We Were Born to Serve the Lord.
Serve the Lord with fear, and Rejoice with trembling.
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
☆` Psalms 100:2-5 - Serve the LORD with Gladness: come before his Presence with Singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the Sheep of his Pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with Praise: be thankful unto him, and Bless his Name. For the LORD is Good; his Mercy is Everlasting; and his Truth Endureth to all Generations.†
James 4:8, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
`Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 - Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
`Colossians 3:12-14, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, Holy and Beloved, bowels of Mercies, Kindness, Humbleness of mind, Meekness, Longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and Forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on Charity, which is the bond of Perfectness.
`John 15:12-15, This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Today I was working in the “garden” area we have on the side of the house. I used quotation marks around the word “garden” because if I’m being honest, it’s just a big patch of overgrown weeds. I tried to change that this afternoon... TRIED. I went to work with one of those gardening tools that you swing like a golf club (as you can tell, I’m new at this) to chop the weeds, and was off to a pretty good start, when I felt this AWFUL prick in my left index finger. I looked down to see what it was, and I think the pain made me stupid for a few seconds because I didn’t recognize the yellow and black insect at first. But then, like a freight train... or more accurately, like a YELLOW JACKET STING, it hit me and I got out of there! I ran across the yard like I was fleeing a serial killer, and then stopped to look back at where I’d been weeding to see a SWARM of yellow jackets! It turns out that I had accidentally disturbed their home!
Now, because I believe that God is with me ALWAYS, and because God knows that He made me a bug-hating, generally-indoors person, I couldn’t help but ask Him: “Why did you let me get stung? Why didn’t You have my back?”
But when I looked back and saw that swarm, I realized that HE DID. I had no idea I’d been standing over a nest and that initial sting was enough to get me out of there before HUNDREDS of others followed.
Right now my left index finger is so swollen it belongs in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE. I could have ended up in the E.R. instead of sitting here consoling my bruised ego with some Halo-Top ice cream.
Here’s my point: Sudden “stings” that arise hurt like nobody’s business, but what if those minor pains are being used to prevent major catastrophes? Today was just another reminder that God sees stuff I can’t, and shields me from much more than I ever knew. I know that most of us don’t have the luxury of looking back to see disasters the Lord prevented, but honestly, the fact that each of us is alive today is proof that He has!
Friend, keep trusting God. He can use even yellow jacket stings for your GOOD! #awesomeGod#lessonlearned#grateful
Сегодня через свидетельство невесты вновь услышала про трубы Божьей благодати (в начале услышала труПы, после некоторого размышления поняла, что от нас зависит какая буква там в итоге окажется). Вся слава и признание Богу, Он так вёл нас всех, что не сговариваясь все было оформлено в одинаковых цветах- букет, церковь, зал торжеств, хотя молодожены мне выслали несколько разных оттенков и цветов на выбор. Даже розы были одного сорта и живые и искусственные. Это ли не водительство Духа Святого?! #AwesomeGod