If we only realized how our lives could be different if we placed more importance on the power of prayer. What if we spent as much time praying each day as we spend getting ready for work, school, or church? Paul isn’t stating that women shouldn’t try to make themselves look nice before they headed out for the day. He had an issue with their motive. Certain women in Timothy’s church were more concerned about how they looked on the outside and one-upping each other than they were with the condition of their hearts. Nothing is wrong with wanting to look nice, but we must remember that true beauty comes from within.
Forgive me when I have been more focused on how I look on the outside instead of cultivating my inner beauty. Help me to be a woman of prayer, spending more time praying each day than fretting about how I look. Help me to be an example for the next generation of women, modeling for them how not to fall into the comparison trap, but rather how to learn to delight in how You uniquely made each one of us. Amen.
I want the men everywhere to pray. Men who lift their hands in prayer must be devoted to God and pleasing to him. They must be men who keep themselves from getting angry and having arguments. And I want the women to make themselves attractive in the right way. Their clothes should be sensible and appropriate. They should not draw attention to themselves with fancy hairstyles or gold jewelry or pearls or expensive clothes. But they should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. That is more appropriate for women who say they are devoted to God. A woman should learn while listening quietly and being completely willing to obey. I don’t allow a woman to teach a man or tell him what to do. She must listen quietly, because Adam was made first. Eve was made later. Also, Adam was not the one who was tricked. It was the woman who was tricked and became a sinner. But women will be saved in their work of having children. They will be saved if they continue to live in faith, love, and holiness with sensible behavior.
1 Timothy 2:8-15 ERV
People who try hard to do good and be faithful will find life, goodness, and honor.
Proverbs 21:21 ERV
Yes, I am glad to have weaknesses if they are for Christ. I am glad to be insulted and have hard times. I am glad when I am persecuted and have problems, because it is when I am weak that I am really strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 ERV
So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.
Romans 8:31 ERV
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7)
It can be easy to blame my feelings and moods on my situation. All it takes is running a little behind and I can feel my insides start to tense up. Then, once I become tense enough, my attitude and actions follow suit.
It’s the emotional domino effect. It’s why something like traffic can become the deciding factor of your attitude and how you treat people for an entire day.
You may have heard “guard your heart” so many times now it feels cliché, but it’s crucial to do so.
A situation may be bad. A circumstance may be hard. A relationship may be rocky. But your emotions don’t have to be controlled by what’s going on around you.
Your mood is a choice; your joy is your job. No one but you is responsible for your heart. Eventually, you have to own your emotions by the grace of God.
Once you own your emotions, you can control them. And when your emotions are in control, you can focus them towards what matters most: loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind and loving your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40).
I LOVE that no one is outside of God’s mercy. He desires ALL people, men, women, children from every region of the world to be saved and to know Him. Yet, we live in a world that shouts that there are many ways to God. As children of the King, we know this isn’t true. There is only one way to God: through Jesus Christ. Jesus gave His life for this mission. He is the Rescuer that our hearts long for. His mission needs to become our mission… His desires our own.
Friend, no one is outside of God’s mercy. That amazing truth means that we need to get busy – busy praying our hearts out for those who don’t know Him yet; busy putting ourselves in people’s everyday paths so we can love them and share this amazing news with them. We need to take the Great Commission seriously and reach out to people in our communities and around the world. We have but one life. Let’s invest it wisely.
Thank you that You came for ALL people. Help me to play my part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Place friends, family members, and coworkers on my heart and in my prayers, and give me opportunities to share You with them. Help me to be brave. Guide my words, and open their hearts to You. Amen.
Someone told me today that I was an angel. I’m not sure if he meant it or if he was just joking but it was weird to hear. Then I realized that my reaction is was what was weird. I realized that I’m so not use to people being genuinely nice to me or giving me real compliments. I wanted to be what he said I was but the truth is, I’m not. I’m far from an angel. I don’t come close to being an angel. I was telling him some personal things I was dealing with but he didn’t believe me. No one ever does. My life is literally so complicated, it’s literally unbelievable. It’s sad but it my truth. So how do u live life knowing no one even believe whats your life? I have always felt like I don’t exist. Maybe I shouldn’t exist. Maybe I am a mistake like I have always felt. Why would any one want me when no one truly has? The cold truth is, I would have been committed suicide if it wasn’t for my babies. They are literally the only reason I am still breathing. My kids are saving my life.