Friday, August 17, 2007

faith lift fridays


Hope for the Harried by Gail Rogers

"The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down"
(Proverbs 14:1).

The frenzied pace she kept was taking a toll on her home. Life just seemed to be fraying around the edges.

When we live at a pace that continually drains us, we end up taking it out on those closest to us. Complaining, frustration and lack of patience can surface all too often. As women we can actually be tearing down relationships by our own hand and not even be aware we are doing so. A wise woman will take note of her reactions and make a choice to be a builder.

If your quiet time with God has slipped to the wayside of your life, it won't be long before you notice the tell-tale reactions of complaining, negativity and frustration in your life and relationships.

Ask God to come in a fresh way into your life to help you make time with Him a priority. Choose to make some changes in your schedule so God can make some changes in your heart.

Invite His Holy Spirit to be the change agent in your life today. Ask for what the Bible calls the fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) It's "The Great Exchange." He will help you build your relationships. You can depend on God to be your source for all your needs.

Exchange your weakness for His strength.
Your unhappy heart for His joy.
Your annoyance with His love.
Your anxiety with His peace.
Your impatience for His patience.
Your complaining for His contentment.
Your harsh attitude for His gentleness.


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6 comments:

DJ Hartman said...

Oh Annie thanks for posting this ever important reminder! I have seen this time and time again in my own life, when I let what is important slip away, then it shows in my attitude, actions, and reactions!

Thanks for the award! I am just getting back into the swing of things so hope to post about it soon.

Be blessed!

DJ

Sheryl said...

I love the "Great Exchange"! How beautifully true!
Thanks for sharing that!

Nancy Face said...

Thank you so much for sharing those wonderful, uplifting thoughts! :)

KC said...

What a wonderful post Annie.
Thank you for sharing it.

HL said...

Annie,
How wonderful this reminder, great for today's trials and tribulations. Especially those with depression and anxiety. Thank you for staying on course in your journey of Seeking Him and sharing it with us.

God Bless, HL

Coach J said...

great words of encouragement!