Lent: Day 4 – Some say it takes a minimum of 30 days to train a specific behavior into a habit. Others say it takes a lifetime. I say it only takes one successful day at a time. All we really need is to be successful today and before you know it, many days will have become yesterdays. One day you will find your journey in this life focused on the hill, and know from whence your help comes. You will find that you remember the days of turmoil, only to remind yourself and others of how great God really is in this life, because of his mercy and his love, which endures forever. You live this journey, because He lives in you.
Philippians 4:10-20 I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Ezekiel 39: 21-29 They shall forget their shame, and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they live securely in their land with no one to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have displayed my holiness in the sight of many nations.
John 17:20-26 I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,
and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
Amen. This reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures found in Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8 NIV)
RECONCILING my life to Christ means everything. It should be that to all of us I would hope. Everyday an obstacle comes our way and it’s to our choosing how we will deal with it. Habits fall into the same category I agree. Taking it one day at a time and giving it our all to make a change for the better comes through Christ. Our strength to overcome is found in Him and through Him. ( thank you Jesus for new days and mercy,
lovingkindness and patience to help us to be victors over our sins. )
May we choose to deny ourselves daily from the habits and desires that do not agree with the mindset and lifestyle of being a Christlike disciple mirroring our lives as Christians to be pleasing in all we think, say and do before the Father.
Keep pressing on in great things my sister in the Lord! I thank you for sharing a great message of hope. Blessings always….
Peace Love and Joy to you as well my sister in Christ. Your encouragement is very much appreciated.
I love the hope you offer by saying “one successful day at a time”. We can all strive for just one day.
I am officially nominating your for the Genuine Blogger Award – it’s all about blessing you and has no fussy rules to comply with. Read all about it and get a copy of the badge at http://inlovewiththelord.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/genuine-blogger-award-a-genuine-blessing/
I truly thank you Martha for nominating me. I’ve learned to give all the praise to God. He is the one who puts the passion in my heart. Meeting people through this venue who love God as I do such as yourself has really been a blessing and I praise God for that too. Thank you again, Your sister in Christ
I was just remarking to my friend and rector “how can anyone not be in love with Him” as I realized how much He has blessed me this morning and quite honestly, I was an emotional misfit but He used me anyway. How amazing is He? We have much work to do for Him. I don’t understand where provision is going to come from but as long as i have breath, I will find a way to praise and bless HIm!