Brenda's Inspirational Thought Of The Day - October 2014

October's Inspirational Thoughts
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Oct. 31 - It never gets old!! The reminiscing of past vb championship seasons, the chills of those fabulous plays and the thoughts of wishing all young high school kids could experience this self made high just once in their lives.

There is nothing like it; whether it's experiencing it for yourself, as the parent of a player and now as a parent of a coach.

Go Shamrocks!!! You've already made us proud. Enjoy the memories!! Finish it off and meet your final goal!!

Oct. 30 - The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. - 1 Corinthians2:15

We often experience people misjudging others before they really get to know them. Sometimes those kids that seem to have no manners or act out towards get on our last nerve, but when we truly see the hard life they have to live at home, we can sympathize, but still cannot completely understand.  A lot of these children may even be afraid to go home in fear of what they have to face.

When you were younger remember that one teacher or neighbor that scared you to death, until as an adult you really got to know them a heard of all their hard-ships. We often jump to conclusions about many things when we only know part of the story. Those that have understanding and the whole story refrain from judging, and they hold their peace. There is so much good we can do if we will only be patient and find out all the facts first.

I recently found myself in a situation of feeling I was being judged, by someone I had never meet; it upset me greatly and my self-worth was deflated. I decided to let it all soak in for a day or so and see how I felt. I feel something’s need to be addressed one on one and not in front of 30 people, in which this was the first time they’d meet me and only knew me as Brenda. If you’re put in a situation like this ask God to help you hold your tongue and be your strength; be the better person. I’m over it, because I know I’m a good person with a positive attitude and goal in my life. Just not how I’d have done things.

Lord, when I am too quick to judge. Grant me the patience and wisdom I need to live by the golden rule, that I may treat others as I would like to be treated. Amen.

Oct. 29 - Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us. – Isaiah 26:12

I read a devotional today comparing musical chairs to life. I’m taking this thought a little differently them what I read. It is a little too simple to compare life to a game of musical chairs, but in the end of time, there will be winners and there will be losers. Those that pay attention, do their best and play by the rules will be honored that their reward.  Those that don’t, could find themselves in a not so happy place. We can compare our eternal life and goals on earth to be similar.

We tend to live as though we know what tomorrow will bring, when in fact we have no idea. In musical chairs, we move quickly in anticipation for the music to end. In life we should be every bit as ready, so that when the music does end, we won’t caught napping.

Lord, I listen for Your Word, so I may receive Your reward. Guide me by Your love, that someday I’ll be ready to meet You face-to-face. Keep me attentive, and make sure that I don’t slack off. Help me to understand the life lessons here on earth; to prepare and guide me to live in Your glory!! Amen.

Oct. 28 - The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom. Proverbs 10:21

When words of truth are spoken from the heart, they reach out to people to give them a rich blessing. It is important that we request the Spirit’s guidance as we speak.

When we allow God’s words to spring from our mouths, we become disciples for His glory here on earth.  We have in our power the ability to feed those who find themselves spiritually hungry and in need. May we use that power wisely and well.

Lord, I want to serve You in all ways. Take my words and make them Yours. Pour out

Your grace through my lips, and make my speech a blessing and pleasing to those who hear. Amen.

Oct. 27 - Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. – Proverbs 21:2

Do you know people who love to gloat about what they have, what they’ve done, and who they know? As we know all of those actions could be because they really deep down feel have no self-worth and feel insecure with themselves.

We as Christians, who want to please God, know not only are our actions important, but our reasons for them are important, too. God sees us not as we appear to be, but as we really are. He knows every motivation for move we make, the good and bad. We can’t fool God, and we shouldn’t try to. We may think we are doing all right if we do the things God asks, but more importantly, we need to do what He asks for the right reasons.

But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. – James 1:14

Dear Heavenly Father, search the deep in my heart to see if I am doing all I can for the right reasons. Lead me to new ways of serving You. Help me to see what is lacking in my life, and support me as I try to change. Amen.

Oct. 26 - Sorry I didn't get a chance to notify all of you. I've been out of town......

