Keep it simple. Rejoice always!

So simple. Super powerful. This verse jumped out and hit me like a punch to the face.

If I am rejoicing always, I am not complaining, tearing down, spreading bitterness, being upset, lying, or a million other things that would harm someone else.

If I am rejoicing always, I always have Jesus on my heart and a thankful spirit which demolishes all those other things.

If I “rejoice always”, I suspect that I would be compelled to tell people why I am rejoicing.

This is my new mission.

Even though I seriously need to work on my “rejoice always”, I know God will be with me the whole journey and I have nothing to fear. Amen!! 🙌

For everyone who asks receives

I love this verse because it reminds me that all I have to do is ask Him. Sometimes I forget this simple thing and try and try as I might, I fail, over and over, never asking God to help.

My take away is to give it to God, ask Him for help and wait for Him to act. Sometimes His action is something spectacular and other times it is something I don’t even notice til later. Either way though, if I never ask, I can’t expect to receive.

His will be done always.

God bless.

God’s plan never fails

“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This passage is a great reminder to me that God’s plan will not fail, even if it looks like it will at first. Simon says to Jesus that they fished all night and caught nothing but Jesus said to let down the nets for a catch and Simon caught more fish than he could handle.  God’s plan was not that Simon catch the fish on his own but instead, through relying on Jesus.

I run into this situation daily where I encounter something I can’t do on my own or that falls right through my hands and I forget that maybe I just need to give to Jesus.  What else in my life could I give to Jesus?  The answer is A LOT.

My takeaway from this is that my plans will inevitably fail because I am broken and fallible but because God is perfect, His plans will never fail.  I need to trust that He is working for my good and give it to Him, completely.

God is good, God is sovereign and God is a much better at planning than I am.  Of this I have no doubt.

God bless.