My Divine Assignment: To Encourage Others

A dear friend who has gone to be with the Lord once told me I was her Barnabas which Biblically means "encourager." I never saw myself like that, but as I've grown in my walk with the Lord it seems that is my desire. I hope that what I share here will be an encouragement to you as we trust the Lord - for great is His Faithfulness.

My Divine Assignment: To Encourage Others.
In Christ's Love, Shelley

KEEP His JOY IN TRIALS, TEARS & TRIUMPHS ~~ A WOMAN'S HEART SHOULD BE SO COMPLETELY LOST IN God THAT A MAN MUST SEEK Him TO FIND HER ~~ Our desire to learn God's Word must be greater than our need to breathe ~~

Friday, June 1, 2012

I Feel Good ...

Does the title bring to mind James Brown ?  I can't seem to get that song out of my head since I decided to make this post. You wouldn't think there would be a problem with "feeling good" but there seems to be for me at times.
I have been convicted that I OFTEN make an idol of desiring to feel good & I mean REALLY feel good.  I find myself annoyed with the "little annoyances" of getting older, of not having the energy I used to.  If you know me well, you know that I eat healthier than probably 90% of the people I know but exercise is another issue.  I just don't like not feeling good and being able to do all the things I used to do in a SHORTER amount of time.
The inconvenience of having sinus issues BUT I don't have debilitating asthma; not getting a good night's sleep BUT I have a comfortable bed to sleep in & I am able to get up in the morning; slight arthritis in my hands BUT I can garden, turn pages in my Bible & play games with my grandkids.  I can do all those things even when I don't REALLY feel good.  It's quite obvious things I've just mentioned are simply the my selfishness when I think of what so many people are dealing with when I look at our church prayer list.
The perfect Scripture just came to mind and Paul put it so wellI am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4: 11-13
Is there an idol in your life that God has been speaking to you about ?
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  1. This is oh so true, Shelley. But I believe that God doesn't look at us as being selfish and wanting to feel good either. Everyone's situation in life is different, and He desires only the best for us, no matter what that is. Yes, I also believe He wants us to be mindful of others and their trials and tribulations, but He understands our complaints as well. I have to remind myself sometimes that it's a miracle I don't have more problems than I do, healthwise. It's a miracle I'm even here. But that doesn't mean I don't wish for less pain and I think He's okay with that, too. You don't wallow in it - now THAT would not please Him, I don't think. I look forward to the day when He takes all that away permanently for us both. xoxo

  2. Thanks Kylee. My goal is to persevere and not "wallow" in it but I just get frustrated with myself. It's a personality thing for me as you WELL know !! Always appreciate your input. Love ya.

  3. You always give me food for thought, Shelley, which is one thing I love about you. But I also think that you're too hard on yourself sometimes. Love you! :-)


Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. They encourage me greatly. Blessings on your day.