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.
Lord, change my vision so that I see the way You do.
You know I focus on the problem instead of the potential.
I see worn rugs, leaky faucets, dirty dishes and dust that multiplies faster than any miracle You performed, instead of seeing your wondrous provisions.
I see estranged relatives, angry drivers, mean kids, and weird co-workers instead of seeing them as those made in Your image.
I see others who are writing books, connecting with authors, speaking at conferences and something ugly rises up in me. You called this envy and I don't like it one bit. Forgive me Lord for taking my eyes off of you.
Lord, help me to stop 'speck'tating but instead to remove the beam out of my own eyes.
Lord change my vision and as you do, transform my heart.
Make my heart ever new, with a constant desire to serve You.
Make my heart a place that loves like you.
Make me kinder and more loving.
Lord change my vision so that I can see and love like you.
Lord, give me eyes that find the good in things, give me eyes that are full of compassion.
Lord, change my vision for there's work to do.
Lord change my vision so that others see You in me.
Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. Matthew 9:35-37 [NLT]
If you're in need of a changed perspective, bring it to God. He can surely change your vision.
Many of us take notes in our Bibles as part of our personal time, during a seminar or listening to a pastor or teacher. For me, there is a wealth of information contained in my notes which when re-read at various points of my life still offer inspiration and insight. You see, besides the 66 books in the Bible, I have verses that are precious to me underlined, I've color-coded passages that moved me at various points of my life, and I've taken notes from thousands of pastors and seminars. And so my Bible has become a wellspring of information (as it should be) not only for the inspired words but also as a source of reflection, as a source of answered prayer, and as a source of constant realization that I always need God. I never get too old to learn his lesson. Here are excerpts from some of the various notes in my Bible and what they've meant to me:
These are only some of the snippets found on any white space in my Bible. I've run out of pages and now use a separate binder to take notes as the Holy Spirit moves me.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 119:11 [KJV]
Do you take notes in your Bible? What's the best note you've ever written? How do you remember a great sermon?
Being nice is such a rare quality that when we run into it, we are shocked. Yet as Christians we are called to be nice, to be light in a dark world, to help those who need help and to do it from a place of love. Part of being nice is to do a good deed and not expect anything in return.
Now I'm using nice because that's a word that everyone can relate to; nice seems better than good. Nice implies that you go the extra mile. Nice is just nice.
On a recent road trip, we were genuinely surprised by the niceness of strangers. I don't know about you, but for us, whenever we take a road trip, we hope and pray nothing goes wrong. As a precaution, we did a general checkup on our car to ensure it was ready for the road. We started on our trip, and everything was going fine until we had to conquer this massive hill (elevation 2000 ft), which was when our car gave out. It died right there in the middle lane. We were able to navigate off the road and call AAA. It so happens this particular stretch of road claims a lot of cars, so when we pulled over, we were right behind a sheriff assisting another vehicle.
So far nothing nice and all the makings for a disastrous trip.
AAA eventually came after an hour. The car was towed, and we all rode in the tow truck. The driver of the tow truck was charming. He told us how he drives up and down that hill all day, never afraid. We drove up the hill then down the hill and exited at the nearest town with a mechanic. By this time it's the end of the day. However the mechanics did not rush us; they took the time to inspect, diagnose and provide solutions. The transmission was gone which is an expensive and time-consuming repair. So now we were officially without a car. The mechanics also assisted with helping us find a rental car and then drove us to the car rental location for pickup.
As we were driving, I wondered why I was so genuinely surprised by the niceness of the mechanics and the tow truck driver. The answer struck me - it's because we're not used to people being nice to us for no reason at all. We always think there's an ulterior motive, or that someone will take advantage of us. This world is harsh, but these circumstances made me realize that I need to work on being nice, consistently. As Christians, we are encouraged to be nice - it's a way of reaching others and letting our light shine.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?
Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)
Are you genuinely nice? Do you expect something in return for being nice? Does being unappreciated stop you from being nice?