Good Morning Friend,
Continue reading, I didn’t accidently resend last week’s message. The heading is the same, but the content of the message has a different focus, I promise. Two ideas I hit upon in the previous devotion were intention and action. You may have had every intention of selecting one of the acts of kindness suggested last week, but did you follow through with an action? Intention invites you to engage your mind purposefully. Perhaps you may need to shift the way you think. If you intend to act kindly, you must first have the intention to become a loving person. To live well, I believe we must, on purpose, think God thoughts. Psalm 118:24 tells us, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Rejoice that in your heart resides love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, and kindesss. Make it your intention to seek inner peace. Be gentle with yourself. Choose the thoughts you are going to dwell upon. Learn to meditate and be still. Become calm. Learn to love and accept yourself, (warts and all). Jesus said he fills our hearts with joy, to the full and overflowing, enough to share. So, out of your abundantly joyful, peaceful heart, then, take an action step. Forgive another. Let go of hurts and failures. Seek peaceful, gentle relationships.
My friend, what is your intention this morning? To spread love? To savor your work? To hug your children (even grown ones) and affirm how much you love them? Intentionally be a loyal friend and spouse. Bring them joy with your words and actions. Create peace in your home. Make your world a better place. I know you can! Make it your intention to be a loving disciple.