Nylse is a Christian wife and a mother of four who loves life and inspiring others. She recently published her first book - My Best Marriage Advice. She likes to have fun but is very clear on who she is and Whose she is. A prolific thinker, she blogs to encourage others from a Christian perspective at www.lifenotesencouragement.com. She can be found online on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Scripture: Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
When I became a mother, I gained a new ability: outstretching my right hand while driving to protect those in the passenger seat. If I hit the brakes suddenly, my hand automatically extended to its full length as an act of protection. If I slid off course during bad weather, the hand stretched out as if it had a mind of its own. If I noticed that someone was driving recklessly close, my right hand reacted. Any threat of danger made the right hand respond, reinforcing the connection between my heart and my hand. But it only happened when my children were in the passenger seat. As adults, my children laugh at this memory, for they were never sure what my right hand could do. It seemed pointless to them, but to me, it was an act of protection.
Daily we encounter problems and circumstances that may challenge us, and daily God is protecting us from dangers seen and unseen. His righteous right hand is more comforting than a mother’s right hand.
Pray: Dear Lord, I’m so grateful that your right hand protects me; that you care for us and protect us in ways that we often do not comprehend. We thank you, Lord, for your capable hand.
Reflect: How do you know that God is protecting you?
This time I chose the former - to forgive and move on and as I did this, I recognized that within relationships on a regular basis we do things that require forgiveness - often. We say something that seems trivial, we ignore, we forget what was mentioned earlier, and somehow we irritate each other. It's not only with our words; sometimes we're unintentionally inconsiderate. We're not always kind to each other as we should be.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
Kindness and forgiveness go hand in hand. People will offend, but we can choose to forgive. Don't hold it in until you reach the point of warped thoughts such as, I can forgive, but I won't forget - what's the point? And have you really forgiven? Forgive often and forgive soon.
Scripture: Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to forgive as you forgave. Help me not to let an offense linger but to start small and forgive incrementally. May your wisdom and your love be evident as I forgive. Amen.
Reflection: Can you forgive often?
Enoch was a man who walked with God, and when he died, he was translated (Genesis 5:22-24). One minute he was here, the next his body was in heaven. There were no human remains, and he's the only one in the Bible who had this experience. Enoch was so close to God, that even in death he remained close, if not closer. I have often wanted to be like Enoch - walking and communing with God every step of the way. In Hebrews 11:5 (the faith chapter), Enoch is commended for his faith. His testimony was that he pleased God.
Let us aspire to walk with God and walk worthy of our calling.
Reflection: Enoch walked with God. Can God say that of you? Of I?
Bible Verse: So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10
Prayer: Dear Lord, incline our hearts to walk with you daily. May your presence shine through in everything we do. Increase our faith as we walk. Amen