I will not waver because of what I see and the cares of this world.
I am balanced in all my ways and not double-minded.
I will not allow my flesh to rule my spirit.
I am solid, I am steady, I am centered.
I shall not be moved.
I am grounded.
The old adage, “stop and smell the roses, “ is a metaphor for taking time to embrace life with a sense of appreciation.
In times like this, some find difficulty expressing appreciation or can’t see any reason to show gratitude. Their energy is misdirected to focus on the things going wrong than appreciating all which is right.
Furthermore, currently, the world faces many uncertainties and unanswered questions clouding out the sense of gratitude.
Nevertheless, in the midst of it all, take the time to see life differently. Examine the reasons you should express gratitude. There are more than you realize.
For starters, if you’re reading this post, be thankful you woke up today. If you understand and comprehend what you’re reading, be thankful for the use of your sound mind. If you can write or create your posts, have gratitude.
These little blessings and so many like them seem minute, but they are blessings taken for granted and often overlook.
The next time you think there aren’t many reasons for gratitude, “stop and smell the roses,” pause and think about the simple things in life.
According to the scriptural teaching of Ecclesiastes 4:12, a cord of three strands is not easily torn a part. Many Christians believe Jesus Christ is the core of a marriage and the union should comprise three- the husband, wife and Christ. In the natural, a cord bonded by three strands are not easily raveled or torn a part. In marriage, the cord is symbolic of a union.
A biblical teaching is the belief in the Trinity or triune God- The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are one but serves different functions. For example, a husband can serve simultaneously in the role of father, husband, and a brother.
He does not change who he is, his function remains the same but is according to the situation at hand. He does not need to become three people. He is the same person. This concept is hard for some to perceive and becomes mystical when relating to spiritual matters.
Biblically, the number three is representative of completion. It is said, in the beginning, God said, “let us make man in our image” according to the scripture- Genesis 1:26. Let’s, Us, and Our are plural words. God did not say, I will make man in my image.
If you believe the Word of God, theology teaches the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were present. The three functions of the trinity were in operation. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Although the word trinity is not in biblical translations, but trinity means a group comprised of three people or three- (tri).
Other biblical teachings are Jesus Christ died and rose after three days (Hebrews 11:1). Jonas was in the belly of a whale for three days and three nights (Matthew 12:40). It is spiritually and holistically taught man is made up of the body, man, and soul (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
If you are skeptical or an unbeliever, you might say, I don’t believe in theology or the importance of numbers.
Like the number three has many significant events shaping the core of humanity, numbers serve a role in everyday personal life. For example, your birth month, birthday, social security number, telephone number, and house number are necessary in societal functions. They are a significant entity in your life.
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Today was youth Sunday at church. I like the message was prepared two-fold for adults and children. Some of the most powerful messages sometimes are found in its simplest form.
As the pastor delivered the message, I appreciated the use of a nursery rhyme (Humpty Dumpty) relatable to the youth but thought-provoking enough for adults to convey a powerful message to both generations.
Prior to the message, I did not realize there were several possible origins of the Humpty Dumpty tale. From what I learned, before the tale became a nursery rhyme, it was thought Humpty Dumpty possibly represented either a cannon over in England during the Civil War named Humpty Dumpty, strong beverage, large person or a riddle. Some sources reveal other points of origin.
In saying all of this, I deducted this tale reveals more of a moralistic theme but serves simply as entertainment for children.
Now, for those who remember, the tale goes- “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great, all the King’s horses, all the King’s member, couldn’t put humpty back together again.” What a powerful fall one might conclude.
Well, the pastor challenged our thinking by pointing out three powerful spiritual details we should consider, I’ll paraphrase:
1) Be careful where and among whom we sit.
2) What or who will cause you to stumble and fall?
3) There may come a time when your mother, your father, your family and friends will not have the power to put some things together or in place for you, only the Lord can.
Who or what you are falling for?
5, 4, 3, 2, 1… count down to a new year,
it’s an opportunity for a new beginning.
Each morning, when tender mercies are renewed,
forget the former things of old.
Move towards the mark of a higher calling,
press your way to a new beginning.
Put your sight on the things above,
think on the things you desire.
Out with 2017 and in with 2018!
Happy new beginning!