Naturally I am easily irritated, easily angered and sharp-tongued. Over the last few years, God had transformed me.
I am patient.
I am kind.
Naturally I worry, I fret, I am anxious.
I refuse to waste my life in worry or dread.
My mind is peaceful, clear, calm.
I once thought the “real” me was the way I was born.
But what if that is not true?
What if the “real” me is who I have become in Christ? The one I am becoming little by little, day by day?
It is only by the transforming grace of Christ that I become who I truly was meant to be.
The one He imagined when He created me.
The “real” me has been transformed by love.
“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-26
Amen. So be it.
“Repentance consists of two parts, but many people settle for only the first part. Repentance means to turn, but many get stuck halfway. The first part of repentance is to turn away with loathing from sin; the second part is to turn toward all the good things God offers in exchange. Indeed, it’s impossible to turn away from greed without turning towards generosity, to put aside lust without taking up love, or to escape bitterness without embracing celebration.” ~ Mike Mason Continue reading “Turning Toward Him”
“I had the privilege of knowing him for over 30 years, and never heard him say a harsh or critical word about anyone.” It has been several weeks since I read these words written about the grandfather of a friend(s) who recently passed. Yet I cannot get them out of mind, and I find myself pondering them repeatedly. Continue reading “I never heard him say a harsh or critical word”
“How do you handle stress?” I was asked during my interview. I responded by saying “I choose not to participate. Stress is a choice“. My now boss, looked at me a little strange. A few years ago I would have looked at myself strangely. Continue reading “Kicking Stress to the Curb”
Lately I have been sighing a lot.
I want you to pray for patience. I want you to aggressively seek to grow in patience.
Really God? Don’t you know that no one prays for patience?
Sigh. Yes Lord. Continue reading “Growing Pains”
I have had a quick temper my whole life. I have blamed it on my genes, “I am a hot-blooded Italian.” I have called it by other names: irritation, impatience. I have justified it, “If they would just do their job, I would not get angry.” Continue reading “Rooting Out Anger”
Thoughts danced in my head of how I would live if I won the lotto. The career path I would take, the house I would build, the vacations I would take, the children I would adopt, the donations I would make. Continue reading “If I won the Lotto”
You wonder when the loneliness will end. Will it ever be over? I have learned that if you are not content now, you will not be content once your circumstances change. Continue reading “I Love a Lonely Day – Part 4”
I spent too long believing I was living Plan B. I thought that if I had just done X, Y and Z, I would be living Plan A. For now I was waiting, doing my “penance” – until Plan A would magically appear, and my “real” life would start and I would live happily ever after. Continue reading “Plan B”