God is Good, Life Is Good

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I am a very thoughtful person.  If allowed I could spend hours just sitting and thinking.  There are pros and cons to this, depending on if the thoughts are positive or negative.  Sometimes thinking stresses me out, especially when I think about my future and the unknown.  I sometimes find myself thinking about the past and how it got where I am today.  About the people who have come and gone, the impact, both negative and positive that they left on my life.  These thoughts leave me sad but also grateful because regardless of how those stories ended they made an impact on who I am today.  I think of the people God has given me in this season of life like my family, my boyfriend, my friends and my church family.  At the end of the day I come to one conclusion.  God is good, and He has given me a wonderful life.

“I will always thank the Lord;
    I will never stop praising Him.
 I will praise Him for what he has done” Psalm 34:1-2

Despite the hurt, the pain, the uncertainty, and the stupid choices I have made, God is good.  Not once did I fall and He not raise me up again.  Not one time has He not used a bad situation for good. Everything that has ever been stolen from me has been replaced with something better.  I do not understand everything that happens in my life but I do understand that God is good, all of the time. What has God done for you?  What mess has He used for good in your life?

How often do we associate a bad day with a bad life? Do not ever allow yourself to get so beaten down by the bad that you forget the good.  Every day that we wake up is a good day.  The only thing that can change that is a bad perspective.  Every day I deal with difficult people, and some days I just want to give up.  But I have to press on, because I know that God has a purpose for me and that those people were put in my life for a reason.  As much as it hurts I know that my lesson has not been learned yet, there is something God wants to teach me.  I believe that once I have learned that lesson, that this too shall pass and I can move to my next season. Will there be difficult people in that season?  Maybe, or maybe He will try to teach me something else. But this lesson is not in vain, I will carry what I learn into the next chapter. I do not know what this life holds, but I do know this, God is good.

 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

My desire for you is to love your life.  We are not promised tomorrow, we only have today.  And if tomorrow comes there is nothing we can do to stop it, to prepare for it, or change it.  Embrace the bad, but lean on the good.  Because all in all it is a good life.  Do not get so caught up in tomorrow that you forget to be thankful for today.

Thankfulness is the key to joy.  A lack of joy is all too often a lack of thankfulness.  Thank God for what He has done and what he continues to do.  God is good, life is good.  So choose thankfulness every morning when you wake up.  It will change your day completely.  Love God and love People, if that is all that you do today then you lived it well.  Those actions, however small they seem make a giant impact on your life and the world around.  And if life gets tough, and it will, remember that God is good and life is good, no matter what.  Give thanks for this crazy, beautiful life He has given us!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
    His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Lots of Love 💕,

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What’s Your Story?

What's Your Story-

Everyone has a story.  Our story is every word, every circumstance, every trial, and every triumph that has made us what we are today.  Without the good, the bad and the ugly we would not be the people we are today.  God has a story for us as well, and even the bad chapters He can work for His glory. This story is called our testimony.

I believe that our testimony is crucial to sharing Christ with others.  Jesus was perfect, but I believe that He uses our imperfect stories to show how great He is.  People may find it hard to connect with someone who has never been through the same things as them, but through our stories I believe that people can find Christ.

Our stories are powerful, they have the power to set someone free.  Never be ashamed of your testimony, I can guarantee that there is at least one person who needs to hear.  Most of my life I was lied to by the enemy that I did not have a testimony.  I grew up in a Christian home, I never partied, I did not a lot of the things that I heard in other people’s testimonies.  And because of this I discounted the good that God had done (and is still doing) in my life because my testimony was not “good enough”.  But my testimony is just as powerful as anyone else’s and God continues to show me my testimony.  As He reveals my testimony to me I hope to one day sit down, write it down and share it with you guys.  Because there is freedom in our testimony.

If you are like me and you do not know what your testimony is then I pray that you ask God to show you.  Pray that He will reveal what He has done in your life and how you can minister to others through it. Like I said someone needs YOUR testimony!  If you already know what God has done in your life then I challenge you to share it with others.  Tell someone…anyone.  The longer the enemy can keep your testimony a secret the longer he can use it against you.

Because of Christ your mess is now your message.  Tell someone where you were before Christ and where you have come since.  Pray for God to reveal your testimony, share it with someone and then write it down so that you never forget what God has done.

So, what’s your story?

