Soulfood: 2 Th 1-3 Mt 4:1-11 Ps 90:7-17 Pro 1:5-9,
'Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!' Philippians 4:4 NKJV
Cheryl continually complained that she didn't make enough money, couldn't afford the things she wanted, and therefore wasn't going to amount to anything. Her counsellor said, 'You're wasting your energy complaining, instead of using it to get ahead.' Cheryl countered, 'You don't understand. The job is the problem, not me.' The counsellor said, 'Your low-paying job may be a problem and your boss may demand too much, but when you're continually upset you're causing yourself more harm than either your boss or your job.' Cheryl asked, 'What can I do?' The counsellor said, 'You can't control your boss or the job, but you can control how you feel about them. Change your attitude.' Cheryl took her advice. When she stopped whining about her life, people noticed. She got a promotion, and with her new job status she was more marketable. Within several months she was transferred to a position with higher pay and a more supportive boss.Good things happen for people with a good attitude. And your attitude is something you can choose, regardless of circumstances. Paul wrote, 'Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice' (Philippians 4:4 NKJV)! Where was Paul? In prison! Who was Paul writing to? People outside the prison! Why did he repeat himself and say, 'Again I will say, rejoice?' Because we forget and lapse back into negativity so quickly.True joy is an inside job that's not subject to people or outside situations. Jesus said, 'These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full' (John 15:11 NKJV).
Soulfood: Est 5-10 Jn 21:1-25 Ps 18:1-29 Pro 26:24-27,
'A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.' Proverbs 17:17 NIV
Recovery counsellors use a phrase 'terminally unique' to describe how people with addictions think their problem is so unique that they disconnect from others: 'Others will reject me if they knew my problem. I've struggled with it so long that I don't believe I'll ever conquer it.' So they isolate, and live in despair and depression.One author writes: 'So often we are inclined to keep our lives hidden. Shame and guilt prevent us from letting others know what we are living with. We think, "If my family and friends knew the dark cravings of my heart and my strange mental wanderings, they would push me away and exclude me from their company." But the opposite is true. When we dare to lift up our cup and let our friends know what is in it, they will be encouraged to lift up their cups and share with us their anxiously hidden secrets. The greatest healing often takes place when we no longer feel isolated by our shame and guilt, and discover that others often feel what we feel, think what we think, and have the fears, apprehensions and preoccupations we have.'Don't let fear or pride keep you from conquering your problem. When you can muster the strength to be honest with yourself and others, you'll find healing. Read these two Scriptures: 'A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity' (Proverbs 17:17 NIV); 'God...comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God' (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV). The word for you today is: reach for help.
Soulfood: Est 1-4 Jn 20:19-31 Ps 105:8-22 Ecc 7:1-4,