I believe if The Lord was going to write you a personal letter about battles this life brings it may read like this....

My Dear Child,

I knew you before you were born. When I created the heavens and the earth I knew there would be a day that you would walk my beautiful creation. Whenever you get lost in your personal world, you lose sight of the beauty of my world. I know many times it is hard to see what I made for you when the sinful things you see cloud your vision, but there is beauty due to my redemption.

Take a day and walk closer with me and allow me to open your eyes to see my creation as a beautiful gift to be opened. Leave behind your cares and let me carry them for you while we walk out this new day. Breath in a morning sunrise with me and allow my sunset to kiss you goodnight and before you fall asleep look up at the stars and remember that I created you to light someone's darkness every day until you're home.

Love,

Your Heavenly Father

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Dying to Self

 ·  When you are forgotten or neglected and you don't hurt with the insult, but your heart is happy – that is dying to self.

·  When your advice is disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, and take it all in patient, loving silence – that is dying to self.

·  When you lovingly and patiently bear disorder, irregularity, tardiness, and annoyance…and endure it as Jesus endured it – that is dying to self.

·  When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation or record your own good works, or itch for praise after an accomplishment, when you can truly love to be unknown – that is dying to self.

·  When you can see your brother or sister prosper and can honestly rejoice with him, and feel no envy even though your needs are greater – that is dying to self.

·  When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, or any society – that is dying to self.

·  When you can take correction, when you can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, with no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart – that is dying to self. 

Give up

Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.

Give up pessimism——become an optimist.

Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.

Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.

Give up discouragement——be full of hope.

Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.

Give up hatred——return good for evil.

Give up negativism——be positive.

Give up anger——be more patient.

Give up pettiness——become mature.

Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.

Give up jealousy——pray for trust.

Give up gossiping——control your tongue.

Give up sin——turn to virtue.

Give up giving up——hang in there!

Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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