Last night I was watching a Hallmark Valentine’s Day movie, and when I got up from the couch, I lost my footing and fell. I am lucky that my face did not hit the tv stand, and I didn’t break any bones. I did twist my ankle and my arm, both are in pain this morning. As I am hobbling around, I am so thankful that God protected me from broken bones. I also realized that I cannot exercise, and felt thankful that I usually can, but I have been too lazy to exercise during the past few weeks. I was mad at myself that I normally have a functioning body, yet I don’t take care of it by exercising. It took falling and getting injured to appreciate my capable body.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
–Psalm 34:19-20 (NIV)
I am thankful that the Lord delivers me from my worries and troubles. Today, I am very thankful that the Lord protected my bones, so not one is broken. I am hobbling, sore and have black and blue marks forming, but I will heal. I would rather that my ankle wasn’t swollen and my arm wasn’t sore, however I do appreciate the reminder that my body is usually capable of exercise, and I need to do it everyday.
I have a tendency to limit my vision. I sometimes think about the things I want to do in life. I would love to travel, pursue new hobbies, but I don’t really think these things will ever happen. With God, everything is possible, so I should embrace life with joy and love this beautiful life! I want to see my dreams come true in the many good days that wait ahead. Scriptures tell us to turn from evil and do good. We shouldn’t gossip or tell lies about others, but instead seek peace. It can be hard not to get caught up in gossip. When, I do, my inner thoughts are not peaceful. I have to recognize that my thoughts are not peaceful, take a step away, and seek peace by praying to God. I have to take care of my spiritual self, just as I have to take care of my emotional self. I need to get good thoughts in my mind by reading the bible, so my inner thoughts don’t go off course. If I want to love life and see good days ahead, I need to seek peace and stay away from gossip and lies.
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
–Psalm 34:12-14 (NIV)
It is easy to fall off the right path. I have struggled in life and done many things that I regret. I cringe when I remember some of the things I have done. I listened to people give me advice and often made the decision to take their advice. I didn’t pray and ask God what I should do. As a result, I made bad decisions, and I have regrets about things I have said and done. I do not find any pleasure in these memories. If I could impart one piece of wisdom on my kids, it would be to pray about the decisions you are making and listen to God. When you don’t, life can be hard and full of struggles. When you do, life will still have troubles, but God will carry you through the troubles with peace in your heart. You will have faith and confidence in the future. You will know that God has better plans for you, and the troubles are only temporary, because God will bring you through all your troubles.
Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,
“I find no pleasure in them”—
–Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NIV)
Once you fully trust in God, you will know that no person can harm you. Some people will try. People will gossip about you, twist the truth, tell lies about you and try to destroy you. When you are right with the Lord, God will disgrace those people. They will be put to shame. They will be dismayed that their plans did not work. Their plans will blow away in the mind like discarded corn husks. Instead, their paths will become dark and slippery with God’s angels pursuing them.
May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
–Psalm 35:4-6 (NIV)
To embrace this beautiful life, we need to seek God and do what is right starting when you are young. We should not gossip and tell lies, but instead seek peace. In turn, God will protect us. God will protect our bodies from broken bones. God will deliver us from our troubles. God will help us love life and see good days ahead with few regrets and peace in our hearts. God will protect us from people who wish to harm us. Life is so much better when we turn to God and seek peace.