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Growth is A Part of Life (Part 3)

As long as we walk this earth, there will be stuff to bring about our growth and maturity. (shock face)

When we are going through stuff, it can be overwhelming to keep hearing, reading and seeing negative stuff. We mentioned that change and growth begins with us because it does. Growth and maturity will also enhance our prayer life.

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The various seasons of life can be daunting. There will always be something. Nothing in life is perfect except Jesus. Think about it, how many times do we expect something or someone to give us what we’re lacking within?

What’s that old saying, can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip? (wink) In relationships, we expect or desire something that is not present within to give. Sometimes, we have to love from a distance and bridle our tongues. We have to allow God to work. People can’t hear God if we are harping to them all the time. (shock face)

Sometimes, we or the people in our life need love, encouragement, compassion, and prayers, instead of just biblical theology. Yes, we must know the Word for ourselves and share the Gospel.

Here’s the thing, stuff in life happens to all of us–saved or not. We get so busy pointing out what’s wrong or bad instead of celebrating what’s right and good. (smile)

Instead of talking, let our actions speak louder than words. (wink) Let us pray God’s Word over the thing or someone. Only God can change a heart and/or a thing by our prayers. Here’s a fun fact, we must have faith that our prayers are in line with God’s will. This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. Sometimes, we have to check our motive. (shock face)

Each of us are on different levels in our growth and maturity. Sometimes, we forget that everyone understands or comprehends information differently. Sometimes we forget everyone communicates differently. Sometimes someone shows us love differently, but it’s the best that they know how. Instead of complaining, adapt and adjust, until they learn differently.

Sometimes we may not know the next step or how to get there. Pray without ceasing.

Kinds of Prayer
Secret – Matthew 6:6
Family – Acts 10:2, 30
Group – Matthew 18:20
Public – 1 Corinthians 14:14-17

Parts of Prayer
Adoration – Daniel 4:34, 35
Confession – 1 John 1:9
Supplication – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Intercession – James 5:15
Thanksgiving – Philippians 4:6

Personal requirement of Prayer
Purity of heart – Psalms 66:18, 19
Believing – Matthew 21:22
In Christ’s name – John 14:13
According to God’s will – 1 John 5:14

General requirement of Prayer
Forgiving spirit – Matthew 6:14
Simplicity – Matthew 6:5, 6
Humility and repentance – Luke 18:10-14
Unity of believers – Matthew 18:19, 20
Tenacity – Luke 18:1-8
Importunity – Luke 11:5-8
Intensity – Matthew 7:7-11
Confident expectation – Mark 11:24
Without many words – Matthew 6:7
Unceasingly – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayers not answered because of
Sin – Psalms 66:18
Selfishness – James 4:3
Doubt – James 1:5-7
Disobedience – Proverbs 28:9
Inhumanity – Proverbs 21:13
Pride – Luke 18:11, 12, 14

Posture for Prayer
Standing – Nehemiah 9:5
Kneeling – Ezra 9:5
Sitting – 1 Chronicles 17:26-27
Bowing – Exodus 34:8
Hands uplifted – 1 Timothy 2:8

That grass always looks greener until we get full disclosure and realize we’re grateful for what we have– this is contentment until God changes us. ( smile)

Changes in life will continue daily. As we grow and mature, we learn to handle things different. Spiritual fruit and being led by the Holy Spirit, to include the renewing of our mind is the end result to be effective in showing others Jesus. (smile)

God bless us as we grow, mature, pray and roll with it! (smile)

As always, your thoughts or comments are welcomed. (wink)

© Ann “afriendforever54” Friend, Aug 2013 – present.

Growth is A Part of Life (Part 2)

Picking up from Growth is A Part of Life (Part 1), they will know us by our fruits. Some love to tell what is wrong and blah, blah, without providing the how. 😰

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Let’s face it, until we’re ready to change and take responsibility for our choices, the process of life will keep bringing stuff until we let go and move forward in our growth process. 😁

Distractions and living vicariously through others, will only get us so far. As mentioned before, when we get sick and tired of 🎶🎶going around the mountain, one more time🎶🎶 we’ll do something about it. 😜 At the beginning and the end of the day, we choose our next step. 😨

Some of us are standing on faith for something or someone. Sometimes, we’re the reason for the delay! 😰 Bottom line, God knows, we are not ready! Change and growth comes from within!

That thing or someone won’t give us what’s lacking within! God bless us as we understand our own challenges and recognize change and growth begins within us. 😉

To be continued….

As always, feel free to share your thoughts! 😜

Growth is A Part of Life

Whether we like it or not, growth is a part of life. God created us for relationships–with Him and each other. In this process of life, every change and challenge that we walk through brings growth that produces more fruit of the spirit–love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith meekness and temperance within us. Growth is finding humor and learning to be content until God promotes us to something else.

 

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Growth is praising God instead of complaining. Growth is the moment we understand that the past does not define who we are today. Growth is forgiving past and present hurts. Growth is learning to enjoy life regardless. Growth is about adapting to differences. Growth is knowing that God is love and light. Anything and everything else is not. Growth is understanding that God gives “Free will to choose.”

As growth matures, and unconditional love is within, actions will draw us closer or drive us away. Growth realizes that actions speak louder than words, and preaching and constantly reminding about all the things that are wrong won’t encourage anyone anyway. Growth develops faith that in spite of the stuff in this world, God is and will always be in charge and His will be done.

To be continued….

We welcome your comments 😜

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