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Some of My Favorites: Be Satisfied with What You Have

I’m not great at memory work, but I have a book of my favorite Scriptures. I add to it as a new verse touches my heart. Can I share a few with you?

 

Be Satisfied with What You Have

 

“Two things I ask of you, Lord

        do not refuse me before I die;

Keep falsehood and lies far from me;

    give me neither poverty nor riches,

    but give me only my daily bread.

Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you

    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’

Or I may become poor and steal,

    and so dishonor the name of my God.

Proverbs 30: 7-9

praying_on_bible_redWhat a beautifully unselfish request! I love this Scripture because it reaches into my heart where my deepest desires are. You know, I used to think our deepest desires were probably selfish ones like having the best car or house, plenty of money, or lots of friends. But I have begun to realize those things, the things of this world, are mostly surface desires.

If we could look deep into the hearts of MOST people I believe their true desires would look a lot like this Proverb.

That being said, the things of this world are what we see and consider most all the time. It’s easier than looking at our hearts. That takes some soul searching and who has time for that? Who knows what lies at the heart of our souls?

Our Father in Heaven knows. That I’m thankful for because, although I don’t live out these verses, the truth is I want to. I want to be satisfied with my daily bread. I never want to have so much that I forget my God, or have so little that I lie or steal and dishonor Him.

Lord, help me to be satisfied with the blessings you have so graciously given me, and they are many.

Janice

Wholly Holy: Holy Actions

The word holy has a bad reputation today. A holy-roller is “holier-than-thou.” Holy is placed before any and all exclamations: Holy cow! Holy smoke! Holy malarkey!

Yet in the Bible, we come to know a holy God. Peter said, “as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct” (1 Pet. 1:15, HCSB).

The English origin of our word holy is “whole.” To be “whole” is to be complete or mature. Can we aspire to be wholly whole, or wholly holy? This week let’s determine ways to be wholly holy in dependence, character, thoughts, speech, and actions.

 

Holy Actions

Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.

1 Peter 2:21

dreamstimefree_156958I tend to stick my nose into other people’s business. Maybe I have a “crusader complex,” thinking one day I’ll disappear into a phone booth and come out clothed like Superman.

Do you have an injustice bothering you? Just let me know. I’ll fix it! If someone cuts in line, I’ll be the first to let her know. If a loud cell phone conversation is being held in a public place, I’ll tell the offender to soften her tone. I can also leap tall buildings with a single bound.

I’m not saying these are unholy actions, but I know they spring from unholy attitudes. If my personal space is being invaded, like the proverbial mother hen, I spring into action to take care of my needs and the perceived needs of others.

That’s the thing about actions—they originate in our minds (hearts). If we want to clean up our actions, we must first clean up our attitudes. “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5, HCSB).

Galatians 5:22ff is a good place to start as I contemplate the “fruit of the Spirit.” Then, I will be more prone to act in ways that demonstrate patience, kindness, goodness, and a host of other virtues. There is a reason these virtues are called “fruit.” Fruit grows from the tree or seed-bearing plant that has nourished it. Jesus directed us to stay connected to “the vine” (Jn. 15:1-5). Good trees bear good fruit.

Think about a rude, crude, or inappropriate action you’ve witnessed recently. Then ask what attitudes prompted those events. Now examine a recent action you wish you could retrieve—a “do-over.” What attitudes motivated those actions?

Now think about a holy action you’ve seen demonstrated recently. What did she do? What attitudes do you think motivated those actions? How can you cultivate those same attitudes on a daily basis?

Today I’m going to concentrate on honoring God with my actions. Better start with an attitude adjustment!

Seeking to be wholly holy,

Betty

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Wholly Holy: Holy Speech

The word holy has a bad reputation today. A holy-roller is “holier-than-thou.” Holy is placed before any and all exclamations: Holy cow! Holy smoke! Holy malarkey!

Yet in the Bible, we come to know a holy God. Peter said, “as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct” (1 Pet. 1:15, HCSB).

The English origin of our word holy is “whole.” To be “whole” is to be complete or mature. Can we aspire to be wholly whole, or wholly holy? This week let’s determine ways to be wholly holy in dependence, character, thoughts, speech, and actions.

 

Holy Speech

For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.

1 Peter 3:10

Oh, you are cuteWhat do you do when someone says something critical about you?

Recently, I spoke at a women’s luncheon. Afterwards, several people came by to express appreciation. One lady remained.

She used one of my remarks to launch into her own work history in the fashion industry. She selected fabrics and did much of the sewing. “Clothes just aren’t made the way they used to be,” she lamented. “Take what you’re wearing … ”

Now, I may be no clotheshorse, but I had carefully selected my outfit from an upper tier department store. Flabbergasted by her remark, I remained silent while she carried on with her list of complaints about modern dressmaking.

Her remark reminded me of another one from a lady I encountered at a ministers/wives retreat. I was climbing into the swimming pool when the only other occupant commented on my one-piece swimsuit. “I didn’t know they made those anymore,” she laughed.

Again, I was speechless with surprise. I don’t know how other people handle these situations, but I don’t seem to have a ready list of clever replies, whether the comment is about my hair, complexion, or shoe size.

And why do people even comment on other people’s appearance, unless they want to give a compliment? Beats me.

Today’s Dose verse seems wise (especially if you don’t want your teeth rearranged). But in our society, where every stray thought winds up on Twitter, I wonder if we haven’t lost a notch on simple kindness.

In Philippians 4:8 Paul tells us to think about things that are pure, righteous, excellent, praiseworthy, lovely, admirable, noble, and true. That lets out a bunch of conversation and almost every line of today’s reality shows, movies, and television programming.

For today, keep any “rotten speech” (Eph. 4:29) at bay—whether from your mouth or anything electronic!

Seeking to be wholly holy,

Betty

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