Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

Hebrews 12:1  (NIV)

God has a special purpose for each one of our lives. He will place opportunities (and sometimes challenges) in our path to lead us to where He wants us to go. We need to pray for His direction and wait with expectant hope.

Like most worthy things, we will need to remain steadfast to fulfill our dreams of a better life or a specific outcome. This will require diligence and PERSEVERANCE.

Webster defines perseverance as… continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition .

The opposite of perseverance is reasoning, excuse-making  and future promises.

“It won’t hurt to skip one day.” “This was a killer day at the office!” “ I will double my efforts tomorrow.”

Gritting our teeth to stand up against an uncomfortable thing (person?) will leave us feeling stronger! “I didn’t want to do it…but now I feel victorious that I didn’t let it get the better of me.”

I was very lucky to learn about perseverance in my 20s as a distance runner. I learned how to hang on when it would be much easier to quit. I discovered the triumph of overcoming being uncomfortable for an extended period of time.

See my past blog   Are we willing to step out and act or think in a way that’s different from how we’ve always done things?

It’s not only in athletic pursuits, but in every area of our lives that we need to develop determination and perseverance and perhaps embrace a new way of looking at life.

Think of our marriages, our careers, our social lives, our children….What areas do we need to seek God to know how to persevere through the tough times? What exactly is He expecting us to do?

God never promised us a life free of difficulties. However, He does promise to stay right beside us to show us the way to go through any obstacle we face. With Him by our side, we can learn how to make lemonade out of our lemons.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12  (NIV)

The Lord has promised all of us the rewards of His kingdom if we would just trust in His directives for our lives. Anticipate His guidance through both His word and the circumstances that present themselves in our lives.

God wants us to be the best person we can be…even with all the challenges we are facing. It’s those very challenges that prompt us to grow and redefine what is truly important in our lives. These adversities, much as we don’t like or desire them in our lives…can be the stepping stones to helping others with their own struggles.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10  (NIV)

No matter what we have to endure…knowing that our reactions and behavior can inspire and be a role model for others…will ultimately have us seeing our challenges not as something being inflicted on us, but as a blessing to help others in their afflictions.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:4  (NIV)

Dear Lord,

 Please show us how to push on through the uncomfortable things we need to endure in life to follow Your will for us. More importantly, give us the wisdom to discern what is Your will…and not just what we want to see happen.

Help us to magnify You in all of our thoughts and actions.


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Whatsoever You Do…

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.

Luke 10:27   (NIV)

Whenever we would be discussing whether or not I should or shouldn’t do something, I can remember my brother Andrew would encourage (and sometimes admonish me) with three familiar words…’Whatsoever you do’.

That was the opening stanza of one of our beloved church hymns. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers…that you do unto me.” Sometimes Andrew would even sing it. He was always a musical kind of fellow!

Of course neither Andrew nor I or any of us can make all of our decisions based on those words. Only Jesus could do that. It can sure change the way we look at the situations in our life though. It also reminds us of God’s command for all of us to love and treat others as we want to be treated.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matthew 25:35-36   (NIV)


How can we love someone the way that we would want to be loved? We could become involved in one of the many ministries that cater to the personal and spiritual needs of others. (Prisoners, homebound…)

In our stand-offish, don’t get involved society, sometimes it can be as simples as noticing someone else’s actions. Don’t we like it when someone else notices us? It can encourage us that we are doing something good. Perhaps it will prompt us to stay the course…or even do more to help.

We just never know what’s going to happen when we start noticing others! Maybe we’ll make a new friend. Certainly we can all use more friends! Maybe others can give us tips to make our actions even more helpful. That’s what we call working together.

If we are feeling lonely or isolated, having someone notice us will help us remember…even if momentarily…that we are not alone in this life. AND if we are off in our own little world, being noticed will help us remember that others ARE watching us. They’re watching more than our words and actions. They’re also seeing our attitude and demeanor. Let’s be sure to give them a good impression!

God ask all of us to follow the golden rule

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. 

 Matthew 7:12  (NIV)

Following this decree of the Lord will not only help others, but make us feel pretty darn good about ourselves! We’ll feel virtuous, upstanding and worthy of God’s love. Just like a father, God loves us regardless of what we do (or don’t do). How good it is to feel deserving of that love though!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Colossians 3:23  (NIV)

I speak these words to myself as I walk into teach my class each morning. That way I feel like my message is coming from the Lord, and not from me. Then I am assured that I will receive as much good from the class as my students do!

