Do Good Anyway

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“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. — Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV)

A Mother’s Good Example

Sometimes witnessing a good deed leaves a lasting impression. Donna Delfino Dugay of Harper Woods, Mich., remembers a day in California when she was 11 years old, and her parents took their six children for a special day at the beach. Donna’s mother brought a picnic lunch — fried chicken and her famous potato salad — and prepared a plate for each of them.

“When I looked up from my plate, my mother was fixing one more plate… She turned away from us and walked over maybe 20 or 30 feet to where there was a man by himself. And he was picking his way through the trashcan. And my mother — I don’t know whether she just put the plate there or whether she touched him gently or whether she said a few words — but I remember him turning to her in a gesture of thankfulness.”

Dugay’s mother came back and sat down at the table. “Years later, Dugay asked her mother if she remembered the incident. “She laughed and said, ‘Not at all.’ But for me, I remember it very well because for me, it was the touchstone for what good deeds became in my life.”

Source: http://www.npr.org/

Be Kind to One Another

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8 (ESV)

Today there was a health seminar at one of the churches I visit regularly. It’s series of daily programs that’s being held there for a little over a week. Each day, the program is being filmed and today I got the chance to help out as a “camera-woman”.

I bought a salad at the grocery store as a late breakfast because I had to rush out of the house this morning in order to make it to the church in time. After buying it at a nearby grocery store and walking back to the church, I realized there was no fork included with the salad, so I’d have to find a fork somewhere. I didn’t expect this to be difficult at all, after all I’m at a church and there’s even a full kitchen down the hall.

To make a long story short, let’s just say that, unfortunately, the kitchen crew wasn’t the most friendly about it and actually ended up sending me away empty-handed, even though I could literally see a tray full of plastic forks right there.

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This was one of those unpleasant situations that caused me to take a moment to stop and think. Are we fooling ourselves into feeling like we’re good Christians? Are we only focusing on specific commandments while neglecting the most important ones of all, such as loving our neighbors as ourselves? How can we call ourselves followers of Christ if we can’t be kind to the very people He gave his life for?

Today, I’m taking a moment to ask God to replace this heart of stone and give me a heart like His, full of loving kindness towards others. I know only He can do that.

See you soon,

Kelsey 9

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P.S. I didn’t mention it in my first post about this Fruits of the Spirit series, but I won’t be posting during the weekends because I’m usually not at home during the weekends. Hope you guys don’t mind.

Longsuffering?

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If I’m being honest, I must confess that before beginning to put together today’s post on longsuffering, the fourth fruit of the Spirit, I took the liberty of Googling the word longsuffering. Because to be very honest the word “longsuffering” has always been one of those words that I feel like I know for the most part, but then  there are always those moments when I second guess.

Long-suffering: having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people.

Synonyms: patient, forbearing, tolerant

Reading this definition reminds me of something someone I know said not to long ago which has stuck with me since then.

“As christians, we shouldn’t be easily offended by the words or actions of others.”

It’s nothing too complex or extraordinary, but it has really stuck with me. I guess because I know I do sometimes feel offended by things people say, whether the intention was good or bad, and then I end up kinda just feeling annoyed by everything they say until my tempestuous storm of emotions subsides.

If this sounds familiar to you at all, join me in asking God to bless with with a more forbearing spirit that is patient with people and circumstances alike.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. — Colossians 3: 12 – 13 (KJV)

See you soon,

Kelsey 7

P.S. Sorry for the lack of pictures in today’s post. School was really busy today, and I couldn’t find many good quotes specifically on “longsuffering”.

Peace like a river

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I haven’t always been able to experience God’s peace. There have been many periods in which I would allow myself to dwell on fears and worry. As I think back now, I know it’s a lack of faith that resulted in a lack of peace.

As I’ve grown in faith over the years, I have experienced this supernatural peace in my life. I’m not perfect, there are still times when I feel afraid and I worry. But it’s an amazing thing to be faced with what seems like certain failure, loss or some other terrible thing, and to, in spite of that, feel so calm and assured that things will work out.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

The peace of God is a gift that we must actively choose to accept or not. This doesn’t just mean deciding in our heads and that’s it. If we want to experience the peace of God in our lives, it is up to us to, through prayer, to choose to trust God with your thoughts, worries and fears and to allow Him to give you that peace that surpasses all understanding. We need to ask Him to help us to have more faith and to trust in Him, no matter what the situation looks like. Let Jesus give you that great peace so that nothing shall offend you.

Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ. — Sheila Walsh

Joy like a fountain

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Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life. - John Chrysostom

10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)

The joy of the Lord, spoken of in the Bible, is not just any kind of joy or happiness that people talk about in daily life. It is something that springs forth like a fountain from deep within each heart where Jesus abides. It is something that continues to spring forth, despite our fluctuating emotions and circumstances. Rejoice and give thanks in every situation knowing that you have a blessed assurance in Christ Jesus.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. – Psalms 63:5-7 (NKJV)

See you soon,

Kelsey9

Love Like He Does

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I think, as Christians, we often have the wrong kind of love in mind when the Bible speaks about the importance of love in our lives. We’re quick to think of our family, friends and other loved ones when speaking of love. But when we look at Jesus’ example and the things He said, it’s important to realize that the love that He shows and speaks of has little to do with our loved ones in particular.

Of course, we are to love our families and friends and always treat them as such. However, Jesus said in His sermon on the mount:

46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? – Matthew 5:46, 47 (NKJV)

Jesus was never partial or biased. He treated every person He met with equal love and care. He cared deeply about the wellness and salvation of every individual that He came into contact with during His time here on earth, and He spent the majority of His time reaching out and helping as many as possible. Whether they came to Him with kindness and friendship or with hate and persecution, He loved them just the same.

Just thinking about His loving, selfless attitude, I realize how far I am from this true love and how I desperately need Him to teach me to love and care for others the way He does, regardless of the way they treat me.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

See you soon,
Kelsey

Getting back into the Groove

It’s been too long since my last blog post. To those who have missed my posts, I’m sorry. Things got very hectic at school earlier this year and since then, I haven’t really pushed myself to get back into posting often. Now school has started again, and I could find a bajillion excuses for not starting to blog again.

But this weekend I know God is telling me to pick it back up again. I know that it might seem insignificant to some, but I think that blogging, and especially on this blog in particular has been good for me and more importantly, for those who follow my blog, or just drop by once and never come back. Though there aren’t a bajillion of you (to quote myself earlier in this post), it’s always good to share, especially about the things that God has done in our lives.


So, I’ve decided that, in order to get back into the groove of posting regularly, I’m going to be sharing quotes and Bible texts on the Fruits of the Spirit every day. Each day, starting today,  I’ll post about one or two fruits of the Spirit in the same order that they appear in Galatians 5.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. — Galatians 5:22 – 23 (NKJV)

Thanks for reading! See you soon!

Kelsey 7