Do you know what your calling is?

 

 

Photo:Sheila Tulok

Photo:Sheila Tulok

Good morning! It is looking sunny and lovely today! A man is cheerfully whistling outside my window as others are bustling about. As I prepare my plans for the day, should I do this or that, I must make sure to put things in order of priority. Lately I have been reading quite a bit about prophecy and of the prophets mentioned in the bible. I don’t know my future, but I know I want to be following God’s will daily! I don’t have to guess, I need to read. Thank God that He provides the way! In my own wisdom, I want to keep busy, but busy doesn’t mean productive. Sometimes in my enthusiasm I can be apt to rush the process of a set plan to achieve the final result. I have to slow down and realize that not everything is going to happen in the timeframe that I have planned for. Being flexible is important and I shouldn’t become so focused on one thing so that other important tasks are ignored.

Thankfully, God is ready to help us sort through our priorities. If we aren’t careful we can wind up trying to please others and not following God’s plan for us. Being overwhelmed requires that I take the time to think and rest to not over burden myself with stresses that are unnecessary.

This morning’s encouragement comes from 2 Peter in The Holy Bible, located near the back. Simon Peter inspired by God teaches about making one’s calling sure. God wants us to be fruitful and productive. It wouldn’t make sense for me to try to whistle as I cannot do so, so I shouldn’t try to do as others do because God has different tasks for each of us to accomplish for Him. Do you know what your calling is? Are you unsure? God is a great teacher and we do well to seek Him daily!

2 Peter 1 NIV ( New International Version )

1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But if anyone does not have them, he is near-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

10 Therefore my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,

11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

A few lines later, Simon Peter talks about prophecy that is lovely and informs us that prophecy in the scriptures is from God!

19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.

21 For prophecy never had it’s origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

 

We can trust that the Bible is the true word of God that we have the privilege of being able to turn to for success, comfort , guidance, knowledge, and communication from God! Some have described God’s word as a love letter. What do you think?

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Dear Father, thank you for this lovely morning and the ability to share your word with others. May you continue to woo us with your lovingkindness today. Our hearts go out to those who are being persecuted for their faith in you. May you strengthen and give courage and encouragement to those who are in distress and are downtrodden. May you save the oppressed and those suffering from injustice around the world. May your justice and righteousness turn mourning into dancing. Please enable us to fulfill Your will for us today, in Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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Love in the morning, and faithfulness at night.

Photo: Sheila Tulok

Photo: Sheila Tulok

 

Good morning! I hope all is well with you. I would like to start this post by sharing ¬† with you a little bit about my pets. My dogs and cat act as my alarm clock. When I was younger it was so difficult to wake me that an alarm with an actual bell needed to be used. ¬†My two dogs and cat are fairly routine. It amazes me that throughout the day they somehow know that it is time to eat, time to go for a walk, time to sleep and time to play. Generally around six o’clock am the dogs whine for me to get them outside, or my cat meows for her breakfast.

Do you go through life with an alarm ringing that you either ignore, is faint like when you are just waking and hearing an alarm, or do you respond right away? Well, if you are a Christian you can probably recognize where I am going with this. The Holy Spirit prompts us gently as to what is right and what is wrong. If we head for the wrong decision, we are given a warning that it is wrong. It takes practice and wisdom from God to discern this prompting from The Holy Spirit. Are you not a Christian, but feel you are being directed to anything to do with Christ? God may be attempting to get your attention!

I felt led by The Holy Spirit to start writing these blogs, not entirely sure why I would want to do this publicly. My most intense periods of refreshing, encouragement and strength come from my morning and evening readings of The Holy Bible. Last night after finishing my post on my blog, As I Learn By The Day, I was led to scripture that talks about praising God morning and night. I have concluded that this is the reason I have been led to write morning and evening devotionals. The scripture is from the book of Psalms, near the middle of The Holy Bible.

 

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Psalm 92 NIV ( New International Version- The Holy Bible)

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

1  It is good to praise the LORD

and make music to your name, O Most High,

2  to proclaim your love in the morning

and your faithfulness at night,

3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre

and the melody of the harp.

4  For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;

I sing for joy at the work of your hands.

5  How great are your works, O LORD,

how profound your thoughts!

6  The senseless man does not know,

fools do not understand,

7  that though the wicked spring up like grass

and all evildoers flourish,

they will be forever destroyed.

 

8  But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.

9  For surely your enemies, O LORD,

surely your enemies will perish;

all evildoers will be scattered.

10  You have exalted my horn ( symbolizing strength ) like that of a wild ox;

fine oils have been poured upon me.

11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;

my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.

 

12  The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,

they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

13  planted in the house of the LORD,

they will flourish in the courts of our God.

