Monday, February 23, 2009

Rock Star

I wanna be a Rock, not really. But I know someone who does. Have you ever known someone who wanted so badly to be rich and make it "BIG"? Some people spend their whole lives striving to become "it". They spend the big bucks on a super model wardrobe or the best sound equipment for the band....yet they don't see that what is truly "BIG" in life is right in front of them, and it's FREE.

Living a life for God is infinitely better than striving for fame and fortune. While some people are blessed to achieve both, success is sweeter when it's from the Lord.

Here are a couple verses about success:

"With me are riches and honor, enduring weath and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver." Proverbs 8:18-19 NIV

"My prayer for you, my very dear friend, is that you may be as healthy and prosperous in every way as you are in your soul." 3 John 2 (Phillips version)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

More Cedar in your Palace

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could do some major updates to your house/apartment, etc.? My husband and I are ALWAYS thinking up ways to add to the house; customize it to look just the way we want it a magazine. Sometimes that's totally unrealistic and actually unnecessary. I remember saying when I first met my husband, that I would be completely happy living in a one-room house with a dirt floor, if it meant that I could live with him. When did we get away from remembering the important part is the relationships we build here on earth?

Here is an interesting verse:

"More cedar in your palace doesn't make you a better king than your father, Josiah. He always did right--he gave justice to the poor and was honest. That's what it means to truly know me. So he lived a comfortable life and always had enough to eat and drink." Jeremiah 22:15-16 (CEV)

It's an odd translation, but I gather that if you spend your energy showing love and compassion to others, live comfortably with just enough, you'll live a "richer", fuller life!

Here's a goal that I've been wanting to accomplish lately...We always see a man with the classic cardboard sign, standing at an intersection corner. I would really like to stock my car with some McDonald's gift cards so that I'm not empty handed when our paths cross. Can you think of a way to show God's love in a practical way today? I would love to hear your ideas!

Have a great week!