Colossians 4, like the other chapters in the book, is filled with wonderful scriptures. I get so much conviction from reading this chapter. For instance, it reminds me that my conduct at all times should be a display of the Lord’s graciousness. Here’s the verse that really sparks a response in my Spirit today:
17 “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”
New Living Translation (NLT)
I think it’s a big mistake to live an unexamined life. And when we do take a close look at what we’re doing with the gift of life, the most important question is whether we are carrying out the work the Lord gave us to do.
I believe that in raising my grandchildren, I’m fulfilling my ministry. However, are my life and actions demonstrating a devotion to God? I believe in missions and outreach through service to others. What I need to do is find a way for the kids and I together to serve others who can use a helping hand.
In the past, I’ve helped with numerous types of outreach, and those are some of my favorite memories. Those are unforgettable times in which I experienced the deepest kind of joy. But, alas, for many, many years now — since my divorce from an unfaithful spouse — I have not found my place in a church. I’m trying to find a place to worship the Lord with sincerity, and what I find is a society in which I, as a divorcee and whatever I’m perceived to be, is not at all welcome. I know that this is not what most people experience, thank heaven. But I’m a very different type of person — “strange” by the world’s standards, no doubt. I’m passionate about God but not concerned with fitting in with the world’s definition of how to fit in (such as the stylish clothes and hairstyle and shoes of the day). And just my mindset makes me weird.
But the Lord has given me a ministry, and I hope and pray to fulfill it in a way that pleases Him.
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Lord, get people stirred up to vote. And for anyone who is open, bless that minds and hearts will be changed as needed to vote for the man You want in the Whitehouse. We desperately need you as a nation, Lord. Bless that we, the voters, will do our part to return America back to her founding principles (which are based on Your Word).
Bless Mitt Romney and President Obama to show their real selves in a real and undeniable way, Lord. Bless that those watching will have a personal revelation of how each of the men tick. Let this revelation stir voters to elect the best president.
Weight: (forgot to weight this morning!)
No HCG drops; they are on the way. Striving to eat basically the same foods as the diet, but definitely cheating. It’s mostly things that help me wake up that I’m indulging in. I’m not a coffee drinker, and I fool myself into thinking that foods serve as my caffeine. Will get back to the strict diet when I have the drops to burn fat.