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Summer

For every Season of Life, God’s Grace is Sufficient

(2 Corinthians 12:9)

Linda Irene

 

            You may be going through a winter season of your life where things look bleak, but know it’s only for a season, Summer is coming.

            Jesus said, My Grace, My power, authority and Holy Spirit who lives inside you, will see you through any and every adversity, challenge and/or problem you face in every season of life. It doesn’t matter what you are facing: mental problems, emotional, physical, or relationship problems. You may be experiencing loss of self-esteem, loneliness, depression, sickness, or money problems—all are covered by the blood of Jesus. He has given us all-sufficiency, all the time. His grace is sufficient to overcome any problem, and having done all, we will come through it stronger than when we began; not only for our personal growth, but so that we can reach back and pull someone else up when they are in their winter season.

            Paul was shipwrecked three times. (2 Corinthians 11:25) Three times he was in a boat out at sea in storms so bad, the ship fell apart and he was stranded in the ocean. He was more than up the creek without a paddle, he was bobbing up and down in the middle of the ocean without a boat all night and day. But, God’s grace, power and authority was sufficient. It was all Paul needed to safely reach the shore.

            Five times Paul received 39 lashes from the Jews; three times He was beaten with rods, and was stoned once. People weren’t stoned to be punished a little—they were stoned to be dead. The mob that stoned him thought he was dead, that’s why they left, but God’s grace was sufficient, and Paul got up and walked away with probable bruises, black eyes, broken nose, cuts, gashes and abrasions. Why? Because Jesus said His grace was sufficient.

            God’s power and authority, which He imparted to us, which is in us, strengthens and empowers us to do all things. Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Likewise, Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon formed against us shall prosper.”

            It doesn’t matter what season we are in, God has it covered. His Grace is sufficient. Lean on Him for strength, guidance, direction, protection, wisdom; He not only knows what the problem is—He has the answer for every problem in every season. Rejoice. Summer is coming.

 

DAILY CHOOSE LIFE

DAILY CHOOSE LIFE

By Linda Irene

            Has joy gone out of your life? Has life become a maze of endless responsibility? Have you lost interest and enthusiasm in doing things you once enjoyed? Do you wake up in the morning dreading another day? If you answered yes to any one of these—then it is time to choose life.  Here’s how:

  • Don’t allow the busyness of life to swallow you up. Take charge of your life. Do some soul-searching to determine what is important to you. What brings sizzle into your being? If you are not doing that which makes your soul click its heels together in a vivacious dance of glee, you have temporarily lost your way and are in danger of drowning in the sea of responsibility. Throw yourself a life raft and hop aboard.
  • Plan your days. Instead of letting your days happen to you, decide ahead of time what you want to accomplish with your day. Make a list if a list helps you organize and stick to your plan.
  • There must be balance between job, family and social responsibilities and having ‘you’ time. You time is essential for your overall health and well-being. Do one thing every day that makes you smile on the outside and jiggle with laughter on the inside. It could be as simple as enjoying a hazelnut coffee from Starbucks if that is what brings you pleasure.
  • Schedule playtime. If you have been saying to yourself, “I would love to do (fill in the blank), when I have some free time,” but free time never seems to come—pencil in your free time—daily. Free time could be as little as fifteen minutes that you take for yourself to daydream, ponder, enjoy a sunset or the night skies—anything that takes you out of do, do, do, mode to aaah mode.
  • Allow yourself to enjoy life. Sometimes people mistakenly believe that taking ‘me’ time is selfish. If that describes you—consider this: when preparing for take-off, the flight attendant gives instructions regarding the unlikely event of losing cabin pressure. She says, “An oxygen mask will appear. First place the mask on yourself then on your children or others requiring assistance.” Why? Because if you do not take care of yourself—you cannot help others. Likewise, if we do not take the time to fill our lives with the little things that fill us up with joy, we are working with an empty vessel, unable to give to others what they need until we fill our vessel with all the goodies that make us come alive. Me time is not selfish—it is imperative.
  • Begin today. What will you do today to give yourself the gift of abundant, joyful living?