I love spring! It’s my favorite season! I’m celebrating and thanking my readers, by giving away two gift baskets at once. Here’s a chance to win, for both you, and a friend! Some things inside are: Grown up spring art and coloring book, markers, SpaLife footies, butterfly notecards, garden ball lights, journal, chocolate, watering can, fancy soap, and more…plus a garden sign for the main winner!
To enter: Comment under this post, tagging up to five friends. Each friend tagged, is an entry for you. If your name is drawn, you win the first basket and the garden sign. Your friends’ names will then go into a separate drawing, and one of them will be randomly selected to receive the other basket!
To qualify: ‘Like’ our Facebook page or subscribe to angelaslittleattic.com.
Drawing on April 30th!
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thes. 5:9-11 ESV
“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you” (Prov. 20:22 New International Version).
It’s hard waiting for God to reveal the truth when you’re innocent. It’s even harder when you have evidence that someone has done you wrong. But even with evidence, people will choose to turn a blind eye. They don’t want to face the truth. That would mean admitting their own sin. We live in a sinful world. People are comfortable living in sin, and they don’t want to acknowledge when they are wrong. They don’t want to admit that they have hurt someone or that they have contributed to it in some way. They don’t want to say sorry to the people they’ve offended. Most of all, they don’t want to humble themselves before God and ask for His forgiveness.
It feels so unfair when we see somebody getting away with a sin, especially when we end up suffering because of it. The silver lining is in God’s timing for justice. God is a just judge, and His timing is always best. It may feel like forever, but God does not abandon us. He will see us through the pain, heal us, and grow us to be more like Jesus. His plan is always meant to bring more people to Christ. If we are in truly in Him and we have the privilege of seeing this plan come to fruition, we will end up rejoicing! Why? Because our will has become one with God’s will…for no one to perish. We don’t want anyone to be left behind.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Just as Joseph forgave his brothers for selling him into slavery, God will see us through our unjust stay in prison. He will bring us to a place of privilege and authority in Him. We will have a choice to harden our hearts, or to forgive and pardon our enemies when they come to true repentance. Hold fast to your Savior, Jesus! He loves you and will see you through!
” ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him” (Matt. 20:33-34).
I will soon be hosting the “The Silver Lining Spring Giveaway!” Also coming up are some fun things to brighten your day, along with another psalm accompanied by gorgeous butterfly photographs taken by a dear friend. Some of my future blog posts will focus on how people can heal and be set free from narcissistic abuse. Narcissism is a sin. It’s a fancy word for extreme selfishness rooted in bitterness and unforgiveness. It is self-centeredness at its worst, the prime focus being oneself. It’s the opposite of everything Jesus has called us to be: sacrificial in picking up our crosses to follow him, rather than following ourselves, or even other people or causes. This sacrifice we offer, can only lead to goodness and salvation for our souls.
In addition, I will give insight on how we can leave painful, damaging, toxic relationships behind, while forgiving those who have hurt us, and entrusting them to the one and only God who can change their hearts.
I believe God is leading me to minister on these topics to reach even more hurting people who need to understand that Jesus is THE answer for life change. Sometimes we know it’s all about Jesus, but we don’t know how to tap into the power and authority we have in Christ. I’m looking forward to sharing with you what God has taught me. Please invite others to join The Silver Lining, so they can receive the spiritual encouragement that we all need to get through each week.
You can subscribe to The Silver Lining on my homepage at angelaslittleattic.com or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/angelaslittleattic. I invite you to leave comments, share posts, and invite your friends and family to join us, especially those going through their own storms in life, who could benefit from a reminder to always look for the silver lining. The silver lining is always there, because clouds are only a temporary cover for an ever-present, shining sun! God’s son, Jesus is the same. We can call on his name when we need him:
God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1 New International Version).