Remembering the Lord as we go about our day can really give us a boost. It can help us get our mind off of ourselves and put it on other people. Then we can really feel some happiness.

‘Whatsoever you do’….


Dear Lord,

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own little world, with all its’ responsibilities. You ask us though to put others above ourselves.

Sometimes not an easy task…but doing it for You makes our efforts so fulfilling! And it brings us closer to You.


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In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:3  (NIV)


Just as an expectant mother waits eagerly for the birth of her child…so must we wait with hope for our sovereign God to fulfill His plan for our life. We all know that waiting is never easy. We want to see God’s plan NOW.

A mother-to-be prepares her child’s nursery, his/her nourishment, education, and the people that will be the examples for his/her life.  They get goose bumps thinking about the precious child being brought into this world.

Just like the name of this blog….LIFE HAPPENS! When we look forward with happy expectation…we must also prepare our hearts & minds for how we’ll respond when things don’t go as we planned. Bad things will happen along with the good. That’s a part of life. How are we going to respond?

Using our new baby example…our child will get sick, cry incessantly. We’ll spend money on necessities we never had to before. (formula, baby food, babysitters, doctor’s appointments.) Maybe our child will have a chronic illness or disability? That means MORE healthcare cost.

We won’t love them any less! Yes, we’ll be disappointed, but LIFE HAPPENS. We’ll spend our time trying to figure out the best ways to give them a joyful life and make them feel important despite the burdens they have to live with.

That’s what our heavenly Father expects us to do with OUR life.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11  (NIV)

 He knows that we will face problems and unexpected hurdles. God knows our life will not go as we planned. We need to lean into Him, expecting Him to open a way for us to go. If we wait patiently, the Lord will show us which path to follow.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Romans 8:25   (NIV)

Waiting is so hard! What if we go the wrong way? Surely our loving Father will get us back on the right track. Think about what we have accomplished in our life. Usually it takes us several attempts before we get it right. The God who loves us will not throw in the towel regardless of our failed attempts. He just asks us to keep seeking…keep knocking.

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Matthew 7:7  (NIV)

I have been asking, seeking, knocking to find what the Lord wants me to do with my disabled life since I had my brain injury in 1997. I have started a fitness business, published two books, and started this blog, Life Happens. I have felt His leading every step of the way. Now I want something new! Isn’t that how we all are? So I’ll just keep knocking!

Let’s all keep expecting God to show us new roads…new opportunities. Remember that with our expectant faith, all things are possible!


Dear Lord,

Help us all live with the faith of an expectant mother. We will have concerns and problems, but You remind us that every good gift comes with sacrifices. It also comes from You.

Let us follow Your lead, whether we see that in circumstances, other people or Your word.

May we live with the expectant faith of a child, believing that You put the gift in our path…or in our heart.



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And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their

Revelation 21:3  (NIV)


When we were children, our parents or our church taught us prayers to memorize. As we got older we learned the true meaning and value of those prayers.

Many of our lives include daily routines and regiments. I know mine sure does! So prayer becomes part of our daily routine. Isn’t that a good thing? It is unless our prayers get so regimented that we don’t really pay attention to what we are praying.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

What it we are faithful in prayer? Do we believe God is really paying attention to us? I have found it most beneficial to just keep the Lord continuously in the back of my mind. Isn’t that what prayer warriors call ‘Abiding in Him’?

When I do that, I actually see Him showing up with answers to some of the things I’m thinking about. Where did that idea come from?!…I believe those nudges come from the Holy Spirit.

And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Ephesians 2:22  (NIV)


Specific personal prayer time is uplifting for all of us! The more we pray, the closer we feel to God.

Keeping Him and His will for our lives continuously in our heart makes our life a continuous prayer. If you’re a rule follower like me…this will help you obey His command to pray without ceasing.

We all want our lives to ‘bear good fruit’. It may not show up exactly when we want it. (That usually means, ‘Right now’!) Just believe that God IS listening. His timing is not our timing. That fruit will come as we continue to dwell in the Lord.

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.


Dear Lord,

 Praying is just like talking to You…a trusted friend. Help us to remember that You are just a thought or a heartbeat away.

Set apart, private time with You is important and sometimes life-changing in our thoughts and attitude. Let us feel we’re in constant communion with You as we abide in You all day long.



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John 15:4

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.


Mary’s Song

 “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.”

