Friday, December 18, 2009

DIY Encouragement!

It's super CHIC to do stuff yourself this year.
There's a zillion DIY blogs out there with ideas about
how to make, create and craft yourself a fantastic Christmas.
(and I've read about 1/2 a zillion of them)

Did you know...
God is all about DIY!

"What?" (you're thinking)
"We can't do anything of worth without JESUS, right?"

But He's given us the tools to get outa discouragement,
to walk away from disappointment and the things
that came wear us down into ineffectiveness.

Many of us hit a big bump in the road and then we're
bummed, smiling that pathetic "I'm-trying-to-make-
We don't have to walk around looking to other people
to "cheer us up" or to help us feel better.

Look was Jude tells us ...

Jude vs. 16, 20-21
"...grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires"
"But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most
holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.
21 Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our
Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life."

So, strap on your spiritual tool belt and
fix your sad face & weary heart:

D- Don't Complain

Jude calls complainers & grumblers "evil!"
Are you "evil" according to this definition?

Ungratefulness is selfishness.
Selfishness is putting self first.
Putting self first is taking God out of first place.
And that's serious!
(see Ten Commandments, #1)

Stop complaining... even if it's just in your head.
Enough said.

I- In the Spirit/In HIS Love

This isn't some weird spiritual trance...
it's living according to The WORD!
So you hafta READ it...
and LIVE it.
THINK on it.
Pray it!

Notice that verse 21 says
"keep OURselves in God's love."
His love has already been given.
It's up to US to stay close. Stay in it.

(This has a great deal to do with your thoughts
and attitude, too. See the first point again if need be!)
Pray as the Holy Spirit directs you.
Rejoice cuz JESUS loves You!
Then the Holy Spirit can be at work in you.

Y- You can Make a Difference

We cannot have mercy, share God's love &
snatch others from the fire & save them if
we're busy thinking about ourselves &
how discouraged we are.
Stop thinking about "self" and make a difference
in someone else's life!

You can decide to do this.
These steps are NOT feelings.
But feelings will eventually catch up with these actions.
Chose it!

Encourage yourself.
Do it.. yourself... with the power of GOD's WORD!



Nicki at Domestic Cents said...

God's Word NEVER comes back void. It is ALWAYS good medicine for my sadness, anger, frustration, discouragement - His Word speaks to it all. Merry Christmas Netta!

Ruth Chowdhury said...

This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today. The 4 things that stood out to me were:
1. Don't complain, even if it's in your head. Enough said.
2. Rejoice cuz JESUS loves you. Then the Holy Spirit can be at work in you.
3. We cannot snatch others from the fire if we're busy thinking about ourselves.
4. These steps are not feelings.

Thank you SO much, Netta, for being the godly woman you are & for being led by the Holy Spirit to share your heart & His.

Margie said...

such a great post, it was great to see you again last night! thanks for encouraging me! You are such a blessing!