So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one isgood but One, that is,God. Mark 10:18
Goodness is hard to define, but the essence of goodness is God. God is good. As we live in this world with the Holy Spirit inside of us, God works His goodness into our lives. Ask Jesus to begin to establish goodness in your heart and begin to actively step out by faith (especially if you don’t “feel” like it) to show goodness to those around you. I think goodness and kindness walk hand in hand.
I have often wondered what I would be like if I had been born into a different family. Not that I don’t love my own family dearly, but I do see strengths and weaknesses that I can definitely attribute to how I was raised and things I’ve been taught, and particularly those unknown genes that are a part of us. Sometimes we might ponder if God really knew what He was doing to put us in the family that He did…I say yes! He knew exactly what kind of person you would be, what things you would excel at and those little inabilities that we don’t like very much. Even with all the dysfunction we may recognize so well, God knows the potential and attributes that He put in us, so that we can be more than victorious in all things as we are being perfected.
I am so amazed that both of my grandmothers were very talented and creative artistically. I got those genes! More than anything else in my life I am so grateful to have been given those particular talents from both sides of my family. Being creative and artistic makes me so, so happy and content.
Be thankful for your life no matter how difficult or fabulous…God knows all things and has created you for greatness and an abundantly good life. We have the genes that were created in us for a purpose and we have access to all the blessings of God. Remember, you are a new creation in Christ with new genes, created in the likeness of God.
What prompted this whole train of thought was a recent visit to Ft. Bragg, California, and the local spot where we would visit with my grandmother (my dad’s mom, Nana) – Glass Beach. It was a fairy tale come true. It used to be a remote spot where the entire beach would be filled with glass and china tumbled in the waves and washed up on the shore. You could sit on the beach and scoop up handfuls of blue, aqua, green, brown, and clear glass (the kind you find at craft stores now). But alas, it is only a distant memory because of the travesty of time. The beach has been depleted of it’s glorious treasures and only rocks and dirt remain. (Some childhood memories should never be violated, I loved the memories of my grandmother making beautiful mosaics from the glass that she collected – that I sweetly remember).*
*It is unlawful now to take anything off the beach, though I watched a dozen people picking out the beautiful remnants that still can be found among the rocks.
This week is the beginning of all kinds of new things in my home. I wanted you to get a glimpse of some of them.
My Art Deco Dresser is in the midst of a new and fresher makeover.
This is the progress so far on reinventing a canvas (not my style) to a more Heavenly perspective.
My office redo: functional but really too crowded, I’m organizing – mostly getting rid of objects that make my space too cluttered. Yes, my walls are painted pink but soon to be repainted in a lovely gray.
I am making a new desk for my office using the Singer sewing machine base and creating a new top from laminated wood.
This piece of wood was actually made and laminated by my husband 18 years ago, waiting in the garage for just the perfect project.
I am wonderfully happy to finally be working on all of these projects this week. It is also the first opportunity to begin the refurbishing of most of the rooms in our house – everything: kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and the living room. Many surprises to come when I reveal the before and afters. I’m so excited to finally get going! Stay tuned!
“Let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:4
I think that almost every time someone sinned in the Bible, it was due to the lack of patience. We look at Moses when he struck the rock, and when David failed to trust God when he wanted Bathsheba, Jonah was restless when God called him to prophesy to Nineveh, and Peter cut off the servant’s ear – all impatient to do what they thought was best. None of these Biblical characters waited to see what God would do, patiently deciding that the Lord knew that they could have whatever they wanted if only they trusted. That is why we can be complete, lacking nothing (we will be provided for) when we have this Fruit of the Spirit working in our lives.
I remember a preacher said jokingly, “Don’t ever pray for patience, because you’ll be asking for a heap of trouble.” It does seem that God will begin to work diligently in this area of your life and circumstances to see that you become complete, like Jesus, when you pray that prayer…lol!
What an encouraging word from 3 John! God is good! Therefore, everything He does or initiates is good because of His very nature (essence). John knew this – that His goodness goes before us, follows us, and walks beside us. He wants us to prosper in all things, to be in health, and that our soul would prosper as we grow in His goodness.
I know the arguments about when bad or unforeseen things happen in our lives; how can we be prospering? It is a solid truth that God works everything for the good, (And we know that allthings work together forgood to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28), whether we “see” it or not. Really it comes down to what we believe.
Once our family was going through a particularly hard season and we began to sink into a mire of dread and unbelief. Thank God for TV preachers, because one day I happened to randomly turn the channel to hear about God’s goodness from a well-known pastor. He told the story about Moses and how God had put him in the cleft of the rock covered by His hand, because His glory was passing by. God said to Moses, “I will make all My goodness pass before you…”
That made my heart leap! I began to confess that God’s goodness was going before us, and within days our circumstances began to change for the better. Ever since that time when things look dark or I didn’t have the wisdom to understand a situation, I would declare that God’s goodness was all around me and He works things for the good. My soul, health, and life prosper!!!