Hello Women of Warfare followers and visitors. A belated welcome to a brand new year!
When the clock struck midnight this year and Happy New Year wishes rang around the globe, how did you feel? How did you respond?
Did those words ring hollow in your ears?
I do hope not!
I do trust that you were able to give and receive such greetings with a genuinely positive heart.
The word “happy” seemed to stand out for me today, as I was thinking about what to write. On checking my mini Oxford dictionary, I saw that Happy is defined as:
I wonder, do any of these words describe how you felt throughout 2020? And how are you feeling this year?
For myself, I can say that I am pleased to be alive. Thousands of people have lost their lives to the Covid-19 virus. It grieves my heart to know that so many people met with an untimely death and I cannot help but wonder, where are they now?
Did they have a chance to hear the gospel? If they had been given the opportunity, what did they do with it? Did they reject, or accept Christ? Or did they postpone to a more convenient time, which never came?
Dear reader, if you are reading this post and you have not committed your life to Christ, then you are in a precarious position. Please take some time to read my outreach post which informs you why ignoring God’s free gift of salvation could put you at your peril. Believe me, I am not scaremongering. I am merely concerned for your spiritual well-being.
And now back to my message for this post.
As previously mentioned, I am pleased to be alive. I am also learning to be content.
It is not always easy in this world of have more, give more, do more and be more. And it is all too easy to get pulled into the secular world’s never-ending cycle of competition and covetousness. As the Bible says, the eye is never satisfied (Ecclesiastes 1:8).
For a long time (even after I became a Christian), I entertained the idea that my life was blighted with misfortune. Today, I am glad to say that my mind-set has radically changed. I have become way more positive. I believe the fact that God has adopted me into his family… that I have a wonderful relationship with him… that he has promised never to leave me, to protect and provide for me, makes me a fortunate person indeed.
In the United Kingdom, polls have been taken to see which area of our nation happens to be the happiest. As children of God, I think we should be the happiest people on earth, period! Unfortunately, I realise that is not always the case.
Perhaps assessing our happiness status should be something we do for ourselves every now and again. When last have you checked?
Why not take some time out this weekend, or as soon as practicable, to assess for yourself? Not in order to make yourself miserable, or to crow inwardly with ungodly pride but to give you something meaningful to come before God and be thankful for.
After all, if not for the Grace of God, who knows where you would be, or even if you would have made it to see 2021!
Have a blessed weekend.
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
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