Guide to Goodness

Feeling Safe and Secure.  Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

Would you feel safe and secure living in a house without windows and doors?  Proverbs 25:28 tells us that a person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.  Biblical self-control means choosing to give up trying to control things on our own, surrendering to God for help, and working alongside Him for real change.  If you lack self-control, you will be controlled by your whims.  If you do not choose to rely on the Holy Spirit and aim to make the right choices, you cannot become your best self.

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Gift of Goodness

Gift of Goodness – September 27, 2021

A bit of goodness to start your day.

“Know you not, that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? But if any man violates the temple of God, he shall God destroy. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.”  Corinthians 3:16-17

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Authentic Beauty. Fruit of the Spirit: Modesty

Art by Melanie Boutiette Just Beloved

When we think of modesty, most of us picture ugly clothes, dreary hair, and no exposed skin. Or we assume it entails having the personality of a doormat, never taking credit for yourself, and allowing others to step on you as they work their way up. The Holy Spirit, though, has no desire for us to be anything less than incredible. God made us and it was good.  After all, we were made in God’s own image, and that isn’t anything to cover up.

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Gift of Goodness

Gift of Goodness – September 25, 2021

A bit of goodness to start your day.

A Prayer for Generous Self-Sacrifice

Blessed Lord Jesus, in all eternity you enjoyed perfect harmony with your Father. Yet, you did not see equality with the Father as something to be grasped, but instead, you emptied yourself and took the form of a servant. This you did not because you had to, but because of your tremendous love and generosity toward mankind. I thank you for this incredible gift of love. Therefore, I humbly stand before you to beg of your mercy. By your grace, mold and refine me until I can learn to live as humbly and as sacrificially as you have lived. Give me compassion and generosity that refuses to stand by idly but give me a true zeal to see your name glorified so that all my doings in this life might bring honor to you.

Amen

Today, I will thank you for Your gift of self sacrifice and pray for compassion and generosity to glorify You in everything I do.