There is nothing to be gained by resting on our accomplishments. Hard work and honesty are important values to possess. If we can learn to be disciplined in our daily work, then we can improve our spiritual discipline as well.

It is very pleasing to God when we put forth our best efforts, even when we don’t first succeed He encourages us to try, try again. Persistence is the name of the game. After my weekend in Memphis, I have a greater appreciation of what hard work and persistence can do for you.

My mind tells me I do not have to be pushy and overbearing to be persistent. Just share what you know, believe and have conviction. When you refuse to do your best, then you are failing to use the talents and gifts that God has given to us all.

Find what makes you happy; find your purpose and form your self-worth…Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, says the Lord. - Jeremiah 1:5

Dear Lord, I want to be a faithful and devoted servant in everything I do, O Lord, doing all that is required of me, using my talents in the best possible way in order to please you. Help me to do what is right, keep me diligent, and turn me away from the temptation to avoid my responsibilities and the promises I’ve made to others. Remind me that feeling scare to go out of my comfort zone is alright, because you’ll be there with me. Amen..

Oct. 22 - "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6.

Do you willingly pledge yourself to put Jesus’ plans and priorities first, making them your own? If you have, then you have allowed Jesus to be “in” you. Most of our lives we are trying to impress God and others because we know what we want, which may not be what God has in store for us. Not until we realize that God made us to be real, to be honest, to be open, to never compare ourselves to others, but to strive to become our own best person, do we achieve contentment.

Each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. – 1 Corinthians 7:17.

A happy heart makes the face cheerful. – Proverbs 15:13

Oct. 20 - This saying caught my eye. “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody!!”
As a teacher teaches best by igniting curiosity, so a friend encourages best by sparking self-worth.  When a friend is struggling to find that self-worth, encourage them with affirmation to believe in themselves. Reassure them you have faith even though they may not.

Love them and encourage them when they cannot see their own value.  Reassure them that God has all the faith in the world in them and He will not let them fail. In time when their self-worth returns they too will be able to be there for others.

What a privilege God has given us to love one another!! In Philippians 4:8 we are instructed to observe what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, we are handed a priceless set of tools to shape self-worth into the lives of others. Don’t let anyone take the wind out of your sails.

As we see and affirm these positive qualities in our friends, they will begin to see the source of all that is true, excellent and praiseworthy. Soon they will begin praising our Heavenly Creator by becoming all he meant for them to be.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10

Oct. 19 - I'm editing yesterday's post. It is not necessary to air my feelings in this way. What ever is, is. God is pleased with me. I'm only concerned with the plan HE has for me. A more positive message to come today!!

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. – John 15:19

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me.

Dear Lord, help me to put yesterday’s feeling behind me. I want to continue to be a positive upbeat person. I’m not complacent, a know-it-all, conceited, etc. Please help me to erase those words from my mind and I ask you to direct me to be successful in what your plan is for me. If what I’m involved in now is not what your plans are for me, guide me. I give it all to you. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

Oct. 18 - If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. – John 15:19

I have always been a people person. I want everyone to be happy and enjoy life like I do! I’m not naïve to the fact that it isn’t that easy for everyone. Everyone wants to belong. Rejection and belittling is a common fear. I’m sorry there was no message yesterday. I attended a seminar and my mind was mentally and emotionally spent. There were many encouraging things said and great takeaways to ponder. But what blew me away were the things directed at me. I heard things I had never heard before and yes I was a little defensive (not my typical nature, but standing up for myself). I’m not saying I don’t have my own opinion, but we all have the right to have our opinions heard and should know when to stop and appreciate the opinions around us.

God's Word encourages us: Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect. With that change from the inside we will be able to find our purpose in life and achieve goals we never thought we could.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me.

Dear Lord, help me to put yesterday’s feeling behind me. I want to continue to be a positive upbeat person. I’m not complacent, a know-it-all, conceited, etc. Please help me to erase those words from my mind and I ask you to direct me to be successful in what your plan is for me. If what I’m involved in now is not what your plans are for me, guide me. I give it all to you. In Your Name I pray, Amen

Oct. 16 - What a great reminder and comparison of our Savior’s love for us. This article has been floating around Fackbook, but I know some of you aren’t on Facebook, so I wanted all of you to be able to reflect on this article from Victor P. Gregorio:

This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.