14  They will still bear fruit in old age,

they will stay fresh and green,

15 ¬†proclaiming, ” The LORD is upright;

he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

 

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Dear Father, thank you for this morning. May you bless and guide us to do right today. May you strengthen and give us joy today, even in the midst of difficult. Please ease our fears and anxieties as we learn to trust in you increasingly day by day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

Don’t worry!

Photo: Sheila Tulok

Photo: Sheila Tulok

Good morning! What do you do when you don’t know what to do? What is the best thing to do when you are unsure? We can trust and pray that God will help us and provide for us the answers we are looking for. We have to be careful though because His ways are higher than our ways. We may not receive the answer or guidance we expect or the solution may come at a different time than we had hoped for. God is all knowing, and He doesn’t make mistakes. Can you trust God with all of your worries and concerns today, big or small? Look at the ducks in the above photo. God provides for them, they are not stressed and anxious for their well being. We benefit from being still and realizing He is God.

This morning I would like to share with you short scripture as to what it is like to trust fully in God. This will be shared from the book of Psalm in The Holy Bible, near the middle. It is from a king devoted to God, King David.

Psalm 131 NKJV ( New King James Version )

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1  LORD, my heart is not haughty,

nor my eyes lofty.

Neither do I concern myself with great matters,

Nor with things too profound for me.

2  Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,

Like a weaned child with his mother;

Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3  O Israel, hope in the LORD

From this time forth and forever.

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Dear Father, thank you that we can pray to you for answers we don’t have. May you enable us to do your will. Thank you for relieving stress and burdens as we learn to let you take care of us. Thank you for your kindness and the strength given to us so that we may overcome hardships that cause worry, fear and ¬†anxiety. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Joy!

Photo: Sheila Tulok

Photo: Sheila Tulok

Good morning! Did you know that it is possible to have joy even when facing complications and trials? Each and every time I pray to God or search for guidance in a troubling situation I eventually receive peace, and joy. He hears our prayers and our cries.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, keeps careful watch over us, like a shepherd tending sheep. He has chosen us, perhaps you have started to realize today that He has chosen you! God does not look at people as being valuable and acceptable based on the world’s typical standards. Physical strength, intelligence, education levels, wealth, status, appearance and the like are not measured and favoured with God. God knows our imperfections and loves us regardless. If some of these imperfections are causing us to sin, God will lead us out of those sins, through discipline, warnings, and helpful encouragement. We don’t need to measure up before we go to God in prayer. We don’t have to try to impress Him to gain His love and acceptance. God prefers mercy over judgement. He would rather bless us than judge us. Does this mean we should take advantage of His lovingkindness and see how much we can get away with? No, most certainly not. Some troubles we have, like an addiction, may take several attempts to overcome, but God is with us each and every step of the way. Just like a baby learning to walk, it is awkward sometimes to change and learn new skills. God is our helper and provider of everything good. He doesn’t just give up on us like sometimes we might want to give up on ourselves after repeated attempts at success in a particular endeavour.

When we have failed ourselves or others, God’s love remains constant. Joy is one of the blessings he bestows on us, even when we don’t measure up! This is good news. Certainly frustration, anger and ¬†bewilderment can follow attempts at changing and improving areas in our lives that need to be bettered. You can have joy this morning. Let’s look at scripture to learn of the joy that can come from reading and believing His word, The Holy Bible , regardless of how many or whatever may oppose us!

Psalm 5 NKJV ( New King James Version- near the middle)

1  Give ear to my words, O LORD,

Consider my meditation.

2  Give heed to the voice of my cry,

My King and my God,

For to You I will pray.

3  My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;

In the morning I will direct it to You,

And I will look up.

4  For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,

Nor shall evil dwell with You.

5  The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;

You hate all workers of iniquity.

6  You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;

The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

7  But as for me, I will come into Your house

in the multitude of Your mercy;

In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

8  Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness;

Make Your way straight before my face.

9  For their is no faithfulness in their mouth;

Their inward part is destruction;

Their throat is an open tomb;

They flatter with their tongue.

10  Pronounce them guilty, O God!

Let them fall by their own counsels;

Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,

For they have rebelled against You.

11 But let all those  rejoice  who put their trust in You;

Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;

Let those also who love Your name 

Be joyful in You.

12  For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;

With favour You will surround him as with a shield.

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Dear Father, if we have joy this morning, may you increase it. If we are lacking joy may you give us a taste of it and increase it daily with added measure. Most importantly, help us realize that true joy comes from You. Please help us to ¬†constantly reach for You, like a flower reaches for the sunlight. May today be for us, a day of joy and relief, in Jesus’ name, amen.