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Lessons from the Beach

Lamentations 3:25-26, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

It’s amazing what we can learn from the world around us when we take the time to slow down and think about God’s goodness. Winter is a hard time each year as the cold weather sets in and we can’t get outside much and sometimes we can go a little stir crazy with the same routines. So, let’s take a few moments to see what we can learn from the beach and warm up those dreary winter days with thoughts of warm sand, and sunshine!

Soak up the sun- Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.” Matthew 13:43, “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”

- Sunshine is good for us physically filling us with lots of vitamin D. Jesus is like the sun, shining on us and filling us with His love and goodness. The best way to soak up Jesus is to read the Bible and spend time with Him and He promises we will shine to others like He does.

Sea the best in others- 1 Peter 4:8, “Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause people to forgive each other for many sins.” John 15:12, ““This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you.”

- Oh, I know with some people it’s difficult to see the best in them, but we have to remember we all are God’s children, and we are all imperfect. If someone proves you wrong, simply accept them as they are and walk another path. No need to spew hate or stir up trouble. God loves us all and if we ask, He will help us see past the difficulties in others.

Take time to play- Zechariah 8:5, “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13, “I have concluded that the only worthwhile thing for them is to take pleasure in doing good in life; moreover, enjoy the benefits of everything that you undertake, since it is a gift from God.”

- Life does require us to buckle down and work, pay the bills, take care of our families and homes. Somewhere in that time we also need to take some time to play. Enjoy the family and friends God has given us and simply have fun. Find a good balance between both living life and enjoying life and remember to keep God in the middle of it all.

Navigate life’s shifting sand- Psalm 37:23, “When people’s steps follow the Lord,

God is pleased with their ways.” Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

- Just when you have it all figured out another wave comes crashing in and changes it all up again. That pretty much sums up life, doesn’t it? The good news is we have God on our side, and He promises to help us through each shift in life. He has our path marked and lit and we just have to follow. If we do that the shifts will be easier to get through.

Don’t be gull-able- 1 Peter 5:8, “Control yourselves and be careful! The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat.”

- It’s sad that there are those who set out to hurt and deceive people and we know they are influenced by satan and this world. We all have the propensity to fall for his tricks, even Eve fell for the lies. The most we can do is stay alert and depend on God to help us see the good versus the bad in people and not to fall for any of satan’s tricks. Sometimes that means we just walk away without a word and thank the Lord for His guidance.

Breeze through each day- Matthew 6:34, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

- So don’t worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Worry and anxiety are the fruit of little faith. Confident assurance and security are the fruit of faith that is anchored in God. I believe God wants us to spend more time building relationships with Him and with one another instead of wasting our time worrying about tomorrow. So, trust God, soak in today and just breeze through not letting things bother you because God’s got this and God’s got you!

Have a wonderful week, enjoy your beach days in the cold winter and don’t sweat the small stuff. Tomorrow’s a new day, yesterday can’t be changed, so live in today and make the most of it.

Last week I began to list some benefits we all can find when we read the Bible. Let's look at a couple more today and see how we can incorporate these benefits into our lives. You become wiser: Not only do you get wiser about life—you find purpose—what you should be doing in life. There are in the Psalms and Proverbs alone some very wise instruction for living. The more you read you will find yourself responding to things in you life with a better understanding. It gives you more confidence to make decisions or act in certain ways because of how the Bible has described similar situations.

You become a confidante of God: A confidante—is a trusted friend of God. As you read God’s Word, He speaks to your heart. Sometimes it’s through a specific verse that is encouraging. God loves to speak to us—especially through His Word. In reading Psalm 25:14 it says, “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” God loves to share things with us and uses His Word to do that.

Today let's start our new study in 1 Timothy 1:1-11 and let God speak to us.

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