Luke 1: 46-49  (NIV)

Over the years, I’ve had many different favorite Christmas songs. None have touched my heart though as much as Mary, Did You Know? And not just because that’s my name too!

Here are the lyrics….

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy
Has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Will calm the storm with his hand?

Did you know that your baby boy
Has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby
You kiss the face of God

Mary, did you know?

The blind will see, the deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb

Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy
Would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great, I Am


The reason it moves me so is that it speaks directly to a mother’s heart. We all know what it’s like to love, be excited for and proud of our children.

 That wasn’t what Mary felt though. She knew from the moment her son was conceived by the Holy Spirit that Jesus was a treasured gift from God. The Lord had chosen and magnified Mary to be the mother of His precious son.

We all think our children are special and pray that they will grow up to make a real impact on the world. We treasure memories of times we saw them succeed; saw them learn valuable lessons, and most importantly, saw them be loved and reach out to love others.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:19  (NIV)

With the exception of his infancy, my brain injury robbed me of the gift of raising my son, Andrew. Now that he’s 25 years old, it’s amazing to see how our bond of love has erased all of those missing years. Now I have a whole new set of memories to ponder and treasure in my heart.

So at this special time of year, let’s try to forget about all that’s not right in our world…and our families…and take time to treasure all the unique and highly valued moments we have from our past…from today. Always believe that God has something extraordinary planned for each of our tomorrows!

A happy and joyous Christmas to all of you!

See you in 2023.


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Luke 2:19

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.


We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:3  (NIV)

Every year for the last 20 years, the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) has hosted a big gala and fundraiser called the Brain Ball. I have the honor each year of presenting the Mary Varga Award to another brain injury survivor who has reached out beyond the challenges of their particular brain injury to help others.

Why in the world did they name the award after me? MY brain injury inspired my family to create a fundraising party to benefit others in Kentucky living with the same (or similar) challenges that I live with.

This year’s winner, Maddie became an Occupational Therapy Assistant to show her own patients how to perform the daily activities necessary for living a normal life. Boy can she speak to her patients on a personal level…from living with her own challenges … and showing them the best ways to cope with theirs!

God has given us ALL the ability to inspire others. They watch us as we try to navigate our life WITH our particular challenge. If we do so in a positive way, it can inspire others to be a better version of themselves.

We usually inspire others when we’re trying to do something difficult or unnatural for us. What if things don’t turn out the way we hoped? What if we REALLY tried and we still couldn’t do it? We need to remember to react with a smile on our face. Complainers can’t move others to look on the bright side or inspire others to be more like them.

When I googled inspirational people…it told me they are those who can set a goal and do everything in their power to achieve it. I believe that inspiring others is more than just goal setting. What if we can’t do it? I think our inspiring comes from our ability to make others want to try too! We let them see the value in what we’re attempting to do.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

1 Peter 5:10  (NIV)

How can we provoke a desire in others to take action and do something that they may have previously thought was bigger than them? We can do this by caring about others and challenging them to do their best. Show enthusiasm! Who doesn’t want to do more when they see the positive influence they have on others?

Most importantly, remember our opening Bible verse and where that inspiration comes from…

We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonions 1:3  (NIV)


God wants us all to be the best version of ourselves. He also wants to have us lead others to Him by our example…by our own efforts. So let’s be our very best while we inspire others to do the same!


Dear Lord,

May we always remember that we have the ability to inspire others or even turn them off by our own daily actions and outlook. May we always put our best foot forward regardless of our mood or circumstances.

Help us to lead others to You as they watch us navigate our lives.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29 (11-13) NIV

We make plans for everything in our life. Life literally revolves around the plans we make…from the time we wake up in the morning. We plan how (or if) we’ll nourish our body, what we’ll wear to work, what time we need to leave to be on time, and how we’ll get there. Those are just a few of the plans we make every day in the first hour after we rise.

I’m single, so I just need to make those plans for one person. If we’re married with children at home, then our schedule needs to coordinate with one or more other sets of plans. I grew up in a family of six children. God bless my mother! I don’t know how she did it.

After we take care of our daily plans, we can move on to plans that will achieve our goals and dreams for our future and our family’s future. That’s the time to remember that God’s WILL for our life trumps any specific plan we may have.

We can make the most educated preparations. We can use our common sense and listen to the advice of family and friends. However, we’d be well-advised to take it to the One who loves us most of all.


