Thursday, February 10, 2011

Simple Steps

Great achievements don't usually happen overnight. They require planning on our part and often must be broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. Even then, we encounter roadblocks. Don't look at these as obstacles but as stepping stones. Have the flexibility and energy to expect detours and devise new paths.
  1.  Pray earnestly for direction,remember if the Creator is at the beginning of your plan the end product will be awesome.
  2. Take a small step toward that big project you've been avoiding.For instance, if you want to reorganize the kitchen, clean out the silverware drawer-whatever it takes to get started.
Expect mistakes and learn from them. With each misstep, you become wiser- and less likely to stumble again.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

When Trials Come

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)Trial will come to you. Thus the Lord polishes the roughness from your character. Do not murmur. You make the trial harder by repining. Honor God by cheerful submission. Patiently endure the pressure. Even though a wrong is done you, keep the love of God in the heart. "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry." "Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, Wait but tomorrow, will have passed away." "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Christ knows the strength of your temptations and the strength of your power to resist. His hand is always stretched out in pitying tenderness to every suffering child. To the tempted, discouraged one he says, Child for whom I suffered and died, cannot you trust Me? "As thy days, so shall thy strength be." "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." . . . He will be to you as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. He says, "Come unto Me, . . . and I will give you rest,"--rest that the world can neither give nor take away. . . . Words cannot describe the peace and joy possessed by him who takes God at His word. Trials do not disturb him, slights do not vex him. Self is crucified. Day by day his duties may become more taxing, his temptations stronger, his trials more severe; but he does not falter; for he receives strength equal to his need.