Abundance is…

Abundance is..Watching a sunrise or sunset, reading the first page of a brand new novel, seeing a baby walk to you for the first time, getting a smile from a stranger walking by, feeling a cool breeze on a warm day.

The practice of abundance can change your life.  It changed mine.  It opens the windows to a new look at life.  It opens the mind and heart to beauty, wonder, warmth, and love.

Practicing abundance is another form of positive thinking. “Whatever is true, honest, right, pure, lovely, or good report, if there is any virtue, if anything worthy of praise, think on these things and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8.

Beach-SunriseTake a look at the sunrise.  Visit the beach.  Thank God that the car started; find joy in the simple things we take for granted.  A heart beating, a lung breathing, muscles working, air to breath, buds blooming, trees waving in the wind.  These are things everyone can be thankful for.

I find myself thinking of all the woes in the world: poverty, hunger, unemployment, heartache and pain.  Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  I praise God for life.  I praise God for a place to lay my head at night, no matter how small it may be.  I praise God for food on my plate and friends who help put it there.

Stop and notice the flowers next time you walk by a garden or someone’s front yard.  Glance into a store front window and see all the beautiful things and just imagine the joy you could have using them even if you can’t afford to buy them now.  And realize that one of these days, as we enter the Golden Gates of Heaven, everything will be positive.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to count your blessings.

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Perfection

The beauty of the world comes from God and Him alone.  He creates everything full of life, full of richness and wonder that makes ones heart soar and sing His praises.

God showed me once that I, too, am a beautiful creation because he accepts me and washes away any stains, any darkness, and any deteriorating of the soul.  He only produces life in me and light, and perfection.  That’s the way He sees me.  No fading, no darkness.  When He presents me to the Father at the end of days, I will be presented without spot or wrinkle.  Praise His Name.

This is Terri Byars, Triumphant through Christ.

The Positive Side of Life

I’m the type of person that sees the glass half empty.  When something goes wrong it’s easy to dwell on the negative; like a stubbed toe, that’s all we can think about at the time.  From now on, I want to see the positive side of life at all times.  Here’s lesson #1:

Lesson #1 – Getting sick means a day off work.

I awoke today with a slightly sore throat.  I went to work as usual.  No big deal, just a cold, I thought.  I looked down my throat in a mirror and discovered my tonsils were swollen.  I went to the doctor during my lunch hour and was told I had strep throat.  I discovered it soon so it wasn’t bad and my throat barely hurts.  But, it is still contagious, and I was told to stay home from work the rest of the day and tomorrow.  My supervisor is fine with that.  “We will just cancel the appointments and reschedule them when you get back.”  So, I now get a day off not even feeling bad except for a slightly sore throat, no coughing, no fever.  God has given me time to rest in Him and build up some needed refreshing times.   Next time there is a seemingly negative event in your life, try to find the positive side of it, or at least the lesson to be learned through the trial.

This is Terri Byars, seeing  the positive side of life.

Power of the Tongue

“The tongue has the power of life and death” – Proverbs 18:21.  With words we can heal, wound, or kill.  With  words, God created the entire universe.  God said, “Let there be…and there was…” Genesis chapter 1.  We have to watch what we say at all times.  I still remember words that were said to me over 40 years ago as I was growing up.  Words of disappointment, words of correction,  harsh words and words of praise when I did something good.  Some of us hear words of abuse also, and these can have lasting effects, especially if we harbor resentment in our hearts and keep repeating these words to ourselves.

We are all important.  We are all accepted by the Lord.  We are all created in His image, beautifully created and thought of before the creation of time.  (see Ps. 139:13 – 15 and Eph. 1:4-6) Ponder these words, my friends, ponder on the fact that Jesus loves us beyond measure, unconditionally, because he created us and all things created by Him are wonderful.  Ephesians 1:6 states that he made us accepted (NKJV).

When we speak to one another, speak words of life.  Speak words of healing.  Speak to those in the world, whoever they are, knowing that they, too, were created by God–beautifully and wonderfully made.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to speak life.

Hello World!

Hello World! As you read the trials, triumphs, and thoughts I have throughout my days, hopefully you will be encouraged and perhaps you will learn something and perhaps I will learn something as you respond to what you see. I am a Christian and on these pages I will post encouraging words as the Lord gives them to me. Look up and keep smiling!