May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 3:5  (NIV)


Following God’s plan for our life is the way to ensure it will be successful. Make a habit of asking before every decision…”Is this what the Lord would want me to do?” Then follow that plan! Still no clear answer? Then keep asking until your heart feels God’s approval of the plan. He’ll honor the fact that we consulted Him…even if our plan is a little off base. Just keep the communication line open!

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)

 We shouldn’t just pray for the Lord to change our circumstances…our problems and challenges. Let’s pray that God will change US to make us better equipped to navigate our challenges. We could all benefit from an instant miracle. Perhaps the Lord is showing us a way to live an extraordinary life despite our circumstances.

Let’s lean into the Lord as we try to determine His plans for our life. His plan is usually not immediate, but slow, resolute and determined. It will require faith and trust on our part.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Believe that God has a specific plan for our life. That will always include assisting others on their life journey…and that’s what makes the journey so rewarding!


Dear Lord,

 Remind us to check in with You on all of our plans and goals. We know that You have an incredible plan for us to bring Your love to others, while still accomplishing our goals and dreams.

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For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

Psalm 91: 11-12  (NIV)


Ever wonder how God can be so many places at one time? Yes, He is our glorious Creator who can accomplish all things. He is not limited by time or space. Yet He also comes with a whole army of angelic employees.

Angels are NOT human beings, although they can work through them. They are supernatural spiritual beings continuously praising God and working on his behalf with all living creatures. The angelic job description has but two responsibilities: Glorifying God and assisting with His mission. That’s why we refer to them as ministering spirits!

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 1:14 (NIV)


Are we not the ones who will inherit salvation?  We sure hope to! That means the angels are here to serve, safeguard and minister to us just like they did Jesus! Ever had a coincidence happen that kept you out of harms way? I believe angels step in to protect us in those times.

Because of my poor balance, I am programmed to be concerned about my safety and easy mobility. I’m in the habit of just praying a silent “Thank You God!’ when circumstances line up to either keep me from harm or make life easier for me to navigate. I have to admit that I’ve never called on angels to help me. Perhaps it’s time to start! Couldn’t we all use some more power in our spiritual life?


I am a member (parishioner) of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic church. A few weeks ago we celebrated the feast of the Archangels in our liturgy. The Catholic church recognizes 3 of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.

 Raphael is the archangel who oversees healing. His duties include providing healing and comfort to the sick and their caregivers and also for protecting travelers.

So I’m going to start calling out to St. Raphael as God’s anointed helper to assist me as I try to be of service to able bodies…even in my disabled world. Balance is not necessary to serve others OR our heavenly father. Maybe St. Raphael can reveal opportunities for me to do that while helping me with my balance at the same time!

In Catholic doctrine it says that God himself revealed to Raphael the Archangel a mandate to cure the bodily, mental and spiritual afflictions of all living creatures. Archangels are the chief angels of the heavenly realm and very powerful! I’ve always felt that God was with me. It’s encouraging to know that archangel of healing also has my back!

Gabriel is the archangel in charge of communicating important messages to people. He is the messenger of new beginnings. He spoke to Zechariah of his wife, Elizabeth giving birth to John the Baptist.

The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

Luke 1:19  (NIV)


Gabriel later spoke to Mary herself about conceiving (through the Holy Spirit) Jesus, the messiah and savior of our world.

Michael is the archangel in charge of our protection…mostly from evil in the spiritual realm.

Those are just the archangels. Angels are everywhere…here to guide and protect us.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)


How has “LIFE” happened to you? We can use all the help we can get. While we’re praying to our Lord…let’s also ask for assistance from His angels.


Dear Lord,

Thank You for sending Your angels to watch over and intervene for us. You’ve given us a whole heavenly realm to guide us and protect us. Help us to remember to ASK for their help, just like we need to ASK for Yours.


The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

1 Corinthians 12:21  (NIV)


It’s time for another fitness blog. Just as the opening scripture tells us, we can’t tell one body part it’s more or less useful than the other parts. Everything must work together to make the whole body function as it’s supposed to.

In a previous blog post,, I spoke of our HIPS (and ankles!) being the most important element in proper balance and stability. Important…yes…but it must work together with our head and shoulders to MAINTAIN that balance.

I give my classes constant cues to keep their heads and shoulders where they should be during movements…and when standing still! I know I sound like a broken record! I do it as much for me as I do it for them!

Make a long neck… chin and nose forward… nostrils up.

