you that you can change!
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is  pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things. –Philippians 4:8