Someone said, “Our lives are defined by opportunities, including the ones we miss. Let us not weep over chances we have missed, but rather for the ones we did not take.” When I look back over my life, I can see where I’ve made plenty of mistakes and I’ve also missed out on some wonderful opportunities. Maybe you are saying the same thing. If so, I encourage you to resist the temptation to live in regret. Humans are fallible creatures and we all make wrong choices but at least our disappointment reveals that we care and that’s a good thing.
“God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” (Psalm 54:4 NASB)
The Lord is your Helper. He will always sustain you.
If you put your trust in Him, God will honor that and WILL come through for you and do whatever it takes to bring you to other side… past the obstacle, past the dilemma, past the hardship that you are facing now.
God is your deliverer. Put your hope and trust in Him.
He will see to it that you are provided for in every way.
“Love …. does not take into account a wrong suffered.” …I Corinthians 13: 4-5 (NASB)
Have you ever been hurt or wronged by someone?
What a question.
We all have been disappointed and hurt by the mistakes of others.
And so has God.
Sometimes that is weird to think, but God has feelings too. He too feels hurt when we make mistakes.
But God is so loving, and is so good, and is so merciful, and is so quick to forgive.
“…For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)
In 1 Samuel 13:14, God expressed how He sought out “a man after His own heart” to rule over His people.
He chose David to become king.
Now David was not the “perfect” example of a human being by any means. He made mistakes and errors just like everyone else.
David had even committed murder later on in his life. Some would consider that a “big sin”.
Just when you thought last year’s Presidential campaign had gotten as ugly as ever—think again. Only three weeks into the Trump Administration and from my perspective, the speeches, debates, and conversations in federal politics set new heights of “shock and awe.” Individual character and the maligning of such is all too often par for the course although not exclusively true.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…”
-Philippians 3:13 (KJV)
Sometimes as we start a brand new year, thoughts of rehashing the past creep in….
Thoughts of “woulda…coulda…shoulda”….
The good… the bad… the ugly.
But God has a different perspective about it all.
Forget about it!
With this New Year, we can start a new beginning….. a do-over…. according to God’s plans, purposes, and pursuits for our life.
As a Faith writer, I decided to put my faith into practice recently and see how far it would get me. If you listen to any of the local pop or rock radio stations, you’re likely to be familiar with a group called Judah and the Lion. They’re from Nashville, Tennessee and recently played a concert in Tampa- the 97x Next Big Thing. My daughter and I absolutely love their music and I decided to believe that I would get to meet them. Originally I was hoping to simply meet them and say “hi” during the concert but as it turns out they decided to grant me an interview.
Wine and painting places are popping up everywhere lately. It’s an awesome idea- It’s even how I first realized I was an artist- but now they have become a dime a dozen. Prophetic Art Unleashed in Brooksville is different. They are not your average wine and painting place. This innovative studio uses The Holy Spirit instead of alcohol to unleash the inner artist in its patrons. Owner Diana Campo says that she’s not a classically trained artist- she’s just like you and me. Despite never taking art classes she creates these masterpieces with so much depth and meaning.
The early bird catches the worm, right? Or in this case, the early bird gets fit! Elaine Monagas, owner of New U Weight Loss Center has started an early morning fitness group for anyone who wants to get healthy. The group meets at 5 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at her shop located in – plaza on Northcliffe Blvd and they head out on a journey to get fit together. I’ll admit, I’m not a morning person. Elaine had been inviting me to join the group for a few weeks and I kept putting it off because I couldn’t bring myself to get up and active that early.