I woke up bright and early this morning to neighbors fighting in an ungodly manner at an ungodly noise level.
None of you have every stayed the night with me, but if you knew how I prefer to wake up, that was most definitely as far opposite as it gets.
I had to remind myself that the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. Nobody ever has an issue that the enemy is not a part of. Just as God orchestrates the great things in our lives, the enemy plans destruction. The sad thing is, is it stole something I hold very valuable. (REST)
I'm debating on putting in a complaint, seeing as how I heard them till 2am and woke up again because of them a little before 7.
I know there's a child involved... I cannot stand an adult that hasn't enough self-control to speak with respect-- regardless the circumstance. It really upsets me.
Please pray God works a miracle in their family. Nothing about violence is of God. He is love, and that's what our families are supposed to reflect.
"You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "That I am God. Yes, and from Ancient of Days I am He." -Isaiah 43:12-13 (NIV)
(From my daily devotional-)
When she was in second grade, my daughter Amanda illustrated a truth about the centrality of God. She was telling me something she had prayed over at school that day. I said, "Oh, Amanda, do you know how much it means to Mommy for you to make God part of your day?"
I'll never forget her answer: "You're so silly, Mommy. You know God made the day. I'm just glad He made me part of His."
I was stunned. She expressed through her childlike faith the meaning of God's wonderful name, the "Ancient of Days." -Beth Moore
What an awesome blessing it must be as a mother to hear your child say such a thing.
I am truly thankful God has made me a part of His day.
I'm also grateful that He's made each and everyone that reads my blog a part of mine.
For the 20th day of the month, I encourage you to "Live a balanced life..."
"... they have made me a keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept." -Song of Solomon 1:6
Are there areas of your life that are not "kept" because you are taking care of everyone else? If you're always on the go, constantly working and never taking time for yourself, you will end up stressed out and overwhelmed, and you won't be able to enjoy life the way God intended. Living a balanced life brings peace, joy and health.
The person speaking in Song of Solomon was good at taking care of everyone else-- his family, his friends, his work. He made sure everyone else was happy, but in doing that, he neglected to take care of himself. Are you living like that today? Do you spend all your time on other people, but not any on yourself? Eventually you will burn out. Decide today to begin investing in yourself. Take time to relax and rejuvenate yourself. When you are refreshed emotionally, physically, and spiritually, you are able to give to others more effectively. As you bring balance to your life, you will begin to enjoy every day to the fullest-- just the way God intended! -Joel Osteen
Prayer For Today-
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me the wisdom to make right choices and bring balance in my life. I make decisions to put You first in all that I do. I purpose to take time to invest in myself so that I may be more effective in sharing and giving to others. In Jesus' name... AMEN!
Blessings, my friends!!!