Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tip #3 When Ya' Swim Against Tha' Current & Find It Not Impossible

Surv'l Tip On Stay'n Tha' Course #3 When Ya' Swim Against Tha' Current & Find It Not Impossible

Mamma always says that life's all 'bout choices. God gives us tha' freedom ta' choose. Do ya' want ta' live a life that's fullfil'd, or do ya' want ta' live a life 'a try'n ta' keep up with tha' crowd?  Tha' Bible says that ya' can't serve tha' Lord 'n tha' world.

 How we react ta' our hard times is key. Wheth'r tha' issue is health, death of a lov'd one, loss of a job, someone hurt ya', ya' feel defeat'd, etc. Ya' know God didn't promise us that life would be easy 'n smooth. But our faith 'n hope is in His promise ta' go through it all with us. It's up ta' us if we want ta' complain 'bout ev'rthing or not. We decide what kind'a attitude we have.

Tha' Bible says:
Do all things without complaining and dusputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Philippians 2:14-16

"Keeping Things in Perspective"
Author Unknown

Today we can complain because the weather is rainy or...
Be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free!

Today we can feel sad that we don't have more money or...
Be glad that our finances encourage us to plan our purchases
wisely and guide us away from waste!

Today we can grumble about our health or...
Rejoice that we are alive!

Today we can lament over all that our parents didn't
give us when we were growing up or...
Feel grateful that they allowed us to be born!

Today we can cry because roses have thorns or...
Celebrate that thorns have roses!

Today we can mourn our lack of friends or...
Excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships!

Today we can whine because we have to go to work or...
Shout for joy because we have a job to do!

Today we can complain because we have to go to school or...
Eagerly open our minds and fill up with rich new tidbits of knowledge!

Today we can murmur dejectedly because we have to do housework or...
Feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for our minds, bodies and souls!

Today stretches ahead of us, waiting to be shaped, and here we are,
the sculptors who get to do the shaping.

What today will be like is up to us. We get to choose what kind of day we will have!

It's so easy ta' get discourag'd when ya' feel like your swim'n against tha' current. We need ta' rememb'r that God's still with us ev'n in tha' midst of our troubl's. It's not impossible with God.

James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Through our hard times, we'll receive spirit'l bless'ns 'cause they make us strong'r to be more helpful ta' other people; we have a strong'r relationship with God; our faith becomes strong'r.

God has giv'n us a choice. We can go through life with Him, or we can go through life without Him. He has giv'n us a choice to serve Him or tha' world.

Things for ya' ta' think 'bout:

1. Do ya' trust God enough that He'll see ya' through your hard times?

2. Do ya' want ya' life ta' be fullfilled by God or tha' world?

Lord, I pray that you'll help us ta' rememb'r that you are with us all tha' time - good 'n bad. Give us tha' strength ta' swim against tha' currents in our lives. Lord may our choice be ta' serve ya'. I pray your will be done. Thank ya' in tha' name a' Jesus, amen.


  1. Thanks for sharing this post and reminding us that it is up to us how our day goes. Sometimes we let the events of the day get the best of us when we can choose how to react to them. May God bless you and the work you do!

  2. God bless all you do Deborah! Thanks for your comment!