This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.

When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.

I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

It’s sad to think we all do this one time or another. When we are lost and feel we can handle everything on our own, we can't!! There is no need to carry our burdens alone. I hop this reminder helps some of you through your rough times. God is waiting for you to come to Him.

When you think you can handle your life on your own and it doesn’t work out. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

Oct. 15 - Lord, make me and mold me into the person you want me to be. "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand." Isaiah 64:8

Direct me to what your plans are for me. I don’t want to be heading in so many directions and not paying attention to your plans. Help us to see that all we need in life is what you provide for us. You are my strength.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. – Psalm 32:8

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3

Oct. 14 - Does anybody else need to spend more time in God's Word? I definitely do!! In November I will be starting a bible study with a very great friend of mine. She will be mentoring me using “30 Days to Understanding the Bible.”  One day I was thinking the Bible is a book; it has a beginning and an end; I want to understand everything in the middle!

"There's nothing like the Word of God for showing you the way. Every part of scripture is God-breathed and useful for showing us Truth, exposing our sin and training us to live God's way."  2 Timothy 3:16. We have God's Word on it. All of it.

“I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” – Proverbs 4:11-12

Oct 13 - If we confess ours sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

I’ve heard many people after drinking too much one evening say I’ll never do that again, but then in the near future they’re at it again. I knew they weren’t serious about it and if they’ve said it once, they’ve said it a hundred times.

Sinner’s repenting is somewhat similar to that. We say we’re sorry, and vow that’s the last time we’re doing whatever the sin, but are we truly serious when we come to God for forgiveness of our sins? True repentance is turning away from sin and making a conscious, deliberate decision to leave sin behind us. If we’re serious, we will consciously turn to God with a promise to follow His will and not turn back.

The Bible says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.” – 2 Cor. 7:10.

Oct. 12 - For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

God has an appointed time, or we might say that He has set appointments, for us concerning certain issues in our lives. In these times I have to ask God for His help and guidance with patience. By far not my best quality!!  We all know all things are in God’s time….it will happen when God wants and not until then. Trust in the Lord for He knows the plans He has you.

But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! – Psalm 31:14-15

Oct. 11 - Today feels like a day of scripture and mediating. I find myself not thanking Him enough for all that I have and am. Without all His gifts and blessings I would be nothing.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  - Psalm 100:4

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. - Philippians 4:6

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. - Psalm 28:7

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thank you Heavenly Father for all that you have blessed me with. When I use the phrase, “I count my blessings.” I actually really don’t know where to start. In reality I have many I’m not even aware of. You are my strength and because of that I have courage to do all through you. In your Holy name I pray. Amen

Oct. 10 - Do you not know that you and your body are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? - 1 Corinthians 3:16

What are you grateful for today? By far first would be God for everything He continues to bless me with. I’m grateful for all those around me who care so much about me. I want everyone to know my secret for good health and positive attitude, so be watching for updates.

It’s been over a year since I finished my chemo, so now it’s time to concentrate on my continued good health. At times multitasking isn’t as easy as before and I'm not as freakishly strong as I used to be , but I’m putting myself on track to clear that up and be stronger and wiser than ever. I love being God’s one of a kind child. No one will ever be exactly like me, so it’s time to prove to Him that I will take care of this (His) body.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31

Oct. 9 - I love this thought from Joel Osteen this morning…

The person that gets on your nerves, God can use them like sandpaper to rub the rough edges off of you. That person that’s a pain and is suffering, God can use them to teach you how to be merciful, understanding and forgiving. They’re not there by accident; God put them there on purpose.

Many of you are continuously doing good for people, going out of your way to be a blessing, making sacrifices nobody knows about. Nobody may be singing your praises, nobody may be calling your name, but God sees what you’re doing. The scripture says in Matthew 6:4, “Your Father, who sees what you give in secret, will reward you in the open.”

