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Lessons From Miss. Clara

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Often in reading books or watching movies like War Room I’ve often envied the faith and trust of people like Miss. Clara. They make it look so easy. She didn’t seem overly distracted with life or too hurried to give a little bit of Godly counsel to a  total stranger.

I’ve wondered how in today’s world how we can get back to a life spent living in the present…Really being all we can where we are…

1) LISTEN

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
–(James 1:19-20).

Every so often I’ll see something online that says, “Listen and silent are spelled with the same letters.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not so great at listening, I’m a talker. I even process things by either talking (sometimes to myself) or writing. Sitting still, being quiet, and NOT talking is a bit of a challenge..let alone quieting my mind so that I can actually hear what’s being said is even harder.

2) REMEMBER the truth of Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
–Romans 3:23

I know that I’m awful quick to judge others. I can easily take a mental picture of a person that often times is on one of their worst days and think that that’s how they are every other day of the year. 99.999% of the time I’m dead wrong.

I think that in order to listen to what’s really being said by those around us we may need to take a step back and REMEMBER that we all fall short. None of us ever hits the bar that Jesus has set. And we never will because Jesus was and is perfect. Even on our best days we still make mistakes. That’s why the Grace of God is such a big deal. He knows that we all mess up and that it’s impossible for us to reach His standard…That’s the whole reason that He sent His Son to die on that cross for OUR SIN.

3) Stay connected to the TRUE VINE.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
–John 15:5

Prayer is another one of those things that I long to be better at. I want to talk to God like I would a close friend. But I often find myself complaining about this or that

I guess because I’m talking to the God of the entire universe, the One who created me and everything around me I feel like my prayers should be well thought out and not rambling on and on. I forget about all those verses in Scripture that remind us that God is our King but He’s also our Friend (John 15:15). Jesus was tempted just like we are and yet He was WITHOUT sin. He knows what it’s like to live here on this earth and He’s given us the same power that raised Him from the grave (Romans 8:11).

I love that even though we’re told over and over to pray and even encouraged to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), God knows that there will be those times that we just don’t know what to say or how to say it. So, He gave us Romans 8:26 which says, “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

These are things that I don’t do well most of the time but I am trying to get better at. Maybe by learning to accept where it is that God has us in life and finding the joy in that place we might be able to take a deep breath and invest some time into those around us…

Until next time,

Bailey Sue