Friday, June 6, 2008

Can't We All Just Get Along!

This morning while reading I came across this scripture and I wanted to share. It tells why people don't get along and I must say "true that". In James 4:1-3 it says, What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but you don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

This started me to thinking about a lot of things. It is true that we quarrel over things that we want, and mostly over things we want from others. We either get mad because they don't agree with us, we want them to take out the garbage when we want it taken out, they're not driving as fast as we want them to drive therefore we can't get where we want to go when we want to get there. The list can go on and on and on. We do malicious things to get what we want but, are still not satisfied. There's a song that says Gods greatest gifts are unanswered prayers, that's true because most things we ask for are not good for us, or we have an unsavory motive behind them.

Thinking of motives, I remember when I didn't have a car, I mostly took care of my errands and what have yous by bus. There were times when I did ask friends or relatives for a ride somewhere. Sometimes they didn't mind, sometimes they did but, most of the time they said they didn't mind, when they did. I can remember feeling so hurt inside, because it would be something that I really needed and when they would pick me up they would sometimes have a mad look on their face and give me the silent treatment throughout the whole ride. People don't do this, if you don't feel like doing something or don't have the time, just tell the person, I promise you they'll understand that better than the cold shoulder.

Okay back to motives, I would pray and pray to the Lord, for transportation for my family but, always at the end I would always say " If you get me a car Lord, I'm gonna pass by all of them, they better not ask me to take them anywhere, and the Lord never answered that prayer. It wasn't until I asked with a reason that was pleasing to him. I said dear Lord, I need transportation for my family, I'm having a hard time out here. I promise you that I will never treat anyone, the way that some have treated me. This won't be my car Lord, it's yours as is everything, and I will use it to your pleasure. I meant this from the bottom of my heart, and I was blessed.

I'm glad that this was brought back to my memory, it's has blessed my soul today, and re-enlightened me on how to pray. Ask always with motives pleasing to God.

One more thing since the subject started out as ~Can't We All Just Get Along~, here's a how to get along scripture. It's Philippians 2:3-4 and it says, Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.

Now my Pastor always says, "Be Mindful Of Others". Can I get a Amen!, a Hallelujah!, and a Thank you Jesus!

Now last week I went a little overboard on my eating, and gained two pounds. Last week I weighed in a 170.0 and this week I weighed in at 166.2. Hooray! Hooray! Now this was not done without punishment, and although you don't know what I've been through, just thank God for giving me the strenght.


This Country Girl said...

Congratulations on your weight loss this week, Deb.

Those are great words of wisdom too. I loved the story about the Lord blessing you with the car when you asked for it in a pleasing way to Him!

Have a great weekend!

Kindra said...

Way to go Deb!! You must of been good this week. :) I know it's hard to do. I'm trying myself...But I will have a piece of cake this weekend, I have to celebrate for my son right?! :) Have a great weekend!

Picket said...

Beautiful post Deb and so true...In my family when we are talking about God and his goodness we always say "can I get a witness"! lol Congrats on your weight loss girl..that is that makes me feel bad for eating that tomato sandwich I just had...well..ok..maybe not that bad cause it did come fresh from the curb market and I just added salt and pepper..ok..ok mayo too...maybe I should has used the light wheat bread..half the calories..but then it wouldn't have had that taste I love with the Sunbeam bread just fresh from the store...oh sorry...where are my are on a diet..forget that tomatoe sandwich thingy!!! lol lol Oh girl I am proud for you..may each passing day get you closer to your goal!!!! Have a great weekend friend!

PAT said...

Yes ma'am, you did it! Congratulations and best wishes for continued wt loss success, Deb!

This is a wonderful post.

Enjoy your weekend!

Rue said...

Great weight loss!!

Amen and hallelujah to all you said!!


Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Deb, I loved your post. I'm so proud of you on your weight loss. You're on your way!! Yippee!!
Hugs, Terrie

Ruthie said...

Good post, Deb.
And good for you on the weight loss. Stay encouraged.


Ruthie said...

Good post, Deb.
And good for you on the weight loss. Stay encouraged.


Ruthie said...

Deb, You're so cute. Here I am blogging late at night (or is it early in the AM?), thinking no one else is up at this hour - and you comment on my blog! :)
Thanks for visiting.

Monday through Sunday said...

Well said! Excellent!

congrats on the weight loss ~ I am impressed! I am trying to loose weight..I may start taking pics ~ a great way to get accountable!!

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

You've got my Amen's all through this post!!!!!! You are right on! And congrats on the weight loss! LOVED the picture of the scale there!

And thank you for your sweet, kind words on my blog today and your prayers! They are so much appreciated right now!!!!!



Connie said...

Oh, sweets, I'm with you on the weight loss!! Good for you. Keep it up and come over and visit with me. You said it very well about "can't we just get along." God is wonderful, isn't he?!?! I'm pulling for ya with lots of prayers also.
Connie in Idaho

Momstheword said...

Phil 2:3-4, that's the scripture I was trying to remember when I was talking about motives for doing good things. Thanks for that. Also thanks for your sweet comments.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Great post! I love that the Lord made you wait until you had a willing heart to give you what you needed. It's a great testimony.

Congrats on the weightloss!

Wow, I've been so busy with the porch party that I'm just now catching up on blog visits! It sure was fun though!

Shanda said...

Good job on the weight loss. I wish I'd been there when you needed a ride. I would have taken you anywhere. People can be so hurtful. We have to be forgiving, there just people, the lord sometimes lets others make mistakes, just so we can learn from them.

Pearl said...

Hi Deb... Very lovely post... thank you for sharing. I'm happy for you regarding your weight loss. Please know I'll continue to pray for you and hold good thoughts. Take care & God bless.


Jan Parrish said...

Wow. You are amazing. Great job on the weight loss.

Great lesson to live by too.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Hey, girlfriend! I hope you had a great weekend!! Hugs, Terrie

The Cozy Parsonage said...

Congrats on getting the weight off-you are an inspiration-last week I put on 5 lbs and I was really upset but knowing that I was not alone and seeing you lose the weight I knew I could do it as well-thank you!! SO off to the gym I went this morning to join a new aerobics class and I am watching my intake as well-thanks to you my friend!

JoAnne said...

Congratulations on the dieting success this week! Keep up the good (and hard) work. Thank you for all of your kind comments on my blogs, you will never know how they touch my heart. I finally posted the links for the award again and would like to thank you again. Take care, JoAnne

Kimba said...

Deb - What a beautiful post. It's truly affected how I have been praying about my house situation. It touched something in my heart and made me start to think about things a little differently.

You left me a kind comment the other day and I wanted to tell you that I have been praying for you.

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Just wanted to let you know that I finally posted the award that you gave me! I thank you so much! I linked back to you. Hey, I also got tagged, and can't tag the person who tagged me, so I'd like to tag you! Questions are on my latest posting!

Ruthie said...

Hi again. Thanks for visiting me. I always look forward to your visits and comments. You are truly special!


Feathering My Nest said...

Oh Happy Day. I'm so happy for you Deb. Congratulations, you are doing super!!! Can't wait to see you in those pretty dresses you've got hanging in the closet. It won't be long.

Thank you for your sweet and kind comments to me. I appreciate you and want to thank you for encouraging me. You may take the kitty Blogging Buddy award from me. Hugs, Kathi

Katy said...

YAY!!!!! Congrats on the weight loss!!! That is sooo awesome!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to weigh 166!!! LOL I will get there..someday!!! Thanks so much for your encouragement! :)