I was so proud of myself for getting into bed at around 9:30 last night! I felt so tired but then I laid there until I got my Bible out and read all of Titus. I love that book... So much good stuff in it. (I really never studied that book much until after I had my son, Titus)
The verses that stuck out to me were:
Titus 3:2, 9 ESV (Go read the whole chapter it is so good)
"to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless."
Now, I am not one to get on a rant about politics and what not but these verses just screamed at me because it is such a good reminder. The whole election process is too long and too much money gets spent. There are many issues our country faces and I am just not going to join in on the conversations. It is worthless to argue with people about the issues. We all have different issues that we are convicted of and that helps us to vote. My values are lined up with what my daddy God has aligned in my heart. The problem is we live in a dark world where more and more people do not know Papa God. They have never felt his presence and the word church is dark and the thought of going to church is sickening to them. So as a Christian, along with this verse I just do not see the point in trying to quarrel my beliefs to them. Our thoughts and view points are so different. Instead I will live out the command to Love God and Love others FIRST! When people see the way I live and notice something different then it is my hope that I can share my testimonies and beliefs. I want to be that witness of love, compassion, and forgiveness. I want people to truly see God shining through me. How about you?
Instead, I see many Christians making so much noise about this and that issue... abortion, homesexuality, debt, conservative, liberal, church/state, etc etc. I know where I stand on the issues but I am not going to stand up and create dissension, quarrels, controversies when many of those people have not experienced what true freedom from CHRIST is. Instead I will not speak evil of people, I will be gentle, and I will show courtesy towards people. I will kindly listen to peoples stands on issues but I will not start to argue back. If someone asks where I stand I will boldly stand up and share with my faith shining forth!
I'm sorry if this sounds like more of a rant then a devo but it really is good scripture and a good reminder to keep our eyes focused on HIM.
Love you all and I am praying for you to be BOLD in your FAITH today!
Feel free to leave your thoughts but remember no quarreling or I will remove comments.
I really enjoyed this visual for Color Street Application! So far Nail it With Selah and April is going great! We are eager to help you get your nails pretty or sparkly or both! If we can do it then that means anyone can do it! Look at the fun Easter Colors!!!! Which one is your favorite? Chicks or bunnies? Check all the other designs here!
St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
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