Friday, April 29, 2016

reasons to stay positive

Yesterday I was granted several blessings that stirred my faith and built on my story of what God is doing.  This is good stuff.

We have been helping some people who were involved in a fire at their apartment complex.  This week we have been able to help provide furniture and other items through donations and partnerships with others.  The attitudes of these people, their grateful words and smiles, made my heart swell with joy.  Another piece that I didn’t expect was from a conversation with a local man who is incarcerated.  He shared with me what God put in his heart and how God showed up after he prayed.  This was big stuff.  One last blessing came from a local pastor as I listened to him tell his story at an awards banquet.  He talked about the power from God with great perspective.

These points and more help me stay positive, and there is more to come.  The least several weeks we have talked about things that will flow through us and secure even more positive things in us and around us.

Romans 8:1-2  NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Psalm 103:2-5  NLT
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Romans 1:10-12 NLT
One of the things I always pray for is the opportunity, God willing, to come at last to see you. 11 For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. 12 When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

Some of the most positive pieces of life and faith are in those verses.  We have the truth of Christ that helps us be optimistic.  We have so much to be thankful for, and the work of God highlights so many of those for us.  Lots of things encourage me, but the biggest encouragement comes from the people I get to be around.

May God open more ways and more places and more people who feed us to live life making a difference and being positive!

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