It is nice to know people appreciate you and what you’re doing, but it’s not always necessary for everyone to know and to always receive praise for it.  There are many people that say to me, "If you only knew how many people you have reach with your message and the good you are doing for people. My response is, “It’s not for me to know or to be concerned with. God knows and that’s all that counts. He allows the right people at the right time to see and hear His word through me.”

Our good works and deeds are not what gets us to our eternal home, it’s our faith in Him, for Jesus has already paid the ultimate price.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John3:16

Oct. 6 - Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart can quickly consume you too. Life gets a lot freer when you realize that if someone doesn’t like you or doesn’t give you the time of day, it’s no big deal and you’ll be less stressed.

Faith, is knowing God will be with you through anything He brings to you. God will never ask you do to something and not give you the ability to do it. Whatever tests you’re facing, you have the grace to pass it.

After you separate yourself from the situation it’s time to find forgiveness. Love and forgiveness are the special blessings from God for all Christians, and when we are able to forgive we find healing.

It may take time, but in Mark 11:25 we’re reminded … “When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Oct. 5 - Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21

Have you ever felt so boastful of yourself that you were busting at the seams? All of us have felt like this one time or another….. When you achieve that one thing you never thought you’d accomplish. If you take a step back you can quickly realize if it wasn't for God’s help you never would have gotten there.

]I think one of the hardest things for some people to accept and understand is that there is absolutely nothing they can do to win their salvation. No matter how generous…how honest…how compassionate they are – it is never enough. God’s standard is perfection. If we think we are anywhere close we’re sadly mistaken and we’ve let our boastful pride get in the way. Only when we see ourselves as God see us as sinners, will we realize our need for our desperate need for our Savior.

But the most amazing blessings we have is in spite of our sin and know everything attitude, God still loves us. All we have to do is believe and receive - believe Christ died for us and by faith receive Him into our lives. No, you can’t win or earn your salvation because Christ has already done that. Think about this the next time you feel the urge to tell the world about your accomplishments; make sure you give the credit to God!!

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6

We believe by Faith, not sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Oct. 3 - God has given us so many gifts to sow love and to give hope, to shine light and to spread joy. Abundant gifts. All we need to do is use them. Give to yourself and give to others. There is an endless supply where they come from.

Pray for others to make a difference. Ask others to pray for you! God always answers the prayers of His children – but His answer isn’t always “Yes.” Sometimes His answer is “No,” or “Wait” – and they are answers just as much as a “Yes.”

God knows far better than we do what is best for us. Thank God even when He says “No” or “Wait.” His answer will always be perfect.

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

Oct. 2 Kind words are like honey – sweet to the taste and good for your health. – Proverbs 16:24

These thoughts come from one of my daily devotions….

Most people don't like the sound of their own voice. Caught on tape or voicemail message, we shudder at what we hear.

What we say and how we say it have a powerful impact on others. Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit -Proverbs 15:4. We are urged: Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you  - Ephesians 4:29.

Kind, helpful affirming words strengthen our relationships with others and are good for our mental health, too. More important, kind words reflect our Lord and His love for all of us.

Lord, forgive me when my speech is irritable and graceless. Fill my mouth with sincere and soothing words that express love and patience. Alert me to ways my words can help and heal. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Oct. 1 - How often do we complain about our bodies?…I’m too fat, I’m too thin, I just don’t feel good, my back hurts, my knees hurt…I know a lot of us forget that our bodies are a gift from God and He wants us to take care of them. How well are you taking care of yourself and your health?

There are probably a few hundred reasons that might motivate you to care for yourself and to be healthy. Here are four reasons that we should consideration and be motivated by daily. I personally think that these are reasons which God would want us all to be motivated by.

1.    It glorifies God….1 Corinthians 10:31
2.    You're taking care of your body - His temple…1 Corinthians 19-20.
3.    It's being a good witness…Acts 1:8
4.    You'll have more energy - be better equipped for what God has planned for you…Ephesians 2:10

What we believe determines what we do. If you value your relationship with God, it's likely that you are taking good care of your body and your health.

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