Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nice vs. Kind




























The nice person is focused on himself – he does nice things in order to be perceived (by others and by himself) as a “nice person.”

The kind person is focused on others – all he wants is to relieve the suffering of the living, conscious creature in front of him.

When we dig deeper into these two “personalities,” we will find that they are often diametrically opposed.

     * The kind person is strong. The nice person is weak.
     * The kind person is selfless. The nice person is selfish.
     * The kind person feels empathy. The nice person is narcissistic.
     * The kind person is happy. The nice person does not know happiness.

Ultimately: The core of a “kind person” is love. The core of a “nice person” is fear.


Which would you rather be – nice or kind?

I did a search in Biblegateway.com, there were zero results for the word "nice."

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14 NIV)

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NIV)




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Joy





Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds – James 1:2 (NIV)

Joy is a choice. It's choosing to see the goodness of God in the midst of my circumstances. Choosing joy is seeing God's plan beyond my temporary pain. Things may be falling apart now, but this “light and momentary struggle is achieving for me an eternal glory” that far outweighs everything I'm going through. This testing of my faith will produce endurance, character, strength and trust. But it’s so painful during the process.  I can choose joy because His approval is all I need. No matter what we’re going through, no matter the struggle, no matter the pain – we must choose joy. 

Looking back at the hard times, how has God used them for good in your life now? How can you intentionally choose joy today? 

Be blessed & be a blessing!




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!


Happy Independence Day!

Today we celebrate our nations birthday! How blessed we are to live in America - even with all her problems, we are still able to pursue Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.




I pray you will have a safe and happy 4th with your loved ones. So thankful we are physically and spiritually free!

Be blessed and be a blessing!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Eagles Wings





Be Blessed and be a blessing!







All Photographs in this post/blog © Cheryl Howard

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lighthouses

Tybee Island
Ponce de Leon Inlet


Jupiter Inlet

Cape Canaveral

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

St. Augustine

Tybee Island

All Photographs in this post/blog © Cheryl Howard. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Living as a Priest for God


The Titus 2 Woman

Titus 2:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

The whole goal of a Titus 2 woman is to train younger women in Biblical, simple-to-measure, Spirit-empowered, love-based living.
Paul did not call for Titus as the pastor to train all the women in these qualities God wanted them to cultivate; rather he called upon the godly older women of Christ's church. He singles out the women of faith, those who had already learned to love their husbands, learned to love their children, and learned to be reverent, godly, modest and wise—and charged them with seeking out and meeting with every younger woman in the church.
The older women are to have mastered all the criteria and the younger women are trained in the last seven.
v. 3a “the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior”
First the godly character of the older woman in the faith is profiled. Without a reverent lifestyle behaving like a living sacrifice, dedicated to God—none of the rest even matter. That is why Paul starts here first!
Paul first draws a word from the Roman world to capture the entire bearing of these godly role model women in Christ's church. The Greek word translated “reverent” is used only here in the Bible, and it conveys the idea of priest-like. That word for ‘acting as a representative of a god’ is the word Paul uses to describe the devout and godly character of the Titus 2 woman. Older women are to live like holy priests serving in the presence of God. Their sacred personal devotion to the Lord has slowly come to influence every aspect of their lives.
Godly older woman have simply taken Romans 12:1-21 Corinthians 6:19-20; and Galatians 2:20 seriously.
Bodies presented as living sacrifices, holy, acceptable to God, not conformed to this world, but with transformed and renewed minds, in bodies that are temples of the Holy Spirit glorifying God in your body and spirit, which are God’s; no longer living for me, but Christ living through me.
They have presented themselves to the Lord, they have begun to live life the way God asked them to live—as a walking temple of God, as a consecrated priest of God, as a living sacrifice, and as a bondservant of the Lord.

The goal is to be godly women Living as a Priest for God. How can we as Christian Women help each other grow and live out our faith to be a light in a dark world? 

Let's be encouragers of one another.




Be Blessed and be a blessing!


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Be Positive




Being positive does not mean we deny the existence of difficulty; it means we believe God is greater than our difficulties. (Joyce Meyer)


Be Blessed and be a blessing!

Nice vs. Kind

The nice person is focused on himself – he does nice things in order to be perceived (by others and by himself...