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31 Days :: Keeping it Simple ::

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{Day 3}

There’s a saying out there that goes something like this …

God never said ‘figure it out’; rather He said ‘give it to me, I already have it figured out.’

1 Corinthians 1:22-2

For while Jews [demandingly] ask for signs and miracles and Greeks pursue philosophy and wisdom,We preach Christ (the Messiah) crucified, [preaching which] to the Jews is a scandal and an offensive stumbling block [that springs a snare or trap], and to the Gentiles it is absurd and utterly unphilosophical nonsense.

But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek (Gentile), Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God. [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.

I kept today simple. I wasn’t feeling good at life today, at all and decided very early today that I would take it slow. I asked God to show me what He would have me say in my post this evening … which I thought I would have gotten out by now, but alas … I took it slow and simple.

I’ve indulged in the sin of listening and analyzing the opinions that others have of me and worse, the opinion I have of myself in light of my opinion of others!

Disclaimer: This is a sin for me [not necessarily you, that is between you and God.] because it causes a whirlwind of self-doubt and spiritual doubt, to be quite frank. And then, like many of the religious kind, I step outside of my relationship with Christ and I need a miracle, sign, or wonder. Some nugget from God outside the proof of what His Word says about me.

But to those [of us] who are called, [we know] Christ is the Power and Wisdom of God. God uses the foolish to confound the wise.

I would do well to remember that if I am one who is called … even if I am one who is foolish … He will use me, too, possibly more.

I read this from a friend’s status today, it is apart of a whole story:

“a commonly misquoted verse, Luke 19:10. Most people tend to quote this verse as ‘He came to seek and save the lost.’ I don’t disagree with that idea, but the verse actually reads, ‘He came to seek and save THAT WHICH WAS lost.’

After I said that, my wife said, ‘Yes. And the thing which was lost is the Father’s heart. People had lost sight of who the Father was and Jesus came to restore their view of Him.’’

It is God’s view that I need concern myself with … His Word will show me what is wrong and needs changing in my life. I need not analyze, or reason, or figure. I need only ask.

I need only to please God with my life.

When I complicate my life with the views of others; what they think I should or should not be doing; when I allow them to cause me to alter my lifestyle in an effort to fix something seemingly wrong, without seeking God the turmoil of the transition is more damaging. However, if I seek God in this time of transition, from the beginning, I find that He will define for me what changes need to occur.

I fully believe that God uses His Word first and then His people to speak His plan into our lives. It is when we first take offense and then begin to analyze “why” that we begin to get out of ourselves; that is out of Who God Says We Are, and attempt to please God by pleasing man, which cannot be done.

When I seek the approval of man [parents, friends, co-workers, neighbors] I am unable to seek the approval of God the Father … I reduce His presence in my life dealings to that of a human, and He just doesn’t roll like that.

So on days like today, when health and hormones cause me to behave over-emotionally, I do all I know to do by keeping things simple.

*Prayer

*Quiet time with Father

*Praise

I did well with it today. And now it’s time to go spend time in God’s House.

How do you keep things simple?

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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