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.
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
At the beginning of this year, I decided that I would make a conscious effort to be thankful by journaling and here's why. Being thankful:
I can attest to all of the above, but my attempt at keeping a gratitude journal did not go so well initially.
It felt like a chore where I found myself being grateful for the same things every day - life, health, my family, a roof over my head. But the more I started to think of these things that I was taking for granted, the more I realized I had a lot to be thankful for. Even if it seemed trivial, I was going to be thankful. Now it has become incrementally easier to have an attitude of gratitude. I am grateful for the big and small; the tangible and intangible. I am thankful for the beauty of potential; I am grateful that I believe in Someone bigger than myself. Sometimes, I'm actually grateful for a messy house.
Recently this verse jumped out at me with new meaning:
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1,2 (NLT)
Even the scriptures were encouraging me to be grateful. You don't have to write it down, but if that helps you then do so. But more importantly, strive to be grateful every second of every day - it will make a huge difference to you and those around you.
Regardless of your circumstances, I challenge and encourage you to possess an attitude of gratitude.
Do you have an attitude of gratitude?
"In all the years I've worked with people, I've yet to meet someone whose life was all messed up because he or she kept God's commands." (Joe Stowell) This quote resonated with me because of its truthfulness. Many people want lives that reap the result of God's commands, but they don't want to believe or follow God's commandments.
So we are in a free for all - everyone doing what they want and hoping that they come out fine. Sometimes people look for the easy way out and rationalize, that if it's not explicitly stated in the Bible, then it can't be done.
Psalm 1 covers many situations relevant to our world - let's take a look:
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
So the real question is - who are the wicked? The simple answer, those who don't follow God.
2 But whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Your beliefs determine your actions; no point in having beliefs if you do nothing with them. If you love God and believe what He says, you will search the Bible for truths for living.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
I like to garden - a well-watered tree or plant thrives. It has deep roots and is stable so it takes a lot for this tree to tumble. When you are like a well-watered plant in God's word, the troubles of life draw you closer to your Source; you handle problems differently; you have a confidence that is not braggadocio, but is peaceful and sure; others want what you have.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Because this person is not content, they jump on every bandwagon or every fad that may lead to happiness; they may buy more things, try illegal substances, drink more, indulge in fleshy pastimes and reap the consequences of all of these actions. They may have an over-inflated sense of self and believe that they are entitled to a good life. For them, life is about the next experience, the next high.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
Their actions have doomed them to the place of the wicked.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
The Lord preserves but the wicked destroy themselves.
Use the rubric of God's word to live right; no one has ever been sorry who has done so.