A FREE SPIRIT

A FREE SPIRIT

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God will deliver and set you free,

Instead of ashes give you beauty;

A crown He bestows upon your head

Bringing life to that which was dead;

This life will grow and overflow

So other people will also know

The love of God they see in you

When your beauty and joy shine through;

The oil of gladness He will give

So you won’t mourn, but truly live

As sorrow and pain are being replaced

With joy putting a smile on your face;

The anointing He will pour in you

So you’ll bless others by what you do,

Always have a song to sing,

And joy to others you will bring.

A Garment of praise instead of despair

Is the clothing that you will wear

Until all heaviness fully drains.

Then praise the Lord! His freedom reigns

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Thank God for the Thorns

Life on earth can a roller coaster ride of emotions.  Just as the weather changes here in Texas (it was 85 degrees one day and we had a freeze warning 3 days later, then it’s back up to 75) our emotions can change from one day to the next.  The following is a quote form my sister’s post on Facebook:

Vicki Watrous Zink

I believe happiness is a choices.  Part of being here on earth is learning to live with life’s ups and down…it is a rollercoaster ride at times…but it means you are alive right!! So choose to be happy!!  It is sad to see many Christians who used the “depression”excuse when they have trouble with their life’s events and run to the doctor for pills to “make them feel better”. Don’t expect it to be better when you come down off that pill. It won’t be. Just thank God for the thorn and use it as a leaning tool to grow!

 

 

 

I totally agree with this post and she gave me permission to quote it. Emotions are a way of life.  In life we will always have ups and downs; however, those who trust in the Lord know that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 (New Living Translation) I have to say, I have struggled with depression.  It’s a way of life for us all at one time or another.  Things happen to make us depressed.  However, it’s not bad circumstances that make us depressed. It is the way we respond to bad circumstances.  We need to respond as though we know that God is in control and He knows what he is doing.  We need to get into the word for God said,

“My son, pay attention to what I say, listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them close to your heart.  For they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:20 – 23

Did you get that?  God’s word is life.  God’s word is health.  I know that some disease is legitimate and we need doctors and we need medicine.  Perhaps, though, sometimes the prescription should be a good dose of God’s word to lift our spirits, calm our heart, lower our blood pressure, or ease our ulcer.  After all, many times these symptoms are related to our emotions.  So the next time bad circumstances come my way, I’m going to say, “Thank God for the thorn” and ask him what I need to learn from this experience.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to stay in the word.

Trials Lead us to Prayer

Trials help us lean on God.  If I never had a trial, I wonder sometimes if I would ever look to God.  If I never had a trial, I would think I could handle things on my own.

There is a song, “On My knees” song by Jaci Velasquez:

There are days when I feel
The best of me is ready to begin
Then there are days when I feel
I’m letting go and soaring on the wind
‘Cause I’ve learned in laughter or in pain
How to survive!

I get on my knees!  I get on my knees!
There I am before the Love that changes me
See I don’t know how but there’s power
When I’m on my knees

I can be in a crowd or by myself and almost anywhere
When I feel there’s a need to talk with God.  He is Emmanuel
When I close my eyes, no darkness there,  There’s only light!

I get on my knees!  I get on my knees!
There I am before the Love that changes me
See I don’t know how, but there’s power
In the blue skies, in the midnight
When I’m on my knees

We can go to the very throne of God as we are on our knees and ask for anything we need. Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

So next time a trial come my way, I am going to be sure to call on the Lord and ask him what is to be learned, how will I be strengthened, or what is the purpose of this pain.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to stay in prayer.

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.

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.