“No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.”  Luke 8:39

Lots of Love,

Fruit of the Spirit: The End of the Beginning

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23

Woah, hard to believe this series has already come and gone.  I have received such great responses from all of you and look forward to doing another series soon! If you have any ideas for another series or know of something you would like to see on “Coffee Breaks With Jesus” feel free to email me at: coffeebreakswithjesus@yahoo.com.  I love hearing from my followers and appreciate your input!

But before we move on I would like to take a few minutes and sum up everything we have talked about while studying the “Fruits of the Spirit”.

Our journey first led us to the fruit of Love.  We talked about how love is not about us, it is about others.  We choose love, it is not just a feeling that comes and goes. It is the conscious choice to love an imperfect person no matter what.  Love also stays in the present, it keeps no record of wrongs in the past.  It forgives and it moves forward.  We have the opportunity to show love to others because God first showed love to us.  God is love.  And we are to be more like God.

After love, we went on over to Joy.  First we detoxed, we talked about things that we could use less of in our life.  Things that can kill our joy, like comparison or discontentment.  No one’s life is perfect no matter how it may seem on instagram.  Next we need to stop and realize how much we already have. To choose thankfulness each and every day.  Our last point was only Jesus can bring you true joy.  He is the vine, we are the branches, remain close to the vine in order to grow and flourish in this life.

Peace, the world offers us comfort, but Jesus offers us peace.  Comfort is temporary, but peace is eternal.  Trusting God brings us peace because it removes the situation from our human hands and places them in the hands of an all-knowing God.  With this peace no matter what is going on in the world around us we can trust that we are going to be okay.  God is greater than the storms, and if He does not calm the storm He will calm His child.

Next we talked all about Patience.  I did you a huge favor and told you not to pray for patience, because God would only give you opportunities to choose patience!  Just kidding, but that is how God works sometimes.  First, we have to choose patience, especially when we really do not want to.  Secondly, we have to wait with a good attitude.  A negative attitude can make a small situation seem so much worse.  It also removes God and put us in charge, which is never a good idea.  Lastly, trust that good will comes to those who wait.  It may not be the answer you are looking for or happen when you want it to, but if you give it God you are guaranteed to come out of the waiting better that you went in.

Kindness, so easy yet so easily overlooked.  Kindness is free, it does not cost you anything to be nice to someone.  Consciously look for opportunities to show kindness.  Kindness takes practice, it will not always be the first response that comes to mind.  Treat others the way you would want them to treat you.  No one has shown kindness equivalent to what God has shown us.  Because of that we have a responsibility to show kindness to others so that they can come to know Him as well.

After kindness we talked about Goodness.   It is a commitment to do good and not evil.  Naturally we are sinful, not good, but if we spend a lot of time with God eventually His goodness will start to rub off on us.  Goodness also develops actions, the good in your heart begins to translate into good deeds.  It is inevitable because your love for God is so strong.  Do not give up doing good when you do not see immediate benefits.  Our rewards are in heaven and even if they go unnoticed on earth God sees each and every one of them!

Faithfulness is a loyalty to God, to His teaching and a life lived for Him.  Faithfulness comes with a lot of responsibility, but God will never give you more than you can handle.  Thanks to Jesus we have grace, our faith does not come by works but rather works are a product of our faith.  Every day we have to choose faithfulness, are we going to do what our flesh wants to what God wants?

Next we dove into Gentleness.   We talked about the importance of words and how they can damage or repair.  We are never to confuse gentleness with weakness.  We have a mighty power in us from God.  We are called to be bold, powerful and yet still gentle.  Gentleness is merely strength under control.  Like all the other fruits gentleness without action is pointless.  We are called to point others to Christ through our actions.

Last but not least we had Self-Control.  We talked about how even too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing and the importance of moderation.  Secondly, the importance our thoughts have on our actions.  Our thoughts become actions, so take captive your thoughts and filter them through God’s Word.  And lastly, the more of God I put in the less of me comes out.  I can try all day to have self-control but without Him I will always fall short.

I hope you enjoyed following this series as much as I enjoyed studying it.  I learned a lot and I am seeking God to develop more of these fruits in my life.  I find such joy in sharing my spiritual journey with each and every one of you.  God has given me a desire to write and as long as I am able I will continue to do so.  This is only the beginning!  Thank-you ♡

Lots of Love,