[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] S [/dropcap]o I just have to get some things off my chest as I’m learning some things about life and the real world and how I don’t want to live in the real world. I want to live in the supernatural, God-pleasing, God-glorifying, bringing His Kingdom to earth world. So here are a few thoughts:

People don’t like negative people. As someone who used to be quite negative, I’m realizing people don’t like negativity. I have lots more to say about this, but I will zip it.

People are typically fair weather friends . . . see above.

I’m learning to share all my thoughts on life with Jesus and Jesus only; aids with both the points above.

I’m also learning that fair weather friends want you to be an all weather friend to them. It’s up to you whether you want to be that friend or not.

I’m totally not into the trendy sayings of “just sayin!,” “right?!” or making sarcastic jokes or using crude humor or swearing or talking “crap” and saying it’s okay because Jesus can handle realness. No thanks. Yes, He can handle your real feelings, but He also said that you need to not live by your feelings. And out of the heart the mouth speaks. So if “crap” is spewing, then what’s happening on the inside? Just sayin . . .

Ugh, just typing that paragraph above made me feel gross. That’s why I don’t like or use any of that in my life. Yucky.

So for 2014, I am all about being the kind of friend I would like to have. I am all about speaking the Word and the Word only. I will take any negative feelings, emotions, and downers to bed where I will share my heart and emotions with my God only. I will then fill myself with praise, worship, and His Word as He loves me far too much to want to see me just dwell in yuckiness. Jesus wants us happy; He has given us His Holy Spirit who is full of joy and peace. So I’m choosing that. And granted, I won’t do it perfectly, but I will do my best.

And lastly, I understand that people have bad days. Life is rough. There are seasons and things that people go through that are so hard and hurt so much; without God’s help, I don’t know how people move forward. I understand that. So I will never turn my ear from a hurting person or negative person and condemn them. I won’t get after them for hurting, being down, or for being depressed. Instead, I will listen and speak life. I will offer a shoulder to cry on, and then I will also offer tools to help them move forward. I know how hard it is to turn your perspective from half empty to half full. I know there are people whose lives are so cloudy that they can’t see a silver lining. But Jesus always bring silver linings, and so my job is to be a silver lining carrier, a hope bringer, and an encourager. I’ve been there in the negative cloud, and God brought me forward. I can surely help someone else. I would be a very poor friend if I just shunned someone and never presented the ways to help them move forward. An all weather friend does offer a shoulder, but then says hey, let’s get you up and moving forward out of the darkness.

And very lastly, I just want to please God. That’s always been my heart since I was a little girl. But guess what, He is pleased with me!! I’m in Jesus, and because of that, God is pleased with me. So really, the focus is that I want to live a fruitful life that bears so much goodness that favor and blessing abound everywhere. And fruitfulness comes from obeying His Word, walking in His Spirit, and choosing to let Him rule my emotions. So that’s the goal for this year. I think it’ll be a good …

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
Bless Your name, bless Your name, Jesus
And the deeds of the day and the truth in my ways
Speak of You, speak of You, Jesus

Tim Hughes – “May the Words of My Mouth”

 

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