Ears pulled back over the shoulders… Pull your chin into your throat…Make a double chin. (Those last two cues came straight from my physical therapist, Denny.) 

When I was in grade school, my best pal and neighbor, Mary Ann, used to teasingly call me WingWong because my eyes were so small that when I smiled, I looked almost oriental. Gravity has taken its’ toll in the last 50 years. I no longer look like WingWong when I smile, but I keep her picture in my living room to remind me to keep a long neck…even when just sitting to watch TV.

I have to admit, I’m a tad neurotic about holding my body in the right posture. That includes my head. Some people have visual memories. Others are auditory. As a fitness instructor, I also know about muscle memory.

When it comes to my head, I have a ‘feeling’ memory. I try to imagine someone behind me…holding my neck in a strangle hold. They have their hands under my jaw. That will get the head up fast!

The mental image that causes me to hold my head up properly the most is imagining a book balanced on my head. I’ve tried doing that more than once. It’s harder than it looks! It’s impossible to balance the book if leaning forward, sideways or back.

Even though it’s difficult to actually do…IMAGINING a book balanced on the head will get us holding our head properly…even if it’s just a little off. 

When we try to balance a book on our head, immediately our ears pull back over our shoulders and our neck naturally gets longer.

So just like the opening scripture verse alludes, our body parts were not meant to work individually but together as a whole for the benefit of the whole body…in this case, to keep our heads up taller!


Dear Lord,

Why is multi-tasking so challenging? It sure is easier to think (and do) just one thing at a time. But just like the rest of our lives, we need to learn to have all things working together for our good and the good of others.

Help us to hold our bodies in the right alignment so we can walk without tripping and hold our heads up high….SIMULTANEOUSLY!


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I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5  (NIV)

When we want to discover what another is truly like,…we look at their commitments, their actions…and we listen to their words! We’re looking at the FRUIT of their life. What kind of fruit are we bearing?

Our fruit is many times a byproduct of things that have happened in our life. Have we had a perfect, unspotted life? Most would say a resounding “NO!”

We’ve all faced challenges…been treated unfairly…not had life turn out as we wanted. It’s simply the Human experience.

It’s also the result of how we were raised. If we grew up in a home that emphasized hard work to attain goals…we will be hard workers. If truth and honesty have been instilled in us, we will act in truth and be honest with others. If others have shown compassion for our plight, we will also hopefully show mercy to others. However, upbringing is not always a sure sign of fruit in our lives.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8  (NIV)

Are we following God’s requirement for our life? Do we treat others as we’ve like to be treated? If God is always placed in the center of our lives, we will instinctively look to Him for guidance as we make our decisions.

This is always the hardest of God’s commandments for me to follow! I want to do things myself! If I’m not hurting anyone or doing something illegal what’s the big deal?

Are we bearing any fruit by our actions? It’s for God’s glory that we do so. If we dwell only on what will be good and beneficial for us, we’ve sort of missed the point. We’re supposed to be living our lives for God…not men. So I guess doing things only for myself IS a big deal to God.

Of course we want our families to be happy and well-cared for…but so does God. We have to ask Him to show us how He wants us to spend our days. Especially in difficult times, our trust needs to be in God first! We need to EXPECT Him to answer our prayers. It may come in ways we don’t expect, but it WILL come.

Those who put their trust in God…

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 17:8 (NIV)


Our fruit will show up in what kind of character our children display, how we treat others, the impression we leave with our clients and associates and most importantly,…how we honor our heavenly Father. Honoring God will be manifest in how we respond to whatever life is handing us.

Are we kind and gracious only when life is going our way? How do we respond when life isn’t going as we planned? Our real character seems to show up not in good times…but in how we handle interruptions, setbacks and difficulty. This is when the fruit of God the Holy Spirit is most evidenced in our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Galations 5:22 (NIV)

Talent, success, intelligence, attractiveness and lots of influence are the fruits our world seems to prefer. They are indeed fruits! Is that how we want to be remembered though? What about kindness, compassion, generosity, humility and service? If we add ‘self-control’ we have the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to guide us towards what God desires for our lives. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to DESIRE new things in our life. Our job is simply to cooperate with Him in our thinking to accomplish His plans.

Then we will be showing God’s fruit of choice.

Dear Lord,

Help us to mold our character and accomplishments to be a reflection of You. We want our fruit to reveal that we are your children.

Give us the desire to produce fruit that pleases